Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 19.05.2023


1. Arjun Ram Meghwal

Why in news - Arjun Ram Meghwal took over the law and justice ministry.

Key Points –

• He replaced Kiren Rijiju has been assigned charge of the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

• Meghwal currently served as the minister of state for parliamentary affairs and culture.

• Rijiju took on the judiciary on several issues from the appointment of judges and accountability to court vacations.

• A Union minister is appointed by the President of India on the advice of Prime Minister.

2. The Wealth Report 2023

Why in news - Real estate consultant Knight Frank’s on Wednesday released ‘The Wealth Report 2023’.

Key Points –

• India’s billionaire population rose to 161 in 2022 from 145 in 2021 and is estimated to rise to 195 individuals by 2027.

• India’s ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) with net worth over USD 30 million is estimated to rise by 58.4% from 12,069 in 2022 to 19,119 individuals in 2027.

• The Indian high-net-worth individual (HNI) population, with an asset value of USD 1 million and more, increased to 7,97,714 in 2022 from 7,63,674 in 2021.


1. Production Linked Incentive Scheme – 2.0

Why in news - The Union Cabinet approved the Production Linked Incentive Scheme 2.0 for IT Hardware.

Key Points –

• Budgetary Outlay - Rs. 17,000 crores.

• Tenure of this scheme - 6 years.

• Coverage - Laptops, tablets, all-in-one PCs, servers and ultra small form factor devices.

• Expected incremental production - Rs. 3.35 Lakh crore

• Expected incremental investment - Rs. 2,430 crore

• Expected incremental direct employment - 75,000.

Value Addition –

• Electronics manufacturing in India has witnessed consistent growth with 17% CAGR in last 8 years. (2023 production – 105 billion USD, about Rs 9 lakh crore).

• India has become the world’s 2nd largest manufacturer of mobile phones. (2023 Exports - USD 11 billion, about Rs 90000 crore).

2. "75/25" Plan

Why in news - The Union Health Ministry has launched an ambitious "75/25" plan.

Key Points –

• Aim – to bring 75 million hypertensive and diabetic populations under standard care by 2025.

• It is the largest such exercise in the world against Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

• It would be conducted through the Primary Health Centres (PHCs).

• National Program for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases - 2023-2030.

Value Addition -

• India has 200 million hypertensive people, and one in every ten adults has diabetes.

• NCDs are responsible for 63% of deaths in India of which 55% is premature.


1. Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur

Why in news - Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran was conferred with France's highest civilian honour- "Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur".

Key Points –

• In April, Ratan Tata was conferred with the highest civilian award of Australia-Order of Honour-by Australia's High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell.

• Chandrasekaran was appointed the chairman of Tata Sons in 2017.


1. Exercise Jal Rahat

Why in news - Gajraj Corps of the Indian Army conducted a joint flood relief in Assam.

Key Points –

• Venue - Hagrama Bridge on Manas River.


1. World AIDS Vaccine Day 2023

Why in news - May 18 is celebrated as World AIDS Vaccine Day every year.

Key Points –

• It is also known as HIV Vaccine Knowledge Day.

• Aim - to raise awareness about the need for HIV/AIDS vaccine.

• There is still no vaccine available or drug to treat HIV.

• This campaign led by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), a part of the United States National Institutions of Health (NIH).

• First international AIDS Vaccine trial (trial name - RV144) which took place in 1997 in Thailand.

About HIV –

• Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system of the body.

• HIV attacks CD4, a type of White Blood Cell (T cells) in the body’s immune system.

• Spread - Sharing a needle, blood, and unprotected intercourse.

• 0.7% adults of aged 15-49 years worldwide are suffering from HIV.

• Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) - Suppress HIV replication.

2. 12th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Why in news – It is celebrated on the 3rd Thursday of May every year (2023 - May 18).

Key Points –

• In India, it was celebrated by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (M/o Social Justice & Empowerment).

• Vision - to build an inclusive society in which equal opportunities are provided for the growth and development of Persons with Disabilities.

Initiatives for empowerment of disables –

• Unique Disability Identification Portal

• DeenDayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme

• Assistance to Disabled Persons for Purchase/fitting of Aids and Appliances

• National Fellowship for Students with Disabilities

About Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Dec 3, 2015) –

• Aim - to serve the differently-able community of the country.

• Under - Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 which provides non-discrimination in Transport to Persons with Disabilities.

• It is in line with Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to which India is a signatory since 2007.