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How Indians are using WhatsApp to lose weight and mint money

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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How WhatsApp is helping Indians lose weight, gain abs, and make money

WhatsApp, India’s social media portal of choice for good morning and good night messages and viral forwards, means so much more to Aditya and Gayathri Sharma of Rajasthan. It helped them shed weight, change their lifestyles and tap their inner entrepreneurs. Read the report by Regina Mihindukulasuriya to know more.

Why India’s middle classes are Modi’s ‘Muslims’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is transferring wealth from the middle class to the poor, because the middle class will anyway vote BJP for nationalism and dislike of Muslims, writes Shekhar Gupta.

What is ‘lota’ doing in PhDs? Why UGC is worried about Indian research

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is worried about the quality of PhD research in India, and it has good reason to. The enrollment in PhDs jumped 50 per cent between 2011 and 2017, leading UGC to invite proposals for a six-month study to assess the quality of theses in the past decade. Read the exclusive report by Kritika Sharma.

Mamata’s got another headache — more and more people from Bengal want to join RSS

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has more reasons to worry: People of West Bengal are showing a great interest in the BJP’s ideological patron, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). According to RSS functionaries, people from the state are second only to those from Uttar Pradesh in applying online to be members of the organisation, reports Neelam Pandey.

IAS officers shouldn’t fear us, we’re here only to help, say lateral entrants

There is a sense of anxiety among IAS officers over the Narendra Modi government’s move to recruit domain experts into the civil services. However, the UPSC-recruited lateral entrants believe that their induction poses no threat to the country’s decades-old bureaucratic structure, reports Sanya Dhingra.

Big questions on safety, pilot training after 5 Indian planes veer off runway in 3 days

When the Pune-Kolkata SpiceJet aircraft, SG-275, veered off the runway at the Kolkata airport earlier this week, it was the fifth such instance in just 72 hours, between 30 June and 2 July. It was also the sixth such incident of an Indian airline going off the runway in the last three months. The frequency of these accidents has raised questions on safety standards, reports Ifrah Mufti.

New MPs Mimi & Nusrat should look to Sarojini Naidu when they get trolled for what they wear

Women politicians, already battling invisibility of numbers, also have to fight stereotyping. They are all expected to fit into a particular sanskari format. Anyone who veers from that is subjected to “lookism”, writes Kaveree Bamzai.

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