Water crisis in India. According to the India Meteorological Department, the pre-monsoon rainfall from March to April — critical to agriculture in several parts of the country — has recorded a 27% deficit. An analysis by scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, suggests that about half of the country is in the grip of a drought.
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A Kurdish YPG fighter in February, 2015. People’s Protection Units or YPG have been considered one of the most effective forces in fighting ISIS in Syria. The YPJ, the all-female brigade of the YPG, is also thought to be feared by ISIS, who believes that if a woman kills them in battle, it will be a disgrace and dishonor, and will prohibit them from entering paradise.
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