Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 14.04.2023


1. Ambedkar Jayanti 2023

Why in news – It is observed on April 14 in honour of civil rights activist and the chief architect of India's Constitution BR Ambedkar.

Key Points –

About BR Ambedkar –

• Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Father of the Indian Constitution and India's first Law Minister.

• Mahad Satyagraha 1927 - To allow untouchables to use water in a public tank in Mahad, Maharashtra.

• His ideas before the Hilton Young Commission served as the foundation of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

• On October 14, 1956, B R Ambedkar embraced Buddhism.

• His journals - Mooknayak (1920), Bahishkrit Bharat (1927), Samatha (1929) and Janata (1930).

• His organisations - Bahishkrit Hitkarini Sabha (1923), Independent Labor Party (1936) and Scheduled Castes Federation (1942).

• His books - The Problem of the Rupee (1923), The Annihilation of Caste (1936), Thoughts on Pakistan (1940), Pakistan Or Partition Of India (1945), Buddha Or Karl Marx (1956) etc.

2. 3D-Printed Post Office

Why in news - India’s first post office constructed using 3D printing technology would come up in Bengaluru at Ulsoor.

Key Points –

• Being implemented by Larsen & Toubro.


1. MPLADS Funds Utilization

Why in news - Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI) presented data in Parliament for the financial year 2022-23 (FY23).

Key Points –

Highest utilization-to-released-funds ratio –

(a) Gujarat (145.11%)

(b) Jharkhand (128.45%)

(c) Karnataka (127.76%).

• Uttar Pradesh had spent 99% of the funds it received in FY23 by March 27, 2023.

• Amount of money received by each state is proportional to the number of MPs elected in that state.

Highest Allocation –

(a) Uttar Pradesh (Rs 427.5 crore).

(b) Maharashtra (Rs 341.34 crore)

(c) Bihar (Rs 219.95).

• Sikkim got the least amount of Rs 2 crore among the states.

About MPLADS (December 1993) –

• By - Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

• Central Sector Scheme.

• Aim - To enable MPs to suggest and execute developmental works of a capital nature based on locally felt needs.

• Annual MPLADS fund entitlement per MP constituency - Rs. 5 crores.

• Lok Sabha MPs - Can recommend works within their Constituencies

• Elected Rajya Sabha MPs - Can recommend works within the State of Election.

• Nominated Rajya Sabha MPs - Can recommend works anywhere in the country.


1. REITs and InvITs Index

Why in news - NSE Indices Ltd launched India’s first-ever Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs) index.

Key Points –

• The index aims to track the performance of REITs and InvITs that are publicly listed and traded on the NSE.

• REITs invest in real estate projects, whereas InvITs invest in infrastructure projects with a long gestation period.

• REITs and InvITs are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

• NSE Indices Ltd is a subsidiary of the National Stock Exchange (NSE).

2. “Miniratna Category-I” Status

Why in news - Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has been accorded the status of Miniratna Category-I Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE).

Key Points –

• Criteria –

(a) Profit in the last 3 years continuously

(b) Pre-tax profit is Rs.30 crores or more in at least one of the three years and

(c) A positive net worth.

• SECI is the primary implementing agency of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, for Renewable Energy schemes/projects towards the fulfillment of India's international commitments.

• SECI enjoys highest credit rating of AAA by ICRA.

• India aims to achieve the 500 GW of non-fossil fuel-based capacity by 2030.


1. 5th Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE)

Why in news - The 5th cycle of MEE was carried out by the Centre and released alongside the Tiger Census.

Key Points –

Best-Maintained Tiger Reserves –

(a) Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala.

(b) Satpura Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh.

(c) Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Karnataka.

(d) Nagarhole Tiger Reserve, Karnataka.

Result –

(a) “Excellent” category - 12 tiger reserves.

(b) “Very Good” category – 20.

(c) “Good” category – 14.

(d) “Fair” category – 5.

• None of the country’s tiger reserves was graded as “Poor”.

• MEE is used to assess tiger reserves across the country since its inception in 2006.

• At present, India has 998 Protected Areas covering 1,73,629 sq km or 5.28% of India’s geographical area.

(a) 106 National Parks

(b) 567 Wildlife Sanctuaries

(c) 105 Conservation Reserves

(d) 220 Community Reserves.

• 53 Tiger Reserves have been notified, which serve as an additional layer of protection around PAs.


1. World’s Best Cities for Public Transport

Why in news - The list that has been released by Time Out, the publisher of global city guides.

Key Points –

• Top 3 Cities –

(a) Berlin, Germany

(b) Prague, Czech Republic

(c) Tokyo, Japan

• Only one Indian city (Mumbai, rank - 19) made it to the list.

• Chalo Pay app – It made it easier to travel and pay for tickets on buses.

• M-indicator app – It allows Mumbaikars to stay on schedule and easily track local trains.

2. “Most Criminal Countries” Ranking

Why in news - World of Statistics has shared the ranking of the world's "most criminal countries".

Key Points –

• India’s rank – 77.

• USA - 55th and the UK - 65th.

• Least Criminal –

3. AI Index Report

Why in news - Stanford University released its annual AI Index report.

Key Points –

• It ranks countries in terms of investments received by startups offering artificial intelligence (AI)-based products and services.

• India’s rank - 5th.

• Uniphore is a conversational AI firm based in Chennai.

4. Freedom in the World 2023 Report

Why in news - Freedom House has released the report.

Key Points –

• World's least-free country – Tibet, South Sudan and Syria.

• Three Consciousness Campaign - Latest step taken by the Chinese Communist Party to control the Tibetan population.


1. Ban on Online Gambling

Why in news - Tamil Nadu Governor RN Ravi approved a bill to ban online gambling, including online rummy and poker.

Key Points –

• The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) had notified new gaming-related amendments to the IT Act 2021 on April 6, 2023.

• Tamil Nadu had set up a five-member committee led by retired Justice K Chandru to make recommendations for a new law prohibiting "online gambling games" on June 10, 2022.


1. Earthquake in Bihar

Why in news - Earthquake tremors were felt in Bihar having intensity of 4.3 on the Richter scale.

Key Points –

• Worst earthquakes in Bihar – 1934, 1988 and 2011.

Bihar’s Scenario in Earthquake –

• Bihar is located in the high seismic zone that falls on the boundary of the tectonic plate joining the Himalayan tectonic plate near the Bihar-Nepal Border and has six sub-surface fault lines moving towards the Gangetic planes in four directions.

• 8 districts fall in seismic zone V while 24 districts fall in seismic zone IV and 6 districts in seismic zone III.

• 2 districts (Madhubani and Supaul) fall entirely in seismic zone V.


• Which city will host Asian Hockey Men's Championship after 15 years – Chennai.

• Which state assembly has passed a bill for the welfare of orphans - Himachal Pradesh.

• UIDAI has joined hands with which IIT to develop a Touchless Biometric Capture System - IIT Bombay.

• Which medal has been won by Nisha Dahiya in "Asian Wrestling Championship" in Kazakhstan - Silver Medal.

• The sales of electric two-wheelers in India have increased two-fold in 2022-23 as compared to the previous financial year - 8,46,976.

• Bowenpally Vegetable Market of which state generated electricity from vegetable waste – Telangana.

• Which ministry notified the final rules for online gaming - The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

• Which country has passed Workplace Gender Equality Amendment (Closing the Gender Pay Gap) Bill 2023 – Australia.

• Who has inaugurated the National Climate Conference 2023 in Lucknow - Yogi Adityanath.

• Who will take over from Gopinathan as CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) from June 1, 2023 - K Krithivasan.


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