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The Weekly Focus Edition 41

J&K Elections-

It has been over a year since article 370 of the Indian constitution was abolished. For those who are not aware, article 370 was an article that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir. It also gave the ability for the state to make its own laws aside from the Indian Constitution. Thus making Kashmir somewhat half-Indian.

With J and K now being without a special status, democratic state elections have to take place. Recently, six extremely strong political figures met at Farooq Abdullah’s residence. In attendance were Farooq’s son Omar with Sajid Gani Lone representing the National conference followed by Mehbooba Mufti of the People’s Democratic Party, among others. These foes united and became friends with a single agenda. Their agenda was to win the elections and restore the special status. The name they went by was The People’s

Alliance For Gupkar Declaration or (PAGD).

Their race is not as easy because the BJP, currently a strong force in India, is the opposition. The elections were much like a game with several members switching sides and backing out. In the end, the election went in both parties’ favour. The PAGD got 110 out of 240 seats but that was with several parties. The BJP was the front runner when it came to individual results with a staggering 75 seats. Of course, they do have other allies adding more votes to that number. About 50 seats were individuals and some say 40 of which were supported by the BJP.

By Arhaan Zaveri

Online Gaming- Friend or Foe?

Online Gaming has brought people together during the lockdown. Friends couldn’t interact or play with each other, so they did it online. Friends, who would have lost touch with each other bonded together while having fun online. Gaming can be stress-relieving. It gets your adrenaline flowing and also releases endorphins at times, which makes you happy. But it has its fair share of harmful effects too.

Children are often drawn towards people who have amazing skins as accessories in the game, some of them can harm the kids. Hackers or cyberbullies might hack into the child's account and cyberbully him/her by saying mean words and messaging inappropriate things in the chat of that particular game. For many kids, the ability to go into an online world offers a lot of relief from real life, no one knows who they are, what school they attend or what they look like. Kids should never create their username using their real name or they should not allow that game to access the location as the hackers might be able to see it. If any hacker hacks into the child’s device, it exposes information and can be costly.

Hacking and cyberbullying aside, some games can be addictive. If a child isn’t mature enough to play a violent shooter game, for example, he will be drawn to act like that in real life.

In conclusion, online gaming is a great way to play with your friends as long as it’s only with people you are comfortable with, monitored, and if the game is appropriate for the player playing it.

By Krishnav Bubna

Champions League News-

The UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals fixtures that will be played are as follows. Last year’s finalists FC Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain will meet again, Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund will return back to Manchester to play Manchester City, Thomas Tuchel’s unbeaten Chelsea will play FC Porto and Liverpool will play Real Madrid. The matches will begin on 6th April and in the end, only 4 teams will survive.

In the Premier League, Manchester City still sits at the top of the table with a lead of 14 points over Manchester United who are in second. The third and fourth are Leicester City and Chelsea FC respectively. Leicester are only 1 point behind Manchester United and Chelsea are on an unbeaten streak. Fans are speculating a very close season and are extremely excited to see the outcome.

By Saveer Solanki

Other News

  • US Defence Secretary has visited India on a 3-day visit, PM Modi committed to a strategic partnership.

  • Joe Biden labelled Vladamir Putin as a ‘killer’, Putin responds saying ‘It takes one to know one”.

  • The World’s first Super-Mario themed Adventure Park opens in Japan.

  • Almost 200 protesters have been killed in Myanmar since the beginning of the protests.

  • Delhi ranked first in the World Air Quality Report, being the most polluted city in the world.

  • The India vs England t20 series is now at 2-2.

  • Arguably, bad umpiring dominated in the 4th game of the series, as the umpire gave a catch out although the ball was seen to be touching the ground.

  • The Indian squad for the ODIs announced, Prasidh Krishna gets his maiden India call up

  • India Legends entered the finals of the Road Safety World Cup as Yuvraj smashes 4 sixes in an over

Tech News

  • Micromax 1 has launched in India.

  • The OnePlus watch has an early reveal before 23rd March.

  • The Among Us new map airship is launching on 31st march.

  • There will be an Instagram junior coming soon for under 13.

Deception Point

Author: Dan Brown

Rating: ★★★★

Age: 12+

Review: A perfect thriller focussed on NASA’s possible discovery of an “object” under the surface of the Earth, Brown spins around its connection to environmentalists, the media, and of course- the President of the United States. This book is a perfect mixture of everything- suspense, mystery, politics- blended in with sharp humour and a definite read for all those in love with adventure and research. Just remember two things: the twist lies in the end and; don’t judge a book by its cover.

On 14th March 1931, the first rear projection theatre was built.

On 15th March 1962, the discovery of anti-matter was announced by 5 research groups.

On 16th March 1872, the first English FA cup final was played.

On 17th March 1905, Albert Einstein finished his Quantum Theory of Light paper.

On 18th March 1965, Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space after leaving his spacecraft for 12 minutes.

On 19th March 1279, the Mongols ended the Song Dynasty in China.

On 20th March 2017, the government of Uttarakhand declared the Yamuna and Ganga river living beings.

Honey never spoils- This means you can eat a 1000 year old jar of honey and it would taste exactly the same!

By Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited By Nirvaan Zaveri

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