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June 25, 2020
Vol 64, Page 1



What They Say?

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
— Martin Luther King Jr.

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
— Thomas Edison


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This Day for You - June 25


June 25 is observed worldwide as the Day of the Seafarer.
In 2010, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), decided to designate June 25th as the International Day of the Seafarer as a way to recognize that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport.
This year, the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS) will be celebrating its 10th anniversary today.
2020 campaign – Seafarers are Key Workers

Seafarers are on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic, playing an essential role in maintaining the flow of vital goods, such as food, medicines and medical supplies. However, the crisis has led to difficult working conditions for seafarers, including uncertainties and difficulties about port access, re-supply, crew changeovers and repatriation.

The infamous National Emergency of India was announced today back in 1975!
According to the Indian Constitution, an emergency may be imposed during 'war, external aggression or armed rebellion in the whole of India or a part of its territory.'
In 1966 Mrs. Indira Gandhi, was elected Prime Minister of India. She took control of both government and Congress, and her re-election in 1971 was found to be the result of election fraud by what is called manipulation of state machinery. The war with Pakistan in 1971, a trembling economy and a public upheavel against misleading politics led Mrs. Gandhi to call up for an Emergency lest her rule should be put to a rest!

You Share Your Birthday With:

1903 - George Orwell : Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic. His famous works include:Animal Farm and 1984

1974 - Karisma Kapoor : She is an Indian film actress. One of the most popular Hindi film actresses of the 1990s and early 2000s, she is the recipient of several accolades, including a National Film Award and four Filmfare Awards.


1932: India played its first official test match at the Lord's Cricket Ground, London.

1947: 1st edition of The Diary Of A Young Girl also known as The Diary of Anne Frank got published.

1975: The then President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed officially issued the declaration of Emergency Rule under Article 352 (1) that was withdrawn on 21 March, 1977.

1978: The Rainbow Flag that represents gay pride was first flown at San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

1993: Kim Campbell became the first female PM of Canada.

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, a multi-talented musical entertainer who enjoyed a chart-topping career both with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist. He released one of the best-selling albums in history, 'Thriller,' in 1982, and had other number-one hits on 'Bad' and 'Off the Wall.'

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Known as the "King of Pop," Michael Joseph Jackson was a best-selling American singer, songwriter, and dancer. As a child, Jackson became the lead singer of his family's popular Motown group, the Jackson 5. He went on to a solo career of astonishing worldwide success, delivering No. 1 hits from the albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Michael Jackson began his music career alongside his fellow brothers and family members in the Jackson Five. His career began in 1964, aged only six.

The group, led by Jackson’s father, worked hard touring many clubs and bars performing their mix of Motown hits. They gained the attention of record labels and in 1968 signed with Motown records. It was the youngest, baby-faced Jackson, that caught the eye of reviewers. Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Michael was a ‘prodigy’ with ‘overwhelming musical gifts’. Michael stood out for his exceptional enthusiasm and soft, infectious musical voice. The group produced four number one hit singles, including “I Want You Back“, ABC and “the Lover You Save.”

Despite achieving his goal to be a music performer, Michael’s childhood was far from happy. He was regularly beaten and threatened by his authoritarian father. This legacy of abuse left Michael scarred throughout his adult life. In his later years, Jackson was dogged by allegations of child molestation. He died in 2009 at age 50 of a drug overdose just before launching a comeback tour.

“Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons. The truth will win this marathon in court.”
– Michael Jackson

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

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June 25, 2020
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What is the ‘Forgotten Plague’?

In July 1518, hysteria broke out in the city of Strasbourg when a woman known as Frau Troffea suddenly stepped on the streets, and began to twist, twirl and shake. She kept dancing like that for a week and almost thirty-six more people joined her. People were struck with an uncontrollable urge of dancing and they just could not stop. Within a month, the dancing epidemic gripped around 400 victims. Soon these dancers would collapse from exhaustion or die from heart attacks or strokes. It was such a bizarre phenomenon that the reason behind this mass hysteria was never discovered. However, here are some interesting facts about it.
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1) The Dancing Plague

Scientists also refer to it as the ‘forgotten plague’. It is because it was an inexplicable disease or a phenomenon, and nobody could tell the reason behind it. It was a contagious disease that people suffered from, for months. It was an unknown spontaneous outbreak of dance that was unconscious and uncontrollable.

2) The Symptoms were Extraordinary

While some people could not stop from shaking and twisting, others had severe symptoms. For instance, some people would grunt and hop like animals and jerk aggressively. Some would collapse and foam at their mouths and yet could not stop dancing. Some people also suffered from bizarre hallucinations. The rest of the people would turn red in their faces.

3) It Gradually Spread to Other Countries

The outbreak of the dancing plague started from Aachen, a city in the holy Roman Empire. From there it gradually spread to different parts of Germany and Italy. It infected almost ten thousand people. The authorities were clueless on how to control the outbreak.

4) The Disease was Coped with Music

At first, the authorities tried to control the disease by quarantining and isolating the sufferers from other people. But when that failed, they found a better way of coping with the outbreak. One such way was to play music according to the moves of the sufferers. The method was as bizarre as the outbreak itself.

5) There is no certain Cause of this Outbreak

Even today, no one knows about a certain reason behind this phenomenon. But according to a historian John Waller, a catholic saint St. Vitus had cursed the people of Rome and caused this outbreak. Other medical explanations include an infection spread from ergot poisoning. While some scientists also believe it to be a mass hysteria caused due to a collective mental illness. But, no certain reason has been discovered yet.

Credits: Lovely

Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in

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Good ol’ Windows 98

I wanted to give you guys an insight about clinical trials in today’s article. However, I got a unique opportunity today that I didn’t want to miss. Did you know that Windows 98 was released on this very date, back in 1998?

Of course you don’t, you weren’t even born yet! Well, neither was I, but I did get to operate on a computer running Windows 98 for quite some time. Most of you have been exposed to the Microsoft operating systems either through Windows XP or Windows 7. Both of them were revolutionary in their own right but so was Windows 98. It made some drastic improvements over its predecessor - Windows 95, which itself was wildly popular and responsible for Microsoft’s domination over the then OS (Operating System) market.

Today I will try to shed some light on why Windows 98, despite initially having a bad rep for merely being Windows 95 with the addition of the Internet Explorer 4.0, was one of the key operating systems in the Windows lineup.

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1) The first OS to support DVDs and USB devices.

Imagine plugging in your pen drive with all the important data for the next day’s class project only to have the OS not recognising it. Well, we have Windows 98 to thank for that not happening.Windows 98 was the first operating system to have inbuilt support for reading DVDs and other USB devices and drives.

2) Modifiable Start menu.

Windows 98 allowed users to modify the start menu so that they could have their most important programs or files only a click away. This was one of the most appreciated tools that the operating system brought with itself.

3) Windows Update Centre

Windows updates are fairly common now. Most of them let them happen automatically while others simply update their OS from the Windows Update Centre - which was first introduced in Windows 98. In its predecessor, the user could only initiate updates from the Microsoft Website.

4) Shutdown time

“Oh my god, my PC takes forever to shut down.” Clearly you’ve never had to deal with Windows 95 which took actual ages to shut down. Windows 98 made some drastic improvements with regards to significantly cutting down the shutdown time. Remember, this was during a time when people were more “offline” than “online”.

Here’s a link for you if you want to try out Windows 98 on your browser using nothing but Javascript(yes Spongebob, we have that technology now!).

Credits - Arko De.
Source - bt.com

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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 3 writing prompts:

1) Write about what would it be like if you had an alligator as a pet.
2) Write a story using these 5 words: apple, train, elephant, paper, banjo
3) What do you want be when you grow up and why?
4) Who is your favorite person on the planet? What do you like most about that person?
5) If you could have any secret super power, what would you want it to be and why?

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 3: June 26, 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


Spin A Wheel

Wherever it stops, you gotta to do that activity today:


Got Love for Words? Be a proud


3 Idioms to use in everyday life:

Actions speak louder than words - People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say.

At the drop of a hat - Without any hesitation; instantly.

Back to the drawing board - When an attempt fails and it's time to start all over.

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June 25, 2020
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Three Indians are among the 10 winners of Google Android Developer Challenge which was announced last October.
The three apps developed by Indians are AgroDoc, Leepi and UnoDogs
Developed by Chinmay Mishra, UnoDogs helps owners track their pets' health.
Leepi, developed by Prince Patel, helps students learn hand gestures and symbols for American Sign Language.

3,788 COVID-19 cases in Delhi in 24 hours, total breaches 70,000-mark
As many as 3,788 new coronavirus cases were reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the national capital to 70,390.
The positive news is that the total number of patients who have recovered from the virus has risen to 41,437, but at the same time, the death toll has surged to 2,365.
Active cases in Delhi stand at 26,588.

THE Happy Pill

Some unlikely heroes in Minneapolis have raised $100,000 to support black-owned businesses and neighborhoods by selling Homemade Bracelets—and they’re only 9-years-old.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog

"Nature’s Beauty"

About the Author:

Urvashi Chawla

The dark night flows;
With the speedy time,
And all the whispery birds,
Chirp in the world of mine.

It’s the winds
That are filled with strength.
It’s the water
That is filled with glory.

And at last,
What I love
Is the beauty
Of the mischievous nature.

Even if it is rivers;
Be the Sun’s mirrors.
Even if it is fishes;
Be the birds of oceans.

It’s our nature
Destroyed every day.
It’s our nature
Crying every way.

Listen to the nature’s cry;
And then you must try,
Then be a nature saver
And be in Earth’s favour.

June 25, 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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