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The Weekly Focus Edition 15

Uighur persecution in China

The China Communist Controversy comes in the spotlight once again with a major crisis within its borders. Lately, Uighur Muslims have been tortured and mistreated in the state of Xinjiang which borders 8 countries and is the area with a large population of Uighur Muslims.

How did it start? China has been suspicious of Uighurs ever since 9/11, which The Weekly Focus believes is racist; In the past even though there were suspicions, there was never racism, whereas after Xi Jinping was sworn in the torture began. The People’s Republic of China has carefully strategized a way to eradicate the word Uighur. The ploy began in 2016 when china made Chen Quanguo the secretary of the Xinjiang province, Chen previously was the secretary of Tibet which China wanted to destroy but due to his militaristic control and convincing propaganda he changed the people’s opinion; He is said to have made neighbours spy on each other. Quango was perfect for this post as he could tactically make decisions and changes to quickly seize control of the area which was losing the communist parties’ reigns.

Currently, with the help of satellites and journalism, many spots were detected which are possible concentration camp-like areas for Uighurs. Xinjiang has become a police state with cameras and apps which can track movement. Many traditional Uighur names are banned for newborns, and Jingping’s pictures are in mosques and on prayer mats. Citizens who have been in detention are not heard from for a while now. The security budget in the province had tripled in 2017.

Let’s hope this matter resolves quickly and that more people do not face any harm or discrimination.

By Arhaan Zaveri


US Elections

The largest country in the world in terms of economy is the United States of America. It also boasts an array of nuclear weapons, one of the largest armies in the world, and is one of the largest polluters of the world. It virtually controls global trade and war and has set itself as the world's strongest country. If the US is such an important country in the world, the person controlling the country would automatically become the most powerful woman or man in the world. Donald Trump, presidential candidate of the Republican Party defeated Hilary Clinton in 2016 and has been the President ever since, He is now up against Joe Biden, Former Vice President and presidential candidate of The Democratic Party. Recent polls suggest Joe Biden is ahead of Donald Trump, but the moves agreements with Israel and countries in the middle east may gain Trump more votes. Biden's campaign targeted towards Cuban-Americans and Latinos in Florida may be futile, analysts say Trump has secured the votes and minds of citizens living there. Both parties still have around 45 days for the elections, and campaigns will only get louder. The result will define the future of not only America but the entire world itself.


Life on Venus

It is astonishing to know that there are traces of life on Venus even though Venus has extreme temperatures and atmospheric composition and many other factors that make the planet inhabitable. Astronomers were surprised because they have found the presence of the chemical “phosphine” in the atmosphere of Venus. To confirm this discovery they required 45 antennas. Researchers from an international team estimate that there are only small concentrations of phosphine in the clouds of Venus. The observations were followed by them calculating to see whether these amounts could come from natural non-biological processes on the planet. Sunlight, minerals being blown up from the surface, volcanoes, and lightning are some processes included but none of this was anywhere near it. Terrestrial organisms would only have to work about 10 per cent of their maximum productivity to create the observed quantity of phosphine. Earth bacteria are known to make phosphine: they take up phosphate from minerals or biological material, add hydrogen, and finally create phosphine. Organisms would be very different from on Earth. While the discovery is very shocking the astronomers are insistent that there may be life on Venus. The team believes their discovery is significant because they can rule out many ways to make phosphine, but to be sure there is life on the hottest planet in the solar system, there is a lot of work to do. Although the high clouds of Venus have temperatures up to only 30 degrees Celsius, they are incredibly acidic, around 90 per cent sulphuric acid. We should follow up on this exciting result because confirming life on Venus would be a massive breakthrough in astrobiology.

By Krishnav Bubna


Tea Vendor to Prime Minister

Narendra Damodardas Modi, India’s current Prime Minister representing the BJP [Bhartiya Janata Party] celebrated his 70th birthday on 17th September 2020 this Thursday. Modiji by his teacher was ‘an average student but a great debater’. But the leader of the largest democracy in the world did not start from good times.

Narendra Damodardas Modi was born on 17th September 1950. He was the third of six children born to Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Hiraben Modi. Son of grocers in Varanasi, Modi dreamt big at a young age. He studied at Delhi and Gujarat University, where he got a BA in Political science. Young Narendra joined the RSS [Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh] at the age of 8 and after graduation at 17 he left to travel for 2 years; In some interviews, he has said he visited a few Ashrams founded by Swami Vivekananda. In his younger days, he helped his father sell tea at the railways. Whilst working there, he lived with his uncle who worked in the canteen at the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation. He became the full-time Pracharak of the RSS in 1971 because he was so influenced by them. This was the time he formally joined RSS. In the early 1970s, 20-year-old Narendra set up an RSS student branch called Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. The RSS has certainly helped his political career.

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By Arhaan Zaveri


Other News

~ Two asteroids came dangerously close to Earth's atmosphere but passed safely without any damage.

~ Paytm, the Indian digital payments app has been removed from the google play store. Google cited the reason it doesn't facilitate any apps which link directly to sports betting games or gambling games.

~ The Communications ministry reported 53% of the equipment used by BSNL, the government-owned telecom business.

~ Lok Sabha passed 2 bills on farming, the prime minister reassures the farmers that the MSP system will remain.


Markets This Week

Nifty: 11,504.95 +44

Sensex: 38,845.82 +155.16


The Tech Hub

~ Redmi note 9 has been launched.

~ Android apps on Windows 10 can now be used on supported Samsung Galaxy phones.

~ 'OnePlus Fridays' is a new initiative by OnePlus with dedicated phone sale events/ offers on their website.

~ Apple introduces new watches, family experience software, iPads in an announcement on September 15th.

~ Liverpool bought Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago for £20m beating Manchester

United in the deal.

~ Neymar Jr has been banned for 2 matches due to racism.

~ CSK Rutraj Gaikwad tested positive for COVID-19 and is unavailable for the opener vs MI.

~ FIFA says that the COVID 19 pandemic has cost football $14bn.


IPL (Team Strengths and weaknesses)

Mumbai Indians-

S: Reigning Champions Mumbai Indians have a balanced batting lineup with smart players and hard hitters and have an amazing bowling attack with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. With a wide variety and a hint of youth, MI is a fierce contender for the cup.

W: Mumbai have a knack of losing the first few games of the league, and that has often cost them their position in the playoffs.

Auctioned Stars: Chris Lynn, Trent Boult


Chennai Super Kings-

S: Three-time champions CSK has an experienced team with a powerful batting lineup. With the likes of Shane Watson, Faf Du Plessis, and MS Dhoni they have one of the best batting lineups in the entire league.

W: Chennai's experience may also be bad, as players are not as energetic and agile as they used to be earlier and fielding may become a big issue.

Auctioned Stars: Josh Hazlewood, Sam Curran.


Sun Risers Hyderabad-

S: SRH boast a formidable bowling line-up with the likes of Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Sun Risers Hyderabad's batting order includes key players like David Warner (2019's Orange Cap) and Kane Williamson,

W: SRH is heavily dependent on foreign players, with their captain also a foreign player. Key bowlers like Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi are not Indian either.

Auctioned Stars: Mitchell Marsh, Fabien Allen


Royal Challengers Bangalore-

S: RCB boasts a fiery batting order with the likes of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers. With the perfect balance of youth and experience, they are surely a contestant for the cup

W: RCB has always lacked in their bowling, and it continues to be a problem to date. They're heavily reliant on their batting order for them to cross the line.

Auctioned Stars: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch


Kolkata Knight Riders-

S: A muscular middle order with powerful hitters is one of KKR's biggest strengths. KKR also boasts strong spinners such as Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav.

W: KKR is heavily reliant on the middle order, and if they don't do well the entire batting order collapses. Although their bowling order is wicket-taking, they also concede lots of runs.

Auctioned Stars: Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins


Rajasthan Royals-

S: Rajasthan Royals boast the perfect balance between young talented sportsmen and professional cricketers, and a balance between foreigners and Indians. Rajasthan has an aggressive top order with the likes of Steve Smith and Sanju Samson, and a quality bowling lineup with Jofra Archer.

W: Rajasthan Royals have struggled to make it to the playoffs in the past, as teams with stronger lineups often get the better of them.

Auctioned Stars: David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat


Kings 11 Punjab-

S: KXIP boast a formidable opening pair with Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, who often take the team to victory single-handedly. KXIP have a balanced bowling attack as well with pacers like Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrel as well as spinners such as Mujeeb ur Rahman.

W: The middle-order fails to perform most of the time if the openers are out early, and the team finds it hard making it into the top 4 by the end of the group stage.

Auctioned Players: Sheldon Cottrel, Glenn Maxwell.


Delhi Capitals-

S: Delhi boasts a balanced batting order with young talent and hard hitters, as well as a decent bowling attack. This year the team has auctioned many known players and youngsters with a great amount of potential.

W: Most of Delhi's squad is inexperienced and the team rarely makes it to the top 4.

Auctioned Players: Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes


The Gaming Zone

Unbelievable Magic!

Be prepared to have your minds blown with an amazing magic trick!

Want to surprise your family? Follow the tutorial below to be a magician!


For this trick, you will first need to learn a double lift, which is lifting two cards together. All you will require is 3 cards, two of the same cards (like two jokers), and a single card that you want to pick. The card that you chose will be in the centre and the two other cards will be on the top and bottom.

To teach the tutorial I will make the top and bottom cards jokers and the middle one an ace.

1. You need to lift the top two cards and say that I have one ace. (Remember to keep all cards squared at all times, so it doesn't look like you are picking up two cards). Place that on top of the last card. Pick up the first card without showing anyone and put it on the bottom. Reveal the first card and say that it jumped back to the top.


2. Next, again pick up the first two cards, place them on the ground.and place the last card on top of it. Here you should keep the last card down as fast as possible so they don't notice that you have one card in your hand. Pick up the pile and square it back up. Then lift the two cards again showing the ace coming back on the top.


3. For the last time place the first card on the bottom and show the ace that they think hops back on the top again.


4. Drag the ace which was on the top and put it in the bottom and say that you have three aces.


5. First show the bottom ace say one, then slide the top card down fast, show the bottom ace again, say two. You are left with two cards in your hand. Slide the top of the two cards fast and show the bottom card again. They will think you are showing three aces.


6. For the end, sum up with saying that you can change aces into jokers. The set up of your cards after doing all this would be the ace, joker, joker. Lift the top two cards and say that the first card turned into a joker and place it on top of the last card. Slide the first card on the floor. Then show the bottom card and say this is the second joker. Then show the remaining card and say it was a joker.

By Yashash Jain


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The Social Dilemma (Netflix)

Directed by Jeff Orlowski


★★★★★

Age Rating: 12+

While this show is a must-see for teenagers and children with devices, it can be a little intimidating and frightening as the truth often is.


Side Note: Don’t even read the review, just watch it.


Circulated over social media and commonly sent as a recommendation this week, the hype over The Social Dilemma is real. An eye-opening documentary that will blow your mind, The Social Dilemma is truly a must-watch in this day and age. It conveys exactly how prominently you are being tricked, used, and fooled by the tech industry at large. Google, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest. All just useful sites to search for what you want to know. Plus their free, I mean that's all you could ever want, right? Well, that's what I thought right up until I watched this overwhelming documentary. Social media isn’t just a tool for everyday use, it acts like an extraordinary, omnipotent person itself and digs deep into our brain, ultimately trying to manipulate us. The tech industry isn’t just any marketplace, quoting The Social Dilemma, ‘It’s a marketplace that trades exclusively in human futures.’

Click Here for the Official trailer.

~On September 13th, 509 BC, the temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitoline Hill was dedicated to the ideas of September.

~On September 14th, 1949, India's Constituent Assembly adopted Hindi as an official language. Celebrated today as Hindi Diwas.

~On September 15th, 1928, Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin while studying influenza.

~On September 16th, 1795, the British captured Capetown, South Africa, from the Dutch.

~On September 17th, 1683, the existence of bacteria was first reported by Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek.

~On September 18th, 1812, the Great Fire of Moscow burned out after 5 days, 75% of the city destroyed and 12,000 killed.

~ On September 19th, 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.


The fact of The Week:

The original name for the company Google was Backrub. It was renamed Google after the word Googol, which is the number one followed by a 100 zeros.


Joke of the Week:

Two Windmills are talking to each other

Windmill 1: What type of music do you like?

Windmill 2: I'm a Big Metal Fan


Leisure

Credits: Dilbert Comics Official

Credits: Garfield Comics Official


Written By Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri

Designed by Sanaa Dharamshi

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