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The Weekly Focus Edition 72

End of the Pandemic in India?

Recently, India crossed the huge milestone of a billion Covid-19 jabs given. More than 300 million people are double vaccinated and around 700 million have received at least one dose. Cases in India have been on a steady decline ever since the second wave, with recoveries on the rise. Shops, malls, theatres and more have now opened and in some places at full capacity. Schools have recently been allowed to open in Mumbai, and until now there has been no report of mass infections. Vaccinations clearly seem to be working, as India is operating at an almost normal pace without the risk of another Covid-19 wave. Countless times we have been in this situation, but cases only seem to go up again, and then down. But this is different, as a majority of our population now has antibodies to fight Covid-19. The last battle would be upcoming, around Diwali. With low infections, many people will go ahead with routine celebrations, and if there isn't another wave, it is almost certain that we are very close to the end of this 20-month struggle.

Is there water on Mars?

There are images taken by the Perseverance Rover of NASA

Images dispatched lower back with the aid of NASA's Perseverance rover have unveiled the life of a 3.7-billion-year-vintage historic river delta so as to now manual scientists of their look for proof of historic life. This has a look at analysed high-decision pictures captured with the aid of the rover of the cliffs that have been as soon as the banks of the delta. The pictures taken with the aid of the Perseverance rover discovered Jezero Crater's watery past. The pictures have been shared with the aid of NASA with the caption, “From space, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and different spacecraft gave us tantalizing tips about Jezero Crater's watery past. Now that the @NASAPersevere rover is presenting close-ups from the ground, scientists have encountered a few geological surprises.”

Other News

  • A Salmonella outbreak linked to onions causes 650 people to fall sick in the US

  • US President Joe Biden says he will defend Taiwan from China, China responds by saying there is no room for compromise.

  • An Earthquake of Magnitude 5.9 strikes 30 km south of New Zealand’s coast

  • Former US President Trump launches a social media app to stand up to big tech.

  • A statue of Hrambe, the 17-year-old gorilla whose death led to a global outcry, was inaugurated in New York.

  • India win both their warm-up games for the T20 World Cup

  • Namibia and Scotland qualify for the Super 12 in group B, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh qualify for Group A.

  • Manchester United owners, Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are all in talks to buy an IPL franchise.

  • Ireland bowler takes 4 wickets in 4 balls in T20 WC group stage match

Tech News

  • One plus 9RT has launched

  • Apple watch series 7 to go on pre-order

  • iPhone 13 has been released in a few more countries now

  • One plus has announced a massive discount on most of its products

(Dia) Book Name: Journey’s End

Author: RC Sherriff

Your rating: ★★★★

Genre: War, drama

Review: Being an ex-military himself, Sherriff beautifully explains every single aspect of life at the trenches, this one set at the Western Fronts against Germany. The book is a drama and walks the reader through what a soldier experiences mentally and physically while at war. Its show-stopping suspense and constant switching of emotions not only further intrigues the reader but demonstrates the emotional instability of a plethora of soldiers on the field and how they are forced to push those feelings down. A modern classic and well-watched movie, Journey’s End is a suitable read especially for those interested in history and war, but still, I believe every (higher level) reader and literature student will fall in love with this breath-taking piece.

On 17th October 1943, the Burma railway was completed for the use of the Japanese army.

On 18th October 1931, due to tax evasion, Al Capone was convicted.

On 19th October 1722, the automatic fire extinguisher was patented by French C. Hopffer.

On 20th October 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was ratified by the US Senate.

On 21st October 1950, China took over Tibet.

On 22nd October 1897, the world’s first car dealer opened in London.

On 23rd October 1977, Elso Barghoorn publicized his discovery of a 3.4-billion-year-old one-celled fossil.

Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri

Article 2 by Krishnav Bubna

Tech News by Krishnav Bubna

Review by Dia Makhecha

This Week in History by Nirvaan Zaveri

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