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International Day of Non-Violence

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International Day of Non-Violence – 2nd October

On June 15, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared Oct. 2 of each year to be “International Day of Non-Violence” to commemorate the birthday of Mahatma Ghandi. Ghandi’s name is recognized around the world as synonymous with peace, and this day strives to further his philosophy through education and public awareness.

Most would agree that Mahatma Ghandi was a great and inspirational human being. Here are some interesting facts about his life that you may not have known:

* Ghandi spoke English with an Irish accent.

* Ghandi lived on a diet of fruit, goat’s milk and olive oil.

* Ghandi was heavily influenced by Henry David Thoreau, specifically when it came to his beliefs on Civil Disobedience.

* Ghandi never visited the U.S.


Mahatma Gandhi – The Father of the Nation

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

Gandhi  Jayanti Celebration-2nd Octomber

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat. Gandhiji is called as Mahatma and Bapu by all Indians. He was officially honored as the Father of the Nation and his birthday is celebrated as Gandhi jayanti. The celebration and observance of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi is to commemorate his sacrifices, morals and his teachings. His ethics and his principles on non-violence have become an inspiration of light for the world.

Mahatma Gandhi was a great leader. His tradition are still appreciated and commonly used for solving conflicts and finding nonviolent result to troubles. Some of the significant events used to take place every year although the festival is celebrated as a quiet affair. The following line makes to understand or comprehend to know all about celebrating Gandhi Jayanti.

Prayer meetings are held at Raj Ghat, New Delhi, and the memorial where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The Prime Minister and President of India attend a prayer services. Other dignitaries are also present. Everybody present pays their respect to the great leader. As Gandhi is respected by all the religions, various religious and political leaders they all will come and pay their tribute to Gandhi. Religious poetry and prayers from different holy books are also read out. Moreover, Gandhis favorite devotional song Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram is sung in the memory of the deceived.

On Gandhi Jayanti, all schools and offices are closed throughout the nation to celebrate the occasion. In most schools, the instance is celebrated by performing various works, such as planting new saplings, distributing medicines to the poor and needy, cleaning public areas and pledging to educate poor people. 2nd October has also been affirmed as the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations General Assembly on 15th June, 2007. Hence, on this day, liquor is neither sold nor consumed throughout India in Gandhijis honor. Some sincere followers of Gandhiji also refrain from consuming meat on this day.

On the day of Gandhi Jayanthi many of the colleges and communities used to arrange various competitions such as essay writing and painting. Many of these competitions were conducted on the regards of glorifying peace, violence and the teachings of the great Gandhi.

European Day of Languages-26 September 2012

European Day of Languages DataDiary


Celebrate the European Day of Languages with us!

Everybody deserves the chance to benefit from the cultural and economic advantages language skills can bring. Learning languages also helps to develop tolerance and understanding between people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

European Day of Languages Ideas

The idea to launch a “European Year of Languages” was born at the Council of Europe during a Project’s Final Conference in April 1997 organised by the Language Policy Division. The proposal, supported by representatives of member states, was examined by various bodies and the European Commission was invited to join in.

In January 1999, the Committee of Ministers declared 2001 the “European Year of Languages” and the European Union joined in by a Declaration in June 2000.

European Day of Languages Aims 

The aims of the Year were:

  • to increase awareness of Europe’s linguistic heritage and openness to different languages and cultures;
  • to motivate European citizens to develop plurilingualism, that is, to achieve a degree of communicative ability in a number of languages, including those less widely used and taught;
  • to encourage and support lifelong language learning for personal development.

Indian Medal Winners in Olympics 2012


Yogeshwar Dutt Won Bronze


 Sushil Kumar Won Silver


 Gagan Narang Won Bronze


Mary Kom Won Bronze


 Saina Nehwal Won Bronze


 Vijay Kumar Won Silver Madal

Saina Nehwal wins bronze medal

London: After the defeat in semi-final clash against world No. 1 Wang Yihan on Friday, India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal all set to face world No. 2 China’s Wang Xin in the bronze medal play off at London Olympics on Saturday.

Saina is the first Indian shuttler to play in an Olympic semi-final, lost 21-13 21-13 to Yihan on Friday.

Earlier, the 22-year-old committed too many unforced errors to lag 6-11 at the interval in the first game. Although Saina tried to come back with the help of some brilliant net play, the Chinese employed some immaculate placements and powerful smashes to lead 1-0.

In the second game, Saina tried to match her superior rival and did trouble her to enjoy a one-point lead at the break. But the Chinese world champion soon started forcing Saina to commit errors and moved ahead.

Yihan anticipated the shots and was better prepared and, with Saina hitting wide and long, the Chinese had no problem in cementing her place in the finals.

Saina just a win away from Olympic medal

Saina Nehwal came to the Wembley arena on Thursday in her trademark black dress, amulets around her neck and the stomach to fight, the way only she can. By the time her match ended, Saina was just one more victory away from a historic Olympic medal.

The 22-year-old Indian was up against a very seasoned campaigner, 11 years older with two All England titles in her duffel bag – Tine Baun of Denmark. The head-to-head said 3-3 when play began in the afternoon. The younger Indian, seeded fourth, knew that statistics did not matter on the day.

There was no baggage when she started; no nerves, just the burning desire to get to the next station against another rival. After 39 minutes on the court, she sent a searing smash into the body of her fifth-seeded Danish opponent, raised her arms in glee, went down on her knees and banged the turf with clenched fists, twice. The scoreline read 21-15, 22-20. She had done it.

“I’m so happy, as it’s one of my dreams to play the Olympic semifinals. Last time (in the quarterfinals of the Beijing Games) I was up 11-3 and lost… I still can’t forget that. It’s a dream come true. It’s an unbelievable feeling,” she said after becoming the first Indian to reach the semifinals of an Olympic badminton competition.

The Indian girl will now meet one of the three dangerous Wangs from China – world No. 1 and top seed Yihan – in the semifinals. Saina has never beaten her, with the head-to-head record tilting 5-0 in the Chinese girl’s favour. But given her performances here, she can dare to dream big.

Saina started with a flourish and was soon ahead 5-2, and then 9-4 as Baun tried to play catch-up. Saina’s drops were in place and the smashes incisive. Baun tried hard to get back into the game and came close to 12-8, but Saina kept pulling ahead and raced to match point at 20-12.

It was here that a small fightback began, with Baun saving three match points. Saina had had enough by now. She had left two returns alone, only to find them in! She stayed in the rally and then smashed – Baun could only come up with a feeble return into the net.

The second game was a thriller. The Danish lady in sky blue decided to make her experience count and take the challenge to the young Indian’s corner. She played close to the sidelines, keeping Saina guessing. It was a game of judgment errors as far as Saina was concerned. She let two returns go by and found herself 4-7 down.

From 7-10, she fought back, eyes focused, teeth clenched. She was suddenly on a roll as she picked five points to go 13-10 up. Baun was by now despairing, talking to herself, looking for a window to claw back. She found that and got five points in a row to be up 18-15. Saina tried to smash her way into the game but Baun seemed to have found her way with clever drops and placement. The Danish pro had got the match pint when Saina’s return hit the net and the score read 20-17.

But Saina was not ready to give up yet. She did not want to play the third game. She saved three match points and equalized at 20-20, the last point stunning Baun who was already celebrating, thinking the return was long. Saina clenched her fist and inched ahead with a delicate drop. Then, like in the first game, she killed the contest with a down-the-middle smash.

China’s Yihan, who will be meeting Saina in the semifinals, said it will be a tough match. “I’m getting closer to the medal but I never think about the future. I’m just thinking about tomorrow’s match because the competition is strong,” she said.

The loud Indian support in the crowd played a role in her win too. “I’m happy they are here. I feel like winning for them. I’m happy the Olympics are in London… there are so many Indian people here,” Saina said, while adding that Hyderabad (her hometown) will be celebrating too. “They will all be going crazy… my dad too.”