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The Weekly Focus Edition 8

New Education Policy

On Wednesday, the Indian Government announced many new changes to the Education System in India. At the school level, there will be more focus on vocational studies such as carpentry, electrical work, pottery, etc. A new unit completely dedicated to Digital and Online learning has been formed. They will aim to give unprivileged access to digital learning. The Education Sector is now going to receive 6% of the GDP, from the earlier 1.7%. Bag-Less days will be encouraged throughout the year for various quizzes and activities. The Curriculum has had a reset as well, with the content being reduced to the core basics. The Nutritional, Physical, and Mental Health of all students will be monitored with regular Health Checkups. For adult learning, tech-based apps, software, and other platforms are being developed by the government. After things return to normalcy,

schools will be used as adult education centres after school hours. The importance of board exams has also been reduced, and exams can be conducted twice a year. Coding in some form will now be made compulsory from sixth grade onwards. And finally, the Human Resource Department of the government will be replaced by a brand new Education Ministry.


The ITER or International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor has started construction. ITER is an organisation that builds reactors to produce eco-friendly sustainable energy, along the lines of the same principle used to power the sun. In southern France, 35 nations are collaborating to build the world's largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based upon the same principle that powers our sun and stars. This could be the energy that will power our future and many generations to come. It's many made up of seven countries; China, The European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the United States. The construction is projected to finish in around 5 years.

IPL is back

The Indian Premier Leauge will kick off on September 19th and the finals will be held on November 8th says, chairman Brijesh Patel. It will be held in the UAE. While the event's Council will meet next week to talk out the final details and approve the schedule, it is understood that the BCCI has informally intimated the franchises about the plan. The IPL

has been made possible by the ICC's decision to postpone the October-November T20 World Cup in Australia owing to the COVID-19 pandemic due to which the host country expressed its inability to conduct the event. To allow a crowd or not depends on the UAE government. Anyway, social distancing has to be maintained. We have left it for their government to decide on that. We will also be writing to the UAE board formally. There are three grounds available in the UAE -- Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi) and the Sharjah ground. The ICC Academy has two full-sized cricket grounds along with 38 turf pitches, 6 indoor pitches, a 5,700 square foot outdoor conditioning area along with physiotherapy and medical centre. While there was speculation that the IPL will start from September 26, the BCCI decided to advance it by a week in order to ensure that the Indian team's tour of Australia is not jeopardised. The Indian team will have a mandatory quarantine of 14 days as per the Australian government rules. A delay would have sent the plans haywire.

-Article written by Krishnav Bubna

Other News

~Srabani Nanda, the first Indian athlete to compete amid the pandemic, sets sight on Olympics qualification. Srabani has not been very regular in the Indian team but is now setting an eye on the Olympics.

~ Yes Bank gained control over a Reliance headquarters in Santa Cruz after their failure to repay debt. Anil Ambani has been in a debt spiral for the past few years.

~With 1,474mm rain, it is Mumbai’s wettest July in at least 76 years.

~ India enters Unlock 3, with gyms, yoga centres to be open from august and night curfew cancelled. Maharashtra allows malls to open from 5th August.

~ iPhone 12 5.4-Inch Model Suggested by iOS 14 Developer Beta includes 3 Display Zoom Feature.

~ Australian scientists find new fly species, name them after Marvel characters Thor, Black Widow, Loki and Deadpool.

~ On 29th July, the world celebrated International Tiger Day and 30th was International friendship day.

Markets this Week

Sensex: 37,714.50 -243.18

Nifty: 11.102.15 -55.90

Could Your Smartwatch detect early Covid-19 symptoms?

Fitbit and other wearable devices typically linked to exercise are being studied as ways to identify people who are potentially infected with COVID-19 before symptoms appear when they can unknowingly spread the disease. Changes in heart rate, respiratory rate,

and other biometrics measured constantly by the devices may flag the early stages of virus infection, so an otherwise healthy-looking person knows to self-isolate and seek a COVID-19 diagnostic test, researchers say. When you get ill, even before you know it, your body starts changing, your heart rate goes up," said Professor Michael Snyder of Stanford University School of Medicine. Stanford researchers are among several groups examining whether wearable fitness devices such as the Fitbit or Apple Watch can provide an early warning. Snyder's team enrolled 5,000 people in the study and studied historical smartwatch data from 31 users who tested positive for COVID-19.

Of those 31, all of their data indicated infection before symptoms appeared. Wearable devices picked up the signals of infection early - before symptoms appeared - in an average of three days.

This Week in History

On July 26th, 1945 The POTSDAM conference takes place, which is the announcement of the unconditional surrender of Japan to the Allies. It's the end of World War 2.

On July 29th, 1921 Adolf Hitler becomes the president Of The National Socialist German Workers Party, The NAZI party.

New York becomes the 11th state to ratify the US Constitution.

Fact of the Week

In a 2008 Survey, 58% of British teenagers thought

Sherlock Holmes was a real person,

and 20% thought Winston Churchill wasn’t.

Joke of the week

At a mental hospital: “Doctor Ferguson, what do you want us to do with the new arrival in room 18?

He thinks he’s a wolf.”

Doctor Ferguson thinks for a moment,

“The first rule is, don’t let his grandmother in for a visit!”.


Credits: Dilbert Comics Official

Credits: Garfield Comics Official

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