17 Aug (Thursday)
Vedic Ritu
/ Varsha
Drik Ritu : Varsha (Monsoon)
पक्ष :: Shuklapaksh
Vikram Samvat – 2080
Shaka Samvat – 1945
Month : Sravana 01, (Purnimanta & Amanta)
Nakshatra: Magha (up to 7:58 pm) Purva Phalguni
Tithi : Pratipada (up to 5:36 pm) Dwitiya
Rahu : 02:06 PM – 03:42 PM
Yamaganda : 06:07 AM – 07:43 AM

Important & Famous Dances Of India..? https://youtu.be/NUkCGQgYZNA


  1. President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee (25 Dec 1924 – 16 Aug 2018) at Sadaiv Atal on his death anniversary.
  2. The Government has approved PM Vishwakarma scheme to support traditional artisans and craftspeople of rural and urban India with a financial outlay of 13 thousand crore rupees.
  3. The Government has approved PM-eBus Sewa for augmenting city bus operations by introducing ten thousand e-buses. Rs 57,613 crore approved for 10,000 e-buses across 169 cities to promote green mobility.
  4. The online nominations for the Padma Awards 2024 will be open till the 15th of September this year.
  5. The BJP’s Central Election Committee meeting (CEM) is underway in New Delhi to discuss the poll strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram.
  6. In MANIPUR, due to the incessant rain, a number of landslides and mudslides have been reported along National Highway 37 (Imphal-Jiribam Road).
  7. In HIMACHAL PRADESH, heavy rains have battered normal life since Sunday, triggering landslides in Shimla’s Summer Hill, Krishna Nagar, and Fagli. A Government official said .rescue operations are going on in the rain-affected areas.
  8. Rain-deficit KARNATAKA releases 9,136 cusecs water to Tamil Nadu from KRS dam.
    • Karnataka DyCM D K Shivakumar said that the government was committed to release 10 tmc ft of water to the neighbouring state Tamil Nadu.
  9. The KARNATAKA government announced plans to set up “Koosina mane” across 4,000-gram panchayats for children of working mothers. “Koosina mane” translates to child homes or creches and is aimed at providing healthcare, nutrition, and safety for children whose mothers are employed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), as well as for other mothers living in the vicinity.
    • https://youtu.be/NUkCGQgYZNA
  10. Contractual employees in Andhra Pradesh were given a 37 per cent wage increase and an insurance cover by the state government on Wednesday.
  11. ANDHRA PRADESH CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will unveil the 125-foot-tall statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, which is being built at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Memorial Park at Swarajya Maidan in the city at a cost of ₹400 crore, on the Constitution Day on November 26.
  12. An earthquake of magnitude 1.5 occurred in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida, adjoining Delhi, on Wednesday night, according to the National Centre for Seismology. The earthquake occurred at 8.57 pm.
  13. Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole on Wednesday said the party’s top brass will discuss with Nationalist Congress Party founder Sharad Pawar his controversial meeting with politically estranged nephew and state deputy CM Ajit Pawar when the Opposition alliance against BJP — INDIA — holds its conclave in Mumbai later this month.
  14. Over ten crore 16 lakh people uploaded selfies with Tiranga under the Har Ghar Tiranga campaign.
  15. The five-judge collegium of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Wednesday reiterated its recommendation to transfer Delhi high court judge Rajnish Bhatnagar to the Rajasthan high court.
  16. The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) has officially been renamed as the Prime Ministers’ Museum and Library Society with effect from August 14.
  17. Many areas in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh were inundated on Wednesday with the opening of floodgates of the Bhakra and Pong dams as the inflow in these reservoirs increased alarmingly due to rain in hills in the past three days. The toll due to rain-related incidents since August 14 has mounted to 72 in HP.
  18. Former DRDO chief VS Arunachalam passes away in US. He was 87.


Chief Justice of India: Shri Dhananjaya Y. Chandrachud
Minister Of Law & Justice : Arjun Ram Meghwal
International Court Of Justice Prz. : Joan Donoghue

  1. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has constituted a team comprising 53 officials to probe multiple cases related to the incidents of violence in Manipur.
  2. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday issued a statement to clarify that Raj Kumar alias Bittu Bajrangi, who was arrested by Haryana Police in connection with the Nuh violence, “never had any relation” with its youth wing Bajrang Dal, or other VHP-linked organisations.
  3. Goa police arrested three persons ( Nigesl Joaquim Fonceca, Alex Fernandes and Lawrence Mendes) for allegedly desecrating a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj near Mapusa town. The statue of the iconic 17th century warrior king at Karaswada village in North Goa district was found desecrated.
  4. Fresh tension within Jadavpur University premises after students clash with a group of Trinamul Chhatra Parishad supporters in front of Arabinda Bhavan, the university’s main administrative building, over protests held by rival political forces on the student’s death last week.


Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman.
Commerce & Industry: Piyush Goyal
RBI Gvrnr: Shaktikanta Das
President of the World Bank: Ajay Banga

$ USD ₹ 83.23
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GDP rate (2023): 6.5% ($3.75 trillion)
Inflation rate: 4.7%
Population: 141.81 cr (17.7% of the total world population).
Unemployment: 7.8%

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Auto Gas: ₹ 60/Ltr
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  1. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met the Governor of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Hayashi Nobumitsu in New Delhi. They exchanged views on JBIC’s recent activities in India contributing towards Japan’s investment target of five trillion yen over the next five years.
  2. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved seven projects of the Ministry of Railways with an estimated cost of around Ra. 32,500 crore, with cent percent funding from Central Government.
    • The projects will cover 35 Districts in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand, and West Bengal. These will increase the existing network of Indian Railways by 2339 kilometers and provide employment of 7.06 crore man-days to the people of the States.
  3. The Centre has approved the expansion of the Digital India programme with an outlay of 14 thousand 903 crore rupees.
  4. Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Rs 13,000 crore PM Vishwakarma scheme that will benefit about 30 lakh traditional artisans and craftsmen. The loans will be provided at a concessional interest rate of 5%.
    • On Tuesday, PM Modi announced that the scheme will be launched on Vishwakarma Jayanti on September 17.
  5. Raj Chetty, an Indian-American economist, and Michael Springer, a biologist, have been awarded Harvard University’s George Ledlie Prize for their groundbreaking work in their respective fields.


Information and Broadcasting Minister: Shri Anurag Singh Thakur
Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC): Prasoon Joshi

  1. Viacom18, a prominent player in the Indian media and entertainment industry, has made significant strides in merging its two Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms, JioCinema and Voot.
  2. The G20 Film Festival began in New Delhi yesterday. India’s G20 Sherpa Amitabh Kant inaugurated the festival. Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali opens G20 Film Festival.
  3. Kannada actor-director Upendra has approached the High Court of Karnataka with a second writ petition within days, challenging the registering of multiple FIRs against him on the same issue. He had earlier approached the Court on Monday seeking to quash the FIR lodged against him alleging offences under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,
    • Upendra is facing criticism for saying “Oorendare Holageri Irutte (there will be a Dalit hamlet in every village)”, while interacting with fans.


Minister: Rajnath Singh
Union Home: Amit Shah
National Security Advisor: Ajit Doval
Chief of Defence Staff:

  1. Indian Army launched ‘Battle of Minds’ – Indian Army Quiz 2023 along with its logo, at the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi Cantonment.
  2. India & China agree to resolve remaining issues along LAC in eastern Ladakh. The 19th round of the India- China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Indian side on the 13th and 14th of August.
  3. Indian naval ships INS Visakhapatnam and INS Deepak port call in Bahrain, further strengthening the ties between the two nations. The port call, which coincided with India’s 77th Independence Day, marked a significant moment for bilateral engagement.
  4. American aerospace major Boeing on Wednesday said it is starting production of the Apache choppers to be delivered to the Indian Army.
    • The company will deliver a total of six AH-64E Apaches to the Indian Army. The AH-64 Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is flown by the US Army
  5. FOUR STATES CAN BE DEFENCE AEROSPACE HUBS: Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana make a compelling case for becoming the hubs for India’s military aerospace ecosystem.
    • The four states “collectively contribute to nearly 70% of the work centres of the LCA (light combat aircraft) Tejas aircraft ecosystem, but generally to India’s military aerospace industry as well. Along with numerous start-ups and companies forming the supply chain, these states have given rise to a robust ecosystem for military aerospace”, the report stated.
  6. The government has cleared a Rs 20,000 crore deal to manufacture fleet support vessels (FSVs) which are urgently required by the Indian Navy.
    • Vizag-based Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) will manufacture five of the 45,000-tonne warships, the largest ship of its class being built at the defence ministry-owned yard. The Indian FSV project was initially given a go-ahead in 2016.
  7. Maya OS is set to replace Windows as the operating system on the Defence Ministry’s computers, according to a report. Instead of Microsoft’s widely used proprietary operating system (OS), the Ministry of Defence will use a Linux-based OS based on the popular Ubuntu distribution.
  8. The Indian Army is in the process of finalising the technical parameters of Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV), which will gradually replace T-72 tanks. The plan is to have the first prototype in four years and inductions starting 2030.
  9. India’s first long range revolver ‘PRABAL’, manufactured by state-owned company Advanced Weapons and Equipment India Limited (AWEIL), Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh will be launched on August 18.


External affairs Minister: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

  1. PM Modi met a Congressional delegation from the US in New Delhi.
  2. Cabinet approves Mutual Recognition Arrangement of Authorised Economic Operators between India and Australia.
  3. PM Modi, welcomed the Director General of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who arrived in India to attend the WHO-global Summit.
  4. The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Sports between the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the Department of Health and Aged Care of the Government of Australia.
  5. United Nations World Food Programme in Afghanistan has expressed gratitude to donors like India who generously donated life-saving food.
  6. UAE expresses solidarity with India and offers condolences over flood victims


UNO Gen. Secy : António Guterres.

  1. Taiwan has said that any military action by China in response to its Vice President William Lai’s stopover in the United States would be an attempt by Beijing to interfere in the island nation’s elections.
  2. In a major attempt to de-escalate tensions between the United States and Iran, US is reportedly pushing Tehran to stop selling armed drones to Russia.
  3. In Pakistan, a Muslim crowd attacked a Christian community setting afire several churches and houses in Faisalabad after accusing its members of desecrating the Koran.
  4. In Afghanistan, the Taliban regime celebrated its two years in power.
  5. The death toll in the firestorm that destroyed Hawaii’s Maui island, has reached 106 with 1300 people missing.
  6. The government of Canada’s Northwest Territories declared a state of emergency due to wildfires. The wildfires have largely destroyed one remote community and are also posing a risk to territorial capital Yellowknife.
  7. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak participated in the recitation of the Indian epic ‘Ramayan’. The Programme was led by spiritual leader Morari Bapu at the Cambridge University event on Tuesday.
  8. China’s overall unemployment rate rises to 5.3% in July. It up 0.1% points from June.
  9. Prosecutors propose March 2024 trial date in Trump Georgia case: Donald Trump is set to be on trial in New York on 25 March 2024, on separate charges of concealing a hush money payment to a porn star.
    • Trump’s attorneys have argued in other criminal cases that any trial be scheduled until after the November 2024 U.S. presidential election.


Minister: Shri Anurag Singh Thakur
BCCI president: Roger Binny
Hockey India President: Dilip Tirkey
16th President of the Indian Olympic Association: P. T. Usha

  1. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is organizing Youth 20 (Y20) Summit-2023 beginning today at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh under the framework of India’s G20 Presidency.
  2. THE 2023 ARCHERY WORLD CUP : Indian players have secured two more medals after advancing to both compound team finals. While Indian players advanced to the finals, Korea and Denmark claimed the first medals of the week at the fourth stage of the championship.
    • India’s Ojas Deotale toppled first seeds Korea to reach the last two, winning the semifinal contest via a tie-breaker. Prathamesh Samadhan Jawkar and Abhishek Verma will accompany Deotale in the August 19 final.
  3. WORLD BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023 will begin at Copenhagen in Denmark from 21st of this month.
  4. In FIFA Women’s World Cup Football, Spain will meet England in the final on the 20th of August in Sydney. This will be Spain’s first Women’s World Cup championship Final. Spain defeated Sweden 2-1 in the semifinal.
  5. Former India captain and legendary footballer Mohammed Habib passed away on 15 Aug 2023. He represented India in many international tournaments from 1965-76.
    • He was born in Hyderabad in undivided Andhra Pradesh on July 17, 1949, Habib represented India for a decade from 1965-75 and was part of the golden generation that won a bronze medal in the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok.
  6. Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 announced his retirement from international cricket to focus on playing T20 leagues around the world.
    • The 38-year-old left-arm pacer played 27 Tests, 91 ODIs and 36 T20 Internationals from 2008-2020, claiming 83, 120 and 34 wickets respectively.

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In India there are 28 states and 8 Union territories.
Population of India: 142 cr (2023)
President of India: Smt Droupadi Murmu
Vice President: Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar
Prime Minister: Shri Narendra Modi
Speaker Lok Sabha: Shri Om Birla (BJP)
Rajyasabha Seats: 245 (233 Elected + 12 Nominated)
Loksabha : 550 members (530 States + 20 Union Territories)
Chief Election Commissioner: Shri Rajiv Kumar



JALANDHAR is named after Jalandhara, a demon king who lived in water as his name suggests Jal (water) and Andhar (in). … During British occupation it was called Jullundur.

The district is named after Jalandhar, a demon king, who finds a mention in the Puranas and Mahabharta. According to another legend, Jalandhar was the capital of the kingdom of lav, son of Rama. According to yet another version Jalandhar is said to have derived its name from the vernacular term Jalandhar means area inside the water, i.e. tract laying between the two rivers Satluj and Beas, still another name of Jalandhar had been Trigartta, as it was waters by three rivers, Satluj, Beas and Ravi.

😀Thought of the day

Unexpected results & problems are part of life. Never loose hope in any codition, becoz darkness of night always ends with light of the day.  

Joke of the day

 Interviewer : What is skeleton? 

Pappu: Skeleton is a person who started dieting but forgot to stop it..!!!😜🤪


 Why we get dreams in deep sleep…? 😴

 After deep sleep, your brain starts to perk up, and its electrical activity starts to resemble the brain when it is awake. This is the period of the night when most dreams happen. Your muscles are temporarily paralysed, and your eyes dart back and forth, giving this stage its name, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.

Sleep can be divided into two broad stages, non-rapid eye movement (NREM), and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The vast majority of our sleep (around 75 to 80 per cent) is NREM, characterised by electrical patterns in the brain known as ‘sleep spindles’ and high, slow delta waves. This is the time we sleep the deepest.

REM sleep is the period during the night when we have our most vivid dreams, but people dream during both NREM and REM sleep. During NREM sleep, dreams tend to be more concept-based, whereas during REM sleep dreams are more vivid and emotional. Mostly one cannot those dreams which we have during REM..

LEARN Sanskrit🙏🏻

I go अहं गच्छामि 
Ahum Gachhami

We go वयं गच्छामः
Vayum Gachhami

He goes सः गच्छति
Saha: Gachhati

She goes सा गच्छति
Saa Gachati


How Spring (Chasma) water comes

The water for springs comes from underground sources called aquifers . Aquifers are most commonly inside permeable rock, or underground layers of materials like sand, clay, and gravel. These substances function as a sponge, soaking up water that seeps down into them. Less common are aquifers made of free bodies of water, but these do happen in areas where eroded limestone forms karsts.

A spring is simply a place where the water from an aquifer flows out of the ground naturally. In this respect, it is useful to think of a spring as a naturally occurring well. In a well, one must dig into the ground to reach the aquifer and tap the water supply. In springs, those conditions are already present and on the surface.

Some springs only flow during particular times of year. For example, an aquifer that is highly reliant on seasonal rainfall or snow-melt to feed it may not be able to sustain a spring all year around. There would still be water in the aquifer, but not enough to sustain the outflow of the spring.

Because aquifers are often made of stone, water passing through them will pick up minerals from local deposits. That is how mineral water is created. Because not all aquifers and mineral deposits are the same, the water from a particular mineral spring may have its own unique taste. Some aquifers are located near sources of geothermal activity, which heats the water. If that hot water feeds a spring, the result is a hot spring.


17th August 1947: The Radcliffe Line, the border between the Union of India and the Dominion of Pakistan is revealed. On 17th August 1947 the Radcliffe Line was declared as the boundary between India and Pakistan, following the Partition of India. The Radcliffe Line was the boundary demarcation line between the Indian and Pakistani portions of the Punjab and Bengal provinces of British India.

Cyril John Radcliffe, 1st Viscount Radcliffe, GBE, PC, QC, FBA (30 March 1899 – 1 April 1977) was a British lawyer. 

Indonesian Independence Day is celebrated on 17 August every year


Bimal Jalan (born 17 August 1941) is a former Governor of Reserve Bank of India and was a nominated member of the Upper House of India’s Parliament, the Rajya Sabha during 2003–2009.


Ever and anon– Now and then, occasionally

Noxious :. Baneful, injurious


Noxious x Healing,


Ganesha’s Mushika Vahana 

According to Ganesha Purana, there was a celestial musician-god named Krauncha. He accidentally stepped on the foot of Muni Vamadeva who cursed him to become a mouse. … The giant mouse damaged everything that came in its path. 

Once, when Lord Ganesha was invited to Maharishi Parashar’s ashrama. Krauncha ended up stepping on the ashram and destroyed it. Lord Ganesha decided to meet the giant mouse and teach him a lesson. He unleashed one of his weapons called ‘pasha’ which ended up looping around Krauncha’s neck and brought him to Ganesha’s feet. Kroncha asked for forgiveness and asked Ganesha to accept him as his vehicle. 


(Note: These home tips followed in villages/ancient traditions, it is up to you to use it or not🙏🏻)

Benefits of eating soaked kala chana in morning 

Daily consumption of around 3/4 cup of chickpeas helps to decrease LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol triglycerides. 2 The carbohydrates in kala chana are digested slowly, which reduces the blood sugar levels. This contributes to insulin resistance, thereby reducing the risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

Soaked black chana is rich in fibre which helps in improving the digestive system. It flushes out all the harmful toxins from your body and keeps your digestive tract healthy.

As a rich source of iron, kala chana can prevent anaemia and boost your energy levels. This is particularly beneficial for pregnant and lactating women as well as growing children. Iron plays an important role in the formation of haemoglobin which helps transport oxygen from the lungs to all body cells.