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World TB Day 2023 : 24th March

World TB Day is celebrated every year on 24th March. TB disease is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. It is also called tuberculosis. Lakhs of TB patients come to the fore every year in India. TB is an infectious disease, but not incurable. If this disease is treated in time, then it can be completely cured.

Theme :

The theme for the World Tuberculosis Day 2023 is “Yes! We can end TB!”

History :

On this day in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacterium that causes tuberculosis, and his discovery paved the way for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. This discovery of Dr. Robert Koch later proved to be very helpful in the treatment of TB. Because of his discovery, Dr. Robert Koch was also awarded the Nobel Prize in the year 1905. India accounts for about 26% of the total TB cases worldwide.

Shaheed Diwas or Martyrs’ Day 2023 : 23rd March

Shaheed Diwas or Martyr’s Day is celebrated in India every year on 23 March to pay homage to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the independence of India. This day is the death anniversary of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivram Rajguru, who sacrificed their lives for India’s independence.

History :

Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged on 23 March 1931. In India, mainly on 2 dates, Martyr’s Day is celebrated. On this day we pay tribute to the freedom fighters who have sacrificed their lives for their motherland. Martyr’s Day or Martyr’s Day is celebrated on 30 January in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and on 23 March also Martyr’s Day is celebrated to pay homage to the three revolutionaries of India Bhagat Singh, Shivram Rajguru and Sukhdev.

World Water Day 2023 : 22nd March

World Water Day is observed every year on 22 March to emphasize the importance of water and create awareness about the global water crisis. The primary purpose of celebrating this day is to promote the achievement of SDG 6, which aims to provide access to clean water and sanitation for all by 2030. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about water-related issues, such as water pollution, water scarcity, inadequate water supply and inadequate sanitation. It aims to inspire individuals to sustainably manage fresh water resources and take the necessary actions to address these issues.

Theme :

The Theme of World Water Day 2023 is ‘Accelerating the change to solve the water and sanitation crisis,’.

History :

The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as World Water Day in 1993 following a recommendation made by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. Importance of fresh water resources and promotion of sustainable management of water resources.

World Down Syndrome Day 2023 : 21st March

Every year 21st March is observed as World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD). The day is observed in an effort to raise awareness of Down syndrome and advocate for the rights, inclusion and well-being of people with Down syndrome. The date for WDSD was chosen to reflect the trisomic specificity of chromosome 21, which causes Down syndrome. Down syndrome is named after the British physician John Langdon Down, who first discovered the syndrome in 1866.

On this occasion, National Gallery of Modern Art, NGMA is organizing Painting and Pottery Workshop.

Theme :

The theme for World Syndrome day 2023 is “With Us Not For Us”.

History :

World Down Syndrome Day was first observed on March 21, 2006 and was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011. The day is dedicated to raising awareness about Down syndrome and promoting the rights and dignity of people with this condition.

What is Down syndrome?

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of third copy of chromosome-21. Most people have 46 chromosomes in all of their cells, but in people with Down syndrome they have 47 chromosomes and because of that they look differently and learn differently.

World Sparrow Day was celebrated in the National Zoological Park.

National Zoological Park, New Delhi (Delhi Zoo) celebrated World Sparrow Day on 20 March. This day is celebrated to increase public knowledge about sparrow’s declining population and the need for its conservation. This occasion offers people a chance to unite and take action to protect and conserve sparrows.

The National Zoological Park celebrated the event by organizing activities like making of bird feeders, presentation of a film describing the importance of sparrows and a visit to the zoo. 50 students of Voluntary Organization named Butterfly participated in this program with full enthusiasm. The participants prepared a feeder for the birds using bamboo. The visit to the zoo was organized with the aim of instilling in the youth a sense of wonder and appreciation for nature. All the students who participated in the program were given participation certificates.

Theme :

The theme of the day in 2023 World Sparrow Day is, “I Love the Sparrow”, emphasizes the role of individuals and communities in conserving the sparrow.

History of the Day :

The first World Sparrow Day was organized on 2010 and is celebrated annually since then. Mohammad Dilawar founded The Nature Forever Society to raise awareness about sparrows.

Ordnance Factory Day in India 2023 : 18th March

In India, Ordnance Factory Day is observed annually on 18 March to mark the establishment of the first ordnance factory by the British in 1801 at Cossipore, Kolkata, during the colonial rule. The Ministry of Defense celebrates this day by hoisting the Indian flag, singing the national anthem and displaying various guns and military equipment used by the Indian Armed Forces to the public. Ordnance Factories is a government branch responsible for the research, development, testing, production and marketing of weapons for the military.

History :

The work of ordnance factories in India was earlier done under the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). However, in 2021, the Government of India decided to transfer the control of these 41 production units to seven state-owned companies of the Department of Military Production, Ministry of Defense (DDP). The transfer took place on October 1, 2021, thereby disbanding the old Ordnance Factory Board.

National Vaccination Day 2023 : 16th March

National Vaccination Day is celebrated every year on 16 March across the country to spread awareness about the importance of vaccines in human health. It highlights the importance of vaccines to fight deadly diseases and acknowledges and appreciates the hard work of doctors, frontline health care workers to ensure that every child is immunised.

Immunization is an important aspect of public health. Vaccines provide immunity to the body against future encounters with the same pathogen. They have reduced the spread of many deadly diseases such as measles, chicken pox, tetanus, rubella, polio and more recently COVID-19.

History :

The first dose of oral polio vaccine was given in India on March 16, 1995. Thus, National Immunization Day celebrates the beginning of the pulse polio program of the government which helped in eradicating polio from the country.

World Consumer Rights Day 2023 : 15th March

World Consumer Rights Day is observed every year on 15 March with the goal of promoting consumer protection and increasing global knowledge of consumer rights. The day is also used to raise awareness of the inequalities of the global market. Annual celebration of collaboration between the global consumer movement. On this day, consumers everywhere promote their fundamental rights, call for their protection and observance and condemn unfair trade practices.

Theme :

The Theme of the Day in 2023 is “Empowering consumers through clean energy transitions”.

History :

The day was originally celebrated on March 15, 1983, and was inspired by US President John F Kennedy’s speech to the US Congress on the same day in 1962. He spoke on the subject of consumer rights, emphasizing how important it was, and made history by becoming the first head of state to do so. Every year on this day, several organizations including Consumer International celebrate the occasion by hosting activities and launching campaigns to protect consumer rights.

International Day of Action for Rivers 2023 : 14th March

On 14th March each year, the International Day of Action for Rivers is observed to promote awareness of the importance of river systems on planet Earth. The day tries to focus attention on unequal access to clean water and pollution caused by human activities. This year the 26th International Day of Action for Rivers is being celebrated. The focus is on river conservation with community participation. If rivers are to be protected and used wisely, people must come together to manage river stewardship.

Theme :

The theme of the Day in 2023 is “Rights of Rivers,”.

History :

The first International Day of Action for Rivers was observed on March 1997. During the inaugural International Conference of Dam Affected Peoples in Curitiba, Brazil, delegates from more than 20 countries adopted the International Day of Action Against Dams and Rivers, Water and Life. It also received permission to mark the day on 14 March, which coincides with Brazil’s Day of Action Against Large Dams.

54th CISF Raising Day : 10th March 2023

  • The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Raising Day is celebrated every year on 10th March to mark the establishment of the CISF in 1969.
  • The CISF, Central Armed Police Force of the Ministry of Home Affairs, is in charge of providing security protection for several public sector organisations, airports, seaports, power plants and other critical infrastructure projects across the country.
  • This year, the 54th CISF Raising Day was celebrated to appreciate the efforts and contribution of the Central Industrial Security Force.

History :

Established under the CISF Act of 1968, this Armed Police Force came into existence on 10 March, 1969. Originally, it was mandated to have a capacity of more than 3,000 personnel. It was made an armed force much later. This happened through a separate Act of Parliament passed on June 15, 1983. In 2017, the government increased the sanctioned strength of personnel from 145,000 to 180,000, highlighting the increasing importance of the force in maintaining national security.