I thought it would be a great idea to put together important happenings every week so you folks can stay informed even if you don’t read a daily. My “week” starts Sunday and ends Saturday. So here’s the first installment and inaugural Weekly Fix:
1. Earthquake hits Tibet ahead of Tibetan New Year
An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude shook Nyingchi, a remote area in Tibet, on the disputed border between China and India. It happened in the early hours of Saturday. No casualties have been reported, though several houses have been reportedly damaged.
2. Scientists issue second warning to the world about the planet’s health
More than 16,000 scientists from 184 countries published a warning about the unsustainable lives we lead, and how we are putting the world on a fast track towards destruction. This is the second warning, the first was issued in 1992. Here’s one of the many distressing facts: ocean dead zones on Earth have increased by 75% since the publication of the first warning. Bring it on, I can handle this.
3. 19 arrested in Sri Lanka following sectarian violence
Sri Lankan elite police forces arrested 19 people today following Buddhist-Muslim street clashes. There are unconfirmed reports that suggest that the violence broke out after an incident involving a Buddhist biker and a Muslim woman. Tell me more.
4. Ruling party, Zimbabweans want President Mugabe to step down
Mugabe refused to step down as President, even as his power seems to have come under check thanks to members of his own party. The trigger is reported to be the firing of Mnangagwa, touted to be his successor, so Mugabe’s wife can take over. That’s crazy!
5. Australians vote for legalising same-sex marriage
It feels good to have some good news.
1. Ryan International murder case shrouded in mystery
Pradhyuman Thakur, an eight-year-old, was found murdered in the bathroom of his school, Ryan International, in Bhondsi on September 8. Haryana Police immediately arrested the school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, who had allegedly confessed to sexually assaulting the boy and murdering him. Ashok Kumar later took back his confession (September 13), after which the case was handed over to the CBI (September 15). Their investigation made a startling revelation: a Class XI student had confessed to murdering the child so the school would declare a holiday and a looming PTA meeting could be postponed. The 16-year-old took back his confession on November 14. But who killed Pradhyuman?
2. Sugarcane growers struggle on in Punjab, Maharashtra
Sugarcane growers in Punjab, specifically of the Doabha Sangarsh Committee, continued to protest after talks with the Amarinder Singh-led government proved inconclusive: the farmers wanted sugarcane price to be hiked to Rs. 350 per quintal.
Meanwhile, police fired at sugarcane farmers who had taken to the streets of Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, demanding a hike in the fair and remunerative price (FRP) of sugarcane.
3. Moody’s upgrades India to BAA3 from BAA2
It’s a credit rating, and it means we are stable in terms of credit ratings. Here’s a fun explainer.
4. 401 test positive for dengue in Himachal Pradesh
The state is on high alert, and Health Minister Kaul Singh Thakur on Tuesday directed the state health department to take precautionary measures to prevent further spread. Read on.
5. Hardik Patel’s former aides join BJP
6. Miss World 2017 is from India
Manushi Chhillar, a 20-year-old medical student from Haryana, won the coveted title today (November 18).
1. I-T department swoops down on properties of Sasikala, her connections, and Poes Garden
2. Two stalking cases within a week
On Tuesday, an engineering student was burnt alive, in her residence, by her stalker. He is her former classmate and she had rejected his romantic overtures. He has since been arrested by the police. Full story here.
On Thursday, the son of Tamil actor Bhuvaneshwari was arrested for stalking and harassing his former schoolmate.
3. In a shocker, man caught for mugging reveals that he raped or sexually assaulted 50 women
Madhan Arivalagan (28) was being questioned about a mugging case when police stumbled upon videos of him sexually assaulting women on his mobile phone. Police believe he has psychiatric issues and is currently interrogating his family and friends.
Well, that’s all for the week, I guess.
Let’s hope the next week is less depressing!