1. What’s the story?
Kashmir is still off the grid. Even though a government circular issued on Tuesday was apparently supposed to restore internet in the state, the reality is still far from perfect. With only “institutional access and ‘whitelisted’ sites”, Kashmir is still reeling. The Government has been citing national security as the reason for these strict regulations. Human rights experts, however, feel that freedom of expression of the common people is being curbed.
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Uttar Pradesh, that’s where. Merely days after the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed by the Central Government, the Uttar Pradesh Government managed to draw up a list of more than 32,000 refugees. However, this move raises several questions “because the centre has not yet notified the rules for the implementation of the CAA.”
3. What more?
Amidst all this unrest across the nation, here’s a quintessentially unifying story from Kerala — “a Muslim theyyam in a Hindu ritual.” (Quick recap: Theyyam is a traditional form of worship and performance art in Kerala.)
4. Anything else?
Early this month, the Patiala House court issued a warrant of execution on 22nd January for the convicts accused of brutally raping and murdering Jyoti Singh in 2012. However, things have been delayed.. In a new development in this now (in)famous case, “the reason for the delay is that there has to be a gap of at least 14 days between the rejection of the convicts’ mercy petitions.”
5. Is that all?
In a dramatic turn of events, the entire Russian Government has resigned after President Vladimir Putin proposed reforms that would change the country’s constitution and strengthen his grip on power.
6. Before you leave…
Take a look at how in the Philippines, fleeing an active volcano has meant the loss of livelihoods for thousands.