Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 11.08.2023


1. No-Trust Motion Defeated

Why in news - The INDIA bloc’s no-confidence motion was defeated in the Lok Sabha on August 10, 2023.

Key Points –

• Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was suspended over “gross misconduct”.

• The motion was defeated in a voice vote called by the speaker (opposition MPs walked out of the chamber).

• The no-confidence motion was moved by Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi over the Manipur violence on July 26.

• It was taken up by Lok Sabha (LS) Speaker Om Birla for discussion on August 8-10 (3 days, 16 hours).

• This is the 2nd time PM Modi faced a no-confidence motion (1st - 2018) (Overall - 28th).

• The NDA has a majority in LS with 331 MPs (BJP - 303 MPs) while the combined strength of the Opposition bloc INDIA is 144.

2. Keralam

Why in news - Kerala Assembly passed resolution to rename state as Keralam.

Key Points –

• To change the name of a state, approval from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs is required.

• Steps under Article 3 of the Constitution are required to change the name of the state.

• The name of the state in Malayalam is Keralam.

• Kerala came into being on November 1, 1956.

3. Theatre Commands

Why in news - The Inter-Services Organisation (Command, Control & Discipline) Bill – 2023 was introduced in the Upper House.

Key Points –

• It empowers central government to constitute an Inter-Services Organisation, thus paving the way for the creation of integrated theatre commands.

• Theatre commands seeks to roll the existing individual commands of the three services into tri-services organisations with a common military aim.

• At present, all Army, Navy and IAF personnel are governed by their service-specific acts.

• The inter-services organizations include the Strategic Forces Command, the Andaman and Nicobar Command and joint training establishments among others.

• The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) is the only tri-service theater command of the Indian Armed Forces, based at Port Blair.

4. ‘HAR Ghar Tiranga’

Why in news - Ministry of Culture organized the “HAR Ghar Tiranga” bike rally of MPs in New Delhi on August 11, 2023.

Key Points –

• Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar flagged off the rally.

• It will be celebrated across the Nation from August 13 – 15, 2023.

• It is being held under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (AKAM).

5. CBI Academy

Why in news - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Academy joined the Interpol Global Academy Network.

Key Points –

• CBI became its 10th member.

• CBI Academy, based in Ghaziabad, is a premier training institution in the fields of crime investigation, prosecution and vigilance functioning.

• CBI is a nodal body for all matters related to Interpol.


1. Chinese Propaganda

Why in news - The New York Times investigation found that Neville Roy Singham helped push Chinese propaganda worldwide.

Key Points –

• Indian news outlet NewsClick found to be financed by Neville Singham.

• He furthered Chinese interests through a network of nonprofit organizations registered in the US.

• Neville Roy Singham is a US tech baron.

• In 2021, the Enforcement Directorate raided NewsClick in connection to “foreign remittances allegedly totaling Rs 30.51 crore.”

2. Recognized Employer Pilot (REP)

Why in news – Canada to Launch Recognized Employer Pilot (REP).

Key Points –

• It aims to alleviate the administrative complexities within the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program.

• It also helps to streamline the process of recruiting foreign workers through the program.


1. Nationwide Mass Drug Administration (MDA) Initiative

Why in news – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare inaugurated the second phase of the annual MDA initiative on August 10, 2023.

Key Points –

• India is committed to eliminating Lymphatic filariasis by 2027 (global target - 2030).

• Coverage - 81 districts in 9 endemic states.

• 9 endemic states - Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.

• Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya also launched National Guidelines for Clinical Management of Dengue Fever 2023 and Chikungunya Fever.

About Lymphatic Filariasis –

• Commonly called elephantiasis, a neglected tropical disease.

• Impairs the lymphatic system and can lead to abnormal enlargement of body parts.

• Cause - filarial parasites (nematodes or roundworms).

• Filarial worms - Wuchereria Bancrofti, Brugia Malayi and Brugia Timori.

• Transmitted through Culex mosquitoes.


1. Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)

Why in news – ACTO summit held in the Brazilian city of Belem.

Key Points –

• Final joint declaration - Belem Declaration.

• Participants - leaders of 8 South American nations that are home to the Amazon rainforest.

• They are Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

• They agreed to environmental policies to bolster regional cooperation and stop the destruction of the rainforest.

• Some scientists say that when 20-25% of the forest is destroyed.

• Earlier, Brazil pledged to end illegal deforestation by 2030.


1. World Biofuel Day 2023

Why in news – It is celebrated every year on August 10.

Key Points –

• Aim - to spread awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative.

• Biofuels are derived from organic sources like plants, crops, and animal waste.

• It honours Rudolf Diesel, the individual who invented the diesel engine.

Value Addition –

• National Policy of Biofuels 2018 –

(a) target - reaching 20% ethanol-blending and 5% biodiesel-blending by 2030.

(b) creation of biofuels in the country by units situated in Special Economic Zones (SEZ)/ Export Oriented Units (EoUs).

(c) permit more feedstocks for the creation of biofuels.

• Bihar is home to 5 operational biofuel plants and 20 more that are currently under development.


1. Sahid Diwas

Why in news – August 11, 2023, marked the 81st anniversary of martyrdom of seven youths.

Key Points –

• 7 youths died trying to hoist the Indian flag at Patna Secretariat in 1942.

• 'Saat Shahid' - 6 of them were in high school while the 7th was in college.

• 7 Martyr - Devipad Choudhary, Umakant Prasad Sinha, Ramanand Singh, Satish Prasad Jha, Jagatpati Kumar, Rajendra Prasad Singh and Ramgovind Singh.

• Shahid Smarak or Martyr's Memorial in Patna was built in honour of the 7 martyrs.

2. ‘Bihar Prithvi Divas’

Why in news – ‘Bihar Prithvi Divas’ (Bihar Earth Day) is observed on August 9. (World Earth Day - April 22)

Key Points –

• It was started on August 9, 2011 (conceptualised by CM Nitish Kumar)

• People are asked to plant saplings across the state.

• Jal-Jivan-Hariyali Abhiyan (October 2019) aims to create awareness about the environment, primarily water conservation techniques.

3. Bag Cluster

Why in news – Muzaffarpur is emerging as a major bag cluster in India’s Bihar state.

Key Points –

• Set up by - Department of Industries.

• It is based on market-led/linked approach through a plug & play model.

• It was set up under the "CM MSME Cluster Scheme."

• The Department has also engaged with JEEViKA (Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society) to mobilise aspiring women entrepreneurs.

• It is projected to manufacture around 6,40,000 bags per month with a production value of Rs 15 crore ($1.9 million).


• Which ministry has launched the Indian Web Browser Development Challenge - Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

• Which country has recently banned the use of the word 'Homosexuality' – Iraq.

• Which country has launched its first moon lander Luna-25 on August 11 – Russia.

• Which state has built a Rs 6,134 crore dam project at Hathnikund barrage - Haryana.

• Who has become the fastest Indian bowler to take 50 wickets in in T20 International cricket - Kuldeep Yadav.

• Which country has drafted rules to use facial recognition data – China.

• India has won how many total medals in the World University Games in Chengdu, China - 26 medals.

• Which union ministry has released the report 'Status of elementary Education in Rural India - 2023' - Ministry of Education.

• Which bank has recently launched eco friendly debit card - Airtel Payment Bank.

• What is the rank of India in Internet Resilience Index in the South Asian region - 6th.


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