Monday, 3 October, 2022

Topic: Cuba

Cuba in total blackout after Hurricane Ian caused power grid to collapse

Cuba’s 11.3 million left in the dark, aftermath of the Category 3 hurricane that plowed through the island- provoked the system failure.

Cuba approves gay marriage in historic referendum, President says ‘justice has been done’

The law legalizes same-sex marriage & civil unions, allows same-sex couples to adopt kid, and promotes equal sharing of domestic rights & responsibilities between men & women.

US resists pressure from Mexico, excludes Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua from Summit of Americas

According to people in the know, the decision is based on concerns about lack of democracy & respect for human rights in these countries.

Never met patient who got cancer from beedi — MPs back ‘Indian cigar’ at RSS-linked event

RSS affiliates Swadeshi Jagran Manch and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, and All India Beedi Industry Federation, organise event to protest proposed changes to tobacco law.

What is Havana syndrome, mysterious illness that struck CIA chief’s team member on India visit

CIA Director William Burns' team was in India earlier this month when a member experienced symptoms of Havana syndrome, a mysterious illness that first struck US diplomats in 2016.

Cuba sees biggest anti-govt protests in decades, dozens arrested

The Cuban govt also blocked access to some social media and messaging sites as President Miguel Diaz-Canel blamed social media for fanning the flames of discontent.

Raul Castro announces resignation as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending long era

Ending an era that began with the 1959 Cuban revolution, Castro said he was retiring with the sense of having 'fulfilled his mission and confident in the future of the fatherland.'

India prepares to test Itolizumab, the drug credited for lowering Covid mortality in Cuba

The drug will go under trial in six hospitals in India, including AIIMS-Delhi, KEM Hospital in Mumbai and Narayana Health in Bengaluru. 

Cuba has enough doctors, free healthcare to fight Covid-19. But there’s one problem

Cuba has several advantages, including free healthcare, world’s highest ratio of doctors to population, and positive health indicators.

Hoaxposed: Video of children twerking in school is actually from Cuba

The video went viral in India on the back of claims that it happens in the country’s ‘convent’ schools.

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Illustration by Prajna Ghosh | ThePrint

Over 38% inmates in Indian jails are OBCs, 10% increase in a decade, study finds

Religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Sikhs, have been overrepresented among prison inmates for years now, but there have been some shifts in the last decade, NCRB data shows.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.


Naval Group & IIT Goa signing agreement to extend partnership on 28 September | Twitter @navalgroup

France’s Naval Group, IIT Goa extend R&D deal for underwater surveillance, submarine imaging

Agreement will act as catalyst for improving analysis of data collected by underwater sensors through application of neural systems & AI.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.