1. What’s the story?
Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s current Finance Minister, tabled the Economic Survey for 2018-19 in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. In case you’re wondering, the Economic Survey is a super-important annual survey that documents India’s economic development over the past one year. Considered to be the Finance Ministry’s flagship report, it is usually presented the day before the Union Budget. The Economic Survey is always authored by the Chief Economic Adviser. This year, that man was the newly appointed K V Subramanian.
2. Who else should I be looking at?
Kulbhushan Jadhav, that’s who. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was charged with espionage in 2017 and sentenced to death in Pakistan. India had challenged this decision and approached the International Court of Justice. Back in February, the world court had held a long public hearing of the case, where India’s Harish Salve had argued on Jadhav’s behalf. Now, the ICJ is ready to pronounce its decision next Wednesday. fingers crossed, knock on wood
3. What more?
Back in September 2012, Tamil Nadu’s Idinthakarai beach swarmed with thousands of people – mostly women. They were gathered there to protest the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant nearby. The state, of course, did not like this and eventually responded with open fire. Now, seven years later, these women still refuse to give up.
4. Anything else?
Kerala’s prisoners are on TV. The Viyyur Central Prison in Kerala has started a television channel of its own – “by the inmates and for the inmates”. Called Freedom TV, it broadcasts news bulletins and comedy shows, music competitions and educational programmes. The inmates couldn’t be happier.
5. Is that all?
Sudan is on the boil. (Quick recap: Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir was toppled from the throne by the country’s Transitional Military Council, or TMC. His downfall was the result of months of protests by thousands of pro-democracy activists.) In a cruel irony of fate, the TMC is now refusing give up its power, sending the nation into a tailspin once again.
6. Before you leave …
Take a tongue-in-cheek look at how “with great power, there does come great responsibility”.