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Wednesday, June 3 2020

Let me just say this to the President of the United States on the behalf of the police chiefs in this country: Please, if you don't have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut, because you're putting men and women in their early twenties at risk… [I]t's time to be presidential and not try to be like you're on The Apprentice. This is not Hollywood; this is real life and real lives are at risk.

That’s Houston police chief Art Acevedo on CNN reacting to Trump’s not-constructive comments on the George Floyd protests—which have triggered ugly scenes of police violence. You can watch the clip here. Point to note: There have been many incidents of policemen and women kneeling in support of the protest. Illustration: Parth Savla

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Yet another cyclone comes our way

The TLDR: Even as Kolkata struggles to recover from the destruction wrought by Amphan, Mumbai is bracing for Nisarga—which is expected to make landfall at Alibag, 100 km south of the city. While the storm is losing some of its intensity—and likely won’t hit Mumbai directly—it may still cripple a city in the throes of a pandemic.

 

Tell me about Nisarga

  • It is currently 250 km off the coast of Maharashtra and is expected to make landfall by this afternoon. 
  • Yesterday, some meteorologists predicted that Nisarga will become a “severe cyclonic storm”: “Wind gusts as high as 120 to 130 km/hour would be possible near the landfall point, equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic or East Pacific Ocean basins.” 

 

Ok, so what is the government doing?

Over 100,000 residents have been evacuated—including Covid patients and slum dwellers on the shorelines. That sounds good but evacuation is a double-edged sword for residents already reeling from months of lockdown. 

 

How bad will it be in Mumbai?

 

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In today’s edition

  • Mark Zuckerberg faces a rebellion
  • Akshay Kumar is now PSA king
  • James Cameron annoys the Kiwis
  • A snappy, fun interview with author Rehana Munir
  • A seaweed to make cows burp
  • A guide to flying to India
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