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May 7th, 2020
Vol 22, Page 1

Happy Vesak Day
Happy Vesak Day
What They Say?

“What we think, we become.”
- Buddha

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
— Buddha


XKCD Comic Courtesy: XKCD.COM

This is a reference to the myth that the Great Wall of China is the only manmade object[citation needed] that can be seen from the Moon (or from space) with the naked eye. Sadly, it cannot. In fact, it's barely visible from the low orbit of satellites.

This comic mocks the myth by conflating it with another saying about the Moon, and how the Moon's craters and valleys are visible to the naked human eye. Indeed, the Moon is the only celestial body for which this is true.

This Day for You - May 7


Vesak/Buddha Purnima - The birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is celebrated as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Jayanti with much fervour across the world. It falls on a full moon day in the month of Vaisakh (April/May) according to the Hindu calendar. This year Buddha Purnima will be celebrated on May 7. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away.

National Day of Prayer - It is an annual day of observance in the United States when all the people are appreciated to pray and meditate.

World Password Day - Who knew that passwords would have a day to themselves too? Every Year, on the first Thursday of May, Password Day is celebrated to remind us of the necessity of strong passwords for our security. This Year, World Password Day is celebrated on 7th May 2020.

Famous Birthdays:

1812 - Robert Browning, British poet of the Victorian age.
1861 - Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali poet, playwright, songwriter, musician and the first Indian to win Nobel Prize in 1913.
1889 - Dr. Narayan Subbarao Hardikar, politician and freedom fighter.
1901 - Gary Cooper, American actor and Hollywood’ s beloved star.
1911 - Honda Ishiro, Japanese director, mostly known for his series of Godzilla films.


1663 - The Theatre Royal, the oldest English theatre still to be in use, was inaugurated today.
1834 - Coorg was annexed by the East India Company.
1849 - Bethune College was Established in Kolkata, for providing higher education to the upper class Hindu women of Bengal.
1946 - Ibuka Masaru and Morita Akio founded Sony Corporation, a major Japanese Manufacturer of electronics product.
1986 - Patrick Morrow, Canadian, becomes the first person to climb all the Seven Summits.
1992 - The Space Shuttle Endeavour, made its first flight for the space mission STS-49.
2000 - Vladimir Putin became the president of Russia.

ART Aficionado

Art Work by Students
Rudhi Bansal
Mahika Gupta
Rudhi Bansal
Mahika Gupta

Greta Thunberg

It all began scarcely more than a year ago, with a single cardboard sign in front of the Swedish parliament house. All by herself, apparently shy, a 15-year-old girl with long braids braved her government with a call to action that would spark a movement: “School Strike for Climate.” In the year that arose, the little girl has grown into a global icon and role model for an entire generation, inspiring millions to take to the streets to protest for more sustainable environmental strategies.

Greta Thunberg, you must have heard her name!

Keep reading to discover more about his life.

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Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg born 3 January 2003 is a Swedish environmental activist, who has gained a global appreciation towards supporting the view that humankind stands facing an existential crisis resulting from climate change. Thunberg is known for her youth and her candid speaking manner, both in public and in front of political leaders and assemblies, in which she scrutinizes world leaders for their failure to take sufficient action to address the climate crisis. She is a Swedish teenager who skipped school and motivated a worldwide movement to fight climate change.

Over a very short span of time, she has become a leading voice, inspiring millions to enter rallies around the world. Her father Svante Thunberg, is a descendant of Svante Arrhenius, a scientist who came up with a model of the greenhouse effect. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1903.

Her unforeseen rise to world recognition has made her both a leader and a target for critics. Her impact on the world stage has been described by numerous newspapers as the "Greta effect". She has earned various honors and awards including "Time magazine's 100 most influential people" and the youngest Time Person of the Year; addition in the Forbes list of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women and two back-to-back proposals for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Thunberg has motivated plenty of her school-aged peers as a result of "The Greta effect". In acknowledgment of her artless stand, various politicians have also accepted the need to concentrate on climate change. Thunberg has initiated the anti-flying movement, developing train travel over flying on environmental territories. The buzzword associated with this movement 'flight shame'. It is a phenomenon in which people feel social influence not to fly because of the increasing greenhouse gas emissions concerning the airline industry.

Greta Thunberg has been portrayed in popular culture and art too. Greta and the Giants, a book by Zoë Tucker and Zoe Persico, issued by Frances Lincoln Children's Books was inspired by the life of Thunberg. American painter Elizabeth Peyton chose her 2019 portraiture, Greta Thunberg, as the leading image of one of her shows.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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Inspiration 101, 5 Mins
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Be Better, 5 Mins

It possibly starts at the age of 3 when our parents tell us about the existence of something that we instantly fear, “ Bhoot ”. Perhaps it’ s the idea of someone being more powerful and stronger than us that is extremely overwhelming. But as we grow this fear expands and takes a lot many shapes than just an ugly looking monster and that’ s where things get out of hand because these fears are not tangible they are deeply rooted incidences that were once left unresolved.

‘Fear’ may have different definitions for all of us but usually end up having similar impacts in the form of blanking out, freezing on stage, distress, sadness and panic.

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As much as one may think that avoidance is the best option, it never really works in the long run because our emotions just tend to stay on the surface and we are more prone to mental breakdowns which can be extremely exhausting. Some common fears we face during young adolescence are anxiety in the form of being on stage or while writing an exam, peer pressure, parental miscommunication etc. These issues can be extremely hampering in the later stages of our lives, which is why dealing with them is extremely important. You can start by taking small steps at home such as deep breathing, counting your blessings, exploring the hobbies that make you feel calm. Enroll yourself in mental health workshops that give you the right amount of exposure to deal and heal from your issues.

Zariyaaa is one such organization that conducts mental fitness workshops. These workshops not only include exposure to fears through various interactive activities but also facilitate in development of constructive coping mechanisms and nurturing communication skills among children so that they can voice their feelings without feeling inhibited. With a different topic every week the sessions include brainstorming one's strengths and weaknesses and how to mould their shortcomings into something fruitful. It works on the holistic development of an individual by working on different facets of their personality through simple and interactive activities that help in tangify-ing whatever one is feeling on a piece of paper or through movements therefore creating the perfect space to vent out their thoughts and emotions. Any kind of exposure with the right kind of intensity always leads to gaining insight which isn't extremely overwhelming for the child since it's through the medium of fun activities, mental health workshops are the perfect medium for it since it doesn't have any age barriers involved either.

By- Zariyaaa
Zariyaaa believes in shattering stigmas all over and also advocates for teacher and parent well-being programs. So let's take a step to deal and heal with zariyaaa and we promise you it'll be worth the ride !
Find them Here! https://www.zariyaaa.com/
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Curiosity, 5 Mins
Weird Laws from Around the World

Laws are absolutely essential for the healthy functioning of a society. It provides people with a list of guidelines for acceptable conduct without which said society would crumble into anarchy (a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems) and dissonance (lack of agreement or harmony between people or things). However, here is a list of laws around the world which are...well...peculiar.

1) Get rid of that frown!
In Milan, Italy, it is illegal for people to frown in public unless he/she is attending a funeral or is at a hospital. In fact, a pretty heavy fine might be levied on you if you are caught frowning in public. I guess that’ s one way to prevent the dreaded frown lines!

2) No kissing on the train.
In France, it is illegal to kiss on trains. However, it is allowed on the railway stations as long as it is done before the train arrives at the station. And here I thought that France was called the country of love.

3) Stop that chicken from crossing the road!
Why did the chicken cross the road? Quitman, Georgia in the United States doesn’ t care because they’ ve made it illegal for chickens to cross the road there.

4) Bad singers are not allowed.
It is illegal to sing off-key in North Carolina. Bad singers are advised to keep their autotunes at max at all times if they ever find themselves in North Carolina.
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5) I’m sorry sir, but you cannot bring your lion inside.
In Baltimore, Maryland, to bring a lion with you inside a cinema hall is prohibited. Oh no, I guess my pet lion will just have to watch the latest Star Wars at home.

6) No cactus deforestation in Arizona.
Cutting down a saguaro cactus in Arizona can result in a hefty fine along with up to 25 years of prison time. Cactus cruelty is strictly forbidden there.

7) No smoking, especially if you’ re a monkey.
It is illegal for monkeys to smoke in South Bend, Indiana. In fact, in 1924, a chimp was arrested, tried, and fined for $5 for smoking a cigarette as part of a circus act.

8) Need to use the loo? Please come on in.
A law in Scotland mandates that its citizens must allow someone into their house if they call at their door needing to use the bathroom. Scottish Robber: Write that down, lads!

9) Can’ t run out of juice on the highway.
This German law states that one cannot run out of petrol/diesel while driving on the autobahn, the German controlled-access highway. Fines can range from €30 to €70 depending on the case.

10) Can’ t ride your cow whilst you are drunk.
In Scotland, it is illegal to ride a cow while you are under the influence of alcohol. I guess the police would ticket you under RUI(Riding Under the Influence)?

11) No swearing, please!
You better be careful if you’ ve got a potty mouth because it is illegal to swear in the United Arab Emirates. It can lead to a pretty hefty fine, imprisonment, or deportation. It doesn’ t just cover swearing out loud, but it also extends to text messages, social media posts, and general obscene physical gestures as well.

All of these laws might look ridiculous at first glance but most of them have some kind of background for their enactment. For e.g, the law that prohibits cutting down saguaro cactus in Arizona stems from the fact that saguaro(Carnegiea gigantea) is endemic(native to a particular place) to Arizona and is classified as endangered species. They also take a long time to grow, ranging from 50-100 years.

Got a little curious? Go and look for more reasons behind these weird laws!

Liked it? Do tell me in the feedback at the bottom. Keep Scrolling!

Credits: Arko De
Reach Me at iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in

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Curiosity, 5 mins

May 7th, 2020
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Lockdown Cooking

Spend the day cooking Mac ‘n’ Cheese for your family!

Lockdown Reading

Roald Dahl's
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

CBSE Class 10 board exam suspended for 2020
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Indian education can’t go online – only 8% of homes with young members have computer with net link.

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The SDGs - A brief idea:

Hello Enthusiasts! You must have had a lot of fun with the quiz last day. It must have given you an idea of how well you already know about the UN. It must have also helped you learn more facts about them. However, over the years, the UN has modified its functioning to meet the goals set by the UN Charter.

This is the reason why, in 2015 the UN came up with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to make the planet more healthy and habitable for everyone. Keep reading to find out what they are…

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The 17 SDGs deal with a variety of Global Issues, and aim at solving these issues by 2030.
The SDGs are:

1) No Poverty - Deals with improving the infrastructure of low-income communities to deal with the problem of Poverty.

2) Zero Hunger - Looks after the quality of life led by the refugees of the world.

3) Global Health and Well-being - Provides operational support to people in times of crisis.

4) Quality Education - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has been in the forefront of this operation since 1945.

5) Gender Equality - Focuses on creating a more inclusive and democratic society for women.

6) Clean Water and Sanitation - Looks after the security of water in Asia and the Pacific regions.

7) Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensures the supply of Energy to the developing states.

8) Decent Work and Economic Growth - Aims at eliminating Child Labour from the World.

9) Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure - Looks after the digital development in the continent of Africa.

10) Reduced Inequality - Fights racism, Xenophobia and similar issues of intolerance.

11) Sustainable Cities and Communities - Looks after the protection of Cultural Properties in times of armed conflicts.

12) Responsible Consumption and Production - It promotes sustainable mining practices to ensure a healthier environment.

13) Climate Action - It is one of the most important issues currently. It looks after the well-being of the environment.

14) Life Below Water - It is to conserve the Marine world and reduce water pollution.

15) Life on Land - Protects the Biodiversity on the planet.

16) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Looks after reducing the trade of armaments in Africa.

17) Partnerships for the Goals - Ensuring that the developing countries receive the economic help to progress.

You can learn more about these SDGs and how to get yourself involved with the UN from the following website: https://unfoundation.org/what-we-do/issues/sustainable-development-goals/

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at papris791@theschoolsocial.in

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Parent's Blog


Here is twenty first century
Life is rat race & everyone, in hurry
No moral, no love, no respect
It’s only I, Me & Myself
Gender equality, rape; still a debate
Jealousy with knife on the back & smile on the face
Religion, caste decide the poll & not thought
No opposition, praise only they sought
Single failure or trigger, they commit suicide
Homicide, molestation, violence is increasing high
No one can raise voice against
Democracy is at risk, but don’t mess
Relationship, commitment at its worst
Immorality at its best & let the morality rest
Child trafficking and their abuse, a luxury
People are seeing & eating their curry
I am the king & I am the dictator
Money wins everywhere, merit a mere spectator
Intolerance is on the rise
Either voice it or become wise
So, let moral education, a key part in curriculum
May patience, perseverance, joy come in their life & their capitulum.

Teacher's Blog

The Art of Being Positive

By: Tanya Arya

Being positive is not only a thought but also your life. Positive thoughts not only help you overcome your problems but also make the journey of your life easier. We know it’s easier said than done and we don’t know about the problems in your life but a positive thought can make a big difference.
Positive thoughts are very powerful. It can change your life forever.

If you keep thinking of yourself as a failure you will be a failure and if you think of yourself as a winner you will be a winner not immediately but definitely. But remember you have to be realistic, you cannot ignore the problems.

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You have to recognise the problems and find a solution to it.
Reading this or many such articles on positive thinking won’t help you but incorporating the positive thoughts in your life will definitely help you.
Try these:

1. Stop blaming yourself: Stop blaming yourself for all the problems in your life instead find solutions to the problems with a cool mind and remember we cannot change everything and everybody around us but we can change ourselves.

2. Be confident: Like a coin has two faces similarly life also has two phases. Your life never remains the same. It changes every day. Today may be dark but remember darkness is always followed by a silver lining.

3. Spread positivity: It’s very important to be optimistic but it is equally important to spread positivity. Remember the world is like a mirror and it reflects back what you show. So be positive and get positivity in return.

4. Start your day with Thanksgiving: Never start your day with recalling your problems or the mistakes of the previous day instead start your day with thanksgiving. Thank god for blessing you with a new day, for the opportunity to rectify your mistakes, for completing your unaccomplished tasks -the opportunity that many others did not get. Every new day comes with new opportunities.

5. Believe in yourself: We cannot choose our parents, we cannot choose the country we are born in, we cannot choose our siblings but positivity is a choice we all can make and we are never too late for it.

Be Positive!

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May 7, 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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