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  • Muslim Womens Rights Day is observed on 1 August

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    Muslim Women's Rights Day is observed in India on 1 August 2020. The Day is observed to mark the first anniversary of the law against instant triple talaq. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressed the Muslim women through the virtual conference on this occasion. Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019: ♦ With the passage of Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, the declaration of triple talaq will be punishable and police can arrest an accused without a warrant. ♦ The Bill provides a jail term to a Muslim man for the crime that prohibits divorce by pronouncing talaq thrice in one go. ♦ The Bill also states that if a woman misuses the law, the man should have the right to appeal. ♦ The aim is to prohibit the practice of instant divorce by Muslim men.

    International Tiger Day is observed on 29 July

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    International Tiger Day is observed on 29th July every year. The day is observed to raise awareness about the declining population of the Tiger and making efforts to conserve them. International Tiger Day was first initiated at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit held in 2010 at Russia. A declaration stating that the tiger populated countries to double the tiger population by 2020 was adopted.   Aim: International Tiger Day aims to raise awareness to conserve tiger conservation. The day also promotes a worldwide system with an aim to protect the national habitats of tigers and raise public awareness regarding tiger conservation issues. World Wildlife Federation (WWF) stated that since the beginning of the 20th century, there are only 3,900 wild tigers left in the world. It also stated that around 95 percent of the world's wild tiger population has disappeared.  Countries with a large number of tiger include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. India: India has over 2,967 tigers. With this number, India holds 70% of the world's tiger population. The reasons that led to the decrease in the number of the tigers in India are: ♦ poaching  ♦ habitat destruction ♦ man-animal conflict ♦ diminishing prey base Various world wildlife of tigers from totally disappearing from the world. There are many organization in India that takes efforts to improve and increase the number of tigers.

    World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28 July

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    World Hepatitis Day is observed on 28 July every year. The aim is to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and encourage a public from all over the world to eliminate hepatitis. The day aims to find the undiagnosed millions who suffer Hepatitis. Theme: The theme of 2020 World Hepatitis Day is "Find the Missing Millions." The theme focuses on the people from across the world to take action and raise awareness to the 290 million people who are living with viral hepatitis unaware.  Hepatitis: Hepatitis is a liver inflammatory condition. It is caused by a viral infection. Also, some other potential causes of hepatitis including autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occur as a side-effect of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol are present. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease that happens when the body develops antibodies against the liver tissue. There are five types of Hepatitis namely A, B, C, D, and E. Among the 5 types, Type A, B, and C are most common. History: World Hepatitis Day was initiated as a global awareness campaign by WHO. It was aimed at eradicating hepatitis completely across the globe. Patient groups of European and Middle Eastern regions, earlier in 2004, observed it as International Hepatitis C Awareness Day. The World Hepatitis Alliance proclaimed 19 May as the first World Hepatitis Day in 2008, which was later changed by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2010, to 28 July. The aim was to spread national and international level awareness about hepatitis. The day, July 28, was chosen to honor Nobel laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg on his birthday, who discovered the virus of Hepatitis B.

    CRPF personnel celebrates its 82nd raising day of the paramilitary force on 27th July

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    Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel celebrated its 82nd raising day of the paramilitary force on 27th July 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, and others greeted the CRPF personnel. CRPF is at the forefront of keeping the nation safe.  CRPF: Formed on: 27 July 1939 Headquarters: New Delhi Minister responsible: Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs The first battalion of CRPF was raised on July 27, 1939, as the Crown Representative's Police (CRP) under the British. It was renamed as Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in 1949 by India's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The headquarters of the country's largest paramilitary force is located at Lodhi Road, New Delhi. CRPF is India's largest Central Armed Police Force. CRPF functions under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

    National Broadcasting Day is observed on 23 July

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    National Broadcasting Day was observed on 23 July. The first-ever radio broadcast in India went on air from the Bombay Station on 23 July 1927. The broadcasting was done under the then private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company (IBC). Radio Broadcasting: Radio broadcasting began in the year 1923. It is under the radio club of the Bombay initiative. All India Radio is officially known as AkashVani since 1956. It is a division of Prasar Bharati. It was established in the year 1930. On 8 June 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS) became All India Radio (AIR). Currently, AIR is one of the largest public broadcasting organisations in the world. It is owned by Prasar Bharati. Prasar Bharati: Prasar Bharati is India’s largest public broadcasting agency. It is a statutory autonomous body set up by an Act of parliament and compromises the Doordarshan Television Network which was earlier media units of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

    World Chess Day was observed on 20 July

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    World Chess Day was observed on 20 July. The day is to celebrate the founding day of Federation Internationale des Echecs (International Chess Federation or World Chess Federation). The day also celebrate the game of Chess and encourages more people to play and enjoy the game amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Events: On 20 July 2020, Chess players, United Nations and governments officials, permanent missions to the UN, representatives of civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders attended and participated in a High-Level Virtual Event title "Chess for Recovering Better".  History: On December 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 20 July as World Chess Day to mark the date of the establishment of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) in Paris in 1924. FIDE initiatde to observe 20 July as International Chess Day by chess players around the world since 1966. The UN designated the observation of the Day to recognize the important role of the FIDE in supporting international cooperation for chess activity. It also aim to improve friendly harmony among all peoples of the world, but also to provide an important platform to foster, dialogue, solidarity, and a culture of peace. The game Chess is encouraged as it offers important opportunities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including strengthening education, realizing gender equality and the empowerment of women.

    Nelson Mandela International Day is observed on 18 July

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    Nelson Mandela International Day or Mandela Day is observed on 18 July every year across the globe. The day is aimed to honour Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, Nobel Prize winner, and anti-apartheid icon. History: Mandela Day was first held on 18 July 2009, in New York. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) recognized the day later that year. On 10 November 2009, the UNGA adopted a resolution A/RES/64/13 to recognize 18 July as the "International Day of Nelson Mandela". The day is designated to mark the contribution Nelson Mandela brings to peace through his active participation in resolving disputes, addressing racial issues, international democracy and reconciliation, and the promotion of human rights. UNGA also recognized the period from 2019 to 2028 as the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace. UNGA honoured Mandela's humility, forgiveness and compassion, and his contribution to the struggle for democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world. Nelson Mandela: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in the Eastern Cape, South Africa on 18 July 1918. In 1942, he began his career in politics. In 1944, he joined the African National Congress. Mandela was accused of treason in South Africa and was arrested on 5 December 1956. Nelson Mandela served as the President Of South Africa from 10 May 1994 to 16 June 1999. Mandela stepped down after one term as President. He dedicated his life to fighting for human rights. On 5 December 2013, he passed away in Johannesburg. Mandela was deeply concerned with issues related to racism.

    World Day for International Justice is observed on 17 July

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    World Day for International Justice is observed on 17 July across the world. The aim is to recognize the strengthening system of international justice. The day also promotes international criminal justice.  History: World Day for International Justice is observed on 17th July as the day commemorates the historic adoption of the Rome Statute in the year 1998. It also marks the importance of continuing the fight against impunity and bringing justice for the victims of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. World Day for International Justice is observed because it is necessary to make people aware and united to support justice and also to promote the rights of the victims. The day also attracts people around the world to pay attention to serious issues. It also protects people from several crimes and also warns those people who affect the peace, security, and well being of the nation at risk.

    World Youth Skills Day is observed on 15 July

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    World Youth Skills Day is observed on 15 July every year. The day is aimed to recognize the importance of equipping young people across the world with skills for employment and entrepreneurship. The day also aims to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges. Events: World Youth Skills Day 2020 is to take place in a challenging context. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures have led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, threatening the continuity of skills development.  Many virtual events focusing on the theme of “Skills for a Resilient Youth” is organized to mark the occasion. United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)-International Project on Technical and Vocational Education (UNEVOC) is organizing a Virtual Conference on Skills for a Resilient Youth for a week. It will be held from  6-14 July 2020.  History: In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution and declared 15th July as World Youth Skills Day. UNGA established the day with an aim to achieve better socio-economic conditions for the youth as a means of addressing the challenges of unemployment and underemployment. World Youth Skills Day is an opportunity for young people, training institutions, public and private sector stakeholders to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship.

    National Fish Farmers Day 2020 Obseved on 10th July

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    63rd National Fish Farmers Day India celebrates 10th July every year as the "National Fish Farmers Day" to honor the fish farmers, aquapreneurs& fisher folks in recognition of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution in the growth of the fisheries sector in the country. This year it was 63rd National Fish Farmer's Day. On July 10th, the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day. Background History: Every year, on 10 July, the National Fish Farmer's Day is celebrated in memory of scientists Dr. K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who successfully demonstrated induced breeding (Hypophysation) technology in Indian Major Carps on 10 July 1957 at the former CIFRI Pond Culture Division in Cuttack, Odisha. (presently Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, CIFA, Bhubaneswar). The event aims to draw attention to changing the way the country manages fisheries resources to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy ecosystems. The event is celebrated every year by congratulating outstanding farmers, aquapreneurs, and farmers in appreciation of their accomplishments in the field and their contribution to the development of the country's fisheries sector. Apart from officials, scientists, professionals, entrepreneurs, and stakeholders, fishermen, and fish farmers from across the nation will participate in the event. About NFBD Webinar: On  July 10th the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying in association with the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) hosted a webinar on the occasion of National Fish Farmers Day. Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri P. C. Sarangi, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Dr. Rajeev Ranjan, Secretary, Department of Fisheries, Government of India and senior officials from the Department of Fisheries graced the occasion. Interacting with fishermen, officials, scientists, entrepreneurs at various locations across the country, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh observed that to consolidate the achievements of the Blue Revolution and pave the way from NeeliKranti to ArthKranti, under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi The "Pradhan MantriMatsyaSampadaYojana" (PMMSY) has been launched with the highest investment ever of Rs. 20,050 crore over the next five years in order to realize its goal of doubling the farmer 's income. This scheme would tackle critical gaps in fish production and sustainability, efficiency, technology, post-harvest infrastructure and management, improving and enhancing the value chain, traceability, creating a comprehensive system for fisheries management and welfare for fishermen. Shri Giriraj Singh said that providing ‘Quality Seed’ of fish is very important in enhancing production and productivity in the country.  On the occasion of 'National Fish Farmers Day,' Shri Giriraj Singh announced that the NFDB, in collaboration with the NBFGR, will undertake the work of developing 'Fish Cryobanks' in various parts of the world, which will promote the availability of 'fish sperms' of desired species to fishermen at all times. This will be the first time in the world when "Fish Cryobank" will be created, which can bring a revolutionary change in the country's fisheries sector to boost fish production and productivity, thereby enhancing prosperity among the fishermen.  

    World Zoonoses Day is annually observed on 6 July

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    World Zoonoses Day is annually observed on 6 July. The day is observed with an aim to create awareness on zoonotic diseases, measures to prevent them, and how to treat it if exposed. The day is observed to honor Louis Pasteur who successfully administered the first Rabies virus vaccine, a zoonotic disease.  Zoonoses: The word 'Zoonoses' is derived from the Greek words zoon (animal) and nosos (ailment). Zoonoses is all about the spread of infectious disease between species, done by a vector from animals to humans and from human to other animals. There about 150 known zoonotic diseases.  People who work with wildlife are exposed to the potential for disease transmission from animals. People get infected with zoonotic diseases from contact with infected live poultry, reptiles, rodents, insects, amphibians, and other domestic and wild animals.

    International Day of Cooperatives is observed on 4 July

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    International Day of Cooperatives is observed on 4 July. The day is observed on the first Saturday of July every year. The day aims to raise awareness of cooperatives and extend the partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other organizations. Read information about the history, about ICA, the significance of celebrating this day. Theme: The theme of 2020 International Day of Cooperatives 2020 is "Cooperatives for Climate Action". It focussed to support the Sustainable Development Goal-13 (SDG-13) on climate action. It will focus on the cooperatives' contribution to the fight against climate change. History: Cooperatives are vital for economic and social development around the world. Based on the principle of cooperation, the cooperatives help to create new ethics and values in economics. The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) was formed in 1895 and the first Saturday of July is observed as International Cooperative Day since 1923.  In December 1992, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared the International Day of Cooperatives by UN Resolution 47/90. The move by UNGA was followed after an initiative by the cooperative movements caused by a member of the International Co-operating Alliance and members of the Committee for the Promotion and Development of Cooperatives (COPAC). The date was chosen to coincide with the already existing ICA International Co-operative Day which is the first Saturday of July.

    National Doctors Day is observed on 1 July

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    National Doctors' Day is celebrated annually on 1 July. The day is observed for honoring the physician and former chief minister of West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. It is celebrated to raise awareness about the importance of doctors and their vital role in our day-to-day lives.  Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy: Dr. Bidhan was an eminent physician and educationist. He was also a renowned freedom fighter. He joined Mahatma Gandhi during the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) and later he became Indian National Congress leader. He was elected twice as West Bengal's Chief Minister and remained in office for up to 14 years until his death in 1962. He was an Alumnus of the University of Calcutta. He played a key role in the formation of the Indian Medical Association and Medical Council of India. History: Doctors' Day in India was established in 1991 by the Government of India. The aim was to pay honour and respect Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. The day was chosen as it is the birth and death anniversary of Dr. Bidhan. He was born on 1st July 1882 and died on the same date, that is, 1st July 1962. A year before his death, Dr. Bidhan was honoured with Bharat Ratna on February 4, 1961, which is considered to be the highest civilian award in India. India has shown extraordinary improvements in the medical field and July 1 pays a  tribute to all the doctors who have made unremitting efforts to achieve this goal regardless of the odds.

    International Day of Parliamentarism is observed on 30 June

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    International Day of Parliamentarism is observed on 30th June every year. The day is aimed to honour the Parliamentarian for their service amid the pandemic. During the COVID-19 crisis, Parliaments and other government institutions are subject to the same social distancing measures as other public and private organizations. But the parliament plays a more vital role than ever to pass emergency laws, allocate resources, and scrutinize government action.  Parliament: Parliaments are the cornerstone of democracy. It represents the voice of the people, passed laws, allocate funds to implement laws and policies, and hold governments to account. Parliaments work to make sure that policies benefit all people, especially the most vulnerable. Parliaments link international and national agendas and ensure that governments implement international treaties and agreements that they sign up to. Parliaments in the countries play a vital role in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Also, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is working closely to help build their capacity in doing so. History: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed resolution A/RES/72/278 and designated June 30 to celebrate the International Day of Parliamentarism. The day was chosen as IPU, the global organization of parliaments, was established on 1889. The day aims to recognize the role of parliaments in national plans and strategies. The day will also ensure greater transparency and accountability at the national and global levels.

    National Statistics Day is observed on 29 June

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    National Statistics Day is celebrated on 29 June every year. The day is to commemorate the birth anniversary of Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. The day aims to create awareness among youth about the role of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation. On this day, the nation pays homage to Professor Mahalanobis. Its main aim of the day is to popularize the use of Statistics in everyday life  History: The National Statistics Day was first celebrated on 29th June 2007. Indian Government decided to celebrate and honour the outstanding contribution made by Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the field of economic planning and statistical development. Hence, GoI declared the observation of ‘National Statistics Day’ on the birth anniversary of Late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis: Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis is known as the father of Indian Statistics. He was born on 29 June 1893. He was an Indian statistician and scientist. He was a pioneer in anthropometry studies and in pilot surveys. He served as a member of the planning commission from 1956-61. He gave two-sector Input-output model for the Second Five Year Plan which later became known as the Nehru-Mahalanobis model. In December 1931, he established Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) in Kolkata. He was honoured with Padma Vibhushan in 1968, Weldon Memorial Prize from the University of Oxford in 1944, Fellow of the Royal Society, London  in 1945.

    International Widows Day is observed on 23 June

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    International Widows' Day is observed on 23 June. A million of widows across the globe live in poverty, and without any substantial support. Widows, and people dependent on them, face extreme poverty, a lot of injustice, among other societal. The day aims to address the issue that widows and their children face in several countries.  Background: The United Nations passed the resolution A/RES/65/189 and observe International Widows' Day since 2011. The aim is to draw attention to the voices and experiences of widows and to galvanize the unique support that they need. Th day provides an opportunity to take action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows.  It aims to provide them with information on access to: a fair share of the inheritance, productive resources and land social protection & pension that is not based on marital status alone equal pay & decent work education & training opportunities The day was initiated to empower widows to support themselves and their families also mean addressing social stigmas that create exclusion, and discriminatory or harmful practices. The day urges all the governments to take necessary action to uphold their commitments to ensure the rights of widows as enshrined in international law, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    International Olympic Day is observed on 23 June

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    International Olympic Day is observed on 23 June. The day is celebrated by people across the world. On 23 June 2020, the Olympic Movement is to celebrate Olympic Day by creating the world’s largest 24 hours digital-first Olympic. The 2020 edition is the first to be celebrated virtually. The day is celebrated to ensure that people can all still #StayActive in the safest way possible despite restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Olympic Day History: The beginning of Olympic dates back to 1947. Doctor Josef Gruss, a Czech IOC member, presented the idea of the observation of the World Olympic Day at the 41st Session of the International Olympic Committee in Stockholm in 1947. He proposed a day be set aside to celebrate everything that the Olympics stands for. It got approved at the 42nd IOC Session in St Moritz in January 1948. The National Olympic Committees were given the charge to organize International Olympic Day. The date, 23 June, was chosen to celebrate the special moment in the history of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which was established at the Sorbonne, Paris, on 23 June 1894, where Pierre de Coubertin rallied the revival of the Olympic Games.

    United Nations Public Service Day is observed on 23 June

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    United Nations Public Service Day is observed on 23 June. The day marks the important role and the dedication of public servants during the crisis. The day is to highlight the importance of public service and the valiant people who dedicate their lives to the nation.  Events: The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) & the Ministry of the Interior and Safety of the Republic of Korea are organizing an outreach and resource platform from 15-30 June. The aim of the event is to honour and thank the work of public servants globally and focus on the critical role frontline public servants have been playing in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. History: On 20 December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolution 57/277 and designated 23 June as Public Service Day. The day was designated to celebrate the virtue & value of public service to the community. The day also highlights the contribution of public service in the development process. The day focuses to recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector. The United Nations established the UN Public Service Awards (UNPSA) programme in 2003. It was reviewed in 2016 to align with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UNPSA was initiated with an aim to reward & promote innovation and excellence in public services by recognizing the creative achievements and contributions of public institutions.

    International Day of Yoga 2020 is celebrated on 21 June

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    International Day of Yoga 2020 is celebrated on 21 June every year to create awareness globally about the benefits of practicing yoga. The aim is to improve health and create awareness about the importance of maintaining health to the people. WHO aims to fulfill the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity 2018–2030: More active people for a healthier world. Theme: The theme of the 6th International Day of Yoga 2020 is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family”. Due to COVID-19, this year International Day of Yoga will be celebrated virtually at 7 am on June 21 so people will join through digital platforms.  History: The idea of International Day of Yoga was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2014. PM Narendra Modi also suggested 21st June as International Yoga Day because 21st June is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and has much significance in different parts of the world. On 11 December 2014, UNGA proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by passing resolution 69/131.

    International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is observed on 19 June

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    International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is observed on 19 June. The day aims to create awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence. Conflict-related sexual violence Conflict-related sexual violence refers to sexual slavery, forced prostitution, rape, forced pregnancy or abortion, enforced sterilization, and forced marriage. It also includes any other form of sexual violence committed against women, men, girls, or boys that is directly or indirectly linked to a conflict. It includes trafficking in persons when committed in situations of conflict for the purpose of sexual violence or exploitation. Background: On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution A/RES/69/293 and proclaimed 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. The day aims to raise awareness about conflict-related sexual violence and honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world. The day also aims to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.

    Sustainable Gastronomy Day is observed on 18 June

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    Sustainable Gastronomy Day is observed on 18 June. The day focuses on the world's attention on the role that sustainable gastronomy can play. The day also aims to reaffirm that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development. Sustainable Gastronomy: Gastronomy is sometimes referred to as the art of food. It refers to a style of cooking from a particular region or local food and cuisine. Sustainability is the idea that something like agriculture, fishing, or even preparation of food is done in a way that is not wasteful of our natural resources and can be continued into the future without being detrimental to our environment or health. Sustainable gastronomy means cuisine that considers where the ingredients are from, how the food is grown and how it gets to markets every day, and how it lands on the plates. History: On 21 December 2016, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted its resolution A/RES/71/246 and designated 18 June as an international observance, Sustainable Gastronomy Day.  The aim is to acknowledge gastronomy as a cultural expression related to natural and cultural diversity. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe, sustainable gastronomy aims to celebrate seasonal ingredients and producers, preserving wildlife, and the culinary traditions are more relevant than ever.

    World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17 June

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    World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed on 17 June. The day is aimed to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.  Theme: The theme for 2020 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is "Food. Feed.Fibre. - the links between consumption and land". The theme is focuses to change public attitudes which are the leading driver of desertification and land degradation. History: During the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, challenges like desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were identified to achieve sustainable development. In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) established the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). UNGA declared 17 June as World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought by passing the resolution A/RES/49/115. In the year 2007, the UNGA declared 2010-2020 as the UN Decade for Deserts and the fight against Desertification to mobilize global action to fight land degradation.

    International Day of Family Remittances is observed on 16 June

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    International Day of Family Remittances  (IDFR) is observed on 16 June every year. The international day aims to recognize the contribution of over 200 million migrant workers, who work hard to improve the lives of their 800 million family members back home. It also aims to create a future of hope for their children.   The day will be observed under unprecedented conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of migrant workers have lost their jobs, and many remittance families are suddenly pushed below the poverty line due to the pandemic. This has brought to a halt efforts to reach their own individual SDGs. History: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed the resolution A/RES/72/281 and designated the day on 16 June. The day aims to bring greater awareness of the impact that these contributions have on millions of households, communities, countries, and the entire region and the civil society, to maximize the impact of remittances through individual, and collective actions.

    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed on 15th June

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    World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed globally on 15th June every year. The day aims to provide an opportunity for communities around the globe to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons. It also aims to create awareness of the cultural, social, economic, and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. Elder Abuse: Abuse of the elderly consists of physical, emotional, or sexual harm that is inflicted upon an older adult. It also includes exploiting their finances, or neglecting their welfare, especially by people who are responsible for their care.  History: The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was initiated by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) in 2006. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed its resolution A/RES/66/127 and designated the observation of the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

    World wind day is observed on 15 June

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    World wind day is observed on 15 June every year. The day aims to spread awareness and encourage the use of wind as a form of green and renewable sources of energy. The day focuses on how wind energy can be utilized more aggressively. History: The day is organized every year by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). EWEA & GWEC coordinate with various networks of partners to celebrate this day. The observation of the Global Wind Day began in Europe in the year 2007 and globally in the year 2009. Global Wind Day is observed in more than 75 countries. Wind energy in India: Wind energy is one of the fastest-growing in the energy sectors of India. The government of India has set an ambitious target of producing 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. India is currently working to meet the target of producing 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. The states that produce and utilize most of the wind energy in India include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Odisha, and Andhra Pradesh.

    World Blood Donor Day is observed on 14 June

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    World Blood Donor Day 2020 is observed on 14 June every year. The aim is to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. It also aims to raise wider awareness of the urgent need to increase the availability of safe blood for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save a life. Theme: The theme of 2020 Blood Donor Day is "Safe Blood Saves Lives". The theme aims to achieve universal health coverage. The slogan for the campaign this year is "Give Blood And Make The World A Healthier Place" It also aims to raise awareness about the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care. History: World Blood Donor Day is observed every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on 14 June 1868. This event was first initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies on 14 June 2004. The aim is to raise public awareness about the need for safe blood donation voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person.

    International Albinism Awareness Day on 13 June

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    International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) is observed on 13 June. The day is observed to celebrate the human rights of persons with albinism across the world. Theme: The theme for 2020 International Albinism Awareness Day is "Made To Shine." The theme has been selected to celebrate the achievements and successes of persons with albinism worldwide. Bullying, Killings, attacks, dehumanizing stigma, and discrimination continue against people with albinism.  History: In the mid-2000s, there occurred a rising number of violent attacks on and murders of persons with albinism in Tanzania. Persons with albinism were accused to attribute magical powers. Such persons were used for lucky charms and occult rituals. By the year 2015, perpetrators killed over 70 victims and many were more. In response to this, the Tanzania Albinism Society (TAS) and other NGOs began campaigning for the human rights of persons with albinism. On 4 May 2006, TAS celebrated the first Albino Day. From the year 2009, the day became National Albino Day and was eventually called National Albinism Day. In December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution 69/170 and designated the observation of IAAD with effect from 13 June 2015. Albinism: Albinism is a congenital condition that is characterized by complete or partial lack of pigmentation in hair, skin, and eyes.  The condition might last for several years or even a lifetime. Symptoms: The symptoms for Albinism are: the absence of color in the hair, skin, or eyes, lighter than normal coloring of the hair, skin, or eyes and patches of skin that have an absence of color. It is accompanied by a number of vision defects including nystagmus, amblyopia, and photophobia. Treatment: Albinism can not be cured. But, treating many symptoms can be relieved and sun damage can be prevented. Treatment includes sunglasses to protect the eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, protective clothing, and sunscreen to protect the skin from UV rays, prescription eyeglasses to correct vision problems & surgery on the muscles of the eyes to correct abnormal eye movements.

    World Day Against Child Labour is observed on 12 June

    53 days ago
    World Day Against Child Labour (or Anti-Child Labor Day) is observed on 12 June every year. The day focuses on the impact of the crisis on Child labour. The economic crisis and labour market shock that is caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on people's lives and livelihoods. In such a crisis, the children are the first to suffer. The crisis due to the pandemic can push many vulnerable children into child labour.  Event: On the World Day Against Child Labour or Anti-Child Labor Day. a virtual campaign was conducted. It will be organized jointly with the Global March Against Child Labour and the International Partnership for Cooperation on Child Labour in Agriculture (IPCCLA).  A joint ILO-UNICEF paper on the impact of COVID-19 on child labour will be released on 12 June. The report highlights some of the main channels through which the pandemic is likely to affect progress towards the eradication of child labour. Background: The International Labour Organization (ILO) initiated the World Day Against Child Labour in the year 2002. The aim was to focus attention on child labour and take efforts needed to eliminate it. On this day, the world governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society, and millions of people from around the world get together to highlight the plight of child labourers and what can be done to help them. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted by world leaders in 2015 includes a commitment to end child labour. SDG targets to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour. It also aims to end modern slavery, human trafficking, secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour. International Labour Organization (ILO): Formed on: 29 October 1919 Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland Director-General: Guy Ryder

    World Accreditation Day was observed on 9 June

    55 days ago
    World Accreditation Day (WAD) was observed on 9 June. The day is celebrated every year to highlight and promote the role of accreditation in trade and economy.   Theme: The theme for the 2020 World Accreditation Day is "Accreditation: Improving Food Safety". The theme was set by IAF and ILAC. The theme aims to highlight the role of credible, competent accreditation for improving food safety. History: World Accreditation Day was jointly initiated by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) with an aim to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation-related activities. WAAD was first celebrated in the year 2008. Events: ♦ Inorder to celebrate the day Quality Council of India (QCI) organised a Webinar to commemorate the event, in which all concerned stakeholders participated. The webinar emphasized that accreditation is an important tool to help improve qualityof product and services in food sector and other areas. ♦ WAD Webinar hosted two technical sessions. ♦ The first session focussed on Regulator’s perspective on food safety. It was Chaired by Dr. D. K. Aswal, Director NPL and Chairman NABL.  ♦ The second technical session focussed on Industry’s Perspective on food safety. It was chaired by Mr. Shyam Bang, Chairman NABCB. ♦ Government, Regulators and Industry officials discussed the key areas related to the food sector.

    World Oceans Day is observed on 8 June

    57 days ago
    World Ocean Day is celebrated on 8 June. The day is observed to create awareness about the role played by oceans on earth. Oceans are the world’s largest source of protein. More than 3 billion people depend on the oceans as their primary source of protein and livelihood. Theme: The theme for the 2020 World Ocean Day is “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean.” The UN World Oceans Day celebration in 2020 was held as a virtual event, amid COVID-19 pandemic, produced in partnership with Oceanic Global. The theme is in line with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.  History: World Oceans Day was initially proposed by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada at the Earth Summit Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the year 1992. In 2008, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) passed resolution 63/111 and designated the observation of World Ocean Day on 8 June. After 2009, the day was renamed as World Oceans Day.

    World Environment Day observed on 5 June

    60 days ago
    World Environment Day is observed on 5 June. The day aims to create awareness and action for the protection of the environment.  Theme: The theme for the 2020 World Environment Day is 'Biodiversity'. The theme focuses on a concern that is both urgent and existential. The theme was based on the recent events including bushfires in Brazil, the United States, and Australia; locust infestations across East Africa; a global disease pandemic COVID-19. These have demonstrated the interdependence of humans and the webs of life, in which they exist. History: In 1972, the United Nations convened the first major conference on environmental issues from June 5-16 in Stockholm, Sweden. It is known as the Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm Conference) its goal was to forge a basic common outlook on how to address the challenge of preserving and enhancing the human environment. On 15 December 1972, the General Assembly adopted a resolution A/RES/2994 (XXVII) and designated 5 June as World Environment Day. Later, on 15 December 1972, UNGA adopted another resolution A/RES/3000 (XXVII), that led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the specialized agency on environmental issues. In the year 1974, the first World Environment Day was celebrated with the theme "Only One Earth".

    International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on 4 June

    61 days ago
    International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is observed on 4 June every year. The day aims to make people aware of the protection of children's rights and highlighting their suffering.  Aim: The day aims to acknowledge the pain suffered by children from around the world who are the victims of physical, mental, and emotional abuse. It also aims to provide each and every family justice, peace, and freedom in the world. History: In 1997, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the 51/77 Resolution on the Rights of the Child. The day was established on 19 August 1982. The observation of the day originally focused on victims of the 1982 Lebanon War. Many innocent Lebanese and Palestinian children became the victims of the aggression acts by Israel. The day affirms the UN's commitment to protecting the rights of children. It is one of the important efforts to improve the protection of children in conflict situations.

    World Bicycle Day is observed on 3 June

    62 days ago
    World Bicycle Day is observed on 3 June. The day aims to motivate and inspire people towards having more tolerance, understanding, and respect for one another. Bicycle signifies a sustainable means of transport which is good for the environment and economy. Aim: World Bicycle Day aims to devote special attention to the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies. It also aims to include the bicycle in international, regional, national, and subnational development policies and programmes. The day aims to adopt best practices and means to promote the bicycle across the world. History: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 3 June as International World Bicycle Day in April 2018. The observation of the day began as the after-effect of Leszek Sibilski's crusade and the help of Turkmenistan and 56 different nations to commemorate World Bicycle Day. The day was designated to recognize the uniqueness, longevity, and versatility of the bicycle. It is also a simple, affordable, reliable, clean, and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation. UNGA encouraged its stakeholders to emphasize and advance the use of the bicycle as a means to foster sustainable development, strengthen education, respect, promoting health, preventing disease, promoting tolerance, mutual understanding, and to facilitate social inclusion and a culture of peace.

    Telangana State Formation Day celebrated on 2 June

    63 days ago
    Telangana Day is celebrated on 2 June each year from 2014. The day marks the state's bifurcation from Andhra Pradesh. Telangana State Formation Day 2020 marks the sixth Telangana State Formation Day. It is the 29th state of India after the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act was passed in the Parliament.  Highlights: ♦ The bill was introduced on 5 December 2013 in the Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh.  ♦ The Bill Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 was passed in the Parliament of India in February 2014.  ♦ The bill was given assent by the President and published in the Gazette on 1 March 2014. ♦ Telangana state was formed officially on 2 June 2014. About Telangana: Founded on: 2 June 2014 Governor: Tamilisai Soundararajan Chief Minister: K.Chandrashekar Rao  Capital: Hyderabad Telangana is bordered by: ♦ Maharashtra to the north ♦ Chhattisgarh and Karnataka to the west ♦ Andhra Pradesh to the south and east

    International Sex Workers Day is observed on 2 June

    63 days ago
    International Sex Workers Day is observed on 2 June. The day aims to spread awareness about the rights of sex workers so that they too can live a life of respect.  History: On 2 June 1975, approximately 100 sex workers gathered at Sant-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express anger about their exploitative living conditions and work culture. The Church was brutally raided by the police forces on 10 June. This action became a national movement. The day is now celebrated in Europe and worldwide. The day aims to ensure they have the same rights as all other human beings do. It is expected that it will help them to tackle problems of them being exploited, abused, or trafficked. India: National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) report stated that there are around 6,37,500 sex workers in India and over 5 lakh customers visit red-light areas on a daily basis. Women and men are forced into sex work, most of the time, because it is their only way of earning a living.  Measures have been taken to give them equal rights as everyone else and decriminalizing the work they do would not only help destigmatize them but also protect them. 

    Global Day of Parents is celebrated on 1 June

    64 days ago
    Global Day of Parents is celebrated on 1 June every year. The day aims to honour all the parents throughout the world. The observation of the day recognizes the primary responsibility of the family in nurturing and protecting their children. Global Day of Parents provides an opportunity to appreciate parents across the world for their selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship. History: During the 1980s, the United Nations (UN) focussed on attending issues related to the family. Based on the recommendations of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in 1983, the Commission for Social Development in its resolution on the Role of the family in the development process (1983/23) requested the UN to address the problems and need of the family. The day was designated to enhance awareness among decision-makers and the public of the problems and needs of the family, as well as of effective ways of meeting those needs. On 9 December 1989, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 1994 as the International Year of the Family. UNGA passed resolution 47/237 in 1993 and designated 15 May of every year as the International Day of Families. In 2012, UNGA proclaimed 1 June as the Global Day of Parents. It also directed its member states to observe the Global Day of Parents annually in honour of parents throughout the world. 

    World Milk Day is observed on 1 June

    64 days ago
    World Milk Day is observed on 1 June every year. The day aims to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector. 2020 Milk day marks the 20th year since the initiative and the entire world celebrates the day to mark the significance of milk intake in the diet.  Aim: World Milk Day aims to provide information about the need and importance of milk in a human being's life. The day will raise awareness about milk and its products. The day also aims to educate people about the nutrients that are present in milk like calcium, protein, vitamin B2, potassium, iodine, etc. Milk: Milk has valuable nutrients. It offers a wide range of health benefits. Milk is a white liquid food produced by the mammary glands of mammals. Milk is not only consumed by growing children but also by the people of all age groups. Milk is a rich source of calcium, protein, fat, and vitamin C. Mainly we get milk from cows, buffaloes, and other animals like sheep, goat, and camel. History: World Milk Day was established by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The day was initiated to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. The day has been observed each year since 2001.

    Anti-tobacco Day is observed on 31 May every year

    66 days ago
    World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed on 31 May across the world. The World No Tobacco Day is observed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners every year. The day provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure. It encourages a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe. It draws attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects.  2020 Theme: The theme for 2020 Anti-tobacco Day "Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use". Tobacco industries across the world have deliberately employed many tactics to attract youth to tobacco and nicotine products. The theme aims to stop the tobacco industry from exploiting children and young people. Tobacco: Tobacco is prepared from tobacco plant leaves. More than 70 species of tobacco are known, so far. The dried tobacco leaves can be used for smoking in cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and flavored shisha tobacco. Tobacco is consumed as snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco, and snus. Risk factor:  Tobacco affects the heart, liver, and induce many cancers. In 2008, WHO named tobacco as the world's single greatest preventable cause of death. Note: WNTD is one of the 8 official global public health campaigns marked by the WHO. The other day includes World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World TB Day, World Malaria Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Health Day, and World AIDS Day.

    International Day of UN Peacekeepers is observed on 29 May

    67 days ago
    International Day of UN Peacekeepers is observed on 29 May every year. The day aims to offer a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel's invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization. The day also aims to honour more than 3,900 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948.  Theme: The theme for 2020 International Day of UN Peacekeepers is "Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace". The theme has been chosen by the United Nations as it commemorates the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security.  History: International Day of UN Peacekeepers is adopted by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in its resolution 57/129. The first UN peacekeeping mission was established on 29 May 1948, when the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) authorized the deployment of a small number of UN military observers to the Middle East. These observers formed the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) to monitor the Armistice Agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The day was initiated to pay tribute to the 3700 uniformed and civilian personnel who lost their lives upholding peace.

    International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is observed on 23 May

    73 days ago
    International Day to End Obstetric Fistula (IDEOF) is observed on 23 May. The day is celebrated by the United Nations. In 2003, the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF), formerly known as the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and its partners had launched a global campaign to End Obstetric Fistula.  Theme: The theme for 2020 IDEOF is "End gender inequality! End health inequities! End Fistula now!". The theme urges universal access to quality maternal health care, preventive measures. It also aims to increase the attention to affected women and prioritize girls and their health. Obstetric fistula: An obstetric fistula is a hole between the birth canal and rectum (bladder) that is caused by prolonged obstructed labor, leaving a woman incontinent of urine or feces or both. The injury occurs during childbirth. It leaves women incontinent, and as a result they are often shunned by their communities.  Obstetric fistula can be preventable. It can be avoided by delaying the age of first pregnancy, the cessation of harmful traditional practices, and timely access to obstetric care.  History: The United Nations first observed the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula in 2013. The day aims to raise awareness of this issue and mobilize support around the globe. 

    International Day for Biological Diversityis observed on 22 May

    74 days ago
    International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is observed on 22 May. The day to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. It calls people to re-examine human relationship to the natural world. Theme: The theme for 2020 International Day for Biological Diversity is "Our solutions are in nature". The theme emphasizes hope, solidarity, and the importance of working together at all levels to build a future of life in harmony with nature. The theme aims to increase the resilience of nations and communities as the world countries are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.  History: IDB was first initiated by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on 29 December 1993, when the Convention of Biological Diversity came into force. In December 2000, the UNGA adopted 22 May as IDB with an aim to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

    International Tea Day is observed on 21 May

    74 days ago
    International Tea Day is observed on 21 May every year. The day provides an opportunity to celebrate the cultural heritage, health benefits, and economic importance of tea. The day is celebrated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Tea: The origins of tea go back to more than 5,000 years. Tea contributes to health, culture, and socioeconomic development. Currently, Tea is grown in more than 35 countries. It supports over 13 million people, including smallholder farmers and their households, who depend on the tea sector for their livelihoods. Tea has many health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory & antioxidant properties. History: In 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 21 May as International Tea Day as it recognized the long history and deep cultural and economic significance of tea around the world. UNGA recognized that tea has medicinal value and has the potential of bringing health benefits to people. The reason for the UN celebrating Tea day on 21 May is that the season of tea production begins in May in most of the tea producing countries. Earlier, tea producing countries like Malawi, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Uganda, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, and Tanzania observed International Tea Day on 15 December every year.

    World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on 21 May

    74 days ago
    World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is observed on 21 May. The day celebrates the richness of the world's cultures and the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The day aims to promote culture and highlight the significance of its diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change.  Aim: The day aims to provide an opportunity to celebrate culture's manifold forms, creative industries, diversity of cultural expressions, and to reflect on how these contribute to the dialogue, mutual understanding, and the social, environmental, and economic vectors of sustainable development. History: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) first declared the observation of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development in 2002. The move followed UNESCO's adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity which recognized the need to enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development, and global peaceful coexistence. 

    National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on 21 May

    75 days ago
    National Anti-Terrorism Day is observed on 21 May every year in India. The day aims to raise awareness about the anti-social act of terrorism and its impact on human suffering and lives. The day marks the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi, the Former Prime Minister of India. The day also aims to spread the message of peace and humanity and to promote unity among people.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the day has been decided to be observed with precautions. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has advised that 'Anti-Terrorism Pledge' may be taken solemnly by the Officials in their rooms/offices itself. History: The seventh Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21 May 1991. He was killed in Tamil Nadu in a campaign by the terrorist. Following this tragedy, under the V.P. Singh government, the Centre has decided to observe 21 May as Anti Terrorism Day.

    World Bee day is observed on 20 May

    76 days ago
    World Bee day is observed on 20 May every year. The day aims to strengthen measures to protect bees and other pollinators. The day aims to spread awareness about the significance of pollinators like bees, butterflies, bats, and sparrows. Theme: The theme for 2020 World Bee Day is "Save the Bees". The theme aims to stress the protection of bees and other pollinators. It also aims at protecting the natural habitat of pollinators.  History: The United Nations initiated the observation of World Bee day. The days also commemorate the birth anniversary of the pioneer of beekeeping Anton Jansa who was born in 1734 in Slovenia. The UN Member States approved the proposal of World Bee Day in December 2017. The first World Bee Day was celebrated on 20 May 2018. The purpose of the Bee Day is to acknowledge the role of bees in the ecosystem. The day aims to highlight the variety of threats and development.

    World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was observed on 17 May

    78 days ago
    World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was observed on 17 May every year. The day aims to celebrate the power of telecommunication and its importance in building relationships across cultures around the world.  Aim: The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day aims to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information communications technology (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, and the ways to bridge the digital divide. Theme: The theme for the year 2020 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is "Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." The theme focuses to achieve five SDGs and aim for environmental, economic, and social sustainability. These five plans include growth, inclusiveness, sustainability, innovation, and partnership. History: World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969. The day commemorates the establishment of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 17 May 1865. ITU was instituted by the Plenipotentiary Conference held in Malaga-Torremolinos in 1973. Until 2015, it was just regarded as World Telecommunication Day. But, later, the UN renamed it as "World Telecommunication and Information Society Day".

    World Hypertension Day is observed on 17 May

    78 days ago
    World Hypertension Day (WHD) is observed on 17 May every year. The day aims to promote public awareness of hypertension. It also encourages all the people across the world to prevent and control this silent killer. Theme: The theme of 2020 World Hypertension Day is "Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer." It focuses to create awareness about raising high blood pressure (BP) in all the populations around the world.  History: The observation of World Hypertension Day was initiated by the World Hypertension League (WHL). The day was first inaugurated in May 2005. WHL is an affiliated section of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH). The day aims to spread awareness about hypertension disease, early detection, prevention, and control. The main risk factor to develop cardiovascular disease is high blood pressure. Hypertension: Hypertension or high blood pressure is a long-term medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is persistently elevated. High blood pressure, if left untreated, can cause health conditions, such as heart disease and stroke. A diet high in salt, fat, and/or cholesterol, Chronic conditions such as kidney and hormone problems, diabetes, and high cholesterol are the common factors that can lead to high blood pressure.

    International Day of Light is observed on 16 May

    80 days ago
    International Day of Light is observed on 16 May. The day marks the 60th anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser in 1960 by Theodore Maiman, the physicist, and engineer. The day aims to raise awareness about the important role played by all the light-based technologies in the lives of people in areas of education, art, and culture sustainable development, science & technology, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. History: The International Day of Light was initiated by UNESCO. The day marks the anniversary of the first successful operation of the laser by engineer and physicist Theodore Maiman on 16 May 1960. 2020 International Day of Light marks the global celebration of the second edition of the International Day of Light.

    Sikkim celebrated 45th State Day on 16 May

    80 days ago
    Sikkim celebrated 45th State Day on 16 May 2020. It was celebrated in a brief function held at Chintan Bhawan premises, Gangtok. The function was graced by Governor of Sikkim Shri Ganga Prasad and Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang amid lockdown. History: In the 17th Century, Sikkim was founded by the Namgyal dynasty. In 1980, it became a princely state of British India. In 1947, after India became independent, Sikkim continued to enjoy the protectorate status with the Republic of India. However, in 1973, anti-royalist took place and the Chogyal's monarchy was deposed. In 1975, Sikkim joined India as its 22nd state.  Sikkim: Statehood: 16 May 1975 Governor: Ganga Prasad Chief Minister: Prem Singh Tamang Capital: Gangtok

    International Day of Families is observed on 15 May

    81 days ago
    International Day of Families is celebrated on 15 May every year. The day is celebrated to raise awareness towards the significance of families and to overcome the aspects that might be negatively affecting these efforts.  Aim: The day highlights the various issues that plague the families around the world and suggests the necessary measures that can be taken to resolve these and build harmony. The day aims to strengthen a single family, as it will empower and strengthen the entire society and a nation. Theme: The theme for 2020 International Day of Families is "Families in Development." The theme aims to portray the importance of families and their roles in social development. The theme stresses the importance of families and how much they mean in the context of the pandemic COVID-19. History: In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution and designated the observation of the International Day of Families. The day aims to encourage improved living standards and the social progress of families in the world. The day aims to cater to the changing socio-economic structures affecting the stability of families in different parts of the world. The day was first observed in 1994.

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