October 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

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Poverty is not having enough material possessions or income for a person’s basic needs but it includes social, economic, and political elements. Over 736 million people live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than $1.90 a day all over the world. Read the article to know why October 17 has been chosen as a day to address poverty all over the world.

Important Indian Events

2009 – The Maldives conducted undersea Cabinet

(A representation of Undersea meeting)

On October 17, 2008, The President and Ministers of Maldivian island, held the world’s first submerged bureau meeting on Saturday, in an emblematic sign for help over rising ocean levels that undermine the tropical archipelago’s presence. President Mohammed Nasheed has voiced fears the archipelago will be swamped by rising sea levels unless action is taken to reduce carbon emissions. Ministers imparted utilizing hand signals and white sheets as they marked a report approaching all nations to cut their outflows.

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1979 – Mother Teresa was bestowed with the Nobel Peace Prize

(Mother Teresa receiving the Nobel Peace Prize)

On October 17, The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1979 to Mother Teresa. From the age of 30, she devoted her life to working among the poorest section of the society and that only made her more than deserving of this award. Not only this wouldn’t go to the conventional Nobel meal in her honour, soliciting that the $7,000 cost from the supper rather is given to the poor of India.

1817-  Birth Anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan (17 October 1817 – 27 March 1898), was an Islamic reformer, and the rationalist of nineteenth-century British India. He was granted a privileged LLD from the University of Edinburgh in 1889. He had likewise played out the administration of judge under East India Company in 1867, resigning from 1876. In his book, The Causes of the Indian Mutiny, he had criticized the British strategies for causing the revolt. In 1859, he set up Gulshan School at Moradabad, Victoria School at Ghazipur in 1863, and a logical society for Muslims in 1864. In 1875, established the Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College, the primary Muslim college in Southern Asia.

International Events

1987 – International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is a global recognition praised every year on October 17 all through the world. The first celebration of the occasion occurred in Paris, France in 1987 when 100,000 individuals accumulated on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro. It was composed to respect survivors of poverty, hunger, savagery, and dread at the revealing of a memorial stone by Joseph Wresinski, organizer of the International Movement ATD Fourth World. In 1992, four years after Wresinski’s demise, the United Nations formally assigned October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

1956 – The Game of the Century

(Bobby Fischer Vs. Donald Byrne)

The Game of the Century is a famous chess game that was won by the 13-year-old future world champion Bobby Fischer against Donald Byrne. It was played in the Rosenwald Memorial Tournament at the Marshall Chess Club in New York City on October 17, 1956. Hans Kmoch associated the game as a stunning masterpiece of combination play performed by a boy of 13 against a formidable opponent, matches the finest on record in the history of chess prodigies and hence, it was named as “The Game of the Century.”

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