1. What’s the story?
Yesterday was the festival of lights. We hope you had a good time celebrating. However, many people didn’t. In one of the gloomiest Diwalis in years, numerous industries including tourism and retail reported low numbers. Unemployment was also high this year, leading to not enough money being circulated throughout the economy. The situation looks quite grim.
2. Where else should I keep my eyes on?
Syria, that’s where. In a major development that could have wide repercussions across the world (and especially in the Middle East), ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, “the shadowy leader of the Islamic State group who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world’s most wanted man, is believed dead after being targeted by a US military raid in Syria.” US President Donald Trump, in his characteristic manner, teased a major announcement on Saturday night, tweeting that “something major has just happened.”
3. What more?
Considering the continuous negative impact on health and life among human settlements, the Delhi Government has announced a census of monkeys in the city. “After two decades of effort, the government has now roped in the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, to study the “numbers and behaviour” of the animal.”
4. Anything else?
In Kashmir, that state still under partial lockdown and sporadic communication failure, “the family of a boy killed in August is still trying to prove he died.”
5. Is that all?
In a fascinating bit of news, according to a new report, “scientists monitored human waste from 60 million people in 37 countries to discover how the world gets high.” And it has thrown up surprising results.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how the lives of the refugees rescued at sea last year have actually turned out.