Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 19.08.2023


1. 3D-Printed Post Office

Why in news - India’s first 3D-printed post office inaugurated in Bengaluru.

Key Points –

• It was inaugurated by Ashwini Vaishnaw on August 18.

• It was completed in just 43 days.

• Built by - Larsen & Toubro Limited.

• Technological support from IIT Madras.

• 3D printing (additive manufacturing) uses computer-created design to make 3-dimensional objects layer by layer.

2. Prabal:

Why in news - India’s first long-range revolver Prabal launched.

Key Points –

• Range - 50 meters (double the range of other revolvers).

• Manufactured by Advanced Weapons and Equipment India (AWEIL), Kanpur.

• It is the first in the country that has a side wing cylinder, which makes the trigger pull easy.


1. PM-eBus Sewa

Why in news – Cabinet has approved the “PM-eBus Sewa” scheme for augmenting city bus operation on PPP model.

Key Points –

• 10,000 e-Buses to be deployed on the PPP model in 169 cities.

• Infrastructure to be upgraded in 181 cities under Green Urban Mobility Initiatives.

• Estimated cost - Rs.57,613 crore (Central support - Rs.20,000 crore)

• Duration - 10 years.

• Coverage – Cities with 3 lakh and above population as per census 2011 including all the Capital cities of UTs, North Eastern Region and Hill States.

It has 2 segments –

(a) Augmenting the City bus services:(169 cities).

(b) Green Urban Mobility Initiatives (GUMI): (181 cities)


1. Floodwatch App

Why in news - Central Water Commission launched mobile app ‘Floodwatch.’

Key Points –

• It can disseminate information related to the flood situation upto 7 days on a real-time basis.

• “FloodWatch” app utilizes satellite data analysis, mathematical modelling, and real-time monitoring to deliver accurate and timely flood forecasts.

• Central Water Commission (CWC) is an attached office of the Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.

2. UDGAM Portal

Why in news - Reserve Bank of India announced the launch of a centralized web portal UDGAM.

Key Points –

• UDGAM - Unclaimed Deposits – Gateway to Access Information.

• It addresses the issue of unclaimed deposits with banks.

• It facilitates the public to easily locate their unclaimed deposits across multiple banks in one place.

• 100 days 100 pays campaign - Banks were directed to find out the top 100 unclaimed account holders and assist them in reclaiming such amounts.


1. Fiscal Heath Report

Why in news - A report on the fiscal health of the key 17 states was penned by Kaushik Das.

Key Points –

• Top 3 - Maharashtra (1st), Chhattisgarh (2nd) and Telangana (3rd).

• Bottom 3 – West Bengal, Punjab and Bihar.

• Kaushik Das is the chief economist at Deutsche Bank India.

• The state and stability of a state or an organization's finances and financial affairs are called fiscal health.

2. Specialised Startup Cells

Why in news - Indian Bank opens specialized startup cells in 10 cities across the country.

Key Points –

• 10 cities - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Coimbatore, Chennai, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kanpur and Mumbai.

• Indian Bank MD and CEO S L Jain virtually inaugurated nine startup cells in the different cities.

• IND SPRINGBOARD (by Indian Bank) - a customized loan product for startups to address their unique financial challenges.


1. 22nd SEACAT Exercise 2023

Why in news - 20 Indo-Pacific partner nations and the U.S. Navy conducted the 22nd SEACAT in Singapore on Aug. 14, 2023.

Key Points –

• India was included for the first time.

• 2023 SEACAT is the largest to date.

• U.S. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet.

• 7th Fleet routinely operates in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

2. Stealth Frigate ‘Vindhyagiri’

Why in news - President Droupadi Murmu launched the advanced stealth frigate ‘Vindhyagiri’ in Kolkata.

Key Points –

• Built by - Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata.

• It is named after the Vindhyagiri ranges in Karnataka.

• It is the 6th vessel rolled out as part of the Project 17A Frigate.

• 5 other ships – INS Nilgiri, Udaygiri, Himgiri, Taragiri, and Dunagiri.

3. Tarang Shakti

Why in news - The exercise 'Tarang Shakti' is likely to be held in the middle of 2024.

Key Points –

• Around 12 air forces are anticipated to take part.

• The drill would be the largest air exercise ever held in India.


1. Agnibaan SOrTeD

Why in news - Agnikul Cosmos commenced the integration of Agnibaan SOrTeD with its exclusive private launchpad situated in Sriharikota.

Key Points –

• Agnibaan SOrTeD - SubOrbital Technological Demonstrator.

• Agnibaan SOrTeD is a single-stage launch vehicle powered by Agnikul’s Agnilet engine (3D-printed).

• Unlike traditional sounding rockets that launch from guide rails, Agnibaan SOrTeD will lift off vertically.

• Agnikul Cosmos is a space-tech startup located in IIT-Madras.


1. Village Atlas

Why in news - Goa CM Pramod Sawant released a biodiversity atlas of Mayem village in North Goa.

Key Points –

• It is termed as "India's first village atlas."


1. Gandak- Ganga River Link Scheme

Why in news - The Gandak-Ganga river link scheme to be started soon.

Key Points –

• Beneficiary districts - Gopalganj, Siwan and Saran districts.

• A total of 170 km long link channel will be constructed.

• Start - Hirapakad (Gopalganj). End - Haispur (Saran).


• India has signed MoU with which country to share 'India Stack' - Trinidad and Tobago.

• Where is the Youth 20 summit being held under the G20 chairmanship of India – Varanasi.

• Who has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Life Insurance Corporation of India - Sat Pal Bhanoo.

• The Union Cabinet has approved the expansion of the 'Digital India Project' with an outlay of how much rupees - Rs 14,903 crore.

• India has made the first payment of crude oil in Indian Rupees to which country - United Arab Emirates.

• Which state has become the first state to do in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment for free – Goa.

• Who has launched 'Mera Bengal, Nasha Mukt Bengal' campaign in West Bengal - Draupadi Murmu.

• Scientists from Russia and which country have developed a method to improve the production of biodiesel from the seeds of Barbados Nut – India.

• Which wrestler has won the Under 20 World Championship in the men's 61 kg freestyle category in Jordan - Mohit Kumar.

• Retail inflation has reached a 15-month high of what per cent in July - 7.44%.


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