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The Weekly Focus Edition 17

Ice Loss in Greenland

Scientists who study climate change are extremely worried about the condition of Greenland. Greenland’s ice mass is melting faster this century than the previous 12,000 years. This will lead to drastic effects on sea levels and ocean currents. According to research, the present rate of melting matches with the Holocene period which occurred 10,000 years ago and ended 7,000 years ago. In the Holocene period, the average global temperature was 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit which is above the preindustrial rates. The current global emission rates suggest that this century the temperature would be even higher. This will lead to a sea-level rise of between 2cm-10cm before the end of the century. The current ice sheet in Greenland is 660,000 square miles and covers 80% of the total surface on the island. If this is the current emission rate the landmass will vanish in a thousand years but if the rates increase it will happen 4 times faster. We need to do something about this situation or we might lose all our ice soon.

By Krishnav Bubna


The Nagorno-Karabakh Showdown

Nagorno-Karabakh is a border region that has been disputed since 1988. This 1700 square miles area has been fought between Armenia and Azerbaijan for decades. In October 2017 about 3 years ago the presidents of both countries met at Geneva to sort this out with diplomacy. Over the years war has engulfed this place resulting in the death of hundreds of soldiers.

In April 2016, one of the worst fighting scenes occurred causing more than 300 casualties. After 4 days of intense fighting, both countries announced that they had agreed upon a cease-fire.

It all started in the late 1980s when the Soviet empire started to lose its power. At that time, both Armenia and Azerbaijan were not free countries. After claiming independence, a dispute between these bordering nations commenced. In 1993, Armenia controlled 20 per cent of the land belonging to Azerbaijan. Finally, in 1994, Russia took the matter into their hands and brokered a cease-fire that has remained in place since.

If both countries fail to resolve this conflict, it could drastically escalate. The two sides also have regional political interests that could affect oil transport.

By Arhaan Zaveri


US Debate

The first telecast debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden received heavy criticism after both candidates fought, verbally abused each other, and violated discipline policies during the debate. Trump refused to condemn white supremacists while Biden called Trump a 'clown' and told him to 'shut up'. The topics discussed in the debate included the state of the economy, Trump’s way of dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic, and the Supreme Court, nominee. This is the first debate which will be followed by 3 upcoming debates. Many experts have criticized the US's way of electing a leader and have termed it as 'not effective' and 'messy'. The next debate is scheduled for 8th October 2020, and the world hopes it will be a more behaved debate.


Other News

~ Donald and Melanie Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

~ Dozens were arrested during China’s national day protests in Hong Kong.

~ A woman in Kerala completed 350 online courses in 90 days breaking a world record.

~ Over 4000 pets were found dead in boxes in China after reportedly being bought online and shipped.


Markets This Week:

Nifty 11,416.95 + 511.95

Sensex 38,697.05 + 1,734.05

~ BCCI will ban players from Dream 11 IPL 2020 for bio-bubble violation.

~ Twitter went crazy after spotting Robin Uttapha using saliva on the ball when ICC made it a rule that you cannot use saliva to shine the ball because of COVID-19 fears.

~ The UCL draws for 2020-2021 are out. Ronaldo and Messi will be facing each other for the first time after Ronaldo left the La Liga.

To view the second edition of IPL Analyzed, Click Here.


Tech Hub

~ Google Meet users now can call for more than 24 hours.

~ Instagram DMs will get Facebook Messenger integration.

~ IOS 14.2 public beta has been released with 100+ new emojis.


Book Review

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins


Age rating: 12+

*Note: As always, the age rating depends highly on the maturity of the reader, but this book contains some gory violence, and a touch of romance.

★★★★★

Description: A captivating dystopian novel on a reality show where people fight for their lives.

Review: The Hunger Games is a fantastic young adult science fiction with bits of thriller and romance embedded into it. The first book of a trilogy, Suzanne Collins will sweep you off your feet with her mind-blowing plot. The protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, resembles a fierce independent young woman, and is forced to fight for her life as she is taken into a reality show where there can only be one victor. So, who will remain standing till the end?

By Sanaa Dharamshi

~ On 27th September 1290, an earthquake in the Gulf of Chihli (near China), killed 1,00,000 people.On 28th September 1939, the German-Soviet Frontier treaty was signed which divided Eastern Europe into German and Soviet territories. ~ On 29th September 1567, the war of religion breaks out in France between protestants and Roman Catholics. ~ On 30th September 1846, anesthetic ether was used for the first time by Dr. William Morton to extract a tooth. ~ On 1st October 331 BC, Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in the battle of Gaugamela. ~ On 2nd October 1187, Jerusalem was captured by Sultan Saladin from Crusaders. ~ On 3rd October 1990, the Berlin Wall was taken down and Germany was united after 45 years of division.


Fact of the Week

A rhino's horn is made of hair


Joke of the week What did the water say to the beach? Nothing. It just waved.


Leisure

Credits: Dilbert Comics

Credits: Garfield Comics

Written By Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited By Nirvaan Zaveri



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