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The Weekly Focus Edition 45

Conflict in Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a beautiful country located in Asia which has unfortunately been severely plagued by extremism and terror. Many countries and the United Nations have aimed for peace and political stability in Afghanistan; however, this battle is not an easy one to end. The United States of America is a country providing troops, military equipment and more aid fighting for the unstable Afghan Government against the malicious forces of several terror organisations. The USA has invested 2.4 trillion US dollars. Close to 2 decades have passed in this conflict yet a ceasefire is not seen.

During Donald Trump’s presidential term, diplomacy was tried and negotiating with some opposition leaders looked like the light at the end of the tunnel but the plan failed due to several conflicts. Recently, Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary delivered a speech about this conflict. Psaki said, “The President has been consistent in his view that there’s not a military solution to Afghanistan.” After much consideration, the USA has decided to draw out their troops by September 11th or the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks which played a vital role in starting this everlasting war. Peace must be achieved for the people of Afghanistan.

By Arhaan Zaveri


New BCCI Contracts

The BCCI has released the salary paid to all of the players for the year 2020-2021. This is the official annual salaries for all the 28 players including 9 batsmen, 5 all-rounders, 11 bowlers, and 3 wicket-keepers who have been contracted by the BCCI. The salary for the A+ tier is 7 CR, for the A tier it is 5 CR, for the B tier it is 3 CR and finally, for the C tier, the salary is 1 CR. BCCI has not retained a few players who they did last year and they are- Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav who has been in and out of the team for a while now. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been retained once again in the A+ category. Hardik Pandya has been upgraded to the A tier and Shardul Thakur has also been upgraded to the B tier. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been downgraded to tier B because of injury and the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been downgraded to tier C. Players in the A tier are-

  • Ajinkya Rahane

  • Cheteshwar Pujara

  • Hardik Pandya

  • Ishant Sharma

  • KL Rahul

  • Mohammed Shami

  • Ravichandran Ashwin

  • Ravindra Jadeja

  • Rishabh Pant

  • Shikhar Dhawan

Players in the B tier are-

  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar

  • Mayank Agarwal

  • Shardul Thakur

  • Umesh Yadav

  • Wriddhiman Saha

Finally, players in the C tier are-

  • Axar Patel,

  • Deepak Chahar

  • Hanuma Vihari

  • Kuldeep Yadav

  • Mohammed Siraj

  • Navdeep Saini

  • Shreyas Iyer

  • Shubman Gill

  • Washington Sundar

  • Yuzvendra Chahal

Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj and Shubhman Gill have received a new contract because of their recent form. A few names who should get contracted next year are- T Natarajan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Sanju Samson and even Ishan Kishan.

By Krishnav Bubna


Football News

As the Quarter Finals of the Champions League draw to a close, 4 teams have advanced to the semi-finals and there will be 2 matches. Match 1: Chelsea vs Real Madrid and Match 2: PSG vs Manchester City. A loss to PSG caused a shocking exit for last year’s treble winners FC Bayern. They lost to PSG on an aggregate of 3-3 due to away goals (If there is a tie in a high stakes match, the team that is playing in their own stadium or home pitch is at a disadvantage and will automatically lose on what we call away goals). Borussia Dortmund lost to Manchester City 4-2 due to Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden’s goals. Luckily for the Premier League leaders, Jude Bellingham’s stunner was not able to send the Yellow and Black through. Chelsea FC breezed through their match, the final score 2-1.

The football season is now coming to a close with most major leagues ending in mid-May. Here are the leaders and top 3 for each league:


Premier League: 1. Manchester City (74 points) 2. Manchester United (63 points) 3. Leicester City (56 points)

La Liga: 1. Atletico Madrid (67 points) 2. Real Madrid (66 points) 3. FC Barcelona (65 points)

Bundesliga: 1. FC Bayern (65 points) 2. RB Leipzig (60 points) 3. FC Wolfsburg (54 points)

Serie A: 1. Inter Milan (74 points) 2. AC Milan (63 points) 3. Juventus FC (62 points)

Ligue 1: 1. FC Lille (69 points) 2. Paris Saint-Germain (66 points) 3. AS Monaco FC (65 points)


Tech News-

  • Apple Pencil 3 is soon set to release

  • Google Map now has Covid-19 vaccination centres

  • You will so be able to hide your like count on Instagram

  • Samsung to announce a major Galaxy event


Other News-

  • Indian Covid-19 cases hit a record high this week as many cities including Mumbai re-entered partial lockdown

  • The Kumbh Mela continues despite the severe surge, no precautions or preventive measures have been taken

  • Photos of mysterious objects taken in 2019 verified by the US defence say they are yet to find out the true origin of the unidentified flying object

  • China’s Beijing struggles under another sandstorm, the third one in just 5 weeks

  • All democratic parties which once fought against each other unite in Myanmar, aiming to end violence and restore democracy

  • In retaliation to an Israeli nuclear move, Iran enriches its Uranium by 60%

  • After testing positive, Anrich Nortje tests negative and is out of quarantine.

  • Ben Stokes ruled out of the IPL due to a finger injury he got while fielding against Punjab Kings

  • RCB top the table after the first week of IPL. For more IPL coverage check our YouTube Channel.

  • Daniel Evans stuns No.1 Djokovic knocking him out of the Monte Carlo Masters

  • Babar Azam hits a 59-ball 122 to chase down a mammoth South African Target with ease, breaking Virat’s 3 and a half year streak at the top of the ODI rankings

Suits

Rating: ★★★★★

Age: 16+

Find it here: Netflix

Genre: Drama Series

Review: Ranging of multiple seasons, multiple characters, multiple emotions, cases, traumas, fights, murders, problems, and of course, trials, Suits walks you through a rather fictional- yet realistic- look at life at court. Mike Ross, a young man looking for a job accidentally-on-purpose crosses paths with Harvey Specter, a lawyer, and the show takes off from here.

With each character showing off fixated mindsets and ideas, the first set of seasons are worth skipping meals for (but don’t do that)!

However, as the show prolongs its finish, the later few paths call for various, dare I say repeated obstacles that may begin slowing down your interest in the series. Nonetheless, Suits is highly recommended by me, if you’re okay with curse words and strong opinions!

By Dia Makhecha

On 11th April 1900, the US Navy bought the first modern submarine which was built and designed by John Phillip Holland

On 12th April 1961, Yuri Gargarin orbited Earth in the Vostok 1 becoming the first to do so

On 13th April 1960, France becomes the 4th nuclear country after they exploded a bomb in the Sahara

On 14th April 1912, the Titanic collided with an iceberg in Newfoundland

On 15th April 1955, McDonald's Inc. first fast food restaurant opened

On 16th April 1705, Isaac Newton was knighted by Queen Anne

On 17th April 1895, the First Sino-Japanese War ended after the Treaty of Shimonoseki was signed


Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri





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