Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 30.03.2023


1. Quantum Telecom Network

Why in news – India’s first quantum computing-based telecom network link is now operational in New Delhi.

Key Points –

• The first international quantum enclave held in New Delhi.

About Quantum Computing –

• It uses laws of quantum mechanics to solve problems too complex for classical computers.

• It mimics the behaviour of atoms and subatomic particles to drastically increase processing speed.

• Quantum superposition - Particles can exist in several states simultaneously.

• It involves qubits.

• Unlike a normal computer bit, which can be either 0 or 1, a qubit can exist in a multidimensional state.

• Quantum supremacy (claimed by Google) - It describes the point where quantum computers can do things that classical computers cannot. E.g., Google developed a processor that took 200 seconds to do a calculation that would have taken a classical computer 10,000 years.

• Sycamore - Google’s quantum computer.

2. Upward Lightning

Why in news - Brazilian researchers recently took pictures of Upward lightning.

Key Points –

• Upward lightning – Positive upward discharges of electricity from lightning conductor rods, travelling to connect with the negative discharge from lightning in the clouds.

• The vertical elevation of a tall object accentuates the electric field locally on the ground, resulting in conditions favourable for the initiation of an upward streak (called a leader) from a tall object.

3. Swimming from the Gateway of India to Elephanta Caves

Why in news - IPS officer Krishna Prakash swam from Gateway of India to the Elephanta caves.

Key Points –

• He is the “first person in the world to do so”.

• Distance covered - 16.20 kilometres in 5 hours 26 minutes.


1. Pearl Town

Why in news - Archaeologists have found the world’s oldest pearl town on an island in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Key Points –

• Island - Siniyah Island (Umm al-Quwain emirate).

• Date - late 6th century (pre-Islamic age).

• This is the first time that a physical town has been found across Gulf nations.

• Earlier, archaeologists had discovered an ancient Christian monastery on Siniyah Island.


1. Urban Climate Film Festival

Why in news – The first Urban Climate Film Festival was organised in New Delhi through the CITIIS program.

Key Points –

• Organised by - National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) with support from the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.

• The inaugural session was chaired by Shri Amitabh Kant, G20 Sherpa.
National Institute of Urban Affairs –

• A Central Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs.

• A national think-tank undertaking cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research in the domain of urban development.
CITIIS (City Investments to Innovate, Integrate and Sustain) –

• Joint program of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Union (EU), and NIUA.

• It is assisting 12 Smart Cities in India to implement sustainable urban infrastructure projects.


1. GI (Geographical Indication) Tag

Why in news – The Geographical Indication Registry under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry has accorded GI tag to 3 products.

Key Points –

Products –

(a) Sundarja mangoes (Rewa, Madhya Pradesh)

(b) Gajak (Morena, Madhya Pradesh)

(c) Nagari Dubraj rice (Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh).

• Sundarja mango – It is fiber-free and its sugar can be consumed even by sugar patients.

• Gajak is a type of sweets.

• GI tag was started in 2003. First GI tag in India - Darjeeling Tea of West Bengal (2004).

2. $750 Billion Exports

Why in news – India’s overall exports crossed an all time high of $750 billion

Key Points –

• Exports increased from US$ 500 billion in 2020-21 to US$ 676 billion in 2021–22.


1. 3D Printed Rocket

Why in news - A rocket made almost entirely of 3D-printed parts made its launch debut.

Key Points –

• Launched by - Relativity Space.

• Lifted off from - Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida, USA.

• But, it crashed into the Atlantic ocean

About 3D printing (additive manufacturing) –

• It uses computer-aided design (CAD) to create three-dimensional objects

• It is achieved using additive processes

• Additive process - An object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created.

• It enables us to produce complex shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods.

• 3-D Printer - It builds up a 3D model one layer at a time, from the bottom upward using fused depositional modeling (FDM) method

• 3D printing ink - Plastic, resin, thermoplastic, metal, fiber or ceramic.

• Applications - Preparation of confectionery items, Manufacture of bionic ears, Automotive industry etc.

National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing (2022) –

• By - Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

• Aim - to increase India’s share in global additive manufacturing to 5% by 2025.


1. Forbes India Leadership Awards 2023

Why in news – It was held on March 24 in Mumbai.

Key Points –

• “Gennext Entrepreneur” award - Isha Ambani, chairperson of Reliance Retail.

• 'CEO of the Year' award - CK Venkataraman, MD of Titan Company.

• 'Entrepreneur of the Year' award - Abhay Soi.


1. Patna High Court

Why in news – Justice Krishnan Vinod Chandran took oath as the Chief Justice of Patna High Court on March 29, 2023.

Key Points –

• He took oath as the 44th Chief Justice of Patna High Court.

• The oath was administered by Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar.

• Chief Justice Vinod Chandran's tenure would end in April 2025.


• Who has been appointed by Reliance Industries as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO) - Srikanth Venkatachari.

• What is the new interest rate increased by Employees' Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) for the financial year 2022-23 - 8.15%.

• The Chief Minister of which state has launched the “Pathashree-Rastashree” scheme for the development of rural roads - West Bengal.

• Which country's electric vehicle (EV) maker Nio Inc has started trials for high-speed electric-vehicle battery swapping stations – China.

• IMF has provided $80.77 million in Emergency Financing Support to which African country - Burkina Faso.

• A pocket-friendly device has been developed by the researchers of which IIT to detect adulteration in milk in 30 seconds - IIT Madras.

• In which country Russia has announced to deploy nuclear weapons – Belarus.

• Who has been honored with a special literary award by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (OSWAAL) - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

• Where has 'Aerator cum Dancing Fountain' been inaugurated – Srinagar.

• Who will be the next Ambassador of India to the Islamic Republic of Iran - Rudra Gaurav Shresth. 


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