What happened in 2023: A month-wise look at all that made headlines this year | India News – Times of India

 What happened in 2023: A month-wise look at all that made headlines this year | India News - Times of India

New Delhi: 2023 has been a year of highs and lows. This year saw a reduction in the severity of the Covid-19 pandemic as India reached the moon and shot for the sun, but it also saw the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.
India hosted the G20 summit, cementing its position on the global stage, while the BJP consolidated its power in the Hindi heartland by sweeping assembly elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
Several strong earthquakes around the world claimed tens of thousands of lives and severe climate change caused floods, heatwaves and Cyclone Freddy – the longest-lived tropical storm on record.
The year also saw a banking crisis that resulted in the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and First Republic Bank, the third and second largest banking collapses in US history, respectively.
January 2023

  • China reopened its borders to international visitors in March 2020 to ease travel restrictions.
  • Parts of Joshimuth city are submerging, highlighting the dangers of overdevelopment in hilly areas.
  • Aruna Miller became the first South Asian woman elected lieutenant governor in the United States.
  • Yeti Airlines Flight 691 crashes on final approach in Pokhara, Nepal, killing all 72 people on board.
  • India’s Supreme Court has upheld the legality of the government’s decision to scrap all ₹500 and ₹1,000 banknotes in 2016.
  • Several Indian wrestlers, notably Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik, are protesting at Jantar Mantar against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who is accused of sexual harassment.
  • The Hindenburg Group has published a report accusing the Adani Group of “stock manipulation and accounting fraud”.
  • Novak Djokovic equaled Rafael Nadal’s record by winning his 22nd Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

February 2023

  • The United States announced that it was tracking alleged Chinese spy balloons over the United States, including one that flew from the Yukon to South Carolina and was shot down the next day, and another hovering over Colombia and Brazil. . This event is followed by the identification and shoot-down of high-altitude objects elsewhere.
  • Cyclone Freddie forms in the Indian Ocean. It would become the longest-lasting tropical cyclone in history and would cause more than 1,400 deaths and countless injuries and property damage in Southeast Africa.
  • A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit southern and central Turkey and northern and western Syria, followed by a 7.7-magnitude aftershock the same day, causing widespread damage and killing more than 59,000 people and injuring 121,000.
  • In a major setback to the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, the Enforcement Directorate arrested senior party leader Manish Sisodia on charges of money laundering in connection with the probe into the alleged Delhi liquor policy scam.
  • Russia has suspended its participation in the New Start nuclear arms reduction treaty with the United States.

March 2023

  • China’s National People’s Congress unanimously re-elected Xi Jinping for an unprecedented third term as President of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Silicon Valley Bank, the 16th largest bank in the US, failed, the largest bank failure since the 2008 financial crisis.
  • Election results announced for Legislative Assembly elections in three states: BJP retains Tripura and Nagaland. NPP alliance wins in Meghalaya.
  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha after being convicted in a criminal defamation case over his ‘Modi surname’ comment.
  • RRR’s Naatu Naatu and Netflix’s The Elephant Whisperer earned Indian nominations at the 2023 Academy Awards.

April 2023

  • According to United Nations data, India has overtaken China as the most populous country in the world. According to the United Nations World Population Dashboard, India’s population has exceeded 1.428 billion, slightly higher than China’s population of 1.425 billion.
  • Jailed gangster Atiq Ahmed and his brother Ashraf were shot at point-blank range by two assailants posing as TV reporters when they were being taken to a hospital in Prayagraj for a mandatory medical examination under heavy security. had lived.
  • Finland becomes NATO’s 31st member, doubling the alliance’s border with Russia.
  • Nuclear power in Germany is coming to an end after 50 years with the closure of the last power plants.
  • Radical Khalistan separatist Amrit Pal Singh has been arrested.
  • SpaceX’s Starship rocket, the largest and most powerful rocket ever built, launched for the first time in a test flight from Texas. It explodes four minutes after launch.

May 2023

  • San Francisco-based First Republic Bank failed — surpassing the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank — to become the second largest in U.S. history.
  • WHO ended the declaration of CoVID-19 as a global health emergency.
  • The coronation of Charles III and Camilla as King and Queen of Great Britain took place at Westminster Abbey, London.
  • Cyclone Mocha forms in the Indian Ocean, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 700 in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
  • Congress has won 135 out of 224 seats after a clean sweep in the Karnataka assembly elections.
  • Ethnic violence broke out between tribal groups in Manipur. The state government issues “shoot on sight orders” as a last resort to control the situation.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Parliament building and installed the sacred ‘Sengol’ in the Lok Sabha chamber.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has announced that it will withdraw all Rs 2000 notes by September 2023.

June 2023

  • Train number 12841 Coromandel Express collided with a freight train in Odisha’s Balasore district. More than 280 people were killed when 20 bogies derailed.
  • Scientists report creating the first artificial human embryo from stem cells without the need for sperm or egg cells.
  • All five crew members of the Titan, a deep-sea submarine searching for the wreckage of the Titanic, died after the shipwreck exploded.
  • The Wagner group, headed by Yevgeny Prigozhin, began an armed conflict with the Russian army. The rebellion soon collapsed, and Prigozhin died in a plane crash a few months later.

July 2023

  • Indian oil refiners have started paying for Russian oil imports in Chinese yuan as an alternative to the US dollar due to increased sanctions against Russia.
  • SAG-AFTRA announced it will go on strike against major film and TV studios against low pay, ownership of work, and generative AI.
  • The barbie and oppenheimer movies opened when paired as a major internet and cultural event, barbenheimer.
  • The President of Niger, Mohammed Bazoum, has been overthrown.
  • Uttar Pradesh is under the grip of a severe heat wave, which has killed at least 121 people in two cities.
  • At least 41 people were killed in heavy rains and floods in Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.
  • Several opposition parties come together to form the India Alliance to fight against the NDA alliance in the upcoming 2024 general elections.
  • A video of a group of tribal men stripping and sexually assaulting two women in Manipur is going viral, sparking outrage across the country.
  • Riots broke out in Haryana’s Noh district.
  • Twitter CEO Elon Musk changed the app’s official name to ‘X’.
  • Chandrayaan 3 was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

August 2023

  • India’s Chandrayaan 3 became the first spacecraft to land near the Moon’s south pole, carrying a lunar lander named Vikram and a lunar rover named Pragyan.
  • A wildfire on the Hawaiian island of Maui has burned 17,000 acres and killed at least 100 people.
  • The leader of the Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was killed in a plane crash.
  • Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership has been restored after the Supreme Court of India accepted his plea and upheld his conviction.
  • The Narendra Modi government won the no-confidence motion moved by the Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been arrested in a corruption case and disqualified from politics for 5 years.
  • Donald Trump was arrested and released in the Georgia election fraud case.

September 2023

  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched India’s first solar observation mission Aditya-L1.
  • At least 2,960 people have been killed and historic buildings damaged by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in western Morocco.
  • India hosts the G20 summit, which ended with the adoption of the G20 Leaders’ Declaration without opposition. The African Union has been announced as the 21st permanent member of the G20.
  • The Asian Games started on 23 September where India won over 100 medals including 28 gold and 38 silver. It was the first time that India won more than 100 medals.
  • The Lok Sabha passed the landmark Women’s Reservation Bill, which reserved one-third of the seats in the Lok Sabha and state assemblies for women.
  • Rupert Murdoch announced his retirement and handed over his business to his son Lachlan.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused India of involvement in the killing of pro-Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Najjar.

October 2023

  • Hamas launched an incursion into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, prompting a military response by the Israeli Defense Forces.
  • Flash floods in the Teesta river in Sikkim on the morning of 4 October caused widespread destruction in the state, affecting around 88,000 people. This flood killed more than 70 people including army personnel.
  • After seven years, NASA’s first asteroid sample returned to Earth on October 4.
  • The Supreme Court unanimously refused to recognize same-sex marriage and adoption rights but said transgender people in heterosexual relationships have the right to marry under existing law.
  • Matthew Perry, who played the sardonic Chandler Bing on Friends, died of an overdose.

November 2023

  • World’s first AI Safety Summit held in UK; 28 countries are signing the “world’s first agreement” on how to manage the most dangerous forms of artificial intelligence.
  • On November 12, on the eve of Diwali, 41 construction workers were trapped when a section of the Sulkiara-Burkot tunnel collapsed. They were rescued after 17 days.
  • India lost the World Cup to Australia. After 10 consecutive wins, India lost the World Cup trophy by mere inches.
  • The Beatles released “Now and Then”, the band’s final song.
  • US surgeons at NYU Langone Health announced the world’s first total eye transplant.
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting the US for the first time since 2017, where he will hold an important summit with US President Joe Biden.
  • Israel and Hamas have agreed to a four-day ceasefire.

December 2023

  • At the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, an agreement was reached for countries to “transition away” from fossil fuels, the first such agreement in the conference’s 30-year history.
  • The results of four state assembly elections were declared by the BJP with a clean sweep in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Congress is able to save face by winning Telangana. ZPM ousted MNF in Mizoram. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance is now in power in 17 states and union territories.
  • A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court on December 11 unanimously upheld the validity of the central government’s 2019 decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution.
  • In a major security breach on the 22nd anniversary of the Parliament attacks, on December 13, two men jumped into the Lok Sabha chamber from the visitors’ gallery, shouted slogans, and opened canisters that emitted yellow smoke. , which caused panic among the people there and questions of what if.
  • After the security breach, the opposition parties demanded a discussion on the issue. A total of 146 MPs were suspended over the next few days.
  • Parliament passed three new Penal Code Acts that completely change India’s policing system.

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