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DAYS AND EVENTS - November 2020

Nov 2020

Mar 02, 2021

World Hearing Day

  • World Hearing Day is a campaign held each year by Office of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Activities take place across the globe and an event is hosted at the World Health Organisation on March 3. The campaign's objectives are to share information and promote actions towards the prevention of hearing loss and improved hearing care.
  • The first event was held in 2007. Before 2016 it was known as International Ear Care Day. Each year, the WHO selects a theme, develops educational materials, and makes these freely available in several languages. It also coordinates and reports on events around the globe.
  • The theme of the campaign for 2021 is Hearing Care for All. 

Harsh Vardhan Inaugurates Global-Bio India 2021

  • The Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the second edition of Global-Bio India-2021 on March 1, 2021. This is a three-day event was organised from March 1 to March 3, 2021 under the Theme– 'Transforming Lives' along with the tag line 'Biosciences to Bio-economy'.
  • The Global-Bio India event marked the participation of more than 5000 delegates, 1000 start-ups and 200 exhibitors. It was also to be participated by the academia, researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, policy leaders, investors, enablers, regulators, medium & large-scale industry and other organizations to facilitate acceleration of innovation ecosystem in India. It organised 24 knowledge sessions to emphasize the role of multiple allied sectors for the growth of Biotechnology in India.
  • The Global-Bio India event was organised with the aim of providing India the recognition of an emerging Innovation Hub and the bio-manufacturing hub globally. It facilitated Biotech innovation ecosystem, Make in India and India's investments for the Atma Nirbhar Bharat initiative and global networking & collaborations.

Mar 01, 2021

World Civil Defence Day

  • World Civil Defence Day is observed on 1st March every year, all over the world. The theme of World Civil Defence Day 2021, is "Civil Defence and a first aider in every home." celebrated on 1st March 2021. This day was incorporated in 1990 by the International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO).
  • The day marks the entry into force of the ICDO Constitution as an intergovernmental organisation in 1972 and has two main purposes:
  • The attention of the world public the vital importance of Civil Protection and of raising awareness of the preparedness for, and prevention and self-protection measures in the event of accidents or disasters.

Zero Discrimination Day

  • Zero Discrimination Day is an annual day celebrated by the United Nations (UN) and other international organisations. The day aims to promote equality before the law and in practice throughout all the member countries of the UN. The day was first celebrated on March 1, 2014, and was launched by UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on 27th February of that year with a major event in Beijing.
  • Zero Discrimination Day 2021 is dedicated to taking action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion that continue to persist around the world.
  • The report mentions that inequality is growing for more than 70% of the global population. This is not only exacerbating the risk of division but also hampering economic and social development. Unfortunately, the inequalities worldwide have been deepened due to COVID-19, which is hitting the most vulnerable people the hardest.
  • Even vaccines against COVID-19 are becoming available, there is great inequality in accessing them. The report then states that many intellectuals have equated this to vaccine apartheid.

Saras Aajeevika Mela-2021 Starts at Noida Haat

  • The Saras Aajeevika Mela 2021 is underway at Noida Haat. The fair was inaugurated by Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. It will continue till 14th March. The fair remains open from 11 AM to 8 PM daily. More than 300 rural self-help groups and craftsman from 27 states are participating in the Mela which is being by the Ministry of Rural Development.
  • Addressing the gathering, Mr. Tomar said that the Ministry of Rural Development is working to include more women in Self Help Groups (SHGs). He said these SHGs played a vital role in increasing family income and improving quality of life.

Feb 28, 2021

India Begins BRICS Chairship

    • India has started its BRICS Chairship with the inaugural three-day-long Sherpas' meeting in February 2021.
    • The spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava stated that the Secretary (CPV & OIA) chaired the meeting and highlighted the themes, priorities, and calendar for the BRICS 2021.
    • Earlier, the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had launched India's BRICS 2021 website at Secretariat of BRICS at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan.
    • President of China, Xi Jinping, might also visit India later for the BRICS summit.

National Science Day

  • National Science Day is celebrated on February 28 to commemorate the discovery of Raman Effect by Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman. He received the Nobel Prize for this discovery in the year 1930. The day is celebrated to mark the importance of contributions made by scientists towards the development of our nation and the world as a whole. It is used to create awareness about the role of science in society. 
  • The theme for National Science Day 2021 is 'Future of STI: Impact on Education Skills and Work'.
  • In 1986, the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) asked the Government of India to designate February 28 as National Science Day. The event is now celebrated all over India in schools, colleges, universities and other academic, scientific, technical, medical and research institutions. On the occasion of the first NSD (National Science Day) (28 February 1987) NCSTC announced the institution of the National Science Popularisation awards for recognising outstanding efforts in the area of science and communication.

Feb 27, 2021

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Inaugurates ICOLD Symposium

  • Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has inaugurated the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) Symposium in New Delhi. The theme of the symposium is "Sustainable Development of Dams & River Basins". More than 300 delegates from across the country and abroad will participate in the Symposium.
  • The symposium has been organised by the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), at New Delhi in Hybrid format from 24 to 27 February 2021, in collaboration with Central Water Commission (CWC), Dam Rehabilitation Improvement Project (DRIP) and National Hydrology Project (NHP).

World NGO Day

  • World NGO Day is an international calendar day annually observed on 27 February. Officially recognized and declared by the 12 member countries of the IX Baltic Sea NGO Forum of the Council of the Baltic Sea States in 2010 and first time marked by the UN, EU leaders and international organizations in 2014.
  • World NGO Day is a day for NGOs around the globe to share knowledge and experiences with one another. It aims to educate individuals worldwide on NGOs and their impact. The World NGO Day provides an opportunity to honour and remember NGO founders, employees, volunteers, members and supporters.

Feb 25, 2021

Pagdi Sambhal Diwas at Delhi Borders

  • Farmers organised "Pagdi Sambhal Diwas" at the Delhi borders to register their opposition to the government's three agricultural laws.
  • Wearing colourful turbans, the agitating farmers at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders, celebrated the day following a call by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha. The move is to assert the self-respect of farmers in memory of 'Chacha' Ajit Singh, the uncle of iconic revolutionary Bhagat Singh and founder of the "Pagdi Sambhal" movement. 
  • The song "Pagdi Sambhal", written by Banke Dayal, was a precursor to the peasant movement against agricultural laws by the colonial British government, in 1906. The reflections of the movement that Chacha Ajit Singh had started at that time can be observed in this farmers' movement as well.   
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