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.

Year of Disabled Soldiers In Line of Duty

To honour soldiers who have been disabled in line of duty, while serving the Nation and to celebrate the undying spirit of ‘Soldiering’, Indian Army is observing the year 2018 as the ‘Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty’. The primary focus is towards alleviating the sufferings of these soldiers The endeavour this year is to provide a one-time financial assistance to disabled soldiers.

Yoga Day celebrated with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated International Day of Yoga in the Netherlands. It was held at Museumplein or museum square which was organised by the Embassy of India. He was joined by Dutch Minister of Infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen and Ambassador of India to the Netherlands Venu Rajamon.

Yoga Camp at Muktinath Temple

The 4th international Yoga day in Nepal was celebrated by locals by participating at Yoga camp at Muktinath Temple at a height of 12500 feet above sea level. The yoga camp was organised by Indian embassy in Kathmandu. The International yoga day is celebrated on 21st June each year since 2015 and was declared unanimously by United Nations General Assembly.

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2018

Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations. This year’s slogan is “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”.

World Ocean Day: 8th June 2018

8 : On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it. World Oceans Day helps raise the profile of the ocean and inspire more involvement in helping to conserve this amazing resource we all depend on. The main action focus is to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean.

SA celebrates 125 years of Gandhi’s Satyagraha

The screening of the biopic ‘Making of a Mahatma’ marked the opening of a three-day series of events to commemorate the historic incident 125 years ago. On the night of June 7, 1893, Gandhi, a young lawyer then, was thrown off the train’s first class compartment at Pietermaritzburg station. The incident led him to develop his Satyagraha principles of peaceful resistance.

World Bicycle Day was observed on 3 June

On June 3, 2018, the first official World Bicycle Day was celebrated. It was approved on 12 April 2018 as an official United Nations day of awareness about the multiple societal benefits of using the bicycle for transport and leisure. It encourages the Member States to include the bicycle in international, regional, national and subnational development policies and programmes.

Telangana’s formation day on June 2

Telangana celebrated its fourth formation day on 2nd June. The state was formed on 2nd June in 2014 following the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana was carved out from the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh as the 29th state. Telangana gained fame as one of the fastest growing and surplus state economies in the country.

Google celebrates the founder of the pH scale

Google honoured Danish biochemist, Soren Peder Lauritz Sorensen, for his revolutionary work in the concept of the pH scale. The pH scale is a concept that is used to measure acidity and alkalinity of substances. The significance of pH is that it measures the concentration of the hydrogen ion and ‘ranks’ them on a scale of numbers between 0 and 14.

International Day for Biological Diversity

International Day for Biological Diversity is celebrated annually on May 22 to make people aware of the importance of biodiversity issues. This date commemorates the date of Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity at Nairobi on 22 May 1992. Theme chosen for International Day for Biological Diversity 2018 is “Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity”.

International Nurses day celebrated

International Nurses Day is celebrated every year on May 12 with a view to create awareness among the public about the role and responsibilities of nurses. This year the theme of the day is ‘Nurses: A voice to lead – Health is a Human Right’. International Nurses day also marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Mrinalini Sarabhai’s 100th birth anniversary

Google Doodle on 11th May celebrated the 100th birth anniversary of Mrinalini Sarabhai, the renowned Indian classical dancer. Mrinalini married notable physicist Vikram Sarabhai who is considered to be the Father of the Indian Space Program. Mrinalini was awarded the Padma Shri in 1965 and Padma Bhushan in 1992. She was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship New Delhi in 1994.

World Laughter Day observed on 6th May

Celebrated since 1998, World Laughter Day is an annual event celebrated to raise awareness about laughter and its many healing benefits. World Laughter Day takes place on the first Sunday of May of every year. The first celebration was on May 10, 1998, in Mumbai, India, and was arranged by Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the worldwide Laughter Yoga movement.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to become biennial

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will now be celebrated every alternate year & a series of sessions will be held before the event to increase the interests of Indians living within & outside the country. Theme-based sessions will be conducted in which Ministry of External Affairs will invite 12 people including both nationals & NRIs. 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held in Varanasi in Jan 2019.

BRO to celebrate its 58th Raising Day

Border Roads Organisation will celebrate its 58th Raising Day on May 7 to mark the glorious services to the nation. BRO, a leader in the arena of infrastructural development in the border areas of the country, was established in 1960. Since its inception the organisation has gone from strength to strength, and numerous projects undertaken by them has been vital for the territorial integrity.

World Asthma Day observed on 1st May

World Asthma Day is celebrated worldwide on the first Tuesday of May every year. It is organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), it is a global health event aimed at improving asthma awareness and care worldwide. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Never too early, never too late’. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that is caused by inflammation of the airways.

Ayushman Bharat Diwas on 30th April

As part of Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Diwas is being celebrated across the country on 30th April.During the event, information regarding Ayushman Bharat Scheme is being provided to people during health camps organised in rural areas. The Ayushman Bharat programme seeks to provide easily available and affordable medical facilities in the remote parts of the country.

Mahadevi Varma Is Today’s Google Doodle

Mahadevi Varma, celebrated Hindi poet, freedom fighter, women’s rights activist and educationist, was honoured by Google with a Doodle.In 1982, Mahadevi Varma received the Jnanpith Award for her outstanding contributions to Indian literature on April 27. She was also honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1956, Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979, and Padma Vibhushan in 1988.

English Language Day observed on 23rd April

English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April.The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization’s six official languages. The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages at the UN.

Panchayati Raj Day observed on 24th April

National Panchayati Raj Day (National Local Self-Government day) is celebrated by Ministry of Panchayati Raj on 24 April annually. Then Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh inaugurated the first National Panchayati Raj Day in 2010. The PM will launch Rashtriya Gramin Swaraj Abhiyan and address Panchayati Raj representatives across the country, from Mandla, Madhya Pradesh.

World Earth Day 2018

World Earth Day is celebrated every year across the world on 22nd of April to increase awareness among people about the environment safety.The day was proposed at the UNESCO conference in 1969 and the first Earth Day celebrations took place in 1970. The campaign theme for this year is End Plastic Pollution. Earth Day is regarded as the largest secular observance in the world.

Swaziland king renames the country

King Mswati III of Swaziland has announced renaming of the country to “the Kingdom of eSwatini”.The declaration by King Mswati III was made during celebrations marking the monarch’s birthday as well as 50 years of independence from British colonial rule. The new name, eSwatini, means “land of the Swazis”. It was this name that the king used when he addressed the UN general assembly in 2017.

World Heritage Day celebrated

World Heritage Day is an annual event celebrated on 18 April of each year.The day aims to spread awareness of the importance of protecting & preserving various sites around that have achieved world heritage status. This year’s theme is Heritage for Generations emphasizing on inter-generational transfer of knowledge. There are 36 sites in India that have been declared as World Heritage.

Himachal Pradesh Celebrates its 71st Foundation Day

Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day with much fanfare and gaiety. Several cultural events were organized across the state. It may be recalled that the hill state came into existence after the merger of 30 odd princely states in 1948. The main event was held at Ridge Maidan in Shimla, where Chief Minister Jairam Thakur reviewed the ceremonial Parade presented by police, home guards and NCC cadets. Himachal Pradesh CM- Jai Ram Thakur, Governor- Acharya Dev Vrat.

World Health Day observed on 7th April

The World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of World Health Organization. This year marks the 70th anniversary of World Health Day. The theme for this year is “Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere” and the slogan is “Health for All”.

SIDBI Celebrates it’s Foundation day

SIDBI celebrated its foundation day as the day of Sampark (connect), Samwad (interaction), Suraksha (security) and Sampreshan (disseminate) on 2nd April.On this occasion, SIDBI launched a series of initiatives. SIDBI launched ‘Samridhhi-the virtual assistant’ on banks revamped universal loan portal ‘www.udyamimitra.in’. It will answer standard queries of aspirants 24*7.

World Theatre Day observed on 27th March

World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on the 27th March by =International Theatre Institute‘ Centres and the International Theatre Community. World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day Message. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.

Rs 350 coin to be released

The government will come out with a Rs 350 commemorative coin to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh, which was celebrated in 2016. The reverse side will bear the picture of ‘Takht Shri Harimandir Ji Patna Sahib’ in the centre. He was born on 2 December 1666 in Patna. The years ‘1666’ and ‘2016’ in international numerals will be on the left and right periphery of the coin.

World Tuberculosis Day- 24 March

World TB Day is celebrated every year on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis. The theme of World TB Day 2018 is ?Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world?. World TB Day provides the opportunity to shine the spotlight on the disease and mobilize political and social commitment for accelerate progress to end TB.

Google honors Ustaad Bismillah Khan

23 : Google celebrated the 102nd birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna awardee and Shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan on 21st March. He was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi. The doodle has been illustrated by a Chennai-based illustrator, Vijay Krish, according to the Google.

International Day Of Happiness- 20 March

World Happiness Day, is celebrated every year on March 20 to recognize the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world. The theme for 2018 is ‘Share Happiness’ – focusing on the importance of relationships, kindness and helping each other. March 20 has been established as the World Happiness Day as the idea has been originally conceptualized by United Nations.

Manipur celebrates its New Year

Sajibu Nongma Panba Cheiraoba, the New Year of Manipuri lunar calendar was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in Manipur on 18th March. The festival was celebrated on the first day of the Manipuri month, Sajibu, which usually falls in the month of March end or early part of April. Sanamahi, the domestic deity of the people of Manipur is worshipped on this day.

Govt to Celebrate World Consumer Rights Day

The Department of Consumer Affairs is celebrating the World Consumer Rights Day this year with the theme ?Making Digital Marketplaces Fairer? in New Delhi on 15th March 2018. World Consumer Rights Day is an annual international event that signifies celebration and solidarity in the international consumer movement. The event also gives a chance to protest against the market abuses.

PM Modi’s rakhi sister passed away

Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s rakhi sister Sharbati Devi passed away in Dhanbad at the age of 103. She had hit the headlines last year when she met Prime Minister Modi at his official residence in Lok Kalyan Marg on Raksha Bandhan. The 103-year-old, who had lost her brother 50-years-ago, had a desire to celebrate the festival with the prime minister because she missed her deceased brother.

President leaves for Mauritius, Madagascar

President Ram Nath Kovind left for a five-day visit to the island nations of Madagascar and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The president will be the chief guest at the celebration commemorating the 50th year of the independence of Mauritius. The visit of the president to Madagascar will also be the first ever visit by an Indian VVIP to the island nation.

CISF to offer consultancy to 5-star hotels

11 : CISF has decided to offer security consultancy to 5-star hotels so that they can be prepared to deal with 26/11 type terror attacks. Central paramilitary force which is celebrating its 49th raising day has already prepared a blueprint in this regard. It soon plans to write to hotels proposing to render services of its special unit & experts and provide specific consultancy on security issues

International Women/s Day, 2018

International Women‘s Day is dedicated to celebrating womanhood, their social, political, cultural, economic achievements and their significant contributions to society. The day also emphasises the importance of gender equality. Before the UN adopted it in 1977, the day was mostly celebrated in socialist and Communist countries. This year, the theme is #PressforProgress.

Telangana announces holiday for female staff

8 : The Telangana government has announced a casual leave on March 8 for its female employees on the occasion of International Women‘s Day. Meanwhile, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has also announced that it will deploy an all-women staff on at least one of its toll booths in every state and Union Territory. It is being celebrated since the early 1900s.

NITI Aayog to launch WEP on Women?s Day

NITI Aayog will launch its Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) on 8th March, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) would provide a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem where women do not face any gender-based barriers. The theme of this year’s campaign is =Women and Entrepreneurship‘ which will be launched in partnership with United Nations.

Silver Jubilee of Losar festival

Buddhist Community of Itanagar celebrated the silver jubilee of the Losar Festival. The festival was full of cultural presentations from across the state, including the colourful Bhutanese and the Gorkha Cultural programs. For the locals, Losar gives them a good harvesting year ahead. For the Buddhist community, the festival is termed as the ‘New Year’ according to their Buddhist calendar.

World Wildlife Day 2018 celebrated

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 March – the day of signature of the CITES as UN World Wildlife Day. This day was proclaimed to celebrate and raise awareness of the world‘s wild animals and plants. The theme for World Wildlife Day 2018 is = ‘Big Cats’.

National Science Day- 28th February

National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated every year on 28 February.The theme of NSD-2018 is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.NSD is celebrated to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, which led to Sir C.V. Raman winning the Noble Prize. The theme has been chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation of the scientific issues involved.

Railways to install sanitary pad dispensers

28 : The Railway Ministry said it aims to install sanitary pad dispensers and incinerators at about 200 stations by International Women’s Day on March 8.The move is aimed to benefit Railway employees and passengers from financially weaker sections. The dispensers have already been installed at railway stations in New Delhi and Bhopal.

US to shift its embassy to Jerusalem in May

US will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May of this year in time to mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.At first, the embassy will operate out of the US’s current consular premises in Arnona, south Jerusalem. Trump officially recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December, despite fury from the Palestinians and warnings from Western allies.

Guwahati organises festival ‘Aadi Mahotsava’

On 23rd February 2018, ‘Aadi Mahotsava’, a tribal festival organized by Assam, began at Gandhi Mandir Indoor stadium, in Guwahati, Assam.The ‘Aadi Mahotsava’ is held for 10 days. It was inaugurated by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. ‘Aadi Mahotsava’ celebrates the art and culture of tribal communities.

Roger Federer wins Rotterdam Open title

Roger Federer celebrated his return to the top of the world rankings by winning his 3rd Rotterdam Open.Federer thrashed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in a one-sided final that lasted less than an hour. In the Open era, only American Jimmy Connors has won more titles than Federer, with 109. Federer first became world number one in 2004, but has not topped the rankings since Oct 2012.

Tibetan Buddhism’s most sacred shrine damaged

A fire broke out at the most important shrine in Tibetan Buddhism –Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa.The incident took place as Tibetans were celebrating Losar, their traditional new year. The Jokhang monastery, which is over 1,000 yrs old, is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Tibet, the remote & mainly-Buddhist territory known as the “roof of the world” is governed as an autonomous region of China

UN urges to ‘break up’ with plastics on V-Day

The UN has urged people around the world to break up with plastics on Valentine’s Day.It also focused on ending the use of mineral water bottles and straws, among other plastic products. The UN released a video as part of its Clean Seas initiative to address the global challenge of plastic pollution which is affecting “marine life”.

Mughal Gardens to open for public from Feb 6

The Rashtrapati Bhavan’s Mughal Gardens will be open to public from February 6 to March 9 between 9:30 am and 4:00 pm after President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates the annual ‘Udyanotsav’ on Monday.Its major attraction will be 10,000 Tulips imported from the Netherlands.The garden will be open on March 9 exclusively for differently-abled persons and defence personnel.

Maratha Light Infantry to mark 250 yrs

Maratha Light Infantry, one of the oldest regiments of the Army has entered its 250th year.Maratha Light Infantry was the first infantry to be designated as a light infantry during the British Raj, for being swift-footed.The regiment draws inspiration from the legacy of Maratha warriors.Feb 4 is celebrated as “Maratha Light Infantry Day” across the regiment throughout the country.

Sri Lanka celebrates Independence Day

Sri Lanka on 4 February celebrated the 70th Independence Day in a grand ceremony at the Galle Face Green in Colombo.It was on this day in 1948 that country achieved freedom from British rule.Representing Britain’s Queen, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and the Countess of Wessex participated in the celebrations as Chief Guests.The theme of this year’s ceremony was “One Nation”.

Shabnam won Times Power Woman 2017 Award

Shabnam Asthana was awarded the ‘Times Power Women of the Year 2017’- Pune for Global PR.The Times Group celebrated the invaluable contribution of women by introducing The Times Power Woman 2017 (Pune) awards.The award was conferred on her by Dilip Kamble, Minister of State for Social Justice and Special Assistance in the Government of Maharashtra.

Indian, Vietnamese to hold – VINBAX

Armies of India and Vietnam have begun a six-day-long military exercise in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.The exercise named ‘VINBAX’ is the first military exercise between the two countries. Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was in New Delhi to participate in the India-ASEAN Commemorative summit and attend the Republic Day celebrations.

First ever ‘Khadi Haat’ in Delhi

Marking the 69th Republic Day celebrations, Khadi and Village Industries Commission and New Delhi Municipal Council have launched the first ever ‘Khadi Haat’ in the country.The Khadi Haat was inaugurated on January 25 by Minister of State Giriraj Singh in Connaught Place. In this Khadi Haat, entrepreneurs under PMEGP will get an opportunity to display and sell their exquisite products.

Celebrities with white roses at Grammys

Celebrities including Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Pink and Zayn Malik were seen with white roses at Grammys 2018.They did it to show support for the Time’s Up movement, which aims to fight harassment and gender inequality. While some celebrities like Miley and Rihanna were seen holding the roses, others like Zayn, Pink and Anna Kendrick had pinned it to their outfits.

Nation Celebrates 69th Republic Day

The Country celebrates its 69th Republic Day on 26th January.The family members of Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala (Posthumous) of the Indian Air Force (IAF), who died fighting militants in Kashmir valley, received India’s highest peacetime gallantry award, Ashok Chakra. This is the third Ashok Chakra for the IAF and its first for ground combat.

ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit

Leaders of the ten ASEAN countries, comprising Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei, are in India for the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit.The two-day summit, which began yesterday, will be followed by the grand Republic Day parade and celebrations where the ten visiting heads of states will be present as the chief guests.

India-ASEAN Business & Investment Conf.

Silver jubilee of India-ASEAN partnership will be celebrated in New Delhi on the 25th January with an unprecedented summit meet.The focus is on boosting trade through connectivity using the land route. Speaking on the occasion, ASEAN representatives also stressed on closer ties with India. Programme has been organised for the last 10 years by the External Affairs Ministry along with CII.

NDRF Celebrated its 13th Raising Day

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) celebrated its 13th Raising Day in New Delhi.The Director Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain was the chief guest on this occasion. The meeting highlighted the disaster threat of country and important changes taken place in Disaster Management in India and across the world.

Kejriwal launches Girl Child Week

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal launched Girl Child Week programme to celebrate the girl child and spread awareness on gender equality.The Girl Child Week is held from 18 January to 24 January 2018. 24 January is celebrated as National Girl Child Day. The Girl Child Week is organised by NGO Alliance Defending Freedom India and PC&PNDT Cell of Directorate of Family Welfare of Delhi government.

Tribute to Mahasweta Devi with a Doodle

Google celebrated the 92nd birthday of eminent Bengali littérateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi with a doodle on 14th January, 2018.Hailing from a family of prolific playwrights and writers, Mahasweta Devi wielded the power of the pen to bring to light the plight of “suffering spectators”. Her first book, Jhansir Rani was a biography of the Rani of Jhansi.

Youth Day – 12 January

12 : The National Youth Day has been celebrated every year on 12 January.This is the day when Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest social reformers, thinkers, and philosophers of India, was born. The Indian government had declared back in 1984 that Swamiji’s birthday would be celebrated as the National Youth Day. The International Youth Day has been celebrated every year on 12 August.

Government Restricts Use Of plastic Flag

The central government urged everyone not to use a national flag made of plastic.It also asked the states and union territories to ensure strict compliance of the Flag Code in view of the Republic Day celebration ahead. The national flag represents the hopes and aspirations of the people of the country and hence should occupy a position of honour.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a celebratory day observed annually on 9 January by India to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India.The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915. It was established in 2003 and is sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs and FICCI, CII and DoNER.

Sivagiri pilgrimage celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 85th annual Sivagiri pilgrimage celebrations at Sivagiri Mutt in Kerala via video conferencing.The Sivagiri Mutt is a major spiritual-cum-pilgrim centre of the Ezhava community in Kerala and was established by Sri Narayana Guru. Sri Narayana Guru propagated the message of ‘One Caste, One Religion and One God for Mankind’.

Good Governance Day

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday is being celebrated as Good Governance Day across the country.Good Governance Day was established in 2014 to honor Mr Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the people of accountability in government. On December 23, 2014, Mr Vajpayee was announced as the recipient of the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

Trump signs Tax Overhaul Law

US President Donald Trump has signed a sweeping overhaul of the US tax code.Trump this week celebrated his first major legislative victory since taking office a year ago.This 1.5 trillion dollars overhaul is set to impact every corner of the economy through dramatic tax cuts.

Trump signs Tax Overhaul Law

US President Donald Trump has signed a sweeping overhaul of the US tax code.Trump this week celebrated his first major legislative victory since taking office a year ago.This 1.5 trillion dollars overhaul is set to impact every corner of the economy through dramatic tax cuts.

Kisan Diwas – 23rd December

Kisan Diwas (Farmer’s Day) is observed every year on 23 December to celebrate the birth anniversary of the fifth prime minister, Chaudhary Charan Singh.A kisan leader, Late Chaudhary Charan Singh belonged to a peasant family.He also served as the Deputy PM during the reign of Morarji Desai. He introduced Budget 1979 which was designed to accomplish the needs of the farmers in all respects.

National Mathematics Day- 22nd December

Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan’s birth anniversary on December 22 is celebrated as National Mathematics Day.It was in 2012 that then PM Manmohan Singh declared December 22 as National Mathematics Day.In 1917, Ramanujan was elected to be a member of the London Mathematical Society.In 1918 he also became a Fellow of the Royal Society, becoming the youngest person to achieve the feat.

International Human Solidarity Day

20 : The United Nations’ (UN) International Human Solidarity Day is annually held on December 20 to celebrate unity in diversity.It also aims to remind people of the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty. It is a day to encourage debate on the ways to promote solidarity for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Minorities Rights Day

Minorities Rights Day is celebrated on 18 December every year since 2013.The day is celebrated to promote the rights of the minorities besides bringing a better understanding among the religious communities of the country.The United Nations had on December 18, 1992, promulgated the “Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities”.

International Migrants Day

18 : Adopted by the United Nations in 2000, the International Migrants Day is celebrated every year on December 18.The day is intended to raise awareness about migrant rights amid rising migration and globalization.The theme of this year is ‘Safe Migration in a World on the Move’.According to UN, the total number of international migrants are 244 million, highest ever in human history.

2nd edition of Serendipity Arts Festival

The Second Edition of Serendipity Arts Festival is being held in Goa from 15th to 22nd December 2017.The uniqueness of the festival is that it does not focus on a single art form.It brings together craft, music, theatre, culinary arts visual arts and photography.

National Energy Conservation Day

National Energy Conservation Day is celebrated on December 14.This year President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will preside as the Chief Guest over the National Energy Conservation Day celebrations.To drive mass awareness about the importance of energy efficiency and conservation, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under Ministry of Power, celebrates the National Energy Conservation Day

BIMSTEC festival of Buddhist heritage

A 3 day festival themed on Buddhist heritage kicked off in Delhi as part of the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC.Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage is an opportunity to reemphasise & celebrate strong Buddhist cultural heritage shared by all member states.It will feature a choir, screening of films on Buddhism, dance & music, quiz show based on Buddhism.

ASC celebrates 257th Corps Day

Army Service Corps on 8th Dec celebrated its 257th Corps Day at The Headquarters Central Command in Lucknow.Army Service Corps is the backbone of logistic to Armed Forces, provisioning rations, petroleum products & animal transport support to formations deployed across the country.On 8 December 1967 the first colours of the ASC were presented by President Zakir Hussain.

Indian Navy Day: 4 December

The Indian Navy Day is observed on 4th December every year to celebrate achievements and role of the naval force in the country.During the India-Pakistan war of 1971, the Indian Navy played a significant role in the bombing of the Karachi harbor and sank Pakistan Naval Ship PNS Ghazi.In 2017, a movie title ‘The Ghazi Attack’ was released.

Int. Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The United Nations’ International Day for the Abolition of Slavery is annually held on December 2 to raise awareness of the atrocities of modern slavery.The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation etc.It was first celebrated in 1986.

Jazz singer Jon Hendricks passes away

Jon Hendricks, the pioneering jazz singer, and lyricist died at a New York City hospital. He was 96 years old. He found fame in the 1950s and ’60s teaming with Dave Lambert and Annie Ross. Their interracial trio became one of the most celebrated jazz vocal groups ever. The trio’s first album, “Sing a Song of Basie,” won acclaim for its use of vocalese.

National Milk Day

India celebrates National Milk Day on November 26, the birthday of Verghese Kurien, the Father of White Revolution in India. India credits Kurien for his billion-litre idea that made the country among the large-scale producers of milk in the world. The Father of Milk Revolution is also the founder of the popular dairy brand in India, Amul.

Conference on National Law Day in Delhi

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the 2-day conference on National Law Day in New Delhi. This conference is organised by the Law Commission and the Niti Aayog to mark the National Law Day. The National Law Day is celebrated on November 26, the day on which the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.

Assam to celebrate ‘Lachit Divas’

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the Assam government would celebrate ‘Lachit Divas’ at various state capitals in India from next year. ‘Lachit Divas’ is celebrated to promote the ideals of Lachit Borphukan – the legendary general of Assam’s history. Sarbananda Sonowal took part in the Lachit Divas celebration at the statue of Lachit Borphukan at Brahmaputra riverfront.

Canara Bank rolls out apps

Canara Bank celebrated its Founder’s Day by rolling out several initiatives and benefits for its staff. The initiatives launched include a digital library, a Canarites app, a field recovery mobile app, a retail loan (vehicle) – tracking system, and a regulatory guidance tracking system. Currently, Canara Bank has a clientele base of over eight crores.

Sangai Festival 2017

The Sangai Festival 2017 was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind in Manipur. The Sangai Festival 2017 is held for 10 days. It is named after Manipur’s state animal, the brow-antlered Sangai deer. Manipur Sangai Festival mobile application has been launched. Another first-time feature is separate toilets for transgenders at the festival.

Parab Fest takes off in Koraput, Odisha

‘Parab-2017’, the annual cultural festival of Odisha’s Koraput district, showcasing the tribal art and culture, started. Parab 2017 started from the shrine of goddess Sankulai Devi of B Singhpur under Borigumma block, with a tribal dance.
The objective of this festival is to protect & promote the region’s rich cultural heritage. A 5-day Pallishree Mela will be organised on 21 December 2017

Assam inaugurates Namami Barak festival

Namami Barak festival is being celebrated in Silchar, Assam. Sarbananda Sonowal, CM of Assam said that, the Namami Barak is organised to revive humanistic values, to discover resources and possibilities of the land. Also, a new train connecting Silchar Dibrugarh – Trivandrum was flagged off.

World Fisheries Day Celebrations 2017

On 21st November 1997, the working fishermen and women representing World Forum of Fish Harvesters & Fish Workers from 18 countries met at New Delhi and established the World Fisheries Forum. To commemorate this occasion, every year 21st November is celebrated all over the world as World Fisheries Day. This years theme is 2022 Ka Hai Sapna Kisan Ki Aay Ho Dugna – Sankalp Se Siddhi.

Trisha becomes UNICEF celebrity advocate

Actor Trisha Krishnan was conferred the UNICEF celebrity advocate status for child rights at an event held in Chennai. She is the first actor from the South Indian film industry to receive this honour. Previously this honour was bestowed upon Bollywood celebrities like Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Raveena Tandon.

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is celebrated every year on 19 November. It is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet. The SDGs, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. In 2013, the UN General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day