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June 27, 2020
Vol 66, Page 1



What They Say?

"Accept who you are. Unless you're a serial killer."
— Ellen DeGeneres (Seriously... I'm Kidding)

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
— Maya Angelou


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This Day for You - June 27


June is celebrated as the Month of Pride. Read on Page 2, all about it!

June 27 is World MSME Day. The day was established in 2017 by the United Nations to put Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the spotlight for their contribution to inclusive and sustainable development both locally and globally.
Small businesses, including those run by women and young entrepreneurs, are being hit hardest by the economic fall-out of the pandemic.
MSME Day 2020 - COVID-19: The Great Lockdown and its impact on Small Business
These types of enterprises are responsible for significant employment and income generation opportunities across the world and have been identified as a major driver of poverty alleviation and development. As such, MSMEs as a group are the main income provider for income distribution at the “base of the pyramid”.

Helen Keller Day :It is a commemorative holiday to celebrate the birth of Helen Keller, observed on June 27 annually. The holiday observance was created by presidential proclamation in 2006, as well as by international organizations, particularly those helping the blind and the deaf. The holiday is generally known for its fashion show held on June 27 annually for fundraising purposes.
Her birthplace in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, is now a museum and sponsors an annual "Helen Keller Day".


1806: Augustus De Morgan,he was a British mathematician and logician. He formulated De Morgan's laws and introduced the term mathematical induction, making its idea rigorous.

1838: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee,he was an Indian novelist, poet and journalist.He was the composer of Vande Mataram, originally in Sanskrit stotra personifying India as a mother goddess and inspiring activists during the Indian Independence Movement. Chattopadhyay wrote thirteen novels and many serious, serio-comic, satirical, scientific and critical treatises in Bengali.

1880: Hellen Keller,she was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The story of Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, was made famous by Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, and its adaptations for film and stage, The Miracle Worker.

1939: R.D.Burman,he was an Indian music director. From the 1960s to the 1990s, Burman composed musical scores for 331 films. Burman did major work with his wife, Asha Bhosle and Kishore Kumar and scored many of the songs that made these singers famous. He has also scored many songs sung by his sister-in-law, Lata Mangeshkar.He was very affectionately called Pancham.


1941 – Romanian authorities launch one of the most violent pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Iași, resulting in the murder of at least 13,266 Jews.

1977 – France granted independence to Djibouti.

1982 – Space Shuttle Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the final research and development flight mission, STS-4.

2013 – NASA launches the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, a space probe to observe the Sun.

Sonal Giani - Bringing up Yaariyan and Umang

Recognized for her pioneering effort in highlighting Lesbian and Bi women’s concerns as well as LGBTQ youth work, Sonal Giani is a very vocal LGBTQ activist and an actress. She had also co-founded one of India’s largest LGBTQ youth initiatives Yaariyan and Umang, a lesbian-bi-transgender initiative in Mumbai. She's just one of us, but a lot stronger!

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She was listed by Bombay Dost as one of the Top Ten LGBT Turks to watch out for. While working as the Advocacy Manager at the Humsafar Trust she also was part of film projects, theatre productions and represented the Indian LGBTQ community globally.

She showed leadership abilities early in life, winning the prestigious 'Rashtrapati Award' of the Bharat Scouts and Guides movement. Sonal has worked closely with the LGBTQ community for over 7 years. Her contribution to the LBT (Lesbians, Bi women, and Transpersons) movement has been instrumental. She is one of the first few Bi women in India to come out and speak to the media.

She has been a keynote speaker at the Mingle Youth Summit, Godrej Culture Lab's LGBT Youth leadership program in 2015. Giani gave a workshop and training on leadership to the next generation of young LGBTQ leaders. She was also at a panel discussion ‘She the People’ organized by Feminist Rani in 2016 where she related her experience with workplace discrimination for being LGBT.

She was among the panel of judges for Mr. Gay World India, 2016. She also supported the initiative.

Giani has also dabbled in queer writing. In her scathing piece about media representation of LGBT issues in India titled “Why is the Media Devaluing the LGBT community”. She wrote a humorous piece on biphobia for Agents of Ishq, a multimedia project. She stands as a great inspiration for everyone.

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

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Why is June called the Pride Month?

For decades, people belonging to diverse gender identities have been struggling to get equal rights and opportunities in a gender binary society. The movement for LGBTQA+ rights in the United States dates back to the 1920’s. With a prolonged struggle for recognition and acknowledgement, the movement accelerated in the wake of Stonewall Riots. In the early hours of June 28, 1969, the police raided the Stonewall Inn at Greenwich Village in New York. The protestors there were brutally treated and arrested for minor allegations. Unlike earlier, on that day the crowd broke out on the police and started throwing coins and debris on them. Soon the police were forced to barricade themselves till backup arrived. This incident sparked the gay rights movement in America. Here’s some more facts you should know about this movement…
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1) Where did ‘Pride’ come from?

The Stonewall Inn incident had caused an uprising in the then LGBT community in the USA. It was followed by several disputes outside the Inn area for the next five days. After a year of the incident an activist from New York known as Brenda Howard organized the first Pride Parade to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Stonewall riots or uprising. She was also nicknamed as the ‘Mother of Pride’.

2) What is the motto of Pride?

The people of LGBTQ communities participate in the Pride parade annually with the aim of de-stigmatizing their experiences and existences in the society as their gender does not fall under the binary categories. In simpler words, Pride aims to celebrate social and self acceptance of the LGBTQ community. In these celebrations, people also arrange memorials for those members of the community who lost their lives due to hate crimes.

3) The symbol of Pride

The symbol of Pride is a rainbow flag that made its debut in the 1978 San Francisco Pride Parade. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay American politician who requested his good friend Gilbert Baker to design a unifying symbol for the people of the Non-binary communities. Baker was himself a gay rights activist. He took inspiration from the American flag and added colours from the rainbow to it to symbolize the many groups of the LGBTQ community.

4) What do the colours of the Rainbow flag signify?

Originally there were eight colours to the Rainbow Flag. They were Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Turquoise, Blue, Purple. But later, the colour Pink and Turquoise were removed for the need of design symmetry. The six colours of the rainbow flag signifies, Red - Life, Orange - Healing, Yellow - Sunlight, Green - Nature, Blue - Serenity/Harmony, Purple - Spirit.

5) How significant is the Pride parade in India?

Pride is not alien to the Indian LGBTQA+ communities. In fact, the first Pride Parade was held in Kolkata on 2nd July 1999. It was called the Kolkata Rainbow Pride Walk. Since then, it has been 20 years, and today Pride Parades are held in more than 21 cities of India. In 2008, Bangalore, Delhi, Puducherry and Kolkata held a coordinated Pride March and it had around 2500 participants.

With this I would like to wish you all, Happy Pride Month!

Credits: Lovely

Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in

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Why is June Pride Month?

Curiosity, 4 Mins
The Curious Case of the Stem Cell

Has anybody ever told you “you can be anything when you grow up”? Well, you definitely can. And so can stem cells. Stem cells are special kinds of cells which have the ability to develop into any of the specialised cells in our body as they grow. They can also be cultured in laboratories. I’m pretty sure you can already comprehend how magnificent that is and what its immense potential is in medicine and healthcare. But in this article we are only going to focus on what stem cells are and leave their applications for the next one(on Monday).

Before explaining what stem cells are, we need to revisit our understanding of cells themselves. Our body is made of 37.2 trillion cells most of which are specialised and serve a specific purpose. For example, red blood cells execute the function of carrying oxygen to all of the organs in our body while neurons perform the job of impulse conduction throughout our body. Stem cells are not specialised cells. They specialise as they develop. Their main function is to replace the damaged/worn off specialised cells. They have two properties which make them unique to do so - they can divide indefinitely and they can mature into any of the many specialised cells in our body. Yeah, really! Cool, huh?

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There are three different kinds of stem cells -

a) Embryonic Stem Cells

These stem cells are found in embryos and are imperative to the development of said embryo. They are pluripotent, i.e, they can mature into any cell of the body.

b) Adult Stem Cells

These stem cells are found in a growing organism and supply new cells to replace the damaged/dead ones. These stem cells are multipotent, i.e, they can mature into only some of the cells in our body. For e.g, Haematopoietic stem cells can only mature into the various types of blood cells while neural stem cells can mature into any of the cells found in the nervous system.

c) Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

This are the stem cells made by research scientists in laboratories and are programmed, just like embryonic stem cells, to be pluripotent, i.e, develop into any cell in the body.

Stem cells have been intensively used in various research projects in medicine and healthcare like cancer research, organ transplants, etc. Their potential is in medicine and healthcare, quite literally, limitless.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - yourgenome.org/

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The Writing Olympics

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 5 writing prompts:

1) What are 2 things I can do daily to improve my life in some way?
2) If I’m feeling low how do I cheer myself up?
3) What is my least favorite personality trait about myself? What can I do to change it?
4) Do I hold grudges? Why? And how can I let them go?
5) Write out my dream life, every single detail.

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 5: June 28, 2020.
4. Email your entries to write@theschoolsocial.in.

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

Award: Best Entries get featured in the magazine and on


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Got Love for Words? Be a proud


5 Idioms that will make you look well versed:

Fell on deaf ears - People wouldn't listen to something.
Fell on deaf ears - Be nervous.
Giving the cold shoulder - Ignore someone.
Have a change of heart - Changed your mind.
I'm all ears - You have my full attention.

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June 27, 2020
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

NASA JPL creates necklace that warns against face-touching, releases blueprint
Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have released the blueprint,for a wearable that warns users against touching their faces to help cut the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
The device is called"PULSE", the necklace detects when a wearer's hand is approaching their face using an infrared-based proximity sensor and vibrates as a warning. It uses 3D-printed parts.

Noida Sec 50 metro station named 'Rainbow' as 'She-Man' gets rejected
The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has announced that the Sector 50 station dedicated to transgender community will now be called 'Rainbow Station'.
The station has been renamed after NMRC received various suggestions from individuals and NGOs.

THE Happy Pill

In the past few weeks, tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Nintendo, and Snap, among others, have either launched Pride-themed accessories or rolled out new features for Pride Month.

Credits :@indianexpress.com

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Student's Blog


About the Author:

Swechcha Pruthi, Ex-student, St. George’s School, Alaknanda, New Delhi
I don’t think that we can define ourselves in just words, and that is possibly what differentiates us from mere things. We, as beings, are, on one hand much beyond the things we are surrounded by, and on the other, merely nothing in this infinite universe that we’re a part of.

Dear lonely Castle,
Be not afraid of the dark
For the day shall come
When the blues fill the skies and not your mind.

You’ve been sitting in the room
Dripped in the blood of venom
Shed by the angels and demons
That won’t let you sleep…

But be not afraid of the screams
For someone must be sacrificed
For you to be alive
For how long can you just survive?

Don’t build a high fence
To your already fortified heart
It must be shattered into pieces
Before it learns to fly!!!

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Be not afraid to be broken
For the Castle you are
Has no windows that could
Lend you some light and air to breathe!

Brick by Brick, it will ache
But that is what will set you free
The soul that lost its fire
Will ignite with perpetual fantasy.

Be not deceived
For God is just a lie
Or maybe he has died
In this world full of cries.

But you my dear,
Are still alive
And you must make it
Through the time of dire.

They know you well
But they don’t understand you
Don’t take the cock and bull stories
They try feeding you

Whence you come from
Was never your choice
Whence you go
You Decide!

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June 27, 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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