Wednesday, 23 September 2020 Subjects beyond the scope of Online Learning
Devastating Wildfires in California
Jahnavi Rathore - Sep 17,2020
An unprecedented fire season is wreaking havoc across the western US, with the air quality plummeting and smog weltering cities. At least 15 people have been killed, with around 3000 people becoming homeless. As the situation spirals out of control, these wildfires are rapidly advancing towards suburbs. These wildfires are a threat to the homes and lives of millions of citizens with the conditions becoming pernicious. California wildfires, driven by extreme blazes, have already burnt record-breaking acres of land this year. Fire officials state that the wildfires are raging so fast, that they are burning at a rate of 1000 acres per half-hour, being only 38% contained. The devastating fires are caused 84% by humans, which is of no surprise. What makes these fires harsh, costly, and extremely vicious is that most of the human infrastructure ends up in flames.
ASEAN Summit 2020
Riya Rajayyan - Sep 17,2020
The 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit began via video link on Wednesday, September 9 after being delayed by a month due to the pandemic. Escalating rivalry between the United States and China has been topping the agenda. The foreign ministers of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam are also set to meet Asian and Western counterparts during the summit.
The Fire in Bagjhan Oil Field
Ishaan Singh Sarna - Sep 13,2020
On 9th September 2020, an engineer working with Oil India Limited (OIL) died after being electrocuted while struggling, along with his other teammates, to douse the fire that has been burning in the Baghjhan Oil Field in Tinsukia District of Assam since June. Arnab Kishore, the young engineer, lost consciousness and fell while working with some electrical equipment at the site of destruction. While people may view this as an isolated incident, it is but a part of a string of accidents that have befallen the inhabitants, villages, and ecology of the area.
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