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This Little Beetle Might Cost Coffee Prices to Skyrocket

This year's coffee crop is in danger. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Coffee plantations throughout India are battling the white stem borer beetles. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Bad news for coffee drinkers and farmers: Most American coffee drinkers probably haven’t heard of the white stem borer beetle but they’ll soon notice the damage these insects are capable of. The beetles have been attacking the bark and stems of the arabica coffee plants that make up many of India’s coffee plantations. India is currently the world’s sixth largest producer of coffee and Reuters reports that unusually warm weather this year has caused the beetles to thrive. [Reuters]

The story of the boy tied to the Mumbai bus stop: Lakhan Kale, a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy in Mumbai, made headlines earlier this year when it was discovered that his grandmother regularly tied him to a bus stop while she went to work. CNN reporter Mallika Kapur looks at Lakhan’s story and the reality of what life is like for millions of disabled Indians. [CNN]

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New Study Says South Asia is The Most Corrupt Region on Earth

Raise your hand if you are surprised that South Asia is the most corrupt region in the world. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Raise your hand if you are surprised that South Asia is the most corrupt region in the world. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Surprise, surprise! A new report by the watchdog group Transparency International has found that South Asia is “the worst region in the world when it comes to corruption.” Sigh. (Associated Press)

Attention: Pat Sajak. The longtime Wheel of Fortune host recently said that he believed that global warming was fake. Tell that to the people of Pakistan. The organization Climate Asia found that the Pakistanis they surveyed were deeply concerned about the Earth’s rising temperature, despite the fact that many of them were unfamiliar with the term “global warming.” (The Guardian)

An avoidable statistic. India leads the world in newborn deaths, with a large number taking place within 24 hours of birth. Most of these deaths are avoidable, a study in the Lancet and public health officials say. (NYT)

Meet the teenager at the center of #handlegate: As you may have heard, the @PMOIndia Twitter account was recently a victim of the power battle between India’s two biggest political parties. In the midst of all of the confusion, 19-year-old Qaiser Ali was briefly able to register the handle before his parents “scolded me and told me to apologise to all the people of India.” (BBC)

Save the date.  Narendra Modi’s swearing in as the new Prime Minister of India is all set for Monday and,as a somewhat unexpected gesture of goodwill, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is on the guest list. (CNN)

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