What ever happens in your locality, this is something you need to know. You can not just ignore them. When you are discussing with someone and he uses a current scenario as an example. Now how will you know what is the context of this discussion. Next person considered that you already know the news. Which areas are safe for late night roaming? Which is the best locality for living? If you have to find a new one, What important decision the government has taken related to the taxation? What are new takes government has added? What is happening on our border? You must have knowledge of these as a citizen of this country it is going to affect you too.