Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 15.04.2023


1. Peerah-Kunfer Tunnel

Why in news - Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Peerah-Kunfer Tunnel at Ramban in Jammu-Srinagar.

Key Points –

• Length - 924 meters.

• It is a part of a 4-lane project between Udhampur and Ramban on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

2. Animal Pandemic Preparedness Initiative (APPI)

Why in news - Parshottam Rupala launched the APPI and Animal Health System Support for One Health (AHSSOH).

Key Points –

• Aim - to enhance India's preparedness and response to potential animal pandemics.

• AHSSOH - World Bank-funded project to create an ecosystem for a better animal health management system using the One Health approach covering 5 states.

• Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying) is committed to the successful implementation of APPI.


1. Matrix-M Malaria Vaccine

Why in news - Ghana became the first country in the world to approve an effective malaria vaccine developed at Oxford University.

Key Points –

• R21/Matrix-M vaccine has been approved for use in children aged 5-36 months.

• R21/Matrix-M vaccine is the first to exceed the World Health Organization (WHO)'s target of 75% efficacy.

• In 2021, WHO recommended RTS,S vaccine.

• In India, Serum Institute of India produces the R21 vaccine.

2. Industrial Hub in Bangladesh

Why in news - Japan has proposed developing an industrial hub in Bangladesh with supply chains to the landlocked northeastern states of India.

Key Points –

• Japan also proposed developing a new commercial port in the Matarbari area of Bangladesh.

• The deep seaport was likely to become operational by 2027.

• Matarbari project would be Bangladesh's first deep-sea port capable of hosting large vessels.


1. Green Deposit Framework

Why in news - Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on April 11 issued a framework for banks to accept and promote green deposits.

Key Points –

• Banks would offer the deposits as cumulative/ non-cumulative deposits.

• On maturity, the green deposits would be renewed or withdrawn at the choice of the depositor.

• Denominated in rupees only.

• Some banks are already accepting green deposits e.g., HDFC, IndusInd Bank etc.

• It applies to all scheduled commercial banks and small finance banks (except for regional rural banks and local area banks) and non-banking finance companies (including housing finance companies).

• Both corporate and individual customers can invest in green deposits.

• The framework would come into effect from June 1, 2023.

About Green Deposit –

• It is an interest-bearing instrument received by banks for a fixed period.

• The proceeds are earmarked for green-financing, such as funding of renewable energy projects.


1. 12th G20 MACS Meeting

Why in news – G20 Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) in Varanasi to feature the MAHARISHI Initiative.

Key Points –

• Theme - Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems for Healthy People and Planet.

MAHARISHI Initiative:

• Millets And Other Ancient Grains International Research Initiative.

• Focus - Research and Awareness in agro-biodiversity, food security, and nutrition aligning with the International Year of Millets 2023.

2. Global Buddhist Summit

Why in news – India would host the Global Buddhist Summit in New Delhi on April 20-21, 2023.

Key Points –

• Theme – “Responses to Contemporary Challenges from Philosophy to Praxis”.

• It is the first such event in the country.

• Secretary general of the International Buddhist Confederation – Dr. Dhammapiya.

• Supported by - Ministry of Culture.

• A Global Buddhist Congregation was held in November 2011 in India through which the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) was formulated.


1. TCG Anadolu

Why in news – Turkey commissioned its first aircraft carrier named TCG Anadolu.

Key Points –

• It is touted as the world’s first Unmanned Combat Aerial Aircraft (UCAV) carrier.

• Bayraktar TB3 - A Turkish medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned combat aerial vehicle.

2. Exercise Balikatan

Why in news – The Philippines and the United States launched their largest-ever joint military exercises named Balikatan.

Key Points –

• Balikatan included military helicopters landing on a Philippine island off the northern tip of the main island of Luzon.

• Patriot missile system - It is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defense system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft.

3. “Stay Safe” Campaign

Why in news – WhatsApp launched “Stay Safe” campaign to educate users on safety features.

Key Points –

• Focus - Safety-centric features like ‘Block and Report,’ ‘Two-Step Verification,’ and ‘Privacy and group settings.’


1. AIMA's “Business Leader of the Decade” Award

Why in news – Kumar Mangalam Birla won the prestigious 'Business Leader of the Decade' award at All India Management Association's (AIMA).

Key Points –

• 'AIMA-JRD Tata Corporate Leadership' award - T V Narendran.

• 'MNC in India of the Year' award - ABB India.

• 'Outstanding PSU of the Year' award - National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).


1. World Art Day 2023

Why in news – It is observed on April 15.

Key Points –

• It is to honour and mark the birthday of Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci.

• Vinci’s most popular paintings - Last Supper and Mona Lisa.


• Indian women wrestlers have won a total of how many medals in the Asian Wrestling Championship – 7 medals.

• Which bank and NPCI Bharat BillPay (NBBL) have launched a cross-border inward bill payment service for Indians in Oman - Canara Bank.

• Which state has launched “A-Help” economic upliftment of livestock owners along with active participation and involvement of women power – Uttarakhand.

• Britain appointed whom as first female cyber spy chief - Anne Keast-Butler.

• Who has been adjudged as the 'ICC Player of the Month' in the month of March - Shaqib Al Hasan.

• Who has been appointed as Chief Investment Officer of LIC - Ratnakar Patnaik.

• Indian Air Force participated in Exercise Orion at Mont-de-Marsan in which country – France.

• Who is/are the author/s of the book “The Great Bank Robbery” - V. Pattabhi Ram and Sabyasachee Dash.

• World Chagas Disease Day 2023 is observed on which date – April 14.

• What is rank of India in list of countries with most Al investment – 5th.


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