Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 23.05.2023


1. School-to-Work Transition

Why in news – M/o Education and World Bank organized a workshop on School-to-Work Transition under the STARS Program in Mumbai.

Key Points –

• Focus - Discussion on a Skill Gap analysis of the 6 STARS States and Uttar Pradesh.

• 6 STARS states - Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

About STARS Program (14th Oct 2020)-

• STARS - Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States.

• By - Ministry of Education.

• Financial support - World Bank.

• Total project cost - Rs 5718 crore (World Bank - US $ 500 million or Rs. 3700 crore).

• Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

• Aim – To improve the overall monitoring and measurement activities in the Indian school education system through interventions in selected states.

• Instrumental in the implementation of National Education Policy 2020.

2. National Academy of Coastal Policing (NACP)

Why in news- Home Minister Amit Shah laid foundation stone of the National Coastal Police Academy in Okha, Dwarka (GJ).

Key Points-

• Purpose - National training institute for personnel involved in maritime security.

• Jakhau coast is located in Kutch district.

• India has 3 tier coastal security architecture.


1. Special Tourism Year

Why in news – Nepal has announced 2025 as a “special tourism year”.

Key Points –

• Decade of the 2080s (Bikram Samvat calendar) - Visit Nepal decade.

• Samarmatha Special Honour – For foreign nationals for their role in promotion of Nepal's art, culture, language and literature in the international arena.

2. International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN)

Why in news - World Health Organization (WHO) launched global network IPSN to detect and prevent infectious disease threats.

Key Points –

• IPSN would provide a platform to connect countries, improving systems for collecting and analyzing samples and sharing that information more broadly.

• Host - WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence.

• WHO Director-General - Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.


1. International Gemological Institute (IGI)

Why in news - Global private equity giant Blackstone announced the acquisition of IGI at an enterprise value of over USD 525 million.

Key Points –

• Blackstone has fully acquired IGI from China’s Fosun and the company’s founding family.

• IGI is a jewellery certification firm.

• IGI’s majority revenue and profits come from India.

• India is the world's largest cutting and polishing centre of rough diamonds.

• IGI hq - Antwerp, Belgium.


1. Sustainable Land Management

Why in news - Bhupender Yadav Inaugurated Centre of Excellence on Sustainable Land Management (CoE-SLM).

Key Points –

• Location - Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, Dehradun.

• Aim - to promote South-South Cooperation and address land degradation issues.

• Under - Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

• It was announced at COP-14 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) on September 9, 2019.

Value Addition-

• SDG 15.3 - Combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil (SDG 15 - Life on land).

• India aims to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and restoration of 26 Million ha of degraded land by 2030.

• UNCCD (1994) - To protect and restore our land and ensure a safer, just, and more sustainable future.

• Bonn Challenge (2011) - to bring 150 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030.

• Great Green Wall Initiative (2017) - To restore 100 million hectares of degraded land; sequester 250 million tons of carbon and create 10 million green jobs by 2030 in Sahel region (Africa).