The World Bank said – India’s growth rate will be the fastest among the world’s seven largest emerging economies and developing countries


1. PM launches Aspirational Blocks Program with an aim to boost development standards

The Prime Minister has launched the government’s Aspirational Block Program (ABP) , which aims to improve the performance of backward blocks on various development parameters . The Aspirational Block Program is on the lines of the Aspirational District Program which was launched in 2018 and covers 112 districts across the country. ABP was announced by Finance Minister Nirmal Sitharaman in her 2022-23 budget speech as an extension of the Aspirational Districts Programme. The ABP will be launched during the concluding session of the 2nd National Conference of Chief Secretaries, in which the introduction of the program is expected to be given by NITI Aayog CEO Parameswaran Iyer.

2. Union Home Minister inaugurates Jaihind Light and Sound Show at Red Fort, Delhi

The Union Home Minister inaugurated the ‘ Jai Hind-Naya Prakash Aur Dhvani Program / Light and Sound Show ‘ at the Red Fort on January 10, 2023 in Delhi . This program is in Hindi and English language . The light and sound show is starting after a gap of five years at the Red Fort . This is a new form of light and sound program being organized earlier, in which theatrical presentation of the history of India and the stories of bravery from the 17th century till now.Will be This one-hour program is divided into three parts. They will depict major events in Indian history related to the freedom struggle including the rise of the Marathas, the War of Independence of 1857, the rise of the Indian National Army and its trials. Along with this, the continuous development of the country in the last 75 years will also be presented using various forms of art. It will have projection mapping, live action films, light and sound, actors, actresses, dancers and puppet shows. The Archaeological Survey of India has already opened four museums here as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and now the new light and sound show has been added to it, which will further strengthen the feeling of patriotism among the people visiting the Red Fort.

3. India and UK launch Young Professionals Scheme

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas by the Governments of India and UK by launching the Young Professionals Scheme on January 9, 2023Celebrated, which allows 3,000 degree-holding citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 to live and work in each other’s countries for a period of two years. The plan was announced at the G20 summit in Bali in November. According to High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswamy, it is expected that the young professional scheme will start in March, although he added that there are still some processes that need to be completed before the March launch can be confirmed. Successful candidates will be able to search for job, educational, or cultural opportunities in their host country. The scheme allows visa exchange for 3,000 persons per year. It is not necessary for the candidates to be in the job queue while applying for the visa.

4. The World Bank said – India’s growth rate will be the fastest among the world’s seven largest emerging economies and developing countries.

The World Bank has again expressed confidence in the Indian economy . The bank has said in its report that India’s fastest growing economy among the world’s seven largest emerging economies and developing countriesHope to be. The World Bank has presented a gloomy picture of the global economy, but has said that India’s economy is expected to grow at the rate of 6.6 per cent in the financial year 2023-24. The World Bank has said that the global economy will reach the brink of recession by this year. It has projected a lower growth rate in the world’s top economies including the US, Europe and China. In its report titled Global Economic Prospects, the World Bank has said that India’s growth rate increased by 9.7 percent in the first half of the financial year 2022-23 on an annual basis. The World Bank has cut its forecast for global growth this year to 1.7 per cent from its earlier forecast of 3 per cent.

5. Justice Nongmikapam Kotiswar Singh to take over as Acting Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court

In exercise of the power conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, the President has appointed Justice Shri Nongamikapam Kotiswar Singh , Senior-most Sub-Judge of Gauhati High Court to perform the duties of Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from 12.01.2023 effective with the retirement of Justice Shri Rashmin Manharbhai Chhaya, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court.

6. 14th edition of World Spice Congress (WSC) to be held in Mumbai from 16 to 18 February 2023

India is called the ‘ Spice Bowl ‘ of the world. It produces a variety of quality, rare and medicinal spices. With an aim to create new opportunities to promote international trade of Indian spices, the 14th edition of the World Spice Congress (WSC) will be held in Mumbai from 16 to 18 February 2023 . Most of the spice trade in India takes place during the last quarter of the year and the Indian spice industry is expecting a surge in spice exports during January-March 2023, taking the total exports to $4 billion. WSC 2023 will provide a platform to explore the diverse possibilities in this sector.

7. RBI announces possible dates for issue of Sovereign Green Bonds

The Reserve Bank has announced the possible dates for issuing Sovereign Green Bonds . Accordingly, two auctions of Rs 8,000 crore each will be conducted. The first auction will be held on 25th of this month while the second one will be held on 9th February. The Reserve Bank has said that five per cent of the notified amount will be kept reserved for retail investors. Investors will have the option of investing for five or ten years. This bond can be traded in the secondary markets. The central government had announced sovereign green bonds in the Budget 2022-23, as part of its overall market borrowings. The income earned from this will be invested in public sector projects, which will help reduce carbon emissions and raise resources for environment-friendly infrastructure.

8. DRDO successfully test fires short range ballistic missile Prithvi-II off Odisha coast

Defense Research and Development Organisation- DRDO successfully test-fired short -range ballistic missile Prithvi-II from the Chandipur Integrated Test Range in Odisha . The Defense Ministry said that the Prithvi-II missile is an important system and is an integral part of the country’s nuclear deterrence capability. The ministry said the missile hit its precise target and all technical parameters of the missile were successful.

9. India to achieve 20% ethanol blending in petrol by 2025: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that India will achieve 20 per cent ethanol blending in petrol by 2025 . He said that the blending of ethanol in petrol was 1.53 percent in 2013-14, which has increased to 10 percent in 2022. Shri Puri said that the government is setting up five second generation, 2G ethanol biorefineries in the country. These biorefineries will be set up at Panipat in Haryana, Bathinda in Punjab, Bargarh in Odisha, Numaligarh in Assam and Davanagere in Karnataka.

10. 75th Army Day celebrations to be held in Bengaluru on January 15

The 75th Army Day celebrations will be held in Bengaluru on January 15 . For the first time the event is being organized outside the national capital. GOC Karnataka and Kerala Sub Area Major General Ravi Murugan said that this would be a great opportunity to showcase Indian military capabilities in the south. He said that Field Marshal KM Cariappa in 1949 General Sir Francis Roy Butcher Took over command of the Indian Army. Shri Cariappa hails from Karnataka and it is a matter of pride to celebrate Army Day in the native state of India’s first Commander in Chief after independence. The Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Pandey will lay a wreath at the Madras Engineering Group War Memorial and review the Army Day Parade. The Chief of Army Staff will also present gallantry awards for individual acts of bravery and sacrifice.

11. UIDAI issues special guidelines for offline verifiers

The Unique Identification Authority of India – UIDAI has issued special guidelines for Offline Verifiers – OVSEs to make Aadhaar number access secure for Aadhaar card holders . In the guidelines, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has said that the verification of Aadhaar should be done only after the consent of the Aadhaar number holder and in the process the security and confidentiality of the Aadhaar number should be ensured. UIDAI has said that instead of taking the Aadhaar card in physical or electronic form for verification, it should be verified through the QR code present on the Aadhaar letter, e-Aadhaar, m-Aadhaar and Aadhaar PVC card. The guideline also states that the Aadhaar number after verification should not be used or collected or stored.

12. The world’s biggest Sarvabhasha Kavi Sammelan-2023 was organized in the Rang Bhawan Auditorium of All India Radio

On the occasion of World Hindi Day , the world’s biggest Sarvabhasha Kavi Sammelan-2023 was organized at the Rang Bhawan Auditorium of All India Radio . This conference organized by All India Radio was inaugurated by Dr. Vasudha Gupta , Director General All India Radio . In this conference, 42 well-known poets and poetesses from across the country read their works in 22 Indian languages. These creations were based on human sensibilities ranging from nature to all living beings, earth-sky and happiness-sorrow-pain, which kept the listeners engaged.

13. SS Rajamouli’s RRR wins Golden Globe Award for Naatu Naatu song

The superhit song Naatu Naatu from the Indian film RRR has won the prestigious Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song . MM Keeravani has composed the music of this superhit film song by film director SS Rajamouli. Singers of this song are- Kala Bhairava & Rahul Sipligunj. The song has created a lot of excitement among the people with its choreography and music.

14. Bollywood film ‘The Kashmir Files’ selected for Oscars 2023

The film The Kashmir Files has been selected for the Oscars 2023 . The film’s director Vivek Agnihotri informed about the film’s selection at the Oscars. The Kashmir Files is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the year 1990 . Apart from this, Kantara , R.R.R. Gangubai Kathiawadi and Chhelo Show have also been selected for Oscars 2023. Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said that it is a matter of pride that these Indian films have been selected for the Oscars.

15. Surinder Chawla becomes MD and CEO of Paytm Payments Bank

Payments bank Paytm Payments Bank Limited (PPBL) has appointed Surinder Chawla as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The company said that this appointment has been made after getting approval from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). However, the RBI has retained the restrictions imposed on PPBL for adding new customers.

16. Startup India Innovation Week

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) will organize Startup India Innovation Week from January 10 to January 16, 2023 . The event is part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations and will take place at over 75 locations across the country. “The Startup India Innovation Week 2023 aims to engage stakeholders of the startup ecosystem across the country and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in India during January 10 to 16,” the Ministry of Commerce and Industry said in a release.

17. G-20 Education Group meeting will be held in India

The first education group meeting of G-20 countries will be held in Chennai from January 31 to February 2 . As India prepares to host the G20 Leaders’ Summit for the first time in 2023, the Ministry of Education is preparing for various events. Ministry of University Connectlaunched a unique outreach campaign, aimed at involving youth in India’s G20 Presidency. As a part of this campaign, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to universities and colleges requesting them to start preparing students for G20 related conferences and other events. The UGC has asked the students to serve as facilitators for foreign delegates, provide translation assistance and organize cultural shows, workshops and lectures on topics related to the G20. The higher education regulator has directed universities to promote model G20 forums and G20 branding at festivals and encourage student participation in poetry, quiz and logo competitions being organized by the G20 Secretariat.

18. Low smoke superior kerosene oil launched for army

State-owned oil marketing company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) announced the launch of Low Smoke Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO) for the Indian Army in Jammu . BPCL has thus emerged as the first OMC to commence supply of new LSLA grade SKO supplies to the Army. The company will also work towards improving the service level in this regard and addressing issues related to smoke and odor in the use of SKOs.

19. Former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi released the diary of CM Hemant Biswa Sarma

Former Chief Justice of India and Rajya Sabha member Ranjan Gogoi has released a diary of Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma . The name of this diary is ‘ Chief Minister’s Diary No. 1 ‘, it has been written by the CM of Assam Hemant Biswa Sarma himself. The complete details of the first year of CM Biswa’s tenure have been given in this diary. On the occasion of the release of his diary, CM Biswa said that without bringing his personal life into limelight, he has told about his daily activities done as a Chief Minister in this diary.

20. Novak Djokovic won 92nd Tour title

Before the Australian Open , Novak Djokovic has won the 92nd tour title of his career . He defeated Sebastian Korda of America by a margin of 6-7(8), 7-6(3), 6-4 in the final of Adelaide International Title. The 35-year-old Djokovic is currently tied with Rafael Nadal for the fourth most men’s singles titles in the Open Era (94), behind Jimmy Connors (109), Roger Federer (103) and Ivan Lendl (103). Since the start of 2019, they have won 34 straight games in Australia and have won 23 of their last 24 games overall.

21. South African cricketer Dwayne Pretorius retires

South African all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has retired from international cricket with immediate effect. Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed this. The 33-year-old Pretorius has represented South Africa in all three formats. He played 30 T20 Internationals, 27 ODIs and three Test matches. This includes two World Cups.

22. world hindi day

World Hindi Day is celebrated every year on 10 January with the aim of promoting Hindi language . While National Hindi Day is celebrated annually on 14 September, which mainly focuses on the recognition of Hindi language in India. The day was celebrated for the first time in the year 2006 in the context of commemorating the anniversary of the First World Hindi Conference held in Nagpur on January 10, 1975 . It marks the day when Hindi was spoken for the first time in the United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA) in the year 1949 . It is also celebrated by Indian Embassies located in different parts of the world. Mauritius in the year 2018 The World Hindi Secretariat building was inaugurated in Port Louis .