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.

Bamboo Conclave held through video Conference

The Minister of State for North East Development held Bamboo Conclave through video conference to boost the economy of the country with the help of Bamboo resources.

Highlights

The Ministers of Agriculture and minister of development of North East participated in the conference. The making of Agarbatti and increasing its production was one of the key discussions of the conclave. The total requirement of Agarbatti in India is 2,30,000 per year. The market value of total consumption is Rs 5,000 crore. However, still India is importing Agarbatti from countries like Vietnam and China. The North Eastern Region can help India in becoming self sufficient in the area in the post-COVID era.

In order to boost bamboo production and help the tribal and farmers utilize bamboo to make a living, the Indian Forest Act was amended in 2017.

Significance

North East region of India consists of 60% of bamboo reserves of the country. In the past six years, the GoI has given equal importance to the bamboo sector as that of the north east development. Also, The National Bamboo Mission was launched.

National Bamboo Mission

The restructures Bamboo mission was approved in 2018 and implemented in 2019-20. The mission is being implemented in non-forest Government lands. It aims to provide supplement farm incomes to farmers. Apart from the North Eastern States, the mission was launched in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Odisha, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

May 2: International Astronomy Day

Every year, International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year. Once on September 26 and other on May 2. On this day, astronomical institutions, planetariums, museums organize fun filled activities and spread awareness about the world of astronomy.

Highlights

The first International Astronomy Day was celebrated in 1973. It was started by the then president of Astronomical Association of Northern California. He aimed at setting up telescope points in different urban locations. Initially the celebrations began in the United States and later it spread to other parts of the world.

National Astronomy Week

The Astronomy Day is also a part of the National Astronomy Week. The week is held in United Kingdom.

International Year of Astronomy

The International Year of Astronomy was celebrated in 2009. It was marked on 2009 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of observations of Galileo and also Kepler’s findings in 17th century. The year was coordinated by the International Astronomical Union.

In 1609, Galileo for the first time found craters and mountains on the moon that changes the perception of space.

International Astronomical Union

The IAU was founded in 1919. The main objective of the mission was to safeguard science. The IAU is a member of the International Science Council India is a member of the Union. The headquarters of the Union is located in France.