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The Weekly Focus 67

What’s going on in Myanmar

A military coup took place in Myanmar in February, and Prime Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, who also received a Nobel Peace Prize, was removed from her position. During that military coup, corruption charges were headed against Aung San Suu Kyi. A trial date for her hearing is set for 1st October. The charges against her are as followed, two counts of flouting COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, illegally importing walkie-talkies that were for her bodyguards’ use and the unlicensed use of the radios, but the main allegation is corruption. Many of her supporters are insisting on the fact that this is a political stunt by the military to seize her power and silence her. Furthermore, they want freedom and true democracy. On the contrary, reports from the anti-corruption suggest that Ms Suu Kyi illegally accepted 7 gold bars and $600,000 from the former chief minister of Yangon Region, a political ally.

Vaccine updates

After a relatively slow start, India’s vaccination campaign has sped up rapidly, with nearly 80 crore doses administered, and 20 crore people fully vaccinated. Yesterday, India hit a record milestone by administrating 2.23 crore doses in just a day, which shattered previous records. At this pace, India should be at pre-Covid levels before the year ends, that is if the third wave or new variants which don’t work with the vaccine don’t come up. Uttar Pradesh is currently leading in the state-wise vaccinations, with close to 10 crore doses, and Maharashtra second with 7.2 crore doses administered. 38.5% of the world has been vaccinated, although the doses have not been distributed. Only 2 countries in Africa have administered more than 10 million doses, while almost all European nations have vaccinated over 50% of their population. Countries such as China, the USA and most of the EU have vaccinated more than enough people to open their economies, and many more countries including developing ones, are on their way to achieving the same.

Virat Kohli has dropped T20I captaincy

On Thursday Afternoon Indian skipper Virat Kohli made the huge decision to drop the T20I captaincy due to the workload. But he will be dropping the T20I captaincy only after the T20 world cup gets over. This decision had to be taken by the vice-captain Rohit Sharma, presidents, selectors, coaches and of course, Virat himself had to make the final decision. The top contender for T20 captaincy for Team India after the T20 world cup is Rohit Sharma, but there are others who are also in contention. However, after Virat Kohli took this decision, fans were in total shock, though there was a rumour about this spread a few days back but was declared fake and then Virat Kohli himself said that he is dropping the T20 captaincy. There are even rumours saying that Virat Kohli wants to remove Rohit Sharma as vice-captain in ODI’s.

Other News

  • China now incentivising women to have babies as the population is set to decline.

  • North Korea has discovered a way to launch missiles from trains, video surfaces.

  • The UK and the US help Australia build its first nuclear submarine.

  • Sir Clive Sinclair, the inventor of the pocket calculator dies aged 81.

  • PM Modi celebrated his 71st birthday yesterday.

  • NZ’s first tour of Pakistan was abandoned minutes before the first match due to security threats.

  • Ronaldo scores 2 goals making a dream comeback to Manchester United as they beat Newcastle 4-1, before losing to Young Boys in the UCL.

  • IPL players already as the second leg of the IPL is set to start tomorrow, in the UAE.

  • Barcelona starts their Champion’s League with a 3-0 loss against Bayern Munich.

Tech News

  • iPhone 13 is the most expensive in Brazil, India and other countries, while the iPhone 13 is the cheapest in the USA

  • The screen of the Macbook M1 is very fragile

  • The new 2021 iPad and iPad mini are available for pre-order

  • There has been a huge leak for Windows 11

Fahrenheit 451 Author: Ray Bradbury

Rating: ★★★★

Genre: Science fiction, Dystopian Fiction.

Review: Fahrenheit 451 is a classic science fiction novel and a powerful commentary on humankind's urge to suppress what it doesn't understand. The shadow of the Cold War looms over the plot, which may confuse some younger readers, but the truths Ray Bradbury unearths are timeless. Sometime in the near future, Guy Montag works as a fireman -- starting fires, rather than putting them out, burning the last few books in a society that views reading as dangerous. After his wife, half-heartedly attempts suicide and an inquisitive young neighbour is killed, Montag begins to question his life's work. He keeps a stash of volumes away from the flames, and before he quite knows what is happening, he is taking huge risks to save what he once destroyed.

On 12th September 1959, the USSR launched Luna 2 which became the first spacecraft to land on the moon.

On 13th September 1845, the Faraday effect was discovered by Michael Faraday.

On 14th September 1868, Tom Morris hit the first-ever recorded hole-in-one.

On 15th September 1928, penicillin was discovered by Alexander Fleming, a Scottish bacteriologist.

On 16th September 1997, Steve Jobs became the CEO of Apple.

On 17th September 1787, delegates signed the US Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention.

On 18th September 1947, the CIA officially started after being established by President Truman.

An office desk has almost 300 times more germs than a toilet seat

Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri

Article 1 by Arhaan Zaveri

Article 3 by Krishnav Bubna

Review by Dia Makhecha and Saveer Solanki

This Week in History by Nirvaan Zaveri

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