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June 20, 2020
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What They Say?

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

"...and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful."
— Ruskin Bond


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This Day for You - June 20


Solar Eclipse - June 21 Don’t miss to catch the solar eclipse, but with all the necessary precautions. Read more about it in Curiosity!

International Yoga Day - June 21

A gift of India to the world: The proposal was first introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address during the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly, in which he said: “Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action ... a holistic approach [that] is valuable to our health and our well-being. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.” Read more about it on Page 2.

The World Celebrates

International World Refugee Day
On 4 December 2000, the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 55/76 decided that, from 2000, 20 June would be celebrated as World Refugee Day. In this resolution, the General Assembly noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. It is commemorated to honor all refugees, raise awareness and solicit support.

2020 Theme: Every Action Counts
The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent anti-racism protests have shown us how desperately we need to fight for a more inclusive and equal world: a world where no one is left behind. It has never been clearer that all of us have a role to play in order to bring about change. Everyone can make a difference. This is at the heart of UNHCR’s World Refugee Day campaign. This year, we aim to remind the world that everyone, including refugees, can contribute to society and Every Action Counts in the effort to create a more just, inclusive, and equal world.

International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice - 21 June
Mindful that the solstices and equinoxes symbolize the fertility of the land, agricultural and food production systems, cultural heritage and their millenary traditions; the General Assembly of the United Nations acknowledged that the celebration of those events is an embodiment of the unity of the cultural heritage and centuries-long traditions, and further play a significant role in strengthening the ties among peoples on the basis of mutual respect and the ideals of peace and good-neighborliness. It, therefore, recognized 21 June as the International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice.

Famous Birthdays :

1925 - Audie Leon Murphy was an American soldier, actor, songwriter, and rancher. He was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. Murphy received the Medal of Honor for valor that he demonstrated at the age of 19 for single-handedly holding off a company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.

1967 - Nicole Mary Kidman is an Australian actress, philanthropist and producer.Her awards include an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. She was listed among the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2006, 2018, and 2019. Time magazine twice named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, in 2004 and 2018.

Events in History:

1214 - The University of Oxford received its charter.

1756 - Black Hole of Calcutta: 146 British soldiers, Anglo-Indian soldiers and Indian civilians are imprisoned in a small dungeon in Calcutta, India where most die from suffocation and heat exhaustion.

1756 - Siraj ud-Daulah Nawab of Bengal takes Calcutta from the British.

1871 - Ku Klux Klan trials began in federal court in Oxford,Mississippi.

Karl Marx

German unprecedented socialist Karl Marx published 'The Communist Manifesto' and 'Das Kapital,' anticapitalist works that form the basis of Marxism. Karl Marx began searching socio-political theories at multiversity amongst the Young Hegelians. He matured a journalist, and his socialist writings would get him discharged from Germany and France. In 1848, he published The Communist Manifesto with Friedrich Engels and was exiled to London, where he wrote the first volume of Das Kapital and lived the remainder of his life.

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Marx was an average student. In Berlin, he studied law and philosophy and was introduced to the philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel, who had been a professor at Berlin until his death in 1831. He received his doctorate from the University of Jena in 1841, but his radical politics prevented him from procuring a teaching position.

Marx became increasingly focused on capitalism and economic theory, and in 1867, he published the first volume of Das Kapital. The rest of his life was spent writing and revising manuscripts for additional volumes, which he did not complete. The remaining two volumes were assembled and published posthumously by Engels.

Marx died of pleurisy in London on March 14, 1883. While his original grave had only a nondescript stone, the Communist Party of Great Britain erected a large tombstone, including a bust of Marx, in 1954. The stone is etched with the last line of The Communist Manifesto (“Workers of all lands unite”), as well as a quote from the Theses on Feuerbach.

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

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As we all know, Yoga is the oldest form of spiritual and physical discipline. It not only keeps our body fit but also our mind healthy and happy. Historians believe Yoga originated around 2700 BC, in the earliest of civilization. Legend has it that Lord Shiva was the adiyogi. He spread his knowledge of Yoga among his disciples, the Saptarshi or the “Seven Sages”. Ever Since, Yoga is in practice. Today, let us learn some Yoga Positions that will keep us healthy and active.

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1) Vrkshasana or the Tree Pose

Stand straight with your hands on your side. Then gradually raise your one feet. Also raise your hands, straight up above your head and join them. Hold the position for sometime and then repeat with the other foot. This pose will help you improve balance and concentration. It will strengthen the muscles of your thigh and legs.
2) Bhujangasana or the Cobra Pose

Lie face down on the floor and slowly, with the hands on both sides, push your body upwards. Hold the position for a minute and relax. This pose will help you strengthen your spine, stretch your shoulders, chest and abdomen. It will also make the muscle of your hands strong.

3) Marjaryasana or the Cat Pose

Take a tabletop position with your hands and knees on the ground. Keep your hands straight. Exhale and slowly arch your spine towards the ceiling. Slowly then come back to the initial position. This yoga asana will also strengthen your spine, neck, torso and the organs of your abdomen.

4) Simhasana or the Lion Pose

It is a pose that will help you reduce stress. Sit with your hips on your heels and rest your palms on your knees. Stick your tongue out and start inhaling from your nose. Keep your eyes open and exhale. While exhaling make a sound like the Lion (Haaaaa). This position benefits your lungs, throat and respiratory tract. It also keeps your tonsils healthy and functioning. And this asana boosts your immune system.

5) Savasana or the Corpse Pose

Looks like an easy position from the outside, but it takes the most patience. Lie on the ground with your hands beside you. Keep your eyes closed. Normally breathe in and breathe out resting your body weight on the ground. This position is beneficial for keeping the heart rate and blood pressure low. It reduces muscle tension, insomnia, and anxiety. It also improves your concentration and memory.

Which asana is your favorite out of this list? Write to me and let me know.

Credits: Lovely

Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in

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Solar Eclipse

Curiosity, 4 Mins
Ring of Fire

If you’ve been keeping a watch on the news, you know that India and some other parts of the world are going to witness an annular solar eclipse on the 21st of June. Northern India, however, is one of the lucky few areas in the world that are going to witness the eclipse in its full glory, wherein the moon,at the zenith of the eclipse, will cover 99.4% of the sun. In this article, we are going to discuss what a solar eclipse actually is, what an annular solar eclipse and how it happens.

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An eclipse is when an object blocks light from reaching another object. Earth mainly observed two main forms of eclipses viz., lunar and solar eclipse.
A solar eclipse happens when the moon, while revolving around the earth, passes right in front of the sun. This causes a shadow of the moon to fall on certain areas on the earth. It is only in these areas that the eclipse can be witnessed from.
There are three main types of the moon’s shadow during an eclipse -

a) Umbra - It is the part of the moon’s shadow where the moon has completely obfuscated the sun.
b) Antumbra - This is the area of shadow that is cast beyond an umbra. The moon is right in front of the sun but does not cover it completely. Ergo, the sun is visible like a “ring of fire” around the dark side of the moon.
c) Penumbra - This is the area of the shadow where the moon only partially covers up the sun.

Depending on the type of shadow cast, solar eclipses can be classified into three different types -

a) Total - The portion of the earth where an umbra is cast, witnesses a complete solar eclipse where the moon has covered the sun in its entirety.
b) Annular - Parts of the earth where an antumbra is cast experience an annular solar eclipse with the sun being visible as a “ring of fire” around the dark side of the moon, as mentioned before. This is the type of solar eclipse parts of Northern India will witness on 21st June.
c) Partial - Here, only part of the sun is covered by the moon. Parts of the earth where a penumbra is cast experience a partial solar eclipse.

A total or an annular solar eclipse is a magnificent sight to behold. It makes one wonder how insignificant human beings are in comparison to the entire universe. As for the forthcoming annular eclipse, make sure you take the necessary precautions while viewing it. One should never watch an eclipse with bare eyes, for although the sun seems dark, its harmful rays can still damage your eyes.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - Ducksters(excerpt), NASA(reference)

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A POSTCARD OF POWER - Continued on Special Request

“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 21, 2020

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





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Pronunciation: kuh-rob-uh-reyt
Meaning: (Verb) To confirm something or to make something certain
Synonym: Verify, Confirm, Validate, Certify
Antonym: Contradict, Deny, Invalidate, Disprove
Use: The scholar was able to Corroborate his thesis with adequate scientific data.

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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Robot sloth to 'slowly' monitor animals, track endangered species
Engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology have built a slow-moving sloth robot that can linger in trees for years to monitor animals, plants and the environment below.
Hanging from a cable, 'SlothBot' moves only when necessary and crawls toward the sunlight to ensure it stays charged.
It's expected to be vital in tracking endangered species and changes to their environment.

Astronomers spot a unique green glow around Mars
The European Space Agency's Trace Gas Orbiter has spotted an emerald glow in Mars' atmosphere.
The glow comes from oxygen atoms when they are excited by the Sun's light.
Although this is the first time the phenomenon has been detected on a planet beyond Earth, this emission has been predicted to exist at Mars for around 40 years.

THE Happy Pill

A single mom and Uber driver in Memphis just wanted to do her part to help others during the COVID-19 pandemic—and now, thanks to a famous celebrity, she’ s been rewarded handsomely for her generosity. Uber Driver Rewarded with New Car By Jada Pinkett Smith After She Delivers Thousands of Meals to Hospital Workers.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog

A Postcard of Power
Special Feature

A Postcard by Arohi Rayal, Army Public School, Rayal, Uttarakhand

June 20, 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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