Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as 22.03.2023


1. Hindu New Year 2023

Why in news – It is celebrated on March 22.

Key Points –

• It falls on the first day of the Chaitra month according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar.

• Chaitra is the first month of the year in the Hindu calendar.

• It marks the beginning of the new year of the Vikram Samvat.

National Calendar of India –

• It is based on the Saka calendar along with the Gregorian calendar.

• First month – Chaitra.

• It was adopted on March 22, 1957.

• Kushan King Kanishka ascended the throne in 78 AD and this date is used as the beginning of the Saka calendar era.

2. India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline (IBFP)

Why in news – PM Narendra Modi and PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated IBFP on March 18, 2023.

Key Points –

• Foundation stone was laid in September 2018.

• First cross-border energy pipeline between India and Bangladesh. [2nd pipeline between India and its neighbours. (1st – India and Nepal)].

• Capacity - transport 1 Million Metric ton Per Annum (MMTPA) of High-Speed Diesel (HSD).

• Numaligarh Refinery (Assam) has been supplying petroleum products to Bangladesh since 2015.

• Bangladesh - India’s top-most development partner and its largest trade partner (USD 18 billion) in South Asia.


1. World's Largest Semiconductor Manufacturing Base

Why in news – Samsung Electronics to invest 300 trillion won (USD 230 billion) over the next 20 years to build the facility by 2042.

Key Points –

• Location - Gyeonggi Province, South Korea.

• Largest semiconductor companies – TSMC (Taiwan) > Intel (USA) > Qualcomm (USA).


1. PM MITRA Parks

Why in news – Sites for setting up of 7 PM MITRA Parks for the Textile industry were approved.

Key Points –

• 7 sites location - Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

• Aim – to help create world-class industrial infrastructure and encourage innovation and job creation within the sector.

• By - Ministry of Textiles.

• 5F vision of PM Modi - Farm to Fibre to Factory to Fashion to Foreign.

• PM MITRA - Pradhan Mantri Mega Integrated Textile Regions and Apparel.


1. 10th Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2022

Why in news – The index was released by Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP), Sydney.

Key Points –

• India’s rank - 13th (score - 7.175).

• Worst affected – Afghanistan (1st, score -8.822)

• South Asia region - Worst average GTI score.

• Central America and Caribbean – Least affected.

• Deadliest Terror Group (Rank) –

(a) Islamic State (1st),

(b) Communist Party of India (Maoist) (12th).

(c) Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (13th)

(d) Lashkar-e-Taiba (16th).

• Globally, deaths from terrorism fell by 9% (38% decrease since 2015).

• IEP uses data from Terrorism Tracker. It provides event records on terrorist attacks since 1 January 2007.

2. Basic Animal Husbandry Statistics 2022

Why in news – Parshottam Rupala unveiled the Animal Husbandry & Fisheries Department’s annual publication.

Key Points –

• By - Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying.

• In 2020-21, the share of Livestock at constant prices in the Agriculture Sector and total GVA was 30.13% and 4.9% respectively.

Major highlights (2021-22 data) –

• Milk –

(a) Total production - 221.06 million tonnes (growth - 5.29%).

(b) Major States - Rajasthan (15.05%), Uttar Pradesh (14.93%), Madhya Pradesh (8.06%), Gujarat (7.56%) and Andhra Pradesh (6.97%).

(c) Per-capita availability - 444 gram/day (growth - 17 gram/day).

• Egg –

(a) Total production - 129.60 billion numbers (growth - 6.19%).

(b) Major States - Andhra Pradesh (20.41%), Tamil Nadu (16.08%), Telangana (12.86%), West Bengal (8.84%) and Karnataka (6.38%).

(c) Per-capita availability - 95 Numbers/annum (growth - 5 nos/annum).

• Wool –

(a) Total production - 33.13 thousand tonnes. (decline - 10.30%).

(b) Major States - Rajasthan (45.91%), Jammu and Kashmir (23.19%), Gujarat (6.12%), Maharashtra (4.78%) and Himachal Pradesh (4.33%).


1. World’s Greatest Places of 2023

Why in news – TIME Magazine unveiled its list of the ‘World’s Greatest Places of 2023’.

Key Points –

• From India – Mayurbhanj (Odisha) and Ladakh.

• Mayurbhanj - Only place on earth to spot the exceedingly rare black tiger. E.g., Similipal National Park.

• Ladakh - Alpine landscapes and Tibetan Buddhist culture.

• In 2022, Kerala and Ahmedabad were included.


1. Mission LiFE

Why in news – Campaign on “Mission LiFE” concluded in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Key Points –

• Conducted by - Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC).

• Aim - to popularise the concept of ‘Mission LiFE’ or Lifestyle for Environment.

• It ended with a seminar on the topic, ‘Mission Life: Bringing Individual Behaviours at the forefront of the global climate action narrative’.

About Mission LiFE –

• Announced by PM Narendra Modi during UNFCCC at Glasgow in 2021 (COP 26).

• Launched on October 20, 2022.

• India led global mass movement to ensure sustainable development.

• Aim - to mobilize at least one billion Indians and other global citizens to take individual and collective action for protecting and preserving the environment in the period 2022 to 2027.


1. 1st Indigenous Quadrupled Robot

Why in news – Svaya Robotics (Hyderabad) has developed India’s first indigenous quadrupled (four-legged) robot and exoskeleton.

Key Points –

• Currently imported from the US and Switzerland.

• Uses (defence sector) - Walk or run in uneven and rough terrains e.g., Leh where soldiers have to navigate through unfavourable conditions.


1. Bihar Diwas 2023

Why in news - Bihar formation day is celebrated on March 22.

Key Points –

• Theme 2023 – Yuva Shakti, Bihar ki Pragati.

• State song - Mere Bharat Ke Kanth Haar (Written by Satya Narayan. Adopted in March 2012).

• Bihar State Prayer - Mere raftaar pe suraj ki kiran naaj kare.

• In 2023, it has been 111 years since the formation of Bihar.

• Bihar was carved out of Bengal on March 22, 1912.

National awardees to be felicitated –

• Padma Shri awardees - Subhadra Devi (Madhubani), Kapildev Prasad (Nalanda) and Anand Kumar (Patna).

• National Child Awardees - Dheeraj Kumar (West Champaran), Pal Sakshi (Chhapra) and Jyoti Kumari (Darbhanga).

2. Increase in Pay and Allowances

Why in news – The amendment in the Salary Allowance Pension Rules of Bihar ministers has been approved.

Key Points –

• The salaries and allowances of ministers would increase by Rs 30 to 35 thousand per month.

• New salary – Around 2.65 lakh.


• Who has been appointed as the CMD of Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) - Lalit Kumar Gupta.

• Who has won the singles title of Indian Wells Masters - Carlos Alcaraz.

• The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has opened the strategic Zojila pass in a record how many days - 68 days.

• Which state's Barda WLS has been proposed as a second home for Asiatic lions – Gujarat.

• Which day is observed all over the world on 22nd March 2023 - World Water Day.

• Which state government is planning to appoint 600 young 'Gajmitras' to protect elephants - West Bengal.

• Who has become the oldest player to win the ATP Masters 1000 title - Rohan Bopanna.

• Who has been appointed as the brand ambassador of “Luxor” - Virat Kohli.

• Organization of Economic Cooperation Development (OECD) has estimated India's growth rate in the financial year 2020-24 to be what percent - 5.9%.

• Which bank has agreed to acquire the troubled Credit Suisse Bank - UBS Bank.


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