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The Weekly Focus Edition 21

US Election

The US braces for one of the most important elections in its history this week. Both candidates frantically increase their campaigning in battleground states like Florida, to make use of all the support they get. We saw the tide turn last year towards the very end as theories about Hilary Clinton and her connections with terrorism arose, which imposed uncertainty on the minds of some voters gifting Donald Trump a seat at the White House. Theories about Joe Biden getting his money from a Ukrainian Gas Company have also risen, and whether that will be the deciding factor cannot be determined. Polls show Joe Biden comfortably leading his counterpart Trump. The most vital voters this year would be women voters, and both candidates have released campaigns targeted to women. The result of this election will be crucial for America and the world.

French attacks and the Politics behind them

Warning: Disturbing News, 11+

Most of us heard about the brutal attack that took place in Nice, France at the Notre-Dame. Not only were there victims and murders, but an entire political scandal has taken place. Since the attack, French President Emanuel Macron made a speech, increased security and military personnel near schools and churches, and countries such as Libya, Bangladesh and the Gaza strip have called for a boycott on French products.

Due to Mr Macron’s speech which was said to be Islamophobic, Turkey has started a war with words on France. The Turkish President Erdogan even questioned Macron's mental health. Bouncing back, Macron defended France’s secular values and even stated: “The country would never give up its cartoons''. The heated tensions have caused France to call back their ambassador from Turkey. This might be the last straw for Macron; he already has a list of grievances against Turkey such as Turkey's operations against Kurdish militia in Syria, gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean and reportedly breaking a Libyan arms embargo. Not only politically but even people have started to argue about religion and politics, and how these are used for power. The boycott is based on the fact that the countries are taking the feud in a religious way against Islam as all of the countries that want the boycott are mostly part of the Muslim population. The reason is many Islamic people find France’s statements Islamophobic.

India vs Australia Tour Special

After a long wait, details of India vs Australia tour are out. The schedule, squads, injury updates and all other news have been announced by the BCCI and CA (Cricket Australia). India has announced all 3 of its squad while Australia is yet to announce its test squad.

India’s T20 squad-Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy

India’s ODI squad- Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur

India's Test squad- Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj

An injured Rohit Sharma will be on standby, and in his absence, KL Rahul has been named Vice-Captain. This IPL has secured Rahul's spot in the Indian team as a batsman. BCCI stated that Rohit Sharma's medical progress will be monitored. Varun Chakravarthy is set to play his first match for India, after an impressive IPL. Rishabh Pant has been replaced by Sanju Samson in the t20 squad.

With the t20 world cup delayed, teams have received extra time to prepare their squads. The world cup is likely to be held in mid-2021. The t20 series against Australia in Australia, the place where the world cup will be held, will be an important factor while selecting India's squad because it will show which players can adapt to the conditions out there.

Other News

~ Breaking News: An Earthquake with magnitude 7 strikes Greece and Turkey, tsunami and flooding to follow.

~ A 50-million-year-old giant bird with a 21-foot wingspan’s fossil has been found has been identified.

~ The Belarusian President Lukashenko closed off borders after mass protests demanding his resignation.

~ US Health Official Dr Fauci started working on a vaccine which will be ready by December or January.

~ US will open its first embassy in the Maldives.

~ NASA announced that they have found water on a sunlit patch on the moon.

~ Engineers in Pune have developed white paint which reflects 95.7% of sunlight, and in theory, can cool a room to 17 degrees celsius without an air conditioner.

Special Eagle Post Writeup

Carpe Diem!

The word “ Carpe Diem “ was first used by the Roman poet Horace. Carpe Diem literally translates to “to seize the day”.

Seize the day! We all live a fast-paced life. We move from one meeting to another, one task to another, one chore to another and in the midst of our everyday chaos, we forget to look outside the window, see nature in all its beauty, and just pause and enjoy those moments. We are forever in a rush to reach our goal, finish our destination, and go to sleep at night but we forget to live in the moment. To truly live each moment to it’s fullest and to its finest.

I am going to be quoting a line from “ Tuesdays with Morrie”, a wonderful and inspiring book on life, it says “ Once you learn how to die, we learn how to live”. Tuesdays with Morrie heavily inspired this post, he once explained where we think we are above nature we are above the trees, above the rivers and seas. But we are not, our life will come to an end eventually all will die one day it’s normal but till we die let’s make every day worth it. Let us live a life of productivity, happiness, peace, and kindness.

I hope this helps you understand this Roman word better, but to truly understand a word we must apply it in our daily lives. Carpe Diem is for difficult times too, especially in this lockdown which never seems to end. Should we seize the day and take this time to grow, learn more, and flourish more. Should we take these tough times head-on and see how we can make it better for us and for everyone around us. We may not have the best things in life, be it homes, gadgets, and lots of money, but should we let that determine our happiness and enjoyable moments.

We can truly make the best use of this time not only to work but relax to catch up with family members and to grow and mature ourselves and to take on each as it comes and make each day worth remembering.

I would like to end by quoting Marcus Aurelius “When you arise in the morning think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love”.

-Harini Chheda

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Stay strong- eagle post

~ Indian legend Kapil Dev has been discharged from hospital and has recovered after his heart attack.

~ Hardik Pandya and Chris Morris have been reprimanded for code of conduct breach.

~ Barcelona president Bartomeu quits in the fallout of the Messi feud.

~ Neymar could miss PSG's next few games due to an injury.

~ 'Our boy is coming home' - Bangladesh is eager to welcome back 'champion' Shakib Al Hasan after serving 12 months ban.


Author: Francisco X. Stork

Rating: ★★★★★

Age: 12+

Blurb: Four months ago Sara Zapata’s best friend disappeared, abducted by the criminals who rule Juarez. Four weeks ago her brother Emiliano fell in love with Perla Rubi, a girl who’s family is as rich as her name. Four hours ago Sara received a death threat… and her first clue to her friend's location. Four minutes ago Emiliano was offered a way into Perla Rubi’s world- if he betrays his own…

Review: From the very first chapter of this book, I was lost in their world. There was so much happening all at once and yet, it was so clear. Drug dealers, serial killers, threatening emails, the underworld- and so much simply consumed me almost instantly. The book has two protagonists: Sara and her brother and moves around their two polar, and yet frustratingly connected lives that involve more bad, more confusion than I can explain. I would definitely recommend reading this book however it is important to note that the book also runs on women trafficking, a theme not preferred for those under a certain age to read.

By Dia Makhecha

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Tech Hub

~ Mi Notebook 14 With 10th Gen Intel Core i3 Processor, Built-in Webcam will be launching soon in India.

~ Twitter introduced a new feature which allows users to follow subjects of their interests.

~ PUBG mobile disabled its servers in India so the game will not work anymore.

~ Apple's stock fell 5% and an estimated 100 billion dollars has been wiped out of its valuation after the late announcement of the iPhone 12.

On 25th October 1971, the UN voted against Taiwan ruled by the Chinese Nationalist and allowed the Communist People's Republic of China.

On 26th October 1901, a getaway car was used for the first time.

On 27th October 1982, China's population reportedly crossed 1 billion.

On 28th October 1886, President Grover Cleveland of USA dedicated the Statue of Liberty, and it was celebrated with a confetti parade.

On 29th October 539 BC, King Cyrus freed the Jewish captives from Babylon.

On 30th October 1961, USSR tested the 58 megaton hydrogen Tsar Bomba, the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.

On 31st October 2011, Sardar Vallabhai Patel was born.

Fact Of The Week

If you spelt out every number, you won't find a 'b' until you reach 1 billion.

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Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri

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