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DAYS AND EVENTS - December 2019

Dec 2019

Dec 31, 2019

New Year's Eve

  • In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve (also known as Old Year's Day or Saint Sylvester's Day in many countries), the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink, and watch or light fireworks.
  • Tonga and Kiritimati (Christmas Island), part of Kiribati, are examples of the first places to welcome the New Year while Baker Island in the United States of America is among the last.

Dec 29, 2019

Congress Foundation Day

  • Congress president Sonia Gandhi hoisted the tricolour at the party headquarters to kick-start its 134th foundation day celebrations.
  • Senior Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Motilal Vora, AK Antony, and Rahul Gandhi sang 'Vande Matram' on the occasion. The party held marches throughout the country to spread the message of 'Save Constitution-Save India' and its leaders read the Preamble of the Constitution in their respective languages at public meetings organised for this purpose during the day.

Dec 25, 2019

Good Governance Day (India)

  • Good Governance Day (GGD) is observed annually on December 25 to create awareness of accountability in government among the Indians. The day marks the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. National Good governance day was established in 2014 to honor Atal Bihari Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the people of accountability in government.
  • On December 23, 2014, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya (posthumously) were announced as recipients of India's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. Following the announcement, the Modi government announced that the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister would be henceforth commemorated annually in India as Good Governance Day.

Dec 24, 2019

First Annual Meet of State Nodal Agencies for Ecoclub Programme

  • First Annual Meet of State Nodal Agencies for Ecoclub program of the Ministry of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) was held in Gujarat.
  • The Annual Meet of the State Nodal Agencies implements the National Green Corps Ecoclub program of the Ministry of the Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC). The Ministry's Environment Education Division organised it in collaboration with the GEER Foundation, Gujarat, held in Kevadia, Gujarat. Senior officers from 22 States and UTs implementing the program, along with about 200 Ecoclub students from Gujarat, participated. An exhibition also showcased the projects, resource material, and handicraft items. It was prepared by the Eco-club students across the States/UTs. The event witnessed a huge footfall, even of other tourists and visitors.

National Consumers Right Day

  • National Consumers Right Day is observed on 24th December to raise awareness about the rights of consumers and responsibilities. This is the day when the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the President.
  • The aim of the enactment of the Consumer Protection Act is to provide safeguards to the consumers against various types of exploitation like defective goods, deficiency in services and unfair trade practices.
  • Major Objectives
  • 1. To promote and protect the rights of Consumer such as Right to
      • be protected against the marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to life and property.
      • be informed about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and price of goods or services, as the case may be so as to protect the consumer against unfair trade practices.
     • be assured, wherever possible, access to a variety of goods and services at competitive prices.
    • be heard and to be assured that consumer's interest will receive due consideration at appropriate forums.
    • seek redressal against unfair trade practices or restrictive trade practices or unscrupulous exploitation of consumers.
    • to consumer education.
  • 2. To provide speedy and simple redressal to consumer, a quasi - judicial machinery is sought to be set up at the district, State & Central level.

Dec 23, 2019

Kisan Divas (Farmer's Day in India)

  • The National Farmers Day in India is also known as Kisan Divas in Hindi. Farmer's Day is celebrated every year on 23rd December, on the birthday of the 5th Prime Minister of India, Choudhary Charan Singh, also a farmer's leader, who introduced many policies to improve the lives of the Indian farmers. It is celebrated by organising various programs, debates, seminars, quiz competitions, discussions, workshops, exhibitions, essays writing competitions and functions.
  • Farmers are the backbone of society and majorly contribute to the economic development of India. Thus, this day is dedicated to all the farmers of India to increase their enthusiasm and also to generate eminent respect in the citizens of the country. They grow food even after facing the utmost difficulties and burnt their skin to feed us keeping them wretched and backward. So, they should be helped and appreciated at the same time.
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