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MILAD UN NABI / ID-E-MILAD / THE PROPHET’S BIRTHDAY

eid-milad-un-nabiThe Prophet’s Birthday, or Milad un Nabi as it is commonly known in Muslim culture, is celebrated in most of the Muslim countries and in India as well. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. It is celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar. While the Shias celebrate it on the 17th of the month, the Sunnis celebrate on the 12th of the month, according to the Islamic calendar. The date of this festival varies in the Gregorian calendar.The celebration of Prophet’s birthday is believed to have its origins on the 8th century when the Prophet Muhammad’s birth house was converted into a house of prayer by Al-Khayzuran. Al-Khayzuran was the mother of a caliph, Harun-al-Rashid. Originally, the festival was celebrated by the Shias. Centuries ago, the day was celebrated with animal sacrifices and huge processions during the day which culminated by a speech by the rulers. Gifts were also offered to those in power.It was somewhere in the 12th century that the Sunnis adopted this festival, although with a different date. Although the celebration of the festival was met with some resistance in the Sunnis, the festival came to be adopted in large numbers by the 15th century and by the beginning of the 20th century, it began to be observed as a national holiday in many regions of the world.The Milad un Nabi or Malwid is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the world. For example, in Pakistan, it is celebrated with the raising of the national flag on national monuments followed by a gun salute at dawn. In some other parts of the world, the festival is observed with large processions and a carnival like atmosphere. There is an atmosphere of bonhomie and people can be seen exchanging gifts and distributing food to the poor. The day is celebrated with the offering of prayers by thousands in mosques and the mosques being decorated with lights.

Indian Armed Forces Flag Day

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The Indian Armed Forces Flag Day or the Flag Day of India is a day dedicated to the collection of funds for the welfare of the Indian armed forces personnel. Since December 7, 1949, it is being observed annually in India.

Here are some interesting facts you need to know about the day:

  • The original Flag Day Fund was set up in the year 1949, by the Defence Minister’s Committee
  • The fund collection is managed throughout the country by the local arms of the Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB), which is a part of the Ministry of Defence
  • The fund collection is organised both by official and non-official means through voluntary organisations
  • Over the years, it has become a tradition to commemorate this day as an honour to the soldiers, airmen and sailors of India
  • On the Flag Day, all the three branches of the Indian armed forces, the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy, arrange a variety of shows, carnivals, dramas and other entertainment programmes to showcase the talent of their personnel
  • India has the world’s 3rd largest military force with 1.3 million active personnel, 1.15 million reserve personnel and 1.3 million paramilitary personnel.

Demonetization: Five compelling reasons for consumers to invest in Real Estate Market

There has been unwarranted fear mongering in the country post the announcement of demonetization. However, if we take a long term view on issues, demonetization will help bring a positive change in the real estate sector. While the industry will stand to gain from the shift towards a more transparent and organised environment, there are plenty of reasons for the home buyer to rejoice. This move has placed the consumer in a remarkable position with various factors working in his favor.

Top reasons why property seekers should invest in a property today:

Lower home loans

Demonetization has increased the flow of money into banks from the unorganized and the small scale industrial sector by compelling these sectors to deposit their savings in banks. It has opened a window of opportunity for everyone to avail home loans at significantly lower rates allowing them to fulfill their dream of owning a home.

The deflationary effect on the economy due to better liquidity will lead to price stabilization making it a buyer’s market. The Reserve Bank of India will also have ample leg room to bring down the repo rates. Liquidity with the banks will help them translate the repo rate into lower borrowings for home loans. The rupee is also expected to strengthen in the consecutive months thereby increasing the purchasing power of consumers.

Restoring the stalled projects

Projects that were being delayed because of cash crunch, will now pick up speed. The cash flow with banks will also mean that industry can avail loans from banks at better lending rates than what was being offered in the past. This will be a major relief to consumers.

Investment in infrastructural development

Demonetization will increase the percentage of money being accounted for and will therefore result in a rise in the collection of taxes. The government will have more resources at their exposure to invest in infrastructural development of the country. Providing connectivity to the consumers who have invested in affordable housing projects in town peripheries will gain from the development.

Transparent home buying process

Demonetization has ushered in a shift to cashless economy. Card transactions are not only beneficial for customers in terms of ease of use and time saving but are also transparent in nature.

Buyer’s market

While demonetization has made us all cautious of our spending, it is important that home buyers make the most of this opportunity. Home buyers looking to invest in homes financed by loans should be rest assured that this is the perfect time with all the above reasons placing them at an advantage.

GIVING THANKS AND GEARING UP FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

Today is the World AIDS Day (December 1,2016) is right around the corner. We at AIDS.gov wanted to take a moment to thank you, the HIV community, for the work that you do. Your commitment is an integral part of what will help bring us closer to an AIDS-free generation. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. People do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.world_aids_day_2016facebook-instagram-1-300x300

International Day on Violence against Women

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  The premise of the day is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rapedomestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. For 2014, the official Theme framed by the UN Secretary-General’s campaign Unite to End Violence against Women is Orange your Neighbourhood.[2]

 

Historically, the date is based on the date of the 1960 assassination of the three Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic; the killings were ordered by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930–1961).[1] In 1981, activists marked November 25 as a day to combat and raise awareness of violence against women more broadly; on December 17, 1999, the date received its official United Nations (UN) resolution.[1]

The UN and the Inter-Parliamentary Union have encouraged governments, international organizations and NGOs to organize activities to support the day as an international observance.[3] For example, UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) observes the day each year and offers suggestions for other organizations to observe it. For 2014, the focus is on how violence cuts across all 12 of the critical areas of concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which turns 20 next year.[4]

The date of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women also marks the start of the “16 Days of Activism” that precedes Human Rights Day on December 10 each year.

 

Here are some statistics that show why we still need the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

 

Around the world:

  • 35 per cent of women and girls globally experience some form of physical and or sexual violence in their lifetime with up to seven in ten women facing this abuse in some countries.
  • It is estimated that up to 30 million girls under the age of 15 remain at risk from FGM and more than 130 million girls and women have undergone the procedure worldwide.
  • Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 250 million of whom were married before the age of 15. Girls who marry before the age of 18 are less likely to complete their education and more likely to experience domestic violence and complications in childbirth.

The costs and consequence of violence against women last for generations

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CHILDREN’S DAY

India, Children’s Day is celebrated on 14 November, on the birthday of the first Prime Minister of independent India, who was fondly called Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru) or Chachaji (Uncle), and who emphasized the importance of giving love and affection to children, whom he saw as the bright future of India. This day is also known as Bal Diwas

For the progress and development of the youth of India, he had established various educational institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Indian Institutes of Management. The first five-year plan under his stewardship mandated  free primary education. He also advocated free meals including milk to the school children  to prevent malnutrition. Now several state governments including Karnataka Government have free mid-day meal scheme for all children studying in Government schools . This scheme has been lauded by the World Bank.

Many functions are organized in schools, offices and other organizations. Most schools hold cultural performances on this day, run by the children themselves. Teachers also get involved and may perform songs and dances for their students. On this day, the State and the Central Government also make it a point to showcase children’s films as part of Film festivals organized in many parts of the country. All over the country, various cultural and social institutions conduct competitions for children. Children’s Day is seen as a day for the kids to engage in fun. Children take part in many activities organized for them.

The deep love for  Chacha Nehru towards the children is the big reason of celebrating the Children’s Day at his birthday anniversary

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WORLD SCIENCE DAY

Celebrated every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development highlights the important role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues. It also underlines the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.

By linking science more closely with society, World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science. It also underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.

The Day offers the opportunity to mobilize all actors around the topic of science for peace and development – from government officials to the media to school pupils. UNESCO strongly encourages all to join us in celebrating World Science Day for Peace and Development by organizing your own event or activity on the day.

In 2016, the celebration focuses on science centers and science museums to highlight their important contribution to science communication.

·         Strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies;

·         Promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries;

·         Renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies;

·         Draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavor

 

Citizen’s participation in governance is the core of democracy and an indispensable prerequisite for the empowerment of people. Science communication is crucial for public participation and engagement and in this regard science centers and museum’s role goes beyond providing information on scientific issues. They are places where people can come together and explore the very mysteries that make up our world. They are fostering creativity, increasing scientific literacy, supporting teachers to inspire their students in STEM, improving the quality of science education and promoting learning experiences within a social context, as well as changing possible negative perceptions of the impact of science on society, thus attracting youths to science careers and encouraging them to experiment and expand our collective knowledge.

The purpose of the World Science Day for Peace and Development is to renew the national, as well as the international commitment to science for peace and development and to stress the responsible use of science for the benefit of society. The World Science Day for Peace and Development also aims at raising public awareness of the importance of science and to bridge the gap between science and societies

Background

It was recommended at the World Conference on Science in Budapest in 1999 recognition was required for the need for a new compact between science and society. It was discussed at the conference that a World Science Day would help strengthen commitments to attain the Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge’s goals and to pursue the Science Agenda: Framework for Action’s recommendations.

Following the World Conference on Science, UNESCO established the WSDPD through a proclamation at a general conference in 2001. The WSDPD was to be served a reminder of the organization’s mandate and commitment to science. The day was first celebrated on November 10, 2002 and has been held annually on November 10 since.

 

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WORLD RUN DAY

The Sunday closest to November 8 marks World Run Day each year. It is a day for runners worldwide to join each other, wherever their location, in a celebration of running and charitable giving. Whether running with a small group, in a race event or running individually (in the world’s first-ever “virtual run”) runners are called upon to share in a celebration with other runners worldwide.

World Run Day was inspired in 1999 by Long Island Runner Bill McDermott. It all began when Bill was experimenting with a computer program that produced t-shirt designs. As an avid runner himself, he asked himself “what would be the ultimate running event. His immediate response was a global event called “World Run Day”. Having the opportunity to select the event day, he dedicated it to his brother killed in an automobile accident on Nov 8, 1983. As many running events occur on a Sunday, World Run Day is observed on a Sunday closest to November 8 each year.

After carefully thinking about what a World Run Day would be and how all runners could celebrate the day (either by running on their own, in races, or running virtually), he reached out to runners locally and also worldwide thru the Internet. About 40 runners from Long Beach, NY participated and another 60 runners in locations scattered across the globe also participated. Following event day, results and pictures were posted on the Internet. Since then, the annual tradition continues with thousands of runners, new t-shirt designs, free event toolkits, and fundraising dollars that reach over 1,000 charities each year.

Since 1999, over 10,000 runners have participated in World Run Day events. Passionate runners in schools, non-profit organizations, and event directors in various locations love the concept of World Run Day. World Run Day provides free materials and the opportunity for groups to host a World Run Day fundraiser in their community – by promoting the sport of running on a local basis. Groups are encouraged to contact World Run Day directly to log their event, receive free tools and obtain discounts on event t-shirts.

World Run Day is the only event celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths, nationalities, while also benefiting each runner favorite charity. In recent years, group events, large and small, have formed in different cities: World Run Day – Philadelphia, World Run Day – London, World Run Day – Sydney, among others. World Run Day – Afghanistan was even celebrated during wartime. Celebrities such as Sting have commented that Anyone can form a World Run Day in their city using the free tools and group shirt discounts provided by World Run Day.

Commenting about the World Run Day concept, the celebrity Sting and wife Trudie Styler. stated: “It is a great way for people around the world to come together and raise money for charity.”

For the running enthusiasts in bangalore, below are the dates,

06-Nov-2016 Bhumi India Run 10K Bengaluru KA
06-Nov-2016 My Country Run 10K 5K Bangalore KA
06-Nov-2016 The Battleram 5K Bengaluru KA
12-Nov-2016 Bangalore Ultra Ultra 25K 12.5K Bengaluru KA
13-Nov-2016 Gender Equality Run 7K Bengaluru KA
13-Nov-2016 NITTE Celebration Mangalore Half 10K 5K Mangalore KA
13-Nov-2016 7 Kms Challenge (3.5 X 2 Relay) 7K Bengaluru KA
20-Nov-2016 WDR Pride Runathon 10K 5K Bengaluru KA
20-Nov-2016 Beer Mile India 1Mile Bengaluru KA
20-Nov-2016 Rotary10K Run 10K 5K 3K Bengaluru KA
20-Nov-2016 WDR Pride Runathon 10K 5K 3K Bengaluru KA

 

 

 

26-Nov-                                                 2016 Walkathon 2.0 15K Walk Bengaluru KA
27-Nov-2016 3k Marathon for Kids 3K Mysore KA
04-Dec-2016 APR Marathon 21K 10K 5K 2K Bengaluru KA
09-Dec-2016 Oxfam Trailwalker Bengaluru KA
10-Dec-2016 Bangalore Midnight Marathon Full Half 10K 5K Bangalore KA
11-Dec-2016 Barefoot Marathon Full Half 10K 1 Mile Bengaluru KA
18-Dec-2016 Ajmera Thump! Bangalore 1/2 Marathon and 10K Half 10K 5K Bangalore KA\

 

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KARNATAKA RAJYOTHSAVA

Kannada Rajyotsava , literally “Birth of the Karnataka state is celebrated on 1 November of every year. This was the day in 1956 when all the Kannada language-speaking regions of South India were merged to form the state of Karnataka.

Aluru Venkata Rao was the first person who dreamt of unifying the State as early as 1905 with the Karnataka Ekikarana movement. In 1950, India became republic and different provinces were formed in the country on the basis of language spoken in the particular region and this gave birth to the state of Mysore including various places in south India, which were earlier ruled by the kings

On 1 November 1956, Mysore state, comprising most of the area of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore, was merged with the Kannada-speaking areas of the Bombay and Madras presidencies, as also of the principality of Hyderabad, to create a unified Kannada-speaking sub-national entity. North Karnataka, Malnad (Canara) and old Mysore were thus the three regions of the newly formed Mysore state.
The newly unified state initially retained the name “Mysore”, which was that of the erstwhile princely state which formed the core of the new entity. But the people of North Karnataka did not favor the retention of the name Mysore, as it was closely associated with the erstwhile principality and the southern areas of the new state. In deference to this logic, the name of the state was changed to “Karnataka” on 1 November 1973. Devaraj Urs was the Chief Minister of the state when this landmark decision was taken. Other people credited for the unification of Karnataka include littérateurs like K. Shivaram Karanth, Kuvempu, Masti Venkatesha Iyengar, A. N. Krishna Rao and B. M. Srikantaiah.
MAP of Karnataka

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This flag was adopted by a party called “Kannada Paksha”, founded in 1965 as the party flag and it has become a symbol of Karnataka and has been adopted  a flag by Kannadigas. Kannada flag with red and yellow color” represents the culture and reorganized State of  the Karnataka

 

The Kannada flag used as an emblem of Kannada culture

 

 

 

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