29 October 2021
Pegasus snoopgate: Spy software Pegasus is a military grade cyber weapon that is sold to governments only through export licenses by Israel; the Modi government used this to snoop on leaders of opposition and journalists
Stubble burning resumes: “Can’t afford to wait longer for results”; farmers using decomposer spray now burning stubble; Farmers said that because of the tight time window between paddy harvesting and wheat sowing, stubble decomposers cannot work for them; air pollution in north India shoots up
Government tries to squeeze IRCTC, move backfires: Government sacrificed ₹18,000 crore in market cap in pursuit of ₹200 through convenience fees; then backtracks after 19 hours after stock loses 25% of its value
Indian citizens abroad who protested barred from returning: Indian students abroad who participated in farmers protests solidarity activities to be barred from returning to India
No country for comedy: Stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui's two shows were cancelled after Bajrang Dal members travelled from Gujarat to Mumbai and threatened the venue owners; “They told us they will burn the place, so we decided to cancel the show"