Weekly Fix: Taiwan’s earthquake, Maldives’ Political Crisis, and more

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Source: The New York Times


Taiwan hit by massive earthquake: 265 injured, 62 missing

The quake of magnitude 6.4 hit the island nation around 3:50 PM GMT on February 6. Here’s the latest update. Also, take a look at Nat Geo’s report on this event.

Maldives in deep crisis

Who would’ve thought ‘Maldives’ and ‘crisis’ would be used in the same sentence? Okay okay here’s a gist: the Maldives Supreme Court ordered the release of some Opposition lawmakers, which the President, Abdulla Yameen, refused to do. He also imposed a 15-day state of emergency. The who, why, what, and how.

China expands military bases on Indian Ocean

If an op-ed by an Australian research scholar is anything to go by, China is on its way to create a Chinese colony. Sigh.


Engineering student commits suicide

A first-year student of Bengaluru’s Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering committed suicide by hanging herself at her house on Friday. Her family alleged that she was bullied by four classmates and a faculty member for losing in class representative elections. Police are still probing the case. Details here.

Opposition demands probe in Justice Loya case

A team of leaders from 13 opposition parties, led by Rahul Gandhi, met with President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the need for a high-level probe into the case. More here.

Man, released after 20 years in prison, asks to be taken back

Pushkar Dutt Bhatt of Uttarakhand is unable to find livelihood and a place to live, has asked to be imprisoned. No don’t feel sorry for him yet.

Brahmin outfit threatens to agitate against Manikarnika

They haven’t watched the shooting, nor been given any previews. Yet, they will fight for the honour of Brahmin queens. One word: LOL!


Hike in bus fare makes Chennai commuters switch to trains

Bus fare has almost doubled, leaving commuters to resort to the cheaper suburban railways and MRTS. More here. Also, talks on wage revision for transport workers have begun.

Chennai airport to get audited for security by UN body

Well, let’s hope the fancy glass ceilings don’t fall on ’em 😛 . More here.

Police gatecrash gangster’s birthday party, nab 75 history-sheeters

Straight out of a Gautham Vasudev Menon movie, this.

Cheating charges on Deepa

J Deepa, former CM Jayalalithaa’s niece, allegedly borrowed ₹1.12 crore from a group of moneylenders, promising them political power in return.


This is a new section, and I’ll be providing links to articles I feel are must-reads. They do not fall under any specific category. Here’s the inaugural set:

1. The female price of male pleasure – The Week

While women imagined the low end to include the potential for extremely negative feelings and the potential for pain, men imagined the low end to represent the potential for less satisfying sexual outcomes, but they never imagined harmful or damaging outcomes for themselves. [“Intimate Justice: Sexual satisfaction in young adults“]

Pain is normal, if you’re a woman. It has been normalised. Did you know most painkillers aren’t tailored for the female body? How about sex? It’s scarily common to hear “The first time will be painful, you’ll have to bear it”. A woman is brought up, conditioned to think that sex is meant for her to provide her man with pleasure, but never feel any pleasure. Oh well, eases the pressure on men to perform, why not tell women they can’t seek pleasure? Easy way out!

Read on for eye-opening facts. Especially if you’re a hetero cis man who wants to make the world a better place.

2. A game of chicken: how India’s poultry farms are spawning superbugs – The Hindu

“Colistin is the last line of defence,” said Professor Walsh, who is also an adviser to the United Nations on antimicrobial resistance. “It is the only drug we have left to treat critically ill patients with a carbapenem-resistant infection. Giving it to chickens as feed is crazy.”

An investigative piece on how the unchecked use of colistin to accelerate the growth of chickens has improved the resistance of a certain type of bacteria towards drugs, strengthening them against antibiotics.

3. Parayan, poramboku and devadasi: The dark casteist history of these common words – The Print

T M Krishna explains the original and degenerated current meanings of the three Tamil words, and sets context for Vairamuthu’s Thamizhai Aandal.

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