Daily Current Affairs For BPSC as on 17.10.2023


1. Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS)

Why in news – M/o Statistics and Programme Implementation released the results of PLFS for the period July 2022 to June 2023.

Key Points –

Findings –

Value Addition -

• It is the 6th PLFS report and each tracks a 12-month period between July and June.

• Conducted by - National Sample Survey Office.

• Aim - to get an understanding about the state of employment in India.

• It provides data on different metrics –

(a) proportion of people demanding work

(b) proportion of people who failed to get a job

(c) gender differences in employment

(d) differences in wages

(e) sectoral distribution of workers (e.g., agriculture)

(f) type of work people do (casual labour, regular salaried jobs etc).

• PLFS collects data in two ways - Usual Status (US) and Current Weekly Status (CWS).

(a) Usual Status (US) - recall employment details from the last one year

(b) Current Weekly Status (CWS) - recall the details over the past one week.

2. India-Sri Lanka Ferry Service

Why in news - India-Sri Lanka ferry service restarted after 40 years.

Key Points –

• It connects Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu) to Kankesanthurai (Jaffna, Northern Sri Lanka).

• Name of the vessel – Cheriyapani.

• It was halted in 1982 due to civil war in Sri Lanka.

3. Rabindranath Tagore Bust

Why in news – Dr. S. Jaishankar unveiled the bust of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in Vietnam (Bac Ninh province).

Key Points –

• Gurudev’s works are widely known and appreciated throughout Vietnam.

• Dr. Jaishankar visited the historical Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi.

• In 1959, President Rajendra Prasad gifted a Bodhi tree to Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh.


1. Martti Ahtisaari

Why in news – Former Finland President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Martti Ahtisaari dies at 86.

Key Points –

• He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his work to resolve international conflicts.

• He had advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

• His most notable achievements –

(a) Serbia’s withdrawal from Kosovo (late 1990s).

(b) Namibia’s bid for independence (1980s).

(c) Autonomy for Aceh province in Indonesia (2005).

(d) Northern Ireland peace process (late 1990s).

• He founded the Helsinki-based Crisis Management Initiative, aimed at preventing and resolving violent conflicts through informal dialogue and mediation.


1. Angel Tax

Why in news – DPIIT recognized start-ups not to face verification on account of angel taxation.

Key Points –

• Section 56 (2) (viib) of the Income-tax Act was amended in the Finance Act, 2023 bringing in non-resident investors also under the angel tax levy.

About Angel Tax (2012) –

• It is levied when an unlisted company issues shares to an investor at a price higher than its fair market value.

• It is income tax at the rate of 30.6%.

• Aim - to deter the generation and use of unaccounted money through the subscription of shares of a closely held company.

• Amount that exceeds the face value of such shares is counted as ‘Income from other Sources’ and thus subject to income tax.

• Earlier, it was imposed only on investments made by a resident investor.

• Finance Act 2023 extended angel tax even to non-resident investors from April 1, 2023.


1. Global Partnership on AI Summit

Why in news – PM Narendra Modi invited Google to “contribute” to the upcoming Global Partnership on AI Summit.

Key Points –

• Venue - New Delhi (December).

• Google’s plans to open its global fintech operations center at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT) in Gandhinagar.

2. India-UK 2+2 Dialogue

Why in news – The inaugural India-UK 2+2 Foreign and Defence Dialogue was held in New Delhi on 16 October 2023.

Key Points –

• Indian co-chair –

(a) Piyush Srivastava (Ministry of External Affairs)

(b) Vishwesh Negi (Ministry of Defence).

• India-UK Roadmap 2030 – to elevate the India-UK relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).

Value Addition –

• India has a 2+2 dialogue with close strategic partners such as the US, Japan, Australia and Russia.


1. USS Dwight D Eisenhower

Why in news – US Navy’s ‘finest 5-star aircraft carrier’ has been sent to Israel.

Key Points –

• It is a nuclear-powered Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

• It will join the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group.

• Aim – to deter hostile actions against Israel and prevent wider conflict.


1. Nawanpind Sardaran Village

Why in news – Nawanpind Sardaran village was awarded ‘Best Tourism Village of India’ 2023.

Key Points –

• Location – Gurdaspur, Punjab.

• Reason - for protecting and advancing Punjab's cultural heritage and sustainable development.

• Given by - Tourism Ministry.


1. Arindam Bagchi

Why in news – Arindam Bagchi appointed as India’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva.

Key Points –

• He would succeed Indra Mani Pandey.

• Currently, he is spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).


1. International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2023

Why in news – It is celebrated on October 17.

Key Points –

• Theme - Decent Work and Social Protection: Putting dignity in practice for all.

• SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere.


1. Agricultural Road Map

Why in news – State has achieved a number of milestones between 2008 and 2023.

Key Points –

• Increase in Maize processing capacity by 3.54 lakh metric tonnes annually.

• Increase in storage capacity by 3.26 lakh metric tonnes. Investment – 155.50 crores.

• Approval for the establishment of 651 rise mills.


• Which state has declared the Gangetic dolphin (IUCN - Endangered) as the state aquatic animal - Uttar Pradesh.

• Who has assumed the charge of National President of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) - Pankaj Bohra.

• Recently which state government has approved the allocation of Rs 3000 crore for the Economic Corridor Project – Assam.

• Which is the only Indian PSU company included in the list of 'World Best Employers 2023' recently released by Forbes – NTPC.

• What is India's position in the medal table of the recently concluded Asian Games 2023 in China – Fourth.

• In which city has the 'INFINITY 2023' on digital transformation for futuristic Businesses: Emerging technologies leading growth and sustainability been organized – Noida.

• Recently, 18 captive-bred pygmy hogs were released in which protected area - Manas National Park, Assam (their historical home).

• Which state's Kendrapara Rasabali got GI tag – Odisha.

• Who has been given the Satyajit Ray Excellence in Film Lifetime Award at the International Film Festival of India- Michael Douglas.

• Who was bestowed with the esteemed 'Saraswati Samman' 2022 for her memoir, “Surya Vamsam" – Sivasankari (Tamil Author).


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