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The Weekly Focus Edition 40

'Didi's' Accident

West Bengal’s elections are coming soon, there have been tons of rallies, speeches, campaigns and more. In this extremely heated race, the two front runners TMC (Trinamool Congress) the current ruling party headed by sitting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee; against the National ruling party BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) headed by Amit Shah the Home Minister of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and more.

Didi is the beloved pet-name of Mamata Banerjee and she is a strong leader in Bengal holding the CM position for two terms since 2011. She founded the TMC in 1998 separating from the INC (Indian National Congress). Furthermore, she is the first woman

to hold the CM position in West Bengal. Many TMC party members have shifted to BJP over the past few months, citing corruption and a bad system in the TMC.

Recently, Mamata Banerjee faced an accident while campaigning in Nandigram, her SUV was behind her and due to a driving error slightly hit her. Many critics and BJP members say that this act was a drama and to cause sympathy for votes. Since then both parties have been criticizing each other.

Since nothing is yet proven we wish Mamata Banerjee a speedy recovery and hope the West Bengal elections go smoothly.

By Arhaan Zaveri

The sad fate of the Starship

The CEO of SpaceX Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday “RIP SN10, honourable discharge." He tweeted this after the company's Starship rocket exploded 8 minutes after a test landing. The rocket flew up in the sky of Texas and it easily manoeuvred down and landed successfully but it exploded later. The robot dog named Zeus of the SpaceX Boston Dynamics was spotted inspecting the wreckage at the site after the test landing on Thursday. The video of the dog was spread all throughout social media.

By Krishnav Bubna

Football News

The UEFA Champions League Round of 16 has now almost come to an end. 4 matches are to be played next week and 4 teams have already qualified from this week. They are FC Porto, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund. Next week’s fixtures are exciting ones, with Real Madrid playing Atalanta, Manchester City playing Monchengladbach, FC Bayern playing Lazio FC and Chelsea FC playing Atletico Madrid. This is the first time since 2005 that neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo has qualified for the UCL Quarter Final.

In Premier League news, Manchester City played Fulham on Wednesday and emerged triumphant with a 5-2 victory. The long-awaited Manchester derby was played last Sunday and Manchester United ended up winning 2-0 over the league leaders. Liverpool continues with their sad streak of losing at home, with the latest 1-0 loss to Fulham. Last season’s league leaders have now lost 5 straight games at home and sit at 8th place on the Premier League Table.

By Saveer Solanki

  • Mithali Raj hit 10,000 ODI runs, the second women player to do so.

  • Kraigg Braithwaite has been named test captain for the West Indies.

  • Reports confirm Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah to marry Sanajana Ganesan this weekend.

  • India lose by 8 wickets to England in the first T20 after India's top order collapsed.

Tech News

  • There have been cases where someone’s printer crashed after installing the new Windows Update.

  • Facebook has finally made Instagram lite.

  • Instagram will relaunch its app for over 170 countries.

  • Google pay in India will allow you to turn off data tracking features.

Other News

  • US Covid-19 Deaths crossed those of the World Wars, Vietnam War and 9/11 combined.

  • Elon Musk added 25 billion dollars to his net worth in just a day as Tesla’s stock rallied.

  • Pakistan officially announced a ban on Short Video sharing app Tik Tok.

  • Cambodia reported its first Covid-19 death since the pandemic began.

  • In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan opened up about racism issues in the British Royal Family.

For all fellow ABWA students reading this; can you believe that it's been a year of online schooling? A year's gone by without climbing onto the school bus, without rushing out of class once the bell rings, without waiting for 10 minutes just for the lift, and without waving your friends goodbye at the gates. Our routine is now completely different: open a laptop, stare at the screen, and close the laptop. Yes, that has been the reality for over 365 days now. We knew Covid-19 was not an ordinary virus but did we really predict we would be here, after an entire year? I loved school, but I just didn't know how much then. This experience has taught me not to take things for granted. But let's be honest, we aren't going anywhere with online schooling. It just isn't the same. Our attention span is lower, we can't do any real activities or fieldwork and what happened to lunch break? Deep inside, I know we will return to normalcy soon enough.

By Vivaan Dharamshi

The Office

Directed by: Randall Einhorn (most episodes)

Rating: ★★★★

Age: 14+

Genre: Comedy

Available On: Netflix, Amazon Prime

Review: In the words of Michael Scott, this movie series- dare I say documentary- “ takes an advanced sense of humour that I don’t expect everybody to understand.” Based in the gushing town of Scranton, PA, The Dunder Mifflin Paper company is your normal paper company but monitored and recorded. Each character and their usual, twisted lives holds myriad importance in this show and can be compared to every-day-life here on Earth. Dunder Mifflin is led by Michael Scott, a silly, comedic man, who makes life at the Office feel like anything but that. The company, throughout the years, is filled with ups and downs, new characters, and aspiring actors who are now known worldwide. However, this show holds scenes not fit for a younger audience, including, at some minimum points, nudity. Therefore, I highly recommend watching it but only once you have crossed the age limit.

By Dia Makhecha

On 7th March 1912, the discovery of the South Pole was announced by Roald Amundsen.

On 8th March 1817, the New York Stock Exchange was founded.

On 9th March 1961, the Sputnik 9 belonging to the Soviet Union took a dog, frogs and a guinea pig to Earth’s orbit and returned safely.

On 10th March 1876, the first telephone call in history was made by Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant.

On 11th March 2020, the WHO head declared the COVID-19 virus as a pandemic.

On 12th March 1930, Mahatma Gandhi initiated his Salt March against the British salt tax.

On 13th March 1781, William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.

Hot water will turn into ice faster than cold water!

Comic by Rishan Shah

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By Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri

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