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June 3, 2020
Vol 45, Page 1

INSPIRATION EVERYDAY

INSPIRATION EVERYDAY

What They Say?


“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
– Margaret Fuller

"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth."
— William W. Purkey


EVERYDAY LESSONS


In the war of Mahabharata, Pandavas were in a dilemma about what to do abut the confusing Chankravyuh - a maze formation of the army made by Dronacharya. Abhimanyu, Arjuna's 16 year old son, came forward and said to Yudhishtir, “Uncle, give me permission. I can penetrate the maze”. Yudhishtir was aware of Abhimanyu’s bravery and skill; but he had some reservations as Abhimanyu was very young.

Upon requesting and seeking blessings from Yudhishtir and other Pandavas, Abhimanyu entered the maze set up by Kauravas. This 16 year old managed to do what other great charioteers of the Pandava army had failed to do. His soldiers accompanied him. He went deeper and deeper inside the maze while fighting. But his soldiers were unable to follow him as they were being blocked by fierce warriors of the Kaurava army. Unaware of this Abhimanyu forged ahead and on his way he massacred enemy soldiers, elephants and horses. Kauravas were amazed to see his courage. Ultimately the Kauravas decided to attack Abhimanyu from all the sides. But Abhimanyu did not relent, and fought all of them with exemplary courage!

But struck by an arrow Abhimanyu fell unconscious while fighting. In that condition, Dushasana struck him with his club, causing Abhimanyu’s death. Abhimanyu, the young boy who tormented mighty Kaurava warriors, died a heroic death. He teaches us to use our skills and prowess to the utmost level.



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This Day for You - June 3



Spotlight:

Prayer Time: Cyclone Nisarga is expected to make a landfall today in Mumbai. Take out a moment to pray for the wellness of our dear fishermen and their belongings.

The World Celebrates:

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression - United Nations

National Cheese Day - Canada, United Kingdom & United States

Estonian Flag Day (Eesti lipu päev) - Estonia

You Share Your Birthday With:

1986 - Rafael Nadal, Spanish Tennis player, known for a record of winning 12 French Open championships.

Famous Events:

1947 - The Mountbatten Plan was introduced on June 3 in British India, which was the proposal of official partition of India and Pakistan. It even proposed that the individual provinces can become a separate nation other than Pakistan or India, thereby triggering violence.
1965 - Ed White emerged from the orbital spacecraft Gemini 4 and became the first American astronaut to walk in space.
1984 - Operation Blue Star, a military offensive to execute Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, is launched by the Indian government at Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for Sikhs, in Amritsar. The operation continues until June 6, with casualties, most of them civilians, in excess of 5,000.
1989 - On this day in 1989, the Chinese government called in the military to put down a pro-democracy demonstration staged by more than 100,000 people in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, resulting in hundreds of deaths.
2016 - Boxing Heavyweight champion Muhammed Ali passed away on June 3, 2016.

ART Aficionado


Photography has been my passion since grade 6. At first I didn't like photography but as I started learning more about it I couldn't stop capturing the beauty of nature.
ANANYA CHAURASIA, Pathways World School,Noida


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'There is no 'I' in team but there is in WIN.' ~ Michael Jordan



Michael Jeffrey Jordan is a former professional American basketball player, Olympic athlete, businessman, and actor. Deemed one of the best basketball players ever known in history, he dominated the sport from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s.

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Michael Jordan is a former American basketball player who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and won the Most Valuable Player Award five times. With five regular-season MVPs and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan converted into the most polished player in the NBA.

Jordan began his professional basketball profession when he was selected by the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was the third overall top.
Jordan soon established himself on the court. He helped the team make the playoffs and scored an average of 28.2 points per game that season. For his efforts, Jordan earned the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was selected for the All-Star Game.
While his second season was destroyed by injury, he was breaking new ground on the court during the 1986-87 season. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to score more than 3,000 points in a single season. After his second retirement from basketball in 1999, Jordan joined the Washington Wizards in 2000 as a part-owner and as president of basketball operations.


In the fall of 2001, Jordan renounced these functions to return to the court once more. He played for the Wizards for two seasons before retiring for good in 2003. During the summer of 1984, Jordan made his first presence at the Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team. The team won the gold at the games that year, which were held in Los Angeles.

Jordan later helped the American team bring home the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games, held in Barcelona, Spain. Over the 19 years since starting his trained basketball career, Jordan retired from the sport three times. He first retired in 1993 and again in 1998, then finally hung up his jersey for good in 2003.

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



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What is the importance of Religion today?


Religion is an important part of our identity. It is also an important component that builds our community. It is based on our faith in respective gods. But in reality there are quite a lot of religions in the world. Does that mean there are those many gods too? Isn’t there just one god, then how come there are so many religions? If there are so many religions then which god is real and which is not? If you are surprised by the number, and are wondering these questions then let us tell you what religion is.

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Religion is the social-cultural system of designated behaviours and practices, morals, ethics, etc. that relates humanity with spiritual (divine) beings. Though there is no concrete definition of religion, many sources cite that religion is establishing connections with the supernatural world through communion (sharing and co-existing) with other human beings peacefully. But in the earlier times, people of different religious groups have shown behaviors of intolerance towards each other.

In the ancient times, religion was established as a way of living peacefully. People living in different geographical places, set some rules and practices to live together as a community and cope with their surroundings. And it was possible through a singular system of faith. But later when people discovered different communities and different practices of faith, they battled with each other to establish their religion as the best in the world.


Though that was in the ancient times, this perception still exists in our current society. People still find people of different religions as inferior or wrong. Whereas, the truth is, no religion that is based on the principles of God, preaches injustice, violence, or war. People who practice wrong activities and harm others, are against god. But people who do not harm others and live life honestly are the believers of god just like us. Even though their religious practices are different from ours.

Today, when our world is going through a lot of crisis, religion is very important to establish peace and humanity. It is provided that people practice their religion peacefully and let others do the same, as Gandhi once said, “The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.”

Credits: Lovely
Let me know what you think about Religion.
Write to me at papris705@thesocialschool.in for more information, opinion or queries.


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Climate Change - Staggering Evidences

Climate change is obviously a topic of hot contention. Most people agree that it is happening but don’t seem to agree on how we can combat it. However, there’s a small percentage of people who are adamant that climate change is a mere figment of the paranoid mind. So, in this article, I’m going to provide some undeniable pieces of evidence of climate change that, hopefully, will be able to change the mind of those who are still in denial. Also, this will give you 'terms' to call different things that come under the umbrella of 'climate change'.

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1) Global warming - Probably the most obvious effect of climate change. Global warming has caused the average temperature of our planet to rise by .9 °C since the late 19th century, most of which has happened over the past 35 years. The principal cause of global warming is the rise in the levels of greenhouse gases(esp. Carbon dioxide) in our atmosphere because of the unscrupulous combustion of fuel by humans.

2) The rise in sea temperatures - Global warming has also caused the lower layers of the atmosphere to heat up. Now water, having a high specific heat capacity, has absorbed much of this heat causing a significant rise in their temperatures(~0.4 °F) since 1999.


3) Shrinking ice sheets - Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica have depleted significantly. Greenland has lost 286 billion tonnes of ice(that’s 286,000,000,000,000 kgs) per year between 1993 and 2016 while Antarctica has lost 127 billion tonnes of ice per year during the same stretch of time. Research shows that the rate of ice depletion has tripled over the past decade.


4) Glacial retreat - Glaciers are large masses of ice that melt progressively and flow downhill. Ideally, there should be balance between ice accumulation and the melting in those glaciers. However, when the rate of melting exceeds accumulation, the terminal edge of the glacier ends at progressively higher elevations, i.e, it retreats. This is happening all over the world - the Alps, the Himalayas, the Rockies, the Andes, Africa, Alaska and is a direct consequence of the accelerated rate in global warming.

5) Depletion in snow cover - Satellite observations prove that the spring snow cover over the Northern Hemisphere has had an accelerated depletion over the past five decades.

6) Rise in sea level - The hastened melting of polar ice caps have steadily caused the rise in sea levels. The levels rose by 8 inches over the past century. However, the rate of rising in the last two decades has been almost double that in the past century and appears to be increasing steadily.

7) Decline in Arctic sea ice - The arctic sea ice has been declining rapidly, both in extent and thickness, over the last few decades with the lowest measurements being recorded in 2012.


8) Extreme events - India has seen its fair share of extreme events over the past few decades. There has been a Category 4 cyclone(Cyclone Fani) and a Category 5 supercyclone(Cyclone Amphan) over Odisha and West Bengal in the past 2 years itself.


9) The acidification of the oceans - Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, our oceans have had an increase in acidification by 30%. This has been due to the increasing emission of carbon dioxide which is absorbed by the upper layers of the ocean waters. The amount of carbon dioxide that is being absorbed by the upper layers of the oceans has been increasing by an estimated 2 billion tonnes per year(!!!).

Credits - Arko De.
Reach me at: iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
Sources - NASA.

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STAY-AT-HOME ACTIVITIES

CIRCLES OF BELONGING

(Having a sense of belonging doesn't have to be abstract- we can count the number of groups we belong to, and we can name the people with whom we feel loved.)

Goal:

Today we will leave this exercise knowing with whom do we feel the sense of belonging. We will know who to go to in times of need, and we will identify people we would like to build closer bonds with.

Instructions:


1) Bring together pen and paper to draw your circles.
2)Write and see how many different groups do we belong to: family, friends, school, sports, clubs, extended family, etc. Also create a picture with overlapping Circles of Belonging.
For example: labeling/drawing the circle group: "Family" or "Mom,Dad,Sister"
3) Make subsequent circles. Keep adding more and bigger circles of belonging, with the various people groups included, until you have represented all of the groups you can think of.
4) Put feelings to the people: Share feeling words about how you feel when you are with one of the groups, (Swim team: Strong, Family: Loved) then have them represent that feeling with words or illustrations on their Circles of Belonging. Continue with more circles.

Once done, click a clear picture and whatsapp it to us on 9711804070 to get featured in tomorrow’s magazine. Don’t forget to mention your Name, Age, School and City.


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Italy launches COVID-19 App
One of the worst affected countries by COVID-19, Italy, has launched its exposure notification COVID-19 app, Immuni, that uses the Apple-Google Exposure Notification tool. The government has said users’ personal data will not be collected and the app will not geolocate them.




India approves Gilead's Remdesivir for emergency use in treating Covid-19
The government has approved Gilead Sciences' antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use in treating Covid-19 patients. Remdesivir, which was approved on June 1 , can be used under emergency, with the condition for five dose administration.


THE Happy Pill



After discovering that his hometown was entirely absent from Google Street View, one man from Zimbabwe decided things had to change. If you can imagine the disappointment of noticing your home city of 1.6 million people somehow didn’t exist on one of the world’s largest collection of digital maps. Zimbabwe Man Creates 2,000 Miles of Google Street Views.

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Student's Blog

My Terrible Dream

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About the Poet
I’m Sakshi Kumari and I study in St Mark’s Senior Secondary Public School, Janak Puri, New Delhi.
I like to read books and I love Harry Potter series.




One day when I was sleeping
Terrible thoughts in my mind were creeping.
The spooky ones, the terrible ones,
But of fairy was the none.
All was dark with no fun.
In my dream, in the river I fell,
and I yelled,
and screamed ,
But no one came across the stream.
Nefarious ones were being respected
Humanity in the world seemed to have ended
The bloodshed, the war, were going,
No one was stopping even if they were knowing,
The trees were dark and not lively at all,
There were shadows of deaths on every wall.
Suddenly from the river I fell and was about to cry,
But then I opened my eyes,
And saw my dad in a suit and tie.
Thank God it was a dream ,
It wasn’t real, that blood and stream .

June 3, 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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