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Recent Episodes of 3 Things


The Catch Up: 11 June

The Catch Up: 11 June

This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.It’s the 11th of June and here are today's headlines.

The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre and National Testing Agency (NTA) on a plea seeking cancelling of NEET-UG 2024 exams over allegations of leak of question papers. The bench said the “sanctity has been affected” and that they need answers. However, the court refused to stay the counselling process for admission of those who have cleared the exam. Two days after the NEET-UG 2024 results were declared, The Indian Express reported that o...

Episode 11 June 2024 3m and 43s


The NEET controversy, fresh tensions in Manipur, and Chhattisgarh protests

The NEET controversy, fresh tensions in Manipur, and Chhattisgarh protests

First, Indian Express’ Deeksha Teri discusses the controversy surrounding the NEET UG results, where an unprecedented 67 candidates scored a perfect 720 out of 720 marks.

Next, Indian Express’ Sukrita Baruah talks about the fresh tensions arising in Manipur and the recent attack on a police convoy escorting Chief Minister Biren Singh (10:22).

And in the end, we provide an update on a large mob that rampaged through the Baloda Bazar district collector’s office in Chhattisgarh, torching part of the government building and several vehicles within its perimeter (19:18).

Hosted by Shashank Bhargava
Produced by Shashank Bhargava and Ni...

Episode 11 June 2024 21m and 28s


The Catch Up: 10 June

The Catch Up: 10 June

This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
It’s the 10th of June and here are today's headlines.


A day after Narendra Modi took oath as the Prime Minister along with his new Cabinet and Council of Ministers, he signed his first file authorising the release of around Rs 20,000 crore to about 9.3 crore farmers. Approving the 17th installment of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme, he said, quote, “Ours is a government fully committed to Kisan Kalyan. We want to keep working even more for the farmers and the agri...

Episode 10 June 2024 3m and 19s


The demand for special status, BJP's Haryana setback, and 9 dead in J&K

The demand for special status, BJP's Haryana setback, and 9 dead in J&K

First, Indian Express' Deeptiman Tiwary joins us to talk about the demands that have been extended by BJP's alliance partners TDP and JD(U). With the NDA forming a coalition government, these longstanding demands have been highlighted, Deeptiman shares what these demands are and whether or not can they be materialized. 

Next, Indian Express’ Varinder Bhatia speaks to us about the electoral setback faced by the BJP in Haryana, what caused this setback and how it is going to impact Haryana's upcoming assembly elections. (11:54)

And in the end, we talk about 9 people being killed and 33 getting inj...

Episode 10 June 2024 21m and 47s


The Catch Up: 7 June

The Catch Up: 7 June

This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
It’s the 7th of June and here are the top stories of the week.

The Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Party is set to return for a third term by winning 293 seats in the 18th Lok Sabha elections. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party suffered a major setback as it fell short of a majority – with 240 seats – on its own as it was heavily dependent on alliance partners such as the TDP and JD(U) to secure 272 seats required to form the government.
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Episode 7 June 2024 3m and 32s


Why BJP lost Ayodhya, reforms under a coalition govt, and 9 trekkers dead

Why BJP lost Ayodhya, reforms under a coalition govt, and 9 trekkers dead

First, Indian Express’ Dheeraj Mishra tells us why the BJP lost the Faizabad seat (of which Ayodhya is a part) to the Samajwadi Party, and the lessons it holds for the party.

Next, Indian Express’ Udit Misra reviews the biggest economic reforms under the previous two BJP-led governments and discusses the challenges and advantages of passing reforms under a coalition government (12:45).

And finally, Indian Express’ Avaneesh Mishra informs us about the nine people from Karnataka who passed away during a trek to Sahastratal in Uttarkashi (26:48).

Hosted and written by Shashank Bhargava
Produced by Nihari...

Episode 7 June 2024 30m and 22s


The Catch Up: 6 June

The Catch Up: 6 June

This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
It’s the 6th of June and here are today's headlines.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place on the evening of 9th of June, according to sources. Earlier, the ceremony was slated to take place on the 8th of June, but now it may be held at 6 pm on Sunday. The swearing-in of Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh is likely to be postponed to 12th of June from...

Episode 6 June 2024 3m and 14s


BJP's Odisha win, TMC's pushback, and China congratulates Modi

BJP's Odisha win, TMC's pushback, and China congratulates Modi

First, Flora Swain is joined by Indian Express' Sujit Bisoyi and veteran journalist Sandeep Sahu to discuss BJP's very first victory in Odisha which broke the 24 year long streak of Naveen Patnaik and the BJD. They discuss at length why it happened and where VK Pandian stands in this whole situation. 

Next, Indian Express’ Premankur Biswas speaks to political analyst Jayanta Ghoshal about Trinamool Congress' win in West Bengal despite the talks about it facing anti- incumbency. And the BJP losing ground in the state with its tally decreasing from 18 to 12 seats. Jayanta has been writing about the stat...

Episode 6 June 2024 33m and 26s


The Catch Up: 5 June

The Catch Up: 5 June

This is the Catch Up on 3 Things for the Indian Express and I'm Flora Swain.
It’s the 5th of June and here are today's headlines.


The National Democratic Alliance is likely to stake a claim to form government for the third consecutive time today, after the meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence. Earlier today, Modi tendered his resignation to President Droupadi Murmu along with his Council of Ministers. He is likely to take oath for a third consecutive term on the 8th of June. This is the first time since Jawaharlal Nehru that a pr...

Episode 5 June 2024 3m and 22s


Decoding the surprising results of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls

Decoding the surprising results of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls

From the BJP managing to win only 290 seats (despite a '400 paar' campaign), to the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh emerging as the party with the third-highest number of seats in the country, to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) pushing back strongly in West Bengal, and the Congress party significantly increasing its tally, today on the podcast, we decode the rather surprising results of the 2024 Lok Sabha Polls.

Guests: Indian Express’ Vandita Mishra, Neerja Chowdhury, Asad Rehman, Shubhajit Roy, Liz Mathew, Deeptiman Tiwary, and Hamza Khan.

Hosted and written by Shashank Bhargava
Produced by Shashank Bh...

Episode 5 June 2024 37m and 55s

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