Decoration Day: commemorating people died in military service for U.S.

Written on:May 31, 2011
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Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May in United States. It was formally known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

By proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, the first major Memorial Day observance is held to honor those who died “in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” Known to some as “Decoration Day,” mourners honored the Civil War dead by decorating their graves with flowers. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery. Read more…

World No Tobacco Day:UN urges for concerted global action to curb tobacco use

Written on:May 31, 2011
World No Tobacco Day:UN urges for concerted global action to curb tobacco use

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption across the globe. The day is further intended to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and to negative health effects, which currently lead to 5.4 million deaths worldwide annually. The member states of the World…

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World No Tobacco Day – Tobacco Control Cell Going to be dysfunctional

Written on:May 30, 2011
World No Tobacco Day – Tobacco Control Cell Going to be dysfunctional

ISLAMABAD: After the devolution of Ministry of Health, Tobacco Control Cell (TCC) is expected to be dysfunctional and there is no hope that the Tobacco Control Cell will survive after the devolution process. This has been learnt by a source working with Ministry of Health. He said that Pakistan is having a good track record regarding implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and it is very important…

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Hurriyats agree to observe Martyrs Day

Written on:July 11, 2008
Hurriyats agree to observe Martyrs Day

SRINAGAR: To finalize the modalities for unity between two Hurriyat Conference factions and finalize program of Martyrs Day on July 13, delegations of both groups held a meeting on Wednesday at Shabir Ahmad Shah’s Sanatnagar residence here. Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that a joint declaration was signed by both the parties after the meeting. “Both the parties agreed to observe July 13 jointly and Geelani Sahib and Mirwaiz…

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Int. Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Written on:June 26, 2008
Int. Day in Support of Victims of Torture

UNSG for comprehensive legal framework against torture To commemorate the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture the UN Information Centre, Islamabad, European Commission and Struggle for Change (SACH) jointly organized a seminar at Serena Hotel, Islamabad. The objective of the seminar was to raise awareness about the elimination of torture from the society and to pursue for the ratification of the United Nations Convention against Torture – CAT…

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Int. Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking on June 25

Written on:June 25, 2008
Int. Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking on June 25

ISLAMABAD – The General Assembly, in 1987, decided to observe 26 June as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. It took that action on 7 December 1987 (resolution 42/112), following a recommendation of the 1987 International Conference on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which, on…

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World Environment Day

Written on:June 5, 2008
World Environment Day

President for better environment ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf has said that World Environment Day is a United Nations flagship environment event, celebrated every year on 5th June around the World. In his message, President said that “this year’s slogan, “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy,” recognizes that climate change is becoming the defining issue of our era. He said that this day provides an opportunity to focus worldwide…

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World No Tobacco Day to be observed on May 30

Written on:May 30, 2008
World No Tobacco Day to be observed on May 30

The World No Tobacco Day would be observed on Saturday May 31 throughout the world including Pakistan. This year the Day to be marked under the title “Tobacco Free Youth”. A recent report published in Pakistan says that total 250 million smokers (36 per cent males and 9 per cent females) exist in the country. The report further says that the number of smokers is on the rise in Pakistan…

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UN Peacekeepers International Day on May 29

Written on:May 29, 2008
UN Peacekeepers International Day on May 29

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (29 May) was designated by the General Assembly in its resolution 57/129 of 11 December 2002. This action stemmed to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace. The…

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World Drug Control Day observed

Written on:May 28, 2008
World Drug Control Day observed

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan observed World Drugs Control Day here Wednesday. According to a report, around forty billion rupees worth drugs are being used by millions of Pakistanis. The drug users not only include men but women and children. Around four million persons in the world die of drugs each year that start with the use of cigarette, pan and then go way to hashish, opium and heroin. With advancement in the…

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