Newslaundry Podcast

Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round up of all things sporty. This week, they talk about Indian Premier League auctions and the crazy amounts of money being spent on 'buying' cricketers. Speaking of cricket, Shahid Afridi has announced his retirement again. Does he meant it or will he do another U-turn? Meanwhile, in the world of football, Barcelona seems to be struggling after losing some good players. Its performance on the field has been going from bad to worse, lament Khan and Puri. And finally, the Australian cricket team is here in India for a Test series. Can they stand up to the Indians on our home grounds? Listen up.

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Have you read the NL Sena stories? Now find out what went into writing these stories.

Last year, we started the NL Sena initiative, where you, our readers and subscribers, help us to do stories that are important, expensive and deserve to be told. The first NL Sena project was titled The Curious Case of the Bellary Brothers, and was born out of our curiosity to know more about the secrets that lurked in the suicide note that a Karnataka bureaucrat's driver left behind. That story led us to Bellary, where we found new players had entered the mining arena.

In Session with Sena, those who made these stories possible with their generous contributions interact with Shruti Menon and Kshitij Malhotra, the two reporters who wrote this set of stories. They have questions and critique for Menon and Malhotra.

Newslaundry would like to thank all NL Sena contributors for their support, which helped us publish five ground reports from Bengaluru and Bellary. Also, those who missed out on contributing last time (or couldn't be bothered!), we hope our efforts will persuade you to fund our two new projects and help keep news unafraid and independent.

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Five states are gearing up for legislative assembly elections next month, including Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, Manipur and Goa. Hartosh Singh Bal, political editor of The Caravan, joins us on this episode to talk about the ground situation in Punjab, while. Kishalay Bhattacharjee, consulting editor of Newslaundry, tells us about Manipur elections. Along with Bal and Bhattacharjee, we have Abhinandan Sekhri, Madhu Trehan, Anand Ranganathan and Manisha Pande on the panel this week to discuss attack on Bela Bhatia’s house in Chhattisgarh, Samajwadi Party and Congress alliance in UP and Shah Rukh Khan’s piece in The Indian Express. All this and a lot more discussed and dissected on this episode. Listen up!

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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s a little sneak peek into what was discussed on this episode. Neha Dixit joined us and we talked about Uttar Pradesh elections, Narendra Modi taking digs at media, Sagarika Ghose's attempt at humour, and lots more.

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This week, Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen have everything from books to award shows on their mind. Find out what they thought of Adele, James Corden and Beyonce's performances at the Grammys. Sen has a crush on Stephen Fry and she might just be turning into a fan of Akshay Kumar after watching Jolly LLB 2. They discuss a bunch of ads, including with Patanjali's ad for a new range of beauty products and Tata Tea's new Jaago Re campaign. Sen and Pal also have for you a quick review of Jerry Pinto's new novel Murder in Mahim. Finally, hear what they have to say about Gurdas Mann's new song, Punjab. All this and more, discussed and dissected in this episode of The Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap.

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Let's Talk About... has gone behind the paywall, but because we love our listeners, here's a sneak peak into the second part of our deep dive into the Kashmir conundrum. This time, we look at the issue of protests and how they're quelled in one of the most turbulent parts of India. We speak to historians, military men who have served in Kashmir, Kashmiri refugees, journalists who have covered the insurgency, and activists who have raised their voices against human rights violations. Aided by their insights, we try to understand what azadi means for Kashmiris, the pellet gun problem, and if there is a solution that will end one of the longest-running insurgencies in the world.


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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round up of all things sporty. This week, they talk about spot fixing in cricket and the latest scandal involving the Pakistan Cricket Board. Khan and Puri also discuss the BCCI's attitude towards blind cricket despite India having won the world championship twice. They also examine the impact of the Olympics on Rio and the difficulty the city faces in using the stadiums built for the games. Listen up.
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NL Hafta has gone behind the paywall, but we love our listeners. So, here’s little sneak peak of the episode where we discuss the political drama unfolding in Tamil Nadu, The Telegraph lay-offs and lots more.

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This week, Deepanjana Pal and Rajyasree Sen discuss trailers - Badrinath Ki Dulhania and Phillauri, Most expensive film made in China – The Great Wall, a brand new series by Netflix - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Jerry Pinto’s new book Murder in Mahim and finally, Lady Gaga’s half time performance at Super Bowl 2017. All this and more discussed and dissected in this episode of Awful and Awesome Entertainment Wrap. 

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Samar Khan and Rahul Puri are back with their weekly round up of all things sporty. This week, they discuss Leicester City's relegation battle, Alastair Cook's legacy and his captaincy. Puri is surprised by Cook's decision to step down but finds it appropriate. The two also talk about ICC's proposed format for test match world cups. Listen up.


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