1. What’s the story?
As 6 Things has covered earlier (here, here, and here), the Indian economy is not in a good shape. Mass layoffs have been happening, the GDP has stopped growing, and the value of rupee has been steadily decreasing. (Quick recap: The Gross Domestic Product or GDP of a country is the sum of all its economic activities over a fixed period of time.) Now, the Government has taken a number of initiatives to kick-start the economy. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a number of such announcements during a widely publicized press conference last Saturday.. A number of such announcements was made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a widely publicized press conference last Saturday.
2. Where else should I be looking at?
Indian forests, that’s where. India’s conservation efforts (that have resulted in 75% of the world’s tigers and 70% of the world’s one-horned rhinos being housed in India) are aptly lauded all over the world. However, the people who are the vanguards of this uphill battle are the forest guards – a scrappy lot who get paid pittance and risk their lives for the greater good every day. This is their story.
3. What more?
India is gearing up for torrential rains once again. More than seven states are set to be affected, and thousands have already been evacuated. First responders remain on high alert, as the civic infrastructure in affected states, such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, gird their loins.
4. Anything else?
Back in 1949, a young Malayali communist boarded a train for Pakistan. Surprisingly enough, Biyyathil Moideen Kutty made that country his home – remaining a non-conformist till his dying day. Here is his extraordinary story.
5. Is that all?
Israel is heading towards national elections for the second time this year. And it’s a fight for survival for the incumbent Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
6. Before you leave…
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