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May 26, 2020
Vol 38, Page 1

What They Say?

The famous phrase "I think, therefore I am" is originally in Latin as “Cogito, ergo sum,” by the great philosopher Descartes.

Everyday Lessons

One of the most thoughtful questionnaires:
“Suddenly Yudhisthira saw a yaksha approaching him. The being sat in front of him and began firing questions rapidly at him.
What is bigger than the Earth? the yaksha asked. "A mother" replied Yudhisthira.
What is taller than the sky? "A father"
What is faster than the wind? "The mind , of course". Yudhisthira smiled.
What grows faster than hay? "Worry"
What is the greatest dharma in the world? queried the yaksha. "Compassion and conscience"
With who is friendship never-ending? "With good people" responded Yudhisthira patiently.
What is the secret to never feeling unhappy? "If one can control his or her mind, then that person will never feel sad."
The yaksha increased his pace now.
What is the greatest kind of wealth? "Education"
What is the greatest kind of profit? "Health"
What is the greatest kind of happiness? "Contentment" said Yudhisthira, ever prompt with his replies.
What is man's worst enemy? "Anger"
What disease will never have a cure? "Greed is incurable"
The yaksha smiled again. A last question my friend.
What is life's biggest irony?
"It is the desire to live eternally. Every day, we encounter people dying but we always think that death will never come to us.

Sudha Murty, The Serpent's Revenge: Unusual Tales from the Mahabharata


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This Day for You - May 26

The World Celebrates:

Mother’s Day - in Poland
National Book Day (Día del Libro) - Uruguay, South America: This date marks the inauguration of the first public library in the country in 1816.

You Share Your Birthday With:

1906 Benjamin Peary Pal - Internationally famous scientist of Indian agriculture, was born at Mukundpur, Punjab. In 1929, he went to Cambridge to do research on wheat and he returned to Burma with a Ph.D. five years later.
1907 John Wayne - American Actor
1926 Kankalta - freedom fighter, was born in Bargawadi village at Assam . She was shot when she tried to flur the Indian National Flag in Gopur, Assam.

This Day in History:

1947 - Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, yes a WITCH!
1739 - Afghanistan was separated from the Indian empire as a result of a treaty signed between Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah and Nadir Shah.
1830 : The Removal Act signed into law by President Andrew Jackson in 1830. The act paved the way for the reluctant—and often forcible—emigration of tens of thousands of American Indians to the West.
1896 - Dow Jones index begins with an average of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94).
1969 - Apollo 10 astronauts returned to Earth.
1984 - Adventure ...... Himalayadventure. The first Himalaya World Hang Gliding Rally for 16 days, started on May 26 in India and ended on June 10, 1984.
1999 - In one-day cricket on May 26, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid created a world record of 318-run partnership against Sri Lanka in World Cup Tournament.
1999 - India launched a rocket that successfully put 3 Satellites into their orbit: India’s Remote Sensing IRS P2, One South Korean Satellite and a German too. This marked India’s first commercial mission from Sriharikota.

ART Aficionado

Art Work by Students

Nisha Thapa, 13 years,
Balvanray Metha Vidya Bhawan, Delhi

Nisha Thapa, 13 years,
Balvanray Metha Vidya Bhawan, Delhi

Comedy is tragedy plus time ~ Carol Burnett

Carol Creighton Burnett born on April 26, 1933 is an American star, entertainer, vocalist, and author, whose profession traverses seven decades of television. She is best known for her groundbreaking comedy variety show, The Carol Burnett Show.

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As a young girl growing up during the Great Depression, Burnett spent many hours in movie theatres, developing a love for motion pictures and a desire to act. She studied starring at the University of California, Los Angeles in the 1950s, discovering in herself a natural ability to make audiences laugh. She has achieved success on stage, television.

In 2005, she was identified as one of America's most cherished entertainers and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for magnifying the lives of millions of Americans and for her exceptional contributions to American entertainmentIn 2010s aside from the occasional guest-starring role on a television show, Burnett has mostly stayed away from the spotlight, receiving honorary awards for her groundbreaking work in comedy. In 2013 Burnett received the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Burnett, a six-time Emmy winner, also appeared in several motion pictures, including Pete ’n’ Tillie, The Four Seasons, and Annie.

She has made many people laugh and not everyone can make someone laugh. But if u can make someone laugh then just do it without thinking twice cuz u might be the only person doing that for them. Her show is one of the most popular comedy shows since a decade and she has spread many laughs and smiles around the world.Well its her birthday today so why dont we just give a few minutes to a special person of your life and make them laugh!

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

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Inspiration 101, 6 Mins
We Create Aspirations. Students who Aspire, Inspire.
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Be Better, 3 Mins

So, the last time, I helped you make a blueprint of your current life and I gave you the choice to take it further. But do you ever wonder that when we say ‘I am _______’, we are not only forcing upon ourselves a particular identity but also limiting ourselves with certain tags, for example, ‘I am confident’, ‘I am a believer’ or may be ‘I am bored’, ‘I am irritated’.

To take a step ahead, we can try saying ‘I have developed ___________’. It may be a little difficult to fill in this black with a single word but that’s not really what we are concerned about. I believe, this helps us in three ways:

1. In terms of positive attributes, having developed something does not enforce any kind of egotistic connotation. It is rather a humble way of saying that after putting in some efforts, I have developed some particular good habits or a positive attribute, for example: ‘I have developed confidence.’

2. In terms of negative attributes, having developed gives us the optimism to make a transformation. It becomes a form of self-confession rather than self-criticism. So it gives us the required push to undo the negative habit developed and replace it with a positive one, for example: ‘I have developed fear.’

3. Overall, the ‘I have developed ________’ attitude gives us the confidence of having done something and on the other end leaves us open to make a change wherever necessary.

Tell me what you have developed and what do you think about this. Write to me in the feedback at the bottom and let’s talk about it.


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Curiosity, 4 Mins
Bats - the Zoonotic Cab of the Decade

Chiroptera aka bats seem to be the preliminary pathogenic carriers for some of the more recent yet deadliest diseases known to man. Marburg, Nipah, SARS, COVID-19, Ebola - the pathogens for all these diseases have bats as carriers. Out of these, Marburg Virus Disease(MVD), Nipah Virus Disease, and Ebola Virus Disease(EVD), all have an approximate fatality rate of 50%. It means that they kill almost half of the infected population. And here I thought, I couldn’t hate bats any more than I already do.

But why do bats carry so many diseases? What makes them so special that they can allow pathogens to thrive in them without getting infected themselves? And why are bat-borne diseases becoming increasingly more common in recent times?
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“Zoonotic” is the term used to describe pathogens that can spread between animals and humans. All of the aforementioned diseases are hence, zoonotic in nature. The simplest explanation for why bats carry so many zoonotic pathogens is because of their punishing immune system and their unique capability of sustained flight.

Most bats have immune systems that are much stronger than the average human and are especially more primed to defend them against viruses. This makes the viruses virtually handicapped to infect the host(the bat) and have to replicate much faster lest they should get obliterated by the heightened immune response. This makes bats a unique reservoir for highly infectious pathogens. When these pathogens(esp. viruses) jump to a different host, which can be humans, that do not possess an equally proficient immune response, they multiply extremely quickly and overwhelm the host’s immune system which leads to high fatality rates.

The other contributing factor to bats being such efficient virus reservoirs is their ability of sustained flight. When bats fly, they elevate their metabolic rate to a level that is almost double of what is achieved by your everyday elusive rat. However, such a heightened metabolic rate increases their core body temperature to levels that are too high for viruses to thrive. Their low virulence makes the bats’ immune system to easily counter them and kill most them off. However, in a yet another testament to natural selection, this leads to the survivability of only those viruses which can tolerate such high body temperatures. Hence, when they jump to a different host, they can easily withstand their physiological, defensive elevation of temperature or “fever” making them extremely dangerous and also, fatal.

As for the question of why bat-borne diseases are becoming increasingly common in recent times, the answer is simple - anthropogenic action. As humans venture further into the territory of bats to commercialise more and more land, they(humans)/domesticated animals come into contact with bats which can often lead to the initiation of a vicious cycle of an epidemic.

Credits: Arko De
Reach me at: iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
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Curiosity, 4 mins

May 26, 2020
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Let’s Pick Our Zones

Today you’ll practice how to calm down using “The Traffic Light”.

To practice labelling and handling emotions and self‐awareness, and how to calm down.

Color pencils or markers.

Step 1: Participants draw a traffic light with three lights, one red, one yellow and one green.
Step 2: The colors are used as symbols for knowing when to calm down.
Red is “stop” = stop and calm down.
Yellow = I need to think before I act and...
Green = Now that I’ve calmed down and thought, I will try my best solution

Write on a piece of paper with big letters: Can you think of a situation when you feel you need to press the “stop” button? For example, a friend might have teased you that made you really angry.

Time for Discussion
How can you calm down to reach the yellow zone?
Once you’ve calmed down, how can you handle the situation? Ex. would you tell a grownup what just happened, start a fight with the person teasing you? What would be the consequences of your action?

Once you’ve thought of a good solution, you’re in the green zone. Being in the green zone doesn’t always mean you will get what you want. How does that feel?




Do you think adventures bring out the courage in us?


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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

China's new unmanned helicopter:
China's first domestically developed unmanned helicopter which recently made its maiden flight may be deployed along India border, Chinese state media reported. AR 500C unmanned helicopter can run electronic destruction targets,indication firestrike, cargo delivery and nuclear radiation. It can also take off at an elevation of 5,000 metres not just that it has been designed to fly in plateau areas.

Govt. issues guidelines for India bound International Flights:
As per the guidelines issued by the government for the movement of Indian nationals stranded abroad,priority will be given to compelling cases in distress including migrant workers / labourers who have been laid off the cost of travel will be borne by the individuals. All travellers will be required to give an undertaking that they are making the journey at their own risk. For this purpose non scheduled commercial flights will be used.

The UN Social: The Kind of Heroes World Needs Today
The UN Social: The Kind of Heroes World Needs Today

74 years into action, 193 member states, and one mission, world peace. Roosevelt first coined the term United Nations to describe the allied countries. The countries that came together to preserve human rights and justice, by bringing together the biggest military forces the world had ever seen to bring order and prevent aggression of one nation against another.
UN not only brought together the world leaders in history but recognized their efforts in community building. It is made up of simple ideology with a much wider approach. It may have started as an organization building world peace but it continues to work in all directions of human development and resolving conflict.

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Year 2000 saw a historic millennium declaration focused on reducing poverty by 2015. The fifteen year tenure turned out to be the most successful anti-poverty movement in history making way for sustainable development goals or global goals focused on ending extreme poverty in all its forms “leaving no one behind” by 2030. 193 countries pledged and made a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. In its continuous efforts, UN proves to be the biggest hero of our time saving our planet and its people at the same time. One thing we should be proud of is that it began with people like us and still consists of people like us who dare to begin and care to change. Our simple thoughts or actions could make or break this series of change for years to come. We can all be the heroes that the world needs today.

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THE Happy Pill

New Plant-Based Bottles and Cups Backed by Coca-Cola And Dannon Can Degrade in a Year. The Dutch company is partnering with the ‘biggest fish’ in the sea of bottling companies—Coca-Cola. Food company Danone which sells 24.6 billion in food products every year has also come on board. These two giants have invested in construction of a world-leading bioplastics plant in The Netherlands.

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork
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Student's Blog



Aashna Chadha, New Delhi

And the sunshine said a new hello to the onset of his dawn
The dawn of life
The dusk of living life independently
The dusk to the road of MYSELF
Who are elderly ?

They are grandparents! Our grandparents who wait to savour one look of ours , they wait to see our eyes draining whatever youth and childhood is left in them , they are old uncles and aunts who look forward to catch hold their sons and daughters from their typically busy routines, they are dusty books and broken letters waiting for the parchment to come back to them from heaven, they are those teary eyes who water with happiness, pain, trust, little moments and what not, they are independent steps to finally do something for themselves, they are those final moments of life in which one mutters to god about every small detail of their life about how they escaped their parents when they did not do well in exams and lie, apologizing to their husbands and wives for those little moments which they stole to eat something restricted from the kitchen, about the several times they had a chance but couldn’t meet their grandchildren, about the various unfinished friendships they had to escape to grow in life. It's the journey of life , it started on a train to this world wherein people love to love and hate, judge, explore, grow, earn etc. and it ends when the sudden wave oscillates on the damp sand to take along those last imprints of a humans feet.

May 26, 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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