Monday, December 7 2020

Dive In

I left engineering midway as I could not handle bullying and ragging. I have no regrets at all. I am lucky that I chose teaching and could bring change in students lives… I am a teacher and I will be a teacher for my whole life now.

That’s Ranjitsinh Disale who won the annual Global Teacher Prize for his outstanding contribution to the profession. He will share his prize money of $1 million with nine other finalists. Disale—a primary school teacher in a Maharashtra village—created an innovative QR code system to distribute textbooks, which is now used across the state. 

Big Story

Bangladesh’s worrying plan for the Rohingya

The TLDR: There are over one million Rohingya refugees—who have fled persecution in Myanmar—in Bangladesh. The government now plans to relocate 100,000 to an isolated island. But human rights activists say it is "a de facto prison island. It's like the Rohingya Alcatraz."


The camps: The refugees are settled in overcrowded settlements along the border. The greatest number are in the coastal city of Cox’s Bazar which is home to over one million—and is now the world’s largest refugee camp. The living conditions are unsurprisingly terrible. Families are crammed into flimsy bamboo shacks with very little sanitation. Children can’t go to school, sex and drug trafficking is rampant, and many don’t even have basic items like soap. But as a refugee sums it up: “Compared to Myanmar, Bangladesh still feels like paradise… But the conditions here are inhumane.”


In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • Say hello to our new Parliament
  • The farmers protest: A quick update
  • Pfizer India has applied for emergency use authorization
  • Walmart plans Flipkart IPO


Smart & Curious

  • How Gen Z is reclaiming the word ‘bimbo’
  • What makes a movie so bad it’s good?
  • Is ‘Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ must-watch trash or substandard garbage?

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