Washington, Aug 14 (Canadian-Media): The 19th annual 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival, also called the Parade of States, would be held on Saturday, Aug. 31 on the lower level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C., Library of Congress (LoC) reports said.
The National Book Festival will showcase the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories.
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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the chief sponsor of this Book Festival will demonstrate how libraries are reaching out to include all people from their communities. Information about different programs it funds in libraries across the nation, as well as the important role of state libraries is also provided by IMLS.
Every year, the affiliated Centers for the Book choose a book to represent the literary heritage of their state or territory to encourage festival attendees to read books that connect to their own state as well as other states.
Following are this year’s 53 Great Reads About Great Places. Have fun learning about all the states!
Toronto, Aug 13 (Canadian-Media): World Elephant Day is observed on 12 August annually to raise awareness among people the importance of preserving and protecting the elephants from extinction, as they are critical for maintaining the biodiversity of rain forests, media reports said.
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Elephants are on the verge of extinction. Poaching and habitat loss, ignorance as well as negligence of the people about the threats that elephant faces such as elephant rides, trading elephants for ivory are some of the common causes of their poor health.
The first international Elephant Day was celebrated on Aug 12 August, 2012. Since then, it is observed annually by more than 65 wildlife organisations and several people around the world.
Back in 2011 Michael Clark and Patricia Sima, two filmmakers from Canada and Sivaporn Dardarananda, Secretary General of the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation in Thailand decided to celebrate World's Elephant Day in 2011.
African elephants are listed Vulnerable and Asian elephants as Endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red list of threatened species. The best way to observe this day is to educate yourself and others about elephant and raise raise awareness about the issues faced by them through social media, encouraging people to watch documentary to better understand the health hazards of elephants. Donations should be made to the foundation dedicated to protecting elephants from poachers or relocating them to locations better suited their needs.
In the year 1997, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) by Resolution 10.10 adopted at the tenth Conference of the Parties established MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) programme to stop killing of elephants.
Around 28 sites participating in the MIKE programme in Asia which are distributed around 13 countries. India has 10 sites which are followed by two sites each in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand, and one site each in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Toronto Aug 12 (Canadian-Media): 100th birth anniversary of Indian scientist and innovator Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, considered as the father of India's space program, is being celebrated across India today by Google, the search engine giant with a doodle on its homepage, media reports said.
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Sarabhai is being honoured today by Google Doodle with an illustration by Mumbai-based artist Pavan Rajurkar.
Google's homepage is often decorated with doodle to mark special events, days and birth anniversaries of important personalities.
"Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Mumbai-based guest artist Pavan Rajurkar, celebrates the 100th birthday of award-winning Indian physicist, industrialist, and innovator Vikram Sarabhai, remembered by many as the father of India’s space program. Beyond his personal interest in cosmic rays, rockets, and satellites, Dr. Sarabhai believed in using science and technology as “levers of development," read the Google Doodle website.
ISRO, called earlier as the Indian National Committee for Space Research, was established by him in 1962. This led to the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in southern India, with its first successful launch on November 21st, 1963. He realized his dream of an Indian satellite when Aryabhata went into orbit in 1975.
Born in Ahmedabad in 1919 on this day, Sarabhai had earned his doctorate from Cambridge University.
Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad was founded in 1947 by Sarabhai, after his return to India at the age of 28. He also founded the Indian Institute of Management, and the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology. He also was a chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission.
A crater on the moon was named in his honour in 1973. ISRO also launched the Chandrayaan-2 this year and the Vikram lander is scheduled to touch down on the lunar surface on September 7.