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The Weekly Focus Edition 24

The Dawn of Democracy

Thailand is a monarchy with a rich heritage and culture. The country is in major protests as the Parliament is voting on a bill which would change Thailand to democracy. Protesters want to rebuke the royal family and the prime minister.

The military guarding and siding with the royal family is a much stronger force than the

protesters. Whilst marching towards the parliament water was vigorously sprayed onto them, and many have experienced police brutality. The protestants majorly started on Tuesday but the movement has been going on for months. Protesters even made graffiti artworks on the streets resembling the protest with blue and yellow, the king’s official colours. The prime minister even threatened to use the laws against them.

The violence is sky-rocketing and the protests keep getting more intense. The police and military have made several concrete barricades which makes it harder for the protestors to reach the parliament.

Furthermore, there are chemicals present in the water including tear gas. Protestors are

worried if the military-backed party in the parliament will pull this off. The king is at the heart of this conflict and with his power and fame, he is also loved. Yellow shirt civilians stormed out opposing the protesters and pushing them back. Thousands of protestors are determined and want democracy to dawn. However, the country is still a monarchy and in the end, it's up to the government.

By Arhaan Zaveri

COVID-19 Vaccine updates

After Pfizer announcing its vaccine 90% effective, (which was later corrected to 94%) Moderna also announces a 90+% effective rate. With the vaccines seemingly effective and safe, and testing concludes for many vaccines this month, focuses will shift from producing a vaccine to spreading it. Pfizer has applied for approval to be given in the USA, and pharmaceutical companies prepare to produce these doses in the masses. The Sputnik V vaccine has reached India, and the government will be distributing it to front line workers first. Governments prepare for the rollout, as they formulate a plan as to whom will be vaccinated first and how will it be done. The Indian government is developing an app called "COVIN" which aims to smoothen the process of the rollout by educating people on where, when, and what to do to take the vaccine.

What's next for India?

Virat Kohli and his men have an action-packed schedule next year. After returning from Australia, Team India will host England for four Tests, four ODIs and four T20Is. After that players would go to their respective IPL camps and IPL 2021 will take place between mid-march and mid-may. After the IPL India will tour Sri Lanka for 5 t20is and 3 ODIs. They will stay in Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup till July. Then will go to Zimbabwe for 3 ODIs, where the team might experiment with their squad to give an opportunity to youngsters.. Then Team India will go for a critical series in England and will play 5 tests which will last 2 months long. Then they will host South Africa for a 5 t20 and 3 ODI match series as a preparatory for the T20 world cup. After that, Australia will host the all-important ICC T20 world cup 2021 scheduled from October to November next year. Then they will welcome New Zealand for 2 tests and 3 t20is till mid-December and then they will travel to South Africa for 3 tests and t20is.

In 2022 first India will host West Indies for three ODIs and t20is. Then they will host Sri Lanka for three tests and as many t20is scheduled. In March, India will tour New Zealand for 3 ODIs and return back for IPL. In July, India will visit England for three ODIs and as many T20Is and it will be followed by their tour to West Indies in August for three-match ODI and t20 series. In September the Asia cup will take place and in October and November team India will be busy in the Icc T20 world cup 2022 in Australia. In December India will host Sri Lanka for 5 ODIs.

In 2023 India will begin with hosting New Zealand for three ODIs and as many t20is scheduled. In February Australia will visit India for a 2-month long tour consisting of 4 tests, 3 ODIs and 3 t20s. In April and May, IPL 2023 will take place, while in October, India will host the most important ICC ODI World Cup.

By Krishnav Bubna

Other News

~ The mastermind of the 26/11 in Mumbai, Hafiz Saeed was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

~ "Confident COVID-19 Vaccine Will Be Ready In 3-4 Months": Harsh Vardhan.

~ Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine deliveries could start 'before Christmas'.

~ A meteorite worth Rs 9.8 Crore comes crashing through a man's house in Indonesia.

~ India and China continue to talk over the border issue in Ladakh.

~ UAE women travel 7 continents in less than 87 hours, setting a world record.

Tech News

~ Google maps introduce new Covid-19 related features.

~ Instagram gets a keyword search to ease browsing on the platform.

~ Facebook rolls out new features on Instagram and Messenger for messaging.

~ Realme sold 6.3 million new smartphones in India during the festive sale season.

~ Mohammed Salah tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time.

~ The Hero Indian Super League commenced yesterday but no spectators will be allowed while playing.

~ Indian Pacer Mohammed Siraj’s father passed away at 53.

~ ICC announced a new rule that a player must be at least 15 to play any form of international cricket, including Under-19.

~ Lionel Messi announced he is “tired of being blamed for Barcelona’s problems’, clearly frustrated.

Bleachers by John Grisham

Rating: ★★★★

Age: 12+

Genre: Sports Fiction

Blurb: High school All-American Neely Crenshaw was probably the best quarterback ever to play for the legendary Messina Spartans. Fifteen years have gone by since those glory days, and Neely has come back to Messina to bury Coach Eddie Rake, the man who moulded the Spartans into an unbeatable football dynasty.

As Coach Rake’s ‘boys’ sit in the bleachers waiting for the dimming field lights to signal his passing, they replay old glories and try to decide for once and for all whether they love Eddie Rake- or hate him. For Neely, who struggles to come to terms with his explosive relationship with the Coach, his dreams of a great career in the NFL, and the choices he made as a young man, the stakes are especially high.

Review: Football. The highs, the lows, the memories, the torturous sessions out in the sun- everything is highlighted perfectly through the eyes of this now-mature man who excelled in his career in football back in high school- and then fall, due to injuries, to the lowest low possible. John Grisham takes us through heart-warming moments and then heart-stopping incidents through the eyes of Neely Crenshaw, his star quarterback from fifteen years back. Though at times, this is a very heavy, deep-set book, it is perfect for everyone that gets a chance to read it.

By Dia Makhecha

On 14th November 1908, Albert Einstein proposed his quantum theory of light.

On 15th November 1926, NBC launched with a radio network.

On 16th November 1945, UNESCO was founded.

On 17th November 1970, a patent was given to Douglas Engelbart for the invention of a computer mouse.

On 18th November 1902, Morris Michton (a toymaker) named the teddy bear after President Teddy Roosevelt.

On 19th November 1969, Apollo 12's crew - Charles Conrad and Alan Bean - became the 3rd and 4th humans on the moon.

On 20th November 1984, McDonald's reportedly made its 50 billionth hamburger.

On 21st November 1944, thousands of Allied Forces attacked central Germany with at least 4000 tons of explosives were used.

The full form of the candy "M&Ms" is actually Mars and Murries.

Written By Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited By Nirvaan Zaveri

Designed By Sanaa Dharamshi

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