India calls Maldives’ extension of Emergency “unconstitutional”, elicits searing response
“The Government of Maldives takes note of the public statements issued by the Government of India that ignore the facts and ground realities with regard to the ongoing political developments in the Maldives,” says Maldives’ first direct response.
Updates on the Rohingya crisis
Bombs exploded in Rakhine’s capital Sittwe, though who was behind this remains unclear. Additionally, satellite images indicate that Myanmar authorities have razed down at least 55 Rohingya villages—effectively erasing any legal holdings the people (Rohingyas) had.
Pakistan riskiest country to be born in, says UNICEF
The UNICEF has released a report on the neo-natal mortality rates (deaths per 1,000 live births, before the babies turn a month old) of countries. Pakistan ranks the highest, while Japan has been deemed the safest. How does India fare?
Twin car bombings leave close to 40 dead in Mogadishu, Somalia
The explosions, one at the presidential palace and the other close to a popular hotel, were followed by gunfire. The al-Shabab have claimed responsibility for the attack. Full report here.
Indian Peacekeepers provide veterinary services to South Sudan farmers
In South Sudan, cattle are a valuable source of food, bartered as commodities, and given as dowry for marriage. The animals in this region are prone to diseases, and this service is being provided with the aim of reviving livestock in the region. Full report here.
Russian Church Shooting: 4 dead
Four people were killed and four others were injured after a gunman on Sunday opened fire on people leaving a church service in Russia’s Dagestan region, reports ANI.
Florida legislators vote down bill to ban assault rifles
This, even after members of Congress, state legislators, and student survivors of the Parkland shooting called for tougher gun control laws.
Taco Bell cashier uses racial slur to refer to Asian American customer
He gave the name ‘Steve’ to avoid the hassle of having to spell out his real name – but was outraged when a staff member then branded him ‘Steve Chink’ on the receipt. Full story here.
Trump Jr visits India to boost sales of luxury apartments
Donald Trump Jr. told the Times of India that the Trump Organization was turning down new business opportunities around the world because of his father’s position.
Trudeau visits India
PM Modi, who has earlier broken protocol to receive world leaders on several occasions, had not extended the same courtesy to Mr Trudeau, in what was seen as a snub over Mr Trudeau’s alleged soft stance over Khalistan supporters, reports NDTV.
Mathura towns will be promoted as pilgrimage destinations: Yogi Adityanath
“In this budget, we have given Rs. 100 crore for the development of this area. Mathura’s Barsana, Vrindavan, and Gokul towns will be promoted as pilgrimage destination,” Adityanath told ANI. This is not a first for him.
Avalanche in Himachal Pradesh
A BRO team, which was pressed into the rescue operation, pulled out a trapped jawan after several hours of efforts.
Singer Papon caught on camera molesting child
It started as a harmless live streaming on Facebook of Holi celebrations by the crew of the reality show Voice of India Kids, of which the singer is a judge. He can be seen kissing a girl on her lips, even as the cameraman exclaims in shock.
Kashmiri Women’s Day of Resistance observed on Feb 23
Yes. There is such a Day. Here are the details. Bharat is not mahaan after all.
Kerala tribal youth murdered by mob for stealing food
The man had reportedly stolen food items worth Rs.200 as he couldn’t afford it. ANI reports that the incident took place on February 22, when a tribal man died after being beaten by a group of people in Palakkad’s Attappadi village. The deceased has been identified as Madhu.
Actor Sridevi dies of cardiac arrest
Sridevi was reportedly with her husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi at the time of death. They were with the entire Kapoor family in UAE to attend the wedding ceremony of Mohit Marwah.
TN leaders unanimously decide to meet PM, demand CMB
The leaders will also press for a Cauvery Water Regulatory Authority. The TN govt has also accepted suggestions to consult legal experts and explore legal recourse options to the verdict. Full report here.
Kamal Haasan launches political party
Here‘s a blow-by-blow report.
Beach Festival violates Madras HC orders
The Spoken Wave Festival was all set to happen on the shores of Chennai. Until Shravan Krishnan filed a PIL and won (citing that the nesting of Olive Ridley turtles would be disturbed). The Madras HC gave very specific conditions under which the event could be conducted. The organisers simply didn’t toe the line.
Mother Nature acknowledges Save Ennore Creek campaign
And my heart sings! Check it out here.
Well, today’s theme seems to be nature and conservation.
This is a fascinating read. Anything I quote will be a spoiler 🙂
The Amazon molly practices asexual reproduction, and give birth to exact clones of the mothers. According to experts, the species should have gone extinct by now. But here they are, very much alive and kicking (or should I say swimming?).
Think you understand Nature? Think again.