School assembly on 16 May 2024: News headlines, Thought for the Day and more – News9 LIVE

Mumbai: Prepare for an exciting journey of learning, inspiration, and community connection! In this school assembly guide, explore the latest news, contemplate thought for the day and deliver a stirring speech to ignite your school community. Celebrate knowledge, inspire one another and cultivate a sense of belonging together.
“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” – APJ Abdul Kalam
 
Headline 1: TCS survey says 81 pc of global biz leaders want global regulations, standards on AI
According to a recent survey conducted by TCS, a staggering 81 per cent of chief executives and senior leaders advocate for the establishment of a universal framework of regulations and standards governing artificial intelligence (AI). The survey, which gathered insights from 1,300 leaders representing companies with annual revenues exceeding USD 1 billion, highlighted a strong consensus among respondents regarding the need for standardised guidelines in the realm of AI.
Headline 2: Scientists find ‘super fluffy’ exoplanet, bigger than Jupiter but with ‘cotton candy’-like density
Scientists have identified a unique exoplanet described as “super fluffy,” which is approximately 50 per cent larger than Jupiter but weighs only a seventh of its mass, resulting in a density akin to “cotton candy.” This newly discovered planet, named ‘WASP-193b,’ is situated approximately 1,200 light years away from Earth, equivalent to a distance of around 10,800 trillion kilometres. Exoplanets, which orbit stars outside our solar system, offer valuable insights into the workings of the universe and contribute to our understanding of celestial phenomena.
Headline 3: CAA gets rolling, first set of 14 people granted citizenship
On Wednesday in New Delhi, the first batch of citizenship certificates were issued under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act to 14 individuals, marking a significant milestone nearly two months after the rules under the controversial law were notified. The law aims to grant Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim migrants from three neighbouring nations. Union Home Minister Amit Shah described the occasion as a “historic day,” emphasising that it marks the end of the prolonged wait for those who have endured religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
Headline 4: Six pollution-hit villages in Gujarat to get Rs 25 lakh compensation after SC order
An NGO announced on Wednesday that six villages in Gujarat’s Rajkot district, which suffered from pollution caused by a landfill, will receive a collective compensation of Rs 25 lakh following a recent Supreme Court order. The company accountable for the pollution was instructed by the apex court to deposit the funds following a 2013 directive from the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Paryavaran Mitra, the NGO, stated that they will now pursue further action with the authorities to ensure the release of the allocated amount.
Headline 5: 450 single-screen cinema theatres in Telangana to shut down for two weeks
In Telangana, owners of single-screen cinema theatres have collectively opted to halt film screenings temporarily due to financial losses stemming from a lack of audience attendance. The state is home to approximately 450 such theatres. According to Vijayender Reddy, the president of the state film exhibitors association, individual owners of these single-screen theatres decided to suspend screenings starting this week.
 
Headline 1: UN Condoles Indian Officer’s Death in Gaza, Expresses Apologies
The United Nations has expressed condolences and apologies to India following the tragic death of a former Indian Army officer in war-torn Rafah, Gaza. The officer, Colonel Waibhav Anil Kale, aged 46 and retired from the Indian Army in 2022, has been working as a Security Coordination Officer in the UN Department of Safety and Security (DSS) for the past two months. He lost his life when the vehicle he was travelling in was attacked by shots fired, reportedly from an Israeli tank.
Headline 2: Russian President Putin Appoints New Government, Replaces Defence Minister
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday signed a decree, appointing a new government. One notable change is the replacement of the defence minister with a former deputy prime minister. Interestingly, the new appointee is an economics expert and lacks a military background. This shift is generating attention and speculation about potential impacts on Russia’s defence policies.
Headline 3: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Postpones Foreign Visits Amid Russian Offensive
Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s office announced on Wednesday that the Ukrainian President has postponed all his upcoming foreign visits due to a new Russian offensive. The cancellation affects all planned visits for the coming days, as stated by Zelenskyy’s office on Telegram. The President has instructed his team to reschedule these visits accordingly.
Headline 4: Two Killed, Three Seriously Injured in Overnight Violence in New Caledonia
French media reports on Wednesday revealed that at least two people were killed and three others left seriously injured in the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia. The incident occurred on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday and has sparked concerns about escalating violence in the region. President Emmanuel Macron, meanwhile, convened an urgent meeting of top ministers to address the situation and discuss measures to curb the spiralling violence.
Headline 5: Nepal and India Establish Consultative Mechanism for Enhanced Cooperation
Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha announced the establishment of a consultative mechanism between Nepal and India. This mechanism aims to facilitate cooperation across various areas of bilateral relations.
Headline 6: Pakistani-American Businessman Foresees Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Return for Third Term
In a recent statement, a well-known Pakistani-American businessman praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, describing him as a formidable leader who has propelled India to unprecedented achievements. Baltimore-based Pakistani American businessman Sajid Tarar further predicted that Narendra Modi will secure a third term as India’s Prime Minister, citing his strong leadership and transformative policies as key factors in his anticipated reelection.
 
Headline 1: Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings IPL Match at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati 
Headline 2: Arjun outplays Safarli in Sharjah Masters
In the opening round of the Sharjah Masters chess tournament, Erigaise Arjun, ranked seventh in the world, began his campaign impressively by defeating Eltaj Safarli from Azerbaijan. Indian Grandmasters Aravindh Chithamabaram and P Iniyan also secured victories, with Aravindh defeating Bharath Subramaniyam and P Iniyan overcoming Irani Pouya from Iran. The tournament, boasting a prize fund of USD 52,000, is renowned as one of the most competitive open tournaments globally.
Headline 3: Pakistan has mental block when it comes to playing India in WC: Misbah
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq expressed that Pakistan will face challenges in defeating India during their upcoming clash in the T20 World Cup, attributing this difficulty to a perceived “mental block” when confronting their arch-rivals in ICC events. The highly anticipated match between India and Pakistan is scheduled for June 9 in New York as part of the T20 World Cup commencing on June 1 in the Americas. Historically, India has emerged victorious over Pakistan in six out of seven T20 World Cup encounters, with Pakistan securing a win only once, in 2021.
Headline 4: Diksha, Pranavi lead seven-member Indian contingent in Germany
In Seddiner See, Germany, seven Indian players, including one amateur, will participate in the Amundi German Masters beginning on Thursday, May 16. Diksha Dagar and Pranavi Urs, both bound for the Olympics, will lead the Indian representation. The Ladies European Tour (LET) returns to Europe and Germany with a total of 132 players from 35 countries competing in a 72-hole stroke play tournament. Following the second round, a cut will be made for the top 60 professionals and ties.
Headline 5: Anjum, Aishwary top qualifications of third 3P Olympic Selection Trial
Anjum Moudgil emerged as the winner in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions Olympic Selection Trial (OST) T3 qualification round, while Aishwary Pratap Singh Tomar claimed victory in the men’s category at the M.P. State Shooting Academy (MPSSA) ranges on Wednesday. Anjum achieved her highest score of 592/600 in the OSTs, while Aishwary continued his impressive performance with a score of 590, leading the five-man field.
 
“Good morning, esteemed members of our school community!
Welcome to another exciting school assembly, where we gather to share, inspire, and celebrate together. I’m [Your Name], and I’m honoured to guide you through today’s program.
Let’s kick things off by recognising the amazing achievements and contributions of our students, teachers, and staff. Whether it’s academic success, creative accomplishments, or acts of kindness, each of you plays a vital role in making our school a wonderful place to be.
Today’s assembly is packed with engaging activities and presentations that promise to inform and uplift us. But first, let’s begin with a moment of reflection and gratitude through our school prayers, followed by an inspiring thought for the day. We’ll then hear from one of our fellow students, and catch up on the latest news from around the world, including national, international, and sports headlines followed by a speech from our fellow schoolmates. Additionally, we’re excited to welcome [mention any special guests or performances], and we’ll share some exciting upcoming events and initiatives.
Let’s take a moment to centre ourselves with a deep breath. Let’s breathe in positivity, exhale any stress, and embrace this time together with open hearts and minds.
Now, let’s move on to celebrating the achievements of our exceptional peers. From academic excellence to extracurricular accomplishments, let’s give a round of applause to our outstanding students!
Following that, we have a fascinating presentation on [briefly mention the topic or theme]. Get ready to be inspired by [name of presenter or group], who will share their insights with us.
Afterwards, we’ll discuss important updates and upcoming events in our school community. Whether it’s a sports event, cultural celebration, or community service project, there’s always something exciting happening at our school.
And of course, no assembly would be complete without some fun and entertainment! We have [mention the type of performance or activity] lined up to bring joy to your day and leave you feeling energized.
As we wrap up, let’s remember the values of unity, respect, and kindness that bind us together as a school community. Let’s carry these values with us, making a positive impact wherever we go.
Thank you all for your attention and participation. Let’s make today’s assembly memorable! Have a fantastic day ahead, everyone!”
 
International Day of Light – May 16
“Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed teachers, and fellow students,
As we gather here today, we are on the brink of celebrating a remarkable occasion that illuminates our world both literally and metaphorically – the International Day of Light.
Before the advent of artificial lighting, life after dark was fraught with challenges. It was in the year 1960 that the first successful operation of the laser marked a pivotal moment in history. Since then, light has become an indispensable aspect of our lives, shaping innovations, technology, and creativity in profound ways. It’s nearly impossible to imagine existence without it.
Every year on May 16th, we come together to observe the International Day of Light, a day that highlights the paramount importance of light in our lives. This year, we mark this occasion on Thursday, May 16th.
The history of this day traces back to the groundbreaking work of physicist and engineer Theodore Maiman, whose successful operation of the laser laid the foundation for this celebration. In 2015, the United Nations recognised the significance of light science and technology by observing the International Day of Light. Following suit, UNESCO adopted a resolution in 2016 to officially commemorate this day annually. The inaugural International Day of Light was observed in 2018.
The significance of this day extends beyond mere acknowledgement. It serves as a platform to raise awareness about the transformative power of light-based technologies and applications. It calls for collaborative efforts across various sectors – science, technology, art, and culture – to explore the endless possibilities that light offers for innovation, creativity, and sustainable development.
As UNESCO aptly puts it, this day is a call to strengthen scientific cooperation and harness the potential of light to foster peace and sustainable development. It reminds us of our collective responsibility to leverage the power of light for the betterment of our world.
So, as we gear up to celebrate the International Day of Light, let us reflect on the profound significance of light in our lives. Let us embrace its brilliance and use it as a guiding force to illuminate the path towards a brighter, more sustainable future.
Thank you.”
 

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