SPECIAL DAYS - 2019 May

May 31

The Indian Council of Medical Research has warned of a potential public health disaster if it is not prohibited and dissuaded the user from the use of e-cigarettes or ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System) from using it. The body also warned that it will affect the cardiovascular system and impairs respiratory immune cell function.

May 29

International Everest Day is being observed on 29th May. Nepalese Tenzing Norgay and New Zealand's Edmund Hillary had climbed the Mt. Everest on this day in 1953, as the first humans to achieve the feat. Nepal decided to observe the day as International Everest Day since 2008, when the legendary climber Hillary passed away.
The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is being observed on 29th May. This is to pay tribute to the invaluable contribution by the uniformed and civilian personnel and to honour more than 3,800 peacekeepers that have lost their precious lives while rendering services towards peacekeeping. UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated that peacekeeping is a necessity and a hope for millions in conflict-affected situations around the world.  The theme for this year’s Observance is “Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace”.

May 27

Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar's birth anniversary is being celebrated on May 27th. He was born on 27th May, 1883. Savarkar was popularly called Veer Savarkar. He was a revolutionary who fought against the British Government.

May 21

The National Anti Terrorism Day (NATD) is celebrated every year in India on May 21 to spread the message of global peace and non-violence and stop youngsters from being misguided. The day also honours the sacrifices made by thousands of soldiers who fought against terrorism. It was on this day in 1991, the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide squad of Liberation of Tamil Tigers Eelam (LTTE).

May 20

The World Bee Day (WBD) is celebrated every year on May 20 to acknowledge the role of bees and other pollinators for the ecosystem. 20th May coincides with the birthday of Anton Jana, who in the 18th century pioneered modern beekeeping techniques in his native Slovenia. The 2019 theme ‘Save the Bees’ is meant to raise awareness on the increasing need to preserve bees and other pollinators.
The World Metrology Day project is currently realized jointly by the BIPM (The International Bureau of Weights and Measures)and the OIML (The International Organization of Legal Metrology). World Metrology Day is an event occurring on the 20th of May celebrating the International System of Units. The date is the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875.

May 17

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was first observed on 17th May since 1969. The day marks the establishment of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and also the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 in Paris. The day had previously been known as 'World Telecommunication Day' to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union on 17 May 1865.

May 12

The International Nurses Day (IND) is celebrated around the world to highlight the importance of nurses’ role in providing the best healthcare services. The day also observes the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, who was also known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’. She was famous as manage and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War. The theme for 2019 is – "Nurses A Voice to Lead – Health for All".

May 11

The President of India and Prime Minister of India greeted the scientific community on National Technology Day (11th May, 1998). This day marks the anniversary of the Pokhran nuclear Tests.

May 8

The 158th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore is being celebrated all over West Bengal.

The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day celebrated across the globe. It is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Henry Dunant, the founder of the Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The theme of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day 2019 is 'Love'.

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was first observed on 17th May since 1969. The day marks the establishment of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and also the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865 in Paris. The day had previously been known as 'World Telecommunication Day' to commemorate the founding of the International Telecommunication Union on 17 May 1865.

The World Thalassemia Day (WTD) is observed every year on May 8 to raise awareness about this ailment among people all over the world. The day is also dedicated to commemorate as well as encourage those who struggle to live with this. Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder characterized by less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells in one’s body than normal. It is an inherited blood disorder characterized by less oxygen-carrying protein (hemoglobin) and fewer red blood cells in the body than normal.

May 7

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) celebrated its 59th Raising Day (foundation day). BRO was formed on 7 May 1960, with primary goal of securing India’s borders and developing infrastructure in remote. It develops and maintains road networks in India's border areas and friendly neighboring countries.

World Asthma Day 2019 theme is ‘Stop for Asthma’. This is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. World Asthma Day takes place on the first Tuesday of May. The inaugural World Asthma Day was held in 1998. Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs which causes breathing problems.

May 6

The Fifth United Nations Global Road Safety Week will be held from 6-12 May 2019 on the request of the United Nations General Assembly. This Week will focus on leadership for road safety. It is widely acknowledged that stronger leadership for road safety is needed to achieve the Global Goals. The theme for weekly event in 2019 is “Leadership for road safety”. The UN Global Road Safety Weeks and its’ campaigns are coordinated by United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, chaired by World Health Organization.

May 3

World Press Freedom Day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO's General Conference. The United Nations General Assembly declared May 3 to be World Press Freedom Day or World Press Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty.
The main celebration will take place in Addis Ababa, from 1 to 3 May, 2019.
The event will provide a platform for multiple factors to exchange on current issues, threats and achievements concerning freedom of the press. The World Press Freedom Prize also known as UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize is formally conferred every year by Director-General.


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