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.

21st June: World Hydrography Day

Hydrography plays one of the most important roles in today’s world by describing the physical feature of the navigable portion of the water covered area on the Earth’s surface through maps and nautical charts. Without a hydrographic survey, navigation for ships or fishing boats would have been much difficult.

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) was founded on 21 June 1921. To highlight the importance of hydrography, on 29th November 2005, the resolution ‘A/60/30 Oceans and the Law of the Sea’. was adopted at the United Nations General Assembly under which   21st June was recognized as World Hydrography Day from 2006 onwards.

As of October 2019, IHO has a total of 93 member states. The day marks an opportunity for the governments of the member states to reaffirm their commitment towards promoting safe navigation across the water bodies on the earth by increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis.

The theme of 2020 World Hydrography Day: Hydrography- Enabling Autonomous Technologies

21st June: International Yoga Day

On 11th December 2014, International Yoga Day was adopted under its Resolution by the United Nations General Assembly following the proposal given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations on 27th September 2014.

The day was first observed in the year 2015. The aim of observing the day is to raise global awareness about the benefits of practicing yoga.

The theme of 2020 International Yoga Day: Yoga for Health- Yoga at Home

This year’s theme focuses on the importance of yoga at the time of a global pandemic. As most nations across the world are practicing lockdown and social distancing norms, many economic activities have come to a halt which had a negative impact on both the mental and physical well being of individuals as a result of stress due to job insecurity, financially, etc.

As a means to improve health at this time of uncertainty, yoga has benefits that can help an individual to deal with stress by increasing the overall mindfulness, flexibility, and fitness. Yoga can be learned and practiced from home through various online resources available across the internet.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is a practice that originated in India. The word yoga is a Sanskrit word that means to unite or to join. Yoga symbolizes the unification of the body and consciousness. Yoga has 84 classical asanas such as Tadasana, Trikonasana, Bhajangasana, etc.

Physical inactivity over the last couple of decades due to a hectic lifestyle has become one of the major causes of death worldwide as it causes non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, etc. Yoga is more than physical activity, it not only fosters good health but also helps in maintaining a balanced day-to-day life.