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August 28, 2020
Vol 114, Page 1

Feel Good Friday
Feel Good Friday
What They Say?

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
— Martin Luther King Jr.

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
— Thomas Edison


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This Day for You - August 28


On this day in 1963, some 200,000 people marched on Washington, D.C., an event that became a high point of the civil rights movement, especially remembered for the famous “I Have a Dream” speech of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The World Celebrates:

National Thoughtful Day

National Red Wine Day

National Power Rangers Day

National Bow Tie Day

National Cherry Turnovers Day

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

Narayana Guru. Aug 28, 1855.

Karanvir Bohra. Aug 28, 1982

On this day:

1904: The first car rally was held from Kolkata to Barrackpore.

1986: Bhagyashree Sathe was the first woman to earn a GrandMaster norm in Chess.

Iqbal Masih

A 10-year old slave child from a poor family of Pakistan saved the lives of 3000 other children. Iqbal Masih was a child social worker who worked for the betterment of children and their conditions in Pakistan. He was also a smart boy who finished a four-year course in Bonded Labour Liberation Front School, within two years. In 1994, he even received the Reebok Human Rights Awards in Boston. Let us see how his journey unfolded…

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Iqbal Masih was born in 1983 in Muridke, a city adjacent to Lahore in Pakistan. He belonged to christian family. But his family was extremely poor. Iqbal’s family was indebted to a local employer for 600 rupees. Thus, Iqbal was assigned to the job of carpet weaving until the debt was paid. Everyday Iqbal would wake up before sunrise and walk the dark lanes to reach the factory. In the carpet weaving factory, he with other children were bound with chains and made to work all day. At that time, he was only four years old.

After six years, he learned that the supreme court of Pakistan had declared bonded labour illegal. From then on, Iqbal started his fight against injustice. His first act of rebellion was to run away from the carpet weaving factory and inform the local police about it. To his surprise, the police turned out to be a corrupt one, who supported the factory owner and decided to punish Iqbal. From there he made a second escape.

Soon he joined the Bonded Labour Liberation Front school and received his education. It was a school that offered education to children who were victims of slavery and child labour. Through his magnificent work, Iqbal even freed 3000 children like himself from the evil of slavery. When he received the Reebok Human Rights Award, he mentioned in his speech how one day he wished to become a lawyer.

Due to Iqbal’s efforts many organisations were later formed. One of which is Free the Children. It is an international development charity and youth empowerment movement found in 1995. A school was built in Kasur, Pakistan, by the aid of some students in Massachusetts, in his honour. A comprehensive education institute was formed in Trieste, Italy in his name. In 2009, the United States Congress initiated the annual Iqbal Masih award for the elimination of Child labour.

Rising from his challenging circumstances, Masih proved to be a Martyr. His awareness and intelligence brought a wave of change even when he was only 10-years old.

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
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What is the ‘Forgotten Plague’?

In July 1518, hysteria broke out in the city of Strasbourg when a woman known as Frau Troffea suddenly stepped on the streets, and began to twist, twirl and shake. She kept dancing like that for a week and almost thirty-six more people joined her. People were struck with an uncontrollable urge of dancing and they just could not stop. Within a month, the dancing epidemic gripped around 400 victims. Soon these dancers would collapse from exhaustion or die from heart attacks or strokes. It was such a bizarre phenomenon that the reason behind this mass hysteria was never discovered. However, here are some interesting facts about it.
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1) The Dancing Plague

Scientists also refer to it as the ‘forgotten plague’. It is because it was an inexplicable disease or a phenomenon, and nobody could tell the reason behind it. It was a contagious disease that people suffered from, for months. It was an unknown spontaneous outbreak of dance that was unconscious and uncontrollable.

2) The Symptoms were Extraordinary

While some people could not stop from shaking and twisting, others had severe symptoms. For instance, some people would grunt and hop like animals and jerk aggressively. Some would collapse and foam at their mouths and yet could not stop dancing. Some people also suffered from bizarre hallucinations. The rest of the people would turn red in their faces.

3) It Gradually Spread to Other Countries

The outbreak of the dancing plague started from Aachen, a city in the holy Roman Empire. From there it gradually spread to different parts of Germany and Italy. It infected almost ten thousand people. The authorities were clueless on how to control the outbreak.

4) The Disease was Coped with Music

At first, the authorities tried to control the disease by quarantining and isolating the sufferers from other people. But when that failed, they found a better way of coping with the outbreak. One such way was to play music according to the moves of the sufferers. The method was as bizarre as the outbreak itself.

5) There is no certain Cause of this Outbreak

Even today, no one knows about a certain reason behind this phenomenon. But according to a historian John Waller, a catholic saint St. Vitus had cursed the people of Rome and caused this outbreak. Other medical explanations include an infection spread from ergot poisoning. While some scientists also believe it to be a mass hysteria caused due to a collective mental illness. But, no certain reason has been discovered yet.

Credits: Lovely

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Curiosity, 6 Mins
The Curious Case of Cancer

Cancer is a scary word. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), it is the leading cause of death worldwide and caused around 9.6 million deaths worldwide in 2018. Statistics say that every 1 in 6 deaths around the world is due to cancer and most of us probably have had someone close to us die from the disease. But have you ever wondered what it really is? How it originates and how it “grows”? Is it true that it can rarely be cured? Well, these are the questions that I will try to answer for you:
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Most of you know that a cell is the basic unit of life. The human body, for example, is made up of 30 trillion cells. These cells divide to form new cells - be it to grow, or to replace old and worn off cells. This process is highly regulated by a system of complex checks and mechanisms. One such mechanism is that of contact inhibition by virtue of which normal cells inhibit their growth when they come into contact with other cells. Cancer cells undergo a breakdown of this mechanism which results in an uncontrolled growth of cells leading to clumps of cell masses called tumours.

Tumours are of two kinds -
a) Benign (considerate), wherein the tumour remains confined to their location of origin and does not spread to other body parts and,
b) Malignant (a true evil), where the tumours spread to other parts of the body by a property called metastasis. Malignant tumours are a mass of proliferating (rapidly multiplying) cells called neoplastic cells which grow uncontrollably and choke its neighbouring cells of vital nutrients. Some of these cells then get sloughed off by blood and get lodged at some other part of the body where they initiate the formation of a new tumour. This property is called metastasis and is what makes malignant tumours so deadly and hateful.

Let’s talk about why normal cells might transform into cancerous ones in the first place. There are plenty of contributory factors that can be physical, chemical, or biological in nature. Such contributory agents are called carcinogens. For example, there are at least 69 known chemical carcinogens in tobacco smoke alone. Biological agents include viruses like Human Papilloma Virus(HPV) and Hepatitis Virus. One’s vulnerability to cancer or the oncogenic transformation of normal cells also depends on a person’s genes too.

There are a lot of myths about cancer. Most of these stem from the early understanding of cancer back in the ‘80s and the ‘90s where cancer had a remarkably high mortality rate. Recent advancements in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, and biotechnology have equipped us to battle cancer more effectively than ever before. Cancer is generally treated by a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. However, it should be kept in mind that there is no cure for cancer. All doctors can really do is treat the disease so that it can go into remission.
But there’s one thing that you can do to try to prevent it, and that is to follow a healthy lifestyle. If you’d like to know more, click here or here.

Credits: Arko De
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Sources - NCERT, WebMD, WHO.
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Curiosity, 4 mins

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Make Your own Goal Pizza

Setting Goals is a proven way to empower yourself and this activity will show you how simple it is to be successful in reaching your goals.

Goal: Identify You Goals and Use the Three W’s: Who?, What? And When? To achieve them.


1) Gather materials: Paper, Pens, Colors.
2) Make your "Goal Pizza": Draw a big circle and section it into 6 slices. Then write different categories on the crust of each slice, for example, Art, Basketball, Friends, Reading, etc.
3) What’s Your Goal? Under the Category, write your goal for that category. Example: Draw - I want to learn how to draw pencil sketches.
4) Create the "toppings" for your Goal Pizza: On each slice, draw 3 big-sized toppings, your favourite ones. You can try Onions, Capsicums and Olives. Make them big enough to be able to write inside them:
Write the three W’s:
Who can help me? Example - My mom, Teacher or a Friend.
What do I need to do? - Start with rough sketches.
When? - Today
5) Decide where your "oven" is: You oven is the place in your home where you can regularly see it. The more you will see it, the more you will be motivated to achieve your goal. You can think of a time boundation for the Pizza to ‘bake’ as well.
6) Celebrate! When you have reached your goal, you have baked your pizza. Celebrate and it’s time for another Goal Pizza!

Create a Goal Pizza and send us your entries with your Name, Age, School, and City to Best entries stand a chance to get featured in the Magazine.


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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Nikola Founder Giving 50 Employees $233 Million of His Stock
Trevor Milton, the founder and chairman of Nikola Corp, is giving the first 50 employees of the electric-truck startup 6 million of his own shares after making a promise when he hired them.

Spotify giving free Nest Mini smart speakers to Premium subscribers tomorrow.
Spotify Canada has clarified that the offer now goes live tomorrow. While we were able to view the page earlier today, it appears that was an error on Spotify’s part and the page was put up early.

THE Happy Pill

A blind mom was able to ‘see’ her unborn baby—thanks to a 3D-printed ultrasound.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Parent's Blog

All about Mommies


Jyoti Sharma

Power of Speech
Once upon a time there was a village in which there was a big house and it was considered to be haunted. One day there was a competition in which anybody who would stay in that house for one day would get One lac rupees. In the village there lived a wise man who accepted the challenge. When he stayed there, he heard strange sounds and figured out that those voices were that of a radio. Then he saw candles floating in the air. As he moved towards the candles, he came to know that those candles were hanging by threads which were very thin. He came to know that the house was actually a place of thieves who hid their stolen items there. He informed the police and the police caught the thieves. The man also got a reward.

Moral: Deal with situations wisely and let your curiosity find the reason behind everything.

August 28, 2020 Credits

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3) Arko De -
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