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Headlines of January

By Freya Constable, GRADE 9

After the significant year of 2020, we were hoping to ring in the new year with a clean slate. However, this first month of 2021 has proven to be a handful, with many events around the world making the front pages. Here’s a run-down of the biggest headlines of January. 

In the United States, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President. His inauguration was much awaited by many after the four-year presidency of Donald Trump and the recent attack on the Capitol. For his first day in office, he has publicly shared his plan for his presidency and has carried out several significant actions. For instance, the US has now re-entered the Paris Agreement and the World Health Organization, issued a mandate for mask and social distancing on all federal lands and reversed Trump’s travel ban from many Muslim-majority nations. Biden’s chosen vice-president, Kamala Harris made history as the first woman, person of colour and South Asian-American to acclaim said title. The Georgia senate run-offs welcomed new senators Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, who also made history as the first Jewish and black Georgia senators. 

The new strain found in the UK at the end of 2020 has continuously gotten worse. It has now reached 82 countries, including Denmark, and brings more symptoms and infections. Luckily, the vaccinations are still effective with the new mutation and lockdowns in countries hit by it are in progress. 

Elon Musk, known for founding Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has now passed Jeff Bezos as the richest man in the world. Having a net worth of about $191 billion after the 6% rise in Tesla shares, he swiftly overtook the Amazon founder’s $187 billion after a 2% rise in Amazon stocks. 

 

 

In India, the farmer’s protests continue to occur. Currently, farmers in India are in a stand-off with the government over three laws that have been made recently, regarding the market. The new laws will reduce the protection of Indian farmers, loosening rules concerning sale, pricing and storage of produce from farms. Throughout protests that many farmers and their family and friends have participated in, water cannons and tear gas have been present. Protestors have set up camps near the border, where the horrid cold has hardened the circumstances. More than half of the workers in India work on farms, but hardly a sixth of the nation’s GDP comes from farming. It has always been hard for farmers to make money there, but with these new laws, it affects many lives of those residing in India. 

Many elections are coming up in many African nations over the next months of 2021. After some rescheduling of certain elections, they are now set to go forth amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Most African countries such as those in Niger and the Central African Republic were held before the year prevailed. However, other countries were 

not the same case. Ethiopia and Somalia, for instance, are two countries that pushed elections back to a further date in 2021. We will be seeing a large number of important elections, from local to presidential, in the coming calendar year.