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  • World Earth Day observed on April 22

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    On 22nd April 2009 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 22nd April as the “International Mother Earth Day”. The term ‘Mother Earth’ implies the interdependent relationship which exists between all the species of planet earth and to acknowledge earth’s role in sustaining them all. World Earth Day 2019 theme is ‘Protect Our Species’. It will mainly focus on saving species which are on the verge of extinction due to climate change, deforestation, pollution and illegal poaching. The founder of the Earth Day was Gaylord Nelson. In 2005 the United Nations General Assembly declared 2008 as the “International Year of Planet Earth”. The day was adopted with a view to promote education of earth sciences, acknowledging its importance in sustainable use of natural resources as well as for sustainable development. About United Nations General Assembly: It is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, the only one in which all member nations have equal representation. Founded: 1945 Founder: United Nations Headquarters: New York, United States President: María Fernanda Espinosa

    International Day for Monuments and Sites was observed on 18th April

    19 April 2019
    The International Day for Monuments and Sites was observed on 18th April every year. In 1982, ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) established 18 April as the International Day for Monuments and Sites. UNESCO approved it the following year during its 22nd General Conference. Since then, 18 April has been a day to celebrate and promote cultural heritage, and an opportunity to raise awareness about its diversity, its relevance, how vulnerable it can be and what the needs and benefits of its conservation are. The theme for International Day for Monuments and Sites 2019 is Rural Landscapes, which is linked to the theme of the 2019 ICOMOS Scientific Symposium on Rural heritage to take place in October in Marrakesh, Morocco. The day offers the opportunity for National and International Scientific Committees to raise awareness about the relevance of rural landscapes, the challenges that encompass their conservation, the benefits that these efforts provide, and how rural landscapes are intrinsically related with sustainable development. Some of the main features that define rural landscapes are its fragility and use. While any changes in the conditions that sustain the living and evolving landscape might involve a dramatic transformation, or even a complete abandon or loss of a landscape, it is the conservation of its use which enables its tangible and intangible heritage to survive. International Council on Monuments and Sites: Founded in: 1965 Headquarters: Paris, France President: Toshiyuki Kono It works to Conserve and protect the cultural heritage places around the world

    April 19 is observed as World Liver Day

    19 April 2019
    The World Liver Day (WLD) is observed every year on April 19 to build awareness and understanding importance of liver in human body and how liver ailments are treated. As per World Health Organisation (WHO), liver diseases are 10th most common cause of death in India. Liver: The liver, which measures about 1,00 grams in weight and 15 cm in length, is the second largest organ and is key player in our body’s digestive system. It is responsible for the synthesis of various proteins, coagulation factors, cholesterol, triglycerides and bile including glycogenesis. It is also responsible for detoxifications of drugs, alcohol and control of infections. A few known liver diseases: 1. Hepatitis A, B or C 2. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease 3. Alcoholic fatty liver 4. Fatty liver 5. Cirrhosis of the liver 6. Alcoholic hepatitis 7. Hemochromatosis

    World Heritage Day observed on 18th April

    18 April 2019
    World Heritage Day also known as International Day for Monuments and Sites is an annual event celebrated on 18 April every year. In 2019, the theme is Rural Landscapes. History: The day was proposed by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on 18 April 1982 and approved by the General Assembly of UNESCO in 1983. Aim of the Day: To emphasize the importance of safeguarding various sites around the world that have achieved world heritage status and the challenges involved in protecting these sites. UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Today, there are a grand total of 1,092 UNESCO World Heritage Sites worldwide, of which 845 are cultural, 209 are natural and 38 are a mixture. 55 of these are in danger, including the birthplace of Jesus, Church of the Nativity and Pilgrimage Route in Bethlehem. Top 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India: 1. Taj Mahal, Agra 2. Qutub Minar, New Delhi 3. Sun Temple, Odisha 4. Monuments of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 5. Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar

    Himachal Pradesh celebrated 72nd Himachal Day on 15th April

    17 April 2019
    Himachal Pradesh celebrated 72nd Himachal Day on 15th April. Himachal Day is celebrated to commemorate its creation.  Before Independence: The genesis of the Himachal Day Before independence, most of the areas of Himachal Pradesh was part of Punjab state and during that time this region was divided into four different regions such as Chamba, Mandi, Shimla, etc. After independence: After the independence, in 1948 the state was declared as a union territory. On the 15th April Chief Commission inaugurated this territory and after that this day was celebrated as 'Himachal Day' every year. Later in the 1970 the union territory was declared as a separate state.  On 25th January 1971, it became the 18th state of the country. Himachal Pradesh has developed rapidly after coming into existence on April 15, 1948, following the merger of 30 princely states. Difficult geographical conditions, inaccessible areas, and other complexities could not affect the courage of the people. About Himachal Pradesh: Statehood: 25 January 1971 Capitals: Shimla, Dharamshala (Second Capital in Winter) Districts: 12 Governor: Acharya Dev Vrat Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur Official: Hindi Literacy: 83.78%
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    World Haemophilia Day observed on April 17

    17 April 2019
    World Haemophilia Day was started in 1989 by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) which chose to bring the community together on April 17 in honour of WFH founder Frank Schnabel’s birthday. April 17, 2019, marks the 30th World Hemophilia Day 2019 Theme: World Hemophilia Day theme for the year 2019 is ‘Outreach and Identification’. It will be observed with the slogan – ‘Reaching Out: The First Step to Care’. Haemophilia: Haemophilia is a condition in which bleeding is prolonged. A protein in the blood, causes the blood to clot and stops the bleeding. However, haemophiliacs (people with hemophilia) have lower levels of clotting factor in the blood and bleeding continues for much longer periods. According to the World Federation of Hemophilia, about 1 in every 1000 person has a bleeding disorder; many are left untreated. India with nearly two lakh cases is estimated to have the second highest number of patients with haemophilia. About World Federation of Haemophilia: Founder: Frank Schnabell Founded: 1963 Headquarters: Montreal, Quebec, Canada Member Countries: 113 Current President: Alain Weill

    National Safe Motherhood Day is celebrated on April 11

    11 April 2019
    National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is observed annually on 11 April to raise awareness about the proper healthcare of women and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women. The theme of 2019 NSMD is "Midwives for Mothers". Last year’s NSMD theme was ‘Respectful Maternity Care’. This day also raise awareness for the prevention of child marriages, that may be an indirect cause of maternal deaths. About National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD): ♦ This day is an  initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) to provide women with various healthcare programs during pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal services. ♦ This day is first celebrated in 2003. ♦ 11 April is the anniversary day of Kasturba Gandhi's birth. Facts about Maternal Mortality according to WHO: ♦ Approximately 830 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. ♦ In developing countries 99% maternal deaths occurs.

    International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was observed on 7th April

    10 April 2019
    International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was observed on 7th April in memory of the victims of the genocide in Rwanda.  1994 Rwanda Genocide (massacre): ♦ 1994 Rwanda Genocide was a was a mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda during the Rwandan Civil War, which started in 1990. It was directed by members of the Hutu majority government during the 100-day period from 7 April to 15 July 1994. ♦ About 85% of Rwandans were Hutus and the Tutsi minority has long dominated the country. In 1959, the Hutus overthrew the Tutsi monarchy and tens of thousands of Tutsis fled to neighbouring countries, including Uganda. A group of these Tutsi exiles formed a rebel group, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF).  ♦ The RPF invaded Rwanda in 1990 and fighting continued until a 1993 peace deal was agreed. On 6th April, a plane carrying then-President Juvenal Habyarimana, and his counterpart Cyprien Ntaryamira of Burundi both Hutus was shot down which killed everyone on board. The assassination of Habyarimana ended the peace accords. ♦ Hutu extremists blamed the RPF and immediately started a well-organised campaign of slaughter whereas the RPF said the plane had been shot down by Hutus to provide an excuse for the genocide. The genocide had lasting and profound effects on Rwanda and neighboring countries. About Rwanda: ♦ President: Paul Kagame ♦ Prime Minister: Edouard Ngirente ♦ Capital: Kigali ♦ Official languages: English, French, Kinyarwanda, Swahili ♦ Currency: Rwandan franc (RWF)

    April 10: World Homoeopathy Day

    10 April 2019
    The World Homoeopathy Day 2019 is observed across the world on April 10, 2019 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann. The week following the birth date of Hahnemann, that is, 10 April - 16 April is observed as the World Homeopathic Awareness Week. This year it is 263rd birth anniversary of founder of Homoeopathy. About Samuel Hahnemann: Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, a great scholar, linguist and an acclaimed scientist, is known as the Father of Homeopathy, Father of Human Pharmacology, Father of Nano Medicine and the Father of Infinite Dilution concept in Chemistry. About CCRH: Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH) in India organises the scientific convention on the World Homeopathy Day to pay tributes to Dr. Hahnemann on his birth anniversary. The council has so far accomplished over 168 clinical researches, 40 basic researches, standardization studies of 348 drugs, proving of 112 drugs and clinical verification of 106 drugs. On the occasion, the AYUSH Awards will be conferred for Life Time Achievement, Best Teacher, Young Scientist and Best Research paper with an aim to recognise exemplary work in the field of Homoeopathy. About Homeopathy: Homeopathy as system of medicine was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann in Germany in 1796. It is a natural approach to the treatment of the sick. This medical system based on the belief that the body can cure itself. Homeopathy uses animal, plant, mineral, and synthetic substances in its preparations and labels them in Latin or faux-Latin vocabulary. It is world’s second most widely used system of treatment.

    National Handloom Week observed from 7th April to 14th April

    8 April 2019
    It is a celebration of the country’s 5,000-year old tradition of hand weaving cloths. On this occasion, a book named ‘The Indian textile Sourcebook’ authored by Avalon Fotheringham and published by Thames and Hudson will be launched on 9th April. In 2018, the National Handloom Week was observed during December month. The National Handloom Day is observed on 7th August every year across India. It was on this day that the Swadeshi Movement was launched in 1905. The First National handloom day was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on August 7, 2015 in Chennai.

    Nagaland observed the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima

    8 April 2019
    Nagaland observed the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Kohima on 4th April 2019. The theme of the event is 'Remembrance, Reconciliation, and Rebirth'. The dignitaries from the UK and Japan sought reconciliation and forgiveness for the sufferings and pain caused against each other at the Battle of Kohima, that was fought in three stages during the Second World War in 1944. Battle of Kohima is considered as the turning point of the Japanese U Go offensive, or Operation C mission launched in India in 1944 during the Second World War. The Battle of Kohima was fought in three stages from 3 April to 22 June 1944 around the town of Kohima in Nagaland in northeast India: 1. From 3 to 16 April, the Japanese attempted to capture Kohima ridge 2. From 18 April to 13 May, British and Indian reinforcements counter-attacked to drive the Japanese from the positions they had captured. The Japanese abandoned the ridge at this point but continued to block the Kohima-Imphal road 3. From 16 May to 22 June, the British and Indian troops pursued the retreating Japanese and reopened the road The battle ended on 22 June. It is often referred to as the "Stalingrad of the East".

    World Health Day observed on 7th April

    7 April 2019
    World Health Assembly decided to celebrate 7 April of each year as the World Health Day, with effect from 1950. World Health Day is one of eight official global health campaigns marked by WHO, along with World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World AIDS Day, World Blood Donor Day, and World Hepatitis Day. The theme of World Health Day 2019 is Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere.

    National Maritime Day is celebrated on April 5 in India

    5 April 2019
    National Maritime Day in India is celebrated on April 5 every year. The day is being observed since 1964. Hundred years ago, on this day in 1919, navigation history was created when SS Loyalty, the first ship of The Scindia Steam Navigation Company Ltd travelled to the United Kingdom from Mumbai. It was a crucial step for India shipping history when sea routes were controlled by the British. It marked a red letter day in the maritime history of India.  This day is celebrated to spread awareness in supporting intercontinental commerce and the global economy. The theme of the 56th edition of the National Maritime Day is “Indian Ocean-An Ocean of opportunity”. National Maritime Day 2019 awards, the Varuna Award, will also be given for outstanding contribution to Indian Maritime Sector.

    Prevention of Blindness Week observed from 1st to 7th April 2019 in India

    4 April 2019
    April 1 to 7 is observed as Prevention of Blindness Week every year in India. It is observed to alert and awaken the society towards various factors which causes blindness. It is organised by National Society for the Prevention of Blindness-India (NSPB-I) along with the support of state and local branches. Initiated in 1960, Prevention of Blindness Week was launched by Jawaharlal Nehru and Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur, under Societies Registration Act of 1860. Indian Government has also launched another campaign ‘Vision 2020: The Right to Sight’ in collaboration with WHO to prevent blindness. Some facts on Blindness in India: Over 15 million people are blind in India out of the world’s 37 million blind (2007 records). One out of every three people in India is blind. The major causes of blindness in India are malnutrition, trachoma & cataract among others. Other causes include shortage of optometrists and donated eyes.

    UN observes International Day for Mine Awareness on 4th April

    4 April 2019
    On 8 December 2005, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The theme for 2019 is "United Nations Promotes SDGs – Safe Ground – Safe Home". United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) has been working to: ♦ meet the needs of the affected people and tailored to the threat of explosive hazards faced by civilians, peacekeepers, and humanitarians ♦ save lives ♦ facilitate deployment of UN missions and the delivery of humanitarian assistance ♦ protect civilians ♦ support the voluntary return of the internally displaced and refugees ♦ enable humanitarian and recovery activities  ♦ advocate for international humanitarian and human rights law United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS): ♦ Formation: October 1997 ♦ Headquarters: New York, USA ♦ Director of UNMAS: Agnes Marcaillou

    Odisha celebrated 84th foundation day on April 1, 2019

    2 April 2019
    The day is also known as ‘Utkal Divas.’ Odisha was the first State to be formed on linguistic basis in 1936. Earlier, Odisha was part of Bihar. About Odisha: ♦ Capital: Bhubaneshwar ♦ Governor: Ganeshi Lal ♦ Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik ♦ National Parks: Similipal NP, Bhitarkanika NP ♦ Famous Dances: Odissi (Classical), Munari, Chhau, Ghumara

    Rajasthan Day was celebrated on 30th March

    2 April 2019
    Rajasthan Day is celebrated every year on March 30 to commemorate the day on which the state of Rajasthan came into existence. Rajasthan, earlier known as Rajputana, came into existence on March 30, 1949. Rajasthan Day commemorates the valour, strong will power and sacrifice of the people of Rajasthan.  Before Independence, Rajasthan was comprised of around 21 small and big princely states. The princely states were annexed to the union of India on 15th August 1947 but their unification could be accomplished only later. Rajasthan Union came into existence by the union of states namely Banswara, Bundi, Dungarpur, Jhalawar, Kishangarh, Pratapgarh, Shahpura, Tonk, and Kota on 25th March 1948. The United State of Rajasthan was inaugurated by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru on 18th April 1948. Greater Rajasthan States like Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, and Jodhpur got merged and formed Greater Rajasthan on 30th March 1949 which was inaugurated by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. Later Rajasthan was further reorganised by the merger of Matsya Union on May 15th, 1949, Sirohi joined Rajasthan on January 26th, 1950 and annexation of Ajmer-Merwara region in November 1956. Later Madhya Pradesh's Bhanpura tehsil and Abu of Gujarat also merged with Rajasthan.

    World Autism Awareness Day is observed on 2nd April

    2 April 2019
    World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day observed on 2nd April every year. The aim is to encourage member states of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the world. The theme for 2019 is "Assistive Technologies, Active Participation". It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). World Autism Awareness Day was passed in council on 1 November 2007 and adopted on 18 December 2007. It was proposed by the United Nations representative from Qatar, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Consort of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, and supported by all member states. World Autism Day is one of only seven official health-specific UN Days. The day itself brings individual autism organizations together all around the world to aid in things like research, diagnoses, treatment, and overall acceptance for those affected by this developmental disorder.

    World Theatre Day celebrated on 27th March

    27 March 2019
    World Theatre Day celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community. It was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI).   On this day several national and international theatre events are organised. A celebrated figure of the theatre is also invited by ITI who speaks and motivates people about the theme of Theatre, a culture of peace and circulate the message in the whole world.  This year that is in 2019 Carlos CELDRAN from Cuba, is an award -winning and highly esteemed theatre director, playwright, academic and professor, living and working in Havana, Cuba and present his work all over the world has been selected for the message 2019.

    World Purple day Observed on March 26

    27 March 2019
    Epilepsy Awareness Day which is commonly known as World Purple Day is observed on March 26 in order to encourage the people to wear the colour to increase the awareness of Epilepsy. Nearly 50 million people in the world are having Epilepsy as per the World Health Organization (WHO) which does not have a known cause. The day was first observed in 2008 in Nova Scotia, Canada to encourage awareness and cast away the myths on the general public about the decease. The mission of the day is to share stories and start conversations about epilepsy and to raise funds.

    India observed Shaheed Divas

    25 March 2019
    On March 23rd, India observed Shaheed Divas or Martyr's Day as a tribute to the Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru on their death anniversary.  The supreme sacrifice of these revolutionaries continues to inspire generations in India. Bhagat Singh with his associate Batukeshwar Dutt had bombed the Delhi Central Assembly against the passing of two repressive bills, the Public Safety Bill and the Trade Dispute Bill. Bhagat Singh along with his associates Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru were hanged to death for the killing 21-year-old British police officer John Saunders on March 23rd, 1931. January 30 which marks the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is also observed as the Martyrs Day to honour our brave martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for the country.

    World Tuberculosis Day is observed on 24 March

    25 March 2019
    World Tuberculosis Day is observed on 24 March each year. World TB Day is marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. The theme of World TB Day 2019  is ‘It’s time’.  The date marks the day in 1882 when Dr.Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacterium that causes TB, Mycobacterium tuberculosis. His discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing this disease. World Health Organization (WHO): ♦ Formation: 1948 ♦ Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland ♦ Director-General: Tedros Adhanom ♦ Parent organization: UN Economic and Social Council

    World Down Syndrome Day observed on March 21

    22 March 2019
    Recognizing the need to support people suffering from Down Syndrome, the WHO (world Health Organization) on 20th December 2007, recognized March 21st as ‘World Down Syndrome Day’. Following the decision of WHO, the United Nations General Assembly also designated the same date as “World Down Syndrome Day” on 19th December 2011. Since 2012 “World Down Syndrome Day” has been observed annually on 21st March. World Down Syndrome Day 2019 theme is “Leave no one behind”. Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder causing a delayed physical and mental growth in individuals. Children or adults suffering from Down Syndrome have lower IQ and learning ability along with characteristic facial features. A young adult with Down Syndrome has an average IQ of 50; equivalent to that of a normal 9 years old child.

    World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd March

    22 March 2019
    The World Water Day designated by the United Nations is celebrated on 22nd March every year. The first World Water Day was commemorated in 1993. The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.  To ‘leave no one behind’ focus on taking efforts towards people including those who have been marginalized or ignored.  Regulatory and legal frameworks must recognise the right to water for all people, and sufficient funding must be fairly and effectively targeted at those who need it most.

    Cyclothon held on the occasion of World Sparrow Day

    21 March 2019
    A colourful cyclothon was organised in Berhampur on the occasion of World Sparrow Day, March 20th, to mark the progress of making Ganjam the first sparrow-friendly district of Odisha. The event aimed at spreading awareness about the rising number of vehicles causing air pollution, which, in turn, affects the avian population.  A large number of cyclists donning sparrow masks along with a sparrow mascot took part in this cycle rally organised by youth environmental organisation Anchalika Vikash Parishad (AVP) and the Forest Department. A project to spread out sparrow conservation through artificial nests and feeders was launched in Ganjam district on September 6, 2018, by AVP with the Forest Department’s support. The first phase was completed in February with sparrow conservation through artificial nests taken up in at least one village in each of the 22 blocks of Ganjam district. It now targets to take sparrow conservation to each of 503 panchayats of Ganjam.

    International Day of Happiness is celebrated on 20th March

    20 March 2019
    International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year on March 20. The theme for IDH 2019 is ‘Happier Together’. This year the focus will be on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. It is celebrated by all 193 UN Member States. Since 2013, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness as a way to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. It was conceptualized and founded by philanthropist, activist, statesman, and prominent United Nations special advisor Jayme Illien to inspire, mobilize, and advance the global happiness movement.

    World Consumer Rights Day is observed on 15th March

    15 March 2019
    The consumer movement marks 15th March with World Consumer Rights Day every year, as a means of raising global awareness about consumer rights and needs. The theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2019 is ‘Trusted Smart Products’.The day demands that the rights of all consumers are respected and protected, and to protest against market abuses and social injustices which undermine those rights. World Consumer Rights Day was inspired by President John F Kennedy, who sent a special message to the US Congress on 15th March 1962, in which he formally addressed the issue of consumer rights. He was the first world leader to do so.   This World Consumers Rights Day highlights what consumers want and need from a connected world. This year over 100 members in over 90 countries are coming together to mark World Consumer Rights Day.

    World Kidney Day 2019 is observed on 14th March

    14 March 2019
    World Kidney Day 2019 is observed on 14th March. The theme of the World Kidney Day 2019 is Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere.  Second Thursday of March every year is observed as World Kidney Day every year as a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.  World Kidney Day is an initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). kidney care should be given by:  ♦ Encouraging to adopt healthy lifestyles ♦ Making screening for kidney diseases a primary healthcare intervention by providing access to identification tools (e.g. urine and blood tests) ♦ Ensuring kidney patients receive basic health services   ♦ Call for transparent policies governing equitable and sustainable access to advanced health care services and better financial protection as more resources become available

    International Women's Day 2019

    8 March 2019
    International Women's Day is celebrated across the world on March 8. The United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day in the International Women's Year, 1975. Official UN Theme of International Women's Day 2019: Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change. National Women's Day of India was observed on 13 February, on the date of birth of India’s first women governor Sarojini Naidu.

    World Radio Day celebrated on 13th February

    13 February 2019
    13th February is celebrated as World Radio Day by UNESCO all over the world. The theme of WRD 2019 is “Dialogue, Tolerance, and Peace”.  It is to mark the time where people around the world celebrate the radio and how it shapes their lives. The date of 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, was proposed by UNESCO. It was approved in the 67th session of UN General Assembly.

    Eleventh February declared as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science

    12 February 2019
    The United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 11th February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in order to achieve full and equal participation and access to women and girls in science and to further achieve gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. The theme for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science was “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth.

    World Pulses Day celebrated on 10th February

    11 February 2019
    February 10, 2019, was the first-ever World Pulses Day, a United Nations global event to celebrate pulses worldwide and continue the important gains made with the 2016 International Year of Pulses. The aim is to celebrate, raise awareness and promote the consumption of pulses at events around the globe.

    India celebrated National Deworming day on 10th February

    11 February 2019
    India celebrated the National Deworming day on 10th February. The National Deworming Day (NDD) is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The objective of National Deworming Day is to deworm all preschool and school-age children between the ages of 1-19 years through the platform of schools and Anganwadi Centers in order to improve their overall health, nutritional status, access to education and quality of life. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 241 million children between the ages of 1 and 14 years are at risk of parasitic intestinal worms in India, also known as Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH). STH infections can lead to anemia, malnutrition, impaired mental and physical & cognitive development, and reduced school participation.

    International World Cancer Day celebrated on 4th February

    4 February 2019
    The world celebrates the World Cancer Day on 4th February. World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Cancer Declaration, written in 2008. The aim is to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. The main goal is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer and is an opportunity to rally the international community to end the injustice of preventable suffering from cancer.

    World Leprosy Eradication Daycelebrated on 30th January

    31 January 2019
    The World Leprosy Eradication Day is celebrated on 30th January 2019. It is to stress the need for eradicating the disease. It also brings to light the discrimination and stigma that people suffer from society every day.  The theme for World Leprosy Day is ‘ending discrimination, stigma, and prejudice’. Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease is a highly contagious infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium leprae.

    Telangana Women and Child Welfare Department organized National Girl Child Day

    26 January 2019
    Telangana Women and Child Welfare Department and IMA jointly organized the occasion of National Girl Child Day on 24th January 2019. Collector M. Ram Mohan Rao, in his speech, said discrimination against girls/women persists at many places, despite the changes that the society has been witnessing in recent times. He also said women were at the helm of affairs in several fields, fighting discrimination at all levels. New opportunities must be created for women in all fields.

    Bangladesh honoured 12 Indian war veterans on its 47th anniversary of the Victory Day

    17 December 2018
    Bangladesh in its 47th anniversary of the ‘Victory Day’, 16th December, honoured 12 Indian war veterans, marking its emergence as an independent nation following the 1971 Liberation War. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the nation to work together for the prosperity of the country.  It honoured the 12 Indian armed forces personnel for sacrificing their lives during the 1971 war. In India, Vijay Diwas (Victory Day) is celebrated every year on this day to mark India’s decisive win over Pakistan and the birth of Bangladesh.

    National Energy Conservation Day celebrated on December 14

    15 December 2018
    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.

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