Expert bodies suggest measures to fight killer heat waves(DownToEarth , Health, GS Paper 2)

Long-term planning, combined with immediate preventive measures, can be the key More than 2,000 people have died in India’s current heat wave, the second deadliest in the country’s history. Amid fears of more lives being lost, two international expert bodies have issued a set of recommendations to battle the heat.

Stateless and left out at sea (Hindu,Myanmar ethnic crisis,World News)

The images of emaciated Rohingyas stranded mid-sea and reports of mass graves of trafficked people in Thailand and Malaysia, which have shocked the world, speak of a history of ethnicity-based marginalisation where certain groups are victims of systematic oppression The images of thousands of emaciated migrants on boats sent back

The blight of militarisation( Sri Lanka,IR)

Maithripala Sirisena’s victory over Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Sri Lankan presidential elections in January 2015 was enabled by massive support from minorities in the country — the Tamils and Muslims. Clearly, the mandate was not just for a more accountable and democratic government that would reverse the creeping authoritarianism and