Twilight News Edition 64
Edition 64, 4th October 2021
By Ishana Katriar
The Pandora papers refer to a digital leak that has horrified people across the world: it leaks almost 12 million documents that reveal secrets related to tax avoidance, illegal money transfers and hiding of wealth - by some of the world’s most powerful!
Around 600 journalists from all over the world have been going through these files, leaked from 14 sources. The data was obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (The ICIJ for short) in Washington. They have been working with more than 140 media organisations on the world’s biggest ever global investigation for these files that were never supposed to be shared with the public.
6.4 million documents, 3 million images, a million emails and around half a million spreadsheets are included in the leak. Stories so far publicised are:
- King of Jordan spent 70 million on a spending spree, buying houses in the UK and the US from secretly owned companies.
- The Kenyan President and his family has owned a network of companies for decades.
And much more. The files are exposing thousands of secrets of some of the most powerful people in the world, India included. Many more mysteries are yet to be revealed and should be out soon.
6 WORKERS DIED & AROUND 70 INJURED IN DUBAI EXPO
By Mahika Agarwal
Six workers have been reported dead and over 70 seriously injured while working at the Dubai Expo 2020 site, as stated by officials.
Addressing a press conference, the Expo spokesperson Sconaid McGeachin has said that 3 workers lost their lives to Covid-19 , while 3 others died from construction accidents, as per AP reports. The spokesperson refused to comment further on the Coronavirus outbreak
Dubai Expo, and UAE government, have faced severe criticism over the terrible working conditions. As per media reports, around 247 million hours of work was involved in the making of the fair. Acording to a report by AFP there were around 200,000 workers at the facility. This situation has resulted in widespread criticism by human rights activists globally who believe that the Expo officials are exploiting immigrant workers in the middle of the biggest pandemic of the century.