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The Weekly Focus Edition 64

Update on Afghanistan

Afghanistan is currently anarchy, but the Taliban have major power over the country. Recently, a bombing took place in the capital city of Kabul killing nearly 85 people, 13 of them being US service members and 18 of them getting injured. The President of the United States, Joe Biden, condemned the attack, vowing to hunt those responsible and make them pay.

Airbnb, a rental company, said it would temporarily house 20,000 refugees at their own expense. The UN expects about half a million more refugees to flee Afghanistan by the end of 2021.

China asked the Taliban to break terror ties after the atrocity of the Kabul airport bombing. Amrullah Saleh still stands strong against the Taliban wanting to disarm and disband the group. Additionally, he is not up for talks with the Taliban and he is against the ceasefire agreement that drew US troops out of Afghanistan. The question is can Afghanistan find the light at the end of the tunnel and witness democracy, development and peace.

Discord: What is it?

Most of the people reading this probably have heard of Discord, and some probably use it. But for the ones who don’t, I advise you’ll to read this article.

Discord is simply a video calling and texting website. It sounds simple, but it’s much more than that. You can create Discord servers, and have up to half a million people join it. In each server, you can create various text and voice channels. For example, say you have a simple server with your friends. You talk about many things, but you want to organise them. With Discord, you can create a separate channel for sports, schoolwork, memes, music and the options are limitless and up to you. In the same way, you can have different channels for voice chat. Although Discord was made for gamers, as streaming and chatting used less data and didn’t affect the game in terms of lag, it’s evolved into something much more and something that can be used by everyone. If you don't have it yet, I recommend you to get it immediately, for smoother calling, better servers and not to mention the countless helpful bots that can play music, do moderation and much more.

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Three Black Holes discovered

The discovery of three supermassive black holes from three galaxies merging to form a triple active galactic nucleus in the nearby universe by Indian researchers indicates that small merging groups are ideal laboratories for detecting multiple accreting supermassive black holes, increasing the likelihood of detecting such occurrences. Because supermassive black holes do not produce light, they are difficult to detect, but they can betray their presence by interacting with their surroundings. When dust and gas from the environment fall upon a supermassive black hole, some of the mass is consumed by the black hole, while some are transformed to energy and emitted as electromagnetic radiation, causing the black hole to be luminous.

Tech News

  • iPhone 13 is likely to be released on September 14th of 2021

  • Dell has released five new laptops for Gamers students and office people

  • WhatsApp will make accepting service terms optional for users

  • Oneplus is offering free batteries for its older phones.

  • Bhavina Patel guarantees India’s first Paralympic medal after entering the semi-finals in Table Tennis.

  • India all out for 78 in the first innings of the first test, Root helps England take a massive lead of 354, Pujara and Kohli help India recover.

  • A plane flies over the cricket stadium in Leeds with the banner “Sack ECB, Save Test Cricket”.

  • Neeraj Chopra responds to the controversy around Arhsad Nadeem taking his Javelin before his throw, says its normal for javelin throwers to do so.

  • Sunil Gavaskar and Nasser Hussain engaged in a heated argument over Nasser’s remarks about India being ‘bullied’ in the past.

Other News

  • India completes evacuating most of its citizens in Afghanistan, says ‘don’t know who all are left”.

  • 900 million people are fully vaccinated in China, says the government.

  • Over 1 lakh people have been evacuated from Afghanistan in the last 12 days.

  • Pokémon Go reinstates its mask and Covid-19 safety measures.

  • For the first time in history, Greenland receives rain and not snow.

Godzilla VS Kong

Rating: ★★★.5

Age: U/A (All ages, but watch with ‘caution’ for those under 12)

Find it here: Amazon Prime Video

Genre: Sci-Fi/Action

Review: Starting with a bang (pun intended- you’ll get it when you watch it), Godzilla VS Kong is the movie you’d expect it to be, except with a very sad ending. I’m going to be real here, the writers brought the movie to such a high climax, that the finish was just disappointing to an extent that I didn’t even finish watching the movie (go ahead, boo me). The child actors were marvellous as were the newly introduced characters, but there was something stiff about the entire concept that just didn’t hit home (sorry!) for a fan like me. Anyway, I absolutely love this series and will be looking forward to its next big show stopper because let’s be real, this movie just didn’t end to fun- great first hour though, I’d recommend watching just for that.

On 22nd August 1945, Ho Chi Minh led a successful coup, commencing the Vietnam war.

On 23rd August 1942, 600 Luftwaffe aircraft bombed Stalingrad in the Battle of Stalingrad.

On 24th August 1968, after detonating a nuclear on Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific, France became the 5th nuclear power.

On 25th August 1609, Galileo demonstrated his 1st telescope to lawmakers of Venice.

On 26th August 1907, Harry Houdini was chained underwater and he escaped in just 57 seconds.

On 27th August 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American to be in the race for the presidency of the USA.

On 28th August 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech against racism demanding equal civil rights.

Grapes catch fire when put in the microwave

Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri

Article 1 by Arhaan Zaveri

Article 3 and Tech News by Krishnav Bubna

Review by Dia Makhecha

This Week in History by Nirvaan Zaveri

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