1. Important Days
World Veterinary Day: April 24
This day is observed on the Fourth Saturday of April every year. In 2021, the day falls on April 24, 2021.
The theme of the 2021 World Veterinary Day is ‘Veterinarian response to the COVID-19 crisis.’
The day was created by the WVA in 2000 to celebrate the contributions of veterinarians to the health of animals and society.
Quick Fact: The CEO of the World Veterinary Association is Dr. Zeev Noga.
2. Important Days
International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace
‘International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace’ was first observed by the UN on April 24, 2019.
This day aims to spread knowledge about the advantages of multilateralism and diplomacy for peace.
The Day is a reaffirmation of the UN Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among countries through peaceful means.
Quick Fact: The President of the UN is Volkan Bozkir.
3. Important Days
National Panchayati Raj Day observed on April 24
The Ministry of Panchayati Raj organizes the National Panchayati Raj day or the National Local Self Government Day.
India celebrated the first National Panchayati Raj Day or the National Local Government Day in April 2010.
Rajasthan was the first state that carried the Panchayati Raj System in 1959 during the times of late PM Jawarharlal Nehru.
Quick Fact: The 73rd Constitutional Amendment came into force on the same date as the National Panchayati Raj Day, i.e., April 24.
4. International News
2021 Boao Forum Annual Conference for Asia
The opening ceremony of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 was held in Boao, south China’s Hainan Province.
The theme of the conference was ‘A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation’.
The forum has engaged countries in addressing global issues and promoting world development and prosperity.
Quick Fact: The Chairman of the Boao Forum is Ban Ki-moon.
‘Climate Change Explained – For One And All’: E-book by Aakash Ranison
The climate activist-author, Aakash Ranison has come out with a new e-book on the occasion of Earth Day.
In this e-book, the author emphasizes on the impact of climate change and suggests simple yet sustainable solutions to control the same.
The book is a mix of facts, data, and information about climate change and their effects on earth in the near future.
6. Finance News
Atanu Chakraborty as HDFC’s new part-time chairman
RBI has approved the appointment of Atanu Chakraborty, as the part-time chairman and additional independent director of HDFC.
He retired as Secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs in April 2020.
Chakraborty has been appointed for a period of three years with effect from May 5, 2021 or the date of his taking charge, whichever is later.
Quick Fact: The MD and CEO of HDFC Bank are Sashidhar Jagdishan(Succeeds Aditya Puri). The tagline of HDFC Bank is ‘We understand your world’.
7. Person in News
Nelson Mandela World Humanitarian Award 2021 won by Rumana Sinha Sehgal
Rumana Sinha Sehgal is a Software engineer turned entrepreneur from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
She won the Nelson Mandela World Humanitarian Award 2021 by the Diplomatic Mission Global Peace.
She contributed to the field of developing innovative and functional green products by recycling varied materials and non-biodegradable materials.
Quick Fact: She was crowned as the ‘Mrs Universe Successful 2018’ and won the ReXKarmaveer Chakra (silver) and Global Fellowship award 2019 for her work in the zone of women and child empowerment.
8. Important Days
April 24 marks World Day for Laboratory Animals
WDAIL, also known as World Lab Animal Day or World Day for Laboratory Animals, is observed every year on 24 April.
The day was instituted in 1979 by the National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS), as an “international day of commemoration” for animals in laboratories.
This day aims to end the suffering of animals in laboratories around the world and promote their replacement with advanced scientific non-animal techniques.
Quick Fact: The Executive Director of the National Anti-Vivisection Society is Peggy Cunniff.