The World this Week [28Mar-02Apr]

Last Modified: Sat Apr 02 2016 18:50:08 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
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    Dame Zaha Hadid, died suddenly following a heart attack on Thursday in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for bronchitis. Her striking creations ranged from a fire station in Weil am Rhein in Germany, to the sinuous Sackler extension to London’s Serpentine Gallery and a concert hall in Guangzhou, China. Iraqi-born and Lebanese-educated, she once said - It made things easier and also very difficult, being a woman, a non-European and designing unconventional buildings.
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    People were killed and and more than 300 injured in a suicide-bombing in Lahore. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility and said it had targeted Christians who were celebrating Easter there. Pakistani extremists also protested in support of a police guard recently executed for killing a reformist politician.
  • $100 billion
    The amount China plans to spend on buying global high-tech firms and consumer brands. Contrast this with global, merger-and-acquisition volumes that are down by roughly 25%. Slower growth at home and the yuan’s depreciation have boosted the appeal of foreign assets. Chinese companies have long punched below their weight in global investment, focusing mainly on commodities, but all this is set to change. Global regulators fret about security risks. Sellers, though, are not complaining.
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    No-balls bowled to Lendl Simmons by Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya were to blame for India's ouster from the World T20 according to India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Ashwin’s no-ball gave Man-of-the-Match Simmons ‘life’ at 18 when Jasprit Bumrah had taken the catch while Pandya overstepped when the right-hander was on 50. Simmons went to score an unbeaten 82 to win it for the Caribbeans.
  • $424 million
    Despite scathing reviews, the amount the new Warner Bros superhero film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, took in during its opening five days. Globally, the opening was the fourth-biggest ever; its $170m box-office take in America set a record for a March launch. The film, adapted from DC Comics, cost more than $250m to make.
  • 1.8 million
    views on YouTube for the debut single of India's first transgender band, the Brooke Bond Red Label 6 Pack Band. The 6 Pack Band comprises six transgender singers hailing from India’s ‘Hijra’ community. It’s an initiative created and driven by Y-Films, the youth wing of Yash Raj Films, to help further the cause of gender equality in India. Brooke Bond Red Label has always been about brewing togetherness. True to this spirit, the Brooke Bond Red Label 6 Pack Band celebrates togetherness by depicting a more welcoming world.