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July 9, 2020
Vol 76, Page 1



What They Say?

"I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."
— Albert Einstein

"A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar."
— Stephen King

"Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work..."
— Albert Einstein


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This Day for You - July 9

The World Celebrates

Independence Day - Sudan Sudan gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan in 2011, making it the most recent sovereign state or country with widespread recognition. The declaration of independence of the United Provinces of South America by the Congress of Tucumán in 1816, is celebrated on July 9.

Constitution Day - Palau and Australia celebrate their constitution day on July 9.


1776: Declaration of Independence is read to George Washington's troops

1815: 1st natural gas well in US is discovered

1816: Argentina declared independence from Spain

1875: The Bombay Stock Exchange Is Formed

1877: First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first official lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only

1900: The Commonwealth of Australia is established by the British House of Commons

1951: India's first Five Year Plan is prepared and published

1957: Discovery of element 102 (Nobelium) announced

1969: India accepts the Royal Bengal Tiger as its National Animal.

2017: CEO Elon Musk is the first owner of Telsa's first mass market electric car - the Model 3

2018: US coffee company Starbucks announces it will stop using plastic straws by 2020, reducing use of more than 1 billion straws a year


1938 - Sanjeev Kapoor, he acted in genres ranging from romantic dramas to thrillers. He is very popular for his role of Thakur in the film Sholay.

1947 - Orenthal James Simpson, nicknamed "the Juice", is an American former football running back, broadcaster, actor, advertising spokesman, and convicted felon.

1956 - Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and is widely regarded as an American cultural icon.

Unknown facts about India’s Five-Year Plan

The year was 1951, India was now stable after gaining independence and we were on a lookout for growth. Under socialist Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, the First 5-Year Plan was published on July 9th, in 1951. But do you know that India got rid of the 5-Year plan recently in 2017?

Know these interesting facts about the 5-Year Plans:

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1) A centralised planning system was introduced to ensure holistic growth with the Centre in control of the development.

2) The 5 year plan was based on Harrod–Domar model, a Keynesian model of economic growth. It is used in development economics to explain an economy's growth rate in terms of the level of saving and of capital.

3) The First 5 Year Plan was implemented from 1951 - 1956. The target growth rate was 2.1% annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth; the achieved growth rate was 3.6% the net domestic product went up by 15%. Many irrigation projects were initiated during this period, including the Bhakra, Hirakud, Mettur Dam and Damodar Valley dams. The World Health Organization (WHO), with the Indian government, addressed children's health and reduced infant mortality, indirectly contributing to population growth.

4) At the end of the plan period in 1956, five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) were started as major technical institutions. The University Grants Commission (UGC) was set up to take care of funding and take measures to strengthen higher education in the country. The plan was quasi-successful for the government.

5) The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, the policy advising agency that replaced the Planning Commission, decided to come up with a 15-year vision document in 2017 in tandem with global trends and economic growth. The decades-old Five-Year Plans will make way for a three-year action plan, which will be part of a seven-year strategy paper and a 15-year vision document.

6) Is the three-year action plan the new Five-Year Plan?
No. This document only provides a broad roadmap to the government. The document does not detail any schemes or allocations as it has no financial powers. Since it need not be approved by the Union Cabinet, its recommendations are not binding on the government.

Credits: @EconomicTimes

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Inspiration, 4 Mins
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Why does water not calm our tongue, after we eat something spicy?

We all have our own preferences when it comes to spicy or non-spicy food. While some of us can’t even stand to look at pepper or chilli, others might enjoy hot, spicy delicacies. If you are like me, who is scared to death of spicy food, this article is ideal for you. But if you like to eat hot and spicy stuff, then also you will enjoy reading it. So here’s to understanding why water does not calm our tongue when we eat something spicy?
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How do we feel hot in our tongue?

Pepper or chilli, contains a chemical compound in it called capsaicin. Capsaicin is a compound which, when comes in contact with human tissue, creates a violent burning sensation. This sensation is the reason we feel hot after eating something spicy.

Why do we drink water? Does it help?

When we feel hot in our tongue, we immediately drink water, thinking it would create a ‘cooling’ effect. But the truth is, it does not work. Capsaicin has non-polar molecules in it. And water is a polar compound. If anything, water only adds to the spread of the burning sensation in our mouth, instead of creating any ‘cool’ sensation.

Then, what should we do?

One solution is eating bread. Bread can absorb all the capsaicin compounds in your mouth and you will feel better within moments. Another solution is milk. Milk is way more effective than water. The protein in milk helps in dissolving the capsaicin molecules in your mouth providing instant relief.

Are you a fan of spicy food? Let me know.

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Why People Think the Earth is Flat

Curiosity, 4 Mins
COVID-19: Myths and facts

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding COVID-19. Most of them stem from partial truths but are distorted to construct utterly false and, frankly, quite dangerous myths about the disease. Misinformation leads to widespread panic, which, if not checked, can lead to mayhem and can potentially disrupt the healthcare system due to the manifestation of mass hysteria.

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1) “COVID can be transmitted through shoes.” - MYTH

The likelihood of COVID spreading COVID is negligible. However, as per the WHO, it is always recommended that dirty shoes be kept at the entrance of one’s home in order to maintain a hygienic environment.

2) “Most people infected with COVID-19, recover.” - FACT

COVID-19 is not a particularly fatal disease and most people who suffer from its mild to moderate symptoms, recover with proper treatment. However, this disease can be potentially life-threatening for immunocompromised individuals.

3) “Thermal scanners are a sure-shot way of detecting COVID-19.” - MYTH

Thermal scanners scan for temperature and thus, can detect a fever. Since fever is a symptom of COVID, thermal scanners are used as a primary check to screen people for COVID.

4) “UV radiation can be used to kill off the coronavirus.” - MYTH

While UV rays would indeed kill off the coronavirus, it should never be employed as a means to disinfect your body. UV rays are extremely harmful and can often cause other problems like skin irritation and eye damage. Use the tried and tested method of soap-washing instead.

[NOTE - Facts about COVID-19 are not concrete because the disease is still being researched and new discoveries are being made constantly.]

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Anything that you can do uniquely yet smartly, becomes your talent. Some of us have weird talents too, have you ever thought about it?

It’s lockdown time, time to nurture our unique talent!

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Meaning: Real or Concrete; Touchable; able to be touched or felt; perceptible by the sense of touch; palpable. Possible to be treated as fact; real or concrete.

Usage: Tangible material gains are not always enough for life. Friendships are more important.

Synonyms: actual, definite, real, solid, substantial, concrete.

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July 9, 2020
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

'Nationalism', 'citizenship' among topics dropped from CBSE syllabus
-> CBSE has completely deleted sections on federalism, citizenship, nationalism and secularism for Class 11 students after it announced that syllabus for Classes 9-12 will be reduced by up to 30%.
-> Chapters deleted from Class 10 syllabus include democracy and diversity, and gender, religion and caste. Class 12 students won't have to study India's relations with its neighbours and demonetisation.

One of the few naked-eye comets of 21st century: NASA shares pic of NEOWISE
-> NASA has shared a picture of comet NEOWISE clicked by Maroun Habib as it was seen over Lebanon.
-> NASA called it “one of the few naked-eye comets of the 21st century".

THE Happy Pill

It has been ten years since NASA launched a specialized satellite to film the surface of the sun—and they have now released a gorgeous time-lapse video of its solar movements over the course of the decade.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog


About the Author
Aryan Gupta, 10, Lotus Valley International School, Gurugram

Aryan loves reading so much that, believe it or not, he sometimes wakes up at 4 am to read! Come rain, hail, flood or storm, this is not going to change. His love for reading and writing stories comes as no surprise!

Aryan lives in Gurugram, with his family and studies in Lotus Valley International School. His favourite subject is English. Aryan loves pizza and mangoes. He rocks to Jazz music and plays the guitar. His other passion is dancing and he does a really nice floss. His creative bent of mind can also be witnessed through his working models and lego creations.
Aryan wishes to take up writing full time after completing his studies and become a professional author.

It was just an ordinary day, I was lazily walking down to the guest room in my home to watch TV with a bowl of my favourite cheese popcorn and caramel chocolate. I had finished my homework and got full marks in my science exam. And so I was rewarded with two hours of TV time. I slumped down on my favourite upholstered sofa and switched on the T.V. to see the football championship.

When I turned on the football championship, the T.V. just blabbered things like thirty three minutes remaining, press O.K. to pause, audio and subtitle option, other shows available and a lot more. More than half of the championship was over before the T.V. stopped yapping. I hadn’t even eaten my favourite snacks. I got fed up and cursed it. I think the T.V. was ashamed because he suddenly grew eyes, a bug nose and a huge mouth. I absolutely jumped out of my skin! It was like science (my favorite subject) had failed for the first time. No scientist ever said that a non-living thing could come to life.

I was shocked. The T.V. looked like a cartoon. I remarked, “Earlier you used to trouble me with your yapping loudspeaker and now you’ve come to trouble me with a face.” It just replied, “Relax buddy, just come close and give me your snacks, let me also relax and eat these sumptuous treats.” I said furiously, “Shut up! You bag of stinky garbage. I really want to send you for repair.” The T.V. just smiled and played some stupid songs at full volume. It extended its wire hands and grabbed my tasty treats and started licking them with his wiry tongue.

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Yuck! I wish you were just a part of my imagination, I said. The T.V. just ignored me. I shouted at the top of my lungs, “You irritating bag of non-sense, stop the cheap songs. The T.V. Stopped for a second but then resumed. I shot a dirty look at him. Oh! No! No! No! Stop! Pause the story, why am I forgetting that this is a T.V. and not a living person. So, I shot a dirty look at ‘IT.’

Angrily, I switched off the T.V. but its face didn’t go! It kept blabbering about how cruel a master can be. I was in a rage now! I got double sided tape and sealed the T.V.’s mouth. I tried to say something but it just sounded like the nursery rhyme ‘Ba Ba Black Sheep’.

Suddenly, the T.V. sent an electric shock from the tip of its tongue and the tape came peeling off. I wanted to thrash the T.V. and destroy it but restrained myself knowing how expensive the T.V. was. I shouted some more curses at the T.V. but it got angry and slapped me with one of its wiry hands. It felt like a thousand bees had stung me. In my defence, I hit the T.V. on the nose with a remote. It started shooting electric sparks everywhere.

I got frightened and begged for mercy and promised to keep peace between us. The T.V. smiled and held out its hand. I shook it warmly, careful of the electric hand tips. Now that we were friends, the T.V. played some D.J. songs and we partied and played riddle games too. While I was still understanding the riddle, the T.V. answered them correctly, back to back, I praised it, calling it ‘brainy’ too. (Of course, it had seen more Discovery shows than I did ;).) I could see the T.V. secretly blushing and I giggled. Suddenly, the doorbell rang and the T.V. turned itself into normal. It was very quiet in the room.

Before I hurried to the door, I said to the T.V. disapprovingly, “Don’t be naughty next time….” The T.V. smiled and winked at me. I rushed and opened the door while muttering to myself, what a wonderful reward it was, and what a nice and magical friend I’ve got - The Magical T.V.!

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