Daily : December 7, 2017

World Soil Day

World Soil Day

Question: When ‘World’s Soil Day’ is celebrated?
(a) December 4
(b) December 1
(c) December 6
(d) December 5
Answer: (d)
Related Facts:

  • World Soil Day is celebrated on December 5, every year across the world.
  • In the year 2017, its theme is: ‘Caring for the Planet Starts from the Ground’.
  • On this occasion, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, called for ‘regular health’, ‘green field’ for regular testing of soil from farmers.
  • 33% of the entire world’s soil has already been Infertile or degraded.
  • Notable that 95 percent of our food comes from the soil.
  • At present, food of 815 million people is unsafe and 2 billion people are naturally insecure, but we can reduce it through soil.
  • The objective of this day is to increase awareness among the people towards soil health and the contribution of soil in life.
  • The FAO Conference, in June 2013, unanimously endorsed World Soil Day and requested official adoption at the 68th UN General Assembly.
  • In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5th of December as the World Soil Day.
  • Since 2012, the FAO-GSP has been organizing celebration events of this important day.

Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/index.shtml
http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/en/
http://bit.ly/2jWL9Xg
http://bit.ly/2BE5aJn

Shashi Kapoor

Shashi Kapoor

Question: Recently, the famous Bollywood film actor and producer Shashi Kapoor passed away. In which year he was honored with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award?
(a) year 2015
(b) year 2014
(c) year 2013
(d) year 2012
Answer: (b) 
Related Facts 

  • On December 4th, 2017, the famous Bollywood film actor and producer Shashi Kapoor passed away. He was 79 years old.
  • He was born on March 18th, 1938 in Kolkata.
  • She started his career with ‘Prakash Theater’ drama ‘Shankutala’.
  • His journey of success began through the movie ‘Jab-When Phool Khile’.
  • He performed in more than 100 films in his career.
  • His best known performances as a child actor were in “Aag” (1948) and “Awaara” (1951), where he played the younger version of the character played by Raj Kapoor.
  • Shashi Kapoor also worked as assistant director in the ’50s.
  • He made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film “Dharmputra” and went on to appear in more than 116 films during the ’70s and until the mid ’80s.
  • Among his memorable films were “Deewar”, “Kabhie Kabhie”, “Namak Halal” and “Kaala Pathar”.
  • He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2011 and received cinema’s prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award in 2015.

Reference:
http://dff.nic.in/dadasahebphalke.asp
http://ptinews.com/news/9292107_Actor-Shashi-Kapoor–epitome-of-charm–passes-away-at-79.html
http://bit.ly/2issqCg
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/actor-shashi-kapoor-passes-away/article21260584.ece

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day

Question: When ‘International (Volunteer) Swayamsevak Day’ is celebrated?
(a) December 4
(b) December 3
(c) December 5
(d) December 8
Answer- (c) 
Related facts:

  • International Volunteer Day (IVD)mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December.
  • International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2017’s theme is #VolunteersActFirst. Here. Everywhere.
  • The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 17 December 1985.
  • It is notable that this day is a global celebration of respect for people’s involvement in making changes in local, national and international levels.

Reference:
http://www.un.org/en/events/volunteerday/index.shtml
http://bit.ly/2nyski7

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