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By admin: May 12, 2022

1. International Nurses Day

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International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every year on 12th May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. She was born on this day in 1820.

  • The Day is a wonderful opportunity to express gratitude to nurses for the work they do.

  • The theme of 2022 - ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.'

  • Significance of the day

  • More than half of all healthcare workers in the world are nurses.

  • Nurses are at the forefront of fighting epidemics and providing high quality and dignified treatment and care.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the vital role of nurses.

  • Without nurses and other healthcare workers, it is not possible to win the battle against epidemics and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

  • About Florence Nightingale

  • Florence Nightingale is considered the father of the modern nursing movement. She is also known as "The Lady with the Lamp".

  • Florence's most important contribution was in the Crimean War (1854). When he served the injured by lighting candles in the deep darkness of the night.

  • He was awarded the Royal Red Cross by Queen Victoria in the year 1869.

  • He died on August 13, 1910 at the age of 90.

By admin: May 11, 2022

2. National Technology Day

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National Technology Day is observed every year on 11 May to honour the contributions of India's scientific community including scientists, researchers and engineers.

  • Significance of the day

  • It reminds people of the scientific achievements of the country.

  • It is a day to honour all those who have contributed to the advancement of science.

  • It honours the hard work and efforts of all those who have contributed to the technological progress of our country.

  • Theme of the year 2022 -  An Integrated Approach to Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future.

  • The theme was launched by Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

  • History of the day 

  • National Technology Day was first officially celebrated on 11 May 1999.

  • The primary goal of this day was to recognize scientific and technological achievements.

  • On May 11, 1998, India successfully carried out nuclear tests at the army’s Pokhran test range in Rajasthan.

  • In doing so, India became the sixth country to join the 'nuclear club'.

  • The test was led by the late APJ Abdul Kalam, an aerospace scientist who became the eleventh President of India.

  • On the same day in 1998, India test-fired its first indigenous aircraft Hansa-3 which took off in Bengaluru.

  • On that day, the surface-to-air missile Trishul was also successfully test fired.

  • With many technological advancements in a single day, the Government of India announced the celebration of May 11 as National Technology Day.

  • It was officially signed by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

  • Since then, the Technology Development Board (TDB) which is a statutory body under the Department of Science and Technology at the Centre is celebrating this day.

By admin: May 9, 2022

3. On Birth Anniversary, PM Pays Tribute To Rabindranath Tagore

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 9th May paid tributes to Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary.

  • About Rabindranath Tagore

  • He was born on 7 May 1861 in Calcutta.

  • He is also known as 'Gurudev', 'Kabiguru' and 'Biswakabi'.

  • Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, novelist, and painter. 

  • He was a good friend of Mahatma Gandhi and is said to have bestowed upon him the title of Mahatma.

  • He had always emphasised that unity in diversity is the only possible way for the national unity of India.

  • He spoke at the World Parliament of Religions in the years 1929 and 1937.

  • His notable works include Gitanjali, Ghare-Bair, Gora, Mansi, Balak, Sonar Tori.

  • He is also remembered for his song ‘Ekla Chalo Re’.

  • He published his first poems at the age of 16 under the name 'Bhanusimha'.

  • He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for his work Gitanjali.

  • He was the first non-European person to receive the Nobel Prize.

  • He died on 7 August 1941 in Calcutta.

By admin: May 9, 2022

4. World Red Cross Day

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World Red Cross Day also known as Red Crescent Day is celebrated on May 8 every year.

  • The day marks the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

  • He is also a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was born on May 8, 1828.

  • This day is celebrated by the Red Cross Society in all countries.

  • It works for the welfare of people.

  • The World Red Cross Society provides food and other aid to people in natural disasters, wars, as well as diseases and epidemics.

  • Theme : 2022 - ‘BeHumanKind’

  • History of the day 

  • The first Red Cross Day was celebrated on 8 May 1948.

  • In 1946, during the Second World War, the Tokyo Resolution was implemented.

  • The resolution to celebrate World Red Cross Day annually was adopted on 8 May 1948, the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross.

  • In 1984 it was officially named "World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day".

  • Principles of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

  • To stop and end suffering for every human being

  • Impartiality

  • Neutrality

  • Independence

  • Voluntary Service

  • Unity and Universality

By admin: May 9, 2022

5. Webinar on“Challenges in Thalassemia 2022”

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On the occasion of World Thalassemia Day on 9 May Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda addressed the webinar  “Challenges in Thalassemia 2022” in New Delhi.

  • It was jointly organised by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs along with various ministries and Thalassemia Association.

  • Experts from different parts of India and the world participated in the conference.

  • About Thalassemia

  • Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that causes the human body to have less haemoglobin than normal. 

  • World Thalassemia Day is observed every year on 8 May to spread awareness about this condition.

  • This year, it is celebrated with the theme ‘Be Aware. Share, Care: Working with the global community as one to improve thalassaemia knowledge.’

  • Iron deficiency is the most common and can cause extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, weakness and cold hands and feet.

  • Iron is a mineral that our body needs for growth, development and making haemoglobin.

  • Haemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body.

  • Iron is a cofactor for neurotransmitters and is important for the synthesis and metabolism of hormones.

By admin: May 7, 2022

6. World Athletics Day

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World Athletics Day is being celebrated by the IAAF on 7th May in the year 2022.

  • The date of World Athletics Day varies every year, this date is decided by the IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation).

  • The purpose of World Athletics Day is to increase awareness about sports among the people and to connect youth with sports and make them health conscious.

  • World Athletics Day was started in 1996 by the then IAAF President Primo Nebbiolo.

  • About International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) -

  • Formation- 18 July 1912 Stockholm (Sweden)

  • Headquarter- Monaco

  • Member- 214  federations

  • President- Sebastian Coe

By admin: May 7, 2022

7. Border Roads Organisation celebrates Raising Day

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Border Roads Organisation celebrating Raising Day today on 7th May, 2022. 

About Border Roads Organisation (BRO)

  • BRO, a pioneer in the field of infrastructural development in the border areas of the country, is celebrating its 63 years of illustrious service to the nation.

  • BRO is a major road construction agency under the Ministry of Defence with the primary objective of providing road connectivity to the border areas.

  • BRO was formed on 7th May 1960.

  • It develops and maintains the road network in India's border areas and friendly neighbouring countries.

  • This includes operating infrastructure in 19 states and three union territories (including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) and neighbouring countries such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Myanmar, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka.

  • One of the biggest infrastructural achievements of BRO - longest highway tunnel built in Himachal Pradesh, and its name is Atal Tunnel.

  • Atal tunnel under Rohtang Pass is an 8.8-kilometer-long tunnel.

  • This will reduce the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 kms and will save on transportation costs.

  • Lieutenant General Rajeev Chaudhry assumes the position of Director General of BRO.  

By admin: May 4, 2022

8. International Firefighters’ Day

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International Firefighters Day is celebrated every year on 4 May.

  • Every year this day is celebrated to recognize the sacrifice of firefighters.

  • The main objective of International Firefighters Day is to honour and thank the firefighters who put their lives at risk to save the lives of people and wildlife from fire.

  • The day was instituted after the tragic circumstances of the deaths of five firefighters in a bushfire in Australia on 2 December 1998.

  • International Firefighters Day is celebrated on 4 May as this day is also Saint Florian's Day.

  • Saint Florian was the commanding firefighter of the Roman battalion, considered the patron saint of firefighters.

  • The symbols of Firefighters' Day are red and blue ribbons. In the ribbon, the red colour symbolises fire and the blue colour symbolises water.

By admin: May 3, 2022

9. World Press Freedom Day

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World Press Freedom Day is observed annually on 3 May to raise awareness about the importance of freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a fundamental human right.

  • World Press Freedom Day reminds governments of their obligation to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression as defined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.

  • The day aims to celebrate the basic principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom around the world, and defend the media against attacks.

  • The theme of this year's World Press Freedom Day is 'Journalism under a digital siege'.

  • In December 1993, May 3 was declared as World Press Freedom Day by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) following the recommendation of the General Conference of UNESCO.

By admin: May 2, 2022

10. International Labour Day

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World Labour Day is celebrated every year on 1 May in support of workers' respect, their unity and their rights.

  • These days are also known as Labour Day, May Day, and Majdur diwas.

  • On May 1, the uncertain working hours of the workers of the world were converted into 8 hours.

  • The foundation day of Maharashtra and Gujarat is also celebrated on 1st May.

  • History of Labour Day

  • International Labour Day started with a movement in America on May 1, 1886.

  • Labour Day was started in Madras on 1 May 1923 by the Labour Kisan Party of Hindustan in India.