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       THE CALENDAR
March
2021
 Celebrating Science This Month
MARCH 3
Space scientist Venkatara- man Radhakrishnan, son of Sir C. V. Raman, passed away in 2011. He was a member of the Royal Swed- ish Academy of Sciences and ended his career as professor emeritus of the Raman Research Institute, Bengaluru.
World Wildlife Day
is observed glob-
ally to raise awareness on the world’s wild fauna and flora, and recognises the important role of CITES (Convention on Interna- tional Trade in Endangered Species) in ensuring that in- ternational trade does not threaten the survival of species.
MARCH 10
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Rais- ing Day is observed every year on this day. On March 10, in 1969, the CISF was set up under an act of the Parliament of India with a strength of 2,800. IRNSS-1F was launched
by PSLV-C32 into a sub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub GTO) in 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space
Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
MARCH 14
Pi Day is
observed
globally
every year
to celebrate
symbol Pi,
which is used in mathemat- ics to represent a constant. The day has been chosen as 3, 1 and 4 are the first three significant digits of pi.
MARCH 15
British-Indian infectious disease epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta was born in 1965. She has performed research on the transmis- sion dynamics of various infectious diseases, includ- ing malaria, influenza and COVID-19.
MARCH 16
National Vaccination Day, also known as National Immunisation Day, is observed every year. It was first observed on March 16, 1995, when the first dose
of Oral Polio Vaccine was given.
MARCH17
IRS-1A was successfully launched into a polar sun- synchronous orbit in 1988 from the Soviet Cosmo- drome at Baikonur on a Vostok-2M booster.
MARCH 20
World Oral Health Day is celebrated to raise aware-
ness about oral health. Its purpose is to empower people with the knowledge, tools and confidence to secure good oral health.
MARCH 21
World Down Syndrome Day is observed every
year on this day. Down Syndrome is a condition
in which a child is born with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. It is also called Trisomy 21. The syn- drome causes physical and mental development delays and disabilities.
MARCH 22
World Water Day is celebrated every year to raise awareness about the importance of fresh water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.
INSAT-3B, the first satellite built under INSAT series
of satellites was launched in 2000 by Ariane -5 from French Guyana.
MARCH 23
World Meteorological Day is celebrated to celebrate the establishment of the World Meteorological Organisa- tion.
MARCH 24
World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is celebrated every
year on March 24 to com- memorate the date when Dr Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacte- rium tuberculosis, the bacil- lus that causes TB, in 1882.
SROSS-1 was launched in 1987 by Augmented Satel- lite Launch Vehicle (ASLV) from SHAR Centre, Sriharikota, onboard the first developmental flight of ASLV. It did not reach the orbit.
MARCH 29
GSAT-6A was launched
by GSLV-F08 in 2018 at 16:56 Hrs (IST) from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.
MARCH 31
Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi was born on March 31, 1865. She was the first Indian female practitioner of western medicine. Just over a month before her 22nd birthday, she died of tuberculosis and her dream of opening her own medical college for women was left unfulfilled.
             Compiled by Surbhi Agarwal & Rajeev Singh, University of Delhi
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MARCH, 2021
             













































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