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June 18, 2020
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What They Say?

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure."
— Capt. Vikram Batra, PVC

"If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gurkha."
— Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw


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This Day for You - June 18


Today, on the 18th of June, we pay tribute to our soldiers, the Indian Army, the Naval and the Air Forces, to all the frontline police-men and warriors who stand tall to ensure that we sleep peacefully. Take time and do the stay-at-home activity today to be a part of ‘TOGETHER WE STAND STRONG!’
Today, we bring to you everything Indian!


1875 - Sunayani Devi, an Indian painter born into the aristocratic Tagore family in Calcutta, West Bengal.

1887 - Dr. Anugrah Narayan Sinha, known as Bihar Vibhuti, was an Indian nationalist statesman, participant in Champaran Satyagraha, Gandhian & one of the architects of modern Bihar, who was the first Deputy Chief Minister cum Finance Minister of the Indian state of Bihar.

1908 - P. Kakkan or fondly known as Kakkanji, was an Indian politician and freedom fighter.


1658: Aurangzeb captured the Agra Fort.

1956: The Hindu Succession Act of the Parliament of India was passed on this day. The law was about the uniform system of inheritance.

1978: The Karakoram Highway opened today. It is known as the highest paved international road in the world and connects China and Pakistan. The 1,300 km highway is named "Karakoram" as it passes through the Karakoram mountain range.

1997: Prakash Padukone launched Indian Badminton Confederation (IBC).

A Soldier Can Never be Forgotten - Captain Vikram Batra

Born in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, Captain Vikram Batra of 13 J&K Rifles, is recognized as the hero of the Kargil war. He led one of the toughest war operations in Kashmir, and was also called Sher Shah.

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He was instrumental in recapturing Peak 5140, which is sited at an altitude of 17,000 feet. During this mission, Batra was dangerously injured but still managed to kill three enemy soldiers in close combat. After capturing Peak 5140, he worked on yet another tough and better called dangerous mission to recapture Peak 4875 on July 7, 1999. Batra delivered a call to his father before he left and told him about the crucial mission. Hardly did he know that this would be his last call home.

It was one of the most difficult missions the Indian army attempted because the Pakistani forces were sitting above the peak at 16,000 feet and the climb gradient was 80 degrees. On their way up, one of Batra’s fellow officers had been severely injured. Batra set out to save him. When a subedar tried to help him save the officer, Batra pushed him aside, saying, “You have children, step aside.” He saved his fellow soldier but was killed while clearing enemy positions. Batra’s last words were “Jai Mata Di.”

A famous quote by Batra is: “Either I will come back after hoisting the tricolor, or I will come back wrapped in it, but I will be back for sure.” He was proudly honored with the Param Vir Chakra.

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

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Little Known Facts about the Indian Army

It is sad news that our Indian Army is fighting the Chinese army in the India-China border, in the middle of a Pandemic. More than that it's worse to think about the people who lost their lives in the battle. But as citizens, we must not lose hope on our soldiers. Though it is sad to accept how they are losing their lives for our safety, we must try to look at their previous achievements and help increase their morale and appreciate them. Here is a list of facts that you may not have known about the Indian Army.
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Indian Army is the third largest Armed forces in the World. They are also considered one of the strongest fighting forces in the world. During World War II, even Adolf Hitler wanted to acquire the Gurkha Regiment because he felt that with the help of Indian Army only, he could take over the whole of Europe.

The Indian Army holds its name in the Guinness Book Of World Records. It is because they have a World Record for the largest military surrender. In 1971, during the Indo-Pak War, the Indian Army was able to make 93,000 Pakistani Soldiers surrender to them.

The Indian Army also forms one of the Biggest Voluntary Army. It implies that nobody in India is forcefully recruited in the Indian Army. All the soldiers working for the country get recruited voluntarily. It also does not practice any mode of recruitment on the basis of caste, religion or any other forms of reservations.

The Indian Army trains a lot of other foreign armies like the US, UK and Russia. There are institutes like Indian Military Academy of Dehradun and Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School of Mizoram that provide training to the foreign armies.

In the year 2013, the Indian Army carried out one of the biggest civilian rescue operations. This operation was known as ‘Operation Rahat’. It was done with the help of our great Indian Air Force.

There is a bridge called ‘The Bailey Bridge’ in Ladakh Valley that connects Suru and Dras river. It is the highest bridge in the world. In 1982, this bridge was built by our brave Indian Army.

So you see, our Indian Army comprises bravest, strongest and most intelligent soldiers. Let us all remember their glory and hope for this situation to pass. Let us all pray for the victory of our brothers in the Indo-Chinese border. May God give them all the strength.

Credits: Lovely
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Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in for more information, opinion or queries.

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Understanding the Conflict

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The McMahon Line and the birth of the Sino-Indian border conflicts

India and China have been locked in a border conflict for decades. The border conflict has often given way to violent skirmishes and an all-out 1962 Sino-Indian war between the two countries. The recent face-off between India and China resulted in the death of at least 20 Indian soldiers and a yet-unknown number of Chinese casualties.

The root cause of the border conflict stems from a highly contentious borderline called the “McMahon Line”.

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The birth of the McMahon line can be traced back to Lt. Col Sir Arthur Henry McMahon who was a British Indian Army officer and a British Raj administrator. He was also the chief negotiator of the Simla Agreement.

McMahon proposed the line in the Simla Accord as a means to separate India in the eastern zone. India adheres to the McMahon line as its effective boundary between India and China. However, China does not recognise Tibet as a sovereign government and hence automatically refutes the Simla Accord. This is the basis of the Sino-Indian border conflict.

When the Communist Party of China came to power in 1949, it attempted the absorption of Tibet into its territory which led to the escalation of the border conflict and initially paved the way for 1962 Sino-Indian war. After the war, in 1993, a bilateral agreement between India and China led to the recognition of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), which is loosely based on the McMahon Line, as the demarcation that separates Indian controlled territory from Chinese controlled territory. However, some areas of the boundary like Aksai Chin and the recent location of Sino-Indian skirmish, Galwan Valley remain largely disputed and is claimed by both India and China as part of their territories.

In recent times, the People’s Liberation Army of China has even intruded deep into the Indian territory of Arunachal Pradesh claiming the region as Chinese territory. This has also led to rising tensions between the two sides. However, vigilant patrolling by our gallant border forces and constant dialogue between the leaders of the two nations have prevented short-term skirmishes from escalating into full-blown wars.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - Economic Times , Wikipedia

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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~Leo Buscaglia

While we are stuck here at our homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our dear soldiers at there at the borders, the hospitals, the crematories, on the roads and everywhere on the frontline to ensure that the country is safe.

Let’s take out some time today and make a postcard of power for all our soldiers.

Step 1. Cut a thick sheet in any shape of your choice for your postcard.
Step 2. Find an old stamp from your old letters or if you don’t have any, draw one. You can try to buy one online from India Post too:
Step 3. Write a powerful message of encouragement for the soldiers.
Step 4. Click a picture and send it to us on WHATSAPP at .

Last Date to send: June 19, 2020

We will bring together all the postcards and send them to Indian Defence Forces on your behalf.





Do you think that less youth wants to join the armed forces now? What could be the possible reasons?


Got Love for Words? Be a proud


5 Words to use instead of ‘Soldiers’:

Commando: A member of a military assault unit or team.

Trooper: A mounted police officer; a police officer on horseback.

Mercenary: A professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army.

Veteran: A person who has served in a military force, especially one who has fought in a war

Guerrilla: A member of a band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines, etc.

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

SpaceX building floating spaceports for Mars, hypersonic travel around Earth: Elon Musk
SpaceX is building floating spaceports for Mars, Moon and hypersonic travel around the Earth, CEO Elon Musk said.
The floating spaceports will provide launch sites for the startup's superheavy-class launch vehicles. SpaceX previously showed concepts of its forthcoming superheavy rocket booster, paired with Starship spacecraft, launching for hypersonic Earth travel.

Sacrifices won't go in vain: Army after 20 soldiers martyred in Galwan face-off
Army Chief General MM Naravane and all ranks "salute the supreme sacrifice of our valiant soldiers at Galwan", the Indian Army said in a statement on Wednesday.
"We offer deepest condolences to the families and stand strong in our resolve towards protecting the sovereignty and integrity of our country.
Their sacrifices will not go in vain," the Indian Army said.

THE Happy Pill

Scientists have observed the fifth state of matter in space for the first time, using ultra-cold atoms which offer an unprecedented opportunity to unlock the mysteries of the quantum universe beyond our current understanding, research showed Thursday.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog

Two Gentlemen

About the Author:

“I’m Nikhil Sharma, a young adult who likes to write, sketch, paint and play in his free time. Being in a board class, nowadays I get very less time towards my interests. Two Gentlemen is one of my best narrative ones. Hope you enjoy it!”

As we drove through the foothills of the Alps,
We saw two boys selling strawberry
Their appearance told us that,
their clothes had never gone to laundry
Gazing at the two little figures, with brown skin and tangled hair,
We thought about the person who could nurture them with care
My companion spoke to them and discovered about their brother hood,
Who had to shoulder up responsibility in their childhood
Their names were Nicola and Jacopo,
Nicola was the elder brother, Jacopo was as lively as a squirrel,
but shorter than the other
What struck one most was their willingness to work,
Who always believed in working with teamwork

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They earned enough for themselves but spent not much of their money,
I asked, ‘What do you do with it if you have not tasted honey?’
I asked them, what can I do for you before leaving,
They just asked for a lift to their destination as they always went there cycling
The following afternoon we drove to the tiny village set high upon the hillside,
As my passengers leaped out I leaped to follow and hide
After following them, I found a grilled side entrance there,
After sometime, a pleasant looking women came in uniform of a trained nurse with brown hair
She led me through a cool, tiled vestibule into the hospital,
And showed me Lucia whose stage was now not much critical
I begged the nurse to tell me all she knew about the boys,
She put her finger to her lips and told me not to make noise

‘They were quiet alone in the world except for Lucia, their sister,
There Father, a widower, had been killed early in the war during Lucia’s semester
A bomb had destroyed their home and threw them into the streets of their nation,
And forced them to get exposed to cold winter and suffering from near starvation
For three years they joined the army against the Germans,
Where they had to kill people and use guns
When the war was over and we had peace at last,
They found Lucia suffering from tuberculosis for Three years of the past
In last twelve months, she made a good progress,
Her days of staying here are now very less
We could not keep going unless we charge a fee,
But her brothers every week manage the fee
At last Lucia came back to the boys,
And now there life is full of joy!
Now it is the time not to fight for peace or quit,
Because peace is not the absence of conflict
But the ability to cope with it.

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June 18, 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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