Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 01.05.2023


1. Ludhiana Gas Leak

Why in news – On April 30, 2023, 11 people died due to a gas leak in the Giaspura area of Ludhiana, Punjab.

Key Points –

• Gas detected - Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) (neurotoxin).

About Neurotoxins –

• Poisonous substances which can directly affect the nervous system.

• Neurotoxic gases - Hydrogen sulphide, Carbon monoxide etc.

• Hydrogen sulphide has a pungent odour.

• To remove hydrogen sulphide from wastewater, chemical oxidation is done, where oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide are added to the wastewater.

2. “Mata Ni Pachedi” Textile Art

Why in news - Gujarat’s ancient textile folk art, Mata Ni Pachedi, was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag.

Key Points –

• “Pachedi” is a religious textile folk art.

• It features Mother Goddess at the centre and her stories and legends filling the remaining cloth.

• Hand-painted or block-printed on cotton.

• Natural and mineral colours are utilized for filling the spaces and in the dyeing process.

3. 100W FM Transmitters

Why in news – PM Narendra Modi commissioned Low Power FM Transmitters of the capacity of 100 Watt at 91 locations.

Key Points –

• Installed in 84 districts of 18 States and 2 Union Territories adding 2 crore listeners.

• With this, the network of transmitters with All India Radio has increased from 524 to 615.

• It further boosted the coverage of AIR to 73.5% of the population of the country.


1. Mahila Samman Savings Certificate 2023

Why in news - The union finance ministry has released the notification for the scheme.

Key Points –

• It was introduced during the 2023-24 budget speech.

About the Scheme –

• One-time small savings plan for girls and women.

• Offers a fixed interest rate of 7.5% over a 24-month tenure (April 2023 to March 2025).

• Implemented through - State-owned banks beginning April 1, 2023.

• One can deposit a maximum of Rs.2 lakh.

• It would be available in over 1.59 lakh post offices across the country.


1. World Development Report 2023

Why in news - World Bank released the World Development Report 2023: Migrants, Refugees, and Societies.

Key Points –

• People living outside their country of nationality - About 2.3% of the world’s population i.e., 184 million people (37 million refugees).

• Around 120% surge in income has been recorded among Indians working overseas as compared to a 40% increase due to internal migration

• Low-skilled Indians who migrated to the United States tended to see a significant gain in their income of around 500%.

• It categorised the migrants into 4 types –

(a) Refugees with skills in demand

(b) Economic migrants with skills that match with demand

(c) Distressed migrants

(d) Refugees.

• Top migrant corridors - India-US, India-Bangladesh and India-GCC.


1. 3 New Wildlife Reserves

Why in news - The Rajasthan Forest Department declared three new wildlife conservation reserves.

Key Points –

• They are –

(a) Sorsan in Baran

(b) Khichan in Jodhpur

(c) Hamirgarh in Bhilwara.

• Sorsan is an important conservation reserve for the Great Indian Bustard (IUCN - Critically endangered).

• Khichan is now India’s first conservation reserve for Demoiselle cranes.


1. Arjun Vajpai

Why in news - Indian professional mountaineer Arjun Vajpai has become the first Indian man to summit Mt. Annapurna.

Key Points –

• Mt. Annapurna is the 10th highest mountain in the world at 8,091 metres (26,545 ft) above sea level in Nepal.

• He has now become the first Indian mountaineer to scale 7x8000m peaks.

• Mt. Annapurna happens to be the most dangerous mountain out of the 14x8000m Summit Mountains.

• Earlier, he was roped in as a Fit India Champion in 2023.