Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 17.08.2023


1. Mizoram Bombing

Why in news - PM Narendra Modi mentioned it in the Lok Sabha while replying to the no confidence motion.

Key Points –

• Under it, Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft were used in a counter-insurgency role in Mizoram (Mizo Hills) in early 1966.

• The separatist movement was led by Mizo National Front (MNF).

• MNF launched Operation Jericho to take control of Aizawl.

• As the Army struggled to dislodge the rebels, the Air Force was called in.

• Aircraft used - Toofani and Hunters.

• The Indian Army operations were led by Brig (later Maj Gen) Rustom Zal Kabraji.

2. Bikash Sinha

Why in news - Renowned nuclear physicist Bikash Sinha dies at 78 in Kolkata.

Key Points –

• He led the Indian team for the first time to participate in the experiments at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva.

• He was the former director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics and Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Kolkata.

• He was a recipient of Padma Shri in 2001 and Padma Bhusan in 2010.


1. ODOP Wall

Why in news - One District One Product (ODOP) was launched to showcase India’s diverse and exceptional craft heritage.

Key Points –

• Launched by – ODOP and National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).

• ODOP program is an initiative under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), M/o Commerce & Industry.

• Deendayal Antyodaya Yojna-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) was launched by the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD).


1. The Vista

Why in news - Air India recently rebranded its logo called 'The Vista.'

Key Points –

• It incorporates shades of red, golden, and violet colours.

• The airline’s existing logo features a flying swan, a centaur, and a rising sun.

• The iconic Maharajah, Air India’s mascot since 1946, will now play a more “background” role.

• Air India CEO&MD - Campbell Wilson.


1. Global Summit on Traditional Medicine

Why in news - WHO and the Ministry of Ayush to host the first-ever Global Summit on Traditional Medicine.

Key Points –

• Venue - Gandhinagar, Gujarat (August 17-18).

• To be inaugurated by the Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

• It will be held during G20 health ministers’ meet.

• AYUSH medicine - Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Naturopathy, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa, Homoeopathy, etc.


1. Drogue Parachute Tests

Why in news - ISRO conducted Drogue Parachute Deployment Tests for Gaganyaan Mission.

Key Points –

• Conducted by - Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) at Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory, Chandigarh.

• Drogue parachutes play a pivotal role in stabilizing the crew module and reducing its velocity to a safe level during re-entry.

• The Gaganyaan mission entails the safe transportation of astronauts to space and back.

2. Namoh 108

Why in news – CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) launched Namoh 108.

Key Points –

• It is an improvised variety of lotus with 108 petals.

• It is weather resilient and can flower for 10 months, from March to December.

• This is the first Lotus variety the genome of which is completely sequenced. It can never be extinct or endangered.

• Frotus - Perfume developed from Lotus plants.

• CSIR-NBRI hq – Lucknow.


1. Partition Horrors Remembrance Day

Why in news – It is observed on August 14 in India.

Key Points –

• It aims to commemorate the victims and sufferings of people during the 1947 partition of India.

• It was first observed in 2021.

Value Addition –

• Last Viceroy Lord Mountbatten was supposed to work out the independence of India by June 1948, but he chose to advance the date.

• Cyril Radcliffe was given the task of redrawing the boundaries even though he had never visited India before then.

• About 6 million non-Muslims moved out of West Pakistan, and 6.5 million Muslims moved out from the India into West Pakistan.

• Book ‘Ret Samaadhi’ (Geetanjali Shree, International Booker Prize 2022) - It features an Indian woman in her eighties who attempts to journey to Pakistan, where she lived before Partition.


1. Wild Elephant Population

Why in news - As per Karnataka forest department’s latest elephant census, wild elephants in Karnataka have increased to 6,395.

Key Points –

• In 2017, there were 6,049 elephants.

• It was conducted with Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa.

• The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru provided technical support.

Value Addition –

• Protection Status –

(a) IUCN Red List: Endangered

(b) CITES: Appendix I

(c) Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule I

• Project Elephant was launched in 1992.

• Type - Centrally-sponsored scheme.

• Karnataka has the highest number of elephants, followed by Assam and Kerala.

2. ‘Gramin Mitra’ Scheme

Why in news - The Goa government launched its flagship scheme “Gramin Mitra.”

Key Points –

• Aim - to provide doorstep delivery of government services across the state and promote digital empowerment in rural areas.


1. Bindeshwar Pathak

Why in news - Noted social reformer Bindeshwar Pathak died at 80.

Key Points –

• He was founder of Sulabh International Social Service Organisation who championed the cause of sanitation by building over 10,000 public toilets across the country.

• He was born at Rampur Baghel village in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

• He started the Sulabh movement in 1970 to eradicate manual scavenging.

• He designed and popularised the low-cost twin-pit flush toilets, widely constructed under the government’s Swachh Bharat Mission.

• Pathak built his first public toilet in Arrah, Bihar in 1973.

• In 1974, the first Sulabh public toilet was opened to the public in Patna.

• In 1991, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and received the International St Francis Prize for Environment in 1992.

• In 2009, Pathak won the Stockholm Water Prize, conferred by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

• In 2016, Sulabh was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for its contribution to the government’s flagship Swachh Bharat mission.

2. Champaran Mutton

Why in news - India's Champaran Mutton makes it to semifinals of Oscar's Student Academy Awards.

Key Points –

• It is directed by Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune student Ranjan Kumar.

• It stars Chandan Roy and Falak Khan in the lead.

• It has been shot in Bajjika dialect, primarily used in the areas of Vaishali, Muzaffarpur, and Begusarai.


• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a new type of urea for farmers named - Urea Gold.

• According to the recently released National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, which state tops the list of missing women in India – Maharashtra

• In which state India's first fisheries Atal Incubation Center will be established – Kerala.

• Which state government has launched 'Amrit Birch Andolan' app – Assam.

• New book 'Kargil: Ek Yatri Ki Jubani' has been authored by - Rishi Raj.

• Which state has banned carrying mobiles in the legislature - Uttar Pradesh.

• Which state has written to the union government to review the current parameters for a state to declare drought – Karnataka.

• How many personnel have been announced to be given Fire Service Medal in 2023 - 53 personnel.

• Which state has launched the 'Meri Mati, Mera Desh' campaign at August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai – Maharashtra.

• Where has the 'Bharat Utsav', a three-day event celebrating Indian art and heritage, held – Dubai.


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