A report by NGO 'Watchdog Group Global Witness' says that at least 212 environmental activists were murdered in 2019 alone and it is the deadliest record in history. Most deaths were in Colombia, the Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. However, the NGO thinks the number is likely higher due to unreported and misrepresented cases.
The Patna Police team in Mumbai investigating the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput said that his ex-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty must come forward and join the investigation. Gupteshwar Pandey, Bihar’s director general of police said that they are not out to frame anyone but if Rhea has nothing to hide, she must have the courage to face investigation.
Students in Thailand took to the street protesting against the discriminatory rules on uniforms and haircuts. They also demanded from the Govt greater gender rights and replacement of outdated curriculum with new one. Students of mixed age, including secondary schools pupils, carried placards and rainbow flags. Onlookers cheered and applauded them.
A UN report on terrorism says that ISIS terrorists are present in Kerala and Karnataka in significant numbers. In May 2019, ISIS claimed to have established a new "province" in India. The new branch is called “Wilayah of Hind” (India Province). It also noted that the al-Qaida group has 150-200 militants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
The US said that new international students who are opting for online-only study would not be allowed to enter into the country. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement also urged school officials not to issue a Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status to students who are outside of the country.
The Centre has given a green signal to the Permanent Commissioning of women in all non-combat streams in the Army. Army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand read out the formal Government Sanction Letter for grant of Permanent Commission to women. This would help to empower women officers to shoulder larger roles in the organisation, he said.