1. What’s the story?
The history of the Bru refugee in Tripura is a tragic one. “The Brus–spread across Tripura, Mizoram and parts of southern Assam–are the most populous tribe in Tripura. Also known as Reangs in the state, they are ethnically different from the Mizos, with their own distinct language and dialect and form one of the 21 scheduled tribes of Tripura.” In the later 1990s, more than half of Mizoram’s ethnic Bru population fled to Tripura, following violent clashes with the local Mizo population. Now, after many reptatriation attempts, the Government has decided to permanently settle the displaced community in Tripura. The Brus themselves have mixed feelings about this.
2. Where else should I be keeping my eyes on?
Delhi, that’s where. With Assembly Elections fast approaching, the Aam Admi Party’s insistence on fighting on local issues is posing to be a challenge for BJP.
3. What more?
Eight Keralaites have mysteriously perished in a Nepal resort, prompting the department of Non-Resident Keralaites Affairs (NORKA) to step in.
4. Anything else?
Mohun Bagan, the oldest football club in the country, has merged with ATK. From next year, it is all set to move away from the I-League and join the Indian Super League, with its newly minted combined team of ATK-Mohun Bagan. Is this a legacy lost, or the dawn of a new era?
5. Is that all?
The mysterious virus that has ailed large swathes of China is spreading faster than previously thought, and medical professionals are at a loss as to how to deal with it. “The number of confirmed cases tripled over the weekend, and it is now clear that the virus is spread by human-to-human contact.”
6. Before you leave…
Take a fascinating look at how humans used to boil water before the invention of pots.