What is RCEP and why has India stayed out of it? What is TPP? Is India simply cautious or averse to competition? Virtue of creative destruction of capitalism versus protectionist instincts — Shekhar Gupta decodes it all on episode 625 of ThePrint's #CutTheClutter  

A negative test doesn’t necessarily indicate that a person is not infected with the coronavirus. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh explains how to test before attending unavoidable social gatherings during this festival season.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman met Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu in an unannounced, 'secret' meeting at the Saudi city of Neom, with a little help from the Americans. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen too were present. In episode 624 of Cut the Clutter, Shekhar Gupta weighs in on what this implies for the world and the region. Also, there's some curious chatter from Pakistan. 

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the face of Pakistan’s radical Islamist politics. His sudden death, however, will not end the mass appeal of religious fundamentalism.

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Not just aggressive military posturing at different fronts, even diplomatically, China has lately become extremely blunt and belligerent. In episode 623 of ThePrint's #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta elaborates on Beijing's row with Australia, the 5-Eyes Alliance and an opportunity President Xi Jinping blew.

#PureScience Since the announcement of the discovery of phosphine gas on Venus in September, newer studies have refuted the findings. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh explains why the findings were called into question and what subsequent reanalysis of the papers revealed. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- #PureScience Scientists detect gas on Venus that could indicate life watch: https://youtu.be/X5JDP8VFXxM ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Supplementary reading: Nature | Prospects for life on Venus fade — but aren’t dead yet https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03258-5 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ National Geographic | Promising sign of life on Venus might not exist after all https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2020/10/venus-might-not-have-much-phosphine-dampening-hopes-for-life/ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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