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Important Current Affairs for CLAT-14th January 2023

75th Indian Army Day observed on 15 January 2023

Indian army day 2023 is celebrated on 15th January 2023 and it mark the 75th anniversary of the Indian army day. Every year on January 15, India celebrates its Army Day.

75th Indian Army Day

Indian army day 2023 is celebrated on 15th January 2023 and it mark the 75th anniversary of the Indian army day. Every year on January 15, India celebrates its Army Day. It is the day on which Field Marshal Kodandera M. Cariappa (then a Lieutenant General) took over as the first Commander­in­Chief of the Indian Army from the last British Commander­in­Chief of India, General Fransis Bucher in the year 1949. Parades, medal presenting and other ceremonies are organized to celebrate the Army Day. With “Service before self” as its motto, the Indian Army is the largest component of the Indian Armed Forces.

History & Significance of Army Day 2023

Originally, the Indian army was formed under the British rule on April 1, 1895 and was called as British Indian Army. After India got its independence in the year 1947, it was only on January 15, 1949, when the country got its first Indian chief. Lt Gen K M Carriappa took over as commander­inchief of the Indian Army in 1949 from General Francis Butcher, the last British commander­in­chief ofIndia. The transfer of power from the British to India signifies an important moment in the Indian history and is celebrated as Army Day. This day also also honors the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the country

Indian Army Day 2023 Celebration

All Army Command headquarters celebrate Army Day to honor the soldiers of the country, who live for the protection of its independence and dignity and give their lives for it. Grand celebrations take place all across the country on this day. The main Army Day parade is conducted in Cariappa Parade ground in Delhi cantonment where salute is given to the fighters of the country. Military hardware, different contingents and a combat display are part of the parade. Gallantry awards and Sena medals are also awarded to the soldiers for their bravery on this day.

About Indian Army

The Indian Army is one of the most powerful militaries of the world, competing with superpowers like the US, Russia and China. The motto of the Indian Army is ‘service before self’ and its mission is to ensure national security and national unity, defend the nation from external aggression and internal threats, and maintain peace and security within its borders. Salute to the brave soldiers, who risk and sacrifice their lives to protect us. Even the Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1965 had given the slogan like “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”.

US Announced Support Project for Restoration of Paigah Tombs in Hyderabad

US Charge d'Affaires, Ambassador Beth Jones announced a $250,000 US government project to support the conservation and restoration of the historic Paigah Tombs in Hyderabad.

United States Charge d’Affaires, Ambassador Beth Jones announced a $250,000 US government project to support the conservation and restoration of the historic Paigah Tombs in Hyderabad. The project will be held in the conservation and restoration of six tombs built during the 18th and 19th centuries. This is the fifth conservation project funded by the US Consulate in Hyderabad. The project will be implemented by Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

US Announced Support Project for Restoration of Paigah Tombs in Hyderabad- Key Points

The Paigah Tombs are located 4km away from the Charminar in the Postal Banda.

Paigah Tombs is the resting place of the members of the Paigah nobility.

The Paigah families were among the most influential families of the aristocracy in the princely state of Hyderabad.

The Paigahs were known to be great patrons of art.

The lime and mortar tombs with inlaid marble carvings are considered to be one of the major architectural treasures of Hyderabad.

After the announcement of the project, Ambassador Beth Jones received a tour of the Paigah Tombs from Ratish Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, of Aga Khan Trust for Culture India.

The US Department of state created the Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) in 2001 to demonstrate American values and respect for other countries.

AFCP has provided financial support to more than 1,100 projects in 133 countries around the world.

NCLT gives Approval for Merger of Multiplex Operators PVR and Inox

PVR-Inox merger has been approved by the National Company Law Tribunal. The NCLT judge has approved the scheme of merger in a verbal order.

In a major boost to the film and entertainment industry, PVR-Inox merger has been approved by the National Company Law Tribunal. The NCLT judge has approved the scheme of merger in a verbal order. A written order is likely to be passed in the next 15-20 days. On March 27, PVR and Inox Leisure announced their merger, which has already been approved by their respective shareholders, creditors as well as leading bourses NSE and BSE.

More About This Merger:

The merger of PVR-INOX has been much talked about since 2022. It must be noted that being the country’s top multiplexes, both INOX and PVR were also front-running competitors. The two companies’ boards — the country’s largest multiplex chain operators — approved an all-stock merger to create a film exhibition entity with a network of more than 1,500 screens. The share-swap ratio in the merger stands at three shares of PVR for 10 shares of Inox — which means investors will get three shares of PVR for every 10 INOX shares held.

ICG Ship ‘Kamla Devi’, Fifth and Last vessel of FPV Series Commissioned at Kolkata

Indian Coast Guard ship 'Kamla Devi' the Fast Patrol Vessel which is designed, built, and delivered by GRSE to Indian Coast Guard was commissioned in Kolkata.

Indian Coast Guard (ICG) ship ‘Kamla Devi’ the Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) which is designed, built, and delivered by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd to Indian Coast Guard was commissioned in Kolkata, West Bengal. Indian Coast Guard ship Kamla Devi is officially the fifth and last vessel of the series of FPVs designed and built by GRSE as per the specifications of the Indian Coast Guard.

ICG Ship ‘Kamla Devi’, the Fifth and Last vessel of FPV Series Commissioned at Kolkata- Key Points

Indian Coast Guard ship (ICGS) Kamla Devi is 48.8 meters long and 7.5 meters wide with a displacement of 308 tonnes.

There are three engines and water jets in ICGS Kamla Devi.

She is capable of a top speed of 34 knots and an endurance of over 1,500 nautical miles.

She has an Integrated Bridge System and is fitted with 40/60 guns as the main armament.

The ICGS Kamla Devi has advanced habitability features with fully air-conditioned accommodations for 35 personnel.

ICGS Kamla Devi will patrol the seas and carry out anti-smuggling, anti-poaching and search and rescue operations as and when required.

MV Ma Lisha, a passenger-cum-cargo ocean-going ferry built by the Shipyard for the cooperative Republic of Guyana was also flagged off.

About ICGS Kamla Devi

ICGS Kamla Devi is 48.9 meters long and 7.5 meters. It has a displacement of 308 tonnes. It is capable of a top speed of 34 knots and an endurance of over 1,500 nautical miles.  It has an integrated bridge system and is fitted with a 40/60 gun as the main armament. The ship has advanced livable facilities with fully air-conditioned accommodations for 35 personnel.

About MV Ma Lisha

MV Ma Lisha is designed and built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd and will be housed in Chennai. The ship was launched on 15th June 2022 and within six months, GRSE secured the ‘Technical Acceptance’ of the ship on 16th December 2022. It is a 70-meter-long vessel with a displacement of 1,700 tonnes and is propelled by two diesel engines and can attain a maximum speed of 15 knots.

Indian peacekeepers honoured with UN Medal for Exemplary Service

Over 1,000 Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been honoured with the prestigious UN medals at an award ceremony.

UN Medal for Exemplary Service

Over 1,000 Indian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) have been honoured with the prestigious UN medals at an award ceremony where the parade was led for the first time by a woman officer of the Indian Army.

Overview of the news

At a special award ceremony in Upper Nile, 1,171 peacekeepers from India deployed with the UN mission in South Sudan were honoured with UN medals for their exemplary service. for the first time, a female officer of the Indian Army, Major Jasmine Chattha, led the parade of the large Indian contingent, comprising infantry, engineers and medical officials, at the award ceremony in Upper Nile.

Last week, India deployed the largest platoon of women peacekeepers to the United Nations Interim Security Force, Abyei (UNISFA), heralding New Delhi’s intent of increasing significantly the number of women in peacekeeping contingents.

About UN Peacekeeping

UN peacekeeping began in 1948 when the UN Security Council authorised the deployment of UN military observers in the Middle East. It helps to bring countries from conflict to a difficult path of peace. It deploys soldiers and police from all over the world for peacekeeping.

Indian in UN peacekeeping

India’s Permanent Mission to the UN said the platoon of women peacekeepers being deployed in Abyei as part of the Indian Battalion in UNISFA is India’s largest single unit of women peacekeepers in a UN Mission since the country had deployed the first-ever all-women’s contingent in Liberia in 2007.

India is among the largest troop-contributing countries to UN peacekeeping missions and its peacekeepers are lauded for their outstanding work and for going above and beyond their duties while serving in the missions. As of June 2022, 2370 Indian military personnel are deployed with UNMISS, the second highest after Rwanda (2637).

PM Narendra Modi launches MV Ganga Vilas cruise in Varanasi

MV Ganga Vilas cruise in Varanasi: World's longest river cruise, the MV Ganga Vilas, which will travel 3,200 km over 27 river systems in five states in India and Bangladesh.

MV Ganga Vilas cruise in Varanasi

The world’s longest river cruise, the MV Ganga Vilas, which will travel 3,200 km over 27 river systems in five states in India and Bangladesh in 51 days, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, January 13, 2022.

MV Ganga Vilas cruise in Varanasi: Key Points:

The first cruise ship ever built in India, the MV Ganga Vilas, set out from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and will go via Bangladesh to Dibrugarh in Assam.

The 51-day cruise has 50 stops planned, including major cities like Patna in Bihar, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, Kolkata in West Bengal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, and Guwahati in Assam.

These destinations include world heritage sites, national parks, river ghats, and world heritage sites.

Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurates School of Logistics, Waterways and Communication in Agartala

What is ‘New age tourism’?

The launch of the Ganga boat service is a watershed event that will usher in a new era of tourism in India, according to the Prime Minister, who also extended an invitation to overseas visitors to visit the nation and experience its vibrancy.

The river trip will encourage tourism and generate new employment prospects.

The MV Ganga Vilas trip is designed to showcase the best of the nation to the globe.

The trip would allow the tourists the chance to set out on an experience journey and savour the art, culture, history, and spirituality of India and Bangladesh.

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh Released Theme for National Science Day 2023

About the Luxury Cruise:

The luxury cruise has three decks, 18 suites, a capacity for 36 passengers, and all the luxuries facilities.

32 Swiss tourists have signed up for the entire duration of the inaugural trip.

“Saharsh” Special Education Program Launched by Tripura State Government

'Saharsh' was launched in 40 schools of the state on a pilot basis in August last year. It will be extended to all government and aided schools from the second week of January.

The ‘Saharsh’ was launched in 40 schools of the state on a pilot basis in August last year. This year, it will be extended to all government and aided schools in Tripura from the second week of January.

A similar program, which was found to be effective in social and economic development in research studies of Harvard and Columbia Universities is being contextualized with local realities of India before being implemented in Tripura.

“Saharsh” Special Education Program Launched by Tripura State Government – Key Points

On the inauguration of the 49th state-level science, mathematics, and environment exhibition, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath informed that the state government has been working to make Tripura self-reliant and prosperous.

The school education department has introduced 36 reforms in the last five years and the higher education department has 19 reforms.

The ‘Saharsh’ initiative is aimed at empowering children to learn with happiness.

The state government has trained 204 schools for the ‘Saharsh’ curriculum while 200 more will be trained in the future.

30 assistant headmasters from different districts of Tripura were also selected to work as Saharsh implementation ambassadors.

Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath also launched a special ‘Saharsh’ teacher guideline handbook and informed that the entire module was available on the State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) website.

Under the Saharsh program, Children won’t be pressurized to study, rather they will be encouraged to social and emotional learning.

Tripura was ranked among 5th grade in Performance Grading Index during the erstwhile Left Front government, the state has now ranked among Grade 1.

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