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June 24, 2020
Vol 63, Page 1



What They Say?

"... you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will."
— Stephen King

"Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do."
— Cassandra Clare


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This Day for You - June 24

Ever heard of candies being air-dropped? We have a story to tell!


Once upon a time, when the Cold War post World War 2 went on between the Soviet Union and the US, in 1948, Pilot Gal Halvorsen, a US Air Force Chief, used to air-drop supplies in Western Berlin, an ally of the US.
On one such trip, Pilot Gail Halvorsen of the US Air Force noticed a crowd of children at Berlin airport when he dropped off supplies. When he handed out candy, he was so impressed by their gratitude that he promised to return with more candy. Thus began Operation Little Vittles. More than twenty tons of candy were dropped on Berlin, some of it sent by children all around the United States.

The World Celebrates

Midsummer Day - Denmark, Estonia, United Kingdom & Norway

St. John's Day - Bolivia, Lithuania & Peru

Quebec's National Day - Canada

Sun Festival (Inti Raymi (Fiesta del Sol)) - Peru

Carabobo Battle (Batalla de Carabobo) - Venezuela

National Indigenous Day (Día del Indio) - Peru

You Share Your Brithday With:

1987: Lionel Messi, an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains both Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team. With a record six Ballon d'Or awards, and a record six European Golden Shoes,he is regarded as the greatest player of all times.

1893: Roy Oliver Disney was, with his younger brother Walt Disney, co-founder of what is now The Walt Disney Company.

1927: Martin Lewis Perl, an American physicist who received the 1995 Nobel Prize for Physics for discovering a subatomic particle that he named the tau, a massive lepton with a negative charge. The tau, which he found in the mid-1970s, was the first evidence of a third “generation” of fundamental particles.

1979: Mindy Kaling, an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. In 2013, Time magazine named her on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world.


1763 – Murshidabad is captured by the East India Company and Mir Jafar is declared King.

1813 – Battle of Beaver Dams: A British and Indian combined force defeats the United States Army.

1961 – India manufactures supersonic fighter HF24 flies for the first time.

1869 – Damodar Hari Chapekar virtually,first terrorist in India was born.

1986 – The government announced that unmarried mothers under its employment scheme would also get maternity leave.

1990 – Defense scientists successfully test fired the country's first third generation anti-tank missile 'NAG'.

2010 – In the longest match in tennis history, American John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahut of France at Wimbledon after 11 hours, 5 minutes of play over 3 days

Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web (WWW). Berners-Lee enabled a system to be able to view web pages through the internet. He also serves as a director for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which oversees standards for the Internet and World Wide Web. Berners-Lee is also concerned about issues relating to freedom of information and censorship on the internet.

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Tim Berners-Lee was born on 8th June 1955 in London, England. After doing his A-Levels at Emanuel School, he went to Queen’s College, Oxford University, where he received a first-class degree in physics.

After graduation, he gained employment for a printing firm in Plessey, Poole. From 1980, he was employed as an independent contractor at CERN in Switzerland. An essential part of his job involved sharing information with researchers in different geographical locations. The Internet had been developed since the 1960s as a way to transfer information between different computers.

However, Tim Berners-Lee sought to make use of internet nodes and combine it with hypertext and the idea of domains. Tim Berners-Lee later said that all the technology involved in the web had already been developed – ‘hypertext’, the internet; his contribution was to put them all together in one comprehensive package.

In 1990, with the help of Robert Cailliau, he produced the first version of the World Wide Web, the first web browser and the first web server. It was put online in 1991. “Info.cern.ch” was the address of the world’s first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address was TheProject.html.

As a founder of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee has a relatively high profile, and he has often spoken up for the freedom of information and net neutrality – arguing that governments should not be involved in censorship of the internet. He has expressed concerns the US may move to a two-tier internet system.

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

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Inspiration 101, 4 Mins
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June 24, 2020
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What is a minimalist lifestyle and do we really need it?

One thing we have learnt from this year is that we can live a simple life without an extravagant lifestyle. To live a healthy life, all we need is only what is important. And that way we benefit ourselves and other people around us. A minimalist lifestyle also conveys a similar living based on basic requirements.
Minimalism deals with the idea that ‘Less is More’. It means we can reduce our expenditure, and live a more organized and disciplined life to stay physically and mentally healthy. Minimalism first started out as an art movement, but now it has grown into a type of lifestyle that people choose for themselves. Here are the reasons why:
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1) It helps you to focus on your health and hobbies

Minimalism has a lot to do with time-management. It means you can become more self aware of how to utilize your time. And that way you can create an organized routine for yourself that will balance your health, hobbies and studies perfectly!

2) It helps you understand your priorities

If you only live by your basic needs, you will see you won’t get upset at minor ups and downs of life. Previously, we only prioritized our achievements over our health, hygiene and family. But now we know what is more important. So we can look at our failures as minor issues and aim to do better in life.

3) It reduces your fear of failure

As mentioned in the previous point, living a minimalist lifestyle will reduce your fear of failure. It is because now you can prioritize and organise your life in a certain way, failure will seem less of a problem and more of a learning experience. You know now that material possessions, extravagant food and lifestyle add excessive pressure on our mind and body, hence affecting your health.

4) It helps you develop confidence

Minimalism also means being at peace with oneself. That in turn builds your confidence in the public sphere. Since you know what brings you joy and happiness more precisely, it will improve your confidence, and help you be more focused in your life.

5) It will help you cope with any circumstances

Nature is more powerful than man. We can very well understand that now. We can also understand how our planet will gradually change with time, and we will have to cope with those changes. Keeping all these in mind, we must live a simple, basic lifestyle. So that in the future, for better or for worse, when there is a change in our circumstances, we can easily adjust to it without losing our peace of mind.

The year 2020 is full of unexpected turn of events. But we must seek some insight from our circumstances and be prepared for the future. Therefore, a minimalist lifestyle is more important for us now.

Credits: Lovely

Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in

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How to Draw Faces

Curiosity, 4 Mins
How are vaccines developed?

It’s been more than three months since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic. People all over the world have been eagerly waiting for a vaccine to be developed. But so far, there haven’t been any, none that are approved at least. However, plenty of drugs have been accepted by the WHO and the CDC to treat COVID positive patients. So, why hasn’t a successful vaccine been developed yet? How are vaccines developed and what makes vaccine development so complicated?

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The stages of vaccine development are well defined. From the formulation of a potential vaccine to phased clinical trials, a vaccine has to go through multiple stages of development, checks, and downstream processing before they can be marketed or distributed for common use.

The first step of vaccine development happens in research labs or universities that are typically funded by either the government or some private pharmaceutical company. A potential vaccine is developed and tested on animals to measure their success(or failure). Then, cases of these controlled trials are published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences that are attended by physicians and scientists working in pharmaceutical companies who might approach the research labs to expand their research and focus on product development. However, most ideas never see fruition and fail in the next phase, i.e, clinical trials.

We’ll discuss clinical trials in detail in the next article because they are a bit complicated. Nonetheless, a vaccine had to go through 3 rounds of clinical trials with positive outcomes in each. After the third phase of the clinical trials, a license is obtained and the vaccine is deemed successful. After obtaining the said license, the next step is the distribution of the vaccine. In the case of diseases that are non-emergent, distribution is generally not a concern. However, in the case of a raging global pandemic, distribution becomes complicated, mainly because of logistical, and ethical issues.

The misconception with vaccine development is that it is merely figuring out which vaccine is effective. In reality, that is only a small part of it(albeit a fundamental one). The WHO has hence set forth an estimated timespan of at least a year before a COVID-19 vaccine can be ready. Nonetheless, irrespective of when a vaccine is developed and is ready to be distributed, we must follow the old saying of “prevention is better than cure” diligently and scrupulously follow the guidelines laid down by both the WHO and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoFHW).

Credits - Arko De.
Source - ScienceDirect

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Curiosity, 4 Mins

June 24, 2020
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The Writing Olympic

Pick a pen, a paper and a corner of your home! It’s time for The Writing Olympics!

For the 5 circles of the Olympic Games, for 5 Days from now, we bring you 5 writing prompts every day and you can pick any one to write about.

Day 2 writing prompts:

1) Write a poem about a place you once visited, and describe the place using all five senses.
2) How does our city’s local government work to keep things running smoothly? Write about something the local government does that people usually take for granted.
3) What qualities make someone a good teacher?
4) What does it mean to gossip? Is gossiping inherently wrong, or are there some instances where it’s okay? Why?
5) Do you think you would enjoy being famous? Why or why not?

Rules of the Game:

1. Word-limit: Less than 250 words
2. No plagiarism: Original entries will only be accepted. Strictly no copy-paste!
3. Date of Submission for Day 2: June 25, 2020.

Eligibility: Anyone with a passion for writing. Open to students, teachers, and parents too.

Award: Best Entries get featured in the magazine and on




Do you think Coronavirus has made us more aware of our hygeine?


Got Love for Words? Be a proud


5 words to use instead of ‘Very Good’:

Brilliant: Of surpassing excellence, Magnificent or wonderful, Highly intelligent.
Distinguished: celebrated, well-known or eminent because of past achievements; prestigious.
Prime: First in importance, degree, or rank; first in excellence, quality, or value.
Schmick: excellent, elegant, or stylish
Sterling: Of acknowledged worth or influence; high quality; authoritative; true; pure; of great value or excellence.

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June 24, 2020
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

'Super-strong' surgical tape that detaches on demand created
MIT engineers have further developed a "super-strong" adhesive that could firmly stick to wet surfaces such as biological tissues, to seal up rips and tears in lungs and intestines within seconds.
The tape can now be detached from underlying tissue without causing any damage. By applying a special solution, it can be peeled away like a slippery gel.

Google adds fact-check label to Google Images globally
Google announced it will add a 'fact-check' label to Google Images search results, globally, that come from independent, authoritative sources on the web that meet Google's criteria.
Users may see the label under the thumbnail image results. They will also see a summary of the fact check when they try to view an image result in a larger format.

THE Happy Pill

A care home for elderly people in southern Brazil has come up with a creative way to bring some love to its residents amid the coronavirus pandemic, by creating a "hug tunnel" that allows relatives to safely embrace them.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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June 24, 2020
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Student's Blog

"To our brave martyrs"

About the Author:

Akriti Kuniyal, 15yrs old
Army Public School, Raiwala

Fought for your native motherland,
but came your home in a coffin
with covering a tricolor flag/ band.
To hear the news of your early demise, it
shed my eyes with the abundance of cries.
To our country's pride, in everybody's heart
you will be forever alive ,
In an epoch your endeavour /struggle will be
In uphill battle, you tried your best,
May your soul rest in peace!

June 24, 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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