World Polio Day
World Polio Day is celebrated on October 24 globally to generate awareness for the eradication of polio, as well as to honour the efforts of thousands of employees of World Health Organization (WHO) and other organisations committed to the cause.The theme for World Polio Day 2018 is ‘End Polio Now’.
The occasion also commemorates the birth of American medical researcher and virologist Jonas Salk, who discovered and developed one of the first successful poliomyelitis or polio vaccines.
Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunising every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.
Polio is a highly infectious disease which is not as much life threatening as it is crippling. Also known as ‘Poliomyelitis’ in medical terms, it is a disease caused by the deadly ‘Poliovirus’ usually affecting children under 5 years of age, for this reason it is also known as ‘Infantile Paralysis’. The virus mainly affects nervous system, leaving the person with a weak crippled leg and unable to walk normally throughout his life.
International Award for Banka education project
The Banka experiment is being replicated in Puducherry, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. It is soon going to implemented in Classes IX-XII in about 5,000 schools across the country under the Central government’s flagship scheme Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA).
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has asked the Education Department to explore ways to implement the Unnayan example in the state.
Statue of Unity wins presitigous Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony
The Tagore Award is an award given in commemoration of the 150th Birth anniversary of the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore for cultural harmony. This award carries an amount of Rupees One Crore (ten million rupees, convertible to foreign currency), a Citation in a Scroll, a Plaque as well as an exquisite traditional handicraft/handloom item.
Ram Vanji Sutar, who has designed the Statue of Unity in Narmada district in Gujarat has been selected for the prestigious Tagore Award by the Union Ministry of Culture.
Statue of Unity, India’s ode to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and the Indian freedom struggle, will be the world’s tallest statue, twice the size of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Unity will be unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, which also marks the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, the Ironman of India. The world’s tallest statue dedicated to independent India’s first Home Minister stands at 182 metre (597 feet) call.
The first Tagore award was given in 2012 to Pandit Ravi Shankar by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Ravi Shankar died before he could receive the award which was received by his wife Sukanya Shankar.The monument is touted to become one of the most important tourist places of India.