Current Affairs Nov 2017 - Important Days
1 - Rashtriya Ekta Diwas observed
The Government of India observes 31 October all over the country to foster and reinforce the Government’s dedication to preserve and strengthen unity, integrity and security of our nation, by celebrating it as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India.
As a fitting tribute to the builder of Indian unity, a 182-metre (597 feet) high Statue of Unity is under construction facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 km away on the river island called Sadhu Bet near Vadodara in Gujarat.
2 - World Tsunami Awareness Day observed on 5 November
The very first ‘World Tsunami Awareness’ day was observed worldwide on 5th November 2016 with theme as ‘Effective Education and Evacuation Drills’. This theme of 2017 was 'Reduce the Number of Affected People'. It focused on reducing the number of affected people globally by disasters.
The observance of the day helps to spread awareness among people across the world in matters related to the dangers of tsunami and shall stress on the importance of early warning systems in order to mitigate damage from the often-devastating natural hazard.
3 - World Diabetes Day observed across the world
The World Diabetes Day is observed annually on November 14 each year. The day aims to increase an awareness of the effects of diabetes and the complications caused by the disease. The day is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).
The theme of World Diabetes Day 2017 was 'Women and diabetes - Our right to a healthy future'. It is estimated that diabetes is the ninth leading cause of death in women globally. Various campaigns were organized to achieve optimal diabetes outcomes and strengthen women’s capacity to prevent diabetes.
4 - National Press Day observed on 16 November
National Press Day on November 16 is symbolic of a free and responsible press in India. The 2017 Press Freedom Day was dedicated to the 102nd martyrdom day of freedom fighter Kartar Singh Sarabha. Sarabha courageously printed Ghadar newspaper in Punjabi language against all the odds at San Francisco in US and invited media persons to fearlessly-show freedom of speech by publishing in Ghadar.
Various other courageous personalities were also given tribute such as Gauri Lankesh, SSP Harjit Singh and deputy commissioner Ghanshyam Thori.
5 - Swachh Bharat Mission celebrated World Toilet Day nationwide
The ‘World toilet day’ was organized on 19 November, where a large number of behavior changes and toilet usage activities were undertaken by the States and districts around India as part of Swachh Bharat Mission. The central team had a three-day immersion exercise during which they extensively interacted with villagers directly, including women and students to generate demand for toilets.
The Mukhiyas of villages assured that they would help making the district ODF in six months of time. The Secretary, Mr. Iyer launched a national radio campaign for Toilet adoption and usage on the occasion.
6 - Universal Children’s day observed on 20 November
The United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. The theme of Universal children’s day was ‘Stop violence against children’.
To celebrate the 2017 Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF has invited children from around the world taking over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted on 20 November.
7 - World Fisheries day
The World Fisheries day is celebrated every year throughout the world on 21 November by the fisher folk communities holding rallies, workshops, public meetings, cultural programs and exhibition to highlight the importance of maintaining the world's fisheries.
The Day helps in highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of water and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water. A recent United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world's fisheries are overfished or are fully harvested and more than one third are in a state of decline because of pollution and global warming.
8 - Indian communal harmony Flag Day observed
The National Foundation for Communal Harmony observed the Communal Harmony Campaign and Fund Raising Week and the Flag Day on 26 November 2017. Various flag stickers, wrappers, posters, brochures, pamphlets etc. were dispatched to about 1.24 Lakh units for appropriately marking of this significant occasion all over India.
Various programs were organized by government departments/ agencies, NGOs and voluntary organizations during the Week to promote the ethos of Communal Harmony and National Integration. Flag Day is also utilized to generate financial support for destitute children affected by communal, caste, ethnic or terrorist violence.
9 - National Law Day celebrated jointly by Law Commission and NITI Aayog
National Law Day 2017 was celebrated jointly by the Law Commission of India and NITI Aayog in Delhi. The significance of the event lies in the fact that the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949.
A large number of dignitaries from the three wings of the government- executive, legislature and judiciary along with the academicians, students, scribes participated. The event had four technical sessions named as judicial review and parliamentary democracy, appointments to higher judiciary, structural reforms for overcoming delays in justice delivery and scope of judicial powers.
10 - Constitution Day observed on 26 November
The Constitution Day, also known as Samvidhan Divas, is celebrated in India on 26 November every year. The day commemorates the adoption of Constitution of India.
On this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India, and it came into effect on 26 January 1950.
The Government of India declared 26 November as Constitution Day on 19 November 2015 by a gazette notification.