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21-29 July: National Moth Week


National Moth Week is celebrated world-wide from July 21 to 29. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. India is home to more than 10,000 moth species, including the large and flamboyant Indian moon moth Actias selene. V Shubhalaxmi, whose extensive study of moths and recently published work ‘Field Guide to Indian Moths’ has earned her the moniker ‘India’s Moth Lady’.

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18 July: Nelson Mandela International Day


Nelson Mandela International Day is a global event held annually to honor former South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela. This year marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty.

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17 July: World Day For International Justice


The International Criminal Justice Day is commemorated on 17 July; this is the day that marks the entry into force of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC is the first permanent global court mandated to bring to justice people responsible for serious international crimes – including war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide – when national courts are unable or unwilling to do so.

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15 July: World Youth Skills Day


World Youth Skills Day is celebrated to amplify awareness on the importance of investing in youth skills development.

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12 July: Malala Day


Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Laureate, who was shot in head by the Taliban militants for campaigning for female education in 2012 in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, spoke at the UN on her 16th birthday on July 12, 2013, to call for a worldwide access to education. The UN had dubbed the event as “Malala Day”.

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11 July: World Population Day


World population day aims at increasing people's awareness on various population issues such as the importance of family planning, including gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights. 2018 theme: “Family Planning is a Human Right”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally affirmed to be a human right. The conference’s outcome document, known as the Teheran Proclamation, stated unequivocally: “Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children.” Embedded in this legislative language was a game-changing realization: Women and girls have the right to avoid the exhaustion, depletion and danger of too many pregnancies, too close together. Men and women have the right to choose when and how often to embrace parenthood — if at all.

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10 July: Vellore Mutiny


Predating the Indian Rebellion of 1857 by half a century, the Vellore Mutiny against the British was a single day event held on July 10, 1806, by Indian sepoys employed by the British at Vellore (now in Tamil Nadu). The incident began when the sepoys broke into the fort where the many sons and daughters of Tippu Sultan of Mysore and their families had been lodged since their surrender at Seringapatam (now Shrirangapattana) in 1799 during the fourth Mysore War.

The incident was basically caused by resentment at new British regulations that ordered changes in headgear and shaving style and the prohibition of ornaments and caste marks for the Indian troops. About 130 British troops were killed in the initial assault, but the fort was recovered within hours by a relief force of British soldiers and sepoys under Colonel Robert Gillespie from nearby Arcot. Hundreds of mutineers were killed, either in the fighting or in subsequent executions by the British.

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7th July: International Day Of Cooperatives


Each year on the first Saturday in July, the International Day of Cooperatives is observed for successful businesses based on ethical values and principles. This year, the Day focused on the theme “Sustainable consumption and production of goods and services”.

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6 July 2018: Aphelion Day


Earth was farther from the Sun on July 6, 2018 than at any other time of the year. Earth is farthest from the sun at aphelion and closest to the sun at perihelion. Our planet reaches aphelion only once a year. Perihelion, or the shortest distance from the sun happened on Jan. 3. All this is due to the Earth’s rotation of the Sun in an elliptical orbit.

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1st July 2018: ‘GST Day’


To commemorate the first year of the unprecedented reform of Indian taxation, 1st July was observed as GST Day. Goods and Services Tax (GST) was rolled out in the intervening night of June 30 and July 1, last year, in a ceremony held in the Central Hall of Parliament.

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