Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 04.05.2023


1. First Cable-Stayed Railway Bridge

Why in news – India's first cable-stayed railway bridge has been completed in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

Key Points –

• Total length of cable - 653 km.

• Length of bridge - 725 metres.

• It is over Anji river, a tributary of Chenab River.


1. Largest Supplier of Refined Fuels

Why in news – As per analytics firm Kpler, India has become Europe's largest supplier of refined fuels in April 2023.

Key Points –

• Europe's refined fuel imports from India are set to surge above 360,000 barrels a day, ahead of Saudi Arabia.

• Russia emerged as a major supplier to India for the first time in 2022-23 (FY23).

• Western price cap on Russian crude - USD 60 per barrel.


1. “Vivad se Vishwas I – Relief to MSMEs” Scheme

Why in news – Ministry of Finance has launched the scheme for providing relief to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for COVID-19 period.

Key Points –

• It was announced in the Union Budget 2023-24.

Additional benefits to COVID-19 affected MSMEs –

(a) 95% of the performance security forfeited shall be refunded

(b) 95% of the Bid security shall be refunded

(c) 95% of the Liquidated Damages (LD) deducted shall be refunded

(d) 95% of the Risk Purchase amount realized shall be refunded

(e) No interest shall be paid on such refunded amount.

• Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has developed a dedicated web-page for implementation of this scheme.


1. “Bridging the Digital Divide” Report

Why in news – UNICEF released the “Bridging the Gender Digital Divide” report.

Key Points –

Findings –

• In low-income countries, 90% of adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24 are offline, compared to 78% of adolescent boys and young men.

• The largest gap is observed in South Asia, favouring adolescent boys and young men by 27% points.

• Female youth are nearly 13 per cent less likely to own a mobile phone than male youth within the same household.

2. Highest-Paid Athletes List 2023

Why in news – Forbes released the latest highest-paid athletes list in 2023.

Key Points –

Top 5 –

(a Cristiano Ronaldo ($136 million)

(b) Lionel Messi ($130 million)

(c) Kylian Mbappe ($120 million)

(d) LeBron James ($119.5 million)

(e) Canelo Alvarez ($110 million)

• World's ten highest-paid athletes collectively made $1.11 billion over the last 12 months, the highest total ever.


1. ASEAN India Maritime Exercise (AIME-2023)

Why in news – The inaugural ASEAN India Maritime Exercise (AIME-2023) was scheduled from May 2 to 8, 2023 in Singapore.

Key Points –

• Harbour Phase - Changi Naval Base, Singapore.

• Sea Phase - South China Sea.

• Participants from India - INS Delhi and INS Satpura.

• There has been little progress on the Code of Conduct for the South China Sea under negotiation since 2002.


1. Geoffrey Hinton

Why in news – “Godfather Of AI” Geoffrey Hinton quits Google to speak freely about the dangers of Artificial intelligence (AI).

Key Points –

• He said he regrets the work he has devoted his life to because of how AI could be misused.


1. Palme d’Or Honor

Why in news – Hollywood actor Michael Douglas would be awarded with an honorary Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Key Points –

• He is a two-time Oscar winner.

• The 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival would run from May 16 to May 27, 2023.

2. World Press Freedom Prize

Why in news – UNESCO awarded the prize to 3 imprisoned Iranian female journalists "for their commitment to truth and accountability."

Key Points –

Winners are –

(a) Niloufar Hamedi

(b) Elaheh Mohammadi

(c) Narges Mohammadi.

• It is named for Guillermo Cano, a Colombian journalist who was assassinated in front of the offices of his newspaper in Bogota on December 17, 1986.

• UNESCO has awarded the prize to coincide with World Press Freedom Day on May 3 since 1997.


1. Coal Miners Day 2023

Why in news – It is observed every year on May 4.

Key Points –

• India's coal imports increased by 32% to 148.58 million tonne (MT) in April-February FY23 against 112.38 MT in the year-ago period.

Value Addition -

• World first coal mine - Scotland (1575).

• India’s first coal mine – Raniganj (1774).

• Raniganj Coalfield - Situated on the banks of the Damodar River.

• It was operated by John Summer and Suetonius Grant Heatly of the East India Company.

• Coal mines in India were nationalized in India in 1973, by enacting Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act, 1973.

• Coal India Limited headquarter - Kolkata.


1. A K Mohanty

Why in news – Ajit Kumar Mohanty assumed charge as the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.

Key Points –

• A K Mohanty is also the Director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre.

• Mohanty stated that the benefits of atomic energy go beyond carbon-free electricity, with contributions to national security, health care management, food security, and water security.


1. Hockey Team Sponsorship

Why in news – Odisha decided to further extend its sponsorship for both the Men and Women’s Indian Hockey Teams for another ten years till 2033.

Key Points –

• Odisha is the official sponsor of both the Men and Women National Hockey Teams since 2018.


• Who has released a report titled “Promoting Millets in Diets: Best Practices across States/UTs of India” - NITI Aayog.

• Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh handed over a Fast Patrol Vessel and a Landing Craft Assault ship to which country – Maldives.

• Who became the new President of Paraguay - Santiago Peña.

• Who has released the document “Contribution of terrestrial animal source food to healthy diets for improved nutrition and health outcomes” - Food and Agriculture Organization.

• Which ministry participated in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2023, being held from 01st to 04th May 2023 in Dubai, UAE - Ministry of Tourism.

• DRDO and which armed force conducted the successful maiden test trial of Air Droppable Container -150 (ADC) from IL 38SD aircraft off the coast of Goa - Indian Navy.

• India and which country signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Industrial Research and Development Cooperation with focus on several key technology areas – Israel.

• Who has announced resignation as chief of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) - Sharad Pawar.

• Who took charge as the Commander-in-Chief of the strategically vital Andaman and Nicobar Command - Air Marshal Saju Balakrishnan.

• Who has released the “Best Practices in Social Sector: A Compendium, 2023” in collaboration with the United Nations Development - NITI Aayog.


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