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Current Affairs of January 2023

The former Minister of Law and Justice (1977 to 79) and advocate of Supreme Court, who passed away on 31 January 2023Shri Shanti Bhushan
The Minister of Health and Family Welfare of Odisha who was shot dead by a police sub-inspector on 29 January 2023Shri Naba Kishore Das
The inaugural edition of the bilateral air exercise between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Japan Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) held in Japan's Hyakuri air base from 12 to 26 January 2023 was namedVeer Guardian 2023
The biennial Tri-Services Amphibious exercise conducted at Kakinada (A.P.) from 17 to 22 January 23 was namedAMPHEX 2023
The first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2018) and also recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan who passed away on 24 January 2023Dr. Balkrishna Vithaldas Joshi
The venue of India International Science Festival, IISF-2022 held from 21 to 24 January 2023 with the theme Marching towards Amrit Kaal with Science Technology and InnovationBhopal
The first ever joint exercise between the special forces of the Indian Army and the Egyptian Army held from 14 January 2023 in Jaisalmer is namedExercise Cyclone-I
The renowned Assamese poet winner of Jnanpith Award for 2020 who passed away on 19 January 2023Shri Nilamani Phookan
The world's oldest person, a French nun aged 118 years, who passed away on 17 January 2023Ms. Lucile Randon
The district of Kerala which has become India's first constitution literate district as announced by the Chief Minister Shri P. VijayanKollam
The state which has restored old pension scheme to all its present employees who are covered under the NPSHimachal Pradesh
The 21st edition bilateral naval exercise held between the navies of India and France from 16 to 21 January 23 on the Western Seaboard is namedExercise Varuna
The contestant from USA who has been crowned Miss Universe 2022 at the beauty pageant held in New Orleans, LouisianaMs. R'Bonney Gabriel
The venue of 26th National Youth Festival held from 12 to 16 January 2023 with the theme Viksit Yuva, Viksit BharatHubbali (Karnataka)
The former Union Minister, seven times Member of Parliament and leader of Rashtriya Janata Dal who passed away on 12 January 23Shri Sharad Yadav
The name given to the new integrated food security scheme for providing free foodgrains to Antodaya Ann Yojna (AAY) & Primary Household (PHH) beneficiaries, rolled out from 1st January 2023Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY)
The venue of 17th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention held from 08-10 January 2023 with the theme Diaspora: Reliable partners for India’s progress in Amrit KaalIndore
The renowned oncologist who has been chosen to be awarded the Asom Baibhav, (the highest civilian award by Govt of Assam)Dr. Tapan Saikia
The chess player from Tamil Nadu who has become 79th Indian GrandmasterM. Pranesh
The place in Odisha where a new stadium named Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium was inaugurated by its CM Shri Naveen PatnaikRourkela
The bowler from Saurashtra team who has made new Ranji Trophy record of becoming the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the opening overJaydev Unadkat
The place in Kerala at which world's first palm-leaf manuscript museum was inaugurated by the Kerala CM Shri P VijayanThiruvananthapuram
The state which has been awarded the UN World Habitat Awards 2023 for its world's largest land titling and slum upgrading program Jaga MissionOdisha
The place on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, where India has deployed its single largest platoon of UN women peacekeepersAbyei
The venue of 1st All India Annual States' Ministers Conference on "Water Vision@2047" held from 05 to 06 January 2023Bhopal
The member of European Union since 2013 which has adopted the EU currency from 01 Jan 2023 and become the 20th member of EurozoneCroatia
The chess player from West Bengal who has become 78th Indian GrandmasterKoustav Chatterjee
The greenfield international airport at Mopa, Goa has been renamed after the former Chief Minister of Goa as Manohar International Airport
The venue of 108th Indian Science Congress held from 3rd January to 07 January with the theme Science and Technology for Sustainable Development with Women EmpowermentRashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
The former President of Brazil (from 2003 to 2011) and member of Workers' Party who has taken over as the 39th President of BrazilMr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Australian Open 2023

Men's SinglesNovak Djokovic (Serbia)Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)
Women's SinglesAryna Sabalenka(*)Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan)
Men's DoublesRinky Hijikata and Jason Kubier (Australia)Hugo Nys (Monaco) and Jan Zielinski (Poland)
Women's DoublesBarbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic)Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara (Japan)
Mixed's DoublesLuisa Stefani and Rafael Matos (Brazil)Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna (India)

Note: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both have the maximum number of Grand Slam Men's Singles titles i.e. 22.

*Aryna Sabalenka is a Belarusian player, but she participated in her individual capacity as Russian and Belarusian flags were banned from displayed at the tournament.

ICC Awards 2022

Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy: Babar Azam (Pakistan)

Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy: Nat Sciver (England)

Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year: Ben Stokes (England)

Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Babar Azam (Pakistan)

Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year: Nat Sciver (England)

Men’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Suryakumar Yadav (India)

Women’s T20 International Cricketer of the Year: Tahlia McGrath (Australia)

Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Marco Jansen (South Africa)

Women’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year: Renuka Singh (India)

Men’s Associate Cricketer of the Year: Gerhard Erasmus (Namibia)

Women’s Associate Cricketer of the Year: Esha Oza (UAE)

David Shepherd Trophy: Richard Illingworth (England)

Spirit of Cricket Award: Aasif Sheikh (Nepal)

Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar-2023

Institutional Category:

1. Odisha State Disaster Management Authority and

2. Lunglei Fire Station, Mizoram

India Open Badminton Tournament 2023

Venue: KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi

Winners of men's singles: Kunlavut Vitidsarn (Thailand)

Winners of women's singles: An Se-young (South Korea)

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Important Days of January

World Braille Day: 04 January 2023

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2019

International Day of Education: 24 January 2023

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2019

International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust: 27 January 2023

Designated by : United Nations General Assembly

First Observed in: 2006

World Leprosy Day: 29 January 2023 (Last Sunday of January)

Designated by : World Health Organisation

Theme: Act Now. End Leprosy

2023 Men's FIH Hockey World Cup

Held from: 13 to 29 January 2023

Venues: Kalinga Stadium (Bhubaneswar) & Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium (Rourkela)

Winners: Germany (3rd title)

Runners-up: Belgium

Third position: Netherlands

Best Player: Niklas Wellen (Germany)

Best Goalkeeper: Vincent Vanasch (Belgium)

Fair Play Award: Belgium

Note: India and Argentina stood at 9th position

2023 Republic Day Awards

Chief Guest: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi

Best Marching Contingent among the three services - Punjab Regiment Centre Contingent

Best Marching Contingent among CAPF/other auxiliary forces - CRPF Marching Contingent

Best three Tableaux (States/UTs)

  1. Uttarakhand (Manaskhand)
  2. Maharashtra (Sade Tin Shaktipithe & Nari Shakti)
  3. Uttar Pradesh (Ayodhya Deepotsav)

Best Tableau (Ministries/Departments) - Ministry of Tribal Affairs (Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRSs))

Special Prize: Central Public Works Department (Biodiversity Conservation)

The online poll for the popular choice was conducted between January 25-28, 2023 on MyGov web page. The results are:

Best Marching Contingent among the three services - INDIAN AIR FORCE MARCHING CONTINGENT

Best Marching Contingent among CAPF/other auxiliary forces - CRPF MARCHING CONTINGENT

Best three Tableaux (States/UTs):

  1. Gujarat (Clean-Green energy efficient Gujarat)
  2. Uttar Pradesh (Ayodhya Deepotsava)
  3. Maharashtra (Sade tin Shaktipeeth and Nari Shakti)

Best Tableau (Central Ministries/Departments) - CAPF (Ministry of Home Affairs

80th Golden Globe Awards

Awarded by: Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Ceremony held on: January 10, 2023

Ceremony held at: Beverly Hills, California

Best Motion Picture (Drama): The Fabelmans directed by Steven Spielberg

Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy): The Banshees of Inisherin directed by Martin McDonagh

Best Motion Picture (Animated): Pinocchio directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson

Best Motion Picture (Non-English): Argentina, 1985 directed by Santiago Mitre

Best Actor (Drama): Austin Butler for Elvis

Best Actress (Drama): Catherine Blanchett for Tar

Best Director: Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans

Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz for Babylon

Best Original Song: Naatu Naatu composed by MM Keeravani and written by Chandrabose

Most nominations were received for: The Banshees of Inisherin (8 nominations)

The Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment: Eddie Murphy

The Carol Burnett Award for outstanding and lasting contributions to television on or off the screen: Ryan Murphy

MV Ganga Vilas

Longest River Cruise in the World

Journey from: Varanasi (U.P.)

Journey to: Dibrugarh (Assam)

Route across 27 river systems in India and Bangladesh

Duration of the trip: 51 days

Distance covered: 3,200 km

Features of the cruise ship: 3 decks, 18 suites with capacity of 36 tourists.

ICC U-19 Women's T20 World Cup 2023

Held: From 14 to 29 January 2023

Hosted by: South Africa

Winners: India

Runners-up: England

Player of the series: Grace Scrivens (England)

Most runs: Shweta Sehrawat (India)

Most wickets: Maggie Clark (Australia)

Captain of Indian team: Shafali Verma

Padma Awards 2023

Padma Vibhushan

Art : Shri Zakir Hussain

Architecture : Shri Balkrishna Doshi (Posthumous)

Public Affairs :Shri S.M. Krishna

Medicine :Shri Dilip Mahalanabis (Posthumous)

Science & Engineering :Shri Srinivas Varadhan (USA)

Public Affairs :Shri Mulayam Singh (Posthumous)

Padma Bhushan

Literature & Education : Shri SL Bhyrappa

Trade & Industry : Shri Kumar Mangalam Birla

Science & Engineering : Shri Deepak Dhar

Art : Ms. Vani Jairam

Others - Spiritualism : Swami Chinna Jeeyar

Art : Ms. Suman Kalyanpur

Literaure & Education : Shri Kapil Kapoor

Social Work : Shri Ms. Sudha Murty

Others - Spiritualism : Shri Kamlesh D Patel

Padma Shri


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