Important Events Of August 9th

1)National day of Singapore, which became independent

from Malaya on 1965. An island country, made up of 63

islands, Singapore is a Southeast Asian city- state

with just over 5 million people.  The capital of

Singapore is Singapore city, which is an enchanting

garden city with over 50 major parks and 4 nature reserves.

Though densely populated,, the country has over 50 percent

of its area  covered by greenery. The forty years of iron-fisted

rule by Lee Kuan Yew,the first Prime Minister of the country,

saw Singapore’s economy  boom, with the country rapidly

becoming one of the wealthiest  and most developed in Asia,

despite its lack of resources, earning it a place as one of the

Four East Asian Tigers. Singapore is a culturally-open and

sensitive society. The rich mixture of cultures in Singapore

means that there’s always a cultural event to celebrate–all

through the year. These festivals are  usually colourful events

–centered around religion, age-old myths and traditions of

the family. The major festivals are–Hari Raya Puasa,

Deepavali and Chinese New Year.Singapore’s cultural

celebrations are open to everybody with just a few things

to bear in mind– remember to dress appropriately for the

occasion and leave your shoes at the entrance of mosques

and temples. Singapore dollar is the national currency of

Singapore. Four National languages of Singapore are-Malay,

English, Tamil and Chinese. English is the first language

and the language of business. Crimson Sunbird is the

national bird. Vanda Miss Joaquim is the national flower.

The lion head symbol of Singapore (introduced in 1986),

best captures the characteristics of Singapore’s reputation

as a Lion City. In the 13th century, Sang Nila Utama, a prince

from  Palembang (in Indonesia) was shipwrecked and washed

ashore to an island. There he saw a creature which he believed

to be a lion. So he named the island as Singa Pura, which means

”Lion City” in Malay, from which  the name Singapore was derived.

Purchasing of E.Z.Link Card upon arrival in Singapore, save yourself

from the hassle of carrying too many coins around.

2)United Nations General Assembly  on 23rd  December,

1994 adopted  the Declaration  on the Rights of Indegeneous

People and designated 9 August to be observed as International

Day of the World’s  Indegenous People. The Declaration seeks to

guarantee the human rights of indegeneous people. It aims to put

an end to their marginalisation, extreme poverty, expropriation of

their ancestral lands and  other grave human rights violations that

had been and continue to be targeted. It establishes a framework

within which states can build their relationship with the indegeneous

people.Indegeneous  people of the world,  amounting to more than 370

million, scattered around 70 countries, have preserved wealth of knowledge

about cultural history of  mankind, art forms and religious traditions. They speak

several languages worldwide. There is no  universally accepted definition of

indigeneous people.  A variety of names are used  in various countries

to identify such groups of people, whose members share a  cultural

identity.They are referred to , in different countries by such terms as

”indegeneous ethnic minorities”, ”aboriginals”, ”hill tribes”, ”minority

nationalities”,”scheduled tribes” or ”tribal groups.”

3)Deadliest earthquake  at Aleppo, Syria on August 9, 1138;

death toll-2,30,000.

4)Quit India Movement or August Movement,  was a civil disobedience

movement launched 0n August 9, 1942 in response to the clarion call of

Gandhiji to the masses, ”Do or die”.He urged them to raise their voice

against British and ask them to ”quit India”. Gandhiji, who groomed

the  historic ”Quit India ” resolution at the Bombay session of All India

Congress Committee said,”The freedom of India must be the symbol of

and prelude to the freedom of  all other Asiatic nations. We shall either

free India or die in the attempt. We shall not live to see  the perpetuation

of our slavery.” Gandhiji’s inspiring statement ignited the sentiments of

Indians  across the nation. Patel, Azad, Nehru lent support to the plea.

Government’s reply to the movement was to unleash brutal violence

and arrest of leaders.

5)Birthday of Vinayak Krishna Gokak (1909), a major writer and

scholar of English and Kannada literatures. Government of India

awarded him ”Padma Shri” on 1961 for his work, ”Dyava Prithvi.”

He received  Jnanapith Award on 1990, for his epic in Kannada,

”Bharatha Sindhu Rashmi” that deals with the vedic age. His novel

”Samarasave Jeevana” is considered as one of the representative

works of Navodaya literature in Kannada. He was a charismatic

professor of English. He was born at Savanur, Haveri district in

Karnataka.He passed away on 28 April, 1992 at the age of 82.

He was broad-minded, idealistic and compassionate.

6)Birthday of Kadengodlu Shankar Bhat (1904). He was a man

with several facets-writer, teacher, freedom fighter & editor of

Kannada newspapers-Rashtra Bandhu & Rashtra Matha.

He shunned publicity. ”Right  to freedom of expression is our

birthright” was the slogan he lived for, all his life. He was

also a teacher of Kannada for 35 years in St. Agnes  college in

Mangalore. He passed away on 17 May,1968.



2 thoughts on “Important Events Of August 9th

  1. Its great to read about the important events that happened each day from your collection. I enjoy reading them.
    I also miss reading your original poems. You write good stuff.

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