19th August 2019 to 24th August 2019

World This Week

The world this week is an attempt to provide worldly news to kids once a week. The idea behind this is to make them get started on reading world news but it’s written in a child friendly manner and explains some concepts too

India mourns death of Sushma Swaraj – ex external affairs minister

Sushma Swaraj, a BJP leader and India’s favourite politician passed away after having a heart attack on 6th August 2019. She was very popular as India’s external affairs minister from 2014-2019. She did not contest in the 2019 elections due to her health. She underwent a kidney replacement in 2016 and had to recover. During her term in office her role as a people’s politician is notable as she gained many followers on social media. She helped many Indians with foreign affairs and responded with timely solutions. She was elected to the parliament seven times and the legislative assembly three…

Indian Government revokes article 370

The Indian Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has revoked the Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that allows special category status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The state is now divided into two Union territories, one as Jammu and Kashmir and the other as Ladakh and is directly under the rule of the centre having no special status as before. This move is historically significant as it unifies the country’s most terror-ridden state. While the governor Satya Pal Malik reviews the security in the state, Kashmiri politicians Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been asked to…

Britain has a new Prime Minister

The new Prime Minister of Britain Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May 2019. In the first month as Prime Minister he faced defeat in a recently held by-election as his candidate lost to a pro-EU rival. The loss has now reduced his majority in the parliament to one. The vote on Thursday in the Welsh sheep-farming community of Brecon and Radnorshire saw a stand-off between a Brexit backing candidate from Johnson’s Conservative party and a Liberal Democrat candidate who wants Britain to stay in the European Union. Chris Davies, the conservative party’s candidate lost the election that was a test of…

Hamleys now owned by Reliance Industries

On Thursday (16 th May 2019) Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Industries announced that it will acquire the iconic toymaker Hamleys for around Rs 620 crore. Hamleys is currently owned by Chinese fashion conglomerate C Banner International that had bought the toy company in 2015. Hamleys is the largest and the oldest toy retailer in the world. It was founded by William Hamley in High Holborn, London in 1760.  Its flagship store on Regent Street offers more than 50,000 types of toys on sale. It now has 167 stores across 18 countries. Besides the UK, it has stores in China, Germany, Russia,…

Coronation of new Thailand King

Thailand gets a new King: Maha Vajiralongkorn has been officially crowned on 4 th May, in a grand ceremony in Bangkok. King Vajiralongkorn aged 66, replaces his late father King Bhumibol, who died in 2016 after 70 years on the throne. At the time of his death, he was the world's longest reigning monarch. King Bhumibol was widely loved and revered in Thailand where he was seen as a unifying force as the country lurched between political crises and military coups.  The official coronation ceremony will stretch across three days, beginning on 4 th May, with a purification ritual using water…