List of Important Days in January


General Awareness section is one of the important section in any competitive exam. The static part of General Knowledge weighs more than 50% of the General Awareness section. Therefore, one has to focus on its various sub-topics and Important Days is one such sub-topic. Have a look at the detailed list of Important Days in January.

 

1. World Braille Day: 4 January

  • World Braille Day is observed every year since 2019 to raise awareness regarding the importance of Braille as a means of communication for blind and partially sighted people.
  • Braille is a tactile representation of alphabetic and numerical symbols using six dots to represent each letter and number, and even musical, mathematical and scientific symbols.
  • Braille was invented by Louis Braille in 19th century. It is used by blind and partially sighted people for reading books.

2. Marathi Journalism Day was celebrated on 6 January in Maharashtra.

  • Marathi Journalism Day is celebrated every year on 6 January across Maharashtra.
  • It is celebrated to mark the first issue of Marathi newspaper “Darpan’. The first Marathi newspaper was started by Balshastri Jambhekar on 6 January 1832.
  • Balshastri Jambhekar is also known as the Father of Marathi journalism.
  • This day is also observed to mark the birth anniversary of Balshastri Jambhekar.
  • National Journalism Day is observed on 17 November.

3. World Hindi Day: 10 January

  • It is celebrated every year on 10 January to mark the anniversary of the first World Hindi Conference organized in Nagpur on 10 January 1975.
  • It is being celebrated every year since 2006.
  • Its main aim is to promote the Hindi language across the world.
  • Hindi is the third most-spoken language in the world.
  • In India, Hindi Diwas is observed every year on 14th September.

4. National Youth Day: 12 January

  • The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is celebrated every year as National Youth Day since 1985.
  • In 1984, government announced 12th January as National Youth Day. National Youth Festival is celebrated annually on National Youth Day (12 January).
  • Swami Vivekananda founded Ramakrishna Mission in 1897. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was his guru. 
  • Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Datta in 1863. He is known for his Chicago speech of 1893. He died in 1902.

5. Fifth Indian Armed Forces Veterans Day celebrated on 14th January 2021.

  • Fifth Indian Armed Forces Veterans Day was celebrated on 14th January as recognition of the services given by the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces.
  • Indian Armed Forces Veterans Day is celebrated every year on 14th January to honour services given by Army veterans. It was first celebrated in 2017.
  • 2021 is being celebrated in the form of Swarnim Vijay Varsh to mark the 1971 war victory. 2021 is the 50th Anniversary of 1971 Indo-Pak War.
  • First Commander-in-Chief of Indian Armed Forces, Field Marshal KM Cariappa, OBE retired on 14 January 1953.
  • Swarnim Vijay Varsh song was released by Admiral Karambir Singh. He is 24th and present Chief of the Naval Staff of the Indian Navy. The song was dedicated to soldiers during the 1971 War.
  • The names of the writer, composer and singer of Swarnim Vijay Varsh song are Mr. Kumar Vishwas, Mr. Chris Powell and Mr. Romy.
  • Army and Air Force respectively released Samaan and Vayu Samvedna magazines.

6. Indian Army Day: 15 January

  • Every year on 15 January, Indian Army Day is celebrated to remember the sacrifice of our soldiers to protect the country and citizens.
  • In the year 2021, India is celebrating 73rd Indian Army Day.
  • On 15 January 1949, Lt Gen K M Cariappa took over the last British Commander in Chief of India, Francis Bucher.
  • Indian Army:
    • It was founded on 1 April 1895.
    • Headquarters: New Delhi
    • It is the largest standing army in the world.
    • Chief of Defence Staff: General Bipin Rawat
    • Chief of Army Staff: General Manoj Mukund Naravane
    • Commander in Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind

7. Statehood day of Manipur, Tripura, and Meghalaya is observed on 21st January.

  • Statehood day of Manipur, Tripura, and Meghalaya is observed on 21st January and they were granted statehood in 1972.
  • 21st January 2021 is 49th statehood day of Manipur, Tripura, and Meghalaya. They celebrated the 48th statehood day in 2020.
  • North-Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Act of 1971 became effective from January 21, 1972.
  • Before 1972, Manipur and Tripura were Union Territories. Meghalaya was made a sub-state within Assam through 22nd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1969.
  • Statehood to other north eastern states:

    • Nagaland was given the status of a state on 1 December 1963. It was made from Naga Hills and Tuensang region of Assam.
    • Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh were given the status of states in 1987. Mizoram was made after Mizoram Peace Accord of 1986. 
    • Sikkim was made a state through 36th Constitutional Amendment Act of 1975. It celebrates its foundation day every year on 16 May. Assam was granted statehood on 26 January 1950.
    • Sixth schedule has provisions for administering tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram. 

 

Northeastern

State

Assam

Nagaland

Manipur

Tripura

Meghalaya

Sikkim

Mizoram

Arunachal

Pradesh

Statehood

1950

1963

1972

1972

1972

1975

1987

1987

 

Statehood day

8. National Girl Child Day Week: 21- 26 January

  • The National Girl Child Day Week is being celebrated from 21 to 26 January 2021. It is being celebrated on the occasion of National Girl Child Day.
  • National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on 24 January to highlight the issues related to girl children in India.
  • Its main objective is to raise awareness about the rights of a girl child and their education, health and nutrition.
  • National Girl Child Day was started by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2008.

Government Schemes related to Girl Child

  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
  • Balika Samriddhi Yojana
  • Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
  • CBSE Udaan Scheme
  • National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education

9. 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: 23rd January 2021.

  • 23rd January 2021 is the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, a great freedom fighter born in 1897 in Cuttack (Odisha).
  • Howrah-Kalka Mail has been renamed as Netaji Express by Railway Ministry. The film ‘Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero’ was screened at 51st IFFI. Shyam Benegal wrote and directed this film.  
  • Unfinished autobiography of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose has been published with the title of an Indian Pilgrim.
  • Subhas Chandra Bose:
    • Born on 23 January 1897, Subhas Chandra Bose became the President of the Haripura Congress session in 1938 and established Forward Block in 1939.
    • He defeated Pattabhi Sitaramayya in the 1939 elections for Congress President. He had given the slogan “Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe aazdi dunga”.
    • He was the leader of Azad Hind Fauj. Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das was his political guru.

10. National Girl Child Day: 24th January 2021.

  • National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on 24 January to highlight the issues related to girl children in India.
  • Its main objective is to raise awareness about the rights of a girl child and their education, health and nutrition.
  • It also celebrated as to mark the anniversary of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme.
  • It was started by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2008.
  • Government Initiatives for the empowerment of girls:
    • Government has started a Gender Inclusion Fund for the development of girls. It is set up to provide education to girls.
    • Under the National Education Policy 2020, schools must create a friendly environment for the education of Girls. It will increase the enrollment of girl children in the class.
    • Ministry of Education is running the Samagra Shiksha scheme for Girls’ Education.
    • Under the Khelo India Scheme, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has promoted girls and women to take part in sports activities under Khelo India Scheme.
    • Government has also launched the Knowledge Involvement in Research Advancement through Nurturing (KIRAN) Scheme. It aims to empower women in the science and technology field.
    • The Government started Program for Gender Advancement in science and technology Institutions in 2020. It will promote women students in STEM.
    • Government has also launched many Skill Development programs for skilling women.

11. National Voters Day: 25 January

  • Eleventh National Voters Day is being celebrated on 25th January 2021 in New Delhi with the theme “Making our Voters Empowered, Vigilant, Safe and Informed”.
  • President of India will participate in the celebration in virtual mode. Electronic Electors Photo Identity Card (e-EPIC) facility will be launched by the Election Commission of India on 11th National voters Day.
  • e-EPIC will be made available to all voters from 1 February 2021. It is a non-editable pdf version of the Elector’s Photo Identity Card. 
  • National Voters Day is celebrated annually since 25 January 2011. It marks the day on which the Election Commission of India was formed. Election Commission of India was formed on 25 January 1950.

11th National Voters day

12. National Tourism Day: 25 January

  • National Tourism Day is on 25 January to make people aware about the importance of tourism for the economy.
  • Tourism contributes nearly 5% to the GDP of India as per the 3rd Tourism Satellite Account, a tool that helps in measuring impact of tourism on GDP and jobs.
  • Tourism Satellite Accounts (TSAs) are prepared from time to time at the request of Ministry of Tourism.
  • Though the Ministry of Tourism has not celebrated National Tourism Day recently, it annually celebrates World Tourism Day (27 September) of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
  • India’s rank in World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) improved from 65th in 2013 to 34th in 2019.
  • Swadesh Darshan and Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) are schemes for the development of tourism in India.

13. Himachal Pradesh celebrated the golden jubilee of Statehood Day.

  • Himachal Pradesh celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation day.
  • It was formed on 25 January 1971. It was the 18th state of India.
  • Himachal Pradesh:
    • It is a North Indian state situated in the western Himalayas.
    • It shares a boundary with Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
    • State capitals are Shimla (summer) and Dharamshala (winter).
    • Great Himalayan National Park, Pin Valley National Park, Khirganga National Park are located in Himachal Pradesh.
    • Nati is the most famous dance of Himachal Pradesh.
    • Governor: Bandaru Dattatreya, Chief Minister: Jai Ram Thakur
    • Lok Sabha seats: 4, Rajya Sabha seats: 3

14. Uttar Pradesh celebrated its 71st foundation day.

  • Uttar Pradesh has celebrated its 71st foundation day 24 January 2021. It was formed on 24 January 1950.
  • The theme of this year’s Uttar Pradesh Divas is ‘Self-reliant Uttar Pradesh: Women, youths, Farmers: Development of all, Honour to All- Sabka Vikas Sabka Samman’.
  • Government organized seminars in 75 districts and an exhibition on the theme of ‘One District One Product’ is also being displayed at Gautam Budh Nagar.
  • Uttar Pradesh:
    • It is the most populous state in India and ranks fourth in terms of area.
    • The Chief Minister of the state is Yogi Adityanath and Governor is Anandiben Patel.
    • Deputy CMs: Dinesh Sharma and Keshav Prasad Maurya
    • The capital of the state is Lucknow.
    • The state animal of Uttar Pradesh is Swamp Deer, State Bird is Saras Crane, State Tree is Ashoka and State Flower is Brahma Kamal.

15. International Customs Day: 26 January

  • International Customs Day is observed every year on 26 January to highlight the contribution of customs officials and agencies.
  • The theme of the International Customs Day 2021 is “Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.
  • In India, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has celebrated this day by giving World Customs Organisation Certificate of Merit Award.
  • CBIC has taken many steps for the Faceless, Contactless and Paperless Customs clearance processes.
  • Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC):
    • It was established on 1 January 1964. It is headquartered in New Delhi. It is headed by Muttoli Ajit Kumar (M. Ajit Kumar).
    • It is a part of the Department of Revenue under the Ministry of Finance.
    • After GST, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has been renamed as Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs.
    • It formulates and implements policies for Central GST, Central Excise Duty and Custom/Import Duty.

16. Republic Day: 26 January

  • On 26 January 1950, the Constitution of India came into effect. Therefore, 26 January is celebrated as the Republic Day in India.
  • In the year 2021, no foreign Head of State or Head of government participated in Republic Day celebrations.
  • Republic Day parades in 1952, 1953, 1966 were also held without the presence of any foreign dignitary.

17. Data Privacy Day: 28 January

  • Data Privacy Day is celebrated every year on 28 January to raise awareness about the protection of personal data and privacy.
  • It is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the “Convention 108”, which was signed on 28 January 1981. It is the first legally binding treaty for data privacy and protection.
  • The Council of Europe had started celebrating the Data Protection Day from 2006. Now, it is celebrated globally as Data Privacy Day.
  • The main objective of this day is to spread awareness among businesses and users about the ways to protect personal information.
  • The theme for Data Privacy Day 2021 is “Own Your Privacy”.

18. World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day: 30 January

  • Qutub Minar was one of the fifty landmarks to be lit up on second annual World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day on 30 January.
  • On World NTD day 2021, fifty landmarks representing 25 nations across the world were lit up.
  • NTDs affect one in five people around the world. India has world’s largest absolute burden of at least 11 of major NTDs.

Thirteen Major Neglected Tropical Diseases and their Causal Agents

Buruli ulcer

Bacteria

Chagas disease

Protozoa

Cholera

Bacteria

Dengue fever

Arbovirus (transmitted by Aedes Aegypti)

Dracunculiasis

Worm

Lymphatic filariasis

Worms

Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)

Protozoa

Leishmaniasis

Protozoa

Leprosy

Bacteria

Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)

Worm

Schistosomiasis

Worms

Soil-transmitted helminths

Worms

Trachoma

Bacterium-like organism

  • Qutub Minar in New Delhi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qutb-ud-din Aibak began its construction and Iltutmish finished its construction. It is the highest tower in India. It was built in 13th century.
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