Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 02.02.2023


1. GIFT City, Gujarat

Why in news – Two Australian universities would set up their campuses in GIFT city, Gujarat

Key Points –

• 2 universities —

A. Deakin University

B. University of Wollongong (UOW)

• Deakin University is set to become the first foreign university to enter India via an independent campus.

2. 284th Jayanti of Sant Sevalal Maharaj

Why in news – For the first time ever, birth anniversary of Sant Sevalal Maharaj is being celebrated by the Ministry of Culture.

Key Points –

• He was the Spiritual & Religious Leader of Banjara Community.

About Sant Sevalal Maharaj –

• Born – February 15, 1739 in Shivamogga district of Karnataka.

• Tandas – Permanent settlement of Banjaras.

• He had mastery in Ayurveda and Naturopathy.

• Samadhi Sthal of Saint Sewalal – Pohradevi (Washim District, Maharashtra). It is also known as Banjara Kashi.


1. 83.7% enriched Uranium in Iran

Why in news – International Atomic Energy Agency discovered uranium particles enriched up to 83.7% in Iran.

Key Points –

• Location - Fordow nuclear site.

• International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarter – Vienna.

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, July 14, 2015) –

• It is a landmark accord reached between Iran and P5 countries & Germany.

• Iran agreed to dismantle much of its nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars’ worth of sanctions relief.

• President Trump withdrew the United States from the deal in 2018.

• It is commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

About Enriched Uranium –

• Main fissile isotope of uranium - U-235.

• Low-enriched uranium (3-5%) - to produce fuel for commercial nuclear power plants.

• Highly enriched uranium (20% or more) - used in research reactors.

• Weapons-grade uranium (90% or more) – to make atom bomb.


1. Grievance Appellate Committee

Why in news – Minister of State for Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar launched the Grievance Appellate Committee (GAC).

Key Points –

• Objective - to look into concerns of Indian social media users regarding content and other issues.

• It was established under IT Rules, 2021.

• The GACs would function as a "traffic signpost" on the Internet. Every GAC would have 3 members.

2. National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases NSPAAD

Why in news – Parshottam Rupala launched phase 2 of the National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases (NSPAAD) in Chennai.

Key Points –

• He also launched the Genetic Improvement Programme of Penaeus indicus (Indian white prawn).

• NSPAAD objective – to get rid of the problem of diseases in fisheries.

• Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) aim - increasing fish production by an additional 70 lakh tonnes and increasing fish export earning to ₹1 lakh crore by 2024-25.


1. Chandrayaan-3

Why in news – ISRO successfully conducted the flight acceptance hot test of the CE-20 cryogenic engine.

Key Points –

• It would power the cryogenic upper stage of the launch vehicle for the Chandrayaan-3 mission.

• It was carried out at the High-Altitude Test Facility of the ISRO Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.

• Spectro-polarimetry of Habitable Planet Earth (SHAPE) - to study the spectral and polarimetric measurements of Earth from the lunar orbit.

• Chandrayaan-3 has 3 major modules: the propulsion module, lander module, and a rover.

• ISRO plans to launch the mission in June 2023.

• To be launched by Launch Vehicle Mark 3 (LVM3) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh).

2. HIV Cure:

Why in news – A 53-year-old man from Germany has become at least the third person to have been “cured of HIV”.

Key Points –

• He is referred to as the Dusseldorf patient.

• This was achieved with a bone-marrow transplant from people carrying a specific HIV-resistant genetic mutation.

• Other two HIV cured persons - Timothy Ray Brown (1st , 2008) and Adam Castillejo (2nd, 2019).

• Current treatments for HIV - No cure at present, the disease can be managed using antiretroviral therapy.

CCR5 mutation and fighting off HIV?

• CCR5-delta 32 genetic mutation – A mutation that is known to make the carriers almost immune to HIV.

• HIV mainly attacks the CD4 immune cells in the human body.

• CCR5 receptors on the surface of the CD4 immune cells act as a doorway for the HIV virus.

• CCR5-delta 32 mutation prevents these receptors from forming on the surface, effectively removing the doorway.

• Only 1% of the people in the world carry two copies of the CCR5-delta 32 mutation.


1. Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) 2023

Why in news – India was among 190 countries that participated in GBBC 2023.

Key Points –

• It is an annual event that brings bird enthusiasts for counting birds they see around the places where they live, work or study.

• Highest number of species –

A. West Bengal (489)

B. Uttarakhand (426)

C. Arunachal Pradesh (407)

• India uploaded the second-highest number of checklists after the United States of America.

• Kerala recorded the highest number of checklists of birds.

• The GBBC was launched in 1998.


1. 'Naatu Naatu' Song in Oscars 2023

Why in news – 'Naatu Naatu' would be performed at the 95th Academy Awards by singers Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava in their Oscar debut.

Key Points –

• 'Naatu Naatu' is nominated in the 'Best Original Song' category.

• 'Naatu Naatu' was shot at the Mariinskyi Palace (Ukraine Presidential Palace) in Kyiv.


1. Civil Accounts Day

Why in news – The day was celebrated on March 1, 2023 to mark the 47th foundation day of Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS).

Key Points –

• Public Financial Management System is the flagship activity of the Controller General of Accounts (CGA) (Ministry of Finance).

• PFMS (2009) objective - tracking funds released under all schemes and real-time reporting of expenditure at all levels of Programme implementation.


1. Rajesh Malhotra

Why in news – Rajesh Malhotra has assumed charge as Principal Director General of Press Information Bureau (PIB).

Key Points –

• He is an Indian Information Service (IIS) Officer of the 1989 batch.

• He replaced Satyendra Prakash.


• Which state has recently won the 13th Senior Women's National Championship' - Madhya Pradesh.

• Which country's scientists have detected the fifth layer inside the inner core of the Earth – Australia.

• According to the recently released data from RTI, what percentage of voters have linked Aadhaar with Voter ID - 60%.

• Who has signed MoU with CSC Academy to enhance digital literacy – NIELIT.

• With whom has Infosys collaborated to promote Enterprise Cloud Adoption – Microsoft.

• Which country has approved $442 million "Adani Wind Power Plant" - Sri Lanka.

• How much does it cost per month for Twitter Blue Tick in India - Rs 900.

• Where is the first G20 Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group meeting held – Bengaluru.

• In which country's Shree Muktinath Temple, a bell has been installed in honour of late Chief of Defence Staff Vipin Rawat – Nepal.

• Where has the first PM Gati Shakti Workshop for Western and Central zone been held – Goa.


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