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Power Minister RK Singh launches SADUN to Modernize Power Distribution Utilities in South AsiaPower Minister launches SADUN to modernise power distribution utilities in South AsiaThe Union Minister Raj Kumar (RK) Singh, Ministry of Power launched the South Asia Distribution Utility Network (SADUN) to modernize distribution of utilities in South Asia via knowledge sharing among the region’s discoms (Distribution Companies), and to enable utility-to-utility (U2U) connect.
About SADUN:
Conceptualized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in January 2020, it is a joint initiative of India’s Ministry of Power, USAID and Power Finance Corporation Ltd (PFC).

  • It will benefit the member nations through the creation of synergies, sharing of experiences and visions, and enhancing focus on distribution issues at the regional-level.
  • USAID has already shared a white paper on SADUN with member nations to get their concurrence on the blueprint of the network and further the process of implementation.

Participants at Launch Event:
Union Secretary Alok Kumar, Ministry of Power; USAID’s Mission Director Veena Reddy; among others.

India and Mexico signed MoU on Research, Technology & Innovation in New DelhiIndia and Mexico signed an MoU on research, technology and innovation in New Delhii.On March 4, 2023, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between India and Mexico on research, technology and innovation collaborations.
ii.It was signed in the presence of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Dr Jitendra Singh, Ministry of Science and Technology; Marcelo Ebrard, Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs; and High-Level Delegations from both the sides at the India Science Centre, Lodhi Road in New Delhi, Delhi.
iii.Through this MoU, India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Mexican Agencies can provide their effective inputs to the global society with Research and Innovation Partnerships for technology development, upscaling of each other’s Intellectual Property for commercialization, and Research Infrastructure Development & Sharing.
About Mexico:
President- Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Capital– Mexico City
Currency– Mexican Peso
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President of India Confers ‘Swachh Sujal Shakti Samman 2023’; Launches “Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch The Rain”- 2023PRESIDENT OF INDIA CONFERS SWACHH SUJAL SHAKTI SAMMAN 2023On March 4, 2023, Droupadi Murmu, President of India, conferred the ‘Swachh Sujal Shakti Samman 2023’ under several categories of the Swachh Bharat Mission—Grameen (SBM-G), Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), and National Water Mission (NWM) in New Delhi, Delhi.

  • The “Swachh Sujal Shakti Samman (SSSS) 2023″ was organised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti in preparation of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2023) and was attended by Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

i.This SSSS 2023 honoured women for their extraordinary and exemplary work at the grassroots level in the implementation of key programs, including SBM-G, JJM, and Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain (JSA-CTR).
ii.The President also launched the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan – Catch the Rain 2023’ (JSA: CTR-2023) campaign [4th in its series], with the theme “Source Sustainability for Drinking Water,” during the event.
iii.The NWM SoPs (standard operating procedures) on source sustainability were released by Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
About Ministry of Jal Shakti:
Union Minister – Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Jodhpur Constituency, Rajasthan)
Minister of State (MoS) – Prahlad Singh Patel; Bishweswar Tudu
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Anurag Singh Thakur launches Yuva Utsav across India from IIT Ropar, PunjabUnion Minister Anurag Thakur launches Yuva Utsav across the nation, from IIT Ropar, PunjabOn 4th March 2023, Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports and Information & Broadcasting, launched the Yuva Utsava-India@2047 from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Ropar in Punjab.

  • Anurag Thakur also unveiled the Yuva Utsava Dashboard during the event.
  • “Yuva Utsav India @2047” is being held in all Indian districts by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS) through its flagship youth organisation, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS).

Yuva Utsava was simultaneously hosted at 12 locations: Pratapgarh(Uttar Pradesh), Haridwar (Uttrakhand), Dhar and Hosangabad (Madhya Pradesh), Hanumangarh (Rajasthan), Saraiekela (Jharkhand), Kapurthala (Punjab), Jalgaon(Maharastra), Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh), Karimnagar (Telangana), Palakhad (Kerala), Cuddalore (Tamil Nadu).
About the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports:
Union Minister- Anurag Singh Thakur (Constituency- Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh)
Minister of State (MoS)- Nisith Pramanik (Constituency- Coochbehar, West Bengal)
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1st B2B Conference & Expo on Traditional Medicine Under SCO held in AssamSCO’s 1st B2B Global Conference & Expo on Traditional Medicine launchedOn 2nd March 2023, Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister of Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways, inaugurated the first of its kind business to business (B2B) Conference and Expo on Traditional Medicine under the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Guwahati, Assam.

  • The 2-day conference(2nd-3rd March 2023) and 4-day Expo (2nd to 5th March 2023) were attended by more than 150 delegates from 17 countries.

i.The first SCO B2B conference and expo on traditional medicine created a platform for buyers and sellers from various countries to explore the trade potential to serve the needs of people across the globe.
ii.The Conference and Expo provided an opportunity for regulators, industries and business leaders in all the SCO and partner countries to deliberate on various aspects of Traditional Medicine, such as products, services, education, skill development, cosmetics and Policies.
About Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): 
SCO or Shanghai Pact is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance of eight member multilateral organisations.
Established on 15th June 2001 in Shanghai, China.
Members– 8 member states 3 observers and 14 dialogue partner countries.
Note: India was granted observer status in 2005 and the status of full member in 2017.
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World’s 1st 200-meter-long Bamboo Crash Barrier “Bahu Balli” installed on the Vani-Warora Highway, Maharashtra

The world’s first 200-meter-long Bamboo Crash Barrier named “Bahu Balli” has been installed on the Vani-Warora Highway in Vidarbha, Maharashtra. This offers an alternative to steel and addresses environmental concerns and their aftermath. This marks an accomplishment towards achieving  AatmanirbharBharat.

  • Bahu Balli underwent rigorous testing at various government-run facilities, including the National Automotive Test Tracks (NATRAX) in Pithampur, Indore (Madhya Pradesh), and was given a Class 1 rating during the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) in Roorkee’s (Uttarakhand) fire rating test.
  • It has also received approval from the Indian Road Congress.
  • Compared to steel barriers, bamboo barriers have a recycling value of 50–70%.

Bahu Balli barrier is made of Bambusa Balcoa bamboo, which has been coated with recycled High-Density Poly Ethylene  (HDPE) and treated with creosote oil.

Dr Mansukh Mandaviya unveils “India’s Vaccine Growth Story” by Sajjan Singh Yadav at World Book Fair 2023

On 4th March 2023, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, released the book “India’s Vaccine Growth Story – From Cowpox to Vaccine Maitri” authored by Sajjan Singh Yadav, Additional Secretary in the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, at the World Book fair 2023, in New Delhi, Delhi.
Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, Lok Ranjan, Secretary, Government of India, Govind Prasad Sharma, Chairman of National Book Trust also took part in the event.

  • The book elaborates on India’s outstanding accomplishments in the development, production, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The book elaborately presents World’s Largest Immunization Campaign for COVID-19 Conducted by India.

MoSJE signs MoU with Prajapati Brahma Kumari for Spreading Message of Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan

On March 4, 2023, The Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Social  Justice and Empowerment (MoSJE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Prajapati Brahma Kumari Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Mount Abu in New Delhi for spreading the message of Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan (NMBA) among youth, women and students.

  • It was signed during a ceremony held at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi, Delhi in the presence of Union Minister Dr Virendra Kumar, MoSJE; MoS Ramdas Athawle, MoSJE and senior members of the Brahma Kumaris management.

Key Notes:
i.NMBA is a flagship programme of MoSJE which is currently operational in 372 districts of India with an aim to create awareness about the ill effects of substance abuse among the youth.
ii.To curb the menace of drug demand, MoSJE has been implementing National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) which is an umbrella scheme under which financial assistance is provided to State Governments and Union Territories (UTs)


INS Trikand Participates in IMX/CE-23; Indian Navy’s 1st IMX participationIndian Navy participates in international maritime exercise Cutlass Express 2023 in the Gulf regionIndian Navy Ship (INS) Trikand is participating in the International Maritime Exercise/ Cutlass Express 2023 (IMX/CE-23) being held in the Gulf region from 26 February to 16 March 2023
This marks Indian Navy’s 1st IMX participation and also marks the 2nd occasion in which INS participates in an exercise conducted by Combined Maritime Forces.
Note: Previously, In November 2022, INS Trikand participated in Operation Sea Sword 2 led by CMF.

  • Along with INS Trikand participants from over 50 nations and international maritime agencies were taking part to enhance maritime security and keep sea lanes in the region safe for maritime commerce.

The participation of INS in these exercises will enable it to strengthen the relationships and enhance the interoperability and collective maritime capability of the Indian Navy with maritime partners in the IOR (Indian Ocean region).
About INS Trikand:
i.The Talwar-class stealth frigate, INS Trikand is the third and final ship of the second batch of Talwar-class frigates ordered by the Indian Navy and was commissioned into Indian Navy service on 29th June 2013.
ii.It was built by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad, Russia and is commanded by Captain Ajay Kochhar.

  • The other two Talwar-class frigates were INS Teg and INS Tarkash.

iii.INS Trikand carries a state-of-the-art combat suite which includes the supersonic BRAHMOS missile system, advanced Surface to Air missiles Shtil, upgraded A190 medium range gun, Electro-optical 30 mm Close-in Weapon System, Anti-Submarine weapons such as torpedoes and rockets and an advanced Electronic Warfare system.
iv.The weapons and sensors are integrated through a Combat Management System ‘Trebovanie-M’.

UN Member States Agreed on Treaty to protect marine biodiversity: ‘High Seas Treaty’  UN delegates reach historic agreement on protecting marine biodiversity in international watersFor the first time, United Nations members agreed on a legally binding ocean treaty ‘High Seas Treaty  to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity that lie outside the national boundaries (i.e. the international waters).

  • The agreement was reached by delegates of the Intergovernmental Conference on Marine Biodiversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ).

Why new Treaty?
The existing convention of ‘UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’ (UNCLOS) was established in 1994, i.e. before marine biodiversity was well-established.
Thus an updated framework to protect marine life in the regions outside national boundary waters, known as the high seas, was discussed for more than 20 years (from 2004) and framed the UN High Seas Treaty.
About UN High Seas Treaty:
i.The Treaty places 30% of the world’s oceans into protected areas, frames new rules for mining at high seas, funds more money into marine conservation, and covers access to and use of marine genetic resources.

  • The treaty will create a new body to manage the conservation of ocean life.

ii.The treaty was framed to address the biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems of the ocean, due to, in particular, climate change impacts on marine ecosystems, such as warming and ocean deoxygenation, as well as ocean acidification, pollution, including plastic pollution, and unsustainable use, treaty had been agreed
iii.The high seas will cover almost two-thirds of the world’s ocean that lies outside national boundaries. But only 1% of high seas is currently protected.
iv.About 10% of the assessed marine animal and plant species are currently classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as at risk of extinction.
v.The treaty will provide a legal framework for establishing vast marine protected areas (MPAs) to protect against the loss of wildlife and share out the genetic resources of the high seas.

vi.Recently,the EU (European Union) announced nearly 820m euros (£722.3m) for international ocean protection.

World Bank’s Women, Business, and the Law 2023 report: Nearly 2.4 Billion Women Globally Don’t Have Same Economic Rights as MenNearly 2.4 Billion Women Globally Don’t Have Same Economic Rights as MenAccording to the 9th edition of the World Bank’s “Women, Business, and the Law 2023” report, women across the world only have 77% of the legal rights that men do, and nearly 2.4 billion women of working age live in countries that do not provide them the same rights as men.

  • Furthermore, the global pace of reforms towards equal treatment of women under the law slowed to a 20-year low in 2022.
  • From 2021 to 2022, the global average score on the Women, Business, and Law index increased just by half a point to 77.1.

Women, Business and the Law 2023
“Women, Business, and the Law 2023” examines laws and regulations impacting women’s economic participation in 190 economies from 1971 to 2023 (calendar years 1970 to 2022).

  • The report focuses on eight indicators: Mobility, Workplace, Pay, Marriage, Parenthood, Entrepreneurship, Assets, and Pensions.

It gives an in-depth analysis of global progress towards gender equality in the law during the last five decades.
Key Takeaways from the Report:
i.The global average score for Women, Business, and the Law has increased by about two-thirds since 1970, climbing from 45.8 to 77.1 points.
ii.Only 14 high-income economies presently have laws guaranteeing women the same rights as men, and progress has been uneven over time and across regions.
iii.Only 34 gender-related legal reforms were noted in 18 economies in 2022, the lowest since 2001.
iv.The index specifically notes a significant slowdown in the reforms pertaining to women’s rights to inherit and own property.
v.At the current rate, it would take at least 50 years on average to achieve considerable legal gender equality everywhere in the areas and it will need another 1,549 reforms to reach that target.
vi.In 2022, Sub-Saharan Africa made great progress, accounting for more than half of all reforms globally, with seven economies—Benin, the Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Malawi, Senegal, and Uganda—adopting 18 positive legal changes.
vii.The average global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita may increase by about 20% over the long term by closing the gender employment gap.
viii.According to studies, if women started and scaled new firms at the same rate as men, the global economy would gain USD 5-6 trillion.


Max Life & Ujjivan SFB Collaborate to Provide Life Insurance OptionsMax Life partners Ujjivan Small Finance Bank to offer life insurance solutionsMax Life Insurance Company Limited (Max Life) has partnered with Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (Ujjivan SFB) to provide comprehensive life insurance products to the bank’s customers.

  • Max Life Insurance will provide a variety of savings, protection, retirement, and group life insurance plans to more than 73 lakh customers of Ujjivan SFB through this partnership.

Key Points:
i.Max Life’s new product offerings include innovation in a variety of consumer segments, including homemakers, NRIs (Non-Resident Indians), and the self-employed.

  • The company has been using digital and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at scale to provide a better customer experience with seamless onboarding, manage risk, and build a digital enterprise.

ii.Ujjivan SFB seeks to improve middle-class aspirants’ access to protection, savings, and retirement options via its national network, thus facilitating them in protecting their future.
About Max Life Insurance Company Limited (Max Life)

Max Life is a joint venture (JV) between Max Financial Services Limited and Axis Bank Limited.

  • Max Financial Services Ltd. is a part of the Max Group.
  • Prashant Tripathy is the Managing Director and CEO of Max Life.

About Ujjivan Small Finance Bank Limited (Ujjivan SFB):
As of January 31, 2023, Ujjivan SFB had 606 branches spread across 254 districts, covering 25 states and union territories (UTs).
MD & CEO – Ittira Davis
Began operations in –2017
Headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka
Tagline – Build a Better life


BBC honoured Indian Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu with BBC ISWOTY 2022 AwardWeightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins BBC Indian Sportswoman Of The Year awardIndian Weightlifter, Padma Shri Saikhom Mirabai Chanu, who became the 1st Indian weightlifter to win the silver medal at Tokyo Olympic Games, has won the 4th edition of the “British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Indian Sportswoman Of The Year (ISWOTY) 2022”.

  • Mirabai Chanu, the 28-year-old Commonwealth champion, became the first athlete to win the award twice in a row. Previously, She also won the BBC ISWOTY 2021.

The award ceremony was hosted by Timothy Douglas Davie (Tim Davie), Director-General of the BBC, at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, Delhi.
ISWOTY 2022- Nominees:
The 5 shortlisted nominees of the 4th edition of BBC ISWOTY were wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik, boxer Nikhat Zareen badminton player PV Sindhu, and Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu.
Note: A judging team made up of renowned sports journalists, authors, and experts announced the 5 nominees for the BBC Indian Sportswoman award for 2022 in February 2023.
About the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC):
Director-General- Timothy Douglas Davie
Headquarters- London, the United Kingdom (UK)
Establishment- 1922
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Crown Prince of Kuwait re-appointed Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah as Prime Minister Kuwait re-appoints Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah as PMIn March 2023, the Crown Prince of Kuwait, Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, issued the decree re-appointing Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah as Prime Minister(PM) of the state of Kuwait Government. The decree also assigned Sheikh Ahmed to nominate members of the new government
i.In October 2022, Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who also oversees the duties of the ruling emir, nominated Sheikh Ahmed, effectively dissolving parliament and calling for early elections after dissolving the previous parliament to end feuding that impeded fiscal reforms.
ii.In January 2023, Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah submitted the resignation of his cabinet to the crown prince due to friction with parliament.

  • It was the 5th time, a Kuwaiti government has resigned in just over 2 years.

Kuwait bans political parties but has given its legislature more influence than similar bodies in other Gulf monarchies.
About Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah 
i.Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah was born in 1956.
ii.In November 2020, he was appointed as the deputy chief of the National Guards with a Minister’s degree.
iii.He has been the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior in March 2022.
iv.He was first appointed as Prime Minister in July 2022 and later he was reappointed as PM in October 2022.
About Kuwait:
Prime Minister– Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah
Currency– Kuwaiti dinar
Capital– Kuwait City


IN successfully Test-Fired Ship launched version of BrahMos Missile in the Arabian Sea Indian Navy successfully test-fired the BrahMos missile launched from a warshipOn March 5, 2023, the Indian Navy (IN) successfully test fired the Ship launched version of the BrahMos supersonic missile in the Arabian Sea. The test was carried out from a Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer warship.
Key Points:
i.The missile’s seeker and booster are indigenously designed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
ii.In April 2022, the anti-ship version of the BrahMos cruise missile was successfully test-fired jointly by IN and the Andaman and Nicobar Command.
About BrahMos Missile:
BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd, an India-Russian joint venture between the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Russian Federation’s NPO Mashinostroyeniya. It produces BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms.

  • BrahMos missile flies at a speed of 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound. Its Flight Range is 290 Km and Operates on Fire and Forget Principle
  • In January 2022, India signed a USD 375 million deal with the Philippines for supplying three batteries of the missile.

IAF Receives 3rd squadron of the S-400 `Triumf’ Surface-to-air Defence Missile System from RussiaRussia delivers the 3rd regiment of S-400 `Triumf’ to IndiaIn February 2023, the Indian Air Force (IAF) received the third squadron of the S-400 `Triumf’ Surface-to-air defence missile system from Russia which will be deployed along the western sector, bordering Pakistan.
i.India-Russia Agreement on S-400:

  • In October 2018, India and Russia signed a deal of $5.43 billion for the procurement of 5 units of S-400 air defence systems to India by 2025.
  • India has made the payment of a 15% advance of the $5.43 billion through the rupee-rouble exchange method.

ii.In December 2021, IAF received the first squadron of the S-400 air defence missile system and deployed it in eastern Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to take care of aerial threats from Pakistan and China. The second one has been deployed in the northeastern region.
iii.Out of the five S-400 defence missile systems, three have reached India and the balance two are expected to be delivered before the end of 2023.
Features of S-400:
i.The S-400 defence missile has a range of up to 400 km and it has a tracking capability of almost 600 km.

  • Around 100 personnel of the IAF have undergone training in Russia on the S-400 air defence system.

ii.With its range of 400 km, it could engage enemy fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise and ballistic missiles.
iii.It consists of long-range radar, two battalions of launchers, a command post vehicle, and target acquisition radar.
iv.The launchers, the command post and the radars could be mounted on multi-wheel/multi-axle Ural carriers and these are capable of moving on different terrains including the desert, mountains and uneven terrain.
v.Each S-400 system has 8 vehicle-mounted launchers, and each launcher has 4 tubes allowing the commander on the ground to launch 4 missiles from each launcher.


Formula 1: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix

On 5th March 2023, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, a Belgian-Dutch motorsports racing driver, won the 2023 Season-Opener Bahrain Grand Prix, which was held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain (officially the Kingdom of Bahrain).

  • This marks Verstappen’s 36th career win and also his maiden season-opening victory and first win at the Sakhir circuit.
  • Max Verstappen and Red Bull are now in the pole position for the 3rd consecutive championship.

i. Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso finished 2nd and 3rd consecutively and Carlos Sainz of Ferrari finished 4th.

  • For Fernando Alonso, this marks the 99th podium finish of his career and his first in Bahrain since winning the race in 2010.

ii.7-time champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes finished 5th after starting in seventh.
F1 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix Results-Top 3:

1Max Verstappen (Belgian-Dutch)Red Bull
2Sergio Pérez (Mexican)Red Bull
3Fernando Alonso (Spanish)Aston Martin

Key Points:
i. It was Max Verstappen’s first win in the Gulf state on the 10th attempt.
ii. Max Verstappen, who won 15 of the 22 races last year (2022), took the lead and quickly raced off from the field.
iii. Charles Leclerc(Monaco) of Ferrari, who won the race in 2022, failed to finish after an engine failure on his Ferrari on the 41st lap.
About the Bahrain Grand Prix: 
i. Bahrain Grand Prix takes place in over 57 laps of the 5.412-kilometre Bahrain International Circuit, covering a total race distance of 308.238 Kilometre (km).
ii. The 1st race took place at the Bahrain International Circuit on 4 April 2004.
Location- Bahrain International Circuit
Lap Record- Pedro de la Rosa (2005)


Mohiniyattam exponent & Padma Awardee Dr Kanak Yatindra Rele Passed AwayKanak Rele the Iron Lady who revived Mohiniyattam passes awayPadma Shri & Padma Bhushan Awardee Dr Kanak Yatindra Rele, a world-renowned Indian dancer and Mohiniyattam exponent, passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra, at the age of 85. She was born on 11th June 1937 in Gujarat, British India.
About Dr Kanak Yatindra Rele:
i. Dr Kanak Yatindra Rele was an Indian dancer, choreographer, and one of the finest exponents of Mohiniyattam and Kathakali dance forms. She was a qualified lawyer with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the Government Law College, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  • From the University of Mumbai, she also obtained a PhD in dance.

ii. Kanak Rele was also a Kathakali artist having been trained under Guru “Panchali” Karunakara Panicker since the age of 7.
iii. She established the Nalanda Dance Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, in 1966 and the Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalay, Mumbai, Maharashtra, in 1972.

  • Nalanda Dance Research Centre- Trains students for a university degree in Mohiniyattam and is recognised as a research institute by the Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • She was the founder-principal of the Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahabidyala as well as the founder-director of the Nalanda Dance Research Centre.

iv. She was also a member of the University Grants Commission(UGC)’s curriculum development team, a dance specialist and counsellor to the Planning Commission, the Department of Culture of the Government of India, and a consultant to Indian and foreign universities for the development of academic dance courses.
v. Books by Dr Kanak Rele: “Mohinī Āțțam: The Lyrical Dance”, “Bhaava Niroopanna”, and “A Handbook of Indian Dance Terminology”.

  • “Me and My Mohini Attam” by Kanak Rele is one of the biography/autobiographies by dancers. The biographical narrations are by her niece, Radha Khambati

i. The Government of India honoured Kanak Yatindra Rele with Padma Shri (1990) for Art and Padma Bhushan (2013) for arts.
ii. In 2006, the Government of Madhya Pradesh conferred Kalidas Samman on her contributions to and excellence in the field of classical dance.
iii. She is also a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award(1994) for dance.


TN Governor R.N. Ravi released 2 Books by Prof.B.Dharmalingam

R.N. Ravi, Governor of Tamil Nadu (TN), released Tamil versions of 2 books “Pandit. Deendayal Upadhyaya: Dispersions of Thought” and “Pandit . Deendayal Upadhyaya: Integral Humanism” authored by Professor B. Dharmalingam during the Book Release Function held in Alagappa University in Karaikudi, TN.


MP launches Ladli Bahna Yojana to make Women Financially IndependentMadhya Pradesh govt launches Ladli Bahna schemeThe state Government of Madhya Pradesh (MP) has launched a scheme namely ‘ Mukhyamantri Ladli Bahna Yojana’ at Jamboree Maidan Bhopal (MP) under which each native woman of 23-60 years will be given Rs 1000 per month.

  • This scheme envisages making women financially independent, improving their health and nutrition status and expanding their influence over family decisions.
  • Applications will be filled out for the scheme from March 15 to April 30 and the distribution of money will start from June 10.

Eligibility: Women who are not Income Tax payers and their families’ annual income is below Rs 2.50 lakh.

Odisha CM unveils Biju Patnaik’s Dakota aircraft for public viewing in Bhubaneswar

On 5th March 2023, Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha unveiled former CM of Odisha Biju Patnaik’s iconic “Dakota” DC3 (AT-AUI) aircraft for public display at Biju Patnaik International Airport Bhubaneswar

  • The iconic Dakota Aircraft belongs to erstwhile Kalinga Airlines and was founded by Ex-Chief Minister of Odisha Biju Patnaik.
  • On January 18, 2023, Dakota DC-3 aircraft used by Biju Patnaik, an ace pilot, was brought from Kolkata’s Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport to Bhubaneswar, where it was rebuilt before being shown to the general public at the Biju Patnaik International Airport, Odisha


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1Power Minister RK Singh launches SADUN to Modernize Power Distribution Utilities in South Asia
2India and Mexico signed MoU on Research, Technology & Innovation in New Delhi
3President of India Confers ‘Swachh Sujal Shakti Samman 2023’; Launches “Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch The Rain”- 2023
4Anurag Singh Thakur launches Yuva Utsav across India from IIT Ropar, Punjab
51st B2B Conference & Expo on Traditional Medicine Under SCO held in Assam
6World’s 1st 200-meter-long Bamboo Crash Barrier “Bahu Balli” installed on the Vani-Warora Highway, Maharashtra
7Dr Mansukh Mandaviya unveils “India’s Vaccine Growth Story” by Sajjan Singh Yadav at World Book Fair 2023
8MoSJE signs MoU with Prajapati Brahma Kumari for Spreading Message of Nasha Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan
9INS Trikand Participates in IMX/CE-23; Indian Navy’s 1st IMX participation
10UN Member States Agreed on Treaty to protect marine biodiversity: ‘High Seas Treaty’
11World Bank Report: Nearly 2.4 Billion Women Globally Don’t Have Same Economic Rights as Men
12Max Life & Ujjivan SFB Collaborate to Provide Life Insurance Options
13BBC honoured Indian Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu with BBC ISWOTY 2022 Award
14Crown Prince of Kuwait re-appointed Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah  as Prime Minister
15IN successfully Test-Fired Ship launched version of BrahMos Missile in the Arabian Sea
16IAF Receives 3rd squadron of the S-400 `Triumf’ Surface-to-air Defence Missile System from Russia
17Formula 1: Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix
18Mohiniyattam exponent & Padma Awardee Dr Kanak Yatindra Rele Passed Away
19TN Governor R.N. Ravi released 2 Books by Prof.B.Dharmalingam
20MP launches Ladli Bahna Yojana to make Women Financially Independent
21Odisha CM unveils Biju Patnaik’s Dakota aircraft for public viewing in Bhubaneswar