5 Stories to Stay Current this Week!

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Politics: Maharashtra finally has a new government. As a reminder, state elections were held at the end of October 2019. No single political party had a majority of the votes, so a coalition, or group of parties had to come together to form a government. The situation continued, and the state was placed under President’s Rule until a government could be formed. With a lot of drama, Maharashtra finally has a coalition government as of two days ago, with the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress, coming together. Uddhav Thackeray from the Shiv Sena will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister today (November 28), and the Deputy Chief Minister is still being chosen. Stay tuned!

Science & Technology: Scientists have recently found the remains of a dog from 18,000 years ago, perfectly preserved in a block of ice in Siberia! It has not decomposed – it even has hair and eyelashes! They have named him ‘Dogor’, which means ‘friend’, in the language from that area. Why is this of interest? Scientists wonder if this is a dog or a wolf or perhaps it is from somewhere in between the two lineages.

Science & Technology and Arts & Entertainment:  Coldplay has released its double album, ‘Everyday Life’. While fans are eagerly asking about their tours, Coldplay has said that it will not be touring until the band can figure out a carbon-neutral way of doing so. Touring has an impact on the environment as the band, all its equipment, managers, stage hands, sets, instruments and more fly around the world with them, and Chris Martin and Coldplay are trying to promote a more environmentally responsible way of reaching out to their fans. 

Arts & Entertainment: The American Music Awards (AMAs) were held on November 24, 2019, and Taylor Swift walked away with 6 awards, including Artist of the Year, Favourite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, and Artist of the Decade!

Arts & Entertainment: Frozen II launched worldwide this weekend, and it made $350 million already! Variety and Forbes magazines say that this is the biggest global debut or release for an animated film.

 

 

 

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