1. What’s the story?
According to a horrifying new study, Indian states are utterly failing to help their mothers — with rural India, especially Uttar Pradesh, suffering the most. “Pregnant and nursing women in rural India have poor health, lack nutritious food, get little rest and are not getting the benefits of a new government scheme.”
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Banaras Hindu University, that’s where. In a bizarre act of defiance and narrow-mindedness, a large number of students have been protesting the appointment of a Muslim scholar in the Literature Department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan. Despite fervent opposition from many quarters, the protest shows no sign of dying down soon.
3. What more?
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is in the news again. In the past couple of years, hundreds of thousands of Assamese citizens have had to prove their Indian citizenship. Even though the NRC has been temporarily put on hold by the Assam Government since Wednesday, many other states, including West Bengal, may adopt it in the future.
4. Anything else?
Israel has again plunged into political disarray after its Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was indicted on corruption charges on Thursday. This latest development has only managed to heighten the uncertainty over political leadership in a nation that has already had two inconclusive elections over the last year.
5. Is that all?
India is apparently using “…a 134-year-old law designed for telegraphs to monitor people’s encrypted texts”, and it doesn’t seem to be going so well.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at the alarming climate emergency in Pakistan, where most of its glaciers are melting at once.