Jharkhand launches ‘SAAMAR’ campaign to fight malnutrition in the state

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1. Jharkhand launches ‘SAAMAR’ campaign to fight malnutrition in the state

  • The state government of Jharkhand has launched a campaign called SAAMAR to tackle malnutrition in the state.
  • SAAMAR stands for Strategic Action for Alleviation of Malnutrition and Anemia Reduction.
  • The campaign has been launched with a 1000 days target, where annual surveys will be conducted to track the progress.
  • The campaign will bring together various departments to identify anemic women and malnourished children to effectively deal with the problem in a state where malnutrition has been a major problem.

2. India ranks 139 while Finland tops among 149 countries in World Happiness Report 2021

  • India has been placed at 139th position out of 149 countries in the UN World Happiness Report 2021 released on March 19, 2021. In 2019, India was ranked 140th.
  • The World Happiness Report 2021 has been topped by Finland, for the fourth consecutive year.
  • The 2021 report is the ninth World Happiness Report and focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared.

Top 10 Countries

  • Finland is followed by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Norway, New Zealand and Austria.

Bottom 5 Countries

  • People in Afghanistan (149) are the most unhappy with their lives, followed by Zimbabwe (148), Rwanda (147), Botswana (146) and Lesotho (145).

World Happiness Report

  • The World Happiness Report is issued by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, to rank countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.
  • The countries of the world are ranked on the basis of questions from the Gallup World Poll. The results are then correlated with other factors, like gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy and the opinions of residents.

3. India’s Divyansh Panwar wins bronze in 10m Air Rifle at New Delhi ISSF World Cup 2021

  • Indian shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar, the world No. 1 in the men’s 10m Air Rifle has won bronze in men’s 10m Air Rifle event at the ISSF World Cup 2021 in New Delhi.
  • Also, the Indian team bagged the air rifle men’s team event with a cumulative score of 1885.9. The USA stood second with score of 1880.8 followed by South Korea with 1880.3.
  • The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup 2021 is being held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi from March 18, 2021. The event will end on March 29, 2021.
  • It is the first international event of 2021 by ISSF.
  • More than 300 shooters from as many as 43 countries are participating in the World Cup being held in all three disciplines – shotgun, rifle, and pistol.

 4. Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) celebrates 82nd Raising Day on 19 March 2021

  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) celebrated its 82nd foundation anniversary with zeal and ceremonial fervour on 19 March 2021.
  • As a part of the occasion, a parade was organised at the CRPF Academy, Gurugram.
  • Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Nityanand Rai took the salute at the parade and also presented the Gallantry medals and trophies for exceptional achievements in different categories to CRPF personnel.
  • The CRPF came into existence on July 27, 1939 as Crown Representative’s Police. It was renamed as the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the enactment of the CRPF Act on December 28, 1949.
  • It was on March 19, 1950 that the then Home Minister, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel presented Presidential colours to the CRPF for its commendable services.

 5. World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People: 20 March

  • The World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People is celebrated all over the world on March 20 every year since 2001, by the international community of theatre practitioners for children and young people.
  • Purpose : to attract the attention of a wider public to the art of theatre for children and young people.
  • The event is basically organised by the ASSITEJ International, an international alliance of professionals involved in theatre for children and young people.

6. International Day of Forests: 21 March

  • The International Day of Forests (also known as World Forestry Day) is celebrated every year on March 21.
  • Purpose: to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations as well as to increase the public awareness among communities about the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle on the earth.
  • The theme for International Day of Forests 2020 is “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being”.
  • This day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.

7. World Down Syndrome Day: 21 March

  • The World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) is observed globally on 21 March each year, in order to raise public awareness for the rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome.
  • The Theme of 2021 World Down Syndrome Day is “#Connect”.
  • The day was officially recognised by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.
  • 21st day of March (the 3rd month of the year) has been selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

8. International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: 21 March

  • The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March to remind people about the negative consequences of racial discrimination.
  • 2021 Theme: “Youth standing up against racism”
  • The United Nations General Assembly called for the day in 1966 to encourage people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.\

9. World Poetry Day: 21 March

  • The World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21 March every year to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.
  • The day was declared by the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard.
  1. World Puppetry Day: 21 March
  • The World Puppetry Day is observed every year on March 21, to promote the puppet arts.
  • The first celebration was held in 2003.
  • The idea of World Puppetry Day was proposed the Iranian puppet theater artist Javad Zolfaghari in 2000 at the XVIII Congress of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, (UNIMA) in Magdeburg.
  • Two years later in June 2002, the date of the celebration was identified by UNIMA.