Shinzo Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister called it a day and Pranab Mukherjee, India's former president passed away. We talk about their illustrious careers. India and Russia were announced as joint winners at the Chess Olympiad tournament, held once in two years since 1927, when a global Internet outage caused Indians to get disconnected. We digress, as always, to talk about doping in chess and segue into why Thar desert is turning green and why it is not a good thing. Meanwhile, amid the covid-19 pandemic, the Indian economy has shrunk by 23.9% in the April to June quarter.
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