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22 Apr, 17

Earth Day: 22 April

  • Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22.
  • Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.
  • First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network Google today celebrates Earth Day with a doodle. It encourages people across the world to be more environmentally friendly.
  • Today's Doodle describes the story of a sleeping fox who dreams about an Earth that's been polluted and adversely affected by climate change. Determined to save mother earth, the fox makes small lifestyle changes.
  • The theme of World Earth Day 2017 is “Environmental and Climate Literacy”.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

World earth is celebrated on which date? 
 - 22 April. 

21 Apr, 17

April 21: Civil Services Day

  • CSD is celebrated on 21st April every year since 2006.
  • Why 21st April ? Because it was on this day that Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, addressed the first batch of civil servants in Independent India at the Metcalf House where he referred to civil servants as the 'steel frame of India'.
  • "Making New India" will be the theme for Civil Services Day, 2017.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will honour bureaucrats for effectively implementing key programmes of the central government.
  • The PM's awards for excellence will be based primarily on excellence in implementation of five priority programmes;
    1.Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY),
    2. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY),
    3. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY),
    4. e-National Agriculture Market (eNAM) and 5. Standup India,.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Civil Services Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - April 21. 

17 Apr, 17

Himachal celebrated 70th 'Himachal Day on 15th April

  • Himachal Pradesh is celebrating 70th "Himachal Day" function. The hill state came into existence after the merger of 30 odd princely states in 1948.
  • when state was formed only 6 villages had electricity and 331 villages had drinking water facility. But today all the villages have piped water facility and every household has electricity.
  • Following are the announcements which are made in the event :
    1. Unemployment allowance scheme and distributed cheques of Rs1,000 each to 10 beneficiaries under the scheme.
    2. Period of regularisation of contract employees now would be three years instead of five.
    3. A passenger lift to be installed at Bhadrakali Bhalei Mata Temple in Bhalei sub-tehsil of Chamba district.
    4. The classes in the Chamba medical college would be started soon.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:

Himachal Pradesh celebrated 70th 'Himachal Day' on which date? 
  - 15th April

14 Apr, 17

Ambedkar jayanti to be observed as ‘Water Day'

  • India will observe the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar on April 14 as "Water Day" to sensitize people on managing the precious natural resource.
  • Apart from being instrumental in framing the Constitution, Ambedkar was also responsible for an all-India policy on managing water resources.
  • Announcing the government's decision to observe April 14 every year as "water day", Union water resources minister Uma Bharti said, "Water is going to become an important agenda of the government.

Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17: 

India will observe the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar on April 14 as? 
 -  "Water Day". 

12 Apr, 17

"nakshe" Portal launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 250th Anniversary of Survey of India

  • A new web portal nakshe" was launched by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India(SoI).
  • Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) containing natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography are prepared by the SoI since its inception in 1767 and is in conformity with the National Map Policy-2005.
  • These OSM maps have been made available for free download from "nakshe" web portal in pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process, in line with Digital India programme of the Government of India.
  • The Survey of India, the principal mapping agency of the country is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year.
  • Origin of the Survey of India is traced back to Year 1767.
  • It is the oldest scientific department in India and one of the oldest survey establishments in the world.
  • Foundation for the scientific survey and mapping of the country was laid with The Great Trignometric Survey (GTS) in 19th century on this day i.e. 10th April, 1802, by noted surveyors Col. Lambton and Sir George Everest.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
A new web portal "nakshe" was launched by which personality in New Delhi on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India(SoI)?
-  Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan

7 Apr, 17

World Health Day: 7 April

  • Theme 2017: Depression: let’s talk.
  • WHO is leading a one-year global campaign on depression. The highlight is World Health Day 2017, celebrated today.
  • The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help. Depression is the leading cause of ill-health and disability worldwide.
  • More than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Health Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - 7 April

6 Apr, 17

International Mine Awareness Day 4 April

  • 2017 Theme: Needs driven. People Centred.
  • On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly declared that 4 April of each year shall be observed as the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
  • It called for continued efforts by States, with the assistance of the United Nations and relevant organizations, to foster the establishment and development of national mine-action capacities in countries where mines and explosive remnants of war constitute a serious threat to the safety, health and lives of the civilian population, or an impediment to social and economic development at the national and local levels.
  • For 20 years, the work of UNMAS has been driven by the needs of affected people and tailored to the threat of explosive hazards faced by civilians, peacekeepers and humanitarians.
  • UNMAS works:
    1. to save lives,
    2. to facilitate deployment of UN missions and the delivery of humanitarian assistance,
    3. to protect civilians, to support the voluntary return of the internally displaced and refugees,
    4. to enable humanitarian and recovery activities and to advocate for international humanitarian and human rights law.

3 Apr, 17

81st Foundation Day of Odisha-‘Utkal Divas

  • On April 1, 1936, Odisha was formed and since then the day is celebrated to mark the contributions and sacrifices made by the people of the state in the formation days.
  • The day is also called as ‘Utkal Divas’.
  • Constant efforts of activists –
    1. Utkalamani Gopabandhu Das,
    2. Maharaja Shri Ramachandra Bhanjadeo,
    3. Raja Baikunthanath Dey,
    4. Maharaja Shri Krushna Chandra Gajapati,
    5. Gourishankar Ray,
    6. Gangadhar Meher,
    7. Utkala Gaurav Madhusudan Das and
    8. Fakir Mohan Senapati
    helped Odisha to get status of separate linguistic state, which carved out Bengal-Bihar-Orissa province.
  • Odisha was later divided in to 13 and further to 30 districts.
  • Odisha is largely recognized as a poor state
  • with poor infrastructure and people suffering from nutrition.
  • But that is not the actual case; in fact the state is blessed with rich heritage, culture, natural beauty and some amazing festivals and traditions.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Odisha is formed on which date? 
 - On April 1, 1936. 

28 Mar, 17

World Theatre Day 27 March 2017

  • Since 1962, World Theatre Day has been celebrated by theatre professionals, theatre organisations, theatre universities and theatre lovers all over the world on March 27.
  • This year, Malta is also joining the global celebrations under the banner of Viva t-Teatru, with a programme of events by Teatru Malta and Arts Council Malta.
  • World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by ITI Centres and the international theatre community.
  • Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Theatre Day is celebrated on which date internationally? 
- 27 March 2017. 

24 Mar, 17

World TB Day, 24 March 2017

  • World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated every year by the people all across the world at international level on 24th of March.
  • It is celebrated to raise the common public awareness about the epidemic disease of tuberculosis as well as get their efforts in order to totally eradicate this disease.
  • As around 1.7 million of the people are dying of this disease every year.
  • 24th of March has been established to commemorate the tuberculosis day by all at one place in order to get some solution to eradicate it from the world.
  • Tuberculosis was first discovered by the Dr. Robert Koch in the year 1882 and amazingly announced by him to the small group of scientists at “the University of Berlin’s Institute of Hygiene” about the cause of tuberculosis means the TB bacillus.
  • The theme of the World TB Day celebration of the year 2017 is “Unite to End TB”.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Tuberculosis Day is celebrated every year by the people all across the world at international level on which date? 
 - 24th of March. 

23 Mar, 17

World Meteorlogical Day: 23 March

  • Each year, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), its members and the worldwide meteorological community around the world celebrate World Meteorological Dayon 23rd March around a chosen theme.
  • The theme for this year's World Meteorological Day is 'understanding clouds', which highlights the enourmous importance of clouds for weather climate and water.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Meteorlogical Day is celebrated on which date? 
- 23 March. 

World Water Day: 22 March

  • World Water Day, held every March 22, is taking place around the world on Wednesday, aiming at attracting attention to the water crisis with this year's theme: "Why Waste Water."
  • The day was originally launched in 1993 by the U.N.
  • To coincide with the 2017 date, reports have been published warning of severe water scarcity in parts of Africa and Iran.
  • As drought conditions are reported throughout East Africa, World Water Day feels more timely than ever.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Water Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - 22 March. 

Bhagat Singh's death anniversary: 23 March

  • The 23rd of March will mark the 86th martyrdom day of Bhagat Singh, one of the most revered figures of the anti-colonial movement.
  • On this day, Indians pay homage to three martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country.
  • Freedom fighter Bhagat Singh who was hanged along with his comrades Sukhdev Thapar, and Shivaram Rajguru for revolting against a British colonel are remembered on this day and homages are paid to the freedom fighters for the contribution to the freedom struggle of India.
  • The Border Security Force is also planning to put on display the pistol used by the freedom fighter Singh to kill British officer John Saunders in 1928, at its new arms museum in Indore.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The 23rd of March will mark the 86th martyrdom day of which freedom fighter? 
 - Bhagat Singh. 

22 Mar, 17

World Poetry Day: 21 March

  • Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity.
  • Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.
  • UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Poetry Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - 21 March. 

BIRAC Celebrates Its 5th Foundation Day on 20th – 21st March, 2017

  • The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC); a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is completing 5 years and will be celebrating its 5th Foundation Day on 20th – 21st March, 2017.
  • The Theme of the Foundation Day is [email protected]: Impacting the Biotech Ecosystem”.
  • During these 5 years, BIRAC’s efforts have been focused on;
    1. enhancing the innovation research capacities within the biotech industries, and 2. encouraging young entrepreneurs to take their innovation ideas towards scale-up and commercialization, so as to meet the country’s challenge for Affordable Product Development for masses without undermining the quality.
  • The Foundation Day will be followed by the Grand Challenges India Meeting 2017 being organized by the BIRAC – PMU of DBT – BMGF and Wellcome Trust.
  • BIRAC was incorporated on 20th March, 2012 as a non-profit Public Sector Enterprise under the aegis of Department of Biotechnology (DBT).
  • BIRAC completed 5 years of establishment in March, 2017.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC); a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is completing 5 years and will be celebrating its 5th Foundation Day on which date? 
 - 20th – 21st March, 2017.

International Day of Forests: 21 March

  • This global celebration of forests provides a platform to raise awareness of the importance of all types of woodlands and trees, and celebrate the ways in which they sustain and protect us.
  • This year we highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people's lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.
  • 2017 Theme: Forests and energy
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
International Day of Forests is celebrated on which date? 
- 21 March. 

16 Mar, 17

World Consumer Rights Day: 15 March 2017

  • World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) was started in 1983 and is an awareness day which is observed on March 15.
  • It is celebrated annually to instigate action among citizens for the international consumer movement.
  • Everyone is a consumer, and World Consumer Rights Day gives a platform for all to voice any difficulties they face.
  • It ensures that their rights are respected and protected over injustice done in the market.
  • 2017 theme ‘Empowering Consumers in The Digital Age.'
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated on which date? 
 - 15 March 2017. 

15 Mar, 17

Commonwealth Day -March 13, 2017

  • Commonwealth Day is celebrated annually across the Commonwealth of Nations on the second Monday in March(March 13, 2017).
  • The objective of this day is to come together and celebrate its values and diversity.
  • The theme of 2017 is :A peace-building Commonwealth"
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
Commonwealth Day is celebrated annually across the Commonwealth of Nations on which date? 
 - second Monday in March(March 13, 2017).

11 Mar, 17

National Saftey Week: 4-10 March

  • 46th National Safety Day/National Safety Week Campaign commenced on 4th March 2017 and concluded on 10th March 2017.
  • The idea of commemorating the Foundation Day of the National Safety Council, 4th March; and the first National Safety Day (NSD) Campaign was launched in 1972 and has since been organised every year.
  • The Campaign now entering its 46th year, Started for a single day on 4th March as NSD, the Campaign has now been spread over a week from 4-11 March.
  • The Campaign is aimed at renewing the commitment of employees and the general public to work safely throughout the year.
  • Theme of the year-Keep Each Other Safe.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
46th National Safety Day/National Safety Week Campaign commenced on which date? 
 - 4th March 2017 and concluded on 10th March 2017.

2 Mar, 17

World Civil Defence Day: March 1

  • World Civil Defence Day, created by decision of the ICDO General Assembly in 1990, is celebrated every year on the 1st of March.
  • This Day commemorates the entry into force of the ICDO Constitution as an intergovernmental organisation in 1972 and has two main purposes;
    1. that of bringing to 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;
    2. that of paying tribute to the efforts, sacrifices and accomplishments of all the national services responsible for the fight against disasters.
Quick Question for Bank PO/ IBPS Exams 2016-17:
World Civil Defence Day is celebrated on which date? 
- March 1. 
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