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By admin: Jan. 30, 2023

1. 75th Death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

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On January 30, 2023, India is observing Martyr's Day to pay homage to all the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the country. The day is also marked as the death anniversary of the country's 'Bapu', Mahatma Gandhi.

An overview of the news

  • Nathuram Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi on the evening of January 30, 1948.

  • 30th January is observed as Martyr’s Day every year in the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and his contributions to the nation.

  • Every year 23 March is also celebrated as Martyr's Day to pay homage to the three revolutionaries of India Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

About Mahatma Gandhi

  • Birth - 2nd October 1869 in Porbandar (Gujarat)

  • Brief Introduction - Lawyer, politician, social activist and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India.

  • In South Africa (1893–1915), he successfully fought racist rule with a new method of mass movement, which he called satyagraha.

  • He returned to India from South Africa on 9 January 1915.

  • The Champaran Satyagraha of 1917 was the first Satyagraha movement led by Gandhi in India.

  • In 1918, he went to Ahmedabad to organise a Satyagraha movement among cotton mill workers.

  • In 1919, he decided to launch a nationwide satyagraha against the Rowlatt Act (1919).

  • The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place on April 13, 1919. Seeing the spread of violence, he called off the movement (April 18, 1919).

  • The non-cooperation movement was adopted in the Congress session in Nagpur in December 1920.

His Social Work

  • He worked for the upliftment of the untouchables and gave them a new name 'Harijan' which means child of God.

  • His symbol of self-reliance, the spinning wheel, became a popular symbol of the Indian independence movement.

  • He was instrumental in preventing Hindu-Muslim riots as tensions escalated before and during the country's partition.

  • Hind Swaraj, My Experiments with Truth (Autobiography) are popular books written by him.

By admin: Jan. 29, 2023

2. Presidential election in the Czech Republic

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In the Czech Republic, retired army general Petr Pavel won the presidential election, defeating billionaire businesswoman Andrej Babis.

An overview of the news

  • Retired general Petr Pavel will replace controversial incumbent President Milos Zeman.

  • During the election, General Pavel got 58.2 percent of the votes while Andrzej Babis got 42.8 percent.

  • General Powell has been Chairman of the Military Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

  • General Powell has been an outspoken supporter of the European Union and NATO.

  • Pavel has repeatedly expressed his support for providing military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine during the Russia–Ukraine conflict.

About Czech Republic

  • It is a landlocked country in Central Europe.

  • Prime Minister - Petr Fiala

  • Capital - Prague

  • Currency - Czech koruna.

By admin: Jan. 29, 2023

3. 157th birth anniversary of great freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai

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On 28 January 2022, the 157th birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai has been celebrated across the country.

An overview of the news


  • Lala Lajpat Rai was born on January 28, 1865 in Punjab.

  • He is also known as 'Punjab Kesari' and 'Lion of Punjab'.

  • Lala Lajpat Rai, along with Bal Gangadhar Tilak of Maharashtra and Bipin Chandra Pal of Bengal, was a member of the trinity called 'Lal Bal Pal'.

Political and social contribution

  • Home Rule League of America (New York) founded in 1917.

  • Presided over the special session of the Indian National Congress in Calcutta in 1920. In 1920 itself, the first president of the All India Trade Union Congress was also elected.

  • In 1928, a resolution was introduced in the Legislature against the Simon Commission.

  • Servants of Society was founded in 1921.

  • Played an important role in co-founding the Punjab National Bank in 1894.

Important literary works

  • England Debt to India

  • Open Letter to The Right Honourable David Lloyd George: Prime Minister of Great Britain

  • The Message of the Bhagavad Gita

  • Unhappy india

  • The Political Future of India

  • Young India: The Interpretation and the History of the Nationalist Movement from within


  • Due to injuries sustained in the lathicharge by James Scott during a protest against the Simon Commission in Lahore on 17 November 1928.

By admin: Jan. 28, 2023

4. NMDC signs up Champion Boxer Nikhat Zareen as its Brand Ambassador

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Hyderabad-based Navratna mining PSU NMDC, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with World Boxing Champion and gold medal winner of Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games , Nikhat Zareen to represent NMDC as its brand ambassador.

An overview of the news

  • The company has chosen to be represented by someone who has proven his commitment to bring laurels to the country.

  • Nikhat Zareen represents the strength, courage, agility and national pride associated with the brand NMDC.

  • Her commitment to bring glory to the nation resonates with company values. 

  • Her personality is synonymous with the credibility and strong brand values of NMDC and this association will add to the overall brand of both the stakeholders.

Nikhat Zareen

  • She won the gold medal at the women’s boxing world championships on May 20, 2022, in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • She became the fifth Indian woman to win a boxing world championships gold medal.

  • She joins an elite list of Indian boxers, including Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, Jenny RL and Lekha KC, who have become world champions.

  • She was born on June 14, 1996, in Nizamabad, Telangana.

Medal won by Nikhat Zareen

  • Gold medal : World Boxing Championships 2022, Istanbul

  • Gold medal : Commonwealth Games 2022, Birmingham

  • Bronze medal : Asian Boxing Championships 2019, Bangkok

  • Gold medal : Women’s Junior and Youth World Boxing Championships, Istanbul

  • Silver medal : Youth World Boxing Championships 2013, Albena

By admin: Jan. 27, 2023

5. Naresh Lalwani takes charge as General Manager, Central Railway

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Naresh Lalwani takes charge as General Manager, Central Railway

Naresh Lalwani took over as the new General Manager of Central Railway on 24 January 2023. 

An overview of the news

  • He replaced Ashok Kumar Mishra, General Manager, Western Railway, who was also holding the additional charge of Central Railway.

  • He is a senior Indian Railway Service of Engineering officer of 1985 batch.

  • Prior to taking over as General Manager, Central Railway, he was serving as Senior Deputy General Manager and Chief Vigilance Officer, Western Railway.

  • Lalwani graduated from Shri Govindram Saxeria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore in 1985.

  • He has vast experience of working in various important positions in Indian Railways.

  • Starting his career from Lumding in Assam, he worked in the Northeast Frontier Railway for 10 years.

  • Thereafter, he worked in various positions in the Ahmedabad and Mumbai divisions of Western Railway.

  • He has also worked as a professor in Indian Railway Institute of Civil Engineering, Pune imparting knowledge to Railway officers. 

By admin: Jan. 25, 2023

6. Gambian Vice President 'Badra Ali Joffe' passes away in India

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Gambian President Adama Barrow tweeted on 18 January 2023 that Gambia's Vice President 'Badra Ali Jofe' has passed away in India after a illness.

An overview of the news: 

  • 65-year-old Badra Ali had also been the Education Minister before becoming the Vice President.

  • He served as the Education Minister from 2017 to 2022.

  • In the year 2016, the famous personality of Gambia 'Yahya Jammeh' was defeated by Badra Ali.

  • He was then the fourth Vice-President to serve alongside President Adama Barrow.

  • Badra Ali worked at the World Bank as an education specialist for West and Central Africa.

  • Gambia was also in the news last year due to the death of about 70 children in the African country Gambia after consuming cough syrup made in India.


  • Capital: Banjul

  • President: Adama Barrow

  • Currency: Gambian Dalasi

By admin: Jan. 25, 2023

7. Renowned architect Dr. B.V. Doshi passed away

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Noted architect and Padma Bhushan awardee Balkrishna Doshi passed away at the age of 95.

An overview of the news

  • Regarded as the foremost architect of modern India, Doshi was born on 26 August 1927 in Pune.

  • Doshi has the distinction of having worked with stalwarts in the field such as Corbusier and Louis Kahn.

  • Doshi's major projects include CEPT University and Kanoria Kala Kendra in Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore and 'Aranya Low Cost Housing', a township for low and middle income families in Indore.

  • Doshi was awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award in the year 1995 for the architecture of 'Aranya Low Cost Housing' township.

  • He was awarded the most prestigious award in the field of architecture "Pritzker" in the year 2018. He was the first Indian to receive this honour.

  • Doshi was also awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian award in the year 2020.

By admin: Jan. 24, 2023

8. US President Biden nominates Julie Turner as North Korea human rights envoy

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US President Joe Biden has nominated Julie Turner as special envoy for human rights in North Korea on 24 January. 

An overview of the news

  • The move to fill the post, which has been vacant since 2017, comes amid debate over human rights issues as well as efforts to counter Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

  • Julie Turner is currently the director for East Asia and the Pacific in the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

  • Turner has served in the office for East Asia and the Pacific for more than 16 years, primarily focusing on initiatives related to the promotion of human rights in North Korea.

  • The post of special envoy had become controversial in South Korea as the previous administration tried to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.

  • Some activists said that human rights had been sidelined due to national security priorities.

  • North Korea has repeatedly denied allegations of human rights abuses and blamed the sanctions for the dire humanitarian situation.

  • A landmark 2014 United Nations report on North Korean human rights concluded that North Korean security chief and leader Kim Jong Un should face justice for Nazi-style atrocities.

By admin: Jan. 23, 2023

9. Vikram Dev Dutt appointed as DGCA director general

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The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet on 21 January approved the appointment of Vikram Dev Dutt as the next director general in the Directorate of General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

An overview of the news

  • He will take over as the chief of the aviation regulator on February 28, 2023. He will replace DGCA chief Arun Kumar.

  • In 2022, Dutt was appointed by the Center as the Chairman and Managing Director of Air India Limited. In 2022, Air India was sold to the Tata Group.

  • His appointment as DGCA Director General will be "in the rank and pay of Additional Secretary to the Government of India".

  • Dutt is a 1993 batch IAS officer of the AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories) cadre.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) 

  • It is a statutory body and formed under the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • It investigates aviation accidents and enforces all regulations related to aviation.

  • It registers and provides certificates to civil aircrafts.

  • It is attached to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India.

  • It coordinates all regulatory functions with the International Civil Aviation Organisation. 

By admin: Jan. 22, 2023

10. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to be Chief Guest at India's Republic Day celebrations

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According to the Ministry of External Affairs, Egypt President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will be the chief guest at the 74th Republic Day celebrations.

An overview of the news

  • He will pay a state visit to India from the 24th to the 26th of this month.

  • This is the first time that the President of Egypt has been invited as the chief guest on the Republic Day 2023 of India.

  • A 180-member strong contingent of the Egyptian Army will also participate in the Republic Day parade.

  • The President of Egypt had earlier visited India in October 2015 to attend the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit, followed by a state visit in September 2016.

  • President Sisi will have a bilateral meeting and delegation-level talks with PM Modi on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. 

  • Abdel Fattah Sisi is a former Army officer who was elected as the president of Egypt t in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.

About Republic Day Celebration 

  • Every year Republic day is observed on 26 January. It was on this day the constitution of India was promulgated in 1950 and India became a republic.

  • The President of India presides over the Republic day functions. It is customary to invite a foreign country leader as an honoured guest at the Republic day function.

  • In 1955 Rajpath (Now Kartavya Path) became the permanent place for the Republic day parade. 

  • The Chief Guest was the Governor-General of Pakistan Malik Ghulam Muhammad.

  • President of Indonesia, Sukarno was the first guest at 1950 Republic day parade.