Important Days and Theme – August 29


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Important Days and Theme – August 29

National Sports Day:

  •  India observes the National Sports Day, (Rashtriya Khel Divas), on 29 August to mark the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand.
  • The National Sports Day was celebrated for the first time in 2012.
  • The day is used as a platform to launch various sports schemes, events and seminars to spread awareness.
  • Major Dhyan Chand Singh won Olympics gold medals for India in the years 1928, 1932 and 1936.
  • He has scored over 400 goals in his career, from 1926 to 1948.
  • He was popularly known as “The Wizard” for his magical touch, superb control, creativity and extraordinary goal-scoring feats.

International Day against Nuclear Tests:

  • The International Day against Nuclear Tests is held on August 29 since 2010.
  • The day aims to increase awareness about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions.
  • It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 2, 2009.
  • The main goal of this day is to create a  nuclear-weapon-free world.

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