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DAYS AND EVENTS - October 2020

Oct 2020

Jan 26, 2021

International Customs Day 

  • Every year on January 26th, International Customs Day recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining the flow of goods across the world's borders. On this day, members of the World Customs Organization (WCO) also showcase their efforts and activities.
  • Customs is the agency in a country responsible for collecting tariffs. Customs also controls the flow of goods into and out of the country. These goods can be anything from animals to hazardous materials to personal items. The WCO helps make customs administrations around the world more efficient. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the organization consists of 182 members from all over the world. Three-quarters of the members are from developing countries. They are responsible for managing more than 98% of world trade.
  • The WCO believes that while borders divide, customs connect. Their mission is to provide leadership, guidance, and support to customs administrations. They also believe that customs helps to meet the economic, social, and environmental needs of our planet. In turn, customs contributes to a sustainable future.

Jan 25, 2021

National Tourism Day

  • Every year, January 25 is celebrated as the National Tourism Day in India. This day has been marked by the government in order to promote tourism in the nation.
  • It is dedicated to educate and inform people about the vital role of tourism in the country and how it plays a crucial role in the Indian economy. India is a diverse country and is filled with the alluring beauty of culture and history.
  • Every state has its own different cultures and diversification, and on this special occasion of National Tourism Day, we have compiled a list of some places that you can visit this year to encounter the best of India.

Odisha's Famous 'Toshali National Crafts Mela'

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the annual Toshali National Crafts Mela in Bhubaneswar. The Crafts Mela was inaugurated virtually. The Toshali Crafts Mela has become one of the most popular handlooms and handicrafts fairs in Eastern India. Three artisans were also presented with the State Handicrafts Award-2019 in the event. Three winners are- Dilip Kumar Swain (palm leaf engraving), Divyajyoti Behera (stone sculpting), and Priyanka Patra (terracotta).
  • A total number of 250 stalls have been set up at the Janata Maidan venue displaying the best handloom and handicrafts from across the country. Out of the total, 170 stalls represent Odisha textiles and crafts and 80 stalls are of other states.

Jan 24, 2021

International Day of Education

  • International Day of Education is an annual international observance day held on January 24 and is dedicated to education. On December 3, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming January 24 as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development.
  • This year's International Education Day theme 'Recover and revitalize education for the COVID-19 generation' echoes the global learning disruption of unprecedented scale and severity. The closure of schools, universities, and other learning institutions, as well as the interruption of much literacy and lifelong learning programmes, has affected the lives of 1.6 billion students in over 190 countries.

National Girl Child Day

  • National Girl Child Day in India is celebrated on January 24 every year. The day was an initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2008. The objective behind celebrating the National Girl Child Day is to provide support and opportunities to the girls of India. It also aims towards promoting awareness about the rights of the girl child and to increase awareness on the importance of girl education, and their health and nutrition.
  • National Girl Child Day was first initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. The purpose of this day is to spread awareness about the gender-based discrimination that girls face in our society and to bring change in the attitude towards girls.

Jan 22, 2021

NDRF Raising Day

  • The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) Raising Day is celebrated on January 19 to mark its formation. This year, the NDRF observed its 16th NDRF Raising Day.
  • The NDRF came into existence on January 19, 2006. The specialised task force has been constituted for "special response to a threatening disaster situation or a disaster." National Disaster Management Authority is the parent body of the NDRF. Located at 12 different locations in the country, there are 12 NDRF battalions. There are as many as 13,000 NDRF personnel who work to build a safer country.
  • NDRF battalions have 18 self-contained specialist search and rescue teams. The director general of NDRF is an IPS officer. Currently, IPS officer SN Pradhan is the DG of the NDRF.

Jan 20, 2021

Nitish Kumar Inaugurates State's First Bird Festival 'Kalrav'

  • Chief Minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated Bihar's first state bird festival 'Kalrav' by lighting the traditional lamp at Nagi Bird Sanctuary in Jamui district.
  • The festival was organised by the state environment, forest and climate change department to create awareness among people about birds, especially the migratory birds.
  • The Nagi- Nakti Bird Sanctuaries have been the home of a wide variety of indigenous species of birds and of migratory birds that turn up during the winters from places like Eurasia, Central Asia, the Arctic Circle, Russia and Northern China.
  • Over 136 species of birds have been spotted at these sanctuaries.
  • Not just that, around 1,600 bar-headed geese, which is about 3% of the global population of this variety, have been seen here, as per a report of the Wetlands International and because of this rare phenomenon, the Birdlife International, a global body, has held the Nagi Dam Bird Sanctuary to be globally important for the conservation of birds' population and has declared it as an important bird area.
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