March 22: World Water Day
World Water Day is annually celebrated on March 22. The day focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Significance of the Day: The occasion of World Water Day is also used to highlight required improvements for access to WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) facilities in developing countries.
Theme for the year 2016 : “Better Water, Better Jobs”. It focuses on the central role that water plays in creating and supporting good quality jobs.
Background : This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. Later, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) accepted the recommendation of UNCED and celebrated first World Water Day on 22 March 1993. Since then this day is observed annually to draw attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of fresh water resources. 2015 theme of WWD was ‘Water and Sustainable Development’.>Login To Save for Revision
- March 20: World Sparrow Day
March 20th is annually celebrated as world sparrow day to raise awareness of the house sparrow and other common birds to urban environments and threats to their populations.
It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and numerous other national and international organisations across the world.For the first time, the World Sparrow Day was organised in different parts of the world in 2010.
The sparrow, especially the common house sparrow is one of the oldest companions of human beings. But its population is declining for various reasons such as destruction of its habitat, lack of insect food for the young and the increasing microwave pollution from mobile phone towers.
Facts about Sparrows
(i) There are over 140 species of sparrows spread out over every continent except Antarctica.
(ii) House sparrow is the state bird for Delhi since 2012.
(iii) Sparrows are omnivorous birds.
(iv) Sparrows are small birds having size, about the size of a tennis ball.
(v) Sparrows can survive between 4 and 5 years in the wild.
(vi) Sparrows are very social and they live in colonies called flocks.>Login To Save for Revision
- 21 March: International Day of Forests
The International Day of Forests is annually celebrated on 21st March to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests and of trees outside forests,
for the benefit of current and future generations.
On this day Countries are encouraged to undertake efforts to organize local, national, and international activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.
Forests cover one third of the Earth's land mass, performing vital functions around the world. Around 1.6 billion people - including more than 2,000 indigenous cultures - depend on forests for their livelihood.
Theme for 2016: “Forests and water”
The theme aims to raise awareness of how forests are key to the planet’s supply of freshwater, which is essential for life.It also marks the joint celebration of the International Day of Forests and World Water Day (22nd March).>Login To Save for Revision
- HS Prannoy wins 2016 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton title
India's fourth highest ranked men's badminton player HS Prannoy has won the prestigious 2016 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in the men’s single category by defeating Marc Zwiebler (World no 7) of Germany by a score of 21-18, 21-15.This is Prannoy's second title at a Grand Prix Gold tournament, after he won the 2014 Indonesian Masters.
(i) Women’s Single: He Bingjiao from China won the title by defeating Wang Yihan from China by 21-16, 21-10 score.
(ii) Men’s Doubles: Denmark pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen won the title by defeating Chinese Taipei pair of Lee Sheng-mu and Tsai Chia-hsin by 21-15 and 21-8 score.
(iii) Women’s Doubles: Japanese pair of Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito won the title by defeating Japanese pair of Naoko Fukuman and Kurumi Yonao by 21-16, 12-21 and 21-12 score.
(iv) Mixed Doubles: Chinese pair of Wang Yilu and Chen Qingchen won the title by defeating Thailand pair of Bodin Issara and Savitree Amitrapai by 21-19, 16-21 and 15-21 score.>Login To Save for Revision
- Yogeshwar Dutt wins Gold medal in Asian Olympic Qualification tournament
Star Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt bagged a Gold medal in the Asian Olympic Qualification tournament in the 65 kg freestyle category by defeating Katai Yeerlanbieke from China,in the final match played at Astana in Kazakhstan.
With this victory he secured an Olympic quota place for India. He is second Indian wrestler after Narsingh Yadav to secure berth in the 74 kg freestyle category for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
It should be noted that earlier in 2012 London Olympics, Yogeshwar had won bronze in men’s 60kg freestyle category.But later he had moved up to 65kg category after the international governing body FILA had re-jigged the weight classes at the end of 2013.>Login To Save for Revision
- Agreement between EU and Turkey to tackle migrant crisis comes into effect
The agreement between the European Union (EU) and Turkey to tackle the migrant crisis has formally come into effect. Under the plan, migrants arriving in Greece will be sent back to Turkey if their asylum claim is rejected.
According to the agreement :
(i) Thousands of migrants from Syria and elsewhere will be sent to Ankara, in exchange for financial aid and political concessions to it.
(ii) Turkey, which houses nearly 3 million Syrian refugees will get financial aid, quicker EU membership talks and visa-free travel for its citizens.
(iii) All irregular migrants into Greece crossing from Turkey from 20 March 2016 will be sent back. Henceforth migrants’ arrival will be individually assessed by the Greek authorities.
(iv) For each Syrian returned to Turkey, a Syrian migrant will be resettled in the EU. Priority will be given to those who have not tried to illegally enter the EU and the number is capped at 72,000.
(v) Turkish nationals should have access to the Schengen passport-free zone by June. This will not apply to non-Schengen countries like Britain.
Since January 2015, millions of migrants and refugees have entered the EU by boat from Turkey to Greece via Mediterranean Sea route. Thousands are stuck in Greece as their route north has been blocked. This deal ensures Turkey, which houses nearly 3 million Syrian refugees to get financial aid.
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