1. What’s the story?
In news that has been taking the world by storm, messaging giant WhatsApp has confirmed that “… journalists and human rights activists in India have been targets of surveillance. The Indian victims of illegal spying were among those globally spied upon by unnamed entities using Israeli spyware, Pegasus, which is a software created by an Israeli company.” Around 17 activists have confirmed that they have received messages from WhatsApp informing them of being victims of illegal spying. These include academics like Anand Teltumbde and Saroj Giri, as well as activists and journalists like Sidhant Sibal and Shubhranshu Choudhary.
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Jammu and Kashmir, that’s where. 31st October 2019 is a significant date for this newly restructured state and union territory.
3. What more?
Veteran CPI leader and one of the main critics of the Bofors scam, Gurudas Dasgupta, passed away in Kolkata on Thursday. He was 83. A well-respected trade union leader of AITUC, he had also been elected as member Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha multiple times. (Quick recap: AITUC or the All India Trade Union Congress is the oldest trade union federation in India.)
4. Anything else?
In more hacking stories, early this week, a cybersecurity expert made public that the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant might have been victim of a cyberattack. The Government, in a strange set of events, first denied the story and then went ahead and accepted the allegations. Here’s how it all unfolded.
5. Is that all?
In an interesting development, German farmers have sued Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration over its failure to meet climate protection targets. The court has initially dismissed the first-ever climate lawsuit, but things might not be over yet.
6. Before you leave…
Read about how this man “had a bag of weed removed from his nose after 18 years.”