Important Days and Events

Latest Events & Observances Current Affairs 2019-20 related to important days, weeks and months. In this category, we put important days celebrated and observed in India and states.

Telangana celebrates Statehood Day

The State of Telangana was formed on June 2, 2014. To commemorate the formation of the state, every year Telangana Statehood Day is celebrated on June 2.

Highlights

On March 4, 2014, the Union Government of India announced 2nd June, 2014 as the Telangana Formation Day. Telangana was the 28th state to be formed in the Union of India. During its formation, it was decided that both the states Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will share Hyderabad as their capital for 10 years. Later, Seemandhra will establish its own capital. However, the revenues of Hyderabad will be enjoyed only by Telangana. Also, no special status was provided to Seemandhra.

Formation of Telangana

The Telangana movement led to the formation of the state of Telangana. In 1953, States Reorganization Commission was appointed to create states based on their languages. Based on the recommendation of the commission, the then Union Government decided to merge Andhra State and Telangana to form Andhra Pradesh in 1956. The provisions of safeguards were provided to Telangana in the form of Gentleman’s Agreement.

Gentleman’s Agreement

The Gentleman’s Agreement was signed between leaders of Andhra and Telangana. Violations of this agreement is till date being stated as one of the main reasons for the formation of separate state Telangana.

The agreement was required as majority of the people in Telangana belong to Backward community as compared to those in Andhra. Hence, unification of the states as Andhra according to the commission will lead to exploitation of these backward communities.

June 1: World Milk Day

Every year World Milk Day is celebrated on June 1 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The day is celebrated to bring awareness and attention to the activities associated with the diary sector.

Highlights

June 1 was chosen to be celebrated as World Milk Day by the FAO in 2001. The day was chosen as several other countries were celebrating milk day on that particular day. This year, the World Milk Day is celebrated under the theme

Theme: The 20th Anniversary of World Milk Day

Controversy: World Plant Milk Day

In response to the celebrations of World Milk Day, observance of World Plant Milk Day was begun. The day is marked on August 22. It is being marked since 2017 objecting environmental impact, animal abuse and health effects associated with diary industry.

India

India is the largest producer of milk. According to 2011 survey, around 70% of milk samples were conformed to standards set by the FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India).

National Milk Day

India celebrates National Milk Day on November 26. The day is observed on November 26 as it is the birth anniversary of Verghese Kurien. He is known as Father of Milk Revolution in India. It was his idea to launch Operation Flood in India.

Operation Flood

Operation Flood was launched in 1970. The operation aimed at doubling milk availability per person in the country. The operation also helped to generation employment in the rural sector. Through the success of the operation, India became the largest milk producer.