1. What’s the story?
Kashmir celebrated a strangely dejected Eid-Ul-Adha last Monday. Communication lines remained suspended, news from the valley – especially from rural areas – remained sporadic, and the busiest areas of Srinagar remained deserted on this festival day.
2. What else should I be looking at?
Climate change, that’s what. This summer was the hottest on record for India. However, ironically enough, the high level of pollution in the country may be responsible for fewer heatwaves in this part of the world.
3. What more?
India may have entered a new era of “problematic demand”. The country has historically not been a nation of low demand. In fact, the opposite is actually true. For example, consumer goods and services like telephone connections and Bajaj scooters had long wait periods till the 1990s. However, that era is now over. There is a basic problem of demand today – stemming from stagnant income in the country — especially after demonetization.
4. Anything else?
In a strange turn of events, a Kolkata court issued a bailable arrest warrant against popular Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Tuesday. It was apparently in response to a remark he had made last year regarding the formation of a “Hindu Pakistan”.
5. Is that all?
Hong Kong citizens are still protesting. And now the city has been forced to shut down its airport.
6. Before you leave …
Take a look at how there may have been a deadly radioactive blast in Russia last week, even though officially the country has mostly denied all such happenings.