Important Days and Events Current Affairs - 2020

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.

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January 15: Indian Army Day

On January 15, 2020, India celebrated its 72nd Army Day. It is being celebrated every year to honour soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. The Army Day Parade was held at the Parade Ground in Delhi Cantonment as a part of the celebrations. It is important to remember such great soldiers as they serve with the motto “Service before Self”

Highlights

On January 15, the first General of Indian Army General K M Cariappa took charge in 1949. The transfer of power from British to India is being celebrated on the day in the form of parades. The power was transferred to Mr Cariappa from the last British General Bucher.

The parade was held at the Parade Ground of Delhi Cantonment. The Parade Ground was also named after him and is called Cariappa Ground. Gallantry awards were distributed on the occasion.

General Cariappa retired on January 14, 1953. His retirement day is being celebrated as Armed Forces Veterans Day every year

First Woman Officer

In 2020, Tania Sher Gill became the first woman Army Officer to lead the parade. She led an all-men contingent at the parade. She joined the army in 2017. In 2019, Captain Bhavna Kasturi became the first woman officer to lead an all men contingent during the Republic Day celebrations.

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GoI launches Saksham, a mega campaign on fuel conservation

The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) operating under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas will launch fuel conservation campaign on January 16, 2020.

Highlights

The campaign will create awareness among public about fuel conservation. PCRA has been conducting Saksham campaigns in different parts of the country. This year, the campaign will create awareness about the following

  • PCRA has developed energy efficient burners for gas stoves.
  • It will provide messages on “Pollution ka Solution”.
  • In collaboration with NCERT, PCRA has prepared a comic book on the theme, “Fuel Conservation”. The books are to be distributed at the campaigns. The books are also available in E-Pathshala.

Previous Achievements of PCRA campaigns

The most successful Saksha campaign of PCRA was recently conducted on switching off of engines at red light in traffic signals. This helped to reduce fuel losses by 22% before and after the campaign.

PCRA

PCRA is engaged in promotion of energy efficient programmes in different sectors of the country. It sponsors R&D activities to develop fuel efficient equipment. The major aim of the agency is to make oil conservation a national movement.

PCRA is a Government think tank that proposes strategies and policies on petroleum conservation and environment protection. This is to reduce the country’s dependence on oil.

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