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Daily Current Affairs – 19 & 20 April 2023

Daily Current Affairs – 19 & 20 April 2023

This post contains the current affairs for 19 & 20 April 2023. These current affairs are important for banking exams, insurance exams and other competitive exams like IBPS PO and Clerk, SBI PO and Clerk, RBI Assistant and Grade B, etc. You can also attempt our Current Affairs Quiz after reading our daily current affairs.


Union Cabinet launches ₹6,000-crore National Quantum Mission

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the National Quantum Mission, with the aim to strengthen India’s research and development in the quantum arena alongside indigenously building quantum-based (physical qubit) computers.
  • The mission will work on developing quantum supercomputers and establishing secure quantum communications with other nations.
  • The National Quantum Mission has been launched for an eight-year period, through 2023 – 2031. The total budget allocated to the mission is ₹6,003.65 crore.
  • Till date only six other nations are doing research and development in quantum technologies.
  • They are the US, Canada, China, Austria, Finland and Scotland.

PM Modi inaugurates 1st Global Buddhist Summit in New Delhi

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the first Global Buddhist Summit (GBS) in New Delhi on  April 20, 2023.
  • The two-day Summit has been organised by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the International Buddhist Confederation.
  • The theme of the Summit is “Responses to Contemporary Challenges: Philosophy to Praxis.”
  • Read more here

Government committed to building drug-free India by 2047

  • The Union Minister, Amit Shah (Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation) inaugurated and addressed the first National Conference of Heads of Anti-Narcotics Task Forces of States and Union Territories in New Delhi on April 18, 2023.
  • He informed that the government is committed to “build a drug-free India by 2047”, the year in which India will celebrate 100th year of independence.

SpaceX launches 21 Starlink “V2 mini” satellites in its 25th mission of 2023

  • Elon Musk-led SpaceX has launched a new batch of 21 Starlink satellites into the orbit, from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on April 19, 2023.
  • The new Starlink “V2 mini” satellites were launched on a Falcon 9 rocket.
  • This launched marked the 25th launch of SpaceX in 2023 so far.
  • The “Starlink V2 Mini” satellites are launched under the mission known as Starlink 6-2.
  • These satellites are fitted with improved phased array antennas with four times the communications capacity of earlier generations of Starlink satellites, known as Version 1.5.
  • SpaceX has already launched over 4,000 Starlink satellites in orbit.

India surpass China to become world’s most populous country

  • According to a report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), India is now the most populous country in the world.
  • The UN report titled “The State of World Population Report, 2023” with the subtitle ‘8 Billion Lives, Infinite Possibilities: The Case for Rights and Choices’, was released on April 19, 2023.
  • The report shows that India’s population is recorded to be 1,428.6 million, while that of China is 1,425.7 million, making a difference of 2.9 million. .
  • It will be for the first time that India’s population has overtaken China since 1950 when the UN began to collect and release population data.
  • Around 25% of India’s population comprise of people within the age group of 0-14, 18% in the age group of 10-19, 26% in the age group of 10-24, 68% in the age group of 15-64, and 7% above the age of 65.
  • Talking about cities, New Delhi is the most populated city in India. About 30 million inhabitants reside in and around NCR. It is followed by Mumbai (20 million), Kolkata (15 million) and Bengaluru (12 million).

New York tops world’s 10 wealthiest cities list by Henley & Partners 

  • The investment migration consultancy Henley & Partners has released the World’s Wealthiest Cities Report for 2023, on April 18, which ranks the world’s wealthiest and fastest-growing cities.
  • As per the annual report, New York City has secured the top spot as the wealthiest in the world. The city comprised of 340,000 high-net-worth individuals in 2022.
  • Among Indian cities, Mumbai is India’s richest city with 60,000 high-net-worth individuals (HNIs). Globally Mumbai is ranked at 21st spot.
  • List of World’s Top 10 Wealthiest Cities
    1. New York City (340,000)
    2. Tokyo (290,300)
    3. San Francisco Bay Area (285,000)
    4. London (258,000)
    5. Singapore (240,100)
    6. Los Angeles (205,400)
    7. Hong Kong (129,500)
    8. Beijing (128,200)
    9. Shanghai (127,200)
    10. Sydney (126,900)

Asha Bhosle selected for 2023 Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar award

  • Bollywood’s Legendary singer Asha Bhosle has been named for the Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar award for 2023.
  • She will receive the award on April 24, 2023, which marks the memorial day of theatre-music veteran Deenanath Mangeshkar.
  • The Lata Deenanath Mangeshkar award has been instituted in the memory of Lata Mangeshkar, who died on February 6, 2022.
  • This award is given to an individual who has made a path-breaking contribution towards the nation, its people and society.
  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was the first recipient of this award.
  • Other awardees
    1. Pankaj Udhas – Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Award
    2. Vishesh Puraskar (Master Deenanath Mangeshkar Special Award) – Marathi actor-director Prasad Oak and Bollywood actress Vidya Balan.
    3. Best Drama of the Year (Niyam Va Ati Lagu)/Mohan Wagh Award – Gauri Theaters of Prashant Damle
    4. Anandmayee Puraskar (for Social Service) – Sadguru Seva Sangh Trust
    5. Vagvilasini Puraskar (for contribution to literature) – Granthali Prakashan

Bhubaneswar will host 3rd Intercontinental Football Cup in June 2023

  • The 2023 Intercontinental Football Cup will be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, from June 9 to 18, 2023.
  • This will be the third edition of the Intercontinental Cup, organized by the AIFF.
  • It will be a 4-nation football tournament, including India, Lebanon, Vanuatu and Mongolia.
  • The first edition of the tournament was won by India in 2018, by defeating Kenya in the Final by 2–0.

Utsa Patnaik selected for Malcolm Adiseshiah Award 2023

  • Utsa Patnaik, a renowned Indian Marxian economist has been selected for the Malcolm Adiseshiah Award 2023.
  • The Malcolm Adiseshiah Award is given every year by the Malcolm & Elizabeth Adiseshiah Trust since 2000, for Distinguished Contributions to Development Studies.
  • The award comes with a prize money of ₹2 lakh and a citation.

Book titled ‘The bee, the beetle, and the money bug- The bank bazaar guide to the financial world’ authored by Adhil Shetty and AR Hemant

  • A new book titled ‘The bee, the beetle, and the money bug- The bank bazaar guide to the financial world’ has been released.
  • It has been authored by Adhil Shetty (CEO and Co-founder of Bankbazaar.com) and AR Hemant (former journalist and now head of communications at Bankbazaar.com).
  • The book emphasises on the advantage of starting investments at an early age.
  • It explain the basics of investing, managing money and wealth creation. How to save better, where to invest and how to secure your finances with several examples.
Important Days

World Liver Day 2023: 19 April

  • The World Liver Day is observed on 19 April annually to spread awareness about the importance of the liver as a vital organ and liver-related diseases, and provide tips for its prevention so as to take holistic care of liver.
  • The World Liver Day theme for 2023 is “Be Vigilant, Do Regular Liver Check-Up, Fatty Liver Can Affect Anyone.” 
  • The liver is the second largest and the second most complex organ in the body, after the brain.

UN Chinese Language Day 2023: 20 April

  • The UN Chinese Language Day is observed on April 20 annually.
  • The day was set up in 2010 by the UN Department of Public Information, to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization.
  • April 20 has also been chosen to pay tribute to Cangjie, a mythical figure who is presumed to have invented Chinese characters about 5,000 years ago.

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