The International Hockey Federation (FIH) 2017 Hockey Star Awards
Sat, 17 Mar 2018 15:38:00 +0000
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced the 2017 Hockey Stars Awards winners at Berlin, Germany on February 5th 2018:

• Delfina Merino (
Argentina) -  Female Player of the Year

• Arthur Van Doren (Belgium) - Male Player of the Year and Rising Star of Year

• Maria Jose Granatto (Argentina) - Female Rising Star of the Year

• Madie Hinch (England) - Female Goalkeeper of the Year  

• Vincent Vanasch (Belgium) - Male Goalkeeper of the Year  

• Alyson Annan (Australia) - Female Coach of the Year  

• Max Caldas (Argentina) and Shane McLeod (New Zealand) - Male Coach of the Year  

• Sarah Wilson (Scotland) - Female Umpire of the Year

• John Wright (South Africa) - Male Umpire of the Year 

FIH 2017 Hockey Awards

A Hindu Woman has been elected to Pakistan Senate
Sun, 04 Mar 2018 10:33:00 +0000
As per the report in Dawn (a newspaper based in Pakistan), Krishna Kumari Kohli has been elected to the Pakistan Senate. She was elected from as seat reserved for woman in Sindh as a candidate for Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) which is lead by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. This is a historic first for a Hindu woman.
                                                                                                       (Pic Courtesy: Facebook | Krish Kumari)
Krishna Kumari Kohli (Pakistan Peoples Party)
She is a right activists belonging to the Kohli community based in remote village of Dhana Gam in Nagarparkar.
KohliCo, 39, had joined the PPP as a social activist along with her brother, who was later elected as Chairman of Union Council Bernao.
Pakistan's ruling PML-N of ousted prime minster Nawaz Sharif has won 15 seats in Senate and has become the largest party in the upper house of the parliament.

National Science Day (India)
Thu, 01 Mar 2018 04:53:00 +0000
National Science Day is celebrated in India on February 28 each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928.

For his discovery, Sir C.V. Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930.
In 1986, the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC) asked the Government of India to designate 28 February as National Science Day which the then Govt. of India accepted and declared the day as National Science Day in 1986. The first National Science Day was celebrated on February 28, 1987.
What is Raman Effect?
Raman Effect is a phenomenon in spectroscopy discovered by the eminent physicist while working in the laboratory of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata.
Raman Effect, change in the wavelength of light that occurs when a light beam is deflected by molecules. When a beam of light traverses a dust-free, transparent sample of a chemical compound, a small fraction of the light emerges in directions other than that of the incident (incoming) beam. Most of this scattered light is of unchanged wavelength. A small part, however, has wavelengths different from that of the incident light; its presence is a result of the Raman Effect.
CBI Arrests Karti Chidambaram
Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:48:00 +0000
 CBI arrested Karti Chidambaram, son of former Finance Minister P. Chidambaran, in INX Money laundering case. He was arrested in Chennai and taken to New Delhi. He was later produced in Patiala House Court, Delhi which remanded him to one day police custody.

The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15 last year against alleged irregularities in the FIPB clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Chidambaram was the Union finance minister. It is alleged that Karti had received funds to the tune of Rs 10 lakh in the case.
The International Day of Older Persons
Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:04:00 +0000

The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1 each year. On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly (by resolution 45/106) designated 1 October the International Day of Older Persons.

This was preceded by initiatives such as the Vienna International Plan of Action on Ageing – which was adopted by the 1982 World Assembly on Ageing – and endorsed later that year by the UN General Assembly.
In 1991, the General Assembly (by resolution 46/91) adopted the United Nations Principles for Older Persons.

In 2002, the Second World Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages.
World Radio Day
Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:56:00 +0000
World Radio Day is an annual United Nations (UN) event that promotes the importance of the radio in communicating information worldwide. It is celebrated annually on February 13.

Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium. Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people's educational level.

Following a request from the Spanish Radio Academy, on 20 September 2010 Spain proposed that the UNESCO Executive Board include an agenda item on the proclamation of a World Radio Day.

There was deliberations among the member nations in UNESCO's 36th General Conference on 3 November 2011. It was proclaimed that World Radio Day be celebrated on February 13 which is also the the day when United Nations Radio was established in 1946.
The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2018
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:01:00 +0000
To align the salaries of judges with those of government servants after the 7th Pay Commission, the The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2018 was passed  in the winter session of Parliament in January 2018. On January 30th 2018, the government has issued notification to bring the act into law.

New Salary
(per month)
Existing Current Salary
(per month)
The Chief Justice of India (CJI)
Rs 2,80,000
Rs 1,00,000
Judges of the Supreme Court (other than the CJI)
 Rs 2,50,000
Rs 90,000
Chief Justices of high courts 
 Rs 2,50,000
Rs 90,000
Judges of the High Court (other than the Chief Justice)
 Rs 2,25,000
Rs 80,000

The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act, 2018 will also revise the rates of house rent allowance with effect from 1 July 2017 and the rates of sumptuary allowance with effect from 22 September 2017.

The move will also benefit 2,500 retired judges. Now, the salary of judges will be at par with those of the bureaucrats following the implementation of the recommendations of the 7th pay panel.
The Cross of Valour (Canada)
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:47:00 +0000

The Cross of Valour (French:Croix de la vaillance) is the second highest award (superseded only by the Victoria Cross) in the Canadian honour system. It was created in 1972, the medallion is presented to individuals, both Canadians and foreigners, living and deceased, who have performed acts of courage in circumstances of extreme peril.

Prior to 1967, the equivalent medal that Canadians received was the George Cross, of which ten were awarded in Canada.

The recipient can use and grants recipients the ability to use the post-nominal letters CV. As of February 2018, ithas been awarded to 20 persons.
Victoria Cross (Canada)
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award of the United Kingdom honour system. It was previously awarded to Canada. After canada established its own honour system, the Victoria Cross (Canada) was created in 1993 to replace the Victoria Cross (French: Croix de Victoria) awarded by the UK. It is the highest award within the Canadian honour system and takes precedence over all other orders, decorations, and medals awarded in Canada.

Mostly, in the UK and the commonwealth countries, the Victoria Cross is awarded for actions against the enemy during war. However, Canada has broader definition of enemy as such Victoria Cross can be awarded for action against armed mutineers, pirates, or other such hostile forces without war being officially declared.

Recipients are entitled to use the post-nominal letters VC, in both English and French, and are entitled to receive an annuity of C$ 3000. The decoration has not been awarded since its inception.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year India 2017
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:13:00 +0000
In an evening which witnessed India's leading business minds come together to celebrate excellence in entrepreneurship, Sanjiv Bajaj, Managing Director, Bajaj Finserv was announced as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year India 2017 on 15 February, 2018. Sanjiv will now represent India at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award (WEOY) in Monte Carlo in June this year.
Winners were also announced in nine other categories, including:

• Start-up: Nithin Kamath, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Zerodha

• Business Transformation: Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet

• Manufacturing: Puneet Dalmia, Managing Director, Dalmia Bharat Group

• Services: Satheesh Kumar K.R., Chairman and Managing Director, Enzen Global Solutions

• Financial Services: Rashesh Shah, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Edelweiss Group

• Consumer Products & Retail: Sunder Genomal, Managing Director, Page Industries

• Life Sciences & Healthcare: Glenn Saldanha, Chairman and Managing Director, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

• Entrepreneurial CEO: Akhil Gupta, Executive Chairman, Bharti Infratel

• Energy, Real Estate & Infrastructure: Sumant Sinha, Founder Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ReNew Power Ventures

Dr. E Sreedharan, former Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his exemplary service to the nation.
International Day of Forests
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:56:00 +0000
The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/67/200 on 21 December 2012, which declared that 21 March of each year is to be observed as the International Day of Forests.

The resolution encourages all Member States to organize activities relating to all types of forests. Activities expected to take place on the International Day include tree-planting and other community-level events, and national celebrations including art, photo and film as well as social media outreach.
The resolution requests the secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, to facilitate the implementation of the International Day of Forests, in collaboration with Governments, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and international, regional and subregional organizations and processes as well as relevant major groups.

International Day for Victims of Genocide
Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:53:00 +0000

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly established 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime. The 9th of December is the anniversary of the adoption of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”). 

The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the Genocide Convention and its role in combating and preventing the crime of genocide, as defined in the Convention, and to commemorate and honour its victims.

In adopting the resolution, without a vote, the 193-member Assembly reiterated the responsibility of each individual State to protect its populations from genocide, which entails the prevention of such a crime, including incitement to it.

World Braille Day
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:00:00 +0000

Louis Braille (4 January 1809 – 6 January 1852) was a French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for use by the blind or visually impaired. His system remains virtually unchanged to this day, and is known worldwide simply as braille.

He became blind after a childhood accident, and he quickly mastered his new way of living. When he was just 15 years old, he created the system we know today as braille, based on a system of writing developed by Charles Barbier.

Captain Charles Barbier of the French Army had invented a  "night writing" which was a code of dots and dashes impressed into thick paper. These impressions could be interpreted entirely by the fingers, letting soldiers share information on the battlefield without having light or needing to speak. The captain's code turned out to be too complex to use in its original military form, but it inspired Braille to develop a system of his own.

World Braille Day is celebrated every year on January 4th because it is Louis Braille’s birthday, the inventor of braille.

World Braille Day is a reminder of the importance of accessibility and independence for those who are blind or visually-impaired. It spreads awareness about braille and other accessible forms of communication. Everyone deserves (and is legally entitled to) the same accommodations and service, regardless of ability.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:59:00 +0000
January 27 is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Since 2005, the UN and its member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community.

On November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 60/7 which not only establishes January 27 as “International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust,” it also rejects any form of Holocaust denial.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:58:00 +0000
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March. On that day, in 1960, police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws". Proclaiming the Day in 1966, the General Assembly called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination (resolution 2142 (XXI)).

In 1979, the General Assembly adopted a Programme of activities to be undertaken during the second half of the Decade for Action to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (A/RES/34/24). On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States.

Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:55:00 +0000

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.
International Day of the Girl Child
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:54:00 +0000

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.

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.

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.

International Day for Biological Diversity
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:53:00 +0000

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 ‘The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB)’ to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity. This was partly done because it was difficult for many countries to plan and carry out suitable celebrations for the date of 29 December, given the number of holidays that coincide around that time of year.

International Day of Peace
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:50:00 +0000
The International Day of Peace was establishedin 1981 by the United Nations General Assembly. It was decided to celebrate it annually on 21 September. The resolution was sponsored by UK and Costa Rica.

It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access. Two decades later, in 2001, the General Assembly unanimously voted to designatethe Day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

International Dance Day
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 02:49:00 +0000
International Dance Day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Council (CID, Conseil International de la Danse), a UNESCO partner NGO, and is celebrated yearly, on April 29. The date is not linked to a particular person or a particular form of dance, although it's also the day when the French dancer and ballet master Jean-Georges Noverre was born.

The main purpose of Dance Day events is to attract the attention of the wider public to the art of dance. Special emphasis should be given to addressing a “new” public, people who do not follow dance events during the course of the year.