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Updated December 27th, 2023 at 16:54 IST

Chandrayaan 3 to RaGa's disqualification: 5 biggest news stories of 2023

India achieved a historic milestone on August 23 as Chandrayaan-3 successfully landed on the moon's south pole

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Rahul Gandhi
Chandrayaan 3 to RaGa's disqualification: 5 biggest news stories of 2023 | Image:PTI
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New Delhi: In 2023, India witnessed a series of events that made headlines across both the national and global stages. The year began with a significant political development as Congress MP Rahul Gandhi faced disqualification, sparking discussions and debates across the political spectrum. 
Amidst the political landscape, India achieved a remarkable milestone in space exploration with the successful launch of Chandrayaan-3, solidifying its position in the exclusive league of spacefaring nations. The mission not only showcased India's technological prowess but also underlined its commitment to advancing scientific endeavours beyond Earth. As the year draws to an end, let's take a look at the 2023 events that made big headlines for the country and the world.

Chandrayaan-3: India achieved a historic milestone on August 23 as Chandrayaan-3 successfully landed on the moon's south pole, making India the fourth country to achieve a soft landing and the very first to achieve a lunar south pole landing.The success of Chandrayaan-3 resonated with pride and joy across the entire nation, symbolizing India's growing prowess in space exploration.

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Rahul Gandhi's disqualification: In March of 2023, Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi faced a disqualification as a Member of Parliament (MP) following a Gujarat court's decision. The court convicted him in a defamation case related to his remarks on the 'Modi' surname, triggering a significant outcry not only from his party, Congress, but also from the ruling BJP.  However, in August the Supreme Court intervened and stayed his conviction. This legal intervention paved the way for his reinstatement as an MP, marking a crucial turn of events.

BJP rule in 12 states: After snatching power from Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and retaining Madhya Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now governing in 12 states. The BJP has governments in Uttarakhand, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Goa, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.

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Amritpal Singh Arrest: On April 23, Khalistani separatist leader Amritpal Singh chose to surrender outside the gurdwara where he had sought refuge. This voluntary surrender marked a crucial moment in 2023, leading to legal repercussions for Singh, who now faces serious charges under the National Security Act (NSA).

Manipur Violence: In 2023, Manipur witnessed a string of tragic events that sent shockwaves across the country. Disturbing reports highlighted a surge in violence, resulting in over 70,000 fatalities and numerous injuries, coupled with distressing incidents of sexual violence against women in public spaces.

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Published December 27th, 2023 at 16:54 IST

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