1. What’s the story?
Just last month, the subcontinent was reeling under a severe drought-like situation. In just two weeks, the situation has changed drastically. More than 150 people have died in the past few days due to heavy monsoon rains. Reservoirs are overflowing, cities are waterlogged, and landslides and floods abound.
2. Where else should I be looking at?
Kashmir, that’s where. The valley has started its slow march back to normalcy – but there’s still a long way to go. Ease of movement was somewhat increased this weekend, though Internet services were suspended once again as a way to combat the spread of misinformation. Landline services were also resumed in parts of the state. Rural areas, however, still remain relatively cut off. The curfew began on 5th August of this year.
3. What more?
By all accounts, Indian businesses seem to have their backs to the wall. Increasing debt, a complicated Goods and Services Tax (GST) system, tax vigilantism, and arbitrary decisions such as demonetization have led to widespread panic in the business community, irrespective of the industry.
4. Anything else?
Surprisingly enough, India’s tiger reserves are booming. A new study has shown that for every rupee invested in a tiger reserve, the Government gets back INR 2500. This includes tangible benefits like employment opportunities and timber produce, as well as non-tangible benefits like soil conservation, environmental protection, and cultural heritage.
5. Is that all?
In another proof of human beings irreparably damaging the planet, a group of US scientists have detected the presence of plastic even in Arctic ice cores. This incident throws a harsh light on how pollution is a threat to marine life even in remote locations.
6. Before you leave …
Take a look at how US President Donald Trump is reportedly thinking of purchasing a “giant socialist island.”