1. What’s the story?
As 6 Things has previously covered here and here, India’s economy is not in the greatest of shapes. The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector is down, numbers in the automobile sector dropped by 30%, employment is at an all-time low, and thousands have been laid off in the past few months. Rural India, especially in the Northern part of the country, has been hard hit. Now, the Central Government has a detailed plan to bring the economy back on track.
2. Where else should I be looking at?
Kashmir, that’s where. The state has been under lockdown since Article 370 was revoked earlier this month, and now there are reports that it might be running out of essentials like medicines and food. The Government, however, disagrees.
3. What more?
A 700-acre biodiversity hotspot in the Western Ghats may be the region’s best-kept secret. “An eco-tourism initiative, where tourists can co-exist peacefully with nature, provides a platform for homegrown scientists to study its rich biodiversity.” Watch here to understand the importance of such a space in this crowded country.
4. Anything else?
Athlete extraordinaire, P V Sindhu, became the first-ever Indian badminton player to be awarded the world championship after defeating former champion Nozomi Okuhara in a match that lasted just over half an hour.
5. Is that all?
As 6 Things had covered earlier, the Amazon rainforest is up in flames. The problem, however, is that it is probably due to the policies enacted by one single person – Brazil’s current President, Jair Bolsonaro.
6. Before you leave …
Take a look at how our brain’s biological and evolutionary inability to empathize with our descendants might be the single largest reason behind our failure to do something about climate change.