1. What’s the story?
By the time you’re reading this, Chinese premier Xi Jinping will be preparing to land in Chennai ahead of his historic informal summit at Mamallapuram – a nearby town in Tamil Nadu. The meeting, that is being held shortly after China criticized India’s handling of Kashmir, is expected to dominate headlines for the next few days. (Quick recap: An ‘informal summit’ means that protocols of a state visit remain without the pressure to successfully negotiate a slew of agreements at the end of it all.)
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Hong Kong, that’s where. Protests have been raging there throughout this summer, with China doing its best to thwart the protestors. (6 Things had earlier covered this protest multiple times, including here.) Now, it has successfully negotiated with Apple to remove a specific “police-tracking app” that was being heavily used by protestors and also invoked an archaic colonial era law.
3. What more?
Aarey colony, a unique patch of forest in the heart of Mumbai, is in mourning. Despite heavy protests, almost 2000 of its trees were cut down last week to make way for the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited’s (MMRCL’s) Metro 3-car shed.
4. Anything else?
In a historic first, the ultra-conservative nation of Saudi Arabia has ruled that its women can join the armed forces.
5. Is that all?
“Politicians want to rein in the retail giant” Amazon. But Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men on this earth, is ready to fight back — armed with his intimate knowledge of cutthroat capitalism.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how democracy may be in mortal danger in Poland.