1. What’s the story?
Fourteen Congress and JD(S) MLAs in Karnataka have resigned, sending the state’s (notoriously wobbly) coalition government into a tizzy. The rebel MLAs, ten of whom are currently behind closed doors in Mumbai’s Sofitel Hotel, have made their positions very clear – they are not going back to the mothership.
2. What else should I be looking at?
The entire Congress leadership, that’s what. Currently, its woes seem to be never-ending. Rahul Gandhi’s recent resignation as the party president (after Congress’ dismal performance in the recent Lok Sabha elections) seems to have opened the veritable floodgates. Star Congress politicians, such as Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, Sachin Pilot, and Keshav Chand Yadav have all resigned from their posts in the past 48 hours, plunging the party machinery into total chaos.
3. What more?
India’s Union Budget was tabled in the Parliament last Friday, with mixed response from the market. In case you haven’t caught up yet, here’s a quick, “sporty” summary of the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s “…sojourn at the crease can be divided into three clear spells, as she went from an aggressive batswoman to an erratic accountant before finally walking back, cautiously, to the dressing room.”
4. Anything else?
The United States’ Women Football Team has just won its fourth World Cup – and maybe also its battle against unequal pay. (Quick recap: An analysis of the women’s team’s earnings found that each member earned an average of $90,000 in World Cup bonuses. They would have earned $550,000 each if they had been men.) The US men’s team, though? It just wants to be left out of this rigmarole.
5. Is that all?
Earlier this year, the European Union (EU) ambitiously launched an early-warning system about Russian propaganda in internal elections. Well, it’s struggling already.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how Boy Scouts are healing the war-torn country of Central African Republic. (Quick recap: A civil war has been ravaging Central African Republic since 2013. Currently, sectarian violence runs rampant in the country, and its current economy is mostly dependent on foreign aid.)