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The Weekly Focus Edition 73

Sudan Coup

Recently, Sudan an impoverished middle-eastern country faced a military coup d’état. About a year ago we saw something similar take place in Myanmar, coups also took place during the Arab spring. For those who are not aware, a coup d’état is a sudden and often violent change of government; a coup is typically conducted by the army. Sudan has been a war-torn country, faced extremism, kidnappings and much more. The coup is being led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. This move risks the stability and democracy of the country, peace with rebels, and economics and healthcare aid which the country is in dire need of. The General has dissolved the country’s civil cabinet and has seized all power; he also arrested Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and took many influential citizens into custody. Lately, he had been showing signs of disbelief and disagreement with Abdalla’s leadership skills and strategies. Sudan had been through so much political instability and just when we thought things would get better they only started to worsen.


Solar Flares to disrupt GPS signals

The Sun fired "major" solar flares captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The sunspot comes from a sunspot named AR2887, which peaked on October 28, 2021, at 11:35 EST; it is central to the Sun and faces the Earth, spaceweather.com reported. The torch is in the X1 category and may come in the Earth's magnetic field on Saturday. According to the US Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), X1 class flares caused a temporary but serious radio outage on the sunlit side of the Earth, especially in South America. The torch caused a large plasma tsunami. “The plasma waves are about 100,000 km high and have passed through the Sun's atmosphere at over 1.6 million miles per hour,” said spaceweather.com. Solar flares are bursts of intense radiation. Radiation flares cannot penetrate the Earth's atmosphere and harm humans, but extremely intense flares can destroy the atmosphere in the layers where GPS and communication signals are transmitted. NASA said the numbers provide more information about their intensity, while the X-class show the strongest flares. X2 is twice as strong as X1 and X3 are three times as strong.


Facebook changes its name

From now on, all of Facebook’s apps such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook will be a part of the metaverse. Facebook plans to launch many new products in the coming decades, such as virtual reality solutions, augmented reality solutions, and many more such products are to be released in the future. Mark Zuckerberg explained that although Facebook may have been an appropriate name years ago in 2004 when it was founded, it encompasses much more now hence the name change. Facebook has been facing criticism for the lack of safety and privacy on its social media apps, and the ineffective solutions to combat the spread of misinformation, hate speech and more negative counter effects online. Facebook has promised to start acting more on these issues and to rectify their mistakes. Overall, the individual app names stay the same but the cumulative name for the Facebook company is now Meta, and since Facebook has over 3 billion users worldwide this will affect the world.


  • India lose to Pakistan by 10 wickets in their opening match for the T20 World Cup

  • Manchester United lose 5-0 to Liverpool, the first time by such a big margin

  • Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman fired after a series of bad performances

  • England top group A in the T20 World Cup, while Pakistan top group B

  • Rahul Dravid applies for Head Coach for India, is easily the favourite among candidates.

Other News

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Italy for the 16th G20 summit.

  • New lockdown enforced in China after cases rise

  • In a victory for the LGBTQ+ community, the US issues passports with a gender “X” as an option (not male or female)

  • Tensions between US and China over Taiwan rise as the US confirms the reports of military training camps for American soldiers in Taiwan.

  • The UN gives millions of dollars in financial aid to Afghanistan, who are facing the worst humanitarian crisis in 25 years.

Tech News

  • Google has banned 151 SMS apps on android

  • Mercedes cars will start to have Dolby Atmos from 2022

  • There is a very important privacy ios feature in the 15.2 ios update

  • Nikon Z9 professional camera has been launched

Fact or Fiction

  1. There is a company that turns dead bodies into an ocean reef.

  2. There is an annual Coffee Break Festival.

  3. Flying bicycles will be available in just 5 years.

  4. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

  5. The largest padlock in the world weighs 916 pounds.

  6. McDonald’s introduced a drive-through service to get more money.

  7. Pigs release the most sweat among mammals.

  8. The fuller the fridge, the more energy-efficient it is.

  9. There’s a LEGO bridge in Germany that you can’t walk across .

  10. Beavers are behind most power outages in the U.S

Answers at the bottom!


Back to the Future

Robert Zemeckis

PG-13

★★★★★

One of the oldest and classic movies Back to the Future is a must-watch for all ages! Kids, adults, grandparents, all will love this movie. The story talks about a boy, Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, who experiments with his close friend and mentor, the eccentric Doctor Brown. The two experiment with a time-travelling DeLorean and Marty accidentally sets himself back 30 years in the past. In this tale, he meets younger versions of his parents, the mayor and Doctor Brown, who helps him head back. On top of this, Marty has to make sure his parents fall in love unless he wants to cease to exist. However, this isn't the only setback he faces. In the present, Doctor Brown dies after getting shot down by 2 Libyans hunting for some plutonium stolen to power the time machine. Marty must save him too!

On 24th October 1931, Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison due to tax evasion.

On 25th October 2017, Xi Jinping revealed his ruling council.

On 26th October 1901, a ‘getaway car’ was used for the first time.

On 27th October 1982, China revealed that its population crossed 1 billion.

On 28th October 1904, fingerprints were first used by the police.

On 29th October 1929, the Wall Street Stock Market crashed, initiating the Great Depression.

On 30th October 1961, the Tsar Bomba was tested by the Soviets.

Written by Vivaan Dharamshi

Edited by Nirvaan Zaveri


Article 1 by Arhaan Zaveri

Article 2 and Tech News by Krishnav Bubna

Fact or Fiction by Nikunj Gupta

Review by Saveer Solanki

This Week in History by Nirvaan Zaveri


Fact or Fiction Answers:

  1. Fact

  2. Fact

  3. Fiction: They already exist!

  4. Fact

  5. Fact

  6. Fiction: It was due to the military!

  7. Fiction: Pigs don't sweat!

  8. Fact

  9. Fact

  10. Fiction: The answer is squirrels!

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