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July 11, 2020
Vol 78, Page 1



What They Say?

"When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too."
— Paulo Coelho

"What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another."
— Mahatma Gandhi


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This Day for You - July 11

The World Celebrates:

World Population Day

World Population Day is observed annually on 11 July to focus the attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. Read about it on Page 2!

National 7-Eleven Day

National 7-Eleven Day is observed every year on 11 July. On this day 7-Eleven convenience stores reserve special deals for their customers. Every year it honors their customers in a variety of ways.

You Share Your Birthday With:

1934 - Giorgio Armani, Italian fashion designer (American Gigolo), born in Piacenza, Italy

1953 - Leon Spinks, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic gold 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri

1953 – Suresh Prabhu, Indian accountant and politician, Indian Minister of Railways was born.

1956 – Amitav Ghosh, Indian-American author and academic was born.

1967 – Jhumpa Lahiri, Indian American novelist and short story writer was born.

On this day:

138 - Antoninus Pius succeeds Hadrian as Emperor of Rome.

1674 - Shivaji signed a treaty of friendship with East India co on July 12.

1776 - Captain James Cook begins his third voyage.

1823 - The first Indian built steamship Diana was launched at Calcutta on July 12.

1892 - US Patent Office says Joseph Swan rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp.

1900 - Charlotte Cooper beats Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport.

1977 - US Medal of Freedom awarded posthumously to Rev Martin Luther King Jr.

1979 - America's first space station, Skylab, is destroyed as it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.

2006 - Mumbai train bombings: Two hundred nine people are killed in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai, India.

2007 - "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", the 5th film based on the books by J. K. Rowling is released.

YOUNG CHANGE-MAKER: In Focus - Ayush Chopra


When one resolves to change the world it is never a decision made overnight, it is always a culmination of small epiphanies that leads one to make that decision.

Ayush’s eureka moment took place and his journey to the Human Rights and Sustainable Development Goals started when he was a young kid of 12! He was moved to see lesser privileged children of his age working, and supporting their parents instead of going to school. He could sense in them a desire to to learn and grow.

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His Experience:
It started when Ayush noticed that Kushi, the daughter of the laundry man who worked right across the street, did not have access even to the basic kindergarten education. Ayush took the call and took his first step towards Sustainable Development Goals for Children. With the help of his Mom, he started teaching Khushi and got her enrolled in a School too. (Yeah! Only at the age of 12.)

This incident seeded in him the passion to work towards bringing about a social change. Thereafter, he got involved in manifesting the 17 goals of Sustainable Development by the UN (We talked about SDGs on May 7, READ HERE). Ayush began spreading awareness about SDGs by directing videos and spreading them with the help of his parents, friends, teachers and most importantly Social Media! His initatives have always been supported by his previous school - Ahlcon International School and the principal, Ashok Pandey Sir.

Here is one of the videos directed by him:

With this passion, he founded his own initiative - SDGs For Children, which is a unique platform for children across the globe to CONNECT, CREATE, and COLLABORATE for a better and sustainable world.

Further he hosted various talk shows, conducted surveys and campaigns, hosted Skype sessions with students in different countries and motivated them to take action at the local and global levels.

He continues his good fight for a social cause and has been also recognised as ‘Global Goals Champion’ by GSMA that represents the interests of nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide and Project Everyone, a non-profit organisation, to spread the global campaign – ‘SDGs in Action’.

He is currently a part of the SDG Choupal, an initiative to take SDGs to rural areas in India and making Children a part of it.

Tweet to him your opinion: @SDGsforChildren

We will be back on Monday with the story of Ayush's first book and much more.

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Species that Inhabit the Earth in BIG-NUMBERS!

According to a study, Humans comprises only 0.01% of the total biomass. It refers to the fact that there are other animals, belonging to other species who comprise the rest 99.99%. Really! It includes a variety of plants, micro and macro organisms, etc. Today, we will learn about 4 species other than Humans who live in huge populations.
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Birds: Red-Billed Quelea (Quelea quelea)

These birds closely resemble sparrows and finches, and they form an enormous flock that migrates from one place to the other, depending on their availability of food. They are considered to be the most significant agricultural pests of Africa. They cover around two-thirds of the entire Africa and have a population of 1 to 10 billion.

Reptiles: Lizards and Snakes

The viviparous lizards inhabit a huge swath of Europe, Asia, France, Japan and Russia. They can even survive in the extreme climate of the Arctic. And then there are a dozen species of garter snake that populate most of North America. These creatures are mostly harmless, gobble up insects and rodents.

Amphibian: Frogs

Frogs are certainly the most numerous amphibians living on this planet. There are approximately 5500 different species of frogs. The most common frog, Rana temporaria, is found all over Europe. Wood Frog, Lithobates sylvatica, can be found in the northern parts of Northern America. And aquatic African clawed frogs, Xenopus laevis, are found majorly in all parts of Africa.

Fish: The Bristlemouths, or lightfishes

They are considered the most populated species of fishes. They are the most numerous vertebrae on the planet currently. Bristlemouths are deep sea fishes that can emit light from their photophores. They are so numerous that they form the key component of the Ocean food web.

So, you see we are a part of the beautiful ecosystems, where there are more populated species on the planet. Then why do you think only humans are responsible for climate change? Let me know what you think.

Credits: Lovely
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Curiosity, 4 Mins
What if the population growth remains unchecked?

Like anything in excess, an unchecked population growth would be disastrous. However, nature would never allow that. There’s a reason that even the most accelerated population growth curves level off after some time. Why? Because although population growth can be unlimited, natural resources aren’t. There’s only so much natural resources that a population can consume before the adverse effects of resource depletion becomes significant. That number is called carrying capacity.

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Let’s discuss some of the adverse effects of an unchecked population growth or a population explosion.


An obvious and a painfully apparent one in the India of today. Jobs, by nature, are limited but applicants for those jobs rise with an increasing population and after a point, jobs become a limiting factor during employment, thus giving rise to unemployment.


Again, an obvious one and one that is related directly to unemployment. The example of Sudan could be cited here as an example of crippling poverty arising from a population explosion.

Strain on food and other natural resources

As mentioned above, natural resources are limited. More is the population, the less is the per capita share of those natural resources. This gives rise to intra- and inter-specific competition for those limited resources which can in turn lead to widespread rioting, civil wars, and other forms of violence.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - NCERT

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Young Change Makers

Do you have a passion to change the world or do something noteworthy? Do you do something for the underprivileged around your home? Or plan to contribute to the sustainable development in the world?

It’s time to bring out the Young Change Maker in You!

Share your ideas through a write-up, audio recording, or a video talking about it. Answer these three questions:

1. Why do you want to become a Young Change Maker?
2. What will you do if you get a global platform?
3. What kind of help do you need to fulfil your dreams?


1) Junior Batch: Age Group 7 - 11 Years
2) Senior Batch: Age Group 12 - 17 Years
3) The ideas should be original, not-for-profit and aimed at the betterment of society.

E-Mail your entries to
Last Date: July 12, 2020, Sunday (Date Extended)
Certificates for all Participants.

Award: Selected candidates will get a chance to create a plan of action and work on their projects with experts. You will also be eligible for a 50% Discount for the 3-Day Workshop on ‘How to Become a Global Change-Maker?’


Spin A Wheel

Let's do something fun today:


Got Love for Words? Be a proud


Idioms for every-day use:

As easy as ABC - Something is very easy

Call it a day - Time to quit

Cool as a cucumber - To be very calm under stress

Crack a book - Open up a book and study

Down to the wire - At the last minute

Draw a blank - Can't remember

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

World's largest encyclopedia auctioned
Two volumes of the Chinese encyclopedia 'Yongle Dadian' sold for more than €8.1 million (nearly ₹69 crore), more than 1,000 times the estimated price, at an auction.
Yongle Dadian is the largest encyclopedia in the world. It originally counted 22,877 manuscript volumes, made up of approximately 370 million characters!

Asteroid flew closer to Earth than the Moon is.
An asteroid, nearly 89-200 metres in diameter, flew past Earth at a distance of just 0.8 LD (lunar distance) on June 5.
This means the '2020 LD' was around 3,07,454 kilometres from Earth when it flew by.
In comparison, the Moon is an average of 3,84,400 kilometres away from Earth.
Astronomers only detected it two days later!

THE Happy Pill

In 2005, University of California–Berkeley researchers made the surprising discovery that when young and old mice share blood and organs, rejuvenated tissues can reverse the signs of aging in the old mice. The finding sparked a flurry of research into whether a youngster’s blood might contain special proteins or molecules that could serve as a sort of “fountain of youth” for mice and humans alike.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog
About the Author:

Arohi Rayal
Class 6, Army Public School, Raiwala, Dehradun
"I have a talent for public speaking. I can influence people with my persuasive speech. Though I am working on it day by day".

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