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.


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.


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.


 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 ( 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 to learn about the sanitation crisis and how you can get involved.

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

17 November 2014
Modi urged the diaspora in Australia to build at least one toilet in the village of their origin in India.

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.


Reinvent the Toilet Challenge: India

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”

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

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

Soil Health Card – A tool for Agri revolution
Nirendra Dev

2015 Report on Soil Health Card Scheme

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

Soil Health Card – A tool for better productivity

 K.M.Ravindran*, M. Srividhya*                                                                                                          

World Soil Day - 5 December


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About World Soil Day- 5th December

World Soil Day - 5th December

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, made a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human wellbeing.

A/RES/68/232 on World Soil Day and International Year of Soils
Under the leadership of the Kingdom of Thailand and within the framework of the "Global Soil Partnership", FAO has supported the formal establishment of the World Soil Day as a global awareness raising platform. The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly. In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5th of December as the World Soil Day.

Since 2012, the FAO-GSP has been organizing celebration events of this important day.

India - World Soil Day - December 5 - Soil Health

Take Care of Soil for Productive Agriculture

Health Soil only gives us Nutritious Food


Uploaded by IFPRI
2 December 2016



Soil is the network of interacting living organisms within the earth's surface layer which support life above ground.

The nutritional value of the food we eat is directly related to the health of the soil in which it grows (or what it eat grows).

Management of agricultural soils should consider the structural, biological and mineral health of the soil (not just N, P, K) to produce nutritionally-dense food.

Soil has varying amounts of organic matter (living and dead organisms), minerals, and nutrients.

An average soil sample is 45% minerals, 25%, 25% air, and 5% organic matter (less in degraded soils).

Carbon is a master variable within the soil that controls many processes, such as development of soil structure, water storage and nutrient cycling.

On average, Australia’s current soil organic carbon content is only around 1%. In the 1800s, some of the most productive farms in south eastern Australia recorded soil organic carbon content of nearly 20%.

Soil high in organic carbon content enables better rainfall infiltration & retention – providing greater resilience to drought.

Every gram of soil organic carbon can hold up to 8 grams of water.

Soils are vulnerable to carbon loss through degradation, but regenerative land management practices can build soil and restore soil health.

Soil erosion within conventional agricultural practices can occur at rates up to 100 times greater than the rate of natural soil formation.

Natural processes can take more than 500 years to form 2 centimetres of topsoil.

Soil carbon takes three distinct forms: living carbon, labile carbon and fixed carbon.

- Living carbon takes the form of microbes, fungi, plant roots, nematodes, earth worms etc.
- Labile carbon in the soil comprises decomposing (dead) plant and animal material that is in a state of transition.
- Fixed carbon in the soil consists of stable compounds as humates and glomalins.
...Sequestered Carbon comprises the fixed carbon plus the total living biomass.

Soil stores 10% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions.

Around 95% of our food is directly or indirectly produced on our soils.

Microbial activity controls and manipulates the chemistry of the soil: not the other way around.

Soil microbes have a symbiotic relationship with plants - plants provide sugars to microbes and microbes make nutrients bio-available for plants.

Living organisms in soil ultimately control water infiltration, mineral density and nutrient cycling.

Fungi and bacteria help break down organic matter in the soil and earthworms digest organic matter, recycle nutrients, and make the surface soil richer.

In a handful of fertile soil, there are more individual organisms than the total number of human beings that have ever existed.

Soil is one of the most complicated biological materials on our planet.


Gabe Brown: Keys To Building a Healthy Soil

Transcend Productions



2016 Gabe Brown - What is Soil Health?

In Loving Memory MC

Uploaded 22 Feb 2016

2016 World Soil Day

2016 Theme: “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”

The positive contributions of pulses to soil properties are many: they fix the atmosphere nitrogen and improve its biodiversity, fertility and structure.

Owing to their nutritional benefits, 2016 was declared the International Year of Pulses.

Soil is an essential resource and a vital part of the natural environment from which most of the global food is produced.

Soil provides living space for humans.  Soil also provides essential ecosystem services, which are important for water regulation and supply, climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and cultural services.

But approximately 33% of our global soils are degraded. Policy makers and people have to  explore opportunities to embrace sustainable development via the sustainable development goals.    on 4 December 2016

2015 World Soil Day

World Soil's Day Event - A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself

uploaded 14 January 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

5 December - International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development


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 2016 is the year of the ‘Keyboard Volunteer’

Growth of online volunteering

02 December 2016, Bonn, Germany: To mark International Volunteer Day today, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has released encouraging new figures demonstrating a rise in ‘keyboard volunteers’ as interest in the UNV.

Online Volunteering service swells.

Research shows that the volume of conversations online around “online volunteering” more than doubled in the last year, with the United States of America accounting for almost 34 per cent of all conversations, while applications for the United Nations Online Volunteering service rose by 10 per cent in the same period.
The new findings mark the launch of a campaign which aims to celebrate the contribution made by the billion volunteers across the world. #GlobalApplause will see stories and recognition shared from and to volunteer-involving organizations all over the world, on Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to the almost 7,000 volunteers working on projects in the field, UNV has a network of over 12,000 online volunteers. For online assignments, organizations and volunteers team up to address sustainable development challenges, with volunteers working from a computer, tablet or mobile phone anywhere in the world, on a vast range of projects, including translation services, graphic design and project management.

Richard Dictus, UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator comments: “Trust in our world, our leaders, our future and our values has been shaken this year by a growing sense of divisiveness, which often comes to a head online and via social media. We’re pleased to see that despite the sometimes negative environment of the web, the internet can still be a force for good and empower thousands of people to make a real difference to communities across the world each day.

While ‘keyboard activists’ can often be derided for failing to make an impact, through the UNV Online Volunteering service, every day volunteers are working for peace and development through the power of their keyboard and today is the perfect opportunity to remember the contribution they – and the billions of people who volunteer across the world -- make.”

International Volunteer Day (IVD), on December 5th, was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.

Theme for 2012: Celebrate volunteering!

Online Volunteering Awards 2012

Association of African Entrepreneurs Team
Association for Global Humanists and Ethics Pakistan Team
ASTRA Anti Trafficking Action Team
Delta Women Team
Fondation Joseph the Worker Team
PCs4Kids Team
Positive Nett-Works Team
UNDP Brazil Team
UNHCR Regional Support Hub Team
Youth for Technology Foundation Team

Message of UNO Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

for the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2012

"Founded on the values of solidarity and mutual trust, volunteerism transcends all cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries. By giving their time and skills without expectation of material reward, volunteers themselves are uplifted by a singular sense of purpose."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Volunteer Day
for Economic and Social Development
5 December 2012

More messages and press releases for 2012

About the Day

International Volunteer Day is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels. By combining UN support with a grassroots mandate, International Volunteer Day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector.

The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.


Ideas for Celebrating the Day

A march or rally
A clean up
A competition (drawings, photographs, stories)
A blood donation
Volunteer Fair
Celebratory event
Conference on ‘Volunteer Action Counts’
Fundraising for a local volunteer organization
Workshops about volunteer activities

 Be Creative! Think of more ways.
Other Historical Events of the Day

Updated  4 December 2016, 5 December 2012

Monday, October 10, 2016

24 January - National Girl Child Day - India

USA National Manufacturing Day - First Friday of October

About the USA National Manufacturing Day - First Friday of October

National Manufacturing Day was established in 2012 to expand the knowledge about and improve the public’s view of manufacturing careers and the industry’s value to the U.S. economy. The celebration looks to raise awareness about manufacturing’s impact and change the perception of manufacturing careers for future generations.


Manufacturing Day 2016 — Friday October 7, 2016





Saturday, October 8, 2016

International Day of the Girl Child - 11 October


On December 19, 2011, United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

Girls face discrimination and violence every day across the world. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.


Theme:   “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”

There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.

What gets counted, gets done. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. One year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals

One such issue that is standing in the way of girls’ progress is child marriage. The data is daunting—one in three girls in developing countries (except China) get married before they turn 18. Girls who are child brides miss out on education, are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence, and bear children before they are physically or emotionally prepared. The cycle of violence that begins in girlhood, carries over into womanhood and across generations. The 2030 Agenda must address their needs and unlock their potential.

UN Women works around the world to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child marriage, and mobilize communities against the practice.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, we stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls.


2015 Theme: The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030

This year, as the international community assesses progress under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) since their implementation in 2000 and sets goals to be achieved by 2030, girls born at the turn of the millennium have reached adolescence, and the generation of girls born this year will be adolescents in 2030. As we reflect on the achievements of the past 15 years and plan sustainable development goals for the next 15, it is an opportune time to consider the importance of social, economic, and political investment in the power of adolescent girls as fundamental to breaking the intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination and to achieving equitable and sustainable development outcomes.

Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders. An investment in realising the power of adolescent girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.

Over the last 15 years, the global community has made significant progress in improving the lives of girls during early childhood. In 2015, girls in the first decade of life are more likely to enrol in primary school, receive key vaccinations, and are less likely to suffer from health and nutrition problems than were previous generations. However, there has been insufficient investment in addressing the challenges girls face when they enter the second decade of their lives. This includes obtaining quality secondary and higher education, avoiding child marriage, receiving information and services related to puberty and reproductive health, and protecting themselves against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and gender-based violence.

As the global community launches the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for implementation over the next 15 years, it is a good time to recognise the achievements made in supporting young girls, while at the same time aspiring to support the current and upcoming generation of adolescent girls, to truly fulfil their potential as key actors in achieving a sustainable and equitable world. In recognition of the importance of investing in adolescent girls’ empowerment and rights, both today and in the future, the theme of International Day of the Girl Child for 2015 is: The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.

UN agencies, Member States, civil society organizations, and private sector stakeholders are called on to commit to putting adolescent girls at the centre of sustainable development efforts by making the following critical investments in their present and future:

Invest in high quality education, skills, training, access to technology and other learning initiatives that prepare girls for life, jobs, and leadership.
Invest in health and nutrition suitable to the adolescent years, including puberty education, menstrual hygiene management, and sexual and reproductive health education and services.
Promote zero tolerance against physical, mental, and sexual violence.
Enact and consistently implement social, economic, and policy mechanisms to combat early marriage and female genital mutilation.
Invest in the creation and maintenance of social and public spaces for civic and political engagement, creativity and talent enhancement.
Promote gender-responsive legislation and policies across all areas especially for adolescent girls who are disabled, vulnerable and marginalized, and victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation.
The commitment by the global community to realising the potential of adolescent girls will directly translate into the girls as powerful and positive change agents for their own empowerment, for advancing gender equality and for the sustainable advancement of their nations.

Updated  11 October 2016,  11 October 2015

Sunday, August 28, 2016

September 5, Teachers' Day - India

September 5, Teachers' Day - India

September 5, Teachers' Day - India

5th September is the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.



2012 Celebration News

Awards for Teachers

Speech on the Occasion by President of India: Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Rajya Sabha paid tributes to Shri Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Today I spent the day in updating a Knol book - Equity Research - Online Textbook on Knol



Teacher Roles Hindi Film Actors and Actresses



Bollywood Films with Teacher as the Main Role in the film


About the Day

In India 5th September is celebrated as Teachers' day.

5th September is the birthday of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. When Dr. Radhakrishnan became the president of India in 1962, some of his students and friends approached him and requested him to allow them to celebrate 5th September, his "birthday". In reply, Dr, Radhakrishnan said, "instead of celebrating my birthday separately, it would be my proud privilege if September 5 is observed as Teachers' day". The request showed Dr.Radhakrishnan's love for the teaching profession. From then onwards, the day has been observed as Teachers' Day in India.

Born on September 5, 1888, at Tiruttani, 40 miles to the north-east of Madras, Radhakrishnan grew to become the most famous Indian teacher and philosopher of all times. He was also the Vice-President of India from 1952-1962.

Read Dr. Abdul Kalam's speech on the occasion of Teachers' Day in 2003.

Biography of Radhakrishnan - Video presentatiom


Books by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Eastern Religions and Western Thought Softcover, Oxford Univ Pr, ISBN 0195624564 (0-19-562456-4)
Indian Philosophy
Softcover, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0195638190 (0-19-563819-0)
The Principal Upanishads
Softcover, Collins, ISBN 8172231245 (81-7223-124-5)
The Bhagavadgita: With an Introductory Essay, Sanskrit Text, English Translation, and Notes
Softcover, HarperCollins Publishers India, ISBN 8172230877 (81-7223-087-7)
The Buddhism Omnibus : Comprising Gautama Buddha, the Dhammapada, and the Philosophy of Religion by Iqbal Singh, S. Radhakrishnan, Arvind Sharma, Matthew T. Kapstein, Matthew Kapstein
Hardcover, Oxford University Press India, ISBN 0195668987 (0-19-566898-7)
The Concept of Man: A Study in Comparative Philosophy
by S. Radhakrishnan, P.T. Raju
Hardcover, South Asia Books, ISBN 8120809742 (81-208-0974-2)
The Dhammapada: With Introductory Essays, Pali Text, English Translation and Notes
Softcover, Oxford Univ Pr, ISBN 0195640802 (0-19-564080-2)

Honour List

Teachers Who Succeeded in Social, Economic and Political Endeavours

Sarva Sri
Prof. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, President of India
Prof. Rajendra Singh, Sar Sanghachalak, RSS, India
Dr. Murali Manohar Joshi, Minister of Human Resources Development, India
Prof Satish Dhawan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization

2014 Teachers' Day Celebrations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met all National Teachers Awardees. He also interacted with children on the day. The interaction was telecast live and arrangements were made in all the schools (appx. 18 lakh) to show the interaction using computers and Televisions.

Source: PIB, India,

                                            Google Doodle for 5 September 2014

Friday, August 5, 2016

Friendship Day - First Sunday of August

Friendship Day - First Sunday of August - 2 August 2009

7 August 2016 - Friendship Day 2016

Make New Friends and Keep Old Friends



Friendship Day Activity on Social Media - Visit all communities where you are member and greet the members

Friendship Day - Celebrate it. Ideas for celebration. Write messages on friendship day.

Greetings and Best Wishes to all Visitors. We are all Friends

About the day

Various blogs and web sites indicate that the day was first authorised as a celebration in 1935 in USA. I tried to find an authoritative source for it but could not locate it so far (Please give one if you know).


In India it became popular during the last 7 or 8 years. Tying a friendship band around the hand is most popular activity on this day. Writing on the hands etc. of friends also is very popular.

Ideas for Celebration

(Add to the list)

1. Send Emails to friends.
2. Send SMS.
3. Give presents.
4. Go and meet some friends personally. 
5. Talk to some on phone.
6. Write appreciation messages in online forums. (Write one below)
7. Remember the message "Make new friends and keep the old"
  • Make some new friends. Knol authors,  read a knol by a new author and appreciate him.
8. Create a book of memories of a friend.
  • Go through your old photo albums.
9. Organise a sleepover party for your friends.
10. Have breakfast, lunch or  dinner with friends.

 What have you done so far?


3 August 2014 - Friendship Day 2014

Make New Friends and Keep Old Friends

Friends are quiet angels

Friendship Day 2013 - 4 August

Friendship Day - 5 August 2012

Friendship Day - First Sunday of August - 2 August 2009

Friendship Day 2010 - 1st August 2010 

Friendship Day 2011 - 7th August 2011

Celebration News 2009

Tiny tots tied friendship bands to various animal at zoo. School teachers accompanied the kids to zoo and said that will make children connect with mother nature.

Friendship Day Messages

Write your Friendship Day messages, ideas, thoughts, quotations, and poems below.
A friend in need
is a friend indeed
So take care of many others
when they are in need
Ensure one returns the favors
when you are in need
Everyone likes to have friends.
Be nice to others.

 'If a person can double himself, (make a true friend) once in three centuries it will be more than a miracle. Those who talk of trippling themselves don't know what they are talking about.' - Michael De'Montigane (inventor of the essay)
It is indeed a great blessing to have true friends. Thinking of friendships, the legendary friendship of Krishna and Arjuna comes to mind. They were both princes from neighboring kingdoms. Arjuna was in love with Krishna's sister but Krishna's father was opposed to the marriage. Krishna advised Arjuna to kidnap his love!

Sajid Khan
Friendship is the golden thread that ties the heart of all the world.-- John Evelyn
Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends. -- Cindy Lew
Sent through email to all JNTU 77 batchmates.
Wish KAF members and other supportive Knol authors a very Happy Friendship Day
The connection between two friends is often indescribable. It just feels right whenever you are together.
Dr. Irene S. Levine, The Friendship Doctor
Let friendliness perfume the world,
And make our earthly lives worthwhile!
Dr John Celes
Chance makes your parents , but choice makes our friends............Delille

Friendship Day Pictures

Upload your pictures of Friendship Day
                                                Aditya and Narayana Rao
                 Narayana Rao reading the Alumni Reunion Souvenir 1977-2007

Knols on Friendship

Augustine the Friend

  • Exploring the Theme of Friendship in the Writings of Bishop of Hippo


Friendship Day Web Pages 2010,_wishes,_scraps_N76314.html  SMS ideas



Happy Friendship Day

2010 Happy Friendship Day

BTW: your son looks very happy boy.. please let him know that I am saying Hi.. :)

Best wishes,
Moharram Khalifa - 06 Aug 2010

Thanks a lot
Moharram Khalifa - 06 Aug 2010
I informed the boy, Aditya about your greeting.
Narayana Rao - 06 Aug 2010
Dear Moharram

Thank you for the comment.

The boy is my brother's son. I shall inform him your good wishes. Please pass on this greetings message to more authors and motivate them to greet more authors. We need to establish good friendly feelings among many knol authors.

Some or other differences of opinion do keep coming up frequently. But we need to push them aside frequently to wish good of all knol authors. We are on this platform for the good of all and not for spreading displeasure.
Narayana Rao - 31 Jul 2010

Happy Friendship Day 2010

Happy Friendship Day
Jerry Shum - 06 Aug 2010
thank you
Narayana Rao - 06 Aug 2010


Mr Rao ,
Your son ? Aditya ....Nice pic........

Chance makes your parents , but choice makes our friends............Delille
minoo bhagia - 01 Aug 2010
that's great professor sahab
minoo bhagia - 01 Aug 2010
Thank you. Very happy to read the message of you. Hope thing are all very fine at your end.

I visited Tokyo last week and presented a paper on Industrial Engineering at Keio University.
Narayana Rao - 31 Jul 2010
same to you
minoo bhagia - 31 Jul 2010
Happy friendship day 2010
Narayana Rao - 31 Jul 2010
He is a cute boy........Do you live in Thane ? East or West ?
minoo bhagia - 04 Aug 2009
That's a nice place.
minoo bhagia - 04 Aug 2009

Big Business

Valentine’s day – Fathers day – friendship day and the list goes on & on this was really unheard of 10 years ago, celebrating such days is after all “ Western culture” & big business for retailers. Lately I have seen that we too have got up from our slumber & started celebrating Hanuman Jayanti, Gudi Padva, etc, in a bigger way then ever before, we indeed needed such a cultural jolt :)
Michael dsouza - 31 Jul 2010
Happy friendship day 2010
Narayana Rao - 31 Jul 2010
Sure Sir, I was running the Thane Mayor Marathon -2nd Aug 09. It was one VERY EXHAUSTING event, had to walk for Kms. on end, the summer heat really got to me : )
Over all - a good experience.
Michael dsouza - 03 Aug 2009
Yes Dsouzaji

Thank you for the comment.
We need to connect and develop the spirit of brotherhood and friendship. An occasion will provide some more energy.

Were you in the marathon today. I spent today at house only promoting friendship in our building and on knol.
Narayana Rao - 02 Aug 2009

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Updated 7 August 2016

Monday, June 20, 2016

June - World Days and National Days of Countries

1-  World Day of Milk, World - Global  Day of Parents,  Samoa
2 - Italy Republic Day ,
3 - Donut Day
4 - Tonga Emancipation Day, Ford made his car operational
5 - World Environment Day , Denmark Constitution Day
6 - Sweden National Day
7 - VCR Day
8 - Best Friend's Day
9 -
10 - Portugal, Iced Tea Day
12 - Philippines, Russia, National Blood Donor's Week
13 - Queen's Birthday
14 - World Blood Donor Day, UK Royal Birthday
17 - Iceland National Day, East Vegatables Day
18 - Seychelles National Day
21 - World Music Day ,
23 - Luxemborg National Day
25 - Croatia, Mozambique, Slovenia
26 - Madagascar, Djibouti
30 -  Social Media Day ,  Democratic Republic of Congo

First Friday - USA National Donut Day
3rd Sunday - Father's Day

Updated  25 June 2016,  7 June 2014

Sunday, June 19, 2016

International Day of Yoga - 21 June

UNO declared 21 June as International Day of Yoga


UNO in its resolution said

Recognizing that yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being,
Recognizing also that wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising yoga would be beneficial for the health of the world population,

UNO Decides to proclaim 21 June the International Day of Yoga.

Hatha Yoga is a programme of postures to improve health and focus.

It is not a religious ritual. Swamy Vivekananda said so. A religious sansyasi only learns some postures so that he can sit in that posture for hours together to do rituals. A hatha yogi lives for hundred years without any religious activity.

Yoga is now embraced internationally as a physical activity that improves health.

12 Asanas to do daily

Baba Ramdev


Surya Namaskar - Baba Rama Dev



More details on Yoga by Ramdev Baba

10 minute full body exercises by Baba Ramdevji



Friday, June 17, 2016

Social Media Day - 30 June - Blogging Challenge

Let us write on Social Media Issues on the occasion of Social Media Day on 30 June

Give your article url in comments

Topics - Social Media Day Blogging Challenge

Social Media Landscape

  • Social media platforms
  • Successful social media platforms
  • Social media platform failures: Most important is Google's Knol
  • Startup social media platforms - Successful startups of 2011
  • Financial successes of social media platforms

Social Media Contributors

Millions of contributors and their unique content

     You might have seen in your only blog that some blog posts get thousands of page views.  That shows the main role of social media. Providing the ability to anybody in the world to share his experience, thought, opinion, feeling with the rest of the world especially when it is relevant for the rest of the world.

Contributors earning full monthly living income
Contributors who are semiprofessionals
Growth in contributors
Satisfaction of contributors
Frustrations of contributors

Social Media Consultants and Promoters

Social Media Marketing

  • Marketing research on social media
  • Advertising on social media
  • Selling - E-Commerce on social media
  • Customer service using social media
  • PR on social media
  • Engaging potential and current customers using social media

Social Media in Education

Social Media for Art

Social Media for Philanthrophy

Social Media for Business capital raising

Social media technologies

Global Community Building on Social Media

Want to look at articles on Social media 

Visit social media on social media

List of Blog Posts - Posted in the Social Media Day Blogging Challenge

1. Earning Rs. 20,000 per Month through Blogging in India
2. Social Media and Language Learning Resources
3. Social Media Day Slogans and Quotes - 30 June
4. Celebrate Social Media Day at the J. Clyde!
5. Social Media Day 2012 Celebration Videos
6. It's Social Media Day Celebrate Us and All Our Virtual Souls
7. Making a Difference Through Social Media  - Narendra Modi
8. Manager's Guide to Designing Social Media Strategy - IBM Center of Government
9. Celebrate eLearning Social Media Day on 30 June
10. Is Social Media Overtaking Professional Media in Digital World?
11. The Friday Focus - 2012 Olympics: Social media friend or foe?

1. IQ at Social Media Day

1. How Should Higher Education Institutions Approach Social Media Platforms?

Updated  19 June 2016,  30 June 2012

World Music Day - June 21

About the Day

In 1976, an American musician, Joel Cohen, employed by the national French radio station, France Musique thought of a day dedicated to celebrating music. in 1982, the thought became reality with the French Government blessing Fete' de la Musique. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all

In Paris and Ile-de-France, the return of summer is celebrated in music.

The music day was created in 1982. This nation-wide party of the people has become so important that it has even been exported to over a hundred foreign countries.

On 21st June, both amateur and professional musicians take to the streets to let their creativity run wild. In squares, public gardens and alleyways improvised stages are erected and sound systems blossom at the windows.

Electro DJs, classical, jazz or accordion groups, choirs, French chanson, pop rock or traditional bands...everyone dances and sings with their family and friends in a joyful cacophony.

Bars, concert venues, festivals (and also museums, churches, conservatoires etc...) take the opportunity to remain open until all hours, with free concerts both indoors and on their terraces.

Exceptional free shows are performed by French and international stars, notably in the Place de la Bastille, the Champ de Mars and La Défense.

And to help people get around, public transport services are provided all night long.
World Music Day - June 21 - Programmes  2011, 2010


Music - Thoughts and Quotes

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”
― Plato

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: "Music is the universal language of mankind."

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


World Music Day 2016

Indian - Carnatic Classical




Tyagaraja Pancha Ratna Kritis - Shri Balamurali Krishna


Carnatic Classical - Aditya Carnatic Music

Thyaraja Krithis - Dr. Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna



Anoushka Shankar in France



Western Music 2016

BBC 2016 Music Day Clips




World Music Day 2014

 Programs on the day World Over -  World Music Day Programs

World of Music 2013-2014 - New Artists

Top 10 Popular Bollywood Songs on YouTube - June 2014


World Music Day 2012

Programs in Cyprus

More Programs in World Music Day Programs


Popular Music or POP Western Music

Top 100 Music Hits

Top 10 of 2012 - Popcrush listing

Indian Classical Music

Music On Knol

Knol Month of Music - June (new link)

Music Knols 2011

Links have to be changed

Biography:Naomi Druškić and Music videos
September 2009. Naomi held a concert in The World Bank in Washington D.C.(USA)

Specific Songs or Collections of Songs (Western Music - English)


Carnatic Music - Songs on Knol

Audio and Video Links for Carnatic Music - Devotional Kirtanas and  Songs 

Sreekantha - Tyagaraja Kirtana - Sangit - Song - Audio, Video Links
Raaga rathna - Tyagaraja Kirtana - Sangit - Song - Audio, Video Links
Enduku daya raaduraa - - Tyagaraja Kirtana - Sangit - Song - Audio, Video Links
Daya raani - Tyagaraja Kirtana - Sangit - Song - Audio, Video Links
Nagu momu ganaleni - Tyagaraja Kirtana - Sangit - Song - Audio, Video Links
Baagayanayyaa - Tyagaraja Kirtana - Sangit - Song - Audio, Video Links
Samajavaragamanaa - Tyagaraja Kirtana - Sangit - Song - Audio, Video Links
Thalachinanthane - Tyagaraja Kirtana - Sangit - Song - Audio, Video Links

Annamacharya Kriti - Song - Adivo Alladivo Sriharivasamu - Audio and Video Links
Annamayya Kirtanalu - Songs - Brahma Kadigina Paadam - Audio, Video Links
Annamayya Kirtanalu - Songs - Alarulu kuriyaga Aadenade - Audio, Video Links
Annamayya Kirtanalu - Songs - Teppaga Marraaku Mida - Audio, Video Links
Annamayya Kirtanalu - Songs - Daachuko - Audio, Video Links
Annamayya Kirtanalu - Songs - Nanati Brathuku - Audio, Video Links
Annamayya Kirtanalu - Songs - Emoko Chiguru - Audio, Video Links
Annamayya Kirtanalu - Songs - Indira Ramanu - Audio, Video Links
Annamayya Kirtana - Song - Thandanana Thandanana - Audio, Video Links
Jo Achutananda - Annamayya Kirtana - Audio and Video Links
Carnatic Music Genre on
Annamayya Patalu -

Telugu Music Knols

త్యాగరాజ కీర్తనలు - పట్టిక
అన్నమాచార్య కీర్తనలు - పట్టిక

తెలుగు పాటలు - ఆణి ముత్యాలు - మరచిపోలేని పాటలు

త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - బ్రోచే వారెవరురా
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - దుడుకుగల - పంచ రత్న కీర్తన
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - కనకన రుచిరా - పంచ రత్న కీర్తన
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - సాధించెనే మనసా - పంచ రత్న కీర్తన
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - ఎందరో మహానుభావులు - పంచ రత్న కీర్తన
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - జగదానందకారక - పంచ రత్న కీర్తన
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - మేలుకోవయ్య మమ్మేలుకో రామ
సంగీతము - భావ రాగ లయాది సౌఖ్యము
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - ప్రక్కల నిలబడి
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - సరస సామ దాన భేద దండ చతుర
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - సుఖి ఎవరో రామనామ
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - సామజవర గమన
త్యాగరాజ కీర్తన - సీతా కళ్యాణ వైభోగమే


Interesting Web Links

Top ten songs of Micheal Jackson

Music News

1234 Festival at London

Poems, Lyrics, Songs on Knol


Updated 20 June 2016

Original Post k/ world-music-day-june-21, Knol Number 2592