Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 06.06.2023


1. Mekedatu Dam

Why in news – Karnataka and Tamil Nadu clashed over a project to supply drinking water to Bengaluru.

Key Points –

• Reason – Karnataka announced to build a dam and reservoir on the Cauvery at Mekedatu close to the Tamil Nadu border.

• As per Tamil Nadu, the Mekedatu project is not part of the awards of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal (CWDT, 2007).

• Inter-State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956 - for adjudication of disputes relating to waters of inter-State rivers and river valley thereof.

About Cauvery River –

• Designated as “Ganged of the South” or Dakshi Bharat ki Ganga (Godavari – Dakshin ganga).

• Origin – Talakaveri, Brahmagiri range, Coorg district of Karnataka.

• Flows in a southeasterly direction through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

• Cauvery basin - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Puducherry.

• Empties into the Bay of Bengal.

• Garden of southern India - Cauvery river breaks into a large number of distributaries forming a wide delta.

• The Nilgiris divide the basin into two natural and political regions i.e., Karnataka plateau (North) and Tamil Nadu plateau (South).

• Almost a perennial river because upper catchment area receives rainfall by the south-west monsoon and the lower catchment area by the retreating north-east monsoon.

• Shivanasamudra waterfall (Karnataka) –

(a) Situated along the Kaveri river.

(b) 2nd biggest waterfall in India (biggest - Kunchikal fall on Varahi river, Karnataka).

Tributaries –

(a) Left Bank: the Harangi, the Hemavati, the Shimsha, and the Arkavati.

(b) Right Bank: Lakshmantirtha, the Kabbani, the Suvarnavati, the Bhavani, the Noyil, and the Amaravati.

2. Manipur Violence

Why in news – Government sets up 3-member panel to probe Manipur violence under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952.

Key Points –

• Aim - to conduct a probe into the incidents of violence in Manipur which has killed at least 100 people.

• Chairman - Justice Ajai Lamba (former Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court).

• Other members - Himanshu Shekhar Das and Aloka Prabhakar.

3. National Training Centre of FSSAI

Why in news – Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated National Training Centre for Food Safety and Standards Authority of India at Ghaziabad, UP.

Key Points –

• An e- learning app- Food Safety and Certification (FoSTaC) developed by FSSAI for street vendors was also launched.

• As mandated by the FSS Act 2006 and the Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2011, FSSAI is responsible for providing training to individuals involved in food businesses.

About FSSAI –

• Statutory body under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

• Consolidated older acts like - Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992 etc.

• Chairperson of FSSAI is appointed by the Central Government.

• Initiatives By FSSAI - Clean Street Food, Swasth Bharat Yatra, Diet4Life, The Eat Right India Movement, Eat Right Station Certification etc.


1. World Conservation Congress (WCC)

Why in news – UAE has won the bid to host the 2025 WCC of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Key Points –

• WCC 2025 venue - Abu Dhabi (October 10-21, 2025).

• WCC is the world's largest and most important gathering of conservationists.

About IUCN (1948) –

• International NGO.

• Hq - Gland, Switzerland.

• World’s largest and most diverse environmental network.

• It established the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 1964.

• Played a significant role in the formation of Ramsar Convention, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, World Heritage Convention and Convention on Biological Diversity.

• Published the World Conservation Strategy in 1980, in collaboration with the UNEP and WWF.

• UN granted the IUCN official observer status in 1992.

• Well known for - Red List of Species, Red List of Ecosystems, Key Biodiversity Areas and the Green Lists.


1. 8th National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2023

Why in news – The 8th edition of the NIRF ranking was released by Ministry of Education.

Key Points –

• It evaluates institutions on 5 broad parameters -

(a) Teaching, learning and resources

(b) Research and professional practice

(c) Graduation outcomes

(d) Outreach and inclusivity

(e) Perception.


1. International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

Why in news – It is observed on June 5.

Key Points –

• Target 4 of SDG 14 (Life Below Water) - to end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices by 2020.

• FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries (1995) - International standards of behavior for responsible practices for effective conservation of living aquatic resources.

• FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (2009) – binding agreement to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Entered into force on June 5 , 2016.


1. Book “Kathakali Dance Theatre: A Visual Narrative of Sacred Indian Mime”

Why in news – KK Gopalakrishnan has recently released a book titled "Kathakali Dance Theatre: A Visual Narrative of Sacred Indian Mime."

Key Points –

• The book offers a behind-the-scenes look into the world of Kathakali.

About Kathakali (ballad of the east) –

• Classical dance of Kerala.

• Precursors of 'Kathakali' - 'Krishnanattam' and 'Ramanattam' which are based on the Mahabharata and Ramayana.

• Male-dominated performance.

• Detailed facial make-up and headgear are used.

• Manipravalam - language used in Kathakali songs.

• Based on Kerala's traditional sopana sangeet.

• Carnatic ragas are now used in Kathakali music.

• Instruments used - Chenda, Maddalam, Chengila, Ilathalam, Idakka, and Shankhu.


1. Bridge Collapse

Why in news – After under-construction Aguanighat-Sultanganj bridge collapse, Government decided to scrap the contract with construction firm.

Key Points –

• Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam Limited (BRPNNL) initiated the process of terminating contract with the construction firm, SP Singla Construction Pvt Ltd.

• A part of the 3.11-km-long 4-lane bridge, being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,710.12 crore since 2014, collapsed on June 4, 2023.

• 6th bridge on the Ganga to connect northern Bihar with the southern.

• It was to link Khagaria and Bhagalpur.

• It suffered its first crash in April 2022.


• Which country will cut oil production by one million barrels per day from July 2023 - Saudi Arabia.

• Who has organized a Refresher Training Program on Mission Vatsalya - National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development.

• Who has won the final of Thailand Open recently -An Se-young (South Korea).

• Where has the Integrated Command and Control Central been set up under the Smart City Mission – Srinagar.

• Which has become the first state in India to develop a protocol for releasing indigenous millet varieties conserved by tribal farmers for centuries – Odisha.

• Which state government has constituted an expert panel to review the reservation formula – Meghalaya.

• Which ministry has organized the National Conclave on Sportstech - Ministry of Textiles.

• Who has recently released the draft insurance carrier guidelines – IRDAI.

• Who has become the new Director General of Geological Survey of India - Janardan Prasad.

• Who has been elected the first Indian-origin Lord Mayor of Birmingham - Chamal Lal.


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