English Current Affairs - 2019
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23 April is observed as English Language Day every year. 23rd April was chosen as the English Language Day to commemorate both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare.
The English Language Day was the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information which had sought to establish language days for each of the Organization’s six official languages.
UN Languages Day
The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.
Under the initiative of UN Language Days, UN celebrates six separate days, each dedicated to one of the Organization’s six official languages viz.
- Arabic: 18 December
- Chinese: 20 April
- English: 23 April
- French: 20 March
- Russian: 6 June
- Spanish: 23 April
Language Days were instituted by the UN with an aim to entertain as well as inform, with the goal of increasing awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six working languages among the UN community.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that in order to curb fake, sub-standard and expired drugs drug names and expiry date during tendering will be in Hindi/regional language along with English.
In the beginning, the proposal will be implemented for Iron tablets and polio drops as they are the drugs most commonly administered to children at government centres. The Health Ministry has stated that if the rollout is successful and the feedback encouraging, then the proposal could be extended to other medicines.
The government has taken the step to ensure that those seeking drugs under government schemes have access to all the requisite information about them. The decision to incorporate regional languages was taken as per the advisory of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).
Drugs Technical Advisory Board
Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) is the highest statutory decision-making body on technical matters related to drugs in the country. It is constituted as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. It is part of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Tags: CDSCO • Central Drugs Standard Control Organization • Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 • Drugs Technical Advisory Board • DTAB • English • Hindi • Iron tablets • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare • Polio Drops • regional language