Poland Current Affairs - 2019

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Zuzana Caputova elected first female President of Slovakia

Zuzana Caputova has won Slovakia’s presidential election, making her the country’s first female head of state. Ms Caputova defeated high-profile diplomat Maros Sefcovic, nominated by the governing party. She won 58% of the vote, with Mr Sefcovic trailing on 42%. Mr Sefcovic is the vice president of the European Commission.

Slovakia

Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It borders Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the west, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. Slovakia is a member of the European Union and NATO.

Slovakia was the “other half” of Czechoslovakia, which split into two countries in 1993.

Slovakia’s which spans about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi) is mostly mountainous. The capital and largest city is Bratislava, and the second largest city is Košice. The official language is Slovak and Euro is its national currency.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: January 27

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated every year on January 27. January 27 marks the anniversary of the Allied liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where an estimated 1.1 million people died, including 1 million Jews.

The day is part of the efforts to educate about the dark phase of humanity and to deny any efforts to reject Holocaust denial. The UN resolution which designated January 27 as the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust calls for education programs on the Holocaust to help prevent genocide and rejected denials that the Holocaust occurred.

Symbol of the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme

 

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is celebrated every year since 2006. Jewish groups, particularly in Israel observe Yom HaShoah, which is a day of mourning for Holocaust victims on the 27th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, which falls in April or May of the Gregorian calendar.