1. 📰 Catch Up
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee irked by “Jai Shri Ram” slogans during Vande Bharat Express inauguration, refused to step onto the dais.
NIA filed charge sheet against 11 people accused of being involved in organising terror training camps and recruitment for the banned PFI in Telangana.
Bihar government set to start a caste census from 7 January, the exercise is expected to end by May.
Myanmar's junta charged Aung San Suu Kyi with a clutch of offences from illegally possessing walkie talkies to corruption.
TSMC begun the mass production of next-generation 3nm semiconductor chip in Taiwan.
2. 💣 Stakeholders Of Ukraine War
West's willingness: As former Indian Foreign Secretary Kanwal Sibal rightly pointed out, Ukraine has got West's backing and its response depends on the West's support.
The West says that it is preserving Ukraine’s sovereign right to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance and the European economic sphere.
However, the US has its own selfish motives to fulfill like it wants to replace Russia as Europe’s principal energy provider but it failed to do so for its own reasons.
Russia's stand: Yesterday, Russia carried out the biggest aerial assault against Ukraine since it started the war in February.
Russia has always made it clear that it is against the enforced unipolarity of America, and certainly since 2014 when America forced a regime change in Ukraine.
Its political objectives are an end to an eastward expansion into Ukraine by NATO, and the de-Nazification of Ukraine.
3. 📸 Favourite Hubble Image Of 2022?
@NASAHubble Twitter handle organised a poll asking for the favorite Hubble image released in 2022. Here are the options (from L to R of the above image):
DEM L 190 is the brightest supernova remnant in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a companion galaxy of the Milky Way.
NGC 976 is a Spiral Galaxy in the Aries constellation and is situated close to the celestial equator.
HCG 40 (Hickson Compact Group 40) is a small group of five galaxies: three spiral galaxies, an elliptical galaxy and a lenticular galaxy.
Terzan 2 is a globular cluster in the Scorpio constellation. The image was captured using Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys and its Wide Field Camera 3.
4. 🚀 Vikram Sarabhai And Tamil Nadu
Vikram Sarabhai is known for initiating space research and helping develop nuclear power in India.
Today, we remember the 'Father of the Indian Space Program' on his death anniversary.
He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1966 and the Padma Vibhushan (posthumously) in 1972.
Tamil Nadu lost an opportunity of hosting India’s only rocket launch pad which was then built in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.
This was because a DMK Minister frustrated Vikram Sarabhai when he was scheduled to meet Tamil Nadu CM CN Annadurai for the selection of the site.
The complete incident is narrated in Ready To Fire: How India and I Survived the ISRO Spy Case.
5. 📚 Books To Look Forward In 2023
Book-reading is a common habit that many pick as a new year resolution. Here are some books that you can pick up in the new year:
Revolutionaries: The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom by Sanjeev Sanyal narrates those revolutionary stories that are replete with swashbuckling adventure, intrigue, espionage, incredible bravery, diabolical treachery and shockingly unpredictable twists of fate.
Dharmic Nation: Freeing Bharat, Remaking India by R Jagannathan is a call to all Hindus to rediscover the essential dharmic heritage of Bharat and close ranks to defend dharma.
Braving A Viral Storm: India’s Covid-19 Vaccine Story by Aashish Chandorkar and Suraj Sudhir recalls the saga of India’s fortitude and collective resolve during the vaccination programme.
Kitne Ghazi Aaye, Kitne Ghazi Gaye by Lt Gen KJS 'Tiny' Dhillon has fascinating tales about the challenges that the author encountered in Kashmir from 1988 to 2020.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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