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The Weekly Focus Edition 105

Paying Tribute to the Big Bull

On the morning of 14th August, the world was met with the shocking news of the passing of Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. He was the most successful investor in the Indian stock market, also known as the Warren Buffet of India, and he had an unmatched vision for the future. Some of the companies he had invested in were unknown at the time of investment, but since then have grown exponentially and now are huge corporations. An example of this would be Titan, which he bought at a mere ₹3, and it is now within touching distance of ₹2,500. He earned his masters degree in Chartered Accounting, graduating from Sydenham college in 1985, and started investing around the same time with just ₹5000 initially. The rest is history, as his net worth is now valued at over 5 billion dollars. More than his money, his wisdom and knowledge about the markets was what truly set him apart as an investor and an individual. He was an optimist, and believed that India’s future is incredibly bright. People not just from the business world, but from all walks of life mourned his death, as he was one of the few gems from India, and his contribution won’t be forgotten.


Flash-Over

A flashover is a deadly fire phenomenon where all combustible objects ignite suddenly. Flashovers are unprecedented and its signs are difficult to notice during the chaos of a burning building. They flare up at 600 degrees Celsius and can further increase temperatures. However, researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and other institutions have created a model called Flashover Prediction Neural Network (FlashNet). FlashNet can forecast flashovers several seconds before they occur with an accuracy of up to 92.1%, providing responders with a much-needed heads-up.


UK PM Race

The UK PM race has been going on since June 27th, and after a few rounds of elimination, the candidates that remain are Rishi Sunak, who is the son – in – law of Infosys founder Narayan Murthy and ex Finance Minister of the UK, and Liz Truss, a Foreign Secretary who has been the Minister for Commonwealth and Equality since 2019. A poll conducted showed that majority of the Conservative MPs are backing Truss which is giving her a 32 – point lead. However, Sunak has promised to fight on till the end.

Here are some key pointers that they have a take on:

The UK still plays a large role in global affairs, and whichever candidate gets elected as the next Prime Minister, it will have an impact on the entire world.


Other News

  • The Nord Stream Pipeline giving transporting natural gas from Russia to Europe will remain shut for 3 days owing to maintenance work.

  • Al Shabab militants attack a hotel in Somalia, death toll 11 so far.

  • Ukraine claim that over 44,900 Russian soldiers have been killed so far in the war.

  • Turkey cuts key interest rates as YOY inflation touches 80%.

Sports News

  • Shaheen Afridi ruled out of the upcoming Asia cup owing to an injury in his right knee ligament.

  • Manchester United remain at the bottom of the table for the first time in the club’s history after the 4-0 loss to Brentford.

  • India lead Zimbabwe 2-0 in the ongoing ODI series between the nations taking place in Harare.

  • Star CDM Casmiro confirms his move from Real Madrid to Manchester United.

Review

Book Name: Looking For Alaska

Age Rating: 15+

Rating: ★★★★★

Does this book really require a review? John Green’s classic- a book-tok favorite- as always throttles the reader in emotions and painfully hilarious humor. Miles Halter, an introverted protagonist, strives to make his view on living life clearer, and somehow finds that the smoke let off from Alaska’s smoking helps clear the fog. From getting pranked to pranking others, (and many other things that aren’t appropriate to write about), Green ensures to make Halter’s experience at boarding school just enough fiction and just enough fact, and his characters- true opposites– ensure that this stays true too. The reader watches as new friendships blossom and also as new friendships dwell away, and overall experiences the ‘grooming’ (if I must), of the protagonist, whose wish for a more exciting and adventurous life has certainly been fulfilled. Always the prankster, throughout the book, Alaska keeps plotting riddles and pranks between pages of their life, and it's all fun and jokes until the night of the anniversary of her mother's death.; Alaska runs into nowhere and Miles runs behind her (their party follows). In iconic John Green fashion, someone dies, but the question is, who- and why?



Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri


Article 2 by Nirvaan Zaveri

Article 3 by Nikunj Gupta

Review by Dia Makhecha



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