Current Affairs of October 2023

Updated 31 October 2023

The Argentina footballer who has been awarded the 2023 Ballon d'Or (winning it for the 8th time in his career) Lionel Messi
The joint military exercise (bi-service involving Army and Air Force) conducted by India and Kazakhstan from 30.10.23 to 11.11.23 at Otar, Kazakhstan is namedEx. KAZIND-2023
The place in Andhra Pradesh where collision between 2 passenger trains resulted in the death of 14 passengers and injury of several othersKantakapalli in Vizianagaram
The Indian batsman who has become the fastest to score 2000 runs in one-day internationals by scoring in 38 innings surpassing the record of Hashim Amla who did it in 40 inningsShubman Gill
The third of Visakhapatnam class stealth guided missile destroyer which was delivered to the Indian Navy on 20 October by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited is namedINS Imphal
The joint military exercise between Indian and Malaysian Army conducted in Umroi Cantonment is namedEx Harimau Shakti-2023
The collaborative project of the Indian Army and United Services Institution with the objective to synthesize ancient wisdom with contemporary military practices launched by the Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh is named Project Udbhav
The place in Uttar Pradesh where India's first Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiGhaziabad
The village in Gujarat's Kutch district which has been declared the Best Tourism Village by United Nations World Tourism OrganizationDhordo
The Indian chess player who has become the third Indian to beat the world number 1 Magnus Carlsen by defeating him the Qatar Masters tournamentKarthikeyan Murali
The venue of the third edition of the 3-day Global Maritime India Summit 2023 inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra ModiMumbai
The day which has been chosen to be observed as the National Space Day as per notification issued by the Govt of IndiaAugust 23
The American actor and film producer who has been chosen to be conferred the Satyajit Ray Excellence in Film Lifetime Achievement Award during the International Film Festival of India 2023 to be held in November 2023Michael Douglas
The rank of India in Global Hunger Index 2023 published by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe111
The two PSUs under Ministry of Railways which have been granted the Navratna status by the Govt of IndiaIRCON International and RITES Ltd
The Tamil writer who has been conferred the Saraswati Samman 2022 by KK Birla Foundation for her book Surya VamsamMs. Sivasankari
The venue of World Health Summit 2023 held from 15 to 17 October 2023 with the theme A Defining Year for Global Health ActionBerlin
The former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports who passed away on 15 October 2023Shri M.S. Gill
The venue of 141st session of International Olympic Committee held from 14 to 17 October 2023Mumbai
The state which has designated the Gangetic Dolphin as the state's aquatic animal Uttar Pradesh
The operation launched by India to evacuate Indians from Israel due to the situation arising after the attack by Hamas is namedOperation Ajay
The Kenyan athlete who has established a new world record in running the marathon by finishing the Chicago marathon in 2 hours and 35 secondsKelvin Kiptum
The Indian company which has become the only Indian Public Sector Undertaking to be listed in the Forbes World's Best Employers list of 2023 NTPC Ltd
The annual Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise CHAKRAVAT-2023 is being hosted by Indian Navy atGoa
The 11th edition of annual joint military exercise by India and Bangladesh held from 03rd October 2023 in Umroi, Meghalaya is named SAMPRITI-XI
The People's National Congress candidate and Malé mayor who has won the Presidential elections in Maldives defeating incumbent Ibrahim Mohamed SolihMohamed Muizzu
The country in Southeast Asia which has become the first in the region to launch high speed railwayIndonesia

Nobel Prizes 2023
1.MedicineKatalin Karikófor their discoveries concerning nucleoside base modifications that enabled the development of effective mRNA vaccines against COVID-19
Drew Weissman
2.ChemistryMoungi G. Bawendifor the discovery and synthesis of quantum dots
Louis E. Brus
Alexei I. Ekimov
3.PhysicsPierre Agostinifor experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter
Ferenc Krausz
Anne L’Huillier
4.PeaceMs. Narges Mohammadifor her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all
5.Economic SciencesMs. Claudia Goldinfor having advanced our understanding of women's labour market outcomes
6.LiteratureJon Fossefor his innovative plays and prose which give voice to the unsayable.


Asian Games 2023

Host city: Hangzhou, China

Motto: Heart to Heart, @Future

Mascots: Congcong, Lianlian and Chenchen known collectively as Memories of Jiangnan

Official theme song: With You and Me

Held from 23 September to 08 October 2023

Opened by: Xi Jinping, President of China

Opening and Closing ceremonies held at: Hangzhou Sports Park Stadium

Medals Tally

3.South Korea425989190

Indian Medals by Sports


Indian flag bearers at the opening ceremony: Harmanpreet Singh and Lovlina Borgohain

Indian flag bearer at the closing ceremony: PR Sreejesh

4th Asian Para Games 2022

Host city: Hangzhou, China

Motto: Hearts Meet, Dreams Shine

Mascots: Feifei, inspired by the motif of the "Divine Bird" in the Liangzhu Culture.

Official theme song: With You and Me

Held from 22 October to 28 October 2023

Medals Tally

4.South Korea303340103

Miscellaneous Current Affairs - October 2023

Important Days of October

International Day of Older Persons: 01 October

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 1991

Theme: Fulfilling the Promises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Older Persons: Across Generations

International Day of Non-Violence: 02 October

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2007

World Teachers' Day: 05 October

Established by : UNESCO

Theme: The teachers we need for the education we want: The global imperative to reverse the teacher shortage

First Observed in: 1994

World Habitat Day: 1st Monday of October (04 October)

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1986

Theme: Resilient urban economies. Cities as drivers of growth and recovery

World Post Day: 09 October

Designated by : Universal Postal Union

First Observed in: 1969

Theme: Together for trust: Collaborating for a safe and connected future

World Mental Health Day: 10 October

Designated by : World Health Organisation

Theme: Mental Health is a Universal Human Right

First Observed in: 1992

International Day of the Girl Child: 11 October

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Invest in Girls' Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being

First Observed in: 2012

World Sight Day: 12 October (2nd Thursday of October)

Designated by : International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

Theme: #Love Your Eyes

First Observed in: 2000

International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction: 13 October

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Fighting inequality for a resilient future

First Observed in: 1989

International Day of Rural Women: 15 October

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2008

World Food Day: 16 October

Designated by : Food and Agricultural Organisation

Theme: Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind.

First Observed in: 1980

International Day for Eradication of Poverty: 17 October

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

Theme: Decent work and Social Protection: Putting dignity in practice for all

First Observed in: 1993

World Development Information Day: 24 October

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 1972

United Nations Day: 24 October

The day marks the coming into effect of the UN Charter (the founding document of UNO) in 1945.

This year's UN Day Concert on the theme of The Frontlines of Climate Action is sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Tonga to the United Nations with support from PVBLIC Foundation's Family Offices for Sustainable Development.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: 27 October

Designated by : UNESCO

Theme: Your window to the world

First Observed in: 2005

World Cities Day: 31 October

Designated by : UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2014

Bishan Singh Bedi - Former Cricketer

Born: 25 September 1946

Passed away: 23 October 2023

Bowler: Slow left-arm orthodox

Bowling performance: 266 wickets in 67 tests

Awarded the Padma Shri in 1970 and C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004

New Governors

  1. Tripura - Shri Nallu Indrasena Reddy
  2. Odisha - Shri Raghubar Das

New GI Tags

The following items have been bestowed Geographical Indication (GI) tags recently

  1. Basohli Pashmina from Kathua district (J&K)
  2. Yak Churpi (Yak milk product) from West Kameng and Tawang districts (Arunachal Pradesh)