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Important News – India

Q1. According to the ‘Environmental Risk Outlook 2021’ released by Verisk Maplecroft, how many cities India has in the list of World’s 100 most environmentally riskiest cities?

Correct Answer is 43.

  • Jakarta in Indonesia was ranked as the riskiest city in the world, followed by Delhi and Chennai.
  • 99 of the World’s 100 riskiest cities are in Asia.
  • Lima, Peru is the only non-Asian city to be listed in the World’s 100 Riskiest cities.
  • Glasgow, Scotland was ranked as the safest city in the report.


Q2. According to the ‘Environmental Risk Outlook 2021’ released by Verisk Maplecroft, which is the riskiest city in India?

Correct Answer is New Delhi.

  • Jakarta in Indonesia was ranked as the riskiest city in the world, followed by Delhi and Chennai.
  • 99 of the World’s 100 riskiest cities are in Asia.
  • Lima, Peru is the only non-Asian city to be listed in the World’s 100 Riskiest cities.


Q3. According to ‘State of Indian Healthcare – Indian Cities through the lens of healthcare 2021’ report released by Housing.com, which is the healthiest city among the top 8 urban cities of India?

Correct Answer is Pune, Maharshtra.

  • The ranking is done with regard to parameters like number of hospital beds, ease of living, water quality, and local body performance.
  • The top 3 cities are – Pune, Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Bengaluru (Karnataka).


Q4. With which technology company the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) has signed an MoU for digital transformation of Tribal schools such as Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS), Ashram Schools, and other schools under MoTA?

Correct Answer is Microsoft.

  • Under the agreement, Microsoft will make the Artificial Intelligence (AI) curriculum available to tribal students in English and Hindi at all EMRS schools. This is to ensure inclusion and access.
  • During the 1st phase of the program, 250 EMRS schools will be adopted by Microsoft for the purpose.


Q5. Which country hosted the ‘GOA MARITIME SYMPOSIUM (GMS)-21’ in which 13 Indian Ocean Littoral Countries Participated?

Correct Answer is India.

  • The theme for GMS-21 was focused on “Maritime Security and Emerging Non-Traditional Threats: A Case for Proactive Role for IOR Navies”.
  • 13 Indian Ocean Littoral countries (India, Bangladesh, Comoros, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand) participated in the GMS-21.


Q6. According to the ranking released by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) which state ranked first among the 36 States & UTs of India based on the progress of implementation of Smart City projects?

Correct Answer is Jharkhand.

  • The rankings were released by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA).
  • The ranking is based on factors like smart city plan implementation, ongoing work and tendering process, utilisation of funds and provision of utility certificates to the Central Government.


Q7. Which state’s health department has has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Health Authority for the implementation of Ayushman Bharat scheme?

Correct Answer is Telangana.

  • The guidelines for the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat Scheme in the State was also issued by the state Medical and health department and will be implemented by the Aarogyasri Health Care Trust.
  • The health insurance coverage is for Rs 5 lakh for beneficiaries.


Q8. Which Tiger Reserve along with 5 other sites have been shortlisted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be classified as world heritage sites?

Correct Answer is Satpura Tiger Reserve.

  • Six Indian sites, under the care of Archaeological Survey of India, have been shortlisted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be classified as world heritage sites.
  • The six Indian sites include the Satpura Tiger Reserve, the Iconic Riverfront at Varanasi, Hire Benkal, a megalithic site, Maratha military architecture in Maharashtra, Bhedaghat-Lametaghat in Narmada Valley, Jabalpur, and the temples of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.


Q9. How many Indian sites have been shortlisted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to be classified as world heritage sites?

Correct Answer is Six.

  • The six Indian sites include:
    1. Satpura Tiger Reserve
    2. The Iconic Riverfront at Varanasi
    3. Hire Benkal, a megalithic site
    4. Maratha military architecture in Maharashtra
    5. Bhedaghat-Lametaghat in Narmada Valley, Jabalpur, and
    6. The temples of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu.


Q10. What is India’s rank in the 57th Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) – May 2021, released by Ernst & Young Global Ltd (EY)?

Correct Answer is Third.

  • The USA topped the index, while China took the 2nd Rank.
  • India has improved its rank from 4th (in 56th RECAI) to 3rd due to its exceptional performance in the Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) sector.
  • Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) is a biannual report being released since 2003.

Important News – State

Q1. Which state government has launched MOMA Market Mobile application to solve the issues of home delivery of fresh vegetables?

Correct Answer is Manipur.

  • The application was introduced by the Manipur Organic Mission Agency (MOMA), Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation, Manipur.
  • MOMA is assigned to channelize the farm producers to consumers through home delivery.
  • Under this initiative the vegetables from various farms will be collected by the Farmers Producer Companies (FPCs) working with MOMA.


Q2. Which state police has launched a drive called “Mission Hausla” to help people get oxygen, beds and plasma for COVID-19 patients?

Correct Answer is Uttarakhand.

  • The Uttarakhand Police has launched a drive called “Mission Hausla” to help people get oxygen, beds and plasma for COVID-19 patients.
  • Besides this, the police are also helping the public in getting ration, ambulance, cremation of bodies as part of the mission.


Q3. Which state government has launched the ‘Ayush Ghar-Dwar’ program to keep the home isolated Covid-19 positive patients healthy by practising Yoga?

Correct Answer is Himachal Pradesh.

  • This program has been started by the Department of AYUSH in collaboration with the Art of Living organisation.
  • Yoga Bharti’s instructors would provide their services in the program.
  • During the launch, about 80 home isolated Covid positive patients from all over the state were also connected virtually.


Q4. Which state government has launched “HIT (Home Isolation Tracking) Covid App” to monitor and track the COVID-19 patients who are in home isolation across the state?

Correct Answer is Bihar.

  • The app was developed by the Bihar State Electronics Development Corporation Ltd (BELTRON) under the guidance of the Department of Health and the Department of Information Technology (DIT).
  • The app was used on a pilot basis in five district of Bihar – Supaul, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Gopalganj and Nalanda.


Q5. Which state government has launched ‘Jagrut’ app where people get to know about various Central Government and State Government Schemes?

Correct Answer is Tripura.

  • The project was developed by EasyGov, a Jio Group company, and it will be available to all the residents of Tripura.
  • The ‘Jagrut Tripura’ will empower citizens of Tripura.


Q6. “Vaidya Aapke Dwar” scheme has been launched in which state by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy(AYUSH)?

Correct Answer is Madhya Pradesh.

  • Through this scheme free medical consultation is given at home through live video call by AYUSH medical specialists.
  • The scheme was virtually launched by the Madhya Pradesh State Minister for AYUSH, Shri Ramkishore Kaware on May 7,2021.
  • This scheme is made available through the telemedicine app named “AyushQure”, so that it is accessible to the common people even at home.


Q7. Which state has been ranked as the Number One state in establishing a Health & Wellness Centre (HWC) under the Ayushman Bharat project for the year 2020-21?

Correct Answer is Karnataka.

  • HWCs are established to provide comprehensive primary healthcare in rural areas.
  • Ayushman Bharat was launched in 2018 with its two main pillars of HWCs & Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).


Q8. Which state government has a new scheme named ‘Mahtari Dular Yojna’ through which the government will pay for the education for those children who lost their parents due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

Correct Answer is Chhattisgarh.

  • Children studying in both government and private schools will be entitled to this stipend
  • The state government will also fund the education of the children who have lost the person who earns money to support their family to Covid-19.


Q9. Which state government has launched the ‘Amrit Vahini’ App and Website which enables people to book a hospital bed online?

Correct Answer is Jharkhand.

  • State Govt also launched a “Chatboat App” which can provide all the information related to coronavirus.
  • Through the Amrit Vahini’ App, the government of Jharkhand will provide better facilities for people with coronavirus infection.


Q10. Which state government has allocated 50 Acres of land to establish the National Institute of Medicinal Plants (NIMP)?

Correct Answer is Maharashtra.

  • The allocated land located in the Aadali village of Dodamarg taluka will be handed over to the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy (AYUSH).
  • The NIMP at Maharashtra will act as a one-stop centre for all the needs related to medicinal plants.


Q11. Which state government has approved the formation of the Legislative Council?

Correct Answer is West Bengal.

  • At present, only Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh have Legislative Council. Previously, West Bengal had a bicameral legislature but it was abolished by the United Front government in 1969.

Important News – World

Q1. According to the ‘Environmental Risk Outlook 2021’ released by Verisk Maplecroft, which is the riskiest city in the world?

Correct Answer is Jakarta.

  • According to the ‘Environmental Risk Outlook 2021’ released by Verisk Maplecroft, India has 43 of the World’s 100 most environmentally riskiest cities and China has 37 most environmentally riskiest cities.


Q2. According to the ‘Environmental Risk Outlook 2021’ released by Verisk Maplecroft, which is the safest city in the world?

Correct Answer is Glasgow, Scotland.

  • According to the ‘Environmental Risk Outlook 2021’ released by Verisk Maplecroft, India has 43 of the World’s 100 most environmentally riskiest cities and China has 37 most environmentally riskiest cities.
  • Jakarta in Indonesia was ranked as the riskiest city in the world, followed by Delhi and Chennai.


Q3. Which becomes the first country in the world to all synthetic cannabinoid substances?

Correct Answer is Russia.

  • The ban is likely to come into effect on July 1.
  • The move comes as China tries to curb the manufacturing and trafficking of the drug.


Q4. Which country unveiled its most powerful supercomputer named ‘Simorgh’, which is 100 times more powerful than the previous supercomputer of the country?

Correct Answer is Iran.

  • The supercomputer has been developed indigenously by Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT).
  • It has been named after a mythical Phoenix-like bird ‘Simurgh’.


Q5. Which country hosted the Summit on Financing of African Economies 2021?

Correct Answer is Paris, France.

  • Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan virtually represented India in the summit.
  • The objective of the summit is to arrange financial resources for reviving the economy of African Continent, which has been affected by COVID-19.


Q6. Which country ranked first in the 57th Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) – May 2021, released by Ernst & Young Global Ltd (EY)?

Correct Answer is USA.

  • The USA topped the index, while China took the 2nd Rank.
  • India has improved its rank from 4th (in 56th RECAI) to 3rd due to its exceptional performance in the Solar PhotoVoltaic (PV) sector.
  • Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) is a biannual report being released since 2003.

Honor & Awards

Q1. Who become the only Indian to the Whitley Award 2021 for his efforts toward creating “Biodiversity Peace Corridor”?

Correct Answer is Y Nuklu Phom.

  • His name, along with that of five others, was announced in a virtual award ceremony organised by the UK-based Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN).
  • Worth £40,000, the award is for creating a new network of community-owned forests to protect Amur Falcons and increase biodiversity in Nagaland.
  • He is the only Indian to win the prestigious award.
  • The award is also known as the Green Oscar.


Q2. Who crowned as the 69th Miss Universe 2020?

Correct Answer is Andrea Meza.

  • The pageant that was held on May 16, in the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel.
  • Meza was preceded by Miss Universe Zozobini Tunzi of South Africa.
  • Miss India’s Adline Quadros Castelino made it to the Top 4.
  • Brazil’s Julia Gama is the first runner-up, Peru’s Janick Maceta is the second runner-up while India’s Adline Castelino and Dominican Republic’s Kimberly Perez are third runner-up and fourth runner-up, respectively.


Q3. Name the Indian personality who have received the International Invincible Gold Medal for the year 2021?

Correct Answer is Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

  • He has been recognised for his extraordinary commitment and outstanding service to humanity through his writings, social and illustrious public life.
  • The decision was made after due deliberations by a high-powered committee duly constituted under the leadership of Dr Tony Nader who is the global head of the Maharshi organisation.
  • This honour will be given by the worldwide Maharishi Organization & its universities.


Q4. Name the Indian scholar who along with Professor David Klenerman won the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize for the development of revolutionary DNA sequencing techniques – Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS)?

Correct Answer is Professor Shankar Balasubramanian.

  • It is a prestigious global science and technology prize awarded for their development of revolutionary sequencing techniques which means DNA can now be read in super-fast times.
  • The prize, awarded by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) at two-year intervals since 2004 - when Sir Tim Berners-Lee was honoured for his discovery of the World Wide Web - to highlight the extensive impact of science and innovation on the wellbeing of society, is worth Euro 1 million.


Q5. Name the Indian Choreographer who becomes the first Indian to won the 10th Annual ‘World Choreography Award 2020?

Correct Answer is Suresh Mukund.

  • He won the award in the ‘TV REALITY SHOW/COMPETITION’ category, for his work on the hit American TV reality show ‘World of Dance’.
  • Mukund is the director and choreographer of the Indian dance crew ‘The Kings’, which won the 2019 season of World of Dance. The World Choreography Awards, famously known as the “Oscars of Dance”,

Sports News

Q1. Tejaswini Shankar associated with which sports who won gold at Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Manhattan, USA?

Correct Answer is High Jump.

  • Shankar cleared the bar at 2.28m to win high jump gold, but his efforts fell short of Tokyo Olympic Games qualification standard of 2.33m.
  • Shankar had also won the men’s high jump title in the 2019 edition of the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships while the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Q2. In tennis, who won the women single title in the Italian Open 2021?

Correct Answer is Iga Swiatek.

  • She defeated world number nine Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-0 in just 45 minutes on the red clay of the Foro Italico.
  • Swiatek has now won three titles, following on from Roland Garros with Adelaide in January, and now Rome, and will move into the top 10 for the first time.


Q3. Who won the men’s single title in the Italia open tennis tournament 2021?

Correct Answer is Rafael Nadal.

  • He defeated t world number one Novak Djokovic in the final.
  • Djokovic and Nadal were facing each other for the 57th time, having last played in the 2020 French Open final which the Spaniard won in straight sets.


Q4. Renowned cricketer Harry Frederick Gurney belongs to which country who announced his retirement from the sports?

Correct Answer is England.

  • He has represented the England Cricket Team in 10 One Day Internationals (ODIs) & 2 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
  • He picked up 11 wickets in 10 ODIs & 3 wickets in his T20I career.
  • He has played for clubs like Nottinghamshire, Melbourne Renegades (BBL – Big Bash League), Quetta Gladiators (PSL – Pakistan Super League), and Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL – Indian Premier League).


Q5. Stupa Sports Analytics has partnered with which sports organization to provide Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled realtime match and practice solutions?

Correct Answer is International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

  •  AI will help in taking Table Tennis to the next level by providing real time and in-depth analysis.
  • During COVID-19 pandemic, ITTF collaborated with Stupa Analytics to provide online training lessons.
  • AI analytics will help players to optimise their training, unearth new revelations, patterns and discover data driven insights.


Q6. AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships 2021 will be held in which country?

Correct Answer is Serbia.

  • The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced that the 2021 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships is scheduled to be held in Belgrade, Serbia from October 26 to November 6,2021.
  • The previous edition of Championships was hosted by Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2019.


Q7. Who becomes the first Indian Women Mountaineers to Summit Mount Pumori in Nepal?

Correct Answer is Baljeet Kaur & Gunbala Sharma.

  • The two women are also the first ones to scale a mountain that is a part of the Everest Massif.
  • Everest Massif is formed by four peaks- Mount Pumori(7,161m), Mount Nuptse(7,862 m), Mount Lhotse(8,516m) and Mount Everest(8,848.86m) together.


Q8. Who become the first Indian origin fighter to win an MMA world champion title?

Correct Answer is  Arjan Singh Bhullar.

  • Indo-Canadian Mixed Martial Artist (MMA) Arjan Singh Bhullar defeated Brandon Vera to become the heavyweight world champion at the Singapore-based One Championship and became the first Indian-origin fighter to win an MMA world champion title.
  • A former freestyle wrestler, Bhullar had won the 2010 Commonwealth games gold medal in New Delhi representing Canada.


Q9. Mountaineer, Tashi Yangjom held from which state/UTs who becomes the first Indian Woman to Scale the World’s highest Mountain, Mt Everest in 2021?

Correct Answer is Arunachal Pradesh.

  • Mountaineer, Tashi Yangjom from Arunachal Pradesh becomes the 1st Indian Woman Climber to Scale the World’s highest Mountain, Mt Everest (Elevation of 8,849 Metres) in 2021.
  • She was trained at the National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh.

Books and Authors

Q1. Who has authored the book titled ‘Sikkim: A History of Intrigue and Alliance’?

Correct Answer is Preet Mohan Singh Malik.

  • The book’s objective is to clarify the strategic issues behind India’s decision to accept Sikkim’s demand to be merged with India.
  • The book focuses on the history of Sikkim along with the story of how it merged with India in 1975.


Q2. Who is the author of the book titled “All Time Favourites for Children”?

Correct Answer is Ruskin Bond.

  • It will be published by Puffin, children’s imprint of Penguin Random House. Illustrations of the book was done by Kashmira Sarode.
  • It is a collection of short stories which will feature some of his most celebrated characters and stories like ‘Rusty’s Adventures’, ‘Grandfather’s Stories’ as well as new stories like ‘Goldfish Don’t Bark’, ‘Friends from the Forest’ and many more.
  • Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent.
  • He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999 and the Padma Bhushan in 2014 for his contribution to the field of literature.


Q3. Who has authored the book titled “Klara and the Sun Novel”?

Correct Answer is Kazuo Ishiguro.

  • Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?
  • Kazuo Ishiguro,a British novelist was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain in 1960.
  • He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017 & also won the Man Booker prize in 1989 for his novel ‘The Remains of the Day’.

Science and Defence

Q1. Chinese Spacecraft Tianwen 1 carrying rover Zhurong landed on which celestial body successfully?

Correct Answer is Mars.

  • This makes China only the second country after the US to send a rover to the surface of the Red Planet.
  • The lander that carried the Zhurong rover touched down the Martian surface successfully and it landed in the Utopia Planitia region.
  • However, when the lander entered the Martian atmosphere, the spacecraft endured “Seven Minutes of Terror” as that of the Mars Perseverance rover of NASA.


Q2. Which space agency is developing Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), an interplanetary spacecraft?

Correct Answer is European Space Agency (ESA).

  • It is being tested at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands.
  • The Jupiter bound Spacecraft has been assembled by Airbus Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  • It is set to be launched in 2022 on an Ariane 5 Rocket & is expected to reach Jupiter in 2029.


Q3. Which defence manufacturing entity has launched the first prototype of Mechanical Minefield Marking Equipment Mk-II (MMME Mk-II) for the Indian Army?

Correct Answer is BEML Ltd.

  • The equipment has been built on BEML TATRA 6X6, ‘Atmanirbhar’ product.
  • It has been developed through Technology of Transfer (ToT) from Research & Development Establishment Engineers (R&DE Engineers), a lab of DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation).
  • MMME Mk-II will help in marking the mine fields at a fast rate, semi-automatically with minimal human intervention.


Q4. With which company NASA has signed an agreement for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, which will launch as soon as January 2022?

Correct Answer is Axiom Space.

  • The agreement, which was announced includes only a portion of the assorted exchanges required to make a flight like this a reality, but it will result in a net payment from NASA to Axiom of $1.69 million.
  • The agreement will allow Axiom to send a retired NASA astronaut and three passengers to the orbiting laboratory aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule for a journey of about a week in the first crewed space station mission for exclusively private interests.


Q5. Which Naval Ship has been decommissioned by the Indian Navy in May 2021?

Correct Answer is INS Rajput.

  • INS Rajput, the first destroyer of the Indian Navy, was decommissioned after over 41 years of service.
  • The lead ship of the Kashin-class destroyers built by the erstwhile USSR.
  • INS Rajput was constructed in the 61 Communards Shipyard in Nikolaev (present-day Ukraine) under her original Russian name ‘Nadezhny’ meaning ‘Hope’.
  • The keel of the ship was laid on September 11, 1976 and she was launched on September 17, 1977. The ship was commissioned as INS Rajput on May 4, 1980 at Poti, Georgia by I K Gujral, the then Ambassador of India to USSR.
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