Daily GK Update: 30th April 2023

By Neha Bisarya|Updated : May 1st, 2023


1. Abhilash Tomy becomes the first Indian to complete Golden Globe Race 2022


  • A retired naval officer, Commander Abhilash Tomy has become the first Indian to complete the prestigious Golden Globe Race 2022.
  • He finished second in the race, a solo around-the-world sailing race.
  • This race was started at Les Sables-d'Olonne in France on Sep 4, 2022.
  • South African sailor, Kirsten Neuschafer also become the first woman to win the Golden Globe Race (GGR), a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe without using any modern technological aids.
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 International Affairs

2. Devendra Fadnavis unveiled Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue in Mauritius


  • Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has unveiled a statue of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Mauritius.
  • The sculpture was created in India by a Delhi-based artist and sent to Mauritius in a container ship.
  • During his visit, an MoU was signed between the Economic Development Board of Mauritius and the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation to establish a platform for investment between the Western State and the island nation.
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 National & International Appointments

3. A K Mohanty appointed as a chairman of new Atomic Energy Commission


  • Bhabha Atomic Research Centre director, Ajit Kumar Mohanty has been appointed as the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and the secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy for a tenure up to the age of 66 years (till 10.10.2025).
  • He has replaced K N Vyas.
  • He was appointed as the BARC director in March 2019.
  • In 1983, he joined the Nuclear Physics Division of the BARC after graduating from the 26th batch of the BARC Training School.
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 National Affairs

4. India becomes Europe's largest supplier of refined fuels: Kpler


  • According to the Kpler report, India has become Europe's largest supplier of refined fuels, surpassing Saudi Arabia.
  • Europe’s reliance on Indian crude oil products has grown since the ban on Russian oil.
  • It also showed that Europe's refined fuel imports from India are set to surge above 360,000 barrels a day.
  • Russia was the largest exporter of crude oil to India by value in February in spite of the Western price cap of USD 60 per barrel.
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 Important Dates

5. Ayushman Bharat Diwas 2023: 30 April


  • India observed Ayushman Bharat Diwas every year on April 30 to promote the Ayushman Bharat Yojana values.
  • In 2018, PM Modi announced the Ayushman Bharat Yojna to give healthcare coverage to all Indians who cannot afford basic medical services.
  • This initiative was established along the lines of universal health care to satisfy one of the United Nations' SDGs - "leave no one behind."
  • This scheme covers all expenses of patients.
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 Books & Authors

6. The book ‘Collective Spirit, Concrete Action’ launched


  • At the 100th episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, a book called ‘Collective Spirit, Concrete Action’ was launched.
  • This book was written by the former CEO of Prasar Bharati Shashi Shekhar Vempati.
  • According to the author, ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is a combination of the power of radio and the vision of a nation’s leader.
  • Over the course of 15 chapters, the book special also offers insights and perspectives from grassroots change-makers and iconic personalities.
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 International Affairs

7. Russia’s Sberbank launches AI to compete with ChatGPT


  • The Russian-based company Sberbank launched its own AI chatbot GigaChat to compete with OpenAI’s ChatGPT
  • It was initially designed to support multimodal interaction and communicate in Russian more intelligently.
  • The GigaChat architecture is based on the neural network ensemble model called NeONKA (Neural Omnimodal Network with Knowledge-Awareness).
  • It includes several neural network models along with supervised fine-tuning and reinforcement learning with human feedback.
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 Banking & Finance

8. HDFC Bank launches digital distribution platform for agents and partners


  • HDFC Bank has introduced a Digital Distribution Platform, 'Smart Saathi' for its agents and business correspondents to sell services, especially in rural areas.
  • HDFC Bank Smart Saathi provides a secure and user-friendly experience to its users.
  • The newly launched feature will use advanced technology solutions to connect Business Correspondents/Business Facilitators to the bank.
  • Aim: To boost financial inclusion by taking banking products and services to the last mile
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 Arts & Culture

9. Kondh Tribals celebrates Bihan Mela


  • The Kondh tribe of Nayagarh district in Odisha celebrates Bihan Mela, which refers to a seed festival.
  • The event is participated by farmers from as many as 40 villages in Dasapalla block, surrounded by hills and forests.
  • The preparations begin as soon as farmers have harvested Kharif crops, which include both hybrid and indigenous varieties of paddy, millets, maize, and sorghum.
  • Kondh tribes are a tribal group found in the hills and jungles of Orissa in eastern India.
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 National Affairs

10. Army and civil agencies conduct fire exercise


  • The Army Southern Command and some civil agencies conducted a day-long firefighting exercise called ‘Agni Daman - 23’.
  • The excise was conducted with 56 teams at the 29 Field Ammunition Depot (FAD), Dehu Road.
  • Aim: To enhance synergy among firefighters to work together in the event of major fire incidents
  • The exercise was a landmark endeavor in synergizing all the firefighting resources available with the military and civil establishment in Pune.
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Daily GK Update: 30th April 2023


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