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Important News – India

1. Who addressed the UN ‘High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation & Drought’ _______Narendra Modi.
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➢ He said that three million hectares of forest cover has been added in India over the last ten years.
➢ He listed steps taken by India to deal with the land degradation issue.
➢ He conveyed that India is on track to achieve its national commitment of Land degradation neutrality.
➢ He said India is also working towards restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.

2. According to the World Giving Index 2021 report what is India’s position as the most charitable country _______14th.
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➢ This year’s survey highlights the impact of lockdowns on charitable giving.
➢ Indonesia remains in the first place, followed by Kenya.
➢ Four African nations now sit in the top 10 -- three of them (Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda) for the first time.
➢ Most of the western countries which are usually in the Top 10 have fallen far down the rankings.

3. Which NGO has in collaboration with the India Meteorological Department & the ICMR is creating an India Interagency Expert Committee on Malaria and Climate (IEC) to explore and advance climate-based solutions for accelerating malaria elimination in India ________ Malaria No More.
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➢ Aim of the collaboration is to explore and advance climate-based solutions for accelerating malaria elimination in India.
➢ India has set a target to eliminate malaria by 2030.

4. The central government has modified the ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in India Phase II’ (FAME India Phase II) scheme. The FAME scheme is administered by which ministry ________ Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises.
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➢ The FAME scheme was administered by the department of heavy industries (DHI)
➢ MoHI&PE has decided for the aggregation of electric three-wheelers and electric buses component of the scheme via state run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), to bring down the cost of electric 3 Wheelers to that of ICE-3 Wheelers.

5. In a major boost to exports of GI certified agricultural produce, a consignment of fibre and mineral rich Jalgaon banana has been exported to which country ___________ UAE.
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➢ In 2016, Jalgaon Banana got GI certification which was registered with Nisargraja Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Jalgaon.
➢ Country’s banana export has been rising sharply because of adoption of farm practices as per the global standards.
➢ During 2020-21, India has exported banana worth of 1.91 lakh tonnes valued at 619 crore rupees.

6. Which country hosted the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus in that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh participated virtually _________ Brunei.
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➢ He hailed the Indian values of ‘Vasudhaive Kutumbakam’ and ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’.
➢ Minister called for a united fight against the pandemic.
➢ he ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) is a forum comprising 10 ASEAN member countries and 8 partner nations including India, China, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Russia and the United States.

7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 5th edition of VivaTech, the largest digital and start-up events in Europe. The event is being held which city every year ________ Peris.
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➢ The Prime Minister has been invited as a Guest of Honour.
➢ He said that India is adaptable and agile even in the middle of the pandemic.
➢ VivaTech is being held in Paris every year since 2016.
➢ It is jointly organized by Publicis Groupe, a prominent advertising and marketing conglomerate and Les Echos – a leading French media group.

8. What is India’s rank in the annual World Competitiveness Index 2021 ________43rd.
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➢ The report was compiled by the Institute for Management Development (IMD).
➢ Top three nation in the 64-nation list are: 1. Switzerland; 2. Sweden; 3. Denmark.
➢ BRICS Nations rank order is China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa
➢ India has maintained its position for the past three years.

9. What is India’s rank in the latest 15th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2021, released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Sydney _________135th.
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➢ Indian ranked 135th most peaceful country in the world
➢ Iceland remains the most peaceful country while Afghanistan is the least peaceful country in the world for the fourth consecutive year.
➢ Bhutan ranked as the most peaceful nation in South Asia.
➢ New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th resp.

10. With which country India has signed an MoU for developing cooperation between two countries in the area of the environment ________Bhutan.
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➢ The MoU was signed virtually by the Minister of Environment.
➢ Union Minister Prakash Javadekar from the Indian side and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of the National Environment Commission Lyonpo Dr. Tandi Dorji from the Bhutanese side.
➢ The MoU will open new vistas of bilateral cooperation in the area of climate change, waste management etc.

11. Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) joins hand with which entity for conducting programs across 350 functional EMRS schools across the country _________ NCERT.
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➢ Under this collaboration, 120 EMRS teachers and principals from 3 states completed NISHTHA-National initiative for School Heads’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement Program to build competencies among teachers and school principals and Improving Quality of School Education through Integrated Teacher Training.

Important News – State

1. Export quality Jardalu mangoes are geographical indications (GI) certified mangoes from which state _________ Bihar.
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➢ GI relates to a specific geographical origin of a product and certifies that it possesses qualities or a reputation due to that.
➢ The mangoes were packed in Lucknow before the Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority exported them in collaboration with the Bihar government.

2. Which state government has decided to set up a Vedic Education and Sanskar Board to revive the knowledge of ancient Sanskrit scriptures and connect the learnings of the Vedas with science and yoga ______ Rajasthan.
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➢ Aim of this is to revive the knowledge of ancient Sanskrit scriptures and connect the learnings of the Vedas with science and yoga.
➢ The board is likely to be set up in the coming four to five months.
➢ The State, at present, has about 20 residential Vedic schools, including ‘Gurukuls’.

3. Which state government has launched a program ‘Revv Up’ for Artificial intelligence (AI) startups _______ Telangana.
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➢ The vision of T-AIM is to develop Telangana as a global hub for AI startups. Revv Up, which will begin its first cohort in July this year, is another step towards making Telangana and Hyderabad a global destination for AI and other emerging technologies.
➢ The accelerator programme would be a torchbearer for future AI accelerators in the country.
➢ NASSCOM will execute the envisioned strategy of T-AIM to identify and promote innovative and impactful AI solutions to solve real-world problems.

4. Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has organised Flag Satyagraha programme in which place ________ Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.
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➢ The programme was organised by Union Culture Ministry and IGNCA as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to commemorate 75 years of Country’s independence.
➢ It reminisces the historic moments of Jhanda Satyagraha held in Jabalpur in 1923 when the immortal martyrs first unfurled the flag at the Town Hall with great courage.

Important News – World

1. Which country is at top position in the World Giving Index 2021 report ________ Indonesia.
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➢ Four African nations now sit in the top 10 -- three of them (Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda) for the first time.
➢ Most of the western countries which are usually in the Top 10 have fallen far down the rankings.
➢ 61 per cent of Indians helped strangers; 34 per cent volunteered; and 36 per cent donated money.

2. The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch world’s first satellite, WISA Woodsat from which country ________ New Zealand.
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➢ The objective of the satellite is to test the applicability of wooden materials like plywood in spacecraft structures and expose it to extreme space conditions, such as heat, cold, vacuum and radiation.
➢ It will be launched by Rocket Lab Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula launch complex in New Zealand.
➢ designed and built in Finland will orbit at around 500-600 km altitude in polar Sun-synchronous orbit.

3. Recently, United Kingdom has agreed on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with which country _______ Australia.
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➢ It will make it cheaper for the UK to sell its cars and Scotch whisky Down Under and remove barriers for business.
➢ An FTA with Australia is also dubbed as a gateway into the fast-growing Indo-Pacific region, which covers India.
➢ The UK-Australia trade relationship was worth 13.9 billion pounds last year and is set to grow under the deal.

4. With which country India has signed an agreement extending a US$ 100 million Line of Credit (LOC) for projects in the Solar Energy Sector ________ Sri Lanka.
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➢ The agreement was signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Export-Import Bank of India.
➢ This US$ 100 million LOC will help finance various projects in the solar energy sector in Sri Lanka, such as rooftop solar photo-voltaic systems for households and government buildings.
➢ Some of the projects were announced during the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) held in March 2018 in Delhi.

5. Which country ranked 1st in the World Competitiveness Index 2021 _______ Switzerland.
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➢ The report was compiled by the Institute for Management Development (IMD).
➢ Top three nation in the 64-nation list are: 1. Switzerland; 2. Sweden; 3. Denmark.
➢ BRICS Nations rank order is China, India, Russia, Brazil and South Africa
➢ India has maintained its position for the past three years.

6. Which country declared the least peaceful country in the world in 15th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2021 released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Sydney _________ Afghanistan.
Note:

➢ Indian ranked 135th most peaceful country in the world
➢ Iceland remains the most peaceful country while Afghanistan is the least peaceful country in the world for the fourth consecutive year.
➢ Bhutan ranked as the most peaceful nation in South Asia.
➢ New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th resp.

7. According to the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2021, which country is the most peaceful country in the world ________ Iceland.
Note:
➢ The 15th edition of the Global Peace Index (GPI) 2021 was released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Sydney.
➢ Indian ranked 135th most peaceful country in the world
➢ Bhutan ranked as the most peaceful nation in South Asia.
➢ New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal ranked 3rd, 4th, and 5th resp.

8. Which country has decided to make a vaccine passport available from next month for Japanese travellers in a bid to relaunch tourism and business trips abroad _______ Japan.
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➢ The certificate will be paper-based rather than digital and will be issued by local governments from sometime next month.
➢ The European Union is working on a digital vaccine passport for this summer so it can welcome back badly needed tourists, and some EU countries plan to introduce certificates at the national level.
➢ The EU version will feature information on whether a person has been vaccinated, or had the virus, tested negative, and recovered.

9. World’s third-largest diamond unearthed in which country _________ Botswana.
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➢ This newly discovered diamond is believed to be the third-largest gem-quality stone ever to be mined in the world.
➢ It has been presented by Debswana Diamond Company to President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi.
➢ Cullinan stone in South Africa and Lesedi La Rona of Botswana are the other largest diamond.

Honor & Awards

1. Who has been honoured with the European Inventor Award 2021 in the ‘Non-European Patent Office countries’ category _________ Sumita Mitra.
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➢ She successfully integrated nanotechnology into dental materials to produce stronger and more aesthetically pleasing fillings.
➢ The award, one of Europe’s most prestigious innovation prizes, is presented annually by the European Patent Office (EPO) to recognise outstanding inventors from Europe and beyond.

2. Environmental organization ‘Family Forestry’ of which state has won the 2021 Land for Life Award by UN ________ Rajasthan.
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➢ The 2021 Land for Life Award has been won by Familial Forestry of Rajasthan, a unique concept that relates a tree with a family, making it a green “family member.”
➢ The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) organises the Land for Life Award every two years to recognize excellence and innovation in efforts towards land in balance.
➢ The theme for the 2021 Award is “Healthy Land, Healthy Lives”.

Sports News

1. Who has won the won the $15,000 Gelfand Challenge chess title and with it, a ‘wild card’ for the elite Meltwaters Champions Chess Tour _________ D. Gukesh.
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➢ He won all four rounds, including the key battle against Praggnanandhaa, and emerged on top after a series of favourable results from the games involving other title-contenders.

2. Who has won the 2021 French Grand Prix 2021 __________ Max Verstappen.
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➢ This race is the seventh round of 2021 Formula-One World Championship.
➢ With this victory, Max Verstappen has 131 points and now leads Lewis Hamilton (119 points) in the Formula One drivers’ title race, after seven matches.
➢ Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) stood second in the 2021 French Grand Prix, followed by Sergio Perez (Mexico- Red Bull).

Books and Authors

1. Who has authored the book titled “Beyond Here and Other Poems”, released by Naveen Patnaik _________ Bishnupada Sethi.
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➢ The book was published by Har Anand Publications.
➢ The poems featured in the book reflect the experiences of life, perception of death, and philosophical contemplation.
➢ The preface of the book was written by noted Odia poet Haraprasad Das.

2. Who has authored the book titled ‘The Nutmeg’s Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis’ ________ Amitav Ghosh.
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➢ This Book is Published by John Murray and will be released on October 14, 2021.
➢ This book is about the history of the influence of colonialism on the world today, told through the story of the nutmeg.
➢ It discusses everything from the global history of the oil trade to the migrant crisis and the animist spirituality of indigenous communities around the world.

3. Who has author the book titled 'The 7 Sins of Being A Mother' _________ Tahira Kashyap Khurrana.
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➢ This is her fifth book and the second she wrote amid the pandemic.
➢ Last year, the filmmaker had released 12 Commandments of Being A Woman, which she finished writing during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
➢ The writer has also penned books like Cracking The Code: My Journey in Bollywood and Souled Out.

4. The book titled ‘Will’ is a memoire of who among the following _________ Will Smith.
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➢ His book will be published by Penguin Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House and co-authored by Mark Manson.
➢ Smith will also narrate the audiobook of Will from Penguin Random House Audio.
➢ Will looks to tell a story about Smith's life and career.
➢ The book will delve into him being raised in West Philadelphia to entering superstardom as an actor and rapper.

5. The book titled ‘Monk in a Merc’ is memoire of which Indian Neurologist to be released Posthumously _______ Ashok Pangariya.
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➢ The book gets released after the demise of Dr. Ashok Pangariya who passed away in June 2021.
➢ The book talks of his life and experience in achieving eternal happiness and mental peace while pursuing all of life’s luxuries and professional success.
➢ Ashok Pangariya was a Neurologist and previously served as the vice chancellor of Rajasthan University of Health Sciences

Science and Defence

1. Which IIT has developed a device "Jivan Vayu" which can be used as a substitute for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine _________ IIT Ropar.
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➢ This is the nation's first such device which functions even without electricity and is adapted to both kinds of oxygen generation units like CO2 cylinders and oxygen pipelines in hospitals.
➢ These provisions are not available in otherwise existing CPAP machines.

2. China launched a spacecraft ‘Shenzhou-12’ carrying three astronauts to its own space station which is to be complete by which year _________2022.
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➢ It was launched from Gobi Desert.
➢ This launch begins the first crewed space mission in five years for an increasingly ambitious space program.
➢ China becomes the third country to send astronauts into space.
➢ This is the third of the 11-mission needed to complete the China’s space station by 2022.

3. Which IIT hosted a three-day virtual Conference of BRICS Network Universities on the theme of electric mobility _________ IIT Bombay.
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➢ This conference is part of the engagements that India is hosting under the education stream during its Chairship of the 13th BRICS Summit this year.
➢ Over 100 students, researchers and faculty from the BRICS Network Universities of the five member countries are expected to participate in the conference.
➢ BRICS Network University is a union of higher education institutions of the five BRICS member countries, formed with the objective of enhancing educational cooperation in general, and especially in the realm of research and innovation.

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