The Narendra Modi government scraps Kashmir’s special status under Indian constitution

India has repealed Article 370 of the Constitution of India, which grants special status to the restive state of Jammu & Kashmir. This law gave J&K autonomy over its affairs, except in foreign affairs, defence, and communication. Addressing parliament today (Aug. 5) following two days of heightened security in the state, home minister Amit Shah […]

Tip your delivery worker in cash, not via an app

Food-delivery startup DoorDash came under fire earlier this year for using customer tips to subsidize driver pay. DoorDash promises workers, which it calls Dashers, a “guaranteed minimum” payment on each order. It counts customer tips toward that minimum, rather than on top of it. Here’s how DoorDash explains this on its help page: DoorDash DoorDash […]

Southern California’s strongest earthquake in 20 years happened in a desert

In a state where many people live in fear of “the Big One,” it could have been worse. Yesterday evening a 7.1 magnitude earthquake, the strongest to hit Southern California in 20 years, happened well away from major population centers. The earthquake, hitting just after 8pm, was centered in the Mojave Desert, and followed a […]

India’s union budget brings bad news for some big listed companies

The Indian government wants promoters of listed companies to hold a lower stake—and the stock market isn’t excited about that. In her union budget speech today (July 5), finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed an increase in the minimum public shareholding in listed companies to 35% from 25% now. The budget announcement saw shares of two […]

A southern state has dealt India’s renewable energy industry a fresh blow

A darling of India’s renewable energy industry until not very long ago, the southern state of Andhra Pradesh has now taken a hard line against high tariffs being paid to developers. On July 1, chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s newly-elected state government formed a committee “to review, negotiate and bring down the high wind and solar […]

More than 1 million Muslims are detained in China—but how did we get that number?

Numerous numbers of ethnic Uyghur Muslims are being held by Chinese authorities in western China’s Xinjiang under the guise of “re-education” against extremist thought—and the search for an accurate number of those detained remains elusive. The tightening control of a region home to one of China’s largest ethnic minorities deepened in the wake of deadly ethnic […]