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August 18, 2020
Vol 106, Page 1



What They Say?

'When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.'
- Abraham Lincoln

'Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.'
- Mark Twain


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This Day for You - August 18


We pay tribute to retiring Cricket Captain, M.S. Dhoni and the great classical musician Pandit Jasraj.

You Share Your Birthday With:

1900 - Indian political leader Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, one of the world's leading women in public life in the 20th century, was born in Allahabad.

1934 – Gulzar, Indian poet, lyricist and film director

1956 – Sandeep Patil, Indian cricketer and coach

1967 – Daler Mehndi, Indian Punjabi singer, songwriter and record producer

On this day:

1200 - Genghis Khan—a warrior and ruler of genius who, starting from obscure and insignificant beginnings, brought all the nomadic tribes of Mongolia into a rigidly disciplined military state—died.

1945 – Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian activist and politician died, though his death is a mystery.

2008 - Facing possible impeachment, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf resigned from office.

The M.S. Dhoni You didn’t Know!

How shocked we were when M.S. Dhoni announced his retirement through social media. He posted on Instagram, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” along with a heartwarming video. Debuting in 2004, the greatest Captain achieving success at such a young age has definitely left a mark on our hearts. Let’s look at some interesting facts from his life:

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1) From 2001 to 2003, he worked as a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) at the Kharagpur Railway Station under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore. You must have seen it in his bio-pic MS Dhoni - The Untold Story.

2) The player got his big break at a cricket match in Jamshedpur in 2003, as part of BCCI's small-town talent-spotting initiative.

3) Before pursuing full-time cricket, the athlete used to serve as a goalkeeper for his school's football team and has even tried his hand at badminton.

4) Love for Bikes: MS Dhoni reportedly bought his first bike for Rs 4,500. Today, he is the owner of a multi-crore garage which holds everything from vintage pieces to much-loved latest models. In fact, he even co-owns a motorcycle racing team with Telugu film star Akkineni Nagarjuna. Called the Mahi Racing team, the group is the country's first World Superbike team.

5) MS Dhoni met wife Sakshi Dhoni in Kolkata during a match against Pakistan

6) The cricketer has also earned title of ‘Lieutenant Colonel’: On November 1, 2011, MS Dhoni became the second cricket player after Kapil Dev to earn the honorary title, conferred upon him by The Indian Territorial Army.

7) MS Dhoni's trademark ‘Helicopter Shot’ was taught to him by his former teammate and close friend

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How did Pandit Jasraj change the face of Indian Classical Music?

Do you really think that great people are great because they are great? Yes they are, but the real credit goes to the great work that they do with great passion!

You must have seen Pandit Jasraj receiving the greatest of awards for his vocal singing, but did you know that he started as a Table accompaniment and having been only average at it, he shifted to singing. "I was 14 when I faced a humiliating incident which I could not withstand. On Janmashtami, I told my elder brother that I won't play tabla henceforth," Jasraj told reporters. "The next day, my elder brother started teaching classical singing," He did his first Vocal concert only at the age of 22, though he had started playing Tabla at a very young age.

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Carrying a great legacy, Pandit ji never refrained from change. He always said, “Change is life...Classical music has moved along with the times.” Legendary classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, who turned 90 this January, also found a permanent spot in the universe for a third time. A minor planet, till now bearing the alphanumeric name 2006VP32, has been christened 'Panditjasraj' after him. Jasraj already has a constellation and a piece of the moon named after him.

The announcement was made by Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on September 23, 2019. "Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj is an exponent of Indian classical vocal music... His distinctive voice traverses a remarkable four-and-a-half octaves," Nasa mentioned.

The planet, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, was discovered in 2006 by the Mount Lemmom Observatory in Arizona. Its christening has been approved by International Astronomical Union (IAU). Jasraj is the first Indian classical musician to be bestowed with such honour.

Speaking to from New Jersey, Jasraj told TOI, "When I came to know about this honour, I was unable to describe my feelings. "God loves music and that is why he is showering me with this. I will now consider composing music that will be space-themed."

Pandit Jasraj is known in his field not just for his voice, presentation of rare ragas and unique bandishes, but also for his innovations. He devised a new jugalbandhi style where male and female singers sing different ragas at the same time. “I had first presented this male-female jugalbandhi in Pune. When my friend Meena Phalnikar heard it, she said yeh jasraj ke rang mein rangi hui jugalbandhi hai, and termed it jasrangi.”

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Why do birds have hollow bones?

If you did not know this already, birds have hollow bones. They are one of the many avian adaptations that birds possess. The hollow bones are absolutely imperative to the seamless flight of a bird. Today, we are going to look at what hollow bones are and how they fit in in the complex activity of bird flight.

Hollow bones, or as they’re known scientifically, pneumatic bones have cavities which can be filled up with air. This feature is unique to avians and is not found in any other vertebrate(although fossil evidence does suggest that some dinosaurs did have hollow bones as well). They help in the intake of oxygen during flight. But wait, doesn’t being hollow mean that a structure should be lighter than its solid counterpart? Yes, but not in this case. It is a common misconception, and one that even I had, that pneumatized bones have a lower density than solid bones and hence they help in making the bird lighter, thus making flight easier. In reality, however, the hollow bones of birds are actually heavier than animals of comparable size. They’re, in fact, denser than the bones of other animals. This adaptation is to make enhance the structural integrity of the pneumatized bones, essentially making them stronger than their solid counterparts.

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Now, bird flight is extremely energy-intensive. Now, you all know that the energy needs of a body come from the oxygen inspired during respiration. Hence, the regular respiration of a bird is not enough to meet the energy needs of flight. This is where the pneumatized bones come in. The air sacs that are attached to the hollow bones help in oxygen intake even during expiration. This essentially ensures a constant supply of oxygen that can then be used to generate the energy needed for flight. An important point to note here is that the sole purpose of hollow bones is to aid in bird flight. Hence, flightless birds like ostrich do not possess hollow bones.

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A global campaign that celebrates humanitarians - a “thank you” to the people who have committed their lives to helping others.

Join the celebrations by telling us about Real Life Heroes whom you know. Look around your area, and tell us about the heroes of our world, here and now, are just as worthy of admiration and celebration because they’re real! They are:

1) Choosing to help in the most extreme circumstances.
2) Their stories show that real life heroes exhibit an uncanny ability to persevere despite the odds, and to do so with humility and dedication.
3) They help at any cost.

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Reopening of schools: Seniors classes may resume from Sep 1, others to follow

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Students of IIT BHU develop all-new hydrogen-powered vehicular prototype

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Scientists Hack Photosynthesis to Make Crops Produce More, But With Less Water

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Teacher's Blog

Quarantine Is ‘Me’ Time

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By Chavvi Mahesh, TGT English

The pandemic has changed everything around us, making social distancing indispensable. In these difficult times, it is even more difficult for children to stay at home, being cut off from friends and other social events. Dear children, we all can utilize this time for self -improvement and view it as an ‘opportunity in difficulty’. There are plenty of things that can be done to keep yourself active and productive. Underneath are some suggestions to make the best use of this time.


To start off, there can never be a better option than reading books. I like nothing more than immersing myself in a book, concentrating fully on the book, its characters and its storyline without distractions.

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We have that opportunity now. Books are the food for our brain. Reading books enhances our vocabulary to a great extent. (you can make a dictionary of newly learnt words). Reading strengthens our brain, improves vocabulary, aids sleep, lengthens lifespan, reduces stress, fosters creativity and imagination. A well-read person can easily carve a niche over others. Besides reading you can listen to audio books while doing all the household chores.
Here are some of the links given-;;
Amazon kindle app; and; And yes, one more thing that is good about books is YOU CAN READ ANYWHERE!


How about Learning a new skill or art form or enrolling on a free course for which you otherwise never get time! Just doing some research and browsing will land you at so many courses people are offering these days. Practising a new instrument is also an inventive and engaging technique.


Explore the websites and local markets, if you can, offering various DIY (do it yourself) kits to keep yourself engaged in creative tasks.


How long have we all been looking to begin this activity? When you are done with your household chores attend to your garden. Look at the greenery, the colour and variety of flowers and plants you have. Tidying up your garden, repainting the pots, pruning the edges of the hedges and planting new saplings will give a sense of accomplishment. Gardening is probably one of the most relaxing and de-stressing activities.


How about trying some brainstorming and teasing when you have all the time in the world? SUDOKU, CROSSWORDS, CHESS and MAZES and LABYRINTH are only a few examples. Here is the link of another interesting brain teaser -


Getting extra time at home is a blessing in disguise. You can pursue your longing hobby. Indulging in improving oneself will eventually add an extra charm to personality. Learning dance, brushing up your cooking skills or trying your hands-on drawing can become a bonus in future.


There is no point explaining the benefits of meditation here. The world knows its rewards and gains. Meditation and concentration improving exercises will have long- term benefits on your health. There is a myriad of YOUTUBE channels and videos showing the techniques of GUIDED MEDITATION and MINDFULNESS.


‘Practice the attitude of gratitude’. When you get up in the morning, think of what a lovely privilege it is to be able to think, to be able to breathe ,to be able to enjoy and to be able to love and be loved. Wake up in gratitude and start counting and writing the blessings you are showered upon. Writing a diary or journal is also a form of meditation.

Hope you would like the suggestions and adopt them. Wrapping up my article with positive thoughts. Keep your spirits high and have an unshakable faith in the blessings of God.


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