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OCTOBER 23

Indian Military Heritage Festival and ‘Project Udbhav’: Honouring Tradition and Shaping India’s Military Future

  • Project Udbhav launched during the Indian Military Heritage Festival in New Delhi.
  • The project is a collaboration between the Indian Army and the United Service Institution of India.
  • Its goal is to promote indigenous military knowledge by blending ancient strategic insights with modern military practices.
  • Defence minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the two-day festival.
  • The festival celebrates India’s rich military traditions and history developed over centuries.
  • It includes discussions, art, dance, storytelling, and exhibitions.

OCTOBER 20

Indian Army Strikes Gold at Prestigious 2023 Cambrian Patrol Exercise in the UK

  • The Indian Army secured a gold medal in the prestigious Cambrian Patrol Competition held in the UK.
  • The winning team comprised valiant soldiers from the 3/5 Gorkha Rifles (Frontier Force).
  • Their remarkable skills and teamwork garnered international recognition.
  • The gold medal is a testament to the Indian Army’s prowess and dedication.
  • The entire nation celebrates this achievement, which strengthens international ties.
  • The success inspires future generations to aim for excellence.
  • The nation salutes the soldiers for their extraordinary achievement.

OCTOBER 18

India skills 2023-24: Ministry aims to empower 2.5 million participants

  • Minister for Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, felicitated 18 candidates from India.
  • They were commended for their exceptional talents and skills demonstrated at the World Skills Competition 2022 Special Edition.
  • India took part in 50 different skills competitions at the event.
  • India achieved the 11th position overall, showcasing the nation’s skill and talent.
  • The Indian team secured 2 Silver Medals, 3 Bronze Medals, and 13 Medallions for Excellence.
  • During a grand event, the winners and their expert trainers received certificates and cash prizes in recognition of their achievements.

OCTOBER 17

India’s Performance at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou

  • India’s participation in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou resulted in a total medal count of 107.
  • This impressive medal haul consisted of 28 gold, 38 silver, and 41 bronze medals.
  • The Indian contingent’s performance at this continental event is its best ever.
  • The achievement highlights India’s success and growth in the realm of Asian sports competitions.

OCTOBER 10

  • The 2023 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Iranian physicist Narges Mohammadi.

  • She is recognized “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.”

  • Narges Mohammadi is the third physicist to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, following Andrei Sakharov in 1975 and Joseph Rotblat in 1995.

  • Her achievement highlights her significant contributions to human rights and the advancement of women’s rights in Iran.

OCTOBER 9

  • Israeli rescue service Zaka reports over 260 bodies removed from a music festival attacked by Hamas militants.
  • The final body count is anticipated to be higher, as multiple paramedic teams were involved, and some bodies are yet to be collected.
  • Hamas targeted the Nova music festival, a techno rave near the Gaza border, in the early hours of Saturday.
  • Videos circulating on social media and Israeli news outlets depict festival-goers fleeing an open field amid gunshots.

OCTOBER 7

‘JKDFP’ added to UAPA list due to unlawful activities

  • The Government of India declares the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party’ (JKDFP) as an ‘Unlawful Association’ under Section 3(1) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) 1967.
  • This action is taken due to the organization’s involvement in anti-national activities dating back to 1998.
  • Members of the JKDFP have consistently promoted separatism and engaged in terrorist acts within India.
  • The primary objective of the organization’s members is to incite and promote the idea of Kashmir becoming a separate Islamic state.
  • This objective is considered detrimental to the sovereignty, security, and integrity of India.
  • Numerous criminal cases have been registered against the JKDFP under various sections of the UAPA 1967, the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860, The Arms Act 1959, and the Ranbir Penal Code 1932.

OCTOBER 6

UNCTAD Increases India’s 2023 Growth Forecast to 6.6%

Global Economic Outlook:

  • UNCTAD projects global economic growth to slow down to 2.4% in 2023, with a slight uptick to 2.5% in 2024.
  • The global economy is described as being at “stall speed,” meeting the criteria for a global recession in 2023.
  • The recovery from the pandemic varies widely across countries, with some displaying resilience and others facing significant challenges.

India’s Economic Factors:

  • India’s FY23 economic growth is reported at 7.2% by UNCTAD.
  • India’s growth is influenced by external and domestic factors, with contributions from both the government and private sectors, driven in part by changes in trade flows.
  • Despite growth, concerns persist in India, including rising unemployment rates and increasing income inequality.

OCTOBER 5

UMMED

  • The Union Ministry of Education (MoE) has released draft guidelines to address student suicides in schools, known as UMMEED (Understand, Motivate, Manage, Empathise, Empower, Develop).

  • These guidelines aim to raise awareness, sensitivity, and support mechanisms for students with mental health challenges.

  • The guidelines propose the creation of School Wellness Teams (SWT) with the school principal as the leader.

  • Members of the SWT are required to undergo crisis management training.

  • When a student displays warning signs or self-harming tendencies, any stakeholder should promptly report it to the SWT.

  • The SWT is responsible for taking immediate action in such cases.

OCTOBER 3

The 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman.

2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine:
  • Recipients: Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman
  • Awarded for: Their research enabling the development of mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.
  • Announcement Date: October 2, 2023.
  • Awarded by: The Royal Swedish Academy of Science.
WHO Recommendation for R21/Matrix-M Malaria Vaccine:
  • Vaccine: R21/Matrix-M malaria vaccine.
  • Developed through collaboration between the University of Oxford and the Serum Institute of India.
  • Utilizes Novavax’s adjuvant technology.
  • Receives WHO recommendation for use.
  • Result of rigorous safety and efficacy evaluations by WHO’s expert committees.
  • A significant milestone in the fight against malaria.

SEPTEMBER 27

Global Innovation Index 2023Kongthong Village, East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya.

India has maintained its 40th position out of 132 economies in the recently published Global Innovation Index (GII) 2023 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Over the past few years, India has consistently climbed the ranks in the GII, rising from 81st place in 2015 to its current position.

SEPTEMBER 27

Kongthong Village Wins ‘Best Tourism Village 2023

  • Kongthong Village, East Khasi Hills district, Meghalaya.
  • Awarded “Best Tourism Village 2023.”
  • Occasion: World Tourism Day 2023.
  • Recognized at National Tourism Awards.
  • Presented by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

SEPTEMBER 27

The Indian Navy is launching a program to connect with northeastern states, including a 6500 km Motor Car Expedition called “Hello Sikkim!” from INS Shivaji to Sikkim. The team includes women officers, highlighting women’s power, and aims to inspire Sikkim’s youth to join the defense services, raise maritime awareness, and contribute to nation-building.

The car rally, named “Khamree Mo Sikkim!” (Hello Sikkim!), was officially started on September 24, 2023, in Lonavala by Cmde Mohit Goel, NM, Commanding Officer of INS Shivaji. The rally is divided into three legs.

  • The first leg involves stops at Mhow, Jhansi, Lucknow, Varanasi, and Bagdogra.
  • The second leg will take place within Sikkim, starting from Gangtok.
  • The third leg will include visits to Kolkata, Bhubaneswar, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, and Pune.

During the rally, participants will engage with students at various schools, interact with veterans, and conduct outreach programs and awareness drives. The expedition, spanning 22 days, is in partnership with Maruti Suzuki India Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Ltd as the fuel partner.