1. What’s the story?
Haryana and Maharashtra’s election results are out, and it seems like the exit polls were wrong. Though BJP and its allies finished with the largest number of seats, it did suffer serious setbacks in both states. According to experts, this may just be the first time after the Lok Sabha elections that the BJP juggernaut has come to a halt.
2. Where else should I keep my eyes on?
The Goanese coastline, that’s where. An unmanned tanker, holding a flammable liquid hydrocarbon mixture, has begun drifting towards the coast of Panaji — Goa’s capital.
3. What more?
After a lengthy negotiation period, India and Pakistan have finally signed the agreement regarding the Kartarpur corridor. The Kartarpur corridor leads to the Darbar Sahib, the shrine of Guru Nanak Dev in Kartarpur — that is situated within the boundaries of present-day Pakistan. There’s a catch to all this, though. “...about two weeks before the first jatha of pilgrims from India travels to Kartarpur Sahib, about 4 km across the International Border, however, there has been no progress on resolving the disagreement over a $20 fee that Pakistan intends to levy on each traveller.
4. Anything else?
We’re in the midst of a climate emergency, and, surprisingly enough, the biggest culprit in this worldwide decay of the environment may just be the fast fashion industry. According to a new report, the fashion industry produces 10% of all of humanity’s carbon emissions and is the second-largest consumer of the world’s water supply. It is also one of the biggest polluters of the ocean — filling earth’s water bodies with microplastics. (Quick recap: Microplastics are very small pieces of plastic that pollute the environment. Microplastics are not a specific kind of plastic, but rather any type of plastic fragment that is less than 5 mm in length.)
5. Is that all?
Canada recently had its federal elections, where Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party managed to form the minority government — with Trudeau holding on to his seat. Interestingly enough, Trudeau’s newly elected Parliament has 18 Sikh leaders — five more than in India.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how the iconic French comic series Asterix and Obelix celebrated its 60th birthday on 24th October by introducing its first main female character, Adrénaline.