Daily Current Affairs and GK | 10 January 2023

By Priyanka Chaudhary | Last Modified: 10 Jan 2023 16:53 PM IST

Celebrate India's Epic T20 Win get 35% Off
Use Coupon code INDIAT20

half yearly current affairs jan june 2024 in detail Rs.219/- Read More
half yearly current affairs in hindi jan june 2024 in detail Rs.219/- Read More
half yearly financial awareness jan july 2024 Rs.199/- Read More
six months current affairs 2023 july december Rs.199/- Read More

Half Yearly (Jan- June 2024 , Detailed)
2024 e Book

Current Affairs

Available in English & Hindi(eBook)

Buy Now ( Hindi ) Preview Buy Now (English)

Topic: Government Schemes and Initiatives

1. PM launched the Aspirational Block Programme for improving performance of blocks lagging on various parameters.

  • Aspirational Block Programme was launched during the 2nd National Conference of Chief Secretaries.
  • The government had announced the programme in the Union Budget 2022-23.
  • It will promote holistic development in those areas that require extra assistance. Initially, it will cover 500 districts across 31 states and Union Territories.
  • Half of these blocks will be in 6 states- Uttar Pradesh (68 blocks), Bihar (61), Madhya Pradesh (42), Jharkhand (34), Odisha (29) and West Bengal (29).
  • Later, states can add more blocks to the programme.
  • Aspirational Blocks Programme has been launched on the lines of the Aspirational District Programme that was launched in 2018.
  • PM Modi said that states should focus on pro-development governance, ease of doing business, ease of living and provision of robust infrastructure.
  • Aspirational Districts Programme:
    • It was launched for the development of under-developed districts across the country.
    • It focuses on the strength of each district and identifies sectors for immediate improvement.

Topic: National News

2. Government is planning to dismantle telecom body Digital Communication Commission.

  • Digital Communication Commission (DCC) is a multi-ministry apex decision-making body to oversee all critical telecom matters.
  • Its responsibilities will be transferred to the Department of Expenditure (DoE) under the Finance Ministry.
  • The government is taking this step at a time when the government is expanding and strengthening digital services across the country.
  • Telecommunication Commission was re-designated as the 'Digital Communications Commission' in 2018.
  • The Telecom Commission was set up by the Government through a resolution in 1989.
  • Digital Communication Commission is headed by Telecom Secretary. The CEO of Niti Aayog, and Secretaries of the Department of Economic Affairs and DPIIT are the other members of the commission.
  • Now, the Department of Expenditure (DoE) approval is required for any significant communications industry project that exceeds Rs 100 crores.
  • The government believes that DCC’s involvement in the clearance of any projects worth Rs 100 crore only leads to the duplication of work and delays the decision making.

Topic: Infrastructure and Energy

3. BPCL launched low-smoke superior kerosene oil (SKO) for the Indian Army operating at a high altitude.

  • BPCL became the first company to start the supply of the new LSLA grade SKO to the Army.
  • BPCL’s SBU in association with Corporate Research & Development Centre (CRDC) and Mumbai Refinery has developed this low-smoke superior kerosene oil.
  • Normal kerosene emits substantial smoke which is hazardous for the health of the Army personnel at higher altitudes.
  • The low-smoke kerosene is a step towards providing cleaner fuel to the Indian Army in tough terrain.
  • Currently, BPCL supplies 70TKL of petroleum products annually to the Indian Army. BPCL has partnered with Indian Army in the provision of over 100 consumer pumps.
  • Superior kerosene oil will be consumed as fuel in room heaters (Bukhari) at the high-altitude camps.
  • Northern command consumes about 45 TKL/A while 70 TKL/A is used by Northern and Eastern commands.
  • Kerosene oil is a flammable liquid which is used as a fuel in industries and homes.

Topic: MoUs/Agreements

4. India and Panama inked an MoU to enhance cooperation for training of diplomats.

  • India’s External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Panama's Foreign Minister Janaina Tewaney Mencomo signed the MoU in a bilateral meeting in Indore.
  • They also discussed the ways to improve the economic, health, financial and people-to-people ties between India and Panama.
  • Both leaders have also shared their perspectives on global situations.
  • India–Panama relations:
    • The diplomatic relations between India and Panama were established in 1962
    • India established the resident embassy in Panama in 1973.
    • India and Panama’s relationship is from the time of the construction of the Panama Canal.
    • In 2019-20, trade between both countries was US$314.35.
    • Visa Exemption Agreement for Diplomatic & Official Passport holders was signed between both countries in 2018.

India–Panama relations

(Source: News on AIR)

Topic: MoUs/Agreements

5. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and eight countries of GOPIO signed MoUs.

  • Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board and eight countries of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) signed MoUs in Indore.
  • The MoUs were signed on the occasion of the 17th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention.
  • These MoUs were signed with France Metropole Paris, Reunion Island, Martinique, Sri Lanka, GOPIO International, Malaysia, and Mauritius.
  • Sheo Shekhar Shukla on behalf of the Tourism Board and presidents of eight countries of GOPIO signed the MoUs.
  • The objective of the MoUs is to promote cooperation in the development of the tourism sector of the state and to promote tourism destinations.
  • It also seeks to strengthen, promote and develop cooperation in research, promotion, and tourism development.

17th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention

(Source: News on Air)

Topic: Sports

6. Chetan Sharma will continue to be the chairman of the BCCI's senior men's selection committee.

  • On 7 January, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the reappointment of Chetan Sharma as the chairman of selectors.
  • BCCI also announced four names for the Senior Men’s National Selection Committee.
  • The panel will consist of Shiv Sundar Das, Subroto Banerjee, Salil Ankola, and Sreedharan Sharath, with Chetan Sharma as the chief selector.
  • The Cricket Advisory Committee interviewed 11 candidates before finalizing the five-member panel.
  • The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consists of Ms. Sulakshana Naik, Mr. Ashok Malhotra, and Mr. Jatin Paranjpe.

Topic: Government schemes and Initiatives

7. NHA launched a new system to assess and grade the performance of empaneled hospitals.

  • The National Health Authority (NHA) is launching a new system to measure and grade hospital performance under its flagship scheme- Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB PM-JAY).
  • It aims to assess the performance of hospitals on the basis of the value of health care services rather than the quantity of services provided.
  • This new system will introduce the concept of 'value-based care', where payment will be outcome based.
  • Hospitals will be paid commensurate with the quality of treatment provided.
  • Under the new model, service providers will be rewarded for helping patients improve their health, resulting in reducing the impact of the disease among people in the long term.
  • The move promises a significant increase in overall healthcare benefits and is expected to benefit all relevant stakeholders, from patients to healthcare providers, payers, and suppliers.
  • Patients will experience better health outcomes and greater satisfaction with the services they receive, and providers are set to achieve improved care capabilities.
  • NHA has implemented several measures to ensure that PM-JAY beneficiaries have access to cashless health benefits and quality care at each empaneled hospital.   
  • The performance of AB PM-JAY empaneled hospitals under “Value-Based Care” will be assessed on the basis of five performance indicators.
  • These are:
    • Beneficiary satisfaction
    • Hospital Readmission Rate
    • The extent of Out-of-Pocket Expenditure
    • Confirmed Grievances
    • Improvement in-patient’s Health-Related Quality of Life

Topic: Personality in News

8. Kashmir's famous poet Professor Abdul Rehman Rahi passed away.

  • On 9 January, noted academic, poet, and Kashmir's first Jnanpith awardee, Professor Rahman Rahi passed away at the age of 98 in Srinagar.
  • Rahi was born on May 6, 1925.
  • He wrote many poetry collections and translated the works of some famous poets into Kashmiri.
  • Rahi received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1961 for his poetry collection Navroz-e-Saba.
  • In 2007, he was awarded the Jnanpith Award, the country's highest literary award for his collection "Siyah Rood-e-Jaerenn Manz" (In the black downpours).
  • In the year 2000, he was awarded the Padma Shri award for his works.


Monthly Current Affairs eBooks
December Monthly Current Affairs November Monthly Current Affairs
October Monthly Current Affairs September Monthly Current Affairs

Topic: State News/ Kerala

9. Kerala became the first fully digital banking state in the country.

  • On 7 January, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced Kerala as the first state in the country to go completely digital in its banking service.
  • Vijayan said this achievement has been possible due to infrastructure development and technological advancement in the banking sector.
  • The CM also said that the state government's ambitious Kerala Fiber Optic Network (K-FON) project, which is almost 90% complete, would reduce the digital divide.
  • K-FON will ensure internet facilities for all in the state, and in this project, a 17,155-kilometer-long fiber-optic cable network has been laid.
  • Once the project is completed, internet will be available to everyone in the state either at affordable cost or free of cost.
  • Kerala also received three 'Digital India' awards for its advancement in the digital sector.
  • Kerala got Silver Medal for Ksheersree Portal, Platinum Award for Digital Workforce Management System and Gold Medal for District Administration of Kottayam.
  • The CM also warned the people to be alert about the rise in cyber-crimes, which may increase with the advancement in the banking sector.
  • To deal with such cyber-crimes, the government has also created an Economic Offenses Wing in the state police.

Topic: Summits/Conferences/Meetings

10. First meeting of the G-20 'Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion' started in Kolkata on 9 January.

  • It has been attended by invited guests and dignitaries from around the world.
  • The meeting began with a discussion on the topic of opening up digital transactions to the underprivileged sections for financial progress and productivity.
  • The theme of this year's G-20 conference is "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam."
  • The three-day meet will focus on principles of digital financial inclusion, remittance costs and SME finance availability.
  • It will also include symposiums, exhibitions and a domestic outreach program on digital financial literacy involving over 1,800 students from various schools.
  • Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attend the meeting and stated that her government is working with a humanitarian approach for the development of the people.
  • 12 international speakers, including senior officials from the World Bank, Singapore, France, and the Monetary Authority of Estonia participated in the discussion.
  • G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI):
    • It is a platform for all G20 countries, interested non-G20 countries and relevant stakeholders to carry forward work on financial inclusion.
    • It was officially launched on 10 December 2010 in Seoul.

Topic: National News

11. The census exercise has been postponed till September as of now.

  • The government has informed the States regarding extension of date of freezing of administrative boundaries till June 30, 2023.
  • According to the rules, census can be done only 3 months after freezing of administrative boundaries such as districts, sub-districts, tehsils, talukas and police stations.
  • The general elections are expected to be held in March-April 2024 and completing Census before that is nearly impossible. It would be possible only if some rules are changed and a shorter process is introduced.
  • The first phase of Census 2021 was scheduled to be conducted from April-September 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The second phase and the main phase- the population enumeration- was to be concluded by March 5, 2021.
  • As per provisional data compiled by the RGI till June 2021, the number of districts have increased from 640 in 2011 to 736.
  • The delay in Census data would continue to deprive more than 10 crore people of subsidised food grains under the targeted PDS.
  • Census is significant for policy planning, budgeting and administration.
  • Census in India:
    • The first synchronous census was conducted in India in 1881.
    • It is conducted once every ten years.
    • Population Census is a Union subject.
    • It is conducted by the Office of Registrar General and Census Commissioner under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
    • 2021 Census is the eighth census since independence.

Topic: Important Days

12. World Hindi Day 2023/ Vishwa Hindi Diwas: 10 January

  • It is celebrated every year on 10 January to mark the anniversary of the first World Hindi Conference organized in Nagpur on 10 January 1975.
  • It was celebrated for the first time on 10 January 2006.
  • Hindi was spoken for the first time in the United Nations General Assembly in 1949.
  • Its main aim is to create awareness and promote the Hindi language across the world.
  • Hindi is the third most-spoken language in the world.
  • In India, Hindi Diwas is observed every year on 14th September.
  • 12th World Hindi Conference will be held in Nadi, Fiji in February 2023.

Topic: National Appointments

13. Surinder Chawla has been appointed as MD & CEO of Paytm Payments Bank.

  • He was earlier Head of Branch Banking at RBL Bank. He replaces Satish Kumar Gupta. Gupta retired in October 2022.
  • Since then Deependra Singh Rathore has been serving as the interim CEO of Paytm Payments Bank.
  • One 97 Communications said his appointment as MD& CEO has been approved by RBI.
  • Paytm Payments Bank is an associate company of One 97 Communications, which owns the Paytm brand.

Topic: Banking System

14. ‘Jahaan Bandhan, Wahaan Trust’ campaign has been launched by Bandhan Bank.

  • The campaign features cricketer Sourav Ganguly as its brand ambassador.
  • This is the first time that Bandhan Bank has appointed a pan-India brand ambassador.
  • Leo Burnett Orchard conceptualized the campaign. Leo Burnett Orchard was brought in as the bank’s creative agency in August 2022.
  • In the last seven years, Bandhan Bank has established its presence in 34 states and union territories.
  • Bandhan Bank:
    • It is a Kolkata based Indian banking and financial services company.
    • Dr. Anup Kumar Sinha is its current chairman. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh is its MD and CEO. It started operations on August 23, 2015.
Related Study Material
Evolution and History of the Indian Constitution Preamble of the Indian Constitution
Major sources of Indian Constitution President of India
Ramsar sites of India 2022 Classification of Rocks
Interior of the Earth Tax system in India





Share Blog