Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the first Global Buddhist Summit organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation


1. Rashtrapati Niwas at Mashobra in Shimla dedicated to the countrymen

President  Daupardi Murmu  dedicated   the Rashtrapati Niwas  at  Mashobra  in  Shimla to the countrymen.The Rashtrapati Niwas was known as the ‘ Presidential Retreat ‘. People can come to see it from 23rd of this month. This  is the first time  that  the doors of the 173-year-old Rashtrapati Niwas building in Mashobra  have been thrown open to the general public. Earlier, the President visited the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. The President was apprised of the historical and archaeological importance of the Institute.

2. Vice President inaugurates 16th Civil Services Day program

Vice President  Jagdeep Dhankhar  inaugurated   the 16th Civil Services Day celebrations  in  New Delhi . Speaking on the occasion, the Vice President said that Civil Services Day is an occasion for civil servants to rededicate themselves and renew their commitment. He said that  in 1947  the Iron Man of India –  Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had called  civil servants the ‘ Steel Frame of India ‘. The theme for the 2-day Civil Services Day 2023 is titled ” Developed India: Empowering Citizens and Reaching the Last Mile “.

3. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the first Global Buddhist Summit organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation

The Prime Minister  , Shri Narendra Modi,  addressed   the inaugural session of the Global Buddhist Summit  at Hotel Ashoka in  New Delhi . The Prime Minister visited the photo exhibition organized there and   offered flowers at the statue of Lord Buddha .  He also presented  monastic robes (chever dons) to nineteen distinguished Buddhist monks  .  The two-day summit is being hosted  by  the Ministry of Culture  in association with  the International Buddhist Confederation on April 20 and 21 . The theme of the Global Buddhist Summit “ Responses to Contemporary Challenges: Philosophy for Practice”.It is an effort to engage global Buddhist leadership and scholars in matters of Buddhist and universal concern and to come up with policy cooperation to collectively achieve solutions to problems.

4. Assam and Arunachal Pradesh sign agreement to settle inter-state border dispute

The governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh  have signed an agreement to settle the inter-state border dispute  between the two states  . This important agreement was signed by   Assam  Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma  and  Arunachal Pradesh  Chief Minister  Pema Khandu  in the presence of  Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi.  signed by. The agreement between the two states will end the dispute of 123 villages located on the border of both the states. The settlement has been done keeping in view the historical perspective, demographic situation, administrative convenience, proximity to the border and aspirations of the residents. Both the state governments have agreed that this settlement will be final in respect of these disputed villages and in future neither state will make any new claim related to any area or village. After the agreement, a detailed survey will be carried out by the Survey of India to determine the boundaries of the two states.

5. Angela Merkel gets Germany’s highest honor

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel  has   been awarded the Order of Merit, Germany  ‘s highest civilian award  . The Grand Cross of the Order of Merit award was handed over to him by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The award had been given only twice before to former Chancellors Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl. The Order of Merit does not carry any financial award. Merkel led Germany from 2005 to 2021, serving four terms. She was not a candidate for a fifth term.

6. US President announces $325 million security package as new military aid to Ukraine

US  President  Joe Biden  on Wednesday  announced a $325 million security package as new military aid   to  Ukraine . This will help Ukraine in the war against Russia. The package includes additional ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems as well as a missile launcher, advanced and anti-tank missiles and the Patriot air defense system. America’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken told that with this America has so far given military assistance of 35.4 billion dollars to Ukraine.

7. Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav released white tiger cubs at Delhi’s National Zoological Park

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change  Shri Bhupendra Yadav  released  white tiger  cubs in the white tiger enclosure at  the National Zoological Park   in  New Delhi . The Union Minister named the female cub as ” Avni ” meaning earth and the male cub as ” Vyom ” meaning sky. Both these cubs are the children of tiger father Vijay and mother tigress Sita. The cubs are eight months old and were born in August last year. Around one hundred students and staff from various schools of New Delhi participated in the event and showed enthusiasm to promote wildlife conservation. After the white tiger cubs were released into the enclosure, a zoo tour was also organized for the students.

8. India is developing a G20 Park in New Delhi during its year-long chairmanship of the G-20 organization

In this,  sculptures depicting national animals and birds  of  G-20 countries  will be displayed, which will be made from the items collected from the waste. These artefacts will be made in the 20-day national camp organized from 21st April. Artists from different Indian states are working on this project to make sculptures. Artifacts created at the camp include the Indian peafowl, American bison, Brazilian jaguar, Chinese red-crowned stork, Australian emu, Russian brown bear, and Mexican golden eagle.

9. 100 Food Streets to be set up in 100 districts across the country to promote clean and safe food practices

Health Ministry  launches  100 Food Streets in 100 districts  across the country from  States and Union Territories  with an aim to promote  hygienic and safe food practices requested to develop. This initiative is being taken as a pilot project to exemplify the compliance of hygienic and safe food practices. The objective of this project is to encourage safe and healthy food practices among the food business community. This unique initiative will be taken up through the National Health Mission in association with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. For this purpose, each district will be given financial assistance of one crore rupees. In a letter sent to the states, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Manoj Joshi have emphasized that safe and clean food is important for the good health of citizens.

10. Two day coarse grain fair and exhibition at Jodhpur, Rajasthan

A two-day coarse grain fair and exhibition  was organized  in  Jodhpur  ,  Rajasthan . On the concluding day, a detailed discussion will be held on promoting the production of millets and its utilization. On the concluding day, a detailed discussion will be held on promoting the production of millets and its utilization. There will also be discussion on promotion of Sri Anna products in foreign countries. Prizes and citations will be given to the winners of the competition organized in the exhibition. Union Minister of Jal Shakti  Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat  will be the chief guest of the function, while  Shri Pralhad Singh Patel, Minister of State in the Ministry of Food & Processing and Jal Shakti  and  Shri Kailash Choudhary, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Welfare  will be present as special guests.

11. EU-India Aviation Summit begins in New Delhi

The two-day  EU-India Aviation Summit   began in New Delhi . During the summit,  the Airports Authority of India  and  Eurocontrol  signed a declaration of intent and  the DGCA  signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Union on Aviation Security  for closer cooperation  . The summit focused on the EU-India air transport relationship and the shared challenges and opportunities of both regions, such as the post-COVID recovery of air traffic, increasing sustainable development, maintaining safety and the development of unmanned aircraft systems.

12. Participation of Indian Air Force in Exercise Iniochos-23

The Indian Air Force (IAF)   will participate in Iniochos- 23  , a multi-national air exercise organized by  the Hellenic Air Force . The exercise   will be conducted from April 24, 2023 to May 04, 2023 at Andravida Air Base,  Greece  . The Indian Air Force will participate with four Su-30 MKI and two C-17 aircraft.

11. New names given to cheetahs brought to India from Namibia and South Africa

 In  his Mann Ki Baat program  on 25 September 2022,  Prime Minister  Shri Narendra Modi has asked the citizens of the country  to suggest new names for the cheetahs brought from Namibia and South Africa  with the aim of popularizing and sensitizing the general public about  Project Cheetah. requested about. My Geo app to name these cheetahs  Names were also sought, in which thousands of names were suggested from across the country. Now the cheetahs have been named. The female cheetahs brought from Namibia will be known as Asha now Asha, Oban now Pawan, Savanna now Nabha, Siya now Jwala, Elton now Gaurav, Freddie now Shaurya, Tbilisi now Dhatri. The female Asha was named by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among the 12 cheetahs brought from South Africa, Phinda (female) is Daksha, Mapesu is Nirva, Phinda (adult-1) is Vayu, Phinda (adult-2) is Agni, Taswalu (female) is Gamini, Taswalu (adult male) is Tejas, Taswalu (sub-adult female) to Veera, Taswalu (sub-adult male) to Suraj, Waterberg Biosphere (adult female) to Dheera, Waterberg Biosphere (adult male) to Uday and Waterberg Biosphere Adult (male-2) to Prabhash, Waterberg The Biosphere adult (Male-3) has been named Pavak. Cheetahs were last seen in the Indian wild in 1947.

12. India’s first Apple retail store opens in Mumbai

iPhone  maker  Apple  has started  its first Apple Store in India  on 18 April 2023 . Apple CEO  Tim Cook  inaugurated   India’s first Apple Store at Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai . Inaugurated by CEO Tim Cook, Apple’s first retail store in India opened its doors to customers. The store is spread over an area of ​​20,000 sq.ft. The design of the Apple Store is sleek and energy-efficient. The Apple Store has been designed around renewable energy. That is, it runs completely on renewable energy. There is minimal use of lighting in the store.

13. Kerala adopts water budget for the first time to deal with the problem of water shortage in summer

Abundant rivers, streams, backwaters and a good amount of rainfall  contribute to the lush greenery in  Kerala  , many parts of which still  face acute water scarcity in summer .  And this has prompted  the state  to adopt a water budget – the first of its kind in the country . Kerala  Chief Minister  Pinarayi Vijayan  unveiled the details of the first phase of the water budget in the state, covering 94 gram panchayats in 15 block panchayats. Water experts welcomed the initiative, saying it would help the state find out the demand and supply of the precious liquid resource and divide it accordingly, as the problem is not availability but management.

14. Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Arjun Munda launched the Central Sector Scheme “Marketing and Logistics Development for Promotion of Tribal Products of North Eastern Region (PTP-NER)” in Manipur

The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs  Shri Arjun Munda  launched  the  Ministry’s new Central Sector Scheme ” Marketing and Logistics Development for Promotion of Tribal Products of North Eastern Region (PTP-NER) ” in Manipur  for the benefit of  Scheduled Castes . The objective of the scheme is to provide benefits to the Scheduled Tribes residing in the North-Eastern region by enhancing their procurement, logistics and marketing capability of their products. The scheme will be implemented in eight states, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. Under this scheme, the government is planning to provide a platform to the tribal artists of the North Eastern region by organizing 68 tribal artist fairs.

15. Randhir Thakur appointed as CEO and MD by Tata Electronics

Tata Group  has   appointed Dr. Randhir Thakur  as the CEO and Managing Director of  Tata Electronics Pvt Ltd (TEPL) . Thakur, a well-known name in the semiconductor industry, has worked with Intel for over 5 years. He has over 40 years of experience in global manufacturing, research and development. Tata Electronics Private Limited (TEPL) was established in the year 2020 as a new venture of the Tata Group.

16. Malcolm Adiseshia Award 2023 won by Utsa Patnaik

Renowned economist,  Utsa Patnaik  has  been selected for the 2023 Malcolm Adiseshia Prize  . The award   is given every year by the Malcolm and Elizabeth Adiseshia Trust . The prestigious National Award is conferred on nominations received by outstanding social scientists selected by a national level jury specially constituted for the purpose. The jury unanimously selected Professor Patnaik as the recipient of the award this year. The previous winner of the prize was Indian economist Prabhat Patnaik, who won it in 2022.

17. Boria Majumdar’s new book ‘Sachin @ 50- Celebrating a Maestro’ released

Eminent  sports historian  and popular TV show host  Boria Majumdar unveiled a new book titled ‘ Sachin@50 – Celebrating A Maestro ‘  on the occasion of  legendary cricketer  Sachin Tendulkar  ‘s  50th birthday . The book will be officially released on Tendulkar’s 50th birthday, April 24, 2023.

18. Harmanpreet Kaur and Suryakumar Yadav selected in Wisden T20 Player of 2022

Indian women’s cricket team  captain  Harmanpreet Kaur   has become the first Indian woman cricketer  to be selected as  the Wisden Cricketer of the Year . Along with this,  Suryakumar Yadav  has also got special honor and he has been selected as the best player of T20 format. Harmanpreet’s performance was phenomenal last year and he scored a blistering 143 off 111 balls against England. Under the leadership of Harmanpreet, the Indian women’s cricket team tasted defeat in the ODI series for the first time since 1999 in England. In the year 2022, Surya became the second batsman in the world to score more than a thousand runs in a year in T20 International.

19. Chebet and Obiri Dominate the Boston Marathon

Kenya  ‘s  Evans Chebet  won the  men’s and  Helen Obiri women’s titles  at  the Boston Marathon . Chebet completed the race in two hours five minutes and 54 seconds. The second runner-up, Gabriel Gaye of Tanzania, clocked two hours, six minutes and four seconds. Benson Kipruto finished third. This was the 127th edition of this prestigious marathon. The Boston Marathon was first organized in the year 1897 in the United States. This is the oldest marathon in the world.

20. Chinese Language Day: 20 April

Chinese Language Day  is celebrated on the 6th of the 24 solar periods Guyu, which usually   falls around April 20 in the Gregorian calendar. The day is dedicated to Changzhi, who was the inventor of the Chinese alphabet. The theme of this year’s Chinese Language Day will focus on ” Chinese Wisdom for a Green World ” to highlight Chinese solutions and wisdom to promote green and sensitive development.

21. Telugu actor and comedian Allu Ramesh passed away

Telugu actor and comedian Allu Ramesh  passed away. Allu Ramesh started his acting career with theater performances. After that she made her debut in Tollywood with Tarun’s film ‘Chirujallu’ and went on to act in about 50 films. Allu Ramesh also acted in films like ‘Napoleon’, ‘Tholubommalata’, ‘Madhura Vines’, and ‘Ravana Desam’. During his acting career of nearly two decades, Ramesh appeared in several popular and successful films and was last seen on the big screen in Rajendra Prasad’s Anukoni Prayanam.