SPECIAL DAYS - 2019 JANUARY

January 1

Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) day celebrated on January 1 in all over India
The Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) celebrated its establishment day, throughout its laboratories and facilities in the country.
The DRDO has made the country self-reliant in areas of missiles, radars, sonar’s and torpedoes and many other systems.
On the occasion the DRDO Chairman Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy announced that the indigenously developed fighter aircraft Light Combat AircraftTejas and Airborne Early Warning and Control System are now on final induction after going through all the test.
About Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO):
Headquarters: New Delhi
Chairman: Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy
Parent Agency: Ministry of Defence
Motto: 'Strength’s Origin is in Science'

52nd World Peace Day is observed on January 1
This is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to universal peace. This day was first observed on 1 January 1968.
Theme of World Day of Peace 2019: ''Good Politics is at the Service of Peace''
Important Note: Don't be confused between World Day of Peace and International Day of Peace. Both are different.
The International Day of Peace is observed annually on 21st September

January 4

World Braille Day was celebrated on 4th January
The event was organized to celebrate the birth anniversary of Louis Braille and his contribution for visually impaired persons.
To raise awareness of the importance of Braille for approximately 1.3 billion people living with some form of distance or near vision impairment, the United Nations is observing the first official World Braille Day.

January 6

The World Day of War Orphans observed on 6th January every year.
It was initiated by the French organisation, SOS Enfants en Detresses.
Held on 6th January each year, this special day enables the International Community to recognize the plight of a particularly vulnerable group.
The usual definition of an orphan is a child who has no surviving parent to care for him or her, having lost both parents, either as a result of bereavement or by being abandoned.
It is estimated, for instance, that World War II created millions of orphans I Europe, with 300,000 orphans in Poland and 200,000 in Yugoslavia alone.

January 9

NRI Day celebrated on 9th January
Non Resident Indian Day is observed on 9 January every year by the Union Government till 2015.
Now it is celebrated once in every two years to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India.
This time Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2019 is being held on 21-23 January in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
The theme of PBD Convention 2019 is "Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India".

January 10

World Hindi Day celebrated on 10th January
World Hindi Day is celebrated on January 10 every year, marking the anniversary of first World Hindi Conference which was held in 1975.
The first World Hindi Conference was inaugurated by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.World Hindi Day was first observed on January 10, 2006.
World Hindi Day and National Hindi Diwas are completely different.
National Hindi Diwas is celebrated every year on September 14. On that day in 1949, the constituent assembly adopted Hindi, written in Devanagari script, as the official language of the Union.

January 12

National Youth Day celebrated on January 12
National Youth Day is also known as Yuva Diwas and is celebrated every year on 12th January to create awareness amongst the people, youth about the importance of Rights in India.
National Youth Day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda. He was a social reformer, philosopher and thinker.
The main objective behind the celebration is to propagate the philosophy and the ideals of Swami Vivekananda for which he lived and worked.
In 1984, Indian Government first declared to celebrate the birthday of Swami Vivekananda i.e. 12 January as National Youth Day.
NYD 2019 is the 156th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
Since 1985, his birth anniversary has been celebrated as National Youth Day. Vivekananda died at the young age of 39, attaining Mahasamadhi in 1902

January 15

Indian Army Da celebrated on 15 January
Army Day is observed on January 15 in India.
On this day in 1949, Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa took over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief.
The Army day is dedicated to the soldiers who fought to safeguard the country's honour.
This year it is the 71st celebration of the Indian Army Day.

January 24

24th January is celebrated as National Girl Child Day.
National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India on 24 January by Women and Child Development Ministry. The programme also observed the anniversary of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme. 
The theme of National Girl Child Day 2019 was “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow” and celebrating with objectives of generating awareness on the issue of declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR).
About Women and Child Development Ministry:
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi is the Union Cabinet Minister for Women & Child Development
Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Constituency is Amethi (UP).

International Day of Education is celebrated on 24th January.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of education for peace and development
This resolution is adopted with consensus by the United Nations General Assembly, 03 December 2018.
As the world marks the very first International Education Day, UNESCO calls on governments and all partners to make universal quality education a leading priority.
About UN (United Nations):
UN Head Quarters: New York
Secretary-General: Antonio Guterres

January 25

January 25th is celebrated as National Voters Day
Every Year 25th January is celebrated as National Voters Day to spread awareness about the necessity of voting and to encourage young generation towards the voting rights.
“No Voter to be left behind” is the Theme of National Voters Day 2019. This is the ninth year of celebrating National Voters Day.
25th January is the foundation day of the Election Commission of India (ECI) which came into existence in 1950.
About ECI:
Chief Election Commissioner of India: Sunil Arora.

January 26

India Celebrates 70th Republic Day on 26th January
On January 26th India is celebrated 70th Republic Day, honouring the date on which the constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935).
South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa was the chief Guest at the 70th Republic Day Parade.
After Unfurling of the National Flag by the President Ram Nath Kovind, the National anthem was played with a 21 salute.
The Theme of 70th Republic Day Parade is “Life Of Gandhi” Which is a Tribute to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.
International Customs Day is celebrated on 26th January
On January 26, International Customs Day (ICD) recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining border security. It focuses on the working conditions and challenges that customs officers face in their jobs.
For the swift and smooth cross-border movement of goods, people and means of transport, WCO was came with a Theme “SMART borders for seamless Trade, Travel and Transport.”
About WCO:
WCO Head Quarters: Brussels, Belgium
WCO Secretary General: Kunio Mikuriya

January 28

Internationally Data Privacy & Protection Day is observed on January 28
Data Privacy & Protection Day is an international day that occurs every 28 January. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.
Data Privacy Day promotes events and activities that stimulate the development of technology tools that promote individual control overpersonally identifiable information.

January 30

30th January is celebrated as National Martyrs' Day
It marks the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Ji in 1948, by Nathuram Godse.
President Kovind, PM Modi Payed Homage to Mahatma Gandhi on his 71st Death Anniversary
About Mahatma Gandhi:
Born: 2nd October, Porbandar.
Died: 30 January 1948.
Memorial: Raj Ghat, Delhi.
World Leprosy Day is Observed on 30th January 2019
World Leprosy Day is observed internationally every year to increase the public awareness of the Leprosy or Hansen's Disease.
This day was chosen in commemoration of the death of Gandhi, the leader of India who understood the importance of leprosy. Leprosy is one of the oldest recorded diseases in the world.
It is an infectious chronic disease that targets the nervous system, especially the nerves in the cooler parts of the body - the hands, feet, and face.


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