Nelson Mandela International Day 2018

Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual international day in honor of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s 1st black president which is celebrated each year on 18 July. The day was 1st celebrated as UN Mandela Day on 18 July 2010 and 2018 marks the 100th birth anniversary. Mandela is remembered for his anti-apartheid activities and fight against poverty and promoting justice for all.

Google celebrated Georges Lemaitre’s birthday

Google celebrated the 124th birth anniversary of Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaitre with a doodle on 17 July 2018. Lemaitre is credited with the Big Bang Theory, which says that the universe originated from a single atom called ‘Cosmic Egg’. In 1934, Lemaître received the Francqui Prize, the highest Belgian scientific distinction.

Best-ever Booker Prize winner

The English Patient’ was voted as the best-ever Man Booker Prize winner, celebrating five decades of this prestigious literary award. Michael Ondaatje’s ‘The English Patient’ won the Booker Prize in the year 1992 and was made in a movie in 1996 that won nine academy awards. The novel beat 4 other novels in an online poll that received a total of 9,000 votes.

July 1 to be celebrated as ‘GST Day

The government will celebrate July 1, 2018, as ‘GST Day’ to mark the first anniversary of the new indirect tax regime. Goods and Services Tax was rolled out in the intervening night of June 30 and July 1, 2017, in a ceremony held in the Central Hall of Parliament. GST binds India into an Economic Union, promotes ‘Make in India’ and has improved ‘Ease of Doing Business.

Doodle celebrates Mahalanobis’ 125th birthday

Google has dedicated a doodle to celebrates statistician and scientist Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis’ 125th birth anniversary. He was born on 29 June 1893 in West Bengal, Mahalanobis is known for his pioneering work in statistics. He remembered by the “Mahalanobis distance”, a way of measurement used in population studies and was one of the members of the 1st Planning Commission of India.

Doodle celebrates Gauhar Jaan’s birthday

Google doodle features legendary musician and dancer Gauhar Jaan, the first Indian recording artist. Gauhar Jaan was born Angelina Yeoward to an Armenian Christian father and an Indian Jewish mother. She was born on 26 June 1873. She has over 200 records to her credit. ‘My Name Is Gauhar Jaan! The Life and Times of A Musician’ is a biography written by Vikram Sampath.

Telangana allocates 15 Cr for Bonalu festival

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao instructed officials to release Rs. 15 crore for organising Bonalu festival. Bonalu is an annual festival of Telangana celebrated in twin cities Hyderabad and Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana. It is celebrated in the month of Ashada Masam, in July/August. The current governor of Telangana is E. S. L. Narasimhan.

Sindhu Darshan Festival begins in Ladakh

The 3-day annual 22nd Sindhu Darshan Festival will be celebrated on the bank of Indus River in Ladakh region of J&K. The Festival organised by Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti & will be inaugurated by RSS General Secretary Bhaiya Ji. The programme is focused on national integration, communal harmony, and national pride. It was started by the former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani in 1997.

4th International Yoga Day

21 : The 4th International Yoga day is being celebrated across the world. In India PM Narendra Modi started the event at Forest Research Institute, Dehradun. The theme for Yoga Day 2018 is “Yoga for Peace”. June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, hence day was selected by UN Assembly. The first International Day of Yoga was observed all over the world on June 21,2015.

Yoga Day celebrated in Australian Parliament

A yoga session was organised in the Australian Parliament on Monday for the first time, with over 50 people performing various asanas in the federal legislature. This comes ahead of the fourth International Day of Yoga on June 21. Organisers of the session claimed it was the first time that the International Yoga Day was celebrated in any Parliament.