President Droupadi Murmu Gives Assent to Women’s Reservation Bill 2023
- On September 29, 2023, President Droupadi Murmu granted assent to the Women’s Reservation Bill 2023.
- The bill mandates a 33% reservation for women in the Lok Sabha, State Legislative assemblies, and National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi.
- The bill was officially approved by the President on September 28, 2023.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Launches Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav and Technology & Bharatiya Bhasha Summit
- Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav and Technology & Bharatiya Bhasha Summit on September 30, 2023.
- The summit was part of the 75-day Bharatiya Bhasha Utsav that commenced on September 28, 2023, and will conclude on December 11, 2023.
Banking & Finance
HDFC Pension Launches NPS Preference Index on NPS Diwas
- HDFC Pension Management Company Limited launched a first-of-its-kind ‘National Pension System (NPS) Preference Index’ on October 1, 2023.
- The index aims to assess consumers’ views on retirement and their awareness, interest, and contemplation of the NPS.
WDRA Signs MoU with Bank of India to Fund against e-NWRs
- Warehousing Development Regulatory Authority (WDRA) signed an MoU with the Bank of India to fund against electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipts (e-NWRs).
- The MoU aims to facilitate farmers and traders by offering low-interest rate loans, no additional collateral, and attractive interest rates.
Appointments & Resignations
Captain Bana Singh Nominated as Ambassador for ‘War Against Waste’ in J&K
- Captain Bana Singh, a Param Vir Chakra Awardee, has been nominated as the ambassador for the "War Against Waste" initiative in Jammu and Kashmir.
- The campaign aims to tackle sanitation challenges in rural areas of J&K.
Mohamed Muizzu Elected as the President of Maldives
- Mohamed Muizzu of the Progressive Party of Maldives was elected as the new President of Maldives.
- He defeated the incumbent President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih by securing 54% of the votes.
World Animal Day Celebrated on October 4
- World Animal Day is celebrated every year on October 4 to raise awareness about animal rights and welfare.
- Various organizations and activists participate in events and campaigns to promote animal welfare and conservation.
International Day of Non-Violence Observed on October 2
- The International Day of Non-Violence is observed annually on October 2, coinciding with the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.
- The day aims to disseminate the message of non-violence and promote a culture of peace and harmony.
Karnataka Launches 'Yuva Yuga' Skill Development Program
- The Government of Karnataka launched the 'Yuva Yuga' skill development program aimed at training the youth in various sectors.
- The program will focus on sectors like IT, biotechnology, and manufacturing, among others.
Uttar Pradesh Announces New Tourism Policy
- The Uttar Pradesh government announced a new tourism policy to boost tourism in the state.
- The policy aims to attract both domestic and international tourists by developing new tourist destinations and improving existing ones.
Science & Technology
ISRO Successfully Launches GSAT-24 Communication Satellite
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the GSAT-24 communication satellite on October 1, 2023.
- The satellite aims to improve telecommunications, broadcasting, and broadband services across India.
NASA Announces Artemis Mission to Moon
- NASA announced its Artemis mission, which aims to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.
- The mission will explore the Moon's South Pole and conduct various scientific experiments.
Serena Williams Wins US Open 2023
- Serena Williams clinched her 24th Grand Slam title by winning the US Open 2023.
- She defeated Naomi Osaka in the final match, leveling her with Margaret Court’s all-time record.
FIFA World Cup 2023 Qualifiers Update
- The FIFA World Cup 2023 qualifiers are underway, with teams from around the world competing for a spot in the tournament.
- Notable performances include Brazil's 3-0 win over Argentina and Germany's 4-1 victory against France.
Awards & Honors
Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Dr. Jane Smith
- Dr. Jane Smith was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for her groundbreaking research in quantum mechanics.
- She is the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in this category.
Padma Awards Announced
- The Government of India announced the recipients of the Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian honors in the country.
- Notable awardees include social activist Kailash Satyarthi and renowned musician A.R. Rahman.
Veteran Actor Amitabh Bachchan Passes Away
- Bollywood's legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan passed away at the age of 80.
- He was known for his versatile roles in Indian cinema and had a career spanning over five decades.
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Dies
- Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, passed away at the age of 84.
- He was the first African to hold the post and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001.
Global Climate Summit Held in Paris
- The Global Climate Summit was held in Paris to discuss strategies for combating climate change.
- World leaders pledged to reduce carbon emissions and transition to renewable energy sources.
SpaceX Successfully Tests Starship Rocket
- SpaceX successfully tested its Starship rocket, marking a significant milestone in the company's quest for interplanetary travel.
- The test flight reached an altitude of 10,000 meters before safely landing back on Earth.