1. What’s the story?
In one of the worst fires ever reported in the capital, more than 43 people were killed, and many others injured when a massive fire broke out in a building housing illegal manufacturing units in North Delhi. Even though preliminary investigations suggest that a short circuit might have been behind the deadly blaze, investigations are still on regarding the exact nature of the fire. The building owner and manager have been arrested by the police.
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Maharashtra, that’s where.
3. What more?
The Karnataka bypolls were held last Thursday, and results are set to be announced on Monday. Even though only 15 seats went to polls this time around, they might hold the four-month old Yediyurappa Government’s fate in their hands. (Quick recap: A bypoll is an election held to fill a vacancy arising during a government’s term of office.)
4. Anything else?
The current UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, seems to be wooing his Indian votebank hard. Ahead of the crucial UK elections set to be held this Thursday, Johnson heaped praise on Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, signalling a favourable diplomatic relationship between the UK and India if Johnson’s current Tory administration comes back to power again.
5. Is that all?
It’s been six months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. For the past half year, these protests have reshaped Asian and world politics, and caused the Chinese juggernaut to come to a momentary halt. On Sunday, a massive rally marking this anniversary saw a sea of protestors “pour out on streets, calling for elections and inquiry into police tactics.”
6. Before you leave…
Read about how, in a bizarre commentary on the price of art and the increasingly gimmicky modern art industry, “…an artwork of an overripe banana duct-taped to a wall that sold for $120,000 (£91,000) has been eaten by a separate performance artist.”