Top 10 October Current Affairs 2023

1 Nov 2023  Read 6497 Views

Hey Readers! It's that time of the month when we bring you our monthly current affairs tapping what's hot & happening around the world. October 2023 brought us a month of festivities, but the race for acing exams never stops. To do so, staying in the loop is crucial, and we've got your back. So, we've compiled 10 headline-worthy events that matter in competitive exams.

Let's delve into these!

Important Current Affairs Compilation for October 2023

1. Supreme Court dismisses Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

India's Supreme Court refuses to recognise same-sex marriage
Source: The Economist

In a significant and closely-watched verdict, India's Supreme Court recently decided not to allow same-sex marriages in the country. India's Supreme Court, by a 3:2 majority, ruled against granting legal recognition to same-sex marriages. The decision came after a marathon 10-day hearing by a five-judge constitution bench led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud. During the proceedings, petitioners emphasized the LGBTQIA+ community's equality rights and their desire for a dignified life, just like heterosexual couples.

2. Important Appointments in October 2023

SBI endorses RBI forecast for Indian economy growing at 7% in FY23 - The  Financial World
Source: The Financial World

POST

ORGANISATION

NAME

REMARKS

Director General

Border Roads Organisation (BRO)

Lt. General Ragu Srinivasan

BRO aims to secure Indian borders through the development of infrastructure in remote regions of the North and Northeast.

Prime Minister

Slovakia

Robert Fico

This is Fico’s third term as Prime Minister.

Chairman 

State Bank of India (SBI)

Dinesh Khara 

Tenure extended by 2 years by Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC)

Managing Director 

Ashwini Tewari 

Executive Director

RBI

Muneesh Kapur

He will oversee the Department of Economic and Policy Research.

Chief Managing Director

Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC)

Sanjay Kumar Jain

He is an Indian Railway Traffic Service (IRTS) officer.

Chief Justice 

Manipur High Court

Justice Siddharth Mridul 

In Feb 2023, the CJ of Manipur High Court position became vacant with Justice PV Sanjay Kumar's elevation to the Supreme Court. On July 5th, Justice Mridul was proposed as the next Chief Justice. 

 

3. First Russian Bank Registers with SEBI 

Russia's Sberbank pulls out of Europe after facing failure amid sanctions |  Banking | The Guardian
Source: The Guardian

Sberbank of Russia, a state-owned bank already present in India, has made history by becoming the first Russian bank to register as a foreign portfolio investor (FPI) with the Indian markets regulator (SEBI). This registration grants them a Category I FPI license, which involves stricter ownership disclosures but allows them to invest in overseas derivatives linked to Indian stocks and enjoy certain tax benefits. Category I FPI status is typically reserved for government-related foreign investors and regulated entities like banks, sovereign wealth funds, investment trusts, pension funds, and asset management companies.

4. New Drone (Amendment) Rules 2023

Now become a drone pilot with govt issued identity, address proof
Source: Moneycontrol

To boost drone operations in India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has introduced the Drone (Amendment) Rules 2023, removing the mandatory passport requirement for aspiring drone pilots. This change addresses the challenge faced by many, particularly in rural areas, and now allows the use of government-issued identity and address proofs instead. The move aims to simplify and promote drone activities, with the goal of making India a global drone hub by 2030.

5. Vertical Wind Tunnel Inaugurated 

Indian Army's first vertical wind tunnel installed at special forces  training school in HP | India News - Times of India
Source: TOI

A state-of-the-art Vertical Wind Tunnel (VWT) has been inaugurated by Army Chief General Manoj Pande, marking the Indian Army's first such facility at the Special Forces Training School (SFTS) in Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. This VWT, a first in the Indian Army, simulates real-life free fall conditions, allowing military trainees to enhance their Combat Free Fall (CFF) skills. This technological advancement reflects the Indian Army's commitment to modernizing training methods and equipping armed forces personnel for various challenging scenarios.

6. G.I.Tags for products

Arunachal Pradesh Gets GI Tags for Three Products
Source: Drishti IAS

 

STATE

PRODUCT

REMARK

Arunachal Pradesh 

Arunachal Pradesh Yak Churpi

Food 

Arunachal Pradesh  Khaw Tai 

(Khatmi Rice)

Agriculture 

Arunachal Pradesh  Tangsa Textile Product

Textile 

Tamil Nadu

Udangudi Panang Karupatti

Food 

Jammu and Kashmir 

Basohli Pashmina Woolen Products

Textiles 

Udhampur Kaladi

Food 

Odisha 

Kendrapara Rasabali

Food 

Goa 

Goa Cashew 

(Kaju or Caju)

Agriculture 

 

7. Apps/ Portals Launched

ICCR working on vision document to promote Indian culture globally' -  Hindustan Times
Source: Hindustan Times

 

NAME OF PORTAL/APPLICATION

MINISTRY INCHARGE

REMARKS

Universalisation of Traditional Indian Knowledge System (UTIKS) Portal

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) under the Ministry of External Affairs

Portal is aimed to spread knowledge and authentic information about Indian culture worldwide. 

Portal - www.charak.chemicals.gov.in

Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

Aim is to provide statistical data related to the chemical sector for the benefit of all stakeholders. The portal is made in association with the National Informatics Center (NIC).

Ready India Dashboard - 

evereadyindia.org

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, 

Ministry of Power

it is a free digital platform to focus on real-time EV adoption and forecasts, associated battery demand etc. using Artificial Intelligence. 

New - website, logo, brochure of National Cooperative Exports Limited (NCEL)

Ministry of Cooperation 

Aim is to focus on farmers and transfer 50% of its export profits directly into farmers’ bank accounts. 

 

8. Arogya Manthan 2023 Inaugurated 

Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya to inaugurate Arogya Manthan
Source:News On Air

The National Health Authority (NHA) hosted the two-day Arogya Manthan 2023 event to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PM-JAY) and the 2-year milestone of Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM). AB-PM-JAY, initiated in 2018, offers health coverage of 5 lakhs per family annually for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization, while ABDM aims to establish a robust digital health ecosystem with an online platform. NHA, the successor to the National Health Agency, plays a pivotal role in implementing India's flagship public health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, and is also entrusted with designing strategies and implementing the National Digital Health Mission.

9. Digital India Act 2023 

India set to replace dated IT laws with Digital India Act, prep work begins
Source: Entrackr

Digital India is a newly introduced legal framework designed to regulate and govern India's evolving digital environment. Its primary objective is to consolidate digital laws, including the Digital Personal Data Protection Act, National Data Governance Policy, and Indian Penal Code amendments for cybercrime. These laws collectively create a framework to govern the country's digital landscape. Digital India aims to establish adaptable rules to keep pace with evolving technology, provide online adjudication, and ensure compliance with overarching governing principles. Its key components include upholding an open internet, enhancing online safety and trust with provisions like the Right to be Forgotten and Right to Digital Inheritance, and establishing accountability through complaint mechanisms, constitutional rights protection, and periodic risk assessments.

10. India’s Solar Roof Cycling Track Inaugurated

Pedalling Towards Progress: World-Class ORR Solar Cycling Track In  Hyderabad Set For September Launch - India Infra Hub
Source: India Infra Hub

Hyderabad recently unveiled India's inaugural solar-roofed cycling track, named the Healthway Cycling Track, stretching 23 kilometers. This unique track features around 16,000 solar panels that generate 16 megawatts of power, equivalent to lighting 32,000 streetlights or illuminating 800 kilometers of city streets. Remarkably, it's the world's second solar roof-covered cycle track, recognized for its exceptional design.

Conclusion

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