Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 17.07.2023


1. ED Director Extension

Why in news - Supreme Court held that the 3rd extension to the tenure of Enforcement Directorate (ED) chief Sanjay Kumar Mishra is "illegal".

Key Points –

• However, the SC upheld the amendment to the

(a) Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Act, 2021,

(b) Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Act, 2021

(c) Fundamental (Amendment) Rules, 2021.

• These amendments allow the Centre to have chiefs of ED and Central CBI with a tenure of up to 5 years.

• Sanjay Kumar Mishra was appointed as the ED chief in 2018 for 2 years. Then, starting in 2020, he was given three one-year extensions.

About ED (May 1, 1956) –

• Multi-disciplinary organization (not a statutory body).

• Mandate - investigation of offenses of money laundering and violations of foreign exchange laws.

• Under - Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.

• Hq – Delhi. 5 regional offices - Mumbai, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, and Delhi.

Enforces Acts –

(a) Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (FEMA)

(b) Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA)

(c) Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 (FEOA).

• FEMA and PMLA apply to all of India, allowing ED to take action (search and seizure under Sections 16 and 17 of PMLA) against any person.

• ED cannot act on its own, and a complaint to another agency or the police is required for investigation.


1. Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering

Why in news - United Arab Emirates (UAE) secured observer status at the Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG).

Key Points –

• First Arab country to be granted observer status at the APG

• APG plenary session was held in Vancouver, Canada.

• APG is a regional body modeled on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

• UAE was named to the Financial Action Task Force’s “grey list” in 2022.

About APG on Money Laundering (1997) –

• “Regional body” of FATF.

• Observer states - the United Kingdom, France, Germany and North Korea.

• India became a member of the APG in March 1998.

2. CPTPP Agreement

Why in news – United Kingdom (UK) formally signed a treaty to join the Indo-Pacific bloc CPTPP.

Key Points –

• UK signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Auckland, New Zealand.

• For UK, it is the biggest trade deal since the UK left the European Union in 2020.

• “Global Britain” strategy – Outlines 3 fundamental national interests that bind together the citizens of the UK – sovereignty, security and prosperity.

About CPTPP (2018) –

• A Free trade agreement (FTA).

• It was signed by the 11 countries on March 8, 2018 in Santiago, Chile. (entered into force - December 30, 2018).

• Participants (11 countries) - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

• Seen as a bulwark against China’s dominance in the region. (China is not a member).

• Combined GDP - $1 trillion (13.1% of global trade).

• All 11 countries of CPTPP are also members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).


1. Wheat Variety PBW RS1

Why in news – Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has come up with a new wheat variety called PBW RS1.

Key Points –

• It has high amylose starch content, known to reduce risks of type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

• PBW RS1 (RS - resistant starch) won’t cause an immediate and rapid rise in glucose levels.

• High amylose and resistant starch ensure that glucose is released more slowly into the bloodstream.

• Drawback - low grain yield per hectare.

Value Addition –

• PAU – India’s top state agricultural university in 2023 as per the National Institute Ranking Framework (Overall - Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi).

• Earlier, PAU had released two varieties –

(a) PBW Zn1 - high zinc content.

(b) PBW1 - chapati remain fresh for long.

• Glycemic index - A value used to measure how specific foods increase blood sugar levels.


1. "Gajah Kotha" Campaign

Why in news – Assam has launched the campaign to address the growing human-elephant conflict (HEC) issue.

Key Points –

• Initiative of - Aaranyak, British Asian Trust, the Assam Forest Department and Darwin Initiative.

• Aranyak is a renowned wildlife NGO based in Guwahati.

Value Addition –

• Number of elephants (Elephant Census, 2017) – Karnataka (6,049), Assam (5,719) and Kerala (3,054).

• Other steps for elephant conservation - Gaj Yatra, Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE), Asian Elephant Alliance etc.


1. World Day for International Justice 2023

Why in news – It is celebrated on July 17.

Key Points –

• It marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute on 17 July 1998.

• Rome Statute is the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

• ICC seeks to protect people from genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.


1. Book 'Krishna – The 7th Sense'

Why in news – Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan released the Malayalam translation ‘Krishna – The 7th Sense’.

Key Points –

• Author - Debashis Chatterjee.

• He also unveiled the latest edition of Prof. Chatterjee’s work ‘Karma Sutras – Leadership and Wisdom in Uncertain Times’.


1. MP State Esports Academy

Why in news – India’s first Esports academy to come up in Madhya Pradesh (MP).

Key Points –

• MP has also announced the MP State Junior Esports Championship for all BGMI players across the state.

• Indian gamers can "qualify for the 2022 Asian Games" through BGMI.


1. All India Sainik Schools National Games 2023-24

Why in news – The 4-day-long group level All India Sainik Schools National Games 2023-24 concluded in Nalanda.

Key Points –

• Venue - Shri Sheoo Mewalal Sports Complex, Nalanda.

Toppers –

(a) Sainik School Nalanda

(b) Sainik School Tilaiya

(c) Sainik School Gopalganj

(d) Sainik School Purulia

• Altogether 244 participants, including 42 girls from Sanik schools in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal participated.


• Which state's Authoor betel leaves have been given Geographical Indication (GI) certificate - Tamil Nadu.

• Which ministry has launched a new campaign called "BHARAT" for banks under Agri Infra Fund - Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

• Who has been appointed as the captain of India's men's cricket team in the 19th Asian Games - Ruturaj Gaikwad.

• Indian government has reimposed the windfall tax on domestic crude oil to how much rupees per tonne - Rs 1,600 per tonne.

• Which union minister has launched the second phase of "AI For India 2.0" - Dharmendra Pradhan.

• India has won a total of 9 medals in the "World Deaf Youth Badminton Championship" held in which country – Brazil

• India and which country will work on joint development of a combat aircraft engine and an engine for the Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) – France.

• Gautam Adani has handed over the 1600 MW Godda Power Plant to which country - Bangladesh.

• Which bank has become the first bank to link Digital Rupee with UPI QR Code - HDFC Bank.

• Which company has been awarded the 'Golden Peacock' Environment Management Awards 2023 - Adani Transmission Limited.


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