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May 14th, 2020
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What They Say?

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
― Albert Einstein

“You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become”
― Bhagavad Gita


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This Day for You - May 14


It’s Zuckerberg’s birthday. The guy who has re-defined social media turns 36! Read his story in Inspiration 101.

First Passenger Airplane: The Wright Brothers were keen on selling their flying equipment to the US Military in 1908, whereas the military insisted on checking the usability of the equipment (The Airplane) for something beyond just carrying the Wright Brothers. So, after testing it for carrying a sandbag, on 14th May, the first passenger to board the flight was Charley Furnas, a friend and a mechanic. Thankfully, the military began to buy the planes from the Wrights.

The Chicken Dance Day - (Just for Fun!) Dance Like a Chicken Day is observed each year on May 14th! This day entertains from start to finish! Everyone has probably danced the “Chicken Dance” at least once in their lifetime. This silly fun song is popular at wedding dances, Oktoberfest, and other celebrations!


1607 - Jamestown, Virginia, is settled as an English colony.
1796 - The first smallpox vaccination is administered.
1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs on its historical journey: On 14 May, the "Corps of Discovery" – featuring approximately 45 men (although only an approximate 33 men would make the full journey) – left St. Louis for the American interior.
1879 - The first group of 463 Indian indentured laborers arrived in Fiji aboard the Leonidas.
1948 - Israel declared to be independent from the British rule.
1955 - Eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a treaty called the Warsaw Pact. Signed in Warsaw, the treaty called on the member states to come to the defense of any member attacked by an outside force and it set up a unified military command.
1973 - Skylab, the United States' first space station, was launched.
1998 - The last episode of Seinfeld airs on NBC.


1923 - Mrinal Sen(Indian director, producer, and screenwriter)
1944 - George Lucas (Director)
1952 - Rober Zemeckis (Director)
1969 - Cate Blanchett (Actress)
1989 - Rob Gronkowski (NFL Football Player)
1984 - Mark Zuckerberg (Founder of Facebook)
1997 - Manushi Chhillar (Indian actress, model and the winner of Miss World 2017)

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Art Work by Students
Nisha Thapa,
Balwantray Mehta Vidya Bhawan
Venkateshwar Global School
Nisha Thapa

The Guy Who Changed the Face of Internet

Success comes from ‘the freedom to fail,’ so billionaires like me should pay you to do that.
- Mark Zuckerberg

You know, when I was a kid, I always dreamed of becoming a millionaire. I mean, who wouldn’t? The fame, the wealth, the exquisite houses, and the extravagant collection of luxury cars. I always thought that that was what success really meant. Then, I grew up and realized how wrong I was. Most millionaires, or in this case, billionaires, do not chase the wealth but rather their passion. The money is just a part of the package. Let’s try and understand this through the story of Mark Zuckerberg...you know...one of the guys who founded Facebook.

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Zuckerberg was a genius programmer as a child. Whilst he was still in high school, he started learning Atari BASIC, a programming language, with the help of his father, a dentist. However, he learned so quickly that his father had to hire a professional developer to teach him. While he was still in high school, he took and completed a graduate course in computer science. He also developed quite a few computer games using his own creativity and created a program with which he could communicate from his computer at home with a computer at his father’s dental practice. While at Harvard, he was widely known as a programming prodigy and developed quite a number of successful and quite popular programs. One of them was FaceMash, a form of a hot-or-not game which mashed together pictures of two women and asked people to compare their attractiveness. FaceMash was a big hit, so much so that it caused the Harvard servers to crash, forcing them to shut it down. However, this gave him the idea for a new social networking website, one where you could put up your bio and a picture and connect with other people by looking at their bios and their pictures.

Fast forward till 2006, and Facebook, which saw its inception as thefacebook, was one of the most popular websites on the internet. By 2007, over 100,000 companies had created business webpages and by 2011, it became the largest digital online photo host with over 350 million people accessing the website from across the globe. However, after Facebook made its initial public offering (IPO) in May 2012, offering 421 million of its shares to public investors at a price of $38, its shares plummeted by up to 50%, reaching $19 by October 2012. This infuriated the same investors who had invested almost $16 billion USD into Facebook and were on the verge of losing up to 50% of their money. Zuckerberg faced tremendous backlash and found himself on the wrong end of multiple lawsuits.

Following this debacle, he began receiving offers for Facebook in excess of $1 billion USD. But, even during those tough times, the idea of selling Facebook never even crossed his mind because it was not just some website that he had developed just for fun and happened to blow up and gain tremendous success. It was the fruition of his passion, his hard work, his own successes, and his own failures. The money that came along with it was secondary.

The key takeaway from his story is that we should never chase money. Why? Because, it is, for the most part, ephemeral (lasting for a very short time). Instead, we should introspect and find out what we’re passionate about and strive to turn that passion into success. And our failures, those are the lessons that we should really learn from because, without them, we’ll never succeed.

Sources - Wikipedia, YouTube
Credits - Arko De, iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in

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Inspiration 101, 5 Mins
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Be Better, 4 Mins
The Curious Class of Social Media!

We’ve done a longish series around social media and I hope you have a better understanding of it now. You can check out the links to the previous issues at the bottom!

Just when I thought that if we talked about social media more, we could understand it better, I was posed with the question: Isn't it crucial to have proper social media teaching of some kind?

The following seems to be justifying the scenario:

1) Researches suggest that over 30% Gen-Zers reported social media having a negative impact on their mental health.
2) Teachers and Parents are unsure when a student should be introduced to social media and how?
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3) Understanding comes with practice, so how can we expect early teens to develop it by themselves and be careful on the mediums?
4) As it’s always evolving and changing its ways, how are parents supposed to stay updated and inform their kids about it?

The importance of our behavior online comes into lime-light when incidents like the Boys Locker Room occur. We teach children basic etiquette and socially appropriate behavior as they grow up, and with social media being one of the major ways kids are communicating, teaching them ethics and guidelines is absolutely necessary.

As we talk about teaching, we are not suggesting a full semester course, but weekly workshops, adding to the computer science curriculum, or maybe just online sessions with experts.

Do let us know what you think! Comment in the feedback section at the bottom!
Links to previous stories in the series:
Part 1: Understanding Social Media - Read May 8th Issue
Part 2: Becoming Socially Smart - Read May 9th Issue
Part 3: Taking care of your Online Privacy - Read May 11th Issue
Part 4: Digital Profiles - Extra Care - Read May 12th Issue
Part 5: Using Digital Media Positively - Read May 13th Issue

Credits: The Writer is an entrepreneur, an Editor, a Social Media Expert, Digital Branding Consultant, Online Marketing Trainer and a Positivity Enthusiast, all at 27.
Reach her at radhika@theschoolsocial.in.
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Be Better, 4 mins


Life is Beautiful

Curiosity, 5 Mins
How are the other countries dealing with Covid-19 ?

Different countries are dealing with the covid-19 situation, differently. For instance, our country has decided to enter Lockdown 4.0 from 18th May 2020. Our PM Narendra Modi has ensured that Lockdown 4.0 will implement new rules and regulations. Similarly, other countries are dealing with the covid-19 situation in different ways. Keep reading to find out more…

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Cuba has provided free universal healthcare to people during the pandemic. Doctors from Cuba have also decided to volunteer all around the world, to help people in the crisis. With the break of the news of an unknown virus spreading from China, Cuba had prepared a medical plan from January 2020. So when positive cases were detected there, they could come up with advanced treatment and facilities.

The spread of the virus was high in Germany in the initial days. But eventually, Germany prevented the spread of the virus through strict lockdown regulation. Since April, they have seen a rise in the recovered cases than the cases of newly infected. They also performed more than 100,000 swab tests daily and traced the infection more than any other European Countries.

Japan is a densely populated country, geographically close to China too. The number of infected cases were really high initially, but eventually they reduced. It was only possible for Japan to control the spread because they paid more attention to the seriously affected patients first and saved their equipment for only emergency situations. They even provided testing centers for the people, to detect who required immediate medical attention more.

South Korea
South Korea’s strategy was different from others. In South Korea, there were facilities for the people to come forward and share their medical history. That way, people volunteered to get tested for the infection, and a lot of the cases were traced and treated. Since April, there have been zero new cases in Seoul.

Fun Fact: The medical warriors of India found out that hydroxychloroquine is a chemical substance that had an adverse effect on the coronavirus. It helps in faster recovery of the covid-19 patients. India even supplied the US with this anti-malarial drug for the cure of the disease.

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at: papris705@theschoolsocial.com with your questions, opinions or feedback.
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Curiosity, 5 mins

May 14th, 2020
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Reading Time!
Read Stephen Hawking’s A brief History of Time
-It is a non-fiction book on the cosmology
-In the book, Hawking talks about the concept of time and space
Here is the link:

-- Participate in different competitions offered by the CSIR - National Institute of Science Communication & Information Resources (NISCAIR)
-Topic - Coronavirus an Invisible Enemy
-Deadline - 15 May 2020




Has Facebook changed the way we make friends?


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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Mumbai University launches a helpline number to counsel anxious students during the lockdown:
To help its students deal with the lockdown, MU launched a helpline number and email facility for counselling of anxious and agitated students during the nationwide lockdown. This decision was taken after the UGC had released guidelines for universities, advising them to help students deal with mental stress.The student can simply call +91 96190 34634 and +91 93737 00797 or email examhelpline@mu.ac.in. This helpline will be functional from 11 am to 5 pm every day.

DIKSHA - National Student and Teacher’s Platform for India
Since the Covid-19 lockdown started, many schools have shifted to online delivery of education, using various web conferencing tools.The government’s DIKSHA platform offers teachers, students and parents learning material relevant to the prescribed school syllabus. Teachers have access to aids like lesson plans, worksheets and activities, to create a classroom experience. Students, among other things, can access NCERT books for all classes.


Hello curious minds, hope everyone is doing well. A lot is at halt due to the lockdown, but we are here to ensure that learning never stops.
A flag is always used as a symbol to represent the philosophy and ideals of a nation or an organization from the time immemorial.

Here are some quick facts about the UN flag with a short history.

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Quick Facts

-The emblem of the UN flag was designed by: Donal McLaughlin.
-It was adopted on:December 7,1946.
-The olive branches on the emblem are a symbol of peace and the world map represents all the people and the countries of the world.
-White and blue are the official colours of the United Nations. The size of the emblem on the UN's flag is one half the width of the flag itself.

A brief background

-The blue that appears in the background of the flag was chosen and considered to be the opposite of red,which is considered the color of war.
-The original colour the group chose in 1945 was a gray blue that differs from the current United Nations flag.
-The logo was designed so that the globe is bisected in the centre by the Prime Meridian and the International Date Line.


The UN flag and the emblem can be used by the personnel as a material of the UN peacekeeping missions and as a protective sign to prevent attacks during an armed conflict.

The UN flag can also be flown as a garrison flag with other country flags. Garrison size is 10 ft. by 30 ft.

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THE Happy Pill

A woman in Spain becomes the first oldest person in the world to recover from the novel coronavirus. Maria Branyas, who is 113 years old came to Spain with her family during World War I and has witnessed many historic catastrophes like the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918-1919 and also the Spanish civil war in 1936-39.

Credits :@thequint
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Student's Blog

Glimpses of My Life in Corona Times

I am so bored
Sitting at home
There is nothing much to do.

Corona is spreading,
In Paris and Rome,
And now in India too.
All my days,
Feel the same

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During this time.
I have played
Every game
Oh I hate quarantine!

I get homework

Every day
There is so much of it!
In my home,
I have to stay,
Which I don’t like a bit.

My mumma cooks
Loads of tasty food
And my sister plays with me
Right now my family is
The only thing that’s good.
Go corona! Let me be free!

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Teacher's Blog

By: Kiran Kalia, Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
D.A.V Centenary College

May 14, 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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