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June 16, 2020
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Thankful Tuesday

Thankful Tuesday

What They Say?

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."
— Epicurus


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This Day for You - June 16


International Day of Family Remittances - Marked by the United Nations, this day recognizes the contribution of over 200 million migrants to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home, and to create a future of hope for their children.
Never thought that the money that migrant workers transfer or remit from their earnings to their families in hometowns could have this much significance? Check out The UN Social and know for yourself!

The World Celebrates

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Sikhism) - The 5th Guru, known for compiling the first official edition of the Sikh scripture called the Adi Granth, which later expanded into the Guru Granth Sahib, was arrested under the orders of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir and asked to convert to Islam. He refused, was tortured and executed in 1606 CE. As per the Nanakshahi calendar, the date falls on June 16th, 2020.

Sussex Day - Sussex

Youth Day - South Africa

You Share Your Birthday With

1829 – Geronimo, known for fighting against the Mexican and U.S. governments to protect his homeland, Apache Tribe
1723 – Adam Simth, Scottish Economist and Philosopher
1950 – Mithun Chakraborty, Indian actor and politician


1903 – Pepsi Cola became the official trademark for this beverage brand.

1903 – Ford Motor Company incorporated: At 9:30 in the morning on this day in 1903, Henry Ford and other prospective stockholders in the Ford Motor Company met in Detroit to sign the official paperwork required to create a new corporation.

1911 – International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), a leading American computer manufacturer, was incorporated.

1963 – Soviet cosmonaut Valentina V. Tereshkova became the first woman to travel in space, having been launched into orbit aboard the spacecraft Vostok 6, which completed 48 orbits in 71 hours.

2010 – Bhutan parliament adopted the Tobacco Control Act that made this country the first one to impose a total ban on tobacco.

2012 – China successfully launches its Shenzhou 9 spacecraft, carrying three astronauts, including the first female Chinese astronaut Liu Yang, to the Tiangong-1 orbital module.

2013 – In India torrential monsoon rains and landslides led to flooding in Uttrakhand that washed away roads and nearly two dozen bridges and demolished 365 houses and partially damaged 275 others.

Serena Williams

American professional tennis player Serena Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles and several Olympic gold medals. Serena Williams is an American professional tennis player who has held the top spot in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) rankings numerous times over her stellar career. Williams began intensive tennis training at age three.

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She won her first major championship in 1999 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2003. Along with her success, Serena has teamed with sister Venus Williams to win a series of doubles titles. In 2017, she defeated her big sister at the Australian Open to claim the 23rd Grand Slam singles title of her career. Serena and her older sister Venus were groomed for a tennis career from the age of three years old by their father. With their signature style and play, Venus and Serena changed the look of their sport. Their sheer power and athletic ability overwhelmed opponents, and their sense of style and presence made them standout celebrities on the court.

In 1999, Serena beat out her sister Venus in their race to the family's first Grand Slam win when she captured the U.S. Open title. It set the stage for a run of high-powered, high-profile victories for both Williams sisters. In 2008, Serena and Venus teamed up to capture a second women's doubles Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Games. In 1995 Serena turned pro. Two years later, she was already No. 99 in the world rankings — up from No. 304 just 12 months before. A year later, she graduated high school and almost immediately inked a $12 million shoe deal with Puma.

In August 2003, Serena underwent knee surgery, and in September her half-sister Yetunde Price was murdered in Los Angeles, California. Three years later, Serena seemed burned out. By 2009, Williams reclaimed her place atop the world's rankings, winning both the 2009 Australian Open singles (for the fourth time) and Wimbledon 2009 singles (for the third time). She also won the doubles matches at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon that year.

Throughout her career, Serena Williams has won a record 23 Grand Slam singles titles, beginning in 1999 with the U.S. Open title.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at: 705tk@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback.

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Who were the famous Native American Leaders who changed the course of History?

Native Americans are the original habitants of America, before Columbus discovered it in 1492. They were simple nature loving people who sustained their lives on hunting. But after their continent was discovered by the Europeans, they moved to America and formed colonies there, capturing the land these Native people owned for generations. Not only that, these native people were called Indians, and their language and cultures were overpowered by the Europeans. Even today we see the flawed representation of these people as Cowboys in popular media. However, the Native Americans struggled in the past and have still been struggling to make an identity for themselves in today’s world. In this long history of struggle for survival we must acknowledge these five Native American leaders who changed the course of history for mankind. Read more to find out who they were…
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1) Chief Joseph

Chief Joseph was the Wallowa leader of the Nez Perce. Unlike all the Native American leaders and chiefs, who are renowned for their ability to combat resistance, Chief Joseph’s efforts were to live peacefully with the white settlers. They had an agreement with the US government to live within the limits of Oregon and Idaho. But in 1877, there was a threat of US Cavalry attack on his tribe. At that time, he led his people to resist such an attack and defend themselves.
2) Red Cloud

Red Cloud was a prominent enemy of the US Army during 1866-1868. He led a victorious campaign known as the Red Cloud’s War. That campaign resulted in taking control over the Wyoming and southern Montana territory. This victory also led to the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868. This way his tribe got back the ownership of the Black hills.

3) Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse was the leader of the Oglala Lakota tribe. He was a great fighter and protector of his tribe’s culture. He was so dedicated to his motherland that while other Lakota leaders fled to Canada, Crazy Horse remained in the US and fought the US government. The most spectacular contribution of Crazy Horse was in the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

4) Sting Bull

He was the chief of the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux tribe, and was one of the contributors in the Battle of Bighorn in 1876. He was the contemporary of Crazy Horse. He had become the symbol of resistance against the US government’s discriminatory policies. In 1890, he was suspected to be planning an escape with the White Dancers who had been trying to put an end to White Expansion in America. The police attempted to arrest Sting Bull. However they ended up shooting at him, which caused his death.

5) Geronimo

Geronimo was a leader of the Apache tribe. He had conducted several raids against the Mexican and US invasion and protected the land of his tribe. He made life difficult for the Mexicans, especially after his family was killed by them. He was such a fierce fighter that the white settlers considered him to be the “worst Indian who ever lived”. However, he surrendered to the US troops in 1886. On his deathbed he confessed his regret to his nephew saying that he should have fought till he was the last man alive.

Native Americans are not just some cool Cowboys, they are the living examples of how European colonisation destroyed cultures and identities. Don’t you think the ‘Indian’ leaders of America had something in common with the Indian freedom fighters? They both loved their people, their culture, and their land so much that they did not give in to the European Dominance. Let me know what other similarities you can find in them...

Credits: Lovely
Let me know what you think.
Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in for more information, opinion or queries.

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Curiosity, 4 Mins
Sleep deprivation: Why it is so harmful?

You’ve an exam in a few days.
You’ve studied nothing but want to pass the exam somehow. The solution is simple. Take out your books and start burning the midnight oil, maybe even study through the night. Surely, you’ll have studied enough to pass the exam with that much dedication, no?
Maybe, maybe not. But the long prolonged sleep deprivation will definitely take a heavy toll on your body, both physically and mentally. Through this article, I’ll attempt to draw light on some of the hazards that sleep deprivation, prolonged or otherwise, brings with itself, either directly or indirectly.

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1) Accidents

Sleep deprivation played a role in some of the worst disasters in human history viz., the 1979 nuclear accident at the Three Mile Island, USA, the Chernobyl disaster, the Exxon Valdez Oil spill, etc. Countless road accidents happen due to lack of requisite REM(Rapid Eye Movement) sleep due to the inhibition of the brain’s cognitive functions.

2) Weight gain

Studies have shown that people who sleep less than six hours are 30 per cent more likely to develop obesity than those getting seven or more hours of sleep per night. The reason for the same might be due to the increase in hunger/appetite due to deprivation. There is also a more complex biochemical explanation for the weight gain which is beyond the scope of this article.

3) Serious health afflictions - Loss of proper sleep hours can result in serious health issues like - heart diseases, heart attacks, heart failure, arrhythmia(irregular rhythm of the heart), hypertension, stroke, increased blood pressure, and diabetes. Do yourself a favour and get in your proper sleep hours, i.e, 8 hours per night.

4) Cognitive skills - Sleep deprivation causes adverse effects on the brain’s processing abilities. Both short term as well as long term memory might be affected in addition to clouding of proper judgement and decision making skills.

5) Accelerated skin ageing - “I need to to get my beauty sleep.” The fairly common dialogue in movies and TV has a deep rooted scientific basis. Research has shown that sleep deprivation can lead to accelerated skin ageing due to enhanced glucocorticoid production, especially cortisol. Other than that, lack of proper sleep also leads to the malfunctioning of the immune system which can lead to skin breakouts and eczema. If you don’t want to be called “older than you look”, get in your beauty sleep - for it is not only necessary but also irreplaceable.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - WebMD

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Curiosity, 4 Mins

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Designer Ears

Make “better” ears!

Why do animals’ ears look different from yours? What would life be like if your ears were shaped differently? Make new ears for yourself and find out.

Tools and Materials

Stapler and staples
A variety of construction materials including (but not limited to) construction paper, cardboard, plastic pieces, or Styrofoam, plastic containers and trays (clean yogurt cups and meat trays, for starters), craft sticks, and so on
Pictures of animals’ ears


Use your materials to fashion new outer ears, or pinnae, for yourself. Look at pictures of animal ears if you need ideas or inspiration. (Be careful not to cover the opening to your own ear when you make these new ear shapes—you want to collect sound in new ways, not block it!)

To Do and Notice

Compare your normal hearing with what you can hear when you wear the new ears you’ve made. What happens when you wear tall, thin ears like those on a horse? What happens when you wear ears with flaps over them, like a basset hound’s? Can you invent a shape you don’t see in nature?

Trade the ears you made with others to see how differently shaped ears collect sound. What are the advantages and disadvantages of changing the shape of your ear? Does one design work better than the others? Do things sound different if you’re wearing two different types of ears?

Look at the animal pictures again. You might have some clues now about why each of these animals has the kinds of ears they do.

What’s Going On?

You’ll probably find that the ear designs that amplify sounds the best will be funnel shaped and have large pinnae, or outer ear flaps. The pinnae of human ears (and most animal ears) act like funnels, collecting and directing sound into the inner ear, so our brains can detect and analyze what we hear.

Ears can also tell us about an animal’s lifestyle. Some animals (such as dogs, elephants, and whales, for instance) can hear frequencies too high or low for us to hear. In some owls, one ear is set slightly higher than the other. This allows them to pinpoint the position of prey while in flight, assessing location in an up-and-down plane, in addition to left and right.

Animals that have very large ears (jackrabbits and foxes, for example), can generally hear very well, or at a great distance. Big ears can help animals locate prey, avoid predators, and find others of their kind.

Large ears can also provide extra surface area to radiate heat away from the body. In animals that cannot sweat as we do, having an expanse of blood vessels close to the skin’s surface allows excess body heat to escape. In fact, ear shape is one way you can tell African elephants from Indian elephants: Elephants adapted to live in the hot African climate have bigger ears than Indian elephants have.

Going Further

You might notice that your “designer ears” magnify a lot of background noise. Big pinnae funnel every sound to the ear—often a problem for people who wear hearing aids.

Credits: @exploratium




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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Apple patents glass coating technology to make iPhones more durable
Apple has patented a new glass coating technology intended to make electronic devices more durable.
The Spiral Grain Coatings could also account for anti-scratch and anti-reflection benefits.

OPPO Find X2 Series to launch in India on 17th June
Ending the wait for their flagship smartphone, OPPO will be launching the Find X2 Series in India on 17th June.
With a billion-colour 120Hz Ultra Vision Screen, 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 Flash Charge, Snapdragon 865, and much more, the OPPO Find X2 Series promises to be the pinnacle of speed and performance.

The UN Social: International Day of Family Remittances
The UN Social: International Day of Family Remittances

The International Day of Family Remittances (IDFR) is a universally-recognized observance adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/72/281) and celebrated every year on 16 June. The day recognizes the contribution of over 200 million migrants to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home, and to create a future of hope for their children. Half of these flows go to rural areas, where poverty and hunger are concentrated, and where remittances count the most. Wondering how family remittance could be important enough to contribute to SDG? Let's look at some relevance to SDGs:

Remittances represent up to 60 per cent of recipients’ families on average and typically more than double a family’s disposable income and help deal with uncertainty, allowing them to build assets.

In rural communities, half of remittances are spent on agriculture-related expenses.

Remittances invested in health care – access to medicine, preventive care and health insurance products – improve the health and well-being of recipient families.

Remittances lead to almost doubling school enrolment. Children from remittance families, especially girls, register higher school attendance, enrolment rates and additional years in school.

Women migrant workers now comprise half of all remittance senders: 100 million in total.

THE Happy Pill

In response to the recent worldwide support for Black Lives Matters protests, Band-Aid announced last week that it will be expanding its product line to include bandages with a range of skin tones.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog

This Empty Page


Kazi Fernaaz Feroze, 17, St.George's School, New Delhi.
Born in Kolkata, I shifted to Delhi in 2005 as my father got transferred. You see, when I get emotionally overwhelmed, poetic ideas fill up my mind, and then I begin to have this urge to jot it down. So in this way, I write poems. My hobbies are: writing poems, drawing, singing, all alone, and most important of all, checking out new English and Hindi songs.

This empty page, it's staring at me,
Trying to lure me into writing something.
Anything, in the times when I am lonely,
Can be a beautiful or a crappy thing.
This empty page, it is trying to tell me
That it really wants to hear my stories,
That it cares for my successes, and my worries,
Whenever I think, that I am just solitary.
This empty page turned out to be
Like a long lost friend, who's now totally free,
To hear all of my irrelevant jabbering<,br> About fresh and new depressing stories.
This empty page, does it complain? No!
Because it is not the kind of friend to do so.
That's why it remains all ears,
To my languishing pains 'bestowed' by the past years
This empty page is slowly getting filled,
With the ink of the gel pen getting spilled,
In the form of messages and thoughts,
Which, for me, were the haunting forget-me-nots.
This empty page is wholeheartedly thanking me
For venting out ALL emotions fully and truthfully
And now, I am thanking it time and again
For making me feel as light as feather in the air...

June 16, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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