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Rest of India won the 2023 Irani Cup by 175 runs

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Rest of India won the 2023 Irani Cup by defeating Saurashtra by 175 runs. This was Rest of India's 30th Irani Cup title.

An Overview of the News

  • The match took place at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot, Gujarat from 1 October to 3 October 2023.

  • The Irani Cup marks the beginning of the Indian domestic cricket season.

  • It shows the match between the Ranji Trophy champions and the Rest of India team.

  • Hanuma Vihari led Rest of India, while Jaydev Unadkat captained Saurashtra.

Brief Score:

  • Rest of India: 308 (1st innings) and 160 (2nd innings)

  • Saurashtra: 214 (1st innings) and 79 (2nd innings)

Irani Cup:

  • It is organized by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

  • This is a four-day cricket match.

  • The tournament was started in the 1969–70 season in honor of the late BCCI treasurer Zal Irani.

PM Modi unveils development projects in Chhattisgarh

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a series of development projects in Jagdalpur, the administrative center of the tribal Bastar division of Chhattisgarh.

An Overview of the News 

These projects with a total estimated cost of more than Rs 26 thousand crore include:

  • Inauguration of NMDC's Greenfield Steel Plant built at a cost of approximately Rs 24 thousand crore in Nagarnar, Bastar. This integrated steel plant is expected to produce high-quality steel, create employment opportunities for thousands of people and increase the prominence of the region in the global steel industry.

  • Laying of foundation stone for the upgrade work of Jagdalpur Railway Station.

  • Inauguration of the new rail line between Antagarh and Taroki, as well as the inauguration of the double rail line project between Jagdalpur and Dantewada.

  • Flagged off-train service between Taroki and Raipur, which aims to improve rail connectivity and boost economic development in the tribal region.

  • Inauguration of the new road constructed between Kunkuri and Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand border on National Highway-45.

  • These initiatives are expected to enhance connectivity, stimulate economic growth and provide significant opportunities for the local population in the Bastar region.

About Bastar:

  • Bastar is a district of Chhattisgarh, known for its lush green forests and rich tribal culture.

  • The region has a predominantly tribal population, including groups such as Gond, Maria, Muria, Bhatra, Halba and Dhruva.

  • The Indravati river flowing through this region holds cultural importance.

  • Jagdalpur serves as a cultural and handicrafts center, with notable attractions such as the Anthropology Museum and the Dancing Cactus Art Centre.

  • Bastar is a popular tourist destination with historical sites like Bastar Palace, and Bastar Dussehra, waterfalls like Chitrakote and Tirathgarh, and Danteshwari Temple.

Greenfield Project:

  • A greenfield project is a venture that lacks any restrictions imposed by previous work.

  • This can be compared to constructing a building on a piece of land that has not had prior development, where there is no need to demolish or renovate existing structures.

  • Greenfield investing involves investing in a physical company-related structure, such as an office or manufacturing facility, in an area where no previous facilities exist. The term is derived from the concept of building a facility on a piece of untouched land such as a forest or farmland.

  • Greenfield projects involve the construction of entirely new power plants, airports and factories that are built from the ground up on undeveloped land.

  • In contrast, projects that involve upgrading or modifying existing facilities are called brownfield projects. This difference arises from the fact that already existing sites or facilities may be contaminated or polluted.

Annu Rani won the first gold medal for India in the women's javelin throw event at the Asian Games

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On Day 10 of the 19th Asian Games, Annu Rani won the first gold medal for India in the women's javelin throw event at the Asian Games.

An Overview of the News

  • With two gold, two silver and five bronze, India's total medal tally reached 69 as of October 3, 2023.

Gold Medalist:

  • Annu Rani won the gold medal in women's javelin throw with a distance of 62.92 meters, her second medal at the Asian Games.

  • Parul Choudhary wins gold medal in women's 5000m final. This is her second medal at the Hangzhou Games, having earlier won a silver medal in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase race.

Silver Medal Winner:

  • Tejaswin Shankar won a silver medal in the men's decathlon, breaking the national record in the process. This was his first Asian Games medal.

  • Mohammad Afsal won a silver medal in the men's 800-meter race.

Bronze Medal Winners:

  • Despite losing his semi-final bout against Kazakhstan's Kamshibek Kunkabayev, Narendra Berwal won a bronze medal in the men's +92 kg boxing event.

  • Vithya Ramraj earned a bronze medal in the women's 400m hurdles final and equaled PT Usha's national record in the heats.

  • Despite losing her semi-final match to 2018 Asian Games champion Chang Yuan of China, Preeti Pawar won a bronze medal in women's 54kg boxing.

  • Arjun Singh and Sunil Singh Salam won the bronze medal in the men's canoe double 1000m final, India's second canoe medal in Asian Games history.

  • Praveen Chitravel won the bronze medal in the men's triple jump with a jump of 16.68 meters.

Vice Admiral Tarun Sobti takes charge as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff

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Vice Admiral Tarun Sobti assumed the role of Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (DCNS) on October 1, 2023, replacing Vice Admiral Sanjay Mahendru, who retired on September 30, 2023, after 38 years of service.

An Overview of the News

  • Vice Admiral Tarun Sobti has served in the Indian Navy since July 1988 with expertise in Navigation and Direction.

  • In his career spanning 35 years, he has held various command and staff positions both at sea and ashore.

  • Notable commands include INS Nishank (missile boat), INS Kora (missile corvette), and INS Kolkata (guided missile destroyer).

  • He has also served in staff roles in the Directorate of Personnel Requirements and Directorate of Personnel and as Naval Attache in the Embassy of India, Moscow.

Recognition and Honor:

  • Vice Admiral Tarun Sobti's extraordinary contribution to the Indian Navy has been recognized with prestigious awards.

  • He received the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2020 and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2022, both awarded by the President of India for his outstanding service and achievements.

2023 Nobel Prize in Medicine won by Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman

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mRNA pioneers Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman will be jointly awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

An Overview of the News

  • Katalin Kariko and Drew Weissman will be awarded the Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking work in messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which was crucial in the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

  • His contributions led to the rapid development of vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic, saving millions of lives and reducing the severity of the disease.

mRNA Technology Revolution:

  • mRNA vaccines such as those from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech were approved in December 2020.

  • These vaccines provide genetic instructions to cells, simulating infection and training the immune system.

  • The technology, which was initially experimental, has now been administered to millions of people globally and is being explored for other diseases as well.

Honors and Upcoming Celebrations:

  • Kariko and Weissman, both from the University of Pennsylvania, have received multiple awards for their research, including the Lasker Prize in 2021.

  • They will officially receive their Nobel Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on 10 December 2023, coinciding with the anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, who founded the Nobel Prize.

India to unveil largest BR Ambedkar statue in Maryland, USA

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India will unveil the largest statue of BR Ambedkar outside India in Maryland, North America on October 14.

An Overview of the News

  • This project is organized by the Ambedkar International Center (AIC).

  • The 19-foot statue, known as the "Statue of Equality", was created by renowned artist and sculptor Ram Sutar, who also created the statue of Sardar Patel in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

  • The statue of B.R. Ambedkar, an important figure in the Constitution of India, is located on 13 acres of land in the city of Accokeek, Maryland.

About Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

  • The 132nd birth anniversary of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was celebrated as Ambedkar Jayanti in India on April 14, 2023.

  • Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was an Indian jurist, economist, and social reformer.

  • He was the first Minister of Law and Justice of independent India and Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constituent Assembly.

  • He was born in 1891 in a Dalit family.

  • Ambedkar played an important role in drafting the Indian Constitution and was a strong advocate of social justice, equality and democracy.

  • Dr. Ambedkar died in 1956.

  • Some of his notable books: Annihilation of Caste, Buddha and His Dhamma, Who Were the Shudras?, Thoughts on Linguistic States, Pakistan or Partition of India, Castes in India: Their Mechanism, Origin and Development, Development of Provincial Finance in British India, Hindu Riddles in religion, and the untouchables: who were they and why did they become untouchables?

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