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August 20, 2020
Vol 108, Page 1



What They Say?

“Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
― George Bernard Shaw

"A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?"
— Albert Einstein


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This Day for You - August 20


Indian Akshay Urja Day

This day commemorates the birthday of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The World Celebrates:

National Radio Day

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

1944 - Rajiv Gandhi, Indian lawyer and politician, 6th Prime Minister of India.

1946 - N. R. Narayana Murthy, Indian businessman, co-founded Infosys.

1971 - David Walliams, English comedian, actor, writer, and television personality.

1976 - Randeep Hooda, Actor

1983 - Amrita Puri, Actor

1987 - Zakir Khan, comedian

1992 - Demetria Devonne Lovato, American singer-songwriter, actress, author, and television personality.

On this day:

1897: Ronals Ross discovered malaria parasites in anopheles mosquito while working in Presidency General Hospital, now SSKM Hospital in Kolkata.

1917: British Parliament declared the policy of gradual realization of responsible government of India.

1921: Moplah uprising started in Malabar region in Kerala.

1944: Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was born.

1979: Prime Minister Charan Singh resigned only 23 days after assumption of office of Prime Minister.

1995: In a major railway accident Prushottam Express and Kalindi Express collided.

N. R. Narayana Murthy - The Man of the Century

Some call him the poster-boy of economic liberalisation, and it is not an exaggeration to say that the man needs no introduction. Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy popularly known as Narayana Murthy is the founder of Infosys, with a net worth of about USD 2.1 billion (about Rs 13,860 crore according to Forbes real time net worth). Murthy was the chief executive of the Bengaluru-based information technology company for over 20 years between 1981 and 2002, and served as executive chairperson of its board between 2002 and 2006. In August 2011, Murthy took retirement from the company and was named chairman-emeritus with no role on the company’s board. However, in June 2013, Infosys brought back Murthy to drive the company as executive chairman, following a couple of poor quarters as the firm lagged its peers in clutching outsourcing overseas projects. Last year, Murthy grabbed headlines thanks to the battle between him and then CEO and MD Vishal Sikka over some alleged lapses in corporate governance as well as a $200-million acquisition under Sikka. Worth mentioning here is that Sikka was brought in by Murthy himself from Germany’s SAP in 2014 when the company was fighting a severe IT industry-wide slowdown.

Five things you probably didn't know about Narayana Murthy:-

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1) Murthy is a man from a middle-class family, with no family business background.

He launched Infosys in 1981 together with six other like-minded individuals on a meagre Rs 10,000 borrowed from his wife Sudha Murthy. In 1976, Murthy founded Softronics but the venture did not take off and he later abandoned it.

2) Murthy took up his first regular corporate job at Patni Computers and he worked for five years, learning the tricks of software business development trade.
Murthy’s starting salary at Patni was just Rs 1,000 per month.

3) Despite his socialist leanings, Murthy was jailed for 72 hours in Bulgaria for speaking against the then communist government in 1974.
He was kept in a cold room without food or water for 72 hours.

4) In January this year, British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Rishi Sunak, (37) who is the son-in-law of Murthy, as parliamentary under-secretary of state at the ministry of housing, communities and local government.
In the United Kingdom, a secretary of state is equivalent to a Union minister in India while a minister of state ranks the same as in India. Sunak is a Conservative party MP for Richmond (Yorkshire). Sunak is married to Murthy's daughter Akshata Murthy.

5) Although he is one among the richest persons in India, Murthy leads a simple life and flies in economy class till date.
For Murthy, the first customer is the most significant as they can make or mar a startup business. Murthy’s mantra is: “Leaders should lead by example in aspiration, optimism, hard work, monetary and other sacrifices”.

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Be Better, 3 Mins
We are the YoUng ADulTs!

Attention: 'Young adult' refers to anyone who's enjoying life to the fullest while being at the threshold of adulthood. This has no real-life connection to the numbers called age and is far from any categorization based on such numbers. Young adults and 'young-at-heart-adults' have one thing in common, they don't hesitate from learning new things. Does it match your traits?

We are fun to be with, we are the go-getters, we are full of curiosity, we are the driving force of society, you know who we are! We are the YoUng ADulTs!

We are the perfect people to talk to, coz we will listen to you. But you definitely know, we don't just listen: we consume, we think, we analyze, we question and we speak. So you would definitely think twice before talking to us, but we'll suggest you not to, coz we don't judge.

We are the perfect people to reach out to when you need help, because we're not biased. We're honest and right on the face, that sometimes freaks some people out. Some people have difficulty understanding us, but we're not even that difficult!

If you really want to talk to us, stop running around the bush, and talk straightaway to us! We like people who have the guts to talk, straight. - From a Young-at-Heart Adult to fellow YoUng ADulTs!

If you're a young adult, and you would like to speak for yourself, write to us at

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Charlottes Web

Curiosity, 4 Mins
Why are Uranus’s rings sideways? Uranus has rings now? Yes, it does albeit very thin ones. But, unlike Saturn’s magnificent, horizontal rings, Uranus’s rings are vertical. As a matter of fact, the entire planet seems to be tilted at a 90° angle. What this essentially means is that during a Uranian summer, its North Pole directly faces the Sun. Weird, right? But what is the reason behind this? Well, the answer, as is the case with most astrophysical mysteries, is not very straightforward. This is mostly ascribed to the fact that not a lot of data is available about the planet and modern technology limits complex simulations beyond a certain point. However, with the little data that is available, scientists have attempted to explain this bizarre geomagnetic anomaly of Uranus.

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The most widely accepted explanation for Uranus’s tilted orientation is the theory of a cataclysmic collision. All planets are remnants of some sort of violent event that happened a long time ago. Earth is no exception and neither is Uranus. It’s impossible for us to know exactly what happened such a long time ago but using super-computerised simulations, we can achieve a fairly close idea. Most scientists believe that a long time ago, when the solar system was still in its infancy, a massive body almost twice the science of Earth collided with another young planet. This resulted in the birth of Uranus complete with its strange spin and vertical rings of ice, water, and dust. The simulations also show that such a collision would have resulted in the debris to be spread out as a thin layer at the edge of the planet’s ice layer, effectively trapping the heat radiating from Uranus’s core. This, coincidentally, also explains Uranus’s unusual, freezing outer-atmospheric temperatures(-216 °C). Although thermal evolution is quite complex and depends on a lot of variable factors, the theory of cataclysmic collision does explain many of Uranus’s peculiar features.

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August 18 - 22

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

Final Year Exams can be postponed but not cancelled: UGC to Supreme Court
UGC has clarified its stand, has shared that the final year exams may be postponed but cannot be cancelled by state.. The court has concluded the hearing and reserved its order for now.

Covid-19: Oxford vaccine may be the first shot for India
India is eyeing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine candidate as the likely first shot against Covid-19 to be available for Indians by end of 2020, while locally developed candidates are also being watched closely as it is felt that they may also enter the market with a gap of few weeks if cleared in trials.

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