Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 18.09.2023


1. India Club London

Why in new - London’s India Club was closed down permanently on September 17 after decades of operations.

Key Points –

• The restaurant served Indian food items.

• It is run by Parsi-origin Yadgar Marker, his wife Freny and daughter Phiroza since 1997 as the director.

• It was started in 1951 by the India League.

• It was established by VK Krishna Menon, Chandran Tharoor (father of Shashi Tharoor), etc.

• Dr Rajendra Prasad, Lord Mountbatten, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Dadabhai Naoroji were some of the club's prominent visitors.

2. Special Session

Why in new – The Special Session of the Parliament will be held from September 18 to 22, 2023.

Key Points –

• Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar hoisted flag at ‘Gaja dwar’ of new Parliament.

• The new Parliament has six entrances, each signifying a different role.

• Red sandstone sculptures of auspicious animals have been installed as ‘guardian statues’ on all six entrances.

3. Yashobhoomi

Why in new – PM Narendra Modi unveiled the Phase 1 of Yashobhoomi on September 17, 2023 (his 73rd birthday).

Key Points –

• It is New Delhi’s 2nd India International Convention and Expo Centre.

• Cost - Rs 5400 crores.

• It has the largest LED media facade in the country.

• It can collectively accommodate up to 11,000 delegates.


1. Ban Cruise Boats

Why in news – The National Green Tribunal (NGT) ruled that operating cruise boats in the Upper Lake (Bhoj Wetland) of Madhya Pradesh was illegal.

Key Points –

• Environmentalist Dr Subhash C Pandey filed an application against the operation of the cruise in the Bhopal Upper Lake.

• Van Vihar National Park – Bhopal.


1. Project Abhinandan

Why in news – Air India has launched “Project Abhinandan” to elevate the on-ground experience of passengers.

Key Points –

• Aim - to give travellers a personalised and hassle-free experience.

• It has deployed specially trained service assurance officers at 16 major airports across India.

• They will provide assistance at the check-in area, lounges, near boarding gates, during transit or at the arrival hall.

2. SIDBI Refinancing

Why in news – Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), plans to float a Rs 10,000-crore rights issue next fiscal.

Key Points –

• It refinances SME loans.

• It expects to grow assets to Rs 5 lakh crore by March 2024 from about Rs 4 lakh crore in March 2023.

Value Addition –

• Statutory body - established under an Act of the Parliament in 1990.

• Principal Financial Institution engaged in financing of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector.

Shareholders –

(a) Central government (20.8%).

(b) State Bank of India (15.65%).

(c) Life Insurance Corporation (13.33%).

(d) Rest of the equity is held by other public financial institutions and banks.

• Committee related to MSMEs - S.L. Kapur, Vijayraghavan, Abid Hussain, Nayak, S.P. Gupta, S.S. Kohli, Dr. Arjun Sengupta and U.K. Sinha.


1. Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Why in news – Rahul Mishra was conferred the insignia of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres at a function in France.

Key Points –

• Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters is a French government distinction in the field of art, culture, and literature.


1. 29th World Ozone Day

Why in news – It is celebrated on September 16 to commemorate the signing of the Montreal Protocol.

Key Points –

• Theme 2023 - Montreal Protocol: fixing the ozone layer and reducing climate change.

• Montreal Protocol (1987) - An international environmental treaty for phasing out of production and consumption of Ozone Depleting Substances.

• Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol - to phase down of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Value Addition –

• Vienna Convention (1985) - An international treaty on the protection of the Ozone Layer.

• Under Vienna convention, the Montreal Protocol came into force in 1989.

• Ozone hole (Unit - Dobson) - It is not technically a “hole” where no ozone is present, but is actually a region of exceptionally depleted ozone in the stratosphere over the Antarctic.


1. Rajnish Kumar

Why in news – Former SBI chair Rajnish Kumar appointed as Mastercard India Chairman.

Key Points –

• He spearheaded the development of SBI’s digital platform, YONO.


1. BriskPe A2A

Why in news – BriskPe and Yes Bank have partnered to introduce BriskPe A2A.

Key Points –

• It enables seamless cross-border payments for MSMEs.

• BriskPe’s customers can collect payments in over 36 foreign currencies, spanning more than 180 countries.

2. 'Sarpanch Samvad' App

Why in news – Assam Governor Gulab Chand Kataria launched 'Sarpanch Samvad' app.

Key Points –

• Aim – to connect approximately 2.5 lakh sarpanches across India.

• The app has been developed by the Quality Council of India (QCI).


1. Asia Cup 2023

Why in news – India has been crowned Asia Cup 2023 champions.

Key Points –

• It was India’s 8th Asia Cup title.

• Sri Lanka were bowled out for 50 runs in 15.2 overs. This was their lowest total against India (2nd -lowest overall).

• India chased down the target in merely 6.1 overs by 10 wickets.

• Most runs in Asia Cup 2023 - S Gill (302 runs).

• Man of the Match in the Final - Mohammed Siraj.

• Most wickets in Asia Cup 2023 - M Pathirana (SL) with 11 wickets.

• This is the largest victory (263 balls) for India in ODIs in terms of balls remaining.


1. Unity Mall

Why in news – 3 Unity Malls to be opened in Uttar Pradesh.

Key Points –

• Location - Lucknow, Agra, Varanasi.

• In the Union Budget 2023-24, a provision has been made to establish Unity Mall in all the states of the country.


1. Manju Sinha Project Girls’ Higher Secondary School

Why in news – CM Nitish Kumar inaugurated a Manju Sinha Project Girls' higher secondary school on September 16, 2023.

Key Points –

• Location - Bakhtiyarpur (Patna district).

• It is named after his late wife Manju Sinha.


• Two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep has been suspended from professional tennis for how many years for doping - 4 years.

• Which state emerged as the winner in the finals of the recently concluded 5th National Wheelchair Rugby Championship 2023 held at Balewadi, Pune – Maharashtra.

• Who has been named the Vice-Chairperson of The National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom) - Sindhu Gangadharan.

• Who has become the sixth Indian and 15th overall player to reach 10,000 runs in One Day International (ODI) cricket - Rohit Sharma.

• LIC Chairman Mohanty presented a dividend cheque of how many rupees to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman - Rs 1831.09 crores.

• Geological Survey of India Training Institute (GSITI), Hyderabad has signed a memorandum of understanding with whom for the capacity building in the areas of mineral resources and disaster management under the National Natural Resources Management System programme – ISRO.

• Which become the first country to name a new ambassador to Afghanistan since the Taliban retook power in 2021 - China.

• The International Hockey Federation (FIH) withdrew hosting rights of the Olympic Qualifiers from which country – Pakistan.

• Which state approved the state's first service sector policy by offering a 25 percent capital subsidy to investors in various service sectors – Uttarakhand.

• Who has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia - Gopal Bagle.


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