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Chhatrapati Shivaji Jayanti 2023 to be organized In Agra Fort
The 393rd birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj will be organised in the Diwan-e-Aam premises of the Agra Fort.

  • Also referred to as Shivaji Bhonsale I, the 17th-century Maratha ruler was born on February 19, 1630.  “The event would be organised from 7 pm till 10 pm on 19th February night,” Raj Kumar Patel, Superintending archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Agra Circle said.

India-Uzbekistan biennial military training Exercise DUSTLIK 2023 begins in Uttarakhand
As part of a military-to-military exchange program between the Indian Army and Uzbekistan Army, the fourth edition of biennial training Exercise DUSTLIK (2023) will be conducted from tomorrow till  5th March, 2023 in Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand.

  • The Indian contingent will be represented by the 14th Battalion, The GARHWAL RIFLES, part of Western Command in this bilateral exercise. The Uzbekistan Army will be represented by troops of the North Western Military District of Uzbekistan Army.
  • This joint exercise is aimed at enhancing military capability to undertake multi-domain operations in a Sub Conventional scenario under United Nations Mandate.


EU formally bans sale of gas and diesel cars from 2035
In a move to boost the transition to electric vehicles (EVs), the European Parliament has approved the law to ban the sale of new gas and diesel cars in the EU, starting in 2035. The new legislation sets the path towards zero CO2 emissions for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in 2035.

  • EU is planning on reducing the carbon dioxide emissions from cars and vans. A 100% reduction has been planned as compared to 2021.
  • The EU will prepare a plan and present it by 2025. The plan will assess the emissions released by the cars and vans throughout their lifetime. The 2030 targets have been revised.



RBI makes changes in NEFT, RTGS for daily reporting of foreign remittances
With the Home Ministry mandating SBI to report all details of overseas donors, including purpose of remittances on daily basis, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) made necessary changes in NEFT and RTGS systems for Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) related transactions.

  • Under the FCRA, foreign contributions must be received only in the “FCRA account” of State Bank of India (SBI), New Delhi Main Branch (NDMB).
  • The contributions to the FCRA account are received directly from foreign banks through SWIFT and from Indian intermediary banks through NEFT and RTGS systems.


Serum Institute to establish centre of excellence for Infectious Diseases & Pandemic Preparedness in Hyderabad
Serum Institute of India has announced the establishment of a Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases and Pandemic Preparedness at Hyderabad. It will be located at the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH-H) in the city.

  • The Centre of Excellence is being set up for providing the community with a centralized location for information, resources, and support during times of public health emergencies.
  • The centre will serve as a hub for public health education, outreach, and response efforts during outbreaks of infectious diseases. It will also provide real-time information and updates on current epidemics, as well as offer resources and support for those who have been affected.


Saurashtra lift Ranji Trophy title, thrashing Bengal by 9 wickets
Saurashtra defeated Bengal by 9 wickets at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, to lift the Ranji Trophy title for the second time in their history.

  • Bengal, who were overnight 169 runs for 4 in their second innings, were all out for 241, handing the visitors a mere 12 runs target to win the final.The winners wrapped up the match with one day and two full sessions to spare.


Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana appointed as UNICEF India National Ambassador
Actor Ayushmann Khurrana has been appointed as National Ambassador of UNICEF India.

  • The actor signed the contract in presence of a UNICEF representative. The signing ceremony took place after the actor had a successful public interaction with kids and media persons.
  • The film star who has bagged a National Award shared the stage with seven children who are representatives of the Butterfly NGO and are doing exceptional work at the grassroots level to further access to education, and awareness on child rights and various social issues such as gender equality and menstruation.

India elected chair of 62nd session of UN Commission for Social Development
The UN Commission for Social Development has elected India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj as its chair for the 62nd session.

  • Kamboj was elected chair by acclamation at the first meeting of the 62nd session of the UN Commission for Social Development at the UN headquarters in New York this week.
  • It also elected Jon Ivanovski from North Macedonia, Carla María Carlson from Dominican Republic and Thomas Lammar from Luxembourg as the Vice-Chairs of the 62nd session


Virat Kohli breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record, becomes 6th batter to score 25,000 runs in international cricket
Virat Kohli became the sixth and the fastest batter in the world to score 25,000 runs across formats during the second Test against Australia, which India won by six wickets.

  • He had come into his 492nd match overall with 52 runs needed to reach the milestone. He scored 44 runs in India’s first innings before being dismissed for 20 runs to finish with 25012 runs.

Indian-Origin Karthik Subramaniam wins National Geographic’s ‘Pictures Of The Year’ contest
Indian-Origin Engineer cum hobbyist Photographer Karthik Subramaniam‘s beautiful photo has topped National Geographic’s ‘Photo of the Year’ Contest 2023, beating over 5000 entries.

  • His photo titled “Dance of the Eagles”, which was captured at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Alaska, won the grand prize in the contest. “Every year in November, hundreds of bald eagles gather at Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska, to feast on salmon.

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