Asia Pacific Leaders’ Conclave on Malaria Elimination: India is set to host Asia Pacific Leaders’ Conclave on Malaria Elimination.The ministry of health and welfare will organize the event in partnership with the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) in NCT Delhi.The conclave aims to reaffirm political commitment to galvanise action for malaria elimination by 2030.India has made remarkable progress towards malaria elimination. Among the 11 countries that are part of the WHO’s ‘High Burden to High Impact’ initiative, only India has reported decline in malaria cases during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Malaria cases and deaths also dropped by 85.1% and 83.6% respectively, from 2015 to 2022.The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (“APLMA”) unites 22 governments in Asia-Pacific who have committed to eliminating malaria in the region by 2030.
Jagadguru Basaveshwara:As per the Hindu calendar, the birth of Basavanna falls on the 3rd day of Vaisahaka month in the Shukla paksha. This usually falls either in April or May of the English calendar.He was born in Bagevadi (of undivided Bijapur district in Karnataka).A 12th-century poet and philosopher and the founder of Lingayatism.The term Lingayat denotes a person who wears a personal linga, an iconic form of God Shiva, on the body which is received during the initiation ceremony.In Kalyana, the Kalachurya king Bijjala appointed him as a karanika (Accountant) and later as the Prime minister. His spiritual discipline was based on the principles of Arivu (true knowledge), Achara (right conduct), and Anubhava (divine experience). It brought a social, religious and economic revolution.This path advocates a holistic approach to Lingangayoga (union with the divine).This comprehensive discipline encompasses bhakti (devotion), jnana (knowledge), and kriya (action) in a well-balanced manner.He advocated caste free society with equal opportunity for all and preached about manual hard work.He also founded the Anubhava Mantapa, loosely translated as the forum of experiences, an academy which included Lingayat mystics, saints, and philosophers.
Other Socio-Economic Principles:Kayaka (Divine work):According to this, every individual in society should take up the job of his choice and perform it with all sincerity. Dasoha (Equal distribution):There must be an equal income for equal work.The worker (Kayakajeevi) may lead his day-to-day life by his hard-earned income. But he should not preserve the money or property for tomorrow. He must utilize the surplus money for society and the poor.
World Earth Day: It is celebrated across the world on April 22 every year. It is an annual event to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote global efforts to protect the Earth’s natural resources.The first World Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, in the United States.It was organized by a group of environmental activists led by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was concerned about the negative impact of industrialization and pollution on the environment.Since then, it encourages to take action towards protecting our planet.The Earth Day 2023 theme: ” Invest In Our Planet”, is a continuation of the 2022 theme.
Earth Hour:It is a global grassroots movement uniting people to take action on environmental issues and protect the planet.It was started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-off movement in Sydney in 2007.It takes place on the last Saturday of March every year.“Earth Hour” encourages people to switch off all lights for an hour, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time to promote awareness of climate change challenges and energy conservation.