14th October 2019 to 19th October 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

Pope Francis writes his first line of code

Eighty-two years old Pope Francis has become the first Pope of the Vatican City State to write a line of code. In Vatican City, Pope Francis with three young women aged between 11-16 years, contributed a line of code to an app aimed at promoting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Pope Francis wrote the last line of code. After seeing to it that UK Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau all received (widely-publicized) coding lessons, Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi noted in late 2016 that he was "still working on Pope Francis" Partovi was able to cross…

Pm Announces Shakti Mission

On March 27 th PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation with the Shakti announcement. He said India has shot down a low earth orbit satellite with an anti-satellite missile or A-SAT.  PM Modi - asserting that the action is not directed against any country - said that with Mission Shakti's success, India has become the fourth country to have tested such an anti-satellite weapon after the US, Russia and China. The A-SAT missile shot down the Low Earth Orbit satellite within "three minutes of launch", with remarkable precision and technical capability, PM Modi said. "This is a big moment for India. Something…

Twitter Turns 13

On March 21 st , 2019, the popular social media platform, Twitter, turned 13. The first tweet was posted by Jack Dorsey (creator) on March 21, 2006 Twitter is an American online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets";. Tweets were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, this limit was doubled for all languages except Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, but unregistered users can only read them. Twitter, Inc. is based in San Francisco, California, and has more than 25 offices around the world. Although the first tweet was actually sent on…

University Admissions Scandal

Over the last week, both the academic and celebrity worlds have been roiled by a college admissions scam, involving famous Hollywood actors, tech executives, and college coaches. On March 12, 2019, the US Department of Justice charged 50 individuals, including 33 affluent parents, with bribery, fraud, and false information, to get their kids admitted into some of the nation's most elite universities, including Stanford, Yale, and the University of Southern California. The mastermind behind this dishonest scheme, nicknamed "Operation Varsity Blues"; by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), was William "Rick"; Singer, a former high school football coach turned college counsellor. According to the FBI, Singer, founder of the Edge College &…

International Day of Happiness

International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year on March 20 th. It is an annual event which is lauded all over the world. The first International Day of Happiness was held on March 20, 2013. The event is celebrated in 193 countries, two observer states and in 11 territories. What is it? The day was created by a special advisor to the United Nations named Jayme Illien. Jayme first brought up the idea of creating a new day to celebrate happiness to senior United Nations officials back in 2011. He thought of this to inspire, mobilize, and advance the…