Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 13.09.2023



Why in news – ITI developed self-branded Laptop & Micro PC 'SMAASH'.

Key Points –

• It matches international quality and performance.

• It has been designed in association with Intel Corporation.

• The SMAASH PCs are highly compatible with solar solutions since they take DC input.


1. Li Shangfu Missing

Why in news – China’s Defence Minister Li Shangfu is speculated to be ‘missing’.

Key Points –

• Earlier, Foreign Affairs Minister Qin Gang disappeared.

2. Libya Floods

Why in news – Mediterranean storm Daniel caused devastating floods in Libya and broke two dams.

Key Points –

• In the coastal city of Derna alone, at least 5,200 people died.

• Libya is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north.

• Other affected cities - Shahhat, Al-Bayda and Marj.

Value Addition –

• Storm Daniel also hit Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria.

• Libya is divided between the internationally recognized government based in Tripoli and Libyan National Army (commander Khalifa Hifter).


1. Special Campaign 3.0

Why in news – The Centre aims a revenue of Rs 400 crore from non-ferrous scrap disposal during the ‘Special Campaign 3.0’

Key Points –

• Nodal Coordinator - Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (M/o Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions).

• Aim - improving Swachhata and disposal of pending references.

• Coverage - All Offices/ Organisations of Government of India Ministries/ Departments.

• It adopted the saturation approach in the implementation of programs.


1. Best Countries Rankings

Why in news – It was released by U.S. News & World Report.

Key Points –

• Top 5 – Switzerland (1st), Canada (2nd), Sweden (3rd), Australia (4th) and United States (5th).

• India Rank – 30th (Score – 46.3).


1. Tax on Diesel Vehicles

Why in news – The government might consider an additional 10% GST to be imposed on these vehicles as “pollution tax”.

Key Points –

• The government already imposes a 28% tax on diesel cars, plus an additional cess depending on the engine capacity, taking the total tax to almost 50%.

• Diesel accounts for about 40% of India’s petroleum products consumption.

Value Addition –

• Energy Transition Advisory Committee (Chairman - Tarun Kapoor) –

(a) Set up by - Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2021.

(b) Aim - to draw up an energy transition roadmap for the oil and gas sector.

(c) Recommendation - Ban diesel 4-wheel vehicles by 2027 in cities with a population of more than 1 million.

• India is the world's 3rd largest producer of renewable energy.

• India's target of reaching 40% of the installed capacity from non-fossil energy sources by 2030 has been achieved in November 2021.


1. Comet Nishimura (C/2023 P1)

Why in news – A rare green comet Nishimura was visible today on 12 September 2023.

Key Points –

• It won't be possible to see it again for another 400 years.

• Its orbit takes around 435 years around the sun.

• Hideo Nishimura (Japanese photographer) spotted the comet in August 2023.

• The green colour is caused due to a diatomic carbon molecule formed due to interaction between organic matter and sunlight.

About Comets –

• Made up of rocks, ice, and dust.

• They are leftovers from the formation of the solar system.

• As they orbit closer to the Sun, they spew out gases and dust, which form the tails that they are famous for.


1. Swachh Vayu Sarvekshan 2023

Why in news – Bhupender Yadav announced awards under the Swachh Vayu Sarvekshan 2023 (clean air survey) in Bhopal.

Key Points –

• Conducted by – M/o Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

• The awards are announced in 3 categories of cities.

• It is based on self-assessments submitted by 130 identified cities under the National Clean Air Program.


1. Hero Kim Kun Ok

Why in news – North Korea launched new ‘tactical nuclear attack submarine' named Hero Kim Kun Ok.

Key Points –

• It is named after a former North Korean naval leader.

• It would be deployed to the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan.


1. Sanatana Dharma Day

Why in news – Louisville city (Kentucky, USA) declared September 3 as Sanatana Dharma Day.

Key Points –

• Louisville Mayor - Craig Greenberg.

2. International Day for South-South Cooperation

Why in news – It is observed on September 12.

Key Points –

• Theme - Solidarity, Equity, and Partnership: Unlocking South-South Cooperation to Achieve the SDGs.

• The Global South refers to underdeveloped or economically disadvantaged nations. (e.g., Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania).


1. Bangus Valley Festival

Why in news – J&K L-G Manoj Sinha inaugurated the Bangus Valley festival.

Key Points –

• It aims to highlight the rural and adventure tourism potential of Bangus valley (Kupwara).


• NTPC Green Energy Ltd (NGEL) has signed an MoU with whom to develop a Green Hydrogen Hub in Tamil Nadu - V.O. Chidambaranar Port Authority (VOCPA).

• Which state has announced Rs 3 lakh subsidy to minority community members on vehicle purchases – Karnataka.

• Which country has won the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) U16 Championship 2023 trophy – India.

• Which medal has Kishore Jena won in "Indian Grand Prix 5 2023 Athletics" in Chandigarh – Gold.

• U.S. chipmaker, NVIDIA,has partnered with whom to build state-of-the-art AI supercomputers in India - Reliance.

• India and Saudi Arabia have signed how many agreements during the State visit of Crown Prince and PM of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman - 8 agreements.

• Which IIM has entered into a game-changing partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) - IIM Indore.

• Which bank has received RBI's approval to make I-Process Services (India) Private Ltd a wholly-owned subsidiary of the lender - ICICI Bank.

• In which city was the first Premier Handball League 2023 organized – Jaipur.

• According to Forbes, for the second consecutive year, which is the most valuable football club in the world with a value of 6.070 billion dollars - Real Madrid.


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