Current Affairs Today 21st April 2023 Daily GK Update

Daily Current Affairs 21st 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

Pune to get the biggest international school in Maharashtra

  • Wellington College, one of the top UK schools with a 170-year-old heritage, has set up a K-12 School in Pune with its academic year beginning in September 2023.
  • Wellington College International Pune, with its extensive academic facilities totalling more than 4,00,000 sq. ft.,
  • It is one of the biggest International Schools to open in Maharashtra.
  • The school will be built in collaboration with a Singapore-based education company and will follow international standards.
  • It will offer a range of programs, including the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge International.

About Maharashtra

  • Capital – Mumbai
  • Chief Minister – Eknath Sindhe
  • Governor – Ramesh Bais

Agriculture Minister launches SATHI Portal & Mobile App

  • Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has launched the SATHI (Seed Traceability, Authentication and Holistic Inventory) Portal and Mobile App to deal with the challenges of seed production, quality seed identification, and seed certification.
  • The government is constantly trying to overcome the challenges and difficulties faced by agriculture sector through various schemes and programmes and SATHI portal is a revolutionary step.
  • Seeds, pesticides, fertilizers and irrigation play a major role in agriculture. Inferior quality or spurious seeds affect the growth of agriculture and it also affects production.
  • It has been developed on the theme of Uttam Beej – Samriddh Kisan.

IIT Roorkee signs pact with Taiwanese centre for developing tech solutions

  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee) has signed an MoU with the National Science and Technology Centre for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Taiwan.
  • This MoU aims to develop scientific and academic cooperation and scientific research to promote relations and mutual understanding between NCDR and the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management (CoEDMM) of IIT Roorkee.
  • The key objective of the MoU is mutually developing technology solutions to natural hazards, including earthquakes, landslides, floods, debris flow, and compound disasters.
  • The researchers from IIT Roorkee and NCDR aim to co-establish an early warning sensor network equipped with P-Alert sensors at selected locations in Uttarakhand.

Maharashtra Govt has announced 4% reservation for disabled employees

  • Maharashtra Government has announced a 4% reservation for Divyang employees in promotions.
  • The state cabinet has decided that this reservation will apply for those cadres in which the proportion of recruitment through direct service is not more than 75 percent.
  • The state cabinet has also decided to clear all pending dues as per the Seventh Pay Commission for non-teaching staff serving across all non-agricultural universities.
  • The arrears will be paid in five installments on 1st July every year, over the next five years.
  • The Cabinet has further decided that women belonging to the Open and the backward categories will no longer be needed to produce the non-creamy layer certificate for posts reserved for them.

About Maharashtra

  • Capital – Mumbai
  • Chief Minister – Eknath Sindhe
  • Governor – Ramesh Bais

International News

New York City tops the list of world’s wealthiest cities 2023

  • New York City topped a new list of the world’s wealthiest cities in 2023, with Japan’s Tokyo and Silicon Valley’s Bay Area claiming the second and third spots.
  • Mumbai featured at 21st while Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Hyderabad too found a mention.
  • The list, compiled by London-based consultancy Henley & Partners, ranked the cities by taking into account the number of resident millionaires (rounded off to the neared 100) as of December 31, 2022.
  • It was dominated by cities in the United States and China — not one European city featuring in the top 10, with the exception of London.
  • Bengaluru got a special mention as one of the fastest-growing cities in the Asia Pacific. The report said: “Also known as the “Garden City” and the “Silicon Valley of India”, Bengaluru has a booming tech sector.”
  • The World’s Wealthiest Cities Report 2023 covered 97 cities across the world, using data from wealth intelligence firm, New World Wealth, which tracks the movements and spending habits of high-net-worth individuals with the work titles like Founder, Chairperson, CEO, and Director.
  • It also considered the number of highly-priced homes in the area, said Henley & Partners.

Top cities on the list-

  1. New York City (United States)
  2. Tokyo (Japan)
  3. The Bay Area (United States)
  4. London (United Kingdom)
  5. Singapore (Singapore)
  6. Los Angeles (United States)
  7. Hong Kong (SAR China)
  8. Beijing (China)
  9. Shanghai (China)
  10. Sydney (Australia)
  11. Mumbai (India)
  12. Delhi (India)
  13. Kolkata (India)
  14. Hyderabad (India)

Recent index

  • World’s Most Criminal Countries Ranking – India ranked 77th; topped by Venezuela
  • 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

Banking and Financial

South Indian Bank debuts 2 flexible savings accounts for NRIs

  • For NRI customers, South Indian Bank has introduced SIB SEAFARER and SIB PULSE, two flexible saving accounts.
  • With these products, NRIs now have the option to keep either deposits or the required minimum amount in their savings accounts.
  • Healthcare personnel and mariners both now have access to flexible savings accounts, which proves that South Indian Bank has been working to streamline banking requirements and offer top-notch customer service.
  • Flexibility to maintain a minimum balance of Rs. 10,000/- in linked accounts
  • No minimum balance is required for the maintenance of the NRI Term Deposit of Rs.2 lakh and above

About South Indian Bank

  • Founded – 1929
  • Headquarters – Thrissur, Kerala
  • Chairman – Salim Gangadharan
  • MD & CEO – Murali Ramakrishnan
  • Tagline – Experience Next Generation Banking.

Appointment and Resignation

HSBC India ropes in Virat Kohli as their brand influencer

  • Former Indian men’s cricket team captain, Virat Kohli has been appointed as the brand influencer of HSBC India.
  • As per the company, Virat Kohli will help to amplify HSBC’s purpose of ‘Opening up a world of opportunity’ as it strives to support the ambitions of an aspirational India going global.
  • HSBC India is also set to launch a multimedia campaign featuring Kohli, aimed at re-establishing the value proposition of banking with the company.
  • CEO of HSBC India – Hitendra Dave

Recent Brand Ambassador

  • Ranveer Singh – Star Sports
  • Virat Kohli – Luxor Writing Instruments Private Limited
  • Shreya Ghodawat – India’s ambassador of ‘She Changes Climate’
  • Sachin Tendulkar – Savlon Swasth India
  • Ayushmann Khurrana UNICEF’s National Ambassador for Child Rights
  • Yastika Bhatia & Renuka Singh Thakur – Hyundai Motor India Ltd

Randhir Thakur appointed as CEO & MD of Tata Electronics

  • Tata Group has appointed Randhir Thakur as the CEO and managing director of Tata Electronics Pvt Ltd (TEPL).
  • Before this, he was associated with the global electronic chip and circuits manufacturing giant Intel.
  • TEPL was founded in 2020 as a greenfield venture of the Tata Group with expertise in manufacturing precision components.
  • TEPL, a greenfield venture of the conglomerate, is essentially an electronic component manufacturing firm, with its primary manufacturing facility located in the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu, India.

Recent Appointment

  • MD & CEO of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) – K Krithivasan
  • President of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) – Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo
  • President of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) – Aleksander Ceferin
  • CEO of Welspun New Energy – Kapil Maheshwari
  • President of Honda Motor – Tsutsumu Otani
  • MD of Suzuki Motorcycle India – Kenichi Umeda

Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel wins second term

  • President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel has clinched a second five-year term in a parliamentary vote for which he was the sole candidate in the country.
  • Diaz-Canel’s bid was confirmed by 97.66 percent of votes cast in the Communist Party of Cuba-aligned National Assembly, its president Esteban Lazo announced in the chamber.
  • He took over the reins in 2018 as the first civilian leader of Cuba.
  • His first five years in office were marked by the worst economic crisis in three decades.

About Cuba

  • It is an island country located in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Cuba was occupied by the US and gained independence in 1902.
  • Capital- Havana
  • Currency- Cuban Peso
  • President– Miguel Diaz-Canel
  • Prime Minister– Manuel Marrero Cruz
  • Official language– Spanish

Newly Appointed Prime Minister & President

  • Vice-President of UAE – Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • 3rd Vice President of Nepal – Ram Sahaya Prasad Yadav
  • President of Nepal – Ram Chandra Paudel
  • Prime Minister of Nepal – Pushpa Kamal Dahal
  • Prime Minister of Kuwait – Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf al-Sabah
  • President of Vietnam – Vo Van Thuong


Angela Merkel receives Germany’s highest Order of Merit

  • Former Chancellor Angela Merkel received the highest Order of Merit of Germany from the President of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
  • The award has only been given twice before, to former chancellors Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl.
  • All three former leaders belong to the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
  • The Order of Merit entails no financial reward.
  • Merkel led Germany from 2005 to 2021, totaling four terms in office.

About the Order of Merit

  • Germany’s highest Order of Merit is known as the Federal Cross of Merit, or Bundesverdienstkreuz in German.
  • The Order of Merit was established in 1951, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards in Germany.
  • It is awarded by the President of Germany to individuals who have made significant contributions to the nation’s cultural, economic, or political life, or have provided outstanding service to society.


IAF to participate in exercise INIOCHOS-23 in Greece

  • The Indian Air Force (IAF) will be participating in Exercise INIOCHOS-23, a multi-national air exercise hosted by the Hellenic Air Force, the air force of Greece.
  • Exercise INIOCHOS-23 is a multi-national air exercise hosted by the Hellenic Air Force. The exercise will be conducted at the Andravida Air Base in Greece from April 24, 2023, until May 4, 2023.
  • The Indian Air Force will participate with four Su-30 MKI and two C-17 aircraft.
  • The exercise will be conducted in a realistic combat scenario involving a wide variety of air and surface assets.
  • It will also enable participating parties to engage in professional interactions, providing valuable insight into each other’s best practices.

Recent Exercise

  • ‘Ex KAVACH’ between Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard – Andaman and Nicobar Command
  • Cope India Exercise between India & USAKalaikunda Airbase, West Bengal
  • Konkan Exercise between India & UK – Arabian Sea
  • AFINDEX 2023 Exercise between Africa & India – Pune
  • 3rd Sea Dragon Exercise between India & USA – Guam, USA
  • 13th Bold Kurukshetra Exercise between India & Singapore – Jodhpur Military Station


ISRO to launch Singapore’s TeLEOS-2 satellite on April 22

  • The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a Singaporean Earth Observation satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on April 22.
  • The satellite namedTeLEOS-2 will be launched aboard ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), which will take off on its 55th mission.
  • The TeLEOS-2 is an Earth Observation Satellite, designed to capture round-the-clock, all-weather satellite imagery of the Earth and it will provide a host of data to help with various operations.
  • The ISRO will use the XL variant of PSLV in the upcoming C-55 mission.

About Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)

  • Founded – 15 August 1969
  • Headquarters – Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Founder / 1st Chairman – Vikram Sarabhai
  • 10th Chairman – S Somanath
  • Aryabhata India’s first satellites Launched on 19 April 1975


Odisha’s Bhubaneswar to host 2023 Intercontinental Cup in June

  • A four-team Intercontinental Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar from June 9 to 18.
  • This will be the third edition of the tournament with the previous two being held in Mumbai (2018) and Ahmedabad (2019).
  • Host India will be joined by Lebanon, Mongolia and Vanuatu in the tournament.
  • The Indian men’s national team had previously never played against Mongolia and Vanuatu. Against Lebanon, the hosts hold a record of playing six matches.
  • The Indian men’s national team had previously never played against Mongolia and Vanuatu. Against Lebanon, the hosts hold a record of playing six matches.

Important day

21 April – National Civil Services Day

  • National Civil Services Day is celebrated every year on 21 April.
  • Objective- To recognize and appreciate the vital role played by civil servants in the advancement and betterment of the nation.
  • The first National Civil Services Day was celebrated at a function held in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, on April 21, 2006.
  • The date, April 21, chosen for the celebration of National Civil Service Day, commemorates the day when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Independent India’s first home minister, addressed the probationers of the Administrative Services Officers in 1947.
  • The civil service system is the backbone of the country’s administrative functions. It is the Republic of India’s permanent executive branch. Various policies and programmes are created by the government’s administrative departments.

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