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Tuesday, April 11, 2023



1.         US Secretary of Commerce Ms. Gina Raimondo VISIT to New Delhi

·           Ms. Gina Raimondo, United States (US) Secretary of Commerce, visited New Delhi, India, in 2023

·           The India-US Commercial Dialogue 2023 (5th edition), co-chaired by Union Minister Piyush Goyal and US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, is part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.


2.         Indian Army’s ‘Exercise Chetak Chaukas’

·           The Chetak Corps of the Indian Army conducted “Exercise Chetak Chaukas” with all stakeholders to strengthen Rear Area Security.

·           The exercise focused on planning, preparation, familiarisation&updation of the database.



·           Department of Consumer Affairs announced that the sale of hallmarked gold jewellery or gold artefacts without a 6 digit alphanumeric HUID (Hallmark Unique Identification) number, consisting of alphabets and numbers, will not be allowed after 31st March 2023 i.e, from 1st April 2023 onwards.

·           Following this, the sale of jewellery with a 4-digit HUID number will also be stopped on April 1.

·           From April 1, 2023, each piece of gold jewellery will have a Bureau of India Standards (BIS) hallmark, purity of gold (for example, 0 22K916), and a 6-digit HUID embossed on it.



·           As per the report “Trends in International Arms Transfers, 2022“ released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)(a Swedish think tank), India continued to remain the world’s top arms importer for the five years between 2018 and 2022 despite 11% decline in its imports of arms between 2013-2017 to 2018-2022.

·           With an 11% share of total global arms imports, India was the world’s biggest importer of major arms in 2018–22, a position it has held for the period 1993–2022.

·           Russia was India’s largest arms supplier in both 2013-17 and 2018-22, however, its share of overall Indian arms imports declined from 64% to 45%, with France emerging as the second largest supplierbetween 2018-22.

·           India also imported arms during this five-year period from Israel, South Korea, and South Africa which are among the top arms exporters globally.

·           India was the third-largest arms supplier to Myanmar during this period after Russia and China and comprised 14% of its imports.


5.         95TH ACADEMY AWARDS 2023

·           The 95th Academy Awards 2023/Oscars 2023 held at Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, United States (US).

·           The ceremony was hosted by American Television host Jimmy Kimmel (James Christian Kimmel) for the 3rd time, who previously hosted the Oscars in 2017 and 2018.

·           Indian Actress DeepikaPadukone was one of the presenters at Oscars 2023.

·           The song NaatuNaatu from Telugu-language film RRR (Rise, Roar, Revolt) has made history by becoming the first Indian film song to win an Oscar. It won Best Original Song at the 95th Academy Awards 2023.

·           Rahul Sipligunj and KaalaBhairava provided the vocals for the song, which was composed by MM Keeravani with words and music by Chandrabose

·           The Elephant Whisperers became the first Indian film to win an Oscar in the ‘Best Documentary Short film’ category. It was produced by GuneetMonga and directed by KartikiGonsalves.

·           Best Picture-Everything Everywhere All At Once.

·           Best Actor-Brendan Fraser (The Whale)

·           Best Actress- Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

·           Best Director-            Daniel Kwan and Daniel Schienert (Everything Everywhere All at Once)

·           Best International Feature Film -‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ – Germany



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