Honours & Awards
1. Dr Prabha Atre awarded Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia Lifetime Achievement Award
- Padma Vibhushan awardee, Dr. Prabha Atre was awarded the Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia Lifetime Achievement Award.
- The award was conferred by Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde to her, at a function at Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan in Mumbai.
- She was also presented with a citation and Rs 1 lakh.
- She is an Indian classical vocalist from the Kirana Gharana.
- She has been awarded Padma Shri (1990), Padma Bhushan (2002), and Padma Vibhushan (2022) by the Government of India.
2. Thai shuttler Kunlavut Vitidsarn wins India Open Badminton title 2023
- Thailand badminton player, Kunlavut Vitidsarn won the India Open title 2023 after defeating Viktor Axelsen (Denmark) in the men's singles of the India Open Badminton Championship, held at K. D. Jadhav Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
- While An Seyoung (Korean) won the Women's singles final after defeating Japanese Akane Yamaguchi.
- Other winners (doubles):
- Men's: Liang Weikeng and Wang Chang (China)
- Women's: Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida (Japan)
Honours & Awards
3. Indian films bag award for best scriptwriter and best actress at 21st DIFF
- Two Indian films were awarded for the best script writer and best actress in the Asian Film Competition section at the 21st Dhaka International Film Festival organized from 14-22 Jan 2023.
- Aparajito (directed by: Anik Dutta) won the best scriptwriting award.
- Ketaki Narayan won the best actress award for Prappeda (directed by: Krishnendu Kalesh).
- Best Actor: Japanese Ikkei Watanabe (for Nakodo- Matchmakers)
- Best Director: Iranian Ali Ghavitan (for Zendegi va Zendegi)
4. Centre released endorsement guidelines for Social Media Influencers
- The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution has released ‘Endorsements Know-hows!’ guidelines for celebrities, influencers, and virtual influencers on social media platforms.
- Aim: To ensure that individuals do not mislead their audiences.
- It also ensures that they are in compliance with the Consumer Protection Act 2019.
- Endorsements must be made in simple terms such as "advertisement," "sponsored," or "paid promotion" can be used.
5. Indian Embassy in Kathmandu organised 5 km marathon 'Run for Life'
- Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has organized a 5 km marathon 'Run for Life' from Pashupatinath Temple premises in Nepal.
- 2023 Theme: lifestyle for Environment
- It was participated by college-going students, rescued human trafficking victims, sports persons, health enthusiasts, medics, and children.
- The Run for life marathon celebrates 75 years of diplomatic ties between India and Nepal as well as 75 years of India’s Independence.
- The Marathon winner was awarded a gold medal
6. AIF inaugurated India’s First STEM Innovation and Learning Center
- The American India Foundation (AIF) has inaugurated India’s first STEM Innovation and Learning Center (SILC) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
- It was inaugurated under the scheme of Vanavil Mandram.
- AIF is an award-winning flagship education Program 'Digital Equalizer (DE)'.
- It has designed the Center to be a one-stop solution for STEM among students and teachers.
- AIF's DE has also launched Drone and Satellite Launch Vehicle (DSLV) Mission on the occasion.
Banking & Finance
7. Canara Bank to sell its stake in Russian joint venture to SBI for Rs 114 cr
- Canara Bank would sell its stake in the Russian joint venture 'Commercial Indo Bank LLC (CIBL)' to the other venture partner State Bank of India (SBI) for Rs 114 crore (approx).
- CIBL was incorporated in 2003, a joint venture in Russia between SBI (60%) and Canara Bank (40%).
- Canara Bank has entered into a share sale agreement in relation to the sale of equity shares held by it in CIBL with SBI.
- The Canara Bank entered into the agreement for sale on November 11, 2022.
8. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik inaugurated ‘International Craft Summit’
- Odisha Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik has inaugurated an ‘International Craft Summit’ in Jajpur, Odisha.
- This is the first-of-its-kind craft summit featuring a confluence of pioneering craftspeople, culture, and art enthusiasts.
- International delegates from 15 countries have joined with the local artisans and other stakeholders.
- Four UN agencies and five UNESCO Creative Cities have partnered with the District to realize this event on behalf of the State Government.
9. FIH Partners with JSP Foundation for Hockey Development and Men’s World Cup
- The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has signed a partnership with JSP Foundation for its development programs and FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela as a Global Partner.
- FIH will be working closely with JSP Foundation for some of its key initiatives for hockey development.
- JSP Foundation is the social arm of Jindal Steel & Power.
- Chairperson of JSP Foundation: Shallu Jindal
- President of International Hockey Federation: Tayyab Ikram
10. Himachal Pradesh targets to be first 'green energy state' by 2025
- The Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has announced that the state government is planning to make the state as the first Green Energy State by the end of 2025.
- The state government would also invest in solar plants and will install 500 MW solar projects during the year 2023-24.
- He also directed HIMURJA to ensure 5% premium for the state in each solar power project up to 5 MW and 10% share in the solar power projects of more than 5 MW capacity.