1. What’s the story?
The unknown survivor of the Unnao rape case was critically injured on Sunday when the car she was travelling in was hit by a truck on NH 232. The survivor’s lawyer and another key witness perished on the spot, while her mother sustained grave injuries as well. Police seized the truck in question, though its driver had already fled the scene.
2. Where else should I be looking at?
Uttar Pradesh, that’s where. The state has been in the news recently for its unprecedented love and devotion for kaanwariyas, a group of Hindu pilgrims. “Kaanwariyas are pilgrims who offer the holy water from river Ganga to Lord Shiva by walking several miles in the Shraavana month of the Hindu calendar.” However, they have also often courted attention for being rowdy and causing massive traffic snarls on state highways.
3. What more?
Johnson & Johnson is allegedly taking its Indian customers for a ride. The cutting-edge Pinnacle hip implants by the Pharma giant have always been controversial. When its defects became public knowledge in 2011, the company had assured the Indian Government that it was absolutely safe for patients to use. That reassurance, however, was quite misleading, and things now have taken a turn for the worse.
4. Anything else?
Mumbai’s beloved mangrove forests are in grave danger. And one fifty-six-year-old is not having it. Here is the story of one woman’s dogged campaign to protect her city.
5. Is that all?
India recently launched its unmanned mission to the moon, with a long-term goal of sending human beings to space. The international space research community, however, currently sees no value in sending manned missions to the moon. “From 1969 to 1972, 12 men walked on the moon. Four of them are still alive. No one has been back since, and it’s unclear when anyone might return.” An era is coming to an end in NASA.
6. Before you leave …
Take a look at how protests in Hong Kong have reached a fevered pitch, with riot police firing tear gas at protestors for the second consecutive day. (Six Things covered these protests earlier here and here.)