SPECIAL DAYS - 2017 AUGUST

August 1

World Breastfeeding Week | 1-7 August 2017
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is 1-7 August 2017. It is an annual celebration and awareness campaign highlighting and recognizing the benefits of breastfeeding in communities across the globe.
As the largest outreach vehicle for the breastfeeding movement, WBW aims to bring breastfeeding to the forefront of community agendas so everyone can be part of the dialogue. This is WBW’s 25th year, and is officially celebrated by over 170 countries. Some countries may celebrate on later dates in the year.
Over the years, WBW has covered a range of topics related to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding, ranging from the positive impact of Baby Friendly Hospitals, to the hidden dangers of infant formula.
2017 Theme: “Working together for the common good.”

Non-Cooperation Movement Day observed on 1st August
August 1st is the Non-Cooperation Movement Day. The non-cooperation movement was launched on this day in 1920. It was aimed to resist British rule in India through nonviolent means.
Protestors would refuse to buy British goods, adopt the use of local handicrafts and picket liquor shops.
The ideas of Ahimsa and nonviolence, and Gandhi's ability to rally hundreds of thousands of common citizens towards the cause of Indian independence, were first seen on a large scale in this movement.

August 7

National Handloom Day being observed on 07th August
National Handloom Day is being observed to encourage people to use hand-made loom in the country. The main event will be held in Guwahati to celebrate the third National Handloom Day.
Central Government has declared August 7 as National Handloom Day, to be celebrated every year due to its significance in India's history, as 'Swadeshi Movement' was launched in 1905 on this day. The movement involved revival of domestic products and production processes.
This event will give a boost to weavers of Assam, who are known for producing Pat and Muga silk. The Assam government has already announced an ambitious Muga Mission to increase production with a cost of 100 crore rupees.

August 9

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples observed on 9th August
The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that indigenous people make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
It was first pronounced by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December 1994, marking the day of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Subcommission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, in 1982.
2017 Theme: 10th Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

August 10

World Bio Fuel Day observed on 10th August
Every year 10th August is observed as World Bio-Fuel Day in a bid to create awareness about non fossil-fuels (Green Fuels). On this day in 1893, Sir Rudolph Diesel (inventor of the diesel engine) for the first time successfully ran mechanical engine with Peanut Oil.
His research experiment had predicted that vegetable oil is going to replace the fossil fuels in the next century to fuel different mechanical engines. Thus to mark this extraordinary achievement, World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th August.
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural gas has started observing the World Bio fuel Day since 2015. On 10th August 2015, Hon. Minister Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Bio Diesel blending program in four cities of India - Delhi, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Haldia.

National Deworming Day to be held between Aug 10 & 23
A joint study by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the State government has revealed that as many as 60 per cent of children in the age group of 1-19 are suffering from parasitic worm infestation.
The government would conduct the fourth round of fixed one-day school and Anganwadi based National Deworming Day between August 10 and 23.
Deworming would improve health, nutritional, and learning abilities, reduce absenteeism in schools and increase the prospects of higher wage jobs later in life



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