The First Forum is an initiative which focuses on covering the latest happenings in a brief format. This is in lieu with the importance of knowledge about current happenings in this fast changing world.
In the Thirty Second Edition of The First Forum we would be covering the following topics:
2. Society and Culture
3. Science and Technology
WHO became China’s puppet, will take a decision soon: Trump
US President Donald Trump said he would soon make an announcement on the World Health Organization (WHO), which he alleged had become “a puppet of China”. Trump has already suspended funding to the WHO, accusing it of misguiding the world on the coronavirus crisis and siding with China on the issue. “I don’t believe it was done on purpose, but it was done through probably incompetence. It probably got out and they didn’t know how to talk about it,” Trump told Fox News in an interview. Read More
China hits back at ‘preposterous allegations’ by Trump and allies
China has issued a lengthy rebuttal of what it said were 24 “preposterous allegations” by some leading US politicians over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese foreign ministry has dedicated most of its press briefings over the past week to rejecting accusations by US politicians, especially Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, that China had withheld information about the new coronavirus and that it had originated in a laboratory in the city of Wuhan. Read More
Senate Republicans break with Trump over ‘Obamagate’
President Donald Trump’s aggressive campaign to encourage sweeping investigations of his predecessor Barack Obama met a unanimous response from Senate Republicans: No thanks. Trump’s Senate allies on Monday stopped short of echoing Trump’s claim that Obama acted illegally when the Justice Department began probing incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn in late 2016. Read More
Congress distances itself from Adhir Ranjan’s dig at Beijing
The Congress leadership has distanced itself from its senior leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s statement suggesting the Centre “to accord diplomatic recognition to Taiwan”. This coincided with the Congress floor leader in the Lok Sabha deleting his controversial tweet which, apparently, was his overenthusiastic response to Taiwan donating one million masks to India to fight the Covid-19 crisis. Read More
Chidambaram Mocks Modi’s Financial Package, Says PM Gave ‘Headline and Blank Page’
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday mocked the prime minister’s announcement of a Rs 20 lakh crore financial package as a “headline and blank page”, and said he was looking forward to the finance minister filling the blank page. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced massive new financial incentives on top of the previously announced packages for a combined stimulus of Rs 20 lakh crore. Read More
Hyderabad Virtual Reality Tours
In a recent bid to provide citizens over the globe with a taste of the heritage state of Hyderabad, Hyderabad Trails kick started their virtual heritage walk in compliance with the government’s COVID-19 regulations. The organisation plans on continuing these heritage walks till the lockdown ends and it is finally safe for people to travel again. Read More
Happiest Country in the World
The Gross Domestic Product is not and cannot be an indicator of a country or a nation’s happiness and overall wellbeing. It does not indicate if the wealth is equally distributed and does not account for various other factors that are crucial to a person’s individual wellbeing. It was the former ruler of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck, who declared and claimed that Gross National Happiness was a more important concept than Gross National Product. Read More
Eid amidst the COVID-19
Ramazan spreads the idea of love, joy and above all faith in humanity and the lord who is above all. This ramazan however is a different yet special one for all the Muslim households across not only the country but the world, due to the ongoing lockdown and the COVID-19 epidemic almost all Muslim households are forced to perform the prayers and other Ramazan rituals at their own homes to ensure safety of the citizens. Read More
Lockdown and Psychology
While we are staying locked inside our homes due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is our mental health that is most affected. The constant worry about the rising numbers and other COVID-19 related statistics, living in the constant fear that you might be affected by the virus, constantly worrying about the lives of your loved ones. What adds to this cycle of worry are the whatsapp forwards that spread misinformation at such crucial times. Read More
Ericsson’s trends for the post COVID-19 world
Five trends that will have the biggest impact post COVID-19 as per the Swedish tech giant, Ericsson’s virtual ‘Unboxed Office’ conference are as follows:
- Emphasis on telecom sector – Uptake of 5G is expected to increase because of shift of focus to remote working and tele-health. The demand for seamless connectivity for work and leisure helped the telecommunications industry keep everyone connected during the crisis.
- Autonomous commerce – There will be a broader acceptance for automotive delivery drones and driverless fleets in the future.
- Borderless workspaces – The coronavirus pandemic has forced millions of workers to work remotely from their homes and it’s likely to continue even after the pandemic is over, especially for the white collared workers.
- The rise of telemedicine- Instead of going to a doctor, patients can use their smartphone to video chat with a remotely-located physician who can evaluate their symptoms and determine what next steps to take.
- Virtual experience economy – If we start spending more time online, instead of going outside to amusement parks or malls and the like, it is very likely that virtual goods will become much more important than actual physical ownership of goods.
Lethal levels of heat and humidity are gripping global ‘hot spots’
An analysis of 4 decades of data from thousands of weather stations shows that a handful of hot spots around the globe are experiencing a potentially lethal mix of heat and humidity. Previous studies predicted it happening around mid-century. Just heat does not kill; humidity is deadly when it prevents the evaporation of sweat. Read More
New solar panels suck water from air to cool themselves down
Most solar panels use silicon to convert sunlight to electricity but typical silicon cells convert only 20% of the Sun’s energy; the rest turns into heat, warming the panels by as much as 40°C and efficiency of the panel drops with every degree above 25°C. Researchers have devised materials for sucking vapour from air and condense it into liquid water for drinking. Read More
Closest black hole to Earth found
A team of astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has discovered a black hole lying just 1000 light-years away from Earth, closer to our Solar System than any other found till date. It forms part of a triple system and its stars can be viewed from the southern hemisphere on a dark, clear night with naked eye. The team found evidence for the invisible object by tracking its two companion stars at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Read More
Nasa picks Bezos’s Blue Origin and Musk’s SpaceX to build new lunar landers
The three companies selected by Nasa for the development of lunar landers are Blue Origin, owned by Jeff Bezos; Elon Musk’s SpaceX; and Dynetics, based in Huntsville. They will carry the astronauts from the lunar orbit to the Moon’s surface and back. Blue Origin’s contract is worth $579m, SpaceX’s $135m and Dynetics will receive $253m, covering the next 10 months as each team works with Nasa to determine how their proposed solution would work in practice. Read More