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20th October: World Statistics Day

Published on October 21, 2017
20th October is being observed as a ‘World Statistics Day’
  • Back in 2010, 20th October has been recognised as a ‘World Statistics Day’
  • World Statistics Day emphasis the importance of reliable and timely data in order to pave the path decisive decision making by governments and individuals
  • The day also vouches for awareness in technical investments, which would facilitate the data collection process.

Police Commemoration Day: 21 October

  • October 21is observed as the Police Commemoration Day.
  • The day remembers the sacrifice of the policemen who died in Chinese firing in 1959.

Background

  • On October 20, 1959, three reconnaissance parties were launched from Hot Springs in North Eastern Ladakh in preparation for further movement of an Indian expedition which was on its way to Lanak La. 
  • While members of two parties returned to Hot Springs by the afternoon of that day, the third one comprising of two Police Constables and a Porter did not return. 
  • All available personnel were mobilized early next morning in search of the missing personnel. 
  • A party of about 20 Police personnel led by Shri Karam Singh, DCIO proceeded ahead on horseback, while other followed on foot in three Sections.
  • At about mid day, Chinese Army personnel were seen on a hillock who opened fire and threw grenades at the party led by Shri Karam Singh. 
  • Since there was no cover, most personnel were injured. 
  • Ten of our brave Police Personnel attained martyrdom and seven others sustained injuries. 
  • The seven injured were taken prisoners by the Chinese while the remaining managed to escape. Bodies of the ten personnel were returned by the Chinese only on November 13, 1959, a full three weeks after the incident. 
  • These bodies were cremated with full Police honours at Hot Springs.
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