President Draupadi Murmu lays the foundation stone of the project ‘Development of Pilgrimage Facilities at the Bhadrachalam Group of Temples’ in Telangana


1. President Draupadi Murmu lays the foundation stone of the project ‘Development of Pilgrimage Facilities at the Bhadrachalam Group of Temples’ in Telangana

Recently the President of India laid the foundation stone of the project ‘ Development of Pilgrimage Facilities at Bhadrachalam Group of Temples ‘ in Telangana . Another project titled ‘ Pilgrimage and Heritage Infrastructure Development ‘ at Rudreshwara (Rampappa) Temple was also included later. Both these projects are being implemented under the Prasad scheme of the Ministry of Tourism , Government of India.has been approved under The temple at Bhadrachalam is said to be over 350 years old and is related to the epic Ramayana. It is believed that Lord Sri Rama along with his wife Goddess Sita and brother Lakshmana spent some part of his 14 years of exile in a village called Parnasal, a part of Dandakaranya forest near Bhadrachalam temple. This group of temples is situated on the left bank of river Godavari. The Ramappa Temple of Lord Shiva is a perfect example of architectural brilliance, which was built by the Kakatiya rulers in 1213 AD and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The ‘National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive’ (PRASAD) was launched by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15 with the objective of holistic development of identified pilgrimage sites.

2. India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement comes into force

India has earned the unique distinction of operationalizing two trade agreements this year. Earlier, after the India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement came into force on May 1 earlier this year, the India-Australia Economic and Cooperation Trade Agreement from December 29, 2022(#IndAusECTA) becomes effective from today. The ECTA was signed on April 2, 2022, ratified on November 21, 2022, written notifications were exchanged on November 29, and entered into force 30 days after that. India will benefit from the preferential market access provided on its 100% tariff lines including India’s labour-intensive sectors such as gems and jewellery, textiles, leather, footwear, furniture, food and agricultural products, engineering goods, medical devices, automobiles . On the other hand, India will offer preferential access to Australia on more than 70 per cent of its tariff lines, including lines of export interest to Australia, which mainly include raw materials and intermediate goods such as coal, mineral ores and wine.

3. IMF’s World Economic Outlook released

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) , in its World Economic Outlook , cut its FY23 growth forecast for India to 6.8 per cent from 7.4 per cent in JulyIs done. The IMF has cut its FY23 growth forecast for India by 60 basis points to 6.8 per cent from 7.4 per cent in July. This is the biggest cut by this multilateral body for any major economy other than the US. The IMF’s current move follows an earlier forecast by the World Bank to lower the FY23 growth forecast for India to 6.5 per cent from 7.5 per cent earlier. Several other agencies, including the RBI, have also downgraded India’s GDP forecast in recent weeks. The IMF’s latest forecast shows a “weaker-than-expected result” in the June quarter, a sharp drop in external demand and a tightening of interest rates by major central banks. However, India is expected to remain the fastest growing economy in the world. IMF has retained its FY24 growth forecast at 6.1 per cent. high oil prices, This moderate growth is expected due to weak external demands and tighter financial conditions. Inflation in India is expected to come down in the next 2 years. However, the risk of second-round effects from fuel and commodity price shocks is high. India’s inflation rate is estimated to be 6.9 percent in 2022-23. It will return to RBI’s tolerance level of 4-6 per cent next year. This reflects a favorable base effect, the impact of monetary policy tightening and well-tenured inflation expectations. The IMF has kept its 2022 growth forecast for the global economy unchanged at 3.2 per cent. However, it cut its 2023 projection by 20 basis points to 2.7 percent from its July forecast. The global economy is currently affected by three powerful forces – the Russian invasion of Ukraine, persistent and pervasive inflationary pressures and China’s economic slowdown. In 2023,

4. Telangana government launches 10th phase of Rythu Bandhu scheme for financial assistance to farmers

The Telangana government has launched the tenth phase of the Rythu Bandhu scheme for financial assistance to the farmers . In this phase, seven thousand 676 crore rupees will be deposited in the bank accounts of more than 70 lakh 54 thousand farmers. Its objective is to provide financial assistance to farmers for rabi crops. State Finance Minister T. Harish Rao said that on the first day of this phase, an amount of more than Rs 607 crore was deposited in the bank accounts of more than 21 lakh farmers having land up to one acre. This assistance is being given at the rate of five thousand rupees per acre. Through the Rytu Bandhu scheme, the state government is providing financial assistance to farmers at the rate of ten thousand rupees per acre for both Kharif and Rabi seasons .

5. 18 children die of overdose of cough syrup Doc-1 Max in Uzbekistan

18 children (with acute respiratory illness) died after taking an overdose of cough syrup Doc-1 Max , manufactured by an Indian firm Marion Biotech , Uzbekistan ‘s Ministry of Healthhas been informed. Cough syrup contains ethylene glycol, a substance that should not be present in cough syrup. Earlier, Gambia had also reported “unacceptable levels” of Diethylene Glycol (DEG) and Ethylene Glycol (EG) in cough syrup manufactured in India. DEG and EG are highly toxic colourless, viscous liquids with a sweet taste. They are often found as a contaminant in glycerin, which is used as a sweetener in many cough syrup formulations. Acute poisoning with EG can result in ataxia, slurred speech, restlessness, disorientation, myoclonic jerks, convulsions, coma and even death. .

6. Indian Air Force successfully test-fires upgraded version of BrahMos air-to-air missile

The Indian Air Force successfully test-fired an improved version of the BrahMos air- to-air missile from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft . The missile accurately hit the designated target in the Bay of Bengal region. With the successful test of the missile, the Indian Air Force has acquired the capability of long range precision engagement of land and sea targets with the Sukhoi 30 MKI fighter jets. This advanced version of BrahMos with the capability of Sukhoi will help the Air Force to showcase its strategic prowess in the future on the battlefield. The coordinated efforts of the Air Force, Navy, Defense Research and Development Organisation, BAPL and HAL played a key role in the successful test-firing of the missile.

7. National Research Development Corporation to commercialize technology to benefit start-ups from January 1

Dr Jitendra Singh has said that the National Research Development Corporation will start technology commercialization for start-up benefits from January 1 .Will do Shri Singh chaired a meeting with Secretary, DSIR and senior officials of NRDC at CSIR Center in New Delhi. Dr. Singh informed that NRDC has filed more than 2,000 patents and has entered into more than 5,000 license agreements involving technology usage in almost all sectors. NRDC helps DPIIT Board in technical evaluation of start-ups. So far, more than seven thousand 500 applications of start-ups have been evaluated. NRDC has also entered into an agreement with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority for monitoring and mentoring startups engaged in export of agri-products. NRDC is also associated with Indian Oil Corporation Limited to implement the start-up scheme.

8. Amit Shah launched Border Security Force (BSF) ‘Prahari’ mobile app and revised version of 13 manuals in New Delhi

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah launched the ‘ Prahari ‘ mobile app and manual of Border Security Force (BSF) in New Delhi .Inaugurated the In his address, the Union Home and Cooperation Minister said that this BSF app is a great example of Proactive Governance, now jawans can get personal and service related information, accommodation, lifespan-CAPF and leave related information on their mobiles. Be it GPF, BIO DATA or problem redressal on “Centralized Public Grievance Redressal and Monitoring System” (CP-GRAMS) or information on various welfare schemes, now jawans can get all this information through the app and this app will help them to get information about Ministry of Home Affairs. Will also link to the portal. Along with this, the awaited revision and update in 13 manuals will increase better understanding of operations, administration and training tasks and speed up the works, many congratulations to BSF Director General Shri Pankaj Kumar and his entire team for this.

9. The government has made RTPCR for travelers from six countries including China before coming to India. Mandatory investigation.

In view of increasing cases of Kovid in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand , RTPCR test has been made mandatory for passengers coming from here to India before travel. They will also have to upload this test report on the Air Suvidha portal from January 1, 2023. The Union Health Ministry has said that the RTPCR test will have to be done 72 hours before the commencement of the journey. Apart from this, two percent of all passengers coming from other countries will also be subjected to RTPCR test at the airport.

10. Indian squad for tri-series in South Africa and ICC Women’s T20 World Cup announced

The All India Women’s Selection Committee has announced the Indian squad for the tri-series in South Africa and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 . Harmanpreet will lead the team. The tri-series will start from January while the ICC World Cup will start from February 10. India’s first match will be against Pakistan on February 12 in Cape Town. Group-2 includes India, England, West Indies, Pakistan and Ireland. The final will be held in Cape Town on 26 February. Before this, from January 19, India will play a tri-series tournament with South Africa and West Indies.

11. USAID in Sri Lanka partners with Keel’s Super Markets and Hatton National Bank on financing facility

In Sri Lanka , the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has coordinated a supply chain financing facility with Keel’s Supermarkets and Hatton National Bank (HNB) to provide access to capital to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the food sector. MSMEs). This will make it possible to provide financial assistance to MSMEs at a fixed rate of interest in times of corona pandemic, recent economic crisis and other difficult times. With this, raw material purchases, salary payments and other short-term expenses can be made to run the business smoothly. The partnership plans to help around 100 MSMEs access a loan of US$ 4 million in six months .

12. Defense Ministry approves procurement of indigenous ‘Short-Range Ballistic Surface-to-Surface’ (SRBM) Missile Pralay

Recently, the Ministry of Defense has launched indigenous ‘ Short-Range Ballistic Surface-to-Surface ‘ (SRBM) Missile Pralay .has approved the procurement of 10,000, which will strengthen the Indian Army for its war fighting capabilities. Pralay is India’s first conventional semi-ballistic missile and is capable of responding to any conventional missile attack from northern or western borders. A semi-ballistic missile has a shorter trajectory and, although it is largely similar to a ballistic missile, it is capable of ‘maneuvering’ during flight. Ballistic missiles are initially propelled by a rocket or series of rockets in stages, but then follow an unpowered trajectory that curves downward to reach their intended target at high speed. The missile has been developed in such a way that it is capable of defeating interceptor missiles and also has the capability to change course after covering a certain range in the air.

13. Indian Army inaugurates first two-storey 3-D printed housing unit in Ahmedabad

The Indian Army inaugurated its first 3-D printed residential unit (with ground plus one configuration) for soldiers at Ahmedabad Cantt on 28 December 2022 . The accommodation unit has been constructed by Military Engineering Services (MES) in association with MICOB Pvt Ltd using latest 3-D rapid fabrication technology. The construction of a 71 sqm residential unit with space for a garage was completed in just 12 weeks using 3D printed foundations, walls and slabs. The disaster-resistant structures fully comply with Zone-III earthquake specifications and green building norms.

14. Lt Gen Arvind Walia appointed as Engineer-in-Chief of the Army

Lieutenant General Arvind Walia has been appointed as the next Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army . He will succeed Lt Gen Harpal Singh, who retires on December 31. An officer of the 1986 batch, Lt Gen Walia is an alumnus of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, and is also a recipient of the prestigious Silver Medal there.

15. Approval for re-appointment of Bhaskar Babu as CEO in Suryoday Small Finance Bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has approved the reappointment of Bhaskar Babu Ramachandran as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Suryoday Small Finance Bank for a period of three years. The bank informed the stock exchanges that the Reserve Bank of India has approved the re-appointment of Bhaskar Babu Ramachandran as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in the bank for three years on December 26, 2022. This order will come into effect from 23 January 2023.

16. Bajaj Allianz General Insurance announces the launch of ‘Respect Senior Care Rider’

Bajaj Allianz General Insurance , one of India’s leading private general insurer, announced the launch of its unique health insurance rider ‘ Respect Senior Care Rider ‘.

17. The star was named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Good Governance Day was celebrated across the country on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee . Meanwhile, the Aurangabad district BJP unit has named a star after late Atal Bihar Vajpayee . The distance of the star from Earth is 392.01 light years. It is the closest star to the Sun. The star with coordinates 14 05 25.3 28 51.9 has been registered in the International Space Registry on December 25, 2022 . The name of the star is Atal Bihari Vajpayee . Its registration number on the certificate of the International Space Registry is CX16408US . It is a private registration and monitoring institute. The complete information about which star is named after whom remains on the website.

18. Book titled “Forks in the Road: My Days at RBI and Beyond” by C. Rangarajan

C Rangarajan has written a book titled ” Forks in the Road: My Days at RBI and Beyond “. It was published by Penguin Business (Penguin Group). The book is the memoir of Dr. C. Rangarajan, an Indian economist, former Member of Parliament and 19th Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). It discusses the transformation of India from the post-independence planning era to the present day. The book is divided into 3 parts. Part 1- ‘RBI and the Planning Commission’, Part 2- ‘The Governor of RBI’ and Part 3- ‘Beyond RBI’.

19. Reliance acquires Metro AG’s India business for Rs 2,850 crore

Reliance Industries Ltd will acquire the wholesale business in India of German firm Metro AG for Rs 2,850 crore . RRVL (Reliance Retail Ventures Limited), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, has signed an agreement with Metro Cash & Carry India Pvt Ltd for the purchase of 100 per cent stake. This deal has been done for Rs 2850 crore. German company Metro AG started business in India in 2003 as the first company to introduce the cash-and-carry business format.

20. Gukesh D becomes the new poster boy of Indian chess

With 8 consecutive wins in the Chess Olympiad, 2022 , Domraju Gukesh (or Gukesh D) has become the new poster boy of Indian chess . In the year 2019, he became the youngest Indian and then the second youngest Grandmaster (the youngest being Abhimanyu Mishra). Recently (at the age of 16) he won gold medal in Chess Olympiad. Gukesh won the Under-9 series of the Asian Schools Chess Championship in the year 2015 and won 5 gold medals in the Asian Youth Chess Championship (Under-12) in the year 2018.

21. Cricket Australia renames annual award in Shane Warne’s honor

Australia ‘s men’s Test Player of the Year award will now be given in the name of legendary spinner Shane Warne . Cricket Australia (CA) announced this. CA chief executive Nick Hockley and Australian Cricketers’ Association CEO Todd Greenbar made the announcement while paying tribute to Warne during the Boxing Day Test match against South Africa here. Warne died of a heart attack in Thailand on March 4 this year . Hockley called for the Test Player of the Year award to be given in honor of Warne, one of Australia’s all-time greats.

22. 356th Prakash Parv of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji

The 356th Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj is being celebrated across the country with religious fervor and gaiety. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Guru Gobind Singh Ji on the occasion of Prakash Parv and remembered his service to humanity. In Bihar , the Prakash Parv of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji was celebrated at midnight at Gurdwara Takht Shri Harimandir Sahib in Patna Sahib , his birthplace. A special diwan has been decorated at Takht Sri Harimandir Sahib Gurdwara and Shabad Kirtan has been organised. Thousands of Sikh devotees from India and abroad are participating in Ardas in the holy Gurudwara.

23. Indian National Congress Foundation Day

The Indian National Congress (INC) was founded in Bombay on 28 December 1885, with Allan Octavian ( AO ) Hume ( Lord Dufferin the then Viceroy of India) as its general secretary. The initial leadership of the Congress included Dadabhai Naoroji, Ferozeshah Mehta, Badruddin Tyabji, W.C. Banerjee, Surendranath Banerjee, Romesh Chandra Dutt and S. Subramaniam Iyer etc. The first session of the Congress (1885 – Bombay) was presided over by W.C. Made by Banerjee. The first woman president of Congress was Annie Besant (1917 – Calcutta) and the first Indian woman president of Congress was Sarojini Naidu (1925 – Kanpur).

24. Legendary footballer Pele passed away

Legendary Brazilian footballer Pele passed away at the age of 82. Pele was battling stomach cancer. Following Pele’s death, the Brazilian government declared three days of national mourning. Pele’s real name was Edson Arantes do Nascimento . Nick names are also Dico, Pele and The Black Pearl . Pele was born on 23 October 1940 in Brazil. Pele was one of the greatest football players ever. He led Brazil to 3 World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970.Get it He played 4 World Cups. Of these, the team won the title three times. He retired from the Brazil National Team in 1971. Pele has won the FIFA World Cup title three times. He is the only player in the world to do so. Pele played 92 matches in his career and scored 78 goals. Neymar is the second highest goalscorer for Brazil after him. Neymar scored 77 goals.