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The Weekly Focus Edition 28

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Nuclear News

Iran, a powerful country in the middle east is eager to build a nuclear arsenal. Satellite photos from 11th December show some signs of this at the Fordo base which has been vacant since 2015. The Fordo base was detected by the west in 2009. To prevent the construction of these weapons of mass destruction, world powers signed a nuclear treaty with Tehran. However, Iran was enraged after the death of nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Many conspiracies have blamed the US, amid the tensions Iran has started to manufacture these treacherous weapons again.

However, the satellite images show some intent Iran has not yet publicly stated that they are manufacturing. These images are alarming to the Trump administration, DISEC and the world. The UN has a council dedicated to security and nuclear threats called DISEC because nuclear weapons in the wrong hands could lead to an apocalypse. Mr Jeffrey Lewis, an expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies stated “ Any changes at this site will be carefully watched as a sign of where Iran's nuclear program is headed. As more information reveals we will know more about how to resolve this issue safely. Let's hope diplomacy can figure this one out instead of war.”

By Arhaan Zaveri

Rallying Markets

After a record slump in March, the stock market has rebounded outstandingly. Sensex briefly crossed 47,000 on Friday, a remarkable feat never crossed before. The markets have been posting record daily highs for the past week now. But why are the markets rallying all of a sudden, and what is driving this change? There are various reasons as to why the markets have shot up, but the primary reason would be world banks printing money. Many leading countries are now printing money, and this excessive flow of liquidity is the man reason behind the spike. This money is being spent on equity, and that's driving the change. Positive news about the vaccine, the end of Covid-19, and more ha cleared people's mind about the health of the markets, and it's a smooth ride for the equity markets from hereon.

What is up with WhatsApp?

Whatsapp’s newest features disallow some phones to use the app from January 1st. Whatsapp has been recently adding many features and has been all over the news with over 2 billion users. Whatsapp will only be compatible with Android 4.0.3 and with iOS 9 and above. Android phones including HTC Desire, LG Optimus Black, Motorola Droid Razr and even the Samsung Galaxy S2 will not support WhatsApp anymore. iPhone 4 and earlier models will be able to have WhatsApp soon. Apple iPhones 4S, 5, 5S, 5C, 6 and 6S will have to update their operating system to iOS 9 or higher to continue using WhatsApp. There is also no option to transfer chat history through platforms. On the contrary, Whatsapp Web can now be used for voice and video calling.

By Krishnav Bubna

Other News

  • China’s moon probe lands back on Earth.

  • Indian-American Raja Chari among the 3 astronauts on the SpaceX mission.

  • The Foreign Ministry stated that 39 ships of Indian origin were stranded in Chinese waters.

  • The Moderna vaccine was approved by the Trump Administration, and i snow being distributed in the US.

  • French President Macron tests positive for Covid-19

  • The FIFA award as best men's player went to Robert Lewandowski.

  • Mohammad Amir retires from international cricket citing 'mental torture' from the team management

  • Rajeev Shukla set to become BCCI vice-president.

  • ‘It doesn’t do anything,’ said Shane Warne and called red balls ‘pathetic’. He wants pink balls to be used permanently in Test cricket.

The Traitor’s Game

Jennifer A. Nielson

★★★★☆ 3 1/2 stars

Age Rating: 12+

Genre: Fantasy

“You are playing the traitor’s game, and no matter how well one wins, even the winner loses in the end.”

The Traitor’s Game is a fantasy packed with action, twists and mild romance. A book that might appeal to fans of The Hunger Games, Nielson brings about some unexpected surprises and an intricately pieced together story through two teens eyes, Kestra and Simon. The protagonist, Kestra is a 16-year-old girl who is the daughter of the second-in-command to a seemingly immortal king. At the beginning of the book, Kestra has spent three years in exile, only to be brought back into her father's precarious web of politics. The story explores the magic and the politics of an unstable kingdom with a gripping plot line that should be able to keep you hooked on till the very end.

Read the book to find out more!

On 13th December 1577, England's Sir Francis Drake set course for a trip around the world.

On 14th December 1900, Max Planck presented the first-ever law of Quantum Physics.

On 15th December 1970, the Soviet spacecraft Venera 7 became the first spacecraft to land on another planet.

On 16th December 1689, the monarchy in England was balanced out with the addition of a parliament.

On 17th December 1903, the first sustained aircraft was created by the Wright Brothers.

On 18th December 1957, a nuclear power plant was used to generate electricity for the first time in the world.

On 19th December 1958, the President of the US broadcasted the first-ever message from space.

As we grow older, our human brains shrink!

Written By Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited By Nirvaan Zaveri

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