Friday, July 14, 2017

15 July - World Youth Skills Day



Learn and Practice - Succeed and Be The Best at Whatever You Want to Do or Are Doing?
http://nraoblogs.blogspot.com/2017/07/how-to-succeed-and-be-best-at-whatever.html

Learning by every person is fundamental in Hindu Philosophy.

Hindu Philosophy which is Vedic Philosophy says Dharma - Artha - Kama - Moksha are the four important attainments for a human being.

Dharma - One meaning is ability to do things. Other meaning is the code of conduct decided by the society through the sayings of saints.
Artha - Using the ability in meaningful way to earn income or produce things valuable
Kama - Using the things produced to take care of oneself.
Moksha - God's grace or favorable judgment which comes from taking care of others and their needs with things you produced.

A person who does not have a skill has wasted his life. It is life without meaning (artha)

The father is the first guru according to Hindu tradition. He trains his family members in professional pursuits. He gives the skill training. Family has responsibility to train their family members.

Society has responsibility. Society used to feed learners in the olden days of India.


Youth skills development became a global agenda in 2014, when the UN General Assembly declared July 15th the World Youth Skills Day.

Recognizing that fostering the acquisition of skills by youth would enhance their ability to make informed choices with regard to life and work and empower them to gain access to changing labour markets,
1. Decides to designate 15 July as World Youth Skills Day;
2. Invites all Member States, the organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including youth-led organizations, to commemorate World Youth Skills Day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with national priorities, including through education, campaigns, volunteering and public awareness-raising activities;
73rd plenary meeting
18 December 2014


2017 Events, Programmes, and Activities

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UNESCO-UNEVOC

World Youth Skills Day 2017 - Youth in STEM

United Nations Program at New York
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http://www.un.org/en/events/youthskillsday/events.shtml

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Father's Day - Third Sunday - June


Father's Day - 18 June 2017


Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd.  Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, William Jackson Smart was a Civil War veteran and as a single parent, he raised his six children.  After hearing a sermon about  Mother's Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. She wanted it to happen on June 5, her father's birthday, but the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

In the 1920s, Dodd went to Chicago to study in the Art Institute of Chicago and the event  faded into relative obscurity. In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again and raised the awareness at a national level. She took the help of those trade groups that supply men's gift items, for example the manufacturers of ties and tobacco pipes. In 1938,  the Father's Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men's Wear Retailers came into existence to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion. Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, but the trade groups  kept promoting it and eventually succeeded. By the mid-1980s the Father's Council stated that Father's Day sales are only next to Christmas Day sales for all the men's gift-oriented industries.

 In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.




Father's Day Poems

http://www.happyfathersday.biz/2017/06/happy-fathers-day-2017-poems.html

http://www.fathersdaycelebration.com/fathers-day-poems.html

Song with Lyric on Father's Day

My father on earth is My Father in Heaven

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Updated 9 June 2017,  19 June 2016, 3 June 2014

Saturday, April 29, 2017

29 April - International Dance Day




International Dance Day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute ITI, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO in 1982.

Contact Office in Paris

International Theatre Institute ITI
UNESCO Office
UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis
75732 Paris Cedex 15, France

Contact Headquarters

International Theatre Institute ITI
ITI Headquarters
1332 Xinzha Road, Jing´an,
Shanghai, China 200040
Tel: +86 21 6236 7033
Fax: +86 21 6236 3053
info(at)iti-worldwide.org


Dancing Songs For Children | International Dance Day With Shemaroo Kids
Shemaroo Kids

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India - Dances

Bharata Natyam


Bharatanatyam Dance Performance - Thillana - Kedaram - Ramya Ramnarayan
Geethanjali - Learn Music and Dance
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Bharatanatyam Dance Lessons | Basic Steps For Beginners | Easy To Learn | Srekala Bharath
Geethanjali - Learn Music and Dance
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Kathak

2014

Tiger Shroff shows off his moves on International Dance Day | Part 1
Bollywood Life
29 April 2014

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Important Health Related Days





IMPORTANT HEALTH DAYS OBSERVED





MONTH DATE                         Observed as
Jan 30                 World Leprosy Eradication Day
Feb. 4                 World Cancer Day
12                       Sexual & Reproductive Health Awareness Day
March 6             Glucoma Day
8                         International Women’s Day
11                       No Smoking Day
12                      World Kidney Day
15                      World Disabled Day / World Consumer Rights Day
16 Measles Immunisation Day
22 World Day for Water
24 World TB Day
April 7 World Health Day
17 World Haemophilia Day
19 World Liver Day
22 Earth Day
25 World Malaria Day
May 6 World Asthma Day
8 World Red Cross Day
9 World Thalassaemia Day
12 World Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day/International Nurses day
19 World Hepatitis Day
28 International Women’s Health Day
31 Anti-tobacco Day/World no tobacco Day
June 5 World Environment Day
8 World Brain Tumor Day
14 World Blood Donation Day
July 1 Doctors Day (In India)
11 World Population Day
29 ORS Day
Aug 1-8 World Breast Feeding Week
25th Aug – 8
th Sept. Eye Donation Fortnight
Sept. 1 to 7 National Nutrition week
12 World Oral Health Day
21 World Alzheimer’s Day
26 World Day of the Deaf
28 World Heart Day / World Rabies Day
Oct. 1 International Day for the Elderly
2 National Anti Drug Addiction Day
10 World Mental Health Day
12 World Sight Day (Thursday of October Every Year)
12 World Arthritis
16 World Food Day
17 World Trauma Day
20 World Osteoporosis Day
21 World Iodine Deficiency Day
24 World Polio Day
26 World Obesity Day
29 World Stroke Day
30 World Thrift Day
Nov. 2 World Pneumonia Day
10 World Immunisation Day
14 Diabetes Day
18 World Epilepsy Day
19 World COPD Day
15 to 21 New Born Care Week
Dec. 1 World AIDS Day
2 National Pollution Prevention Day
3 International Day of Disabled Persons
9 World Patient Safety Day


http://cbhidghs.nic.in/writereaddata/mainlinkFile/Important%20Health%20Days.pdf


Indian Government wants to eliminate
TB by 2025

https://scroll.in/pulse/828282/the-government-still-needs-to-find-the-money-to-eliminate-tb-and-kala-azar

Thursday, January 12, 2017

15 January - Army Day India





Army Day is celebrated on 15 January every year in India to mark the day  Lieutenant General  K. M. Cariappa's taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from Sir Francis Butcher, the last British commander, in 1948.

The day is celebrated in the form of parades and military shows in national capital as well as all 6 Army Command headquarters.

Lt. Gen. Cariappa rose to the rank of Field Marshal subsequently.

Indian Army Official Site




2017 India Army Day


Pm Modi to people of India: Remember the sacrifices made by the army, they put their lives at risk so that the citizens can live peacefully.
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/narendra-modi-salutes-soldiers-veterans-on-army-day-4474981/

2017 Indian Army Day: Interesting facts on our defending wall


2016 Indian Army Day


Army Day Parade

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2015 India Army Day





Source: http://pib.nic.in/photo//2015/Jan/l2015011561174.jpg

The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh in a group photo with the Women Marching Contingent on the occasion of 67th Army Day, in New Delhi on January 15, 2015.


2015

PM awards young innovators in the Indian Army, on the occasion of Army Day

In a unique initiative aimed at recognizing and awarding innovation among youth, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today presented Certificates of Excellence to eight young innovative officers of the Indian Army. The certificates were presented to the officers for unique innovations done by these officers, in areas such as reconnaissance, monitoring and greater facilitation for soldiers in combat conditions.

The certificates were presented by the Prime Minister, to these innovators during the "at-home function" at the residence of the Chief of Army Staff, on the occasion of Army Day. The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar was also present.

The innovators also explained their work to the Prime Minister, through working models and exhibits, in the presence of the Chief of Army Staff.

This is the first time that such efforts on the part of Army officers have been recognized at this highest level.

While presenting the DRDO awards in August 2014, the Prime Minister had called for involving youth in defence research related activities in a big way, to ensure that India remained abreast of global technological advancements in the field. The Prime Minister had also encouraged DRDO to connect with the ultimate end-user of its products – the soldier. He had said the soldier can suggest many practical innovations in defence technology.

Prime Minister has also observed that occasions like the Annual Day of the three Services (Air Force Day, Army Day and Navy Day) should be occasions not merely to celebrate the service of our Armed Forces in the defence and security of our nation, but also to organize events to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Armed Forces. Such events could include recognition of members of the Services who have made innovative contributions in areas like defence management, estate management, environment, finance and expenditure, design of defence equipment, papers on defence strategies etc.

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=114677

2012 Army Day Photoes - India Today

2011 Army Day
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Updated on 15 January 2017,  16 January 2015

Saturday, December 10, 2016

World Toilet Day - 19 November




The “Sanitation for All’ Resolution (A/RES/67/291) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2013, designating 19 November as World Toilet Day. The Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders.

2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets or latrines, with dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development.


http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday/


http://www.unwater.org/worldtoiletday


2016


The theme in 2016: Toilets and jobs


This year’s theme focuses on how sanitation, or the lack of it, can impact on livelihoods. Toilets play a crucial role in creating a strong economy.

A lack of toilets at work and at home has severe impacts upon businesses through problems in the workforce: poor health, absenteeism, attrition, reduced concentration, exhaustion, and decreased productivity. Loss of productivity due to illnesses caused by lack of sanitation and poor hygiene practices is estimated to cost many countries up to 5% of GDP.



PROVIDING TOILETS AND OTHER SANITATION SERVICES CREATES JOBS


The global demand for water and sanitation services is worth over $50 billion (Freedonia 2013).  Treating sanitation provision as a long-term business opportunitys, could help  attract investment.

Making it easy for people to set up sanitation businesses, as part of a bigger plan, will help
entrepreneurs to flourish and could accelerate progress. Particularly in the towns and cities of lowincome countries, populations are growing fast and their need for toilets and waste removal is already desperate. Small-scale service providers could play a vital role in getting toilets to people quickly and beginning the transformation of slum areas (WaterAid 2016).

• In the EU, there are more than 2.5 million jobs in the wastewater and solid waste management sectors (Ernst and Young 2006).

• The International Water Association (2014) assessed the capacity gap for trained water and
sanitation professionals to achieve universal water and sanitation access across 15 countries to be over 750,000 individuals.

http://www.worldtoiletday.info/wp-content/uploads/materials2016/Fact_Sheet/fact_sheet_toiletsandjobs_EN_3/fact_sheet_toiletsandjobs_EN_3.pdf


2014

 What can you do to help make ‘sanitation for all’ a reality this World Toilet Day?


1. Run in The ‘Urgent Run’

Participate in The Urgent Run or host your own event for this year’s UN World Toilet Day. The Urgent Run (www.urgentrun.com) is a global mobilisation event to draw attention to the urgent calls for action to end the sanitation crisis. Sixteen events have been registered in 12 countries including Singapore, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Ghana, Italy, Senegal, and Mozambique.


2. Do a ‘Big Squat’

Hold a big squat and raise awareness of the more than 1 billion people who face the indignity of open defecation, which spreads diseases including cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and diarrhoea. Stop, drop, squat and share! Get friends, colleagues, classmates or family together, invite people in the local community and squat in a public place. Take photos or video, and share them on YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Instagram, Flickr, Facebook or Twitter. Use the hashtags #bigsquat, #worldtoiletday and #opendefecation.


3. Share

Access to sanitation would make life safer and healthier for 1.25 billion women. Join the global movement for toilets and sanitation for all, and raise awareness by posting on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, posting a Vine or Tweeting this World Toilet Day. Show that you give a crap about toilets and sanitation, and raise your voice to call for action. Use the hashtags #wecantwait #worldtoiletday #opendefecation #sanitation and #igiveashit.

4. Become a public toilet advocate

Clean and safe toilets are fundamental for health, dignity, privacy, equality and education. Contact your local representative, community leader or member of parliament and let them know you care about public toilets in your area. Does your town need new public toilets? Are the toilets safe and accessible, clean and well-maintained? Is there an appropriate ratio of toilets for men and women, or ‘potty parity’?

Talk toilets with your local representative today. 


5. Watch

Watch a World Toilet Day playlist and share videos on Facebook or Twitter to join the call for toilets and sanitation for all. Here’s one to start with – meet Mr Toilet. Jack Sim is a man on a mission to end the sanitation crisis, and he started by tackling the toilet taboo. Meet the man behind the World Toilet Organization who is proud to be called ‘Mr. Toilet’.


6. Talk crap!
Have a conversation with neighbours on sanitation. Send an email, send a text, post to Facebook, and raise awareness of the importance of action on sanitation.

7. Toilet Selfie

Encourage your friends to join the sanitation movement with a toilet selfie. Share news about developments in toilet designs etc.


8. Donate and Invest in toilets and sanitation for all

One third of the world’s population still lacks access to adequate sanitation. Donate to support the work of the Social Organizations involved in building toilets.


9. Learn

Did you know that toilets and sanitation are considered a human right? In 2010, the UN General Assembly recognised sanitation and water as a human right, essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights. Visit the UN World Toilet Day website unwater.org/worldtoiletday to learn about the sanitation crisis and how you can get involved.

10. Write a blog post if you are a blogger.

http://worldtoilet.org/ten-things-you-can-do-for-un-world-toilet-day/


17 November 2014
Modi urged the diaspora in Australia to build at least one toilet in the village of their origin in India.
http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-11-18/news/56221851_1_indian-pm-modi-express-narendra-modi






March 2014

The details of the grant recipients for the “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India” are as follows:

Eram Scientific Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Kerela in collaboration with University of South Florida: A field trial grant to test off-grid, self-sustained, modular, electronic toilet for houses and communities with solar energy for Indian weather, integrated with mixed waste processing unit. The project will couple a modern, public toilet with an advanced onsite, biological treatment system. It will be housed in a standalone unit that will be initially field tested in a suburban slum.

Amrita School of Biotechnology, Kerela: A proof of concept grants to use viral agents to target and kill pathogens and odour-producing bacteria in fecal waste and also develop for a way to integrate this into waste treatment systems. This is a proof of concept grant.

Pradin Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore: The project will test the concept of using ultra-sound to reduce water use in a toilet. It will also test the ability to enhance the settling of fecal particles in a storage tank using ultra-sound. This is a proof of concept grant.

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in collaboration with Fresh rooms Life Sciences: The project will develop a single household container that will cultivate Black Soldier Fly larvae, using human faeces, which can be processed into valuable products. The project will also demonstrate the market potential for these products. This is a proof of concept grant.

Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai: The project will evaluate the concept of using fine sand-like material and an air blower to create a water-free toilet interface that is free from odour and flies.

BITS PILANI K. K. Birla Goa Campus in collaboration with Ghent University and Sustainable Biosolutions LLP: The project will demonstrate a novel septic tank design that integrates electrochemistry to reduce organic pollutants and improve the quality of effluent discharged. The system will be demonstrated at a single household and society/gated community. This is a proof of concept grant.

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/Media-Center/Press-Releases/2014/03/Indian-Researchers-Selected-to-Develop-Next-Generation-Toilets

2013

Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/What-We-Do/Global-Development/Reinvent-the-Toilet-Challenge


Updated  13 December 2016,  19 November 2014




Saturday, December 3, 2016

India - World Soil Day - December 5 - Soil Health - “Swastha Dhara, Khet Hara”





“Swastha Dhara, Khet Hara”



http://soilhealth.dac.gov.in/



According to Central Soil Water Conservation Research and Training Institute, Dehradun, On an average 16.4 tonnes of fertile soil is lost every year per hectare.

India has 17 per cent of world’s population and just 2 per cent of geographical area. It is  essential to improve the condition of soil in order to increase agricultural productivity and provide food to all in the years to come.

The links between Soil Fertility and Poverty alleviation

Soil Health Card based Soil Testing in Every Farm  will help rebuild the soil fertility
Pandurang Hegde
3 December 2016
http://pib.gov.in/newsite/efeatures.aspx?relid=108692




Sep 19 2016
Soil health card scheme lags behind due to lack of interest from states
According to a background note prepared by the agriculture ministry, less than a fifth of targeted farmers have received soil health cards
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/4ZHUeA1l4xnWXcRrdyYFBN/Soil-health-card-scheme-lags-behind-due-to-lack-of-interest.html



Soil Health Card – A tool for Agri revolution
Nirendra Dev

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/mbErel.aspx?relid=133855

http://employmentnews.gov.in/VOL.%2040%20Soil%20Health%20Card%20%E2%80%93%20A%20tool%20for%20Agri%20revolution01Jan16.pdf

2015 Report on Soil Health Card Scheme


http://soilhealth.dac.gov.in/Content/UserManual/ReportonWorldSoilDay3.pdf



PM launches ‘Soil Health Card scheme’, presents Krishi Karman Awards from Suratgarh, Rajasthan
19 Feb, 2015

http://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/pm-launches-soil-health-card-scheme-presents-krishi-karman-awards-from-suratgarh-rajasthan/


Soil Health Card – A tool for better productivity

 K.M.Ravindran*, M. Srividhya*                                                                                                          
14.08.2014
http://pib.gov.in/newsite/efeatures.aspx?relid=108692