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  • National Energy Conservation Day celebrated on December 14

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    The main aim of National Energy Conservation Day is to create awareness among the people about the significance of our energy resources and also to minimize the energy consumption. In India, Energy Conservation Act was implemented by Energy Efficiency Bureau (BEE) in 2001. Energy Efficiency Bureau (BEE) is a constitutional body which works under Government of India and helps in the development of policies and strategies to reduce use of energy.

    International Mountain Day observed on December 11

    12 December 2018
    The Theme for the 2018 edition of the International Mountain Day is: “#MountainsMatter”. It is celebrated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to spread awareness about the contribution of mountains in the biodiversity as it consists of approximately a quarter of the terrestrial biological diversity. To commemorate the day, there will be an IMD side event on “Mountain adaptation: Vulnerable peaks and people” at UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, Poland.

    December 10 celebrated annually as International Day of Human Rights; UDHR turned 70 in 2018

    11 December 2018
    The theme of the 2018 Human Rights Day is: #StandUp4HumanRights. 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), adopted in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights document is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

    World Soil Day is observed on 5 December

    5 December 2018
    World Soil Day is celebrated annually on the 5th of December at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome, the regional offices and through national and local events. #StopSoilPollution is the objective of this World Soil Day on 5 December and throughout the year.

    India celebrates the Indian Navy Day on 4th December

    4 December 2018
    The Indian Navy Day is celebrated on December 4 every year to commemorate Operation Trident, an attack on the Karachi harbor during the Indo-Pakistan war in 1971. The Indian Navy is the fifth largest in the world, employing 67,109 personnel. The Indian Navy has three commands: Eastern Command headquartered in Vishakhapatnam, Western Command in Mumbai, and Southern Command in Kochi. The Navy operates in 66 bases under the Commands. It operates three classes of submarines: Chakra (under which is the nuclear-powered INS Chakra), Sindhughosh, and Shishumar. Marine Commandos or MARCOS, part of a special unit of the Navy, are made to undergo an excruciating training which only 10% of the trainees successfully complete.

    Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated NDMAs fourteenth formation day

    28 November 2018
    Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the 14th Formation day of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).  This Year’s theme was “Early Warning for Disasters”. NDMA released a training manual for masons on Hazard-Resistant Construction and a study report on “Gujarat Floods 2017” A case study” will be released. The Economic impact and loss of lives after a  Disaster can be minimized by Early Warning.

    National Milk Day observed on 26 November

    27 November 2018
    National Milk Day that was started in 2014 on 26th November to mark the birth anniversary of the father of White Revolution, Dr Verghese Kurien was celebrated in the Meghalaya for the first time. Kurien was the architect of Operation Flood which was launched in 1970 by India's National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). India's Operation flood was the world's biggest dairy development program which gave a major thrust to the milk production of the nation.

    Indian Constitution Day is observed on 26 November

    26 November 2018
    On this day in 1949, the constitution was adopted which came into force on January 26, 1950, marking the beginning of a new era in the history of India. On 19th November 2015, during the year-long celebration of the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar, Government of India declared November 26th as the Constitution Day.  Previously this day was celebrated as Law Day.

    Qaumi Ekta Week (National Integration Week) observed from 19th to 25th November

    20 November 2018
    Qaumi Ekta Week is observed across the country from 19th to 25th November to foster and reinforce the spirit of communal harmony and national integration. On November 19, National Integration Day was observed. On November 20, Welfare of Minorities Day is to be observed in which items of the 15 Point Programme may be emphasized. 21st November will be observed as Linguistic Harmony Day with special literacy functions and Kavi Sammelans to enable people of each region to appreciate the linguistic heritage of other parts of India. On November 22, Weaker Sections Day will be observed. On 23rd November, Cultural Unity Day will be observed. Women’s Day will be observed on 24th November. The ‘Qaumi Ekta Week’ will conclude on November 25 with observation of Conservation Day.

    Africa Industrialization Day is observed on 20 November

    20 November 2018
    The purpose of Africa Industrialization Day (AID), marked each year on 20 November, is to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the continent with regard to industrialization. The theme for AID 2018 is “Promoting Regional Value Chains in Africa.

    World Toilet Day is observed on 19 November

    19 November 2018
    The World Toilet Day is organized around the world on 19th of November. The day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. The theme for WTD 2018 is ‘When Nature Calls’.

    International Day for Tolerance is observed on 16 November

    16 November 2018
    The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance day declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance. The year 1995 was chosen by the UNESCO to mark the year for tolerance as well as the 125th birthday anniversary of the Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi in order to promote the tolerance and non violence.

    InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. to acquire Avenue for USD 215 mn

    14 November 2018
    InvaGen Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Cipla Ltd., said it is to enter into agreements for the proposed acquisition of Avenue Therapeutics Inc. The acquisition is for a total consideration of $215 million.  Avenue Therapeutics is focussed on the development and commercialization of Intravenous (IV) Tramadol. The novel intravenous drug delivery method of Tramadol addresses extremely crucial and hitherto unmet needs in pain management. Lucy Lu, president, and CEO, Avenue, said that the partnership with InvaGen would lead to an acceleration of Phase 3 clinical development and potential commercialization of IV Tramadol in the US.

    India celebrates the 130th birth anniversary of Pt Nehru

    14 November 2018
    The nation celebrates the 130th birth anniversary of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to the leader and remembered his contribution in India’s freedom struggle. Pt Nehru was born on November 14, 1889. He was known for his love for children and was fondly called Chacha Nehru. Before 1964, Children’s day was celebrated in India on November 20. It was observed as the Universal Children’s Day by the United Nations. But after Nehru’s death in 1964, the nation decided to celebrate his birthday as Bal Diwas (Children’s Day) to honor his memory.  Pt Nehru once said: “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country”.

    World Antibiotic Awareness Week is observed from Nov 12 to Nov 18

    14 November 2018
    The main aim is to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public. For 2018, the World Health Organization developed a range of materials for WAAW in all UN languages to help countries reflect their unique priorities. It would consist of a multi-day messaging campaign focusing on 5  “focus” days of tailored social media messaging around each of the Objectives. According to this, Ministries of Health will participate in WAAW 2018 by marking all or just some of these “focus” days by speaking up on social media.

    West Bengal to observe 'Rosogolla Day' on Nov 14

    11 November 2018
    West Bengal government has decided to observe 'Rosogolla Day' on November 14, to commemorate the first anniversary of the state's famous sweet getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as 'Bengal's Rosogolla'. The GI tag is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular place.  

    National Cancer Awareness Day observed on 7 November across the nation

    7 November 2018
    'National Cancer Awareness Day' started in 2014 when it was first announced by the former Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. February 4th is World Cancer Day, when organizations and individuals around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority.

    World Tsunami Awareness Day being observed today

    5 November 2018
    In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated 5 November as World Tsunami Awareness Day. Over the past 100 years, 58 tsunamis have claimed more than 260,000 lives, which is the highest number of deaths than in any other natural hazard.

    World Savings Day or World Thrift day is observed as October 31

    31 October 2018
    On October 31, 1924, World Savings Day or World Thrift day, was established during the 1st International Savings Bank Congress (World Society of Savings Banks) in Milano, Italy. In India due to the death of late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984, this day is celebrated on 30th October.

    International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed as 17 October

    17 October 2018
    The theme for International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2018 is "Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity".  It promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries.

    World Food Day is celebrated as 16 October

    16 October 2018
    World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October in honor of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1945. The theme for WFD 2018 is "Our Actions Are Our Future". 

    India celebrates its 86th Air Force Day on 8th October

    8 October 2018
    India celebrates its 86th Air Force Day on 8th October 2018. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is to hold a grand parade-cum-investiture ceremony at the Air Force Station at Hindon in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. President Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the valiant air warriors of IAF on its 86th anniversary.    IAF is the fourth largest air force in the world, after the United States, Russia and China. IAF has around 1,500 aircraft in its fleet that operates out of 60 air bases. It has more than 600 combat aircraft and over 500 transport carriers and choppers.  The Indian Air Force has five commands across India: the Western Air Command, with its headquarters in New Delhi, the Southwestern Air Command at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, the Eastern Air Command at Shillong in Meghalaya, the Central Air Command at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, and the Southern Air Command at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.  Indian Air Force (IAF):  Founded: 8 October 1932  Headquarters: New Delhi  Part of: Indian Armed Force  Motto: Touch the Sky with Glory  Chief of the Air Staff (CAS): Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa  Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS): Air Marshal Anil Khosla

    World Teachers Day is obseved on 5 October

    5 October 2018
    The theme for this year's WTD is “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” The WTD 2018 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) recognizes education as a key fundamental right and establishes an entitlement to free compulsory education, ensuring inclusive and equitable access for all children.   

    World Tourism Day 2018 celebrated on September 27

    28 September 2018
    Started in 1980 by The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated worldwide annually on September 27. The theme of this year - 'Tourism and the Digital Transformation' The official celebrations this year took place in Budapest, Hungary. In India, the celebrations begun in Goa and are organised by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC).

    World Ozone Day observed on September 16

    17 September 2018
    On December 19, 1994, the UN General Assembly proclaimed September 16 to be the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date when the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed in 1987. The theme for World Ozone Day 2018 - Keep Cool and Carry On. Ozone layer is found particularly in the stratosphere layer of atmosphere ranging between 20 to 40 km.

    Hindi Divas observed on 14th September

    15 September 2018
    On this day in 1949, Hindi written in Devanagari script became the official language of India under the Article 343. Hindi is spoken by 250 million people as the original language and it is the fourth language of the world. There are 22 Scheduled languages of India, of which, two are officially used at Union government of India level: Hindi and English. In 1881, Bihar accepted Hindi as its sole official language, replacing Urdu, and thus became the first state of India to adopt Hindi. Vice president Venkaiah Naidu gave away Rajbhasha Kirti Puraskar 2017-18 on Hindi Diwas 2018. World First Aid Day is also celebrated on 14th September.

    Teachers Day being celebrated VP M Venkaiah Naidu to give away National Teachers Awards in New Delhi

    5 September 2018
    The day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of educationist and former President Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.  President Ram Nath Kovind greeted teachers on the occasion.

    National Nutrition Month being celebrated across Country in the month of September

    5 September 2018
    The National Nutrition Month (September) is being celebrated across the country to mark the fight against malnutrition.  During this month, various programmes have been organized by the Women and Child Development Ministry to spread broad awareness on the issues related to malnutrition like stunting, undernutrition, anemia and low birth weight in children.   

    National Sports day observed on August 29th

    29 August 2018
    The legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand birthday is commemorated as National Sports day. He was famously known as ‘The Wizard’ for his superb ball control.  

    International Day of Remembrance and tribute to the Victims of Terrorism is observed on 21 August

    22 August 2018
    This day is observed in order to commemorate the core values of the United Nations and is an indiscriminate threat that affects people and countries across the globe. The first International Day, the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan, Belgium, Iraq, Nigeria, and the United States, along with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED) will launch a multimedia exhibit at the Exhibition Hall, Visitors’ Lobby at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    World Mosquito Day observed on 20th August

    21 August 2018
    World Mosquito Day is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross's discovery in 1897 that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans. Mosquito name comes from Spanish word meaning "little fly". Around 6 million deaths every decade occur owing to malaria. Various Mosquito-borne diseases: ♦ Malaria, ♦ Dengue, ♦ Yellow Fever, ♦ Encephalitis, ♦ Zika, ♦ Chikungunya, ♦ West Nile Virus.

    August 20: Sadbhavana Diwas

    20 August 2018
    Sadbhavana Diwas or Harmony Day is celebrated on August 20 each year all over India to commemorate the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister of India named Rajiv Gandhi. Sadbhavana meaning - having good feelings for others. On this day, Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award is presented to commemorate the contribution made by Rajiv Gandhi for promoting the communal hormony, peace and national integration. Gopalkrishna Gandhi was declared as the winner of Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award for the year 2018. He is a retired IAS officer and was 22nd Governer of West Bengal served from 2004 to 2009. This is the 24th edition of Rajiv Gandhi National Sadhavana Award.

    World Humanitarian Day observed on 19 August

    20 August 2018
    The campaign launched on World Humanitarian Day is "#NotATarget".  The day was designated by the UN General Assembly to commemorate the 19 August 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq.

    Tomorrow India is going to celebrate 72nd Independence Day

    14 August 2018
    On 15th of August in 1947, India got freedom from the British rule after long years of slavery. President of India gives a speech every year in order to 'Address to the Nation' on the evening of a day before the Independence Day. On 15th August, the Prime Minister of India hoists the Indian flag on the Red Fort, Delhi. After the flag hoisting, National Anthem song is sung and twenty-one gun shots are fired to salute and honour the Indian flag and solemn occasion. What does the three colours of the Indian National Flag signify? ♦ Saffron refers to the strength and courage of the country; ♦ White signifies peace and truth. ♦ Green color is symbolic of the fertility of the land. The tricolour flag was adapted as the Indian National Flag on July 22, 1947. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India is also the longest reigning Prime Minister of the country with 16 years and 286 days at the office.

    International Youth Day and World Elephant Day observed on August 12

    13 August 2018
    The theme for International Youth Day (IYD) 2018 is - 'Safe Spaces for Youth'. The first International Youth Day was observed on 12 August, 2000. Two Canadian filmmakers Michael Clark and Patricia Sims, as well as  Sivaporn Dardarananda, the Secretary-General of Thailand’s Elephant Reintroduction Foundation created the World Elephant Day in 2011, and it was held on August 12, 2012.

    India post joined hands to promote tiger reservation on Global Tiger Day

    30 July 2018
    On Global Tiger Day, July 29, India post released a special cover in order to promote tiger reservation at Bandipur. In all, 6,500 covers have been printed and will be made available to the public at a cost of Rs. 25 each.  International Tiger Day is held annually on 29 July. It is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit.

    President and PM paid their homage to the martyrs on Kargil Vijay Diwas

    27 July 2018
    On Kargil Vijay Diwas, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the martyrs of Kargil. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Army chief General Bipin Rawat, Naval chief Admiral Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa laid wreaths and paid rich tributes to the martyrs on the 19th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas at the Amar Jawan Jyoti, New Delhi. 26th July marks the victory of Indian forces over Pakistan in the hills of Kargil.  Kargil Vijay Diwas is named after the success of Operation Vijay in 1999. On that day every Indian acknowledges the efforts and gallantry of the Armed Forces.

    World Population Day celebrated on 11th July

    11 July 2018
    Every year, July 11, is celebrated as World Population Day, to raise awareness about global population-related issues. The theme for 2018 World Population Day is 'Family Planning is a Human Right'. This day was celebrated for the first time in the year 1989. According to the United Nations World Population Day webpage, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right.

    International Day of Cooperatives celebrated on the 7th of July

    7 July 2018
    The theme for the 2018 International Day of Co-operatives is "sustainable consumption and production of goods and services". On December 16, 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed in resolution 47/90 "the first Saturday of July 1995 to be International Day of Cooperatives, marking the centenary of the establishment of the International Cooperative Alliance". July 7 is also celebrated as Global Forgiveness Day, Chocolate Day.

    World Zoonoses Day observed on 6th July

    7 July 2018
    Zoonosis is derived from the Greek words zoon 'animal' and nosos 'ailment'. It describes the process whereby an infectious disease is transmitted between species, from animals to humans. Approximately 150 zoonotic diseases are known to exist. World Zoonoses Day is observed on July 6 every year to create awareness among the people for zoonotic diseases. The most common zoonotic diseases: ♦ Plague ♦ Tuberculosis ♦ Ringworm ♦ Roundworms ♦ Scabies ♦ Cat Scratch Fever ♦ Rabies

    US celebrated its 242nd Independence Day on 4th July

    5 July 2018
    On July 4, 2018, the United States of America celebrated its 242nd Independence Day, the day marking its independence from Great Britain after the American Revolutionary War. The Philippines also celebrates July 4 as its Republic Day to commemorate that day in 1946 when it ceased to be a U.S. territory and the United States officially recognized Philippine Independence.

    UN decides 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

    26 June 2018
    The General Assembly of United Nations has decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is to express its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. The theme for 2018 is "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe."

    Ban on plastics in Maharashtra, an extreme measure

    26 June 2018
    Recently, India hosted the World Environment Day on June 5, 2018. The theme was ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.  On that occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a high-profile pledge that India would do away with all the single-use plastics by 2022. The ban on plastics Maharashtra, after 3 months of notice, is an extreme measure as it supports the goal.  

    World Music Day 2018 observed on 21st June

    22 June 2018
    Music lovers all across the globe celebrate World Music Day on June 21 every year. The day is also known as Fete de la Musique after a music festival that began in France in 1982. To mark the day, around 150 artists from over 16 countries, including France, USA, Nepal, Spain, Italy, Thailand and India, will be performing at multiple venues across the city of Udaipur this year. 

    World is celebrating 4th International Yoga Day today

    21 June 2018
    Today, 4th International Yoga Day is celebrated across the world. On December 11, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as International Day Yoga. 800 differently-abled persons from across the country attempted Guinness World Record in Ahmedabad for 'Largest Silent Yoga Class' on International Yoga Day 2018. The theme for Yoga Day 2018 is "Yoga for Peace."

    Today World Refugee Day is observed in many countries

    20 June 2018
    Every year, World Refugee Day is held on 20th June to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. The theme for World Refugee Day 2018 is ‘Now More Than Ever, We Need to Stand with Refugees’. World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations on December 4, 2000.

    June 18 is celebrated as International Picnic Day

    19 June 2018
    International Picnic Day was observed all over the world on June 18. June 18 is also celebrated as: National Splurge Day National Go Fishing Day International Panic Day International Sushi Day Clean Your Aquarium Day National Cherry Tart Day

    Google celebrated Fathers Day with a playful yet symbolic doodle

    18 June 2018
    On June 17, 2018, Google celebrated Father's Day across India with a playful yet symbolic doodle. The doodle shows colorful hand prints that closely resemble a dinosaurs family or two. Last year, Google celebrated the day with an animated cacti doodle showing the various roles a father plays in a family. This day was first observed in the United States in 1908 and is now celebrated on different days in many countries.

    World Blood Donor Day being observed on 14th June across the globe

    14 June 2018
    World Blood Donor Day is being observed on June 14 across the globe. The day is celebrated each year on 14 June across. It is also a day to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.  The day also strongly encourages more people to donate blood so that the donor population does not decline and patients requiring transfusion have timely access to safe blood. 

    World Day against Child Labour 2018 observed globally

    12 June 2018
    The World Day against Child Labour was observed across the world on June 12, 2018, with an aim to raise awareness against child labor. The theme of World Day against Child Labour 2018 was ‘Generation Safe & Healthy’. There are 541 million young workers (15-24 years old) globally. They account for more than 15 percent of the world’s labor force and suffer up to a 40 percent higher rate of non-fatal occupational injuries.  Over 73 million children are in hazardous work and almost half of the 152 million children aged 5 to 17 are still into child labor.

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