• ⚾️📻⚾️🎙✋ Govt plans to raise duty on non-essential goods – let the budget come next year.
  • FIFA 2023 World Cup trophy -Argentina beat France in the final at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar
  • Malana village in Himachal Pradesh. After Alexander the great left India, some of his soldier decided to stay here. However, some historians say there is no such proof.
  • Quote: That government is best which governs least. — Henry David Thoreau
  • IR/Defense: India-Pak. India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar accused Pakistan of perpetuating terrorism and sheltering Osama bin Laden. Pak Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari replied, “I would like to remind Mr Jaishankar that Osama bin Laden is dead, but the butcher of Gujarat lives, and he is the prime minister (of India),” after this, the diplomatic tension has increased between the two countries, India and Pakistan.
  • Project 15A- 3 stealth guided-missile destroyers: INS Kolkata, INS Kochi and INS Chennai. Next is project 15B: Four stealth guided-missile destroyers: INS Visakhapatnam, INS Mormugao (launched in 2022-Dec), INS Imphal and INS Surat. All of these are built by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL). MDL located in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is a government company owned by Defense Ministry (84% shareholding) . Guided missile destroyers are capable of anti-aircraft and anti submarine warfare, apart from anti-surface operations.
  • Article 137: the Supreme Court has power to review its judgments or orders. This provision forms the legal basis for the filing of a “review petition”. A review petition must be filed within 30 days of pronouncement of the judgment. Review petitions against death penalty for hard in the open court. Other type of review petitions are heard in the chambers of Judge. Topic is in news because Supreme Court review petition in release of rapists in Bilkis Bano case.
  • Acid Attack victims: Until 2013, acid attacks were not treated as a separate crime. 2023: Indian Penal Code (IPC) amendment added separate Section 326A- minimum 10 years to lifetime prison. Home Ministry has issued guidelines to the state government to regulate the sale of acid / registration of the vendors et cetera. Sellers were required to declare all stocks of acid with the concerned SubDivisional Magistrate (SDM) within 15 days. The SDM could confiscate undeclared stocks of acid, and impose a fine of up to Rs 50,000 for breach of any of the directions. Minimum compensation of 3 lakh to victim. Job/admission reservation given under PH-quota.
  • NCAP stands for New Car Assessment Programme, a series of safety tests instituted by Global NCAP, a British organisation. Famous Indian cars like Maruti Wagon-R got only 1 star in safety rating. Union Ministry of Road Transport &; Highways has recently approved the draft notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) and the programme will be rolled out from April 1, 2023.