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Current Affairs March 06, 2023

By Manorama Horizon
Updated on: Mar 06, 2023 | icon

Table of Contents:
1. Karnataka Won Santosh Trophy 2023 Championship
2. New Chief Coach of Indian Men's Hockey Team - Craig Fulton
3. The First Female MLA of Nagaland Assembly - Hekani Jakhalu
4. Padma Bhushan Awardee Chandrashekhar Dasgupta Passes Away 
5. Bhakshya Bhadratha Award for Cheruvayal Raman 

Karnataka Won Santosh Trophy 2023 Championship 

The 2022–23 Santosh Trophy was the 76th edition of the Santosh Trophy, and the trophy was won by Karnataka defeating Meghalaya at 3-2. This was the first trophy for Karnataka, which had previously won four times as the princely state of Mysore, after a gap of 54 years (after 1968-69). 

  • Karnataka team captain: Karthik Govind Swamy 

  • Meghalaya team captain: Fullmoon Mukhim 

Santosh Trophy  

  • The state-level national football competition contested by the state associations and government institutions under the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the sport's governing body in India 

  • The Santosh Trophy was started in 1941 after the former president of the Indian Football Association, Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh and later, Sir Satish Chandra Chowdhury donated the trophy to the AIIF 

  • The trophy for the runner-up: Kamala Gupta Trophy 

  • The third-place trophy: Sampangi Cup 

  • Current champions: Karnataka   

  • Most successful team: West Bengal (32 titles)  

New Chief Coach of Indian Men's Hockey Team - Craig Fulton

Hockey India has appointed Craig Fulton of South Africa as the new head coach of the Indian men's hockey team. He will replace Graham Reid who resigned in January 2023. Craig Fulton represented South Africa at the Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004 Olympics and earned 195 international caps in a career spanning more than a decade. Fulton managed the Irish men's hockey team between 2014 and 2018 and helped them qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics. He also won the FIH Coach of the Year in 2015 while with the Irish team. Fulton has nearly 25 years of coaching experience and has earned 195 caps for South Africa over a span of 10 years. He also played in the Atlanta and Athens Olympics. 

India Men's National Field Hockey Team 

  • Represents India in international field hockey competitions, and is governed by Hockey India. 

  • Also known as: Men in Blue, Bharat Army 

  • Captain: Harmanpreet Singh 

The First female MLA of Nagaland Assembly - Hekani Jakhalu   

Hakani Jakhalu of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) became the first female MLA to be elected to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Though the state has had 13 state Assemblies so far, not one woman has been elected as an MLA till date. 

Hakani Jakhalu 

  • An Indian politician and social entrepreneur from Nagaland  

  • Won the Nari Shakti Puruskar from the Ministry of Child and Women Development in 2018 

  • Started the non-governmental organization Youth Net Nagaland to help the youths of Nagaland pursue business opportunities 


  • Formed on: December 1, 1963 

  • Capital: Kohima 

  • Governor: La. Ganesan 

  • Chief Minister: Neiphiu Rio 

  •  High Court: Guwahati High Court 

Padma Bhushan Awardee Chandrashekhar Dasgupta Passes Away 

Former Indian diplomat Chandrashekhar Dasgupta died at the age of 82. He was born in Kolkata, West Bengal, on May 2, 1940. Chandrashekhar Dasgupta was awarded the 3rd-highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan, for Civil Service (Delhi) in 2008. 

He served as vice-chair of the preparatory committees of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), popularly known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.He was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change in 2014. 

Also, he wrote a book titled “War and Diplomacy in Kashmir, 1947-48” which discusses the onset of the Kashmir war and the Indo-Pakistan War of 1948. The “India and Bangladesh Liberation War” is another work by Chandrashekhar Dasgupta. 

Bhakshya Bhadratha Award for Cheruvayal Raman


Cheruvayal Raman, the farmer from Wayanad who was awarded the Padma Shri, will be the first recipient of the Bhakshya Bhadratha Award instituted by the State Food Commission, Kerala, which aims to honour farmers who contribute to food security through traditional methods. 

Announcing the award here on Friday, Commission Chairman K.V. Mohankumar said the commission was planning to create awareness at the grassroots level about Food Security Allowance Rules-2015 as the public is largely ignorant about it. 

Cheruvayal K. Raman is an Indian tribal farmer from Wayanad district, Kerala. He is known as the guardian of rare seeds. Without having any knowledge of conventional sciences like agriculture science or botany, he is known for conserving over 55 rice varieties on his small farm at Kammana. 

In January 2023, the Indian government honoured him with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in the country. 

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