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DateDayTheme 2020
04 January World Braille Day
06 JanuaryJournalist day (in Maharashtra)
09 JanuaryPravasi Bhartiya Divas
10 JanuaryWorld Hindi Day
11-17 JanuaryNational Road Safety WeekSadak Suraksha - Jeevan Suraksha.
12 JanuaryNational Youth Day
14 JanuaryArmed Forces Veterans Day
15 JanuaryIndian Army Day
18 January15th Raising day of NDRF
19 JanuaryNational Immunization day
24 JanuaryNational Girl Child Day
24 JanuaryInternational day of educationLearning for people, planet, prosperity and peace.
25 JanuaryNational Voters' DayElectoral Literacy for a Stronger Democracy
25 JanuaryNational Tourism Day
26 JanuaryInternational Customs DayCustoms fostering Sustainability for people, prosperity and the planet.
26 JanuaryWorld Leprosy DayLeprosy isn't what you think
27 JanuaryInternational day of the commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust “75 years after Auschwitz – Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice”
30 JanuaryWorld Neglected Tropical diseases day
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Global Family Day – 1st Jan

Global Family Day is celebrated every year on 1st January 2020 as a Day of Peace and Sharing.

The aim is to unite and spread the message of peace to make the world a better place to live for everyone.

It considers and promotes the idea that “Earth is a one Global Family”.

Web portal to block stolen/ lost mobile phones launched by Government

Government launched a web portal, ‘Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR)’, in Delhi to facilitate blocking and tracing of stolen/ lost mobile phones. It has been undertaken by the Department of Telecom (DoT) for addressing security, theft and other concerns including reprogramming of mobile handsets.

It will facilitate – request for blocking of stolen/ lost mobile phone; blocking of such mobile phones across mobile networks; sharing of traceability data with the Police; and unblocking of recovered and found stolen/ lost mobile phones.

Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System launched by Election Commission

The Election Commission has launched a Political Parties Registration Tracking Management System to enable applicants to track the status of the applications. The Commission had amended the guidelines for registration last month.

Applicants, applying for the party registration from 1st of this month will be able to track the progress of applications and will get the status through SMS and e-mail. An association seeking registration has to submit an application to the Commission within a period of 30 days from the date of its formation.

Pacific Island nation Palau, 1st country to ban ‘reef-toxic’ sunscreen

Palau’s pioneering officially enacted ban on “reef-toxic” sunscreens. From New Year’s day, any reef-toxic sunscreen imported or sold in Palau will be confiscated and the owner will be fined. Along with the ban, Palau’s much-touted marine sanctuary came into effect on January 1.

Palau is renowned for its marine life and is regarded as one of the world’s best diving destinations. But, the government is concerned this poses an environmental cost. President Thomas Remengesau stated there was scientific evidence that chemicals found in most sunscreens were toxic to corals.

This closes 80 per cent of its exclusive economic zone to fishing and other marine activities including mining and shark finning. It follows Palau’s establishment of the world’s first shark sanctuary in 2009.

S. S. Deswal got additional charge of CRPF

S.S. DESWAL has got additional charge of the Central Reserve Police force.

Currently, as on 1 January 2020 he is serving as the Director-General of Indo Tibetan Border Police.

India sets records for highest number of babies born globally on New Year’s Day: UNICEF

According to UNICEF, an estimated 392,078 babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day, with India recording the highest number of these births worldwide at 67,385. China comes in second with 46,299 births.

Globally, over half of these births were estimated to have taken place in eight countries – India (67,385), China (46,299), Nigeria (26,039), Pakistan (16,787), Indonesia (13,020), United States of America (10,452), Democratic Republic of Congo (10,247) and Ethiopia (8,493).

“The beginning of a new year and a new decade is an opportunity to reflect on our hopes and aspirations not only for our future, but the future of those who will come after us,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore stated

RBI launches ‘MANI’ app for visually challenged to identify denomination of currency notes

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) launched a mobile app ‘MANI’ (Mobile Aided Note Identifier) for the visually challenged to identify the denomination of a note by using the application, which can also work offline. Through the downloaded app, users can scan the notes using the camera, the audio output will give the result in Hindi and English.

The app, which is available both on Android and iOS operating systems, was launched by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das and other officials on Wednesday, 1st Jan 2020.

Flipkart partners with government to empower artisans, self-help groups

E-commerce giant, Flipkart has announced a tie-up with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana — National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) to train, support and provide market access to artisans, self-help groups (SHGs) and those who deal with raw, organic food production, with the aim to help small businesses explore wide markets.

The e-commerce firm will collaborate with state missions under the DAY-NULM to establish the Flipkart Samarth program in 22 states in the country. It will provide time-bound incubation support to the sellers including cataloguing support, account management support and more.

‘Verified Milk Vendor Scheme’ launched by FSSAI in Gujarat

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched ‘Verified Milk Vendors Scheme’ in Gujarat with an aim to cover milk producers and milk vendors under the regulation net and monitor through a verification programme.

Under the new scheme, all the unorganised milk producers and vendors in Gujarat will be issued identity cards by taking their registration.

‘Dhanu Jatra’ the 11-day long festival begins at Bargarh in western Odisha

The famous 11-day long ‘Dhanu Jatra’, considered as the largest open-air theatre festival of the world, that finds a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records, begins at Bargarh in western Odisha. The annual festival came into being in 1947-48 to celebrate Indian’s Independence and to symbolize the victory of good over evil.

The Jatra is based on the mythological story of Lord Krishna and his demon uncle King Kansa. It is about the episode of Krishna and Balaram’s visit to Mathura to witness the Dhanu ceremony organized by their (maternal) uncle King Kansa.

Over 70 artists performed and another 45 artists played different roles at Gopapura during the festival. Around 3,000 artists of 120 cultural troupes from across the state and from neighboring states will perform at the Raj Durbar, Nanda Durbar, and Rangamahal during the festival.

The department of Culture of the Government of India has accorded National Festival status to Dhanu Jatra in November 2014.

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