1. What’s the story?
Ever since India’s landmark repeal of Article 370, the state of Jammu & Kashmir has been making global headlines. And on Tuesday, there was an India-Pakistan showdown about the issue at the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC). India referred to Pakistan as the “global epicentre of terrorism” and accused it of using “offensive rhetoric” and “false allegations”. (Quick recap: The UNHRC is a United Nations body that aims to promote and protect human rights across the world.)
2. Where else should I be looking at?
The Kashmir valley, that’s where. The state has been facing communication issues since Article 370 was repealed last month. It’s been 37 days of curfew in the valley. Schools and colleges remain empty, offices remain deserted, and most shops are closed.
3. What more?
As 6 Things covered here earlier, the Indian automobile industry is in deep trouble. In 2019, it reported its worst performance in 19 years as high ownership costs, a worsening economy, and floods in some states led to a 31% drop in sales in July. Now, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is blaming millennials for this trouble.
4. Anything else?
A tiny Kolkata sitar shop on a dusty street boasts of George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, and Yehudi Menuhin as its loyal customers. Here’s a fascinating look at this living piece of history.
5. Is that all?
Citizens in Hong Kong have been protesting for months against a controversial Chinese extradition bill. According to critics, this bill might have made it easier for China to interfere in Hong Kong’s ‘internal’ matters. After prolonged protests throughout summer, the bill was finally withdrawn by Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, last week. However, protestors’ demands have since grown, and people fear that it may have been too little, too late. The grim protests rage on.
6. Before you leave …
Read about the horrific damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. The hurricane, that affected parts of USA and its surrounding islands, damaged 90 percent of Bahamas’ infrastructure and affected more than 76,000 people.