Daily GK Update: 14th May 2023

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : May 15th, 2023


1. India-Indonesia bilateral exercise 'Samudra Shakti-23' begins


  • The 4th edition of the India-Indonesia bilateral exercise Samudra Shakti-23 is being organized in Batam, Indonesia from 14-19 May 2023.
  • Aim: To enhance interoperability, jointness, and mutual cooperation between both navies
  • India Navy has participated with INS Kavaratti, Indian Navy Dornier Maritime Patrol aircraft, and Chetak helicopter.
  • While the Indonesian Navy participated with KRI Sultan Iskandar Muda, CN 235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, and AS565 Panther Helicopter
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2. Indian shooters Hriday Hazarika and Nancy Mandhotra bag silver medals


  • Indian shooters, Hriday Hazarika and Nancy Mandhotra have bagged silver medals in the men’s and women’s 10-meter air rifle events at ISSF World Cup 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • In the 10m air pistol mixed team, Sarabjot Singh and Divya TS won gold.
  • Rhythm Sangwan secured a bronze medal in the women's 25m pistol event.
  • In the overall medals tally, India finished its campaign second behind China.
  • The Baku meet is the penultimate stage of the ISSF World Cup 2023.
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 Science & Technology

3. NASA Launched the second Super Pressure Balloon


  • The US space agency, NASA has launched a second football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB),  under its Scientific Balloon Program, from Wānaka Airport, New Zealand.
  • The first scientific balloon was launched on April 16, following five failed attempts last year.
  • Airways (New Zealand’s air navigation services provider) works with Nasa to launch the balloons, which inflate fully in flight to 532,000 cubic meters and carry a scientific payload.
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 National Affairs

4. Retail inflation drops 18-month low of 4.70 % in April 2023


  • According to the data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO), Retail inflation (based on CPI) has been reduced to 4.70% in April 2023.
  • While Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) has also reduced to 3.84%, as compared to 4.79% in March 2023 and 8.31% in April 2022.
  • In April 2023, Rural inflation stood at 4.68%, while urban inflation was at 4.85%.
  • The Government had mandated the RBI to maintain retail inflation at 4% with a margin of 2% on either side.
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5. AIIMS ties up with WHO, Duke-NUS for quality control


  • The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi (AIIMS) has collaborated with World Health Organization (WHO-SEARO) to ensure patient safety and quality control.
  • A core committee for Patient Safety and Quality at AIlMS is being constituted for the implementation of advanced patient safety and quality initiatives.
  • For this initiative, AIIMS will follow the learning curriculum proposed by WHO in collaboration with Duke-NUS.
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 Honours & Awards

6. Arinze Ifeakandu wins Dylan Thomas prize 2023


  • Writer Arinze Ifeakandu has won Swansea University's Dylan Thomas Prize 2023 for a “kaleidoscopic reflection of queer life and love in Nigeria”.
  • Dylan Thomas Prize is a recognition of literary works by authors aged 39 or under and is one of the most prestigious awards for young writers.
  • His debut book is God’s Children Are Little Broken Things', which is a collection of nine short stories on the themes of queer life, love, and humanity.
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 Books & Authors

7. Oprah and Arthur C. Brooks co-author a new book on happiness


  • Oprah Winfrey has co-authored a book titled 'Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier' with author-educator Arthur C Brooks.
  • The book is expected to be released on September 12, 2023, by Portfolio Books.
  • This book will introduce readers to the incredible science of happiness, based on the best research available.
  • Other books by Winfrey: What I Know for Sure, The Path Made Clear, and Food, Health, and Happiness
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 Banking & Finance

8. PayNearby launches ‘PayNearby Mall’ for small businesses and consumers


  • PayNearby, a branchless banking and digital network in India, has launched a new meta-commerce platform called PayNearby Mall.
  • This platform is designed to enable easy access to goods and services and will be integrated with the Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) platform.
  • Aim: To upgrade every retailer in its million+ active network and help them meet the demand of their customers
  • Founder, MD & CEO, PayNearby: Anand Kumar Bajaj
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 National Affairs

9. India's exports of agricultural products cross Rs. 4 lakh crore mark


  • Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar attended the  8th meeting of Agriculture Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries through video conferencing.
  • During the conference, he informed that India's exports of agricultural and allied products have crossed four lakh crore rupees.
  • He has also highlighted India's performance in the agriculture sector and contribution to global food security with food grain production.
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 International Affairs

10. 71 million people internally displaced worldwide: IDMC


  • According to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC)'s annual report, the number of internally displaced people around the world reached 71 million as of the end of 2022.
  • The number of movements in which people fled in search of safety and shelter was also unprecedented in 2022 with a figure of 60.9 million.
  • The conflict in Ukraine triggered nearly 17 million displacements and monsoon floods in Pakistan triggered 8.2 million.
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Daily GK Update: 14th May 2023


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