Weekly Fix: High school shooting, gender crimes, CAMPA, and more earthquake

Tribal women carry bundles of twigs and leaves near Shantiniketan, 150 km (95 miles) northwest of Calcutta on March 18, 2004. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw/Files
Source: Reuters


Parkland Shooting latest of school shooting incidents; survivors rally for gun control

On February 14, Nikolas Cruz, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida, walked into the school and opened fire on students. President Trump offered “thoughts and prayers”, and spoke about mental illness, giving the country’s problematic gun control a miss. Check out the entire timeline of the shooting here.

WHO tightens guidelines to check the surge of C-Sections

Specifically, the UNO’s health wing has called for the elimination of the “one centimetre per hour” dilation benchmark, as pregnancy is unique to every woman and what applies to one may not apply to another. Details here.

Pakistan court awards death sentence for man who raped minor

Imran Ali was found guilty of abducting, raping, and murdering a 7-year-old girl in Kasur. Small step forward for womankind.

66 die in Iran plane crash

Aseman Airlines’ commercial plane went down in a mountainous region in central Iran. More here.

Earthquake of 7.2 magnitude hits Oaxaca, Mexico

A helicopter carrying Interior Minister Alfonso Navarette and Governor Alejandro Murat, who were surveying the damage, crashed immediately after, killing two people. The ministers were not seriously injured, according to officials. More here.

Baloch Republican Party protests in Munich against Pak atrocities

The Baloch Republican Party’s (BRP) Germany chapter has held a rally and a protest demonstration in Munich on the occasion of the Munich Security Conference conducted in the city (ANI). More here.


Punjab National Bank uncovers fraudulent transactions by Nirav Group, Nirav Modi evades arrest

Punjab National Bank (PNB), a PSU, has discovered fraudulent transactions to the tune of Rs 11,400 crore in one of its Mumbai branches and has filed a complaint with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) even as concern of other banks being involved is being raised. For a detailed timeline, head here.

Tripura goes to elections

This will be the first direct face-off in the country between the Left and the  Right.

Mother and daughter accused of “witchcraft”, forced to eat human excreta in Jharkhand

Their heads were also tonsured by their own relatives. Excuse me for not being able type further about this. Head here for the full deal.

Cooperative spinning mills in Maharashtra to go for privatisation

The state’s new Textile Policy allows cooperative spinning mills and powerloom societies to change the use of land, which allows them to engage in other than industrial purposes. As per the policy, cooperative spinning mills and powerloom societies will be allowed to be privatised, provided they are ready to return to the government the equity, loan and interest thereupon, a government official said.

Draft rules of the Compensatory Afforestation Act notified by Environment Ministry

As is clear from the name, the Act aims to make up for the forest cover lost due to use of forest land for non-forest purposes. A fund for this purpose will be established at the national level. 90% of the funds will be distributed among the states. Here’s an explainer.

Jignesh Mevani detained ahead of Ahmedabad rally

The Independent MLA was on his way to join a rally against the death of Dalit activist Bhanu Vankar. Full report here.


Cat meat used in lieu of mutton in roadside eateries

Yes. I shuddered too. This has been happening for nearly two decades now! An investigation, led by People for Animals (PFA) with police support after they received complaints about missing cats, led to a jarring answer to the mystery. Here‘s the full story.

Software engineer attacked late night when on her way to work, three arrested

The three men stopped her, attacked her with an iron rod, and made away with her mobile phone, gold chain, and scooter. Details here.

Kamal Haasan invites Rajnikanth to his Madurai meeting

According to The Hindu, Haasan termed the meeting as a “courtesy call” and said that it was a “meeting of friends. This is not related to politics.”

He also said, “I have been meeting people who I like before I start my journey. In the last 40 years, it is a custom in both of our families that if there is some event in my house, we will invite Rajini’s family and vice versa.”


1. The 11 cities most likely to run out of water – like Cape Town – BBC

Bangalore figures in the list 😐

2. Smart Phone Detox: How to Power Down In A Wired World – NPR

A growing number of doctors and psychologists are concerned about our relationship with the phone. There’s a debate about what to call the problem. Some say “disorder” or “problematic behavior.” Others think over-reliance on a smartphone can become a behavioral addiction, like gambling.

“It’s a spectrum disorder,” says Dr. Anna Lembke, a psychiatrist at Stanford University, who studies addiction. “There are mild, moderate and extreme forms.” And for many people, there’s no problem at all.

In this way, the phone is kind of like alcohol, Lembke says. Moderate alcohol consumption can be beneficial, for some people.


3. The Secret History of Menstruation – JSTOR

Did you cringe when you read “menstruation”? Then this one’s a must read for you.

4. Meet the most vitriolic Valentine’s Day haters around the world – Scroll.in

It’s sort of comforting to know that India is not the only country with a stick up its arse.

5. The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking” – Vox

An interesting history of how the advent of automobiles made a villain out of pedestrians.

Happy reading people 🙂

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