Week 04 of 2021 – YPF Around the Globe

Around the Globe Week 4

Timeframe: 22nd-28th January 2021

Oishee Eerada Maudud, Sabyasachi Karamker, Shanjida Hossain and Farhan Uddin Ahmed.

1. Economics & Business

Google could be leaving Australia because of the new law being introduced

The Australian government is introducing a law that would make it compulsory for Google to have commercial agreements with every news organization. In response to this, Google’s regional director Mel Silva said, “If this version of the code were to become law, it would give us no real choice but to stop making Google Search available in Australia”. Google has about 90 to 95 percent of the search engine market share in Australia.

Source: BBC

2. Politics

China toughens language, warns Taiwan that independence ‘means war’

China toughened its language towards Taiwan on Thursday, warning after recent stepped up military activities near the island that “independence means war” and that their armed forces were taking action to respond to provocation and foreign interference.

Source: Reuters

3. Significant Corona Update

EU demands UK-made AstraZeneca vaccine doses

The EU has urged pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to supply it with more doses of its Covid-19 vaccine from UK plants, amid a row over shortages.

Source: Axios

4. Science & Technology

Twitter pilots feature allowing users to add context to misleading tweets

Twitter on Monday announced a new feature, called Birdwatch, aimed at combating misinformation and disinformation with a “community-driven approach” that allows users to add context to tweets they believe are misleading. The new feature, which is being piloted in the U.S., “allows people to identify information in tweets they believe is misleading and write notes that provide informative context,” Twitter’s vice president for product Keith Coleman wrote in a blog post.

Source: Axios

5. RMG/ Agriculture

Asian garment makers fashion united front to pressure Western brands

Manufacturers from the six nations that make most of the world’s clothes have forged a common front to negotiate better terms with Western fashion brands, whose cancelled orders devastated Asian garment workers early in the pandemic. “We want to come together to tackle the common problems we face. This is not about setting a minimum price for orders.

Source: RMG BD

6. Social & Education

Poor white teens in ‘left behind’ towns not going to uni

Poor white teenagers in England’s former industrial towns and those living on the coast are among the least likely to go to university, warns the watchdog for fair access.

Source: BBC

7. Environment

Fury as long-awaited UK environment bill is delayed for the third time

The UK government has delayed the long-awaited environment bill, which redraws rules after the country’s departure from the EU, provoking fury from campaigners who said it would harm action on air pollution and water quality, as well as other key issues. The proposed legislation would be the biggest shake-up of green regulation in decades. Ministers said the delay, which means the flagship bill is unlikely to pass before the autumn, was necessary because dealing with the Covid-19 crisis left too little parliamentary time for debate.

Source: The Guardian

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