A storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal is likely to be a significant one for India and Bangladesh next week. When this storm forms, it will be the first of the year for the Northern Indian Ocean and receive the name Amphan.
The sea surface temperatures in the region are very warm, providing ample fuel for Amphan to become the equivalent of a major hurricane. Forecast models have consistently shown the storm becoming quite strong.
This region of the world has two distinct tropical cyclone seasons - April to June and October to November. This marks the months immediately before and after the southwest Indian monsoon season. During the monsoon season upper level winds are not favourable for tropical cyclone development.
French police arrested one of the last key suspects in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, describing him as its “financier” and one of the world’s most wanted fugitives.
Felicien Kabuga, once one of Rwanda’s richest men, was living under a false identity in the Paris suburbs. The operation resulted in the arrest of a fugitive who has been sought by the judicial authorities for 25 years.
Around 800,000 people, Tutsis but also moderate Hutus, were slaughtered over 100 days by ethnic Hutu extremists during the 1994 genocide.
As the deadline for a response to a fresh proposal of India rejoining negotiations on the ASEAN-led trade Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) ran out, officials indicated that global post Coronavirus concerns over China had strengthened India’s opposition to the grouping.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced India’s decision to quit the grouping, which includes the 10 ASEAN nations, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea in November, citing lack of protection for India’s agricultural and other sectors.
After pulling out of the grouping, India skipped at least two separate meetings it was invited to, including one in Bali in February, and a virtual RCEP meeting in April.
Lynn Shelton, an independent filmmaker who directed Humpday and Little Fires Everywhere, has died. She was 54.
Lynn Shelton had become the leading voice of the new American independent cinema movement. She caused waves with her low-budget films, then made splashes through her work on television including Mad Men, Fresh Off the Boat, The Mindy Project and GLOW.
She directed four episodes of the Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere, starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.