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World Cancer Day 2024: History, theme, significance, and awareness

Every year on February 4, people celebrate World Cancer Day.

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Every year on February 4, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) organises World Cancer Day, an international awareness campaign. Most often, cancer is caused by an unchecked, abnormal proliferation of cells in the body that results in a mass or tumour. Tumours can grow, spread to other body parts, and impair all bodily functions if they are not treated.

World Cancer Day: History

The first World Cancer Day was observed on February 4, 2000, during the Paris-based World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium. The goals of the Paris Charter, which also established World Cancer Day, are to advance research, prevent cancer, enhance patient care, increase public awareness, and galvanise the international community to advance the fight against cancer.

World Cancer Day 2024: Theme

According to Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, the theme of World Cancer Day will be to “Close the cancer gap” between 2022 and 2024.

Dr Moeti said in the message for World Cancer Day, this year is the campaign’s third and last year. Together, we challenge those in power is this year’s theme. He said, Cancer Day address, this topic captures the global call on leaders to give cancer prevention and care top priority, allocate more funds for this cause, and take further action to create a just and cancer-free society.

Over the past few decades, cancer, the second-leading cause of death globally—has grown to be a serious health concern. The silent killer spreads gradually before exhibiting symptoms that are evident and frequently goes unnoticed in its early stages.

The secret to surviving this deadly disease is early detection. The deadly disease is on the rise in India as well. Global Cancer Observatory (GLOBOCAN) estimates that 19.3 million cancer cases occurred globally in 2020. According to predictions, the number of cancer cases in India is expected to reach 2 million by 2040, representing a 57.5 percent increase from 2020.

One in nine people will likely get cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Cancer Registry Program. The most common cancers in men and women, respectively, were lung and breast cancers. Childhood lymphoid leukaemia has become the most prevalent cancer.

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71st Miss World contestants visit Raj Ghat and pay respects to Mahatma Gandhi

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

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Miss World contestants, accompanied by Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss world Organisation, visited the Raj Ghat, also known as the Gandhi memorial, on Monday, where they paid their respects to Mahatma Gandhi. The 71st Miss World participants also visited the Gandhi Museum.

The 71st Miss World will take place between February 18 and March 9 which will unfold across various venues, including the Bharat Manadapam in New Delhi. 120 contestants from countries around the world will participate in various competitions and charitable initiatives, serving as ambassadors of change.

Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of the Miss World Organisation said in a statement that her love of India is no secret and having the 71st Miss World Festival in this country means a lot to her. She thanked Jamil Saidi for his herculean efforts to make the return of the event to India a reality. She said the Miss World Organization has assembled the best team for the 71st edition.

The 71st Miss World will end with a dazzling grand finale at the Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai. India last hosted the international pageant in 1996. Manushi Chhillar was the most recent Indian to win the pageant, having bagged the crown in 2017. Previously, Reita Faria Powell, Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas have also won the competition.

India is currently hosting Miss World 2024 in Delhi and Mumbai after 28 years. The competition will begin on  Februray 18, with the grand finale scheduled  on March 9, the 71st Miss World Pageant will feature 120 contestants from 120 countries and territories, which includes India and will feature various competitions and charitable initiatives. The 21-day fashion and beauty event will feature a variety of events that will empower young women as change agents and future leaders.  

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Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis, Ajit Pawar pay tribute to Chhatrapathi Shivaji on his birth anniversary

Maharastra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and two deputy CMs attended various programmes to mark the occasion, which also included the cradle ceremony at the fort.  This day is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti all over Maharashtra on two different dates every year- third day of Phalgun in the Samvat Hindu calendar, and February 19.

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Maharshtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde along with deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar paid tribute to Chhatrapathi Shivaji on his birth anniversary on Monday at Shivneri Fort in Pune. Maharastra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and two deputy CMs attended various programmes to mark the occasion, which also included the cradle ceremony at the fort. This day is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti all over Maharashtra on two different dates every year- third day of Phalgun in the Samvat Hindu calendar, and February 19.

This day marks the birthday of the great Maratha Leader Shivaji I. He established Hindavi Swarajya. The warrior King Shivaji I was born at the Shivneri fort on the third day of the Krishna Paksha of the Phalgun month in the year 1551 of the Shalivahan Shaka. Chhatrapathi Shivaji, a great warrior King and was the founder of the Maratha Empire in the 17th century.

He was born on Februray 19, 1630. He is remembered for his valour, military tactics, and administrative skills. He established a sovereign Maratha Kingdom in the face of the Mughal and Adil Shahi Sultanate empire. The celebration of Chhatrapathi Shivaji Jayanti marks as a reminder of the impact of the Maratha Empire on Indian society and culture.

Emperor Shivaji’s principles of leadership, courage and social justice continue to inspire generations of Indians. On Chhatrapathi Shivaji Jayanti various events and processions are organised which include cultural programs, exhibitions and seminars, where people gather to pay homage to his legacy and learn about his contribution to Indian history. This year India is celebrating the 394th birth anniversary of the great Maratha ruler. The first celebrations of this festival started with the Maratha ruler Mahatma Phule in 1870 in Pune. These celebrations were taken forward by Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

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Google Doodle celebrates Valentine’s Day 2024 with chemistry-themed interactive doodle

According to the Google Doodle the user chooses an avatar from the periodic table or takes quiz to get matched to the one that best fits the user’s personality. Then the user starts swiping through profiles of various elements to make bonds. Each element has a different profile which has to be carefully read by the user before making the right choice.

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Google Doodle celebrates Valentine’s Day 2024 with a special scientific twist. This year’s takes the user into the world of chemistry and uncover his perfect elemental match. Google Doodle says there is no stronger bond than love, especially when the chemistry is just right.

The interactive Doodle has a Chemistry Cu Pd where the user can take element personality quiz and understand which element one’ personality can relate to the most. It works similarly to the dating apps in which the user can select your ideal match element by swiping right. The user has a choice between Chlorine, Bromine, Hydrogen, Iodine, Nitrogen etc.

According to the Google Doodle the user chooses an avatar from the periodic table or takes quiz to get matched to the one that best fits the user’s personality. Then the user starts swiping through profiles of various elements to make bonds. Each element has a different profile which has to be carefully read by the user before making the right choice.

The origin of this day can be traced back to the story of St Valentine who is remembered for his selfless acts of help for couples. It is said St Valentine was sentenced to imprisonment and beheaded by Emperor Claudius II for solemnizing the marriage of couples secretely.

On the day of his execution, St Valentine sent a note to Julia, the blind daughter of the jailer which said Your Valentine. Since then, Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on February 14. This day appreciates love in every form people to realize the most beautiful connection in our lives.

Valentine’s Day gives the message of that love is the most beautiful feeling and one is should value their close relationships. This day tells the people to remember their loved ones as they are the biggest strength in their lives.   

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