15th July 2019 to 20th July 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

United Kingdom declares state of climate emergency

Following weeks of protests in cities all around the country, the United Kingdom has become the first country in the world to declare a state of environment and climate emergency. The proposal is symbolic of the country’s willingness to act on climate change, but does not legally oblige the government to take action. The idea was proposed by Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK’s left-wing Labour party, and follows a series of large public protests by environmentalist group Extinction Rebellion (XR), who have been blockading roads to protest against the British government’s inaction on climate change. Hundreds of XR protesters have…

Maulana Masood Azhar declared a global terrorist

In a huge diplomatic win for India, the United Nations on Wednesday (1 st May) designated Pakistan- based Jaish-e-Mohammed(JEM) chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist" after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist him. He has been associated with and lead several terror activities in India including the attack on the Indian parliament in 2001 and recently the Pulwama attacks where 40 Indian soldiers very killed. Since 2009 the Indian government has been trying to get the member nations of the United Nations Security Council to declare Azhar as global terrorist but most of its efforts have…

National Elections – India

Indians have begun voting in the first phase of a general election to elect members of parliament for the lower house (Lok Sabha). 900 million eligible voters will vote in this 7 phases till 19 th may. The votes will be counted on 23 rd May and results will be announced on the same day. There are 2 major parties which will collide in this battle. The BJP led by Prime Minister Modi and the Congress which is led by Rahul Gandhi. The party which wins will form the government and the prime minister will the leader of that party.…

Japan Emperor steps down

In his last public address as emperor, Akihito handed over the symbols of power and thanked the public for their support during his 30-year reign. The 85-year-old was given permission to abdicate after saying he felt unable to fulfill his role because of his age and declining health. He is the first Japanese monarch to stand down in more than 200 years. His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend the throne later on Wednesday. He will be 126th monarch of the country.The main "Ceremony of the Abdication" took place in a state room of the Imperial Palace in front of…

Jet Airways in trouble

Troubled Indian airline Jet airways has temporarily suspended all its domestic and international flights. The airline said its last flight would operate on Wednesday (17 th April). The airline has been having financial trouble since a long time and they have accumulated a debt of 1.2 billion dollars. They have been asking lenders for funding since weeks but no one has come forward. Hence, they have no choice but to suspend all flights as they are not able to pay for fuel or other critical services. Even their employees and suppliers have not been paid for months. It was India’s…