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In today’s featured cartoon, Nala Ponappa comments on a ‘miracle‘ that took place in a limited clinical trial conducted at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. A drug named ‘Dostarlimab’ helped all the 14 rectal cancer patients in the trial recover, with the cancer disappearing below detectable levels.
Cartoonist E.P. Unny, also inspired by the cancer treatment’s success, remembers Maharishi Chakara and Greek physician Hippocrates on the ‘special day’. Charaka and Hippocrates were known for their contribution to Ayurveda and modern medicine, respectively.
Kirtish Bhatt takes a jibe at the RBI’s decision to increase repo rate amid rising inflation. RBI raised the benchmark repo rate by 50 basis points to 4.9 per cent. The central bank’s decision comes amid geo-political uncertainties over the war in Ukraine, continuing supply-chain disruptions and rising energy and food prices.
Also highlighting the increased repo rate and the jump in lending rates for loans by banks, cartoonist Sajith Kumar points to how attention is being diverted away from the repo rate hike because of Al-Qaeda’s threat to India over remarks made by a BJP spokesperson about Prophet Muhammad.
Sandeep Adhwaryu mentions Johnny Depp’s Rs 48 lakh dinner at an Indian restaurant in Birmingham after his Amber Heard trial victory. The cartoonist uses Depp’s bill to mock the Indian political parties’ resort politics to avoid poaching ahead of crucial 10 June Rajya Sabha elections.