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July 13, 2020
Vol 79, Page 1

#GetSmarter Together

#GetSmarter Together

What They Say?

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
— Henry Ford

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
— Helen Keller

'I' in TEAM

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This Day for You - July 13


July 13th 1985: The Live Aid Concert was a series of rock concerts held to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia around the world in cities including London, Philadelphia, Sydney and Moscow. The concerts raised $70 million for African famine relief.

The World Celebrates:

International Puzzle Day celebrates the birth of Dr. Erno Rubik, the inventor of Rubik's Cube.

National French Fry Day

National Beans ‘N’ Franks Day

National Delaware Day

You Share Your Birthday With:

Julius Caesar was born in 100 BC

Wole Soyinka was born in 1934

Actor Harrison Ford was born in 1942

On this day:

1865 - P. T. Barnum's museum burns down

1923 - The Hollywood Sign is officially dedicated in the hills above Hollywood, Los Angeles.

1966 - A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founds the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Hare Krishna movement) in New York City

1985 - The Live Aid Concert

1943 - Russia World War II Tank Battle

1998 - Russia IMF $22bn Loan

2001 - Internet Code Red Virus

YOUNG CHANGE-MAKER: In Focus - Ayush Chopra


Read Day 1 and Day 2 here!


On any platform whenever Ayush has been asked about his journey at SDGs for children, he has not shied away from giving due credit to his school teachers for supporting and guiding him throughout.

So we decided to dig deeper to find out the role a teacher plays in shaping a leader!
As we have told you all in our previous stories that Ayush’s journey at ‘SDGs For Children’ started at a very young age.

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It all began in 2016 when he was introduced to 17 UN SDGs at his school exhibition at Ahlcon International School, Delhi.

He gives an account of how his teachers began to identify his passion towards SDGs and encouraged him to pursue his passion, he adds that his teachers were engaging students into actions to achieve Agenda 2030.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Pandey, who is now the Director of Ahlcon Family of Schools, finds a special mention in his journey who always motivated and inspired all his students with his actions and words.

The belief and faith of his teachers in him and his vision made him pursue his passion.

This unwavering support not only catapulted him into believing in himself even more but also prompted him to write a book.

About the book:

Shaping A Fairer World with SDGs and Human Rights is a collection of Ayush’s experiences with his involvement with the SDGs.The book graphically gives information about SDGs and Human Rights with engaging design and artwork.

And the best part? It is now being used as a daily reference guide for teaching United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in many of the classrooms across various countries!

Not only that he has also been selected as Student Ambassador for various other global projects like SOS4LoveProject, Climate Action, Goals Project, and Looking 2020, Socio Story, Kindness Project etc.

Ayush also runs his own podcast series to spread awareness on current issues.

This is a podcast where he speaks to one of his mentors about mental health during the pandemic..

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What international apps are banned in China?

As we all know, India has recently banned 59 China-linked apps including TikTok. However, in China, banning international apps is nothing new. China follows a very strict internet censorship, known as the Great Firewall of China. China’s internet is wholly government monitored that does not allow any access to the world’s most popular websites. Here is a list of those apps that people of China cannot use.
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Yes, that’s right! Chinese people do not have any access to Google. Instead they use Baidu, the Chinese rival of Google Search Engine.


Chinese people do not use Facebook as their social media website. Instead their Social Media platform is WeChat.


Twitter is the micro-blogging site of the world. But not in China. Twitter’s equivalent in China is Weibo.


Whenever we don’t find a solution to any situation, YouTube comes to our rescue. But not in China. They use,


The most popular photo-sharing platform of the world also has a chinese equivalent. And that is WeChat. WeChat is an app with all the features of Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram.


Gmail is the world’s most popular email service. But this service cannot be accessed from anywhere in the country of China.

Google Maps

Google Maps is what the world relies on for going to places. But in China, they use the map developed by the Baidu Search Engine.

Do you think one country should have such strict internet censorship as China? Let me know!

Credits: Lovely
Let me know what you think.
Write to me at for more information, opinion or queries.

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Curiosity, 4 Mins
A really long nap

Living beings are always interacting with the outside environment. Some organisms can tolerate a wide range of environmental changes while others can’t. However, when environmental conditions become extremely punishing, some animals/microorganisms enter a state of suspended development or hibernate. Basically, they take a really long nap.

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You might have already studied about hibernation in which case you know that animals hibernate as a way to escape harsh, cold winters. But did you know that some organisms also hibernate to escape summers? In that case, it is called aestivation. In fact, let’s do a quick run-down of the various methods that animals employ to escape harsh environments.

1) Hibernation - As mentioned above, some animals(both cold blooded and warm blooded) hibernate to escape cold, harsh winters. A state of hibernation can be characterised by near freezing body temperatures, extremely low basal metabolism rate, a slow breathing and heart-rate. We’ll discuss hibernation in more detail in another article. E.g - Arctic ground squirrels, rodents, European hedgehogs.

2) Aestivation - Animals like some snails and fishes(only cold-blooded) aestivate during hot, dry summers to mitigate problems like desiccation and heat-damage to internal body parts. It is also called summer sleep.

3) Diapause - Performed by zooplanktons, some arthropods(especially insects), and the embryos of some mammals. It is a state of suspended development or dormancy which is employed to circumvent unfavourable conditions like harsh temperatures, droughts, and food scarcity. Embryonic diapause is believed to be used as a tool by some mammals to time the birth of their offspring to ensure their survivability.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - NCERT, Wikipedia

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Kindness can be deeper than “please” and “thank you.” But it can be confusing sometimes when actions are mistaken. How can we show kindness? How can we be clear about our intentions to do good for others?

This exercise prompts you to explore how the same act can be kind or unkind depending on context and intent. Do it with your parents at home or with you friends online.


1)Choose any or all of these prompts that you think are best for your team. You can write these acts down on pieces of paper that the players can draw from a cup or hat, or you can choose a few to read out loud and talk about.

2)The person who draws the questions will answer the question, “When have you experienced this as kindness?” Another person will answer “When have you experienced this as unkind?” If they don’t have a personal experience with the prompt, they can make up a story.

3) Go until all of the prompts are gone. Then, talk about the discussion questions.
Draw one:

● Telling someone what they did wrong |
● Saying “you hurt my feelings when...”|
● Laughing |
● Hugging someone|
● Complimenting someone |
● Saying “no” |
● Saying “Yes”|
● Stopping someone|
● Helping someone |
● Making a joke

For example:

The card drawn says, “making a joke.” The person who draws the card might say, “Last week at lunch, Jim was joking about how dumb my drawing looked, and that was not kind.” The other person might say, “Yesterday, when I was feeling sad, Aza was joking with me to help me feel better, and that was kind.”


What makes something kind or not? How do you know if someone else is being kind or not?
How do you know if you’re being kind or not?
What are some important things to remember about being kind?
What’s a time when you were trying to be kind, but it actually came out unkind?
What would you do differently next time?
Now that you have new insights about kindness, how can you share your experience with others?


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Let's do something fun today:


Got Love for Words? Be a proud


Words to show your ‘Love’ to people and things close to you:

Adore: Loving someone very much
“I adore my parents very much.”

Cherish: Have great affection and caring for someone.
“I cherish the time spent with grannies.”

Idolize: To totally love someone and not see their faults.
“The citizens idolize their ruler.”

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

A parrot beat 21 Harvard students in a classic memory game.
African grey parrots can live more than 50 years, memorize dozens of words in English and, if given the chance, outsmart a flock of Harvard students in a classic Shell Game.

Hisar girl scores 100 percent marks, tops Haryana Board Class 10 exam
Rishita from Narnaund in Hisar has topped Haryana Board Class 10 exam and has done it fabulously too by scoring 100 percent.

THE Happy Pill

Inspired by Captain Tom, 5-Year-old Walks On New Prosthetic Limbs Raising $1Million for Hospital That Saved Him.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog

And if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Meeetakshi Setia

We knit our saga
With the yarn of time;
Purling the memories;
Enlacing it with intricate designs.

Life is a blend of happiness and pain. Where joy adds beautiful hues to our life, adversity entangles the strands, but hark! Those tangled strands weave an intricate pattern on the fabric of our existence. " Life is not a bed of roses." The sooner we realize this, the better.

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It is the embering hope that makes us love every breath that we take.

The past holds great treasures for us. The gems of cherished memories which carry the promise that every tomorrow will be a better day; the way will be a better road. The reminiscences of the good old times strengthen us for the future.
The Future that we create for us.

After all, when love and hopes take the front seat, would misery dare to linger? "And if winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

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3) Arko De -
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