Current Affairs Today 14th April 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 14th April 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily current affairs are extremely important for competitive exams because they help candidates stay updated on the latest events and developments in the world. This knowledge is essential for answering questions in the general awareness or current affairs section of the exam, which is often included in many competitive exams such as UPSC, SSC, Bank Exams, etc. Additionally, having a good understanding of current affairs can also help candidates in other sections of the exam, such as reasoning, English, and quantitative aptitude. In short, staying updated on current affairs is crucial for performing well in competitive exams and increasing the chances of success.

 National News

Maharashtra govt announces Vinayak Damodar Savarkar’s birth anniversary as ‘Swatantraveer Gaurav Din’

  • Maharashtra Government has announced that the birth anniversary of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, which falls on May 28, will be observed as ‘Swatantraveer Gaurav Din’.
  • Various programs will be organised to promote and propagate the thoughts and works of Veer Savarkar on Swatantraveer Gaurav Divas.
  • It aims to highlight Savarkar’s contribution to India’s independence movement, his ideology and his campaigns for social reforms and the eradication of untouchability.
  • Vinayak Savarkar was born in Maharashtra’s Nashik district, on 28th May, 1883. Next month will mark his 140th birth anniversary.
  • Savarkar is credited with establishing the concept of Hindutva, which aimed to create a Hindu nationalist identity for India.

Kolkata Metro becomes India’s first metro train to run under river

  • Kolkata Metro has become the first metro rail in the country to make an under-river journey as its rakes passed through an underwater tunnel below the Hooghly River.
  • The Metro is expected to cover the 520-metre stretch under the river in 45 seconds. This tunnel under the river is 32 metres below the water level.
  • Trial runs on the 4.8-km underground section from Howrah Maidan to Esplanade will soon begin. Esplanade, Mahakaran, Howrah, and Howrah Maidan are the four stations.
  • Once this stretch opens, Howrah will become the country’s deepest Metro station (33 metres below the surface). Commercial services on this stretch are expected to start later this year.
  • India’s first underwater (subaqueous tunnel) rail system connects the Howrah station complex on the western bank of the Hooghly River to Armenian Ghat on the eastern bank.

About West Bengal

  • Capital – Kolkata
  • Chief Minister – Mamata Banerjee
  • Governor – C V Ananda Bose

Andhra Pradesh’s CM Jagan Mohan Reddy wealthiest CM in India: Report

  • According to poll affidavits analyzed by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a total of 29 of the incumbent chief ministers are crorepatis in India with Andhra Pradesh’s Jagan Mohan Reddy having the highest assets totaling ₹510 crores.
  • West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has the lowest total assets of about ₹15 lakh.
  • According to the ADR report, out of the 30 CMs, 13 (43 percent) have declared serious criminal cases including those related to murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, and criminal intimidation
  • The top three chief ministers in terms of assets are Andhra Pradesh’s Jagan Mohan Reddy (over ₹510 crore), Arunachal Pradesh’s Pema Khandu (over ₹163 crore), and Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik (over ₹63 crore).
  • The three CMs with the lowest declared assets are – West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee (over ₹15 lakh), Kerala’s Pinarayi Vijayan (over ₹1 crore), and Haryana’s Manohar Lal (over ₹1 crore).
  • Both Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal own assets worth over ₹3 crore.

Uttarakhand government launched A HELP Program

  • Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has launched a program named A-HELP (Accredited Agent for Health and Extension of Livestock Production).
  • Women have been chosen to strengthen livestock-related activities in remote rural areas, keeping in mind their important role under the A-HELP scheme, envisioned by Govt. of India.
  • Under this program, trained A-HELPs will give their vital contribution in preventing various infectious diseases of animals, artificial insemination under Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM), tagging of animals and animal insurance.

About Uttarakhand

  • Capital – Dehradun (Winter), Gairsain (Summer)
  • Chief Minister – Pushkar Singh Dhami
  • Governor – Gurmit Singh

International News

World’s Most Criminal Countries Ranking: India at 77 spot

  • World of Statistics has shared the ranking of the world’s “most criminal countries”.
  • On the list, Venezuela has been ranked top, followed by Papua New Guinea (2), Afghanistan (3), South Africa (4), Honduras (5), Trinidad (6), Guyana (7), Syria (8), Somalia (9) and Jamaica (10), respectively.
  • India stood at 77 spots while the US and UK were ahead of India in the criminal ranking country. The USA was at 55th number and the UK at 65th rank.
  • Turkey, Germany, and Japan were among the least criminal countries, ranking at 92nd, 100th, and 135th ranks.
  • The total number of crimes of any kind reported is divided by the total population, then multiplied by 100,000, which yields the overall crime rate (because the crime rate is typically reported as X number of crimes per 100,000 people).

Recent index

  • Stanford University’s annual Al Index report 2023 – India ranked 5th; topped by USA
  • Passport Index 2023 published by Arton Capital – India ranks at 144th; topped by UAE
  • World Happiness Index 2023 – India ranked 125; topped by Finland; Last Afghanistan
  • Global Terrorism Index 2023 – India ranked 13th, topped by Afghanistan
  • World Air Quality Report – Most polluted cities (1. Lahore, Pakistan 2. Hotan, China 3. Bhiwadi Rajasthan, 4. Delhi)
  • Electoral Democracy Index 2023 – India ranked 108; topped by Denmark

Ghana becomes first country to approve Oxford malaria vaccine for children

  • Ghana has become the first country in the world to approve a new malaria vaccine from Oxford University, with children under the age of three in line to benefit.
  • The mosquito-borne disease kills more than 600,000 people each year, most of them children in Africa, and scientists have been trying for years to develop vaccines.
  • Childhood vaccines in Africa are typically paid for by international organizations such as Gavi and UNICEF after they have been backed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • This is the first time a major vaccine has been approved first in an African country before rich nations.

About Ghana

  • Capital- Accra
  • Currency- Ghanaian Cedi
  • President -Nana Akufo-Addo
  • Official language- English

Banking and Financial

SEBI unveils new logo on Its 35th Foundation Day

  • The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has unveiled a new logo on the occasion of the market regulator’s 35th Foundation Day on 12 April.
  • The new logo retains the traditional blue palette but also reflects on a more modern design.
  • Sebi’s new logo seeks to reflect the unique combination of its rich traditions and its new data and technology-based approach in all three areas of its mandate in the securities market–development and regulation of the securities market and investor protection.
  • Sebi was established on April 12, 1988, under the Ministry of Finance. However, the body was granted statutory powers in 1992.
  • Sebi functions as a quasi-judicial body and is to have more statutory powers than other market regulators like the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) of the United States.

About Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)

  • Founded – 12 April 1988
  • Act – 1992
  • Headquarters – Mumbai
  • Chairman Madhabi Puri Buch
  • SEBI Set up – Uday Kotak committee

HDFC Bank signs with Export-Import Bank of Korea for $300 million

  • HDFC Bank has signed a “Master Inter Bank Credit Agreement” with Export-Import Bank of Korea for a USD 300 million line of credit.
  • The pact was signed by the two entities at GIFT City in Gujarat’s capital Gandhinagar.
  • This agreement will help HDFC Bank raise foreign currency funds which it would extend to Korea-related businesses.
  • This line of credit would be utilized by HDFC Bank towards funding requirements of companies having equity participation by Korean companies as well as companies having a business relationship with Korean companies.

Recent MoUs Signed in Banking Sector

  • Citi Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have joined hands to provide a co-financing loan to IndusInd Bank Limited, a private commercial bank.
  • India Post Payments Bank in collaboration with Airtel launched WhatsApp Banking Services
  • IDFC First Bank joined hands with Crunchfish to facilitate offline payments
  • Axis Bank partnered with ITC to offer rural lending products
  • YES Bank, Aadhar Housing Finance enter into co-lending partnership
  • Ujivan Small Finance Bank partnered with Max Life Insurance to offer life insurance offerings to customers.

About HDFC Bank

  • Founded – August 1994
  • Founder – Hasmukhbhai Parekh
  • Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • MD & CEO – Sashidhar Jagdishan
  • Chairman – Atanu Chakraborty
  • Tagline – We understand your world

Appointment and Resignation

Ratnakar Patnaik appointed as new CIO of LIC

  • Ratnakar Patnaik has been appointed as the new Chief Investment Officer of the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC).
  • Patnaik has replaced PR Mishra on this post. Earlier, Patnaik had joined LIC in September 1990 as a direct recruit officer.
  • LIC has also appointed PC Paikray as its Chief Risk Officer. He will replace Tablesh Pandey who has taken charge as Managing Director (MD) of the corporation.

Recent Appointment in Banking Sector

  • MD & CEO of AU Small Finance Bank – Sanjay Agarwal
  • MD of Hitachi Payment Services – Sumil Vikamsey
  • Executive director of RBI – Neeraj Nigam
  • MD and CEO of Axis Securities – Pranav Haridasan
  • President of New Development Bank (NDB) – Dilma Rousseff (Former Brazilian Prez)


Kumar Mangalam Birla honoured with ‘Business Leader of the Decade’

  • Chairman of Aditya Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla won the prestigious ‘Business Leader of the Decade’ award at the All India Management Association’s (AIMA) 13th Managing India Awards ceremony.
  • The annual event to facilitate the titans of the industry, held in New Delhi, also recognized contributions of several other leaders and institutions.
  • Tata Steel Chairman T V Narendran was facilitated with ‘AIMA-JRD Tata Corporate Leadership’ award.
  • Leading engineering services company ABB India bagged the ‘MNC in India of the Year’ award.

Recent Awards

  • Maratha Udyog Ratna 2023 Award – Nilesh Sambare
  • Young Urologist of the Year Award by the American Urological Association (AUA) – Indian-American Dr. Nitya Abraham
  • Poland’s highest honour ‘Order of the White Eagle’ – Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky
  • ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by University of Texas – Naveen Jindal
  • Wildlife Conservation Award 2023 – J&K’s Aliya Mir


India’s Antim Pangal wins silver medal at Asian Wrestling Championships

  • India’s Antim Panghal won silver at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2023 after losing to Japan’s Akari Fujinami in the 53-kg category in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Fujinami, the reigning world champion, successfully defended her Asian crown in a comfortable fashion.
  • Apart from Pangal’s silver medal, four other Indian wrestlers also won bronze medals: Anshu Malik (57 kg), Sonam Malik (62 kg), Manisha (65 kg) and Ritika (72 kg).

Aman Sehrawat won gold medal in Asian Wrestling Championship 2023

  • Indian wrestler Aman Sehrawat won the gold medal in the men’s 57 kg freestyle category at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2023 held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Sehrawat won the gold medal by defeating Almaz Samanbekov of Kyrgyzstan with a score of 9-4.
  • India got its first gold medal in the Asian Wrestling Championship 2023.
  • India won 13 medals at the Asian Wrestling Championships 2023 with two freestyle medals, four Greco-Roman medals and seven women’s wrestling medals.
  • The championships consist of men’s freestyle, men’s Greco-Roman and women’s freestyle wrestling events.
  • The first Asian Wrestling Championship was held in 1979 in Tehran, Iran.

Important day

14 April – World Chagas Disease Day

  • World Chagas Day is observed every year on 14 April.
  • Objective – To raise awareness about a life-threatening disease that can cause serious heart and digestive issues.
  • The disease is also called American trypanosomiasis, silent disease or silenced disease. It is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma crizu. This parasite is transmitted to humans through the triatomine bug which is also known as the kissing bug.
  • The disease usually affects impoverished people living in rural areas under poor hygiene conditions. People in regions like Central America, Mexico and South America are more prone to catching the disease.
  • World Chagas Disease Day was first observed on April 14, 2020 with an aim to raise the awareness and the visibility of the people suffering from the disease.
  • April 14 was chosen to mark the day as the first case of Chagas disease in a human was reported on this day in 1990.

14 April 2023 – 132nd Ambedkar Jayanti

  • Ambedkar Jayanti is celebrated on April 14 to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar.
  • This year is celebrating the 132nd Birth Anniversary.
  • He was the Chairman of the committee drafting the Constitution of India and served as the first Law Minister of independent India.
  • Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891, in Madhya Pradesh’s Mhow.
  • Ambedkar belonged to the Mahar caste which was considered untouchable in Hinduism.  He converted to Buddhism in October 1956.
  • He was awarded the Bharat Ratna Award posthumously in April 1990.

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