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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: Alastair Grant/Pool/Getty Images

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Friday that his government will repeal the country's farming laws that were introduced in September 2020.

Why it matters: The laws to deregulate agriculture sparked months of massive protests, led by thousands of farmers who said the legislation threatened their businesses and livelihoods.

  • The significant backflip by Modi's government coincided with the Sikh's Guru Purab festival and ahead of crucial elections in states including Punjab, where the majority religion is Sikhism.
  • The majority of demonstrators are Sikh farmers from Punjab, AP notes.

Details: Modi said during a televised address that his government had decided to withdraw all three of the controversial agricultural laws, per Reuters.

  • "In the parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these three agricultural laws," he said.

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Updated Nov 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Mapped: Voting rights for 2022

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Data: Brennan Center for Justice; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Your ability to vote in 2022 will largely depend on where you live, as lawmakers in 25 states have made it easier for people to vote while those in at least 19 states have made it more difficult, per the Brennan Center for Justice.

Why it matters: The new laws are likely to make the disparities between states even greater. The states where voting is already difficult have been the ones to enact stricter laws; those where it is easier to vote have expanded access to the ballot box.

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IV drips — the kind you might get if you're rushed to the hospital — are trending as a spa treatment, thanks in part to endorsements by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Madonna.

Why it matters: Like other "wellness" trends with a whiff of medical imprimatur, IV nutrient drips can be harmless or mildly restorative — or go awry, particularly in the wrong hands.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.