Current Affairs - Important Days/Weeks
The University Grants Commission has recently written to vice-chancellors and principals of all universities and colleges to observe 11th December as ‘Bharatiya Bhasha Divas’.
- The move of the UGC comes after recommendations of a committee - Bharatiya Bhasha Samiti - which was formed in 2021 by the Education Ministry to promote Indian languages. Chamu Krishna Shastry is the chairperson of the language committee.
United Nations General Assembly has designated 7th September as the “International Day of Clean Air for blue skies” with an aim to raise awareness and to promote actions to improve air quality.
World Elephant Day is observed every year on August 12, aims to spread awareness on the risk of extinction faced by these much-loved wild animals.
- There are three species of elephants — African Forest, African Savanna (bush), and Asian. The animals can be differentiated by their ears and trunks. African elephants are larger.
In recognition of the notable contributions made by Professor (late) Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis in the fields of statistics and economic planning, Government of India has designated 29th June every year, coinciding with his birth anniversary, as “Statistics Day”.