Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 29.08.2023


1. Chandrayaan-3

Why in news - Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft has begun releasing important data from the scientific experiments.

Key Points –

• ChaSTE showed a very sharp difference in temperatures just above and below the surface of the Moon.

• It showed that temperatures on the surface were over 50 degree Celsius and dropped to nearly -10 degree Celsius just a few millimeters below the surface.

• It suggested that the topsoil of the lunar surface did not conduct heat very well, and insulated the sub-surface from heat.

• ChaSTE (Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment) is one of the four instruments on the lander module.

2. AQEWS in Kolkata

Why in news - Kolkata became the 3rd Indian city to get an air quality early warning system ( AQEWS).

Key Points –

• AQEWS computes and relay real-time and forecast data on pollution levels.

• It will deliver detailed information about the contribution of PM2.5 and PM10 emissions.

• Other 2 cities with AQEWS - Delhi and Pune.

• It is an initiative of the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM).


1. Penguins Chicks

Why in news - Antarctica’s melting sea ice killed thousands of emperor penguin chicks in 2022.

Key Points –

• In late 2022, up to 10,000 emperor penguin chick colonies located in Antarctica’s Bellingshausen Sea region may have died due to sea ice loss.

• The birds most likely either drowned or froze to death.

• Islands in Antarctica - Rothschild Island, Verdi Inlet, Smyley Island, Bryant Coast and Pfrogner Point.

Value Addition –

• Guano - Accumulated excrement of seabirds or bats.

• Guano is a highly effective fertilizer due to the high content of nitrogen, phosphate, and potassium.

• Arctic's ice called “Last Ice Area”, located north of Greenland, has melted before expected.

2. Spotless Giraffe

Why in news – In Brights Zoo (Tennessee, USA) a giraffe without spots was born.

Key Points –

• It is believed to be the only spotless reticulated giraffe on the planet.

• Reticulated giraffes are native to Africa and in 2018 were listed as endangered.


1. Exercise Bright Star-23

Why in news – Indian Air Force participated in Exercise Bright Star-23 at Cairo Air Base in Egypt.

Key Points –

• It is a multilateral tri-service exercise.

• For the first time, IAF is participating in this exercise.

2. AI Robot for Aerial Combat

Why in news – American military brings in artificial intelligence robot for aerial combat.

Key Points –

• Name - XQ-58A Valkyrie.

• It has a stealthy design and is capable of carrying missiles that can hit enemy targets far beyond its visual range.


1. 1st Unicorn of 2023

Why in news – Online grocery delivery startup Zepto became the first unicorn of 2023.

Key Points –

• Zepto has raised $200 million in Series-E fundraise, valuing the company at $1.4 billion.

• Zepto (2021) was ounded by Aadit Palicha and Kaivalya Vohra.


1. Business 20 (B20) Summit

Why in news – India has handed over the B20 presidency to Brazil to host G20 in 2024.

Key Points –

• Venue - New Delhi.

• Theme for B20 - Responsible, Accelerated, Innovative, Sustainable, Equitable (R.A.I.S.E) Businesses.

• The B20 India Secretariat is represented by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).


1. Geetika Srivastava

Why in news – Geetika Srivastava is the first woman to head an Indian mission in Pakistan.

Key Points –

• She will be the new Charge d’Affaires (CDA) in Islamabad.

• She will succeed Dr M Suresh Kumar.

• Pakistan has also posted a new CDA in New Delhi, Saad Ahmad Warraich.

2. Emmerson Mnangagwa

Why in news – Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa secured a second term as president.

Key Points –

• Mnangagwa party - ZANU-PF.

• Mnangagwa defeated Nelson Chamisa.


1. National Sports Day 2023

Why in news – It is celebrated on August 29 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand

Key Points –

• Theme - Sports are an enabler to an inclusive and fit society.

• It was 1st celebrated on August 29, 2012.

• Major Dhyan Chand (hockey) led India to win its 1st hat-trick of Olympic gold medals at the 1928, 1932, and 1936 Summer Olympics.

• Dhyan Chand’s nickname - Hockey Wizard, The Magician.


1. Men's 4x400m Relay Heats

Why in news – India’s 4x400m relay quartet finishes 2nd behind USA to enter World Championship final.

Key Points –

• Indian quartet - Muhammed Anas Yahiya, Amoj Jacob, Muhammed Ajmal Variyathodi and Rajesh Ramesh.

• Time taken by the Indian team - 2 minutes, 59.05 seconds.

• With this, they qualified for the finals of the World Championships for the first time in history and rewrote the Asian record held by Japan (2:59.51s).


1. Reservation in Government Jobs

Why in news – Reservation for women in government jobs has been raised to 35% in Madhya Pradesh (current – 30%).

Key Points –

• Reservation for women will be 50% in teachers' recruitment.

• Financial aid given to women in the Ladli Behna Scheme was raised from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,250 per month.


• Who is the Project Director of the Chandrayaan-3 mission launched by ISRO - P Veeramuthuvel.

• What is the percentage of export duty imposed by the central government on parboiled rice - 20 percent.

• Which medal has been won by the Indian women's cricket team in the IBSA (International Blind Sports Federation) World Games 2023 in Birmingham - Gold Medal.

• Where has Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) unveiled the 54 feet tricolor – Siliguri

• To which state NABARD has approved Rs 1974 crore for rural development – Rajasthan.

• Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has exported the first trial shipment of fresh pomegranate by air to which country - USA.

• Where is the 9th India International MSME Expo & Conference 2023 held - New Delhi.

• 'Namdev Dhondo Mahanor' has passed away. Who was he – Poet.

• Who became the first cricketer to score 500 runs in The Hundred Women's competition - Smriti Mandhana.

• Who is the chairman of the nine-member committee setup to review and redefine the role of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) - K VijayRaghavan.


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