1. What’s the story?
As Six Things had covered earlier, Assam is currently underwater. The state has been ravaged by torrential rain and subsequent floods, displacing lakhs and killing at least 36. Presently, more than 2 lakh people are in relief camps, 30 (out of 33) districts are submerged, and more than 57 lakh have been affected. According to Guwahati’s Meteorological Centre, incessant rains for three consecutive days may have been the main culprit behind this utter devastation.
2. Where else should I be looking at?
The state of Bihar, that’s where. As Six Things had mentioned last week, Bihar has also been facing terrible floods for the past few days. According to some, the trigger for this deluge was the heavy downpour in Nepal. Till date, at least 67 people have lost their lives and 45 lakh have been affected. Water levels are still rising, the Kosi is overflowing its banks, and more than 12 districts remain underwater. Even though NDRF has been deployed across the state, the situation remains grim, with some survivors even eating rats to survive.
3. What more?
P Rajagopal, the founder of the famous Saravana Bhavan chain of restaurants, passed away in Chennai on Thursday. He was 72, and his life has all the ingredients of a masala movie (and maybe also a masala dosa.) Starting his life as a tea seller, Rajagopal’s spectacular rise started in 1981, when he opened the first branch of his restaurant in Chennai.
4. Anything else?
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has pronounced its verdict on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, and it’s a mixed bag. As covered by Six Things earlier, retired Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav was sentenced to death in Pakistan in 2017. India had appealed to the international court against this order, and the verdict on Wednesday managed to provide some relief. The ICJ has suspended the death penalty awarded to Jadhav, urging Pakistan to review the entire trial process once again. However, it did not annul the death sentence altogether, nor did it guarantee Jadhav’s safe passage to India. Pakistan, meanwhile, has also claimed that it will release Jadhav only if India admits he was a spy.
5. Is that all?
Jeffrey Epstein is in trouble. The former jet setting financier (and close friend of — among others — Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew) was denied bail on Thursday after being accused of running an international child sex traffic ring and raping dozens of underage girls. Epstein was first indicted in 2007 but got away with a light sentence of 13 months of imprisonment. However, new allegations have now surfaced, with more women coming forward with horrific stories of abuse. It looks like he’s going down. And he may just take down his famous friends with him.
6. Before you leave …
Take a look at how some cities may be heading towards childlessness. No, really. Last year, for the first time in history, New York City shrank during a non-recession period. The jury is still out on whether that is a good thing.