Q1. Which will be the implementing agency of the Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors (YUVA) scheme launched to train young and budding authors below aged 30 years?
Correct Answer is NBT.
- Termed YUVA (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors), the Prime Minister’s scheme seeks to mentor authors under the age of 30 and train them to promote reading, writing and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally.
- A consolidated scholarship of Rs50,000 per month for a period of six months per author will be paid under the YUVA Scheme.
Q2. NCPCR is work under administrative control of which ministry that has launched “Bal Swaraj”, an online tracking portal for real-time tracking & monitoring of Children who lost both or either of their parents in COVID-19?
Correct Answer is Ministry of Women and Child Development.
- “COVID-Care”, a link under the Bal Swaraj portal, will enable officers in concerned departments to upload data about such children who are in need of care.
- “COVID-Care”, a link under the Bal Swaraj portal, will enable officers in concerned departments to upload data about such children who are in need of care.
- This digital monitoring procedure, will regulate the Financial spending of CWCs in various states/UTs.
Q3. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched which programme by distributing high yielding varieties of seeds of pulses and oilseeds to farmers?
Correct Answer is Seed Minikit programme.
- The mini-kits are being provided by the central agencies National Seeds Corporation (NCS), NAFED and Gujarat State Seeds Corporation and wholly-funded by the Centre through the National Food Security Mission.
- The Centre, in collaboration with states, has been implementing various activities to enhance production and productivity of pulses and oilseeds under the National Food Security Mission.
- The seed minikit programme is a major tool for introducing new varieties of seeds in fields and instrumental for increasing the seed replacement rate.
Q4. The central government has brought forward the target year for achieving 20 percent ethanol-blending with petrol by 2 years to?
Correct Answer is 2023.
- It was reported by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG).
- Currently, the govt directs the oil companies in all states and UTs (union territories) to sell ethanol blended petrol with a percentage of ethanol up to 20 percent as per the Bureau of Indian Standards specifications.
- In April 2021, Ethanol-blending in Petrol in India reached more than 7.2 percent for the First Time.
Q5. According to third edition of NITI Aayog's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2020-21 rankings which state which state got the top spot in the ranking?
Correct Answer is Kerala.
- At the other end of the scale, Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam were the worst performing States.
- However, all States showed some improvement from last year’s scores, with Mizoram and Haryana seeing the biggest gains.
- Developed by a global consultative process on holistic development, the 17 SDGs have a 2030 deadline.
Q6. Which union territories adjudged as the top performer in the NITI Aayog's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2020-21 rankings?
Correct Answer is Chandigarh.
- Delhi and Puducherry got second and third spot respectively.
- Dadra and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu has been adjudged as the worst performer.
- The index was designed and developed by NITI Aayog in consultations with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), the UN agencies led by United Nations in India, the States and Union Territories, and the key Union Ministries.
Q7. SAGE project has been launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for?
Correct Answer is Elderly People.
- The initiative was launched by Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot in the presence of MoS, MSJE, Shri Rattan lal Kataria in New Delhi.
- Start-ups can apply for being a part of SAGE through a dedicated portal.
- The start-ups will be selected on the basis of innovative products and services, which they should be able to provide across sectors such as health, housing, care centres, apart from technological access linked to finances, food and wealth management, and legal guidance.
Q8. Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Shri Narendra Singh Tomar virtually inaugurated the Indus Best Mega Food Park in which state?
Correct Answer is Chhattisgarh.
- The Mega Food Park will ensure value addition, longer shelf life for farm produce, better price realization for farmers, excellent storage facility and will provide an alternate market for farmers in the region.
- The Park will also provide direct and indirect employment to about 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas.
Q9. The central government has decided to extend the validity period of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificate from 7 years to?
Correct Answer is lifetime.
- In 2020, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in its 50th meeting of the general body had approved the extension of the TET certificate validity from 7 years to a lifetime.
- The respective state governments/UTs will take necessary action to revalidate/issue fresh TET certificates to those candidates whose period of 7 years has already elapsed.
Q10. Under whose chairmanship the Labour and Employment Ministry has constituted an expert group to provide technical inputs and recommendations on fixation of minimum wages and national floor for minimum wages?
Correct Answer is Ajit Mishra.
- The expert group announced has been constituted for a period of three years and is chaired by Ajit Mishra, Director, Institute of Economic Growth.
- It includes Tarika Chakraborty, IIM Calcutta; Anushree Sinha, Senior Fellow, NCAER; Vibha Bhalla, Joint Secretary; H Srinivas, Director General, VVGNLI as the members and DPS Negi, Senior Labour and Employment Advisor as the Member Secretary.
- This is the second expert committee on minimum wages formed by the government within the last two years.
Q11. What is India’s rank in the State of India’s Environment Report 2021 on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
Correct Answer is 117th.
- The State of India’s Environment Report 2021 revealed that India’s rank was 115 last year and dropped by two places primarily because major challenges like ending hunger and achieving food security (SDG 2).
- India ranks below four South Asian countries — Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, it said. The overall SDG score of India is 61.9 out of 100.
- According to the report Jharkhand and Bihar are the least prepared to meet the SDGs by 2030, which is the target year. While Jharkhand lags in five of the SDGs, Bihar lags in seven.
Q1. Which state government has launched the women-empowerment oriented “UDAAN Scheme” to distribute sanitary pads to women every month?
Correct Answer is Punjab.
- Under this scheme sanitary pads would be distributed free of cost to needy women and girls of the state every month.
- A fund of Rs 40.55 crore per annum has been allocated for this scheme.
Q2. Which state government has launched Doctors ride towards village side programme?
Correct Answer is Karnataka.
- Under this scheme, the Government provides necessary logistic support for the teams led by medical students to visit villages and provide better healthcare during the pandemic.MBBS final year students, BSc Nursing, BDS, MDS, Ayush graduating doctors are deputed to rural areas to carry out Covid tests.
- A team of medical students, nurses, ASHA and Anganwadi workers visit door to door to identify vulnerable members of the family and carry out tests.
Q3. Which state government will launch a pilot of digital survey of agricultural lands in the State from June 11?
Correct Answer is Telangana.
- It will be conducted in three villages of Gajwel Assembly constituency represented by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and twenty four other villages in as many districts.
- This was decided at an official meeting presided by Mr. Rao to discuss digitising agricultural lands and fixing coordinates with the aim to ensure permanent security of holdings for land owners.
Q4. Which state government has proposed to reserve 33 per cent seats to girls in medical and engineering colleges?
Correct Answer is Bihar.
- The government has been planning to bring two new Bills — the Bihar Engineering Universities Bill and Bihar Medical Education Bill — in the next Assembly session to give formal shape to the proposal.
- The state has 2,035 engineering seats and 1,330 medical and BDS seats in the 11 medical and 38 engineering colleges it runs.
Q5. Which state government has launched the state annual priority sector credit plan worth Rs 4,60,881 crore and an overall annual credit plan of Rs 18,10,779 crore at the quarterly State Level Bankers Committee (SBLC)?
Correct Answer is Maharshtra.
- The state government has set the annual credit lending target by banks of Rs 1.19 lakh crore for the agriculture sector in the current financial year.
- Of this, Rs 60,860 crore is set for the crop loans during the kharif and rabi seasons.
- Government asked banks in state to continue more finance under crop loan disbursement for kharif 2021 season and to achieve season targets by end of June 2021.
Q6. Raimona becomes the sixth National Park of which state?
Correct Answer is Assam.
- A notification declaring Raimona as a national park has been brought out by Assam govt.
- The five national parks that existed prior to the 422 sq. km Raimona are Kaziranga, Manas, Nameri, Orang and Dibru-Saikhowa.
- The Raimona National Park is within the Bodoland Territorial Region.
Q7. Which union territories has launched the YounTab scheme for students under which about 12,300 tablets were distributed among student?
Correct Answer is Ladakh.
- A total of 12 thousand 300 students of 6th to 12th class from government schools will benefit from the scheme.
- YounTab scheme formulated to encourage digital learning, bridge the digital divide between connected and unconnected and mitigate the Covid pandemic disruptions.
Q1. Which country hosted the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 Summit?
Correct Answer is South Korea.
- During the summit UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed for a global partnership to tackle climate change and strive toward inclusive green growth.
- He also said that, tackling climate change head-on will help protect the most vulnerable people from the next crisis while sustaining a job-rich recovery from COVID-19.
Q2. The Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) opens its first European innovation centre in which country?
Correct Answer is Netherlands.
- Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will bring universities, businesses, startups and government together at its latest innovation hub in Amsterdam to help use digital technology to solve sustainability challenges.
- It will focus on sustainability challenges faced by organisations and becomes the first in a network of hubs, known as TCS Pace Ports, in Europe.
Q3. Which tech giant has launched first ever “Asia Pacific Public Sector Cyber Security Executive Council”?
Correct Answer is Microsoft.
- It was launched with the aim of building strong communications channel to address cyber threats and to share best practices among participating countries.
- Cybersecurity Council comprises of policy makers and influencers from countries like Indonesia, Korea, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and Thailand.
- It is supported by cybersecurity professionals. Council was set up with the aim of accelerating public-private partnerships in cybersecurity, and share threat intelligence.
Q4. Which country has launched the Mission Innovation CleanTech Exchange, a global initiative, that will create a network of incubators across member countries to accelerate clean energy innovation?
Correct Answer is India.
- The network, launched virtually at the Innovating to Net Zero Summit hosted by Chile
- It will provide access to the expertise and market insights needed to support new technologies to access new markets globally.
- India among 23 governments collectively launched bold new plans to catalyze action and spearheaded a decade of innovation to drive global investment in clean energy research, development and demonstrations.
Q5. Fire stricken MV X-Press Pearl cargo ship sinks near Colombo Harbour belongs to which country?
Correct Answer is Singapore.
- The towing the ship to the deeper seas was abandoned as the stern of the ship sank to the seabed when it was being towed 500 to 600 meters westward, reported Colombo Page.
- X-Press Feeders, operators of the container ship 'X-Press Pearl' reported that despite salvors successfully boarding the vessel and attaching a tow wire, efforts to move the ship to deeper waters have failed.
- X-Press Pearl with a container leaking nitric acid reported smoke from the cargo hold on the 20th May while anchorage at 9.5 nautical miles northwest of the Port of Colombo. The vessel reported fire on deck on May 21.
Q6. Kharg is the largest warship of which country that caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Oman?
Correct Answer is Iran.
- State media reported 400 troops on board fled the vessel, with some 20 suffering injuries.
- The vessel sank near the Iranian port of Jask, some 1,270 kilometers (790 miles) southeast of Tehran on the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz — the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf.
Q7. Which city topped the AIRINC Global 150 Cities Index for Financial Attractiveness ranking?
Correct Answer is Manama.
- Indicators used for calculating Financial Attractiveness – Salary levels, Cost of Living, and Taxes in a particular market
- Seven cities from the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region were among the Top 16.
- 1st Country in the MENA region to develop an economic diversification strategy away from hydrocarbons. Currently, over 80% of the country’s GDP depends on the Non-Oil sector.
Q8. Which country’s parliament has to build the world's first artificial island with the aim to provide clean energy in North Sea?
Correct Answer is Denmark.
- The size of the island will be 1 sq mile (2.6 sq km), the project is to begin later this year.
- The giant island, named Lynetteholm, would be connected to the mainland via a ring road, tunnels and a metro line.
- Plans for Lynetteholm include a dam system around its perimeter, with the aim of protecting the harbour from rising sea levels and storm surges.
Q1. Who has been awarded the International Business Book of the Year Award 2021?
Correct Answer is Nitin Rakesh & Jerry Wind.
- This book provides the knowledge to thrive business even in a crisis for entrepreneurs and business owners.
- Nitin Rakesh is the Chief Executive Director(CEO) and Executive Director of IT major Mphasis.
- He has won ‘Gold Stevie Award’ for Tech Innovator of the Year in 2019.
- Jerry Wind is an internationally renowned academician and is currently Lauder Professor Emeritus and Professor of Marketing at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Q2. Who has won the 2021 Nature TTL Photography Awards for his photo of an Orangutan clinging to a tree?
Correct Answer is Thomas Vijayan.
- The photograph is titled ‘The World is Going Upside Down’.
- Vijayan was adjudged as the overall winner of the competition from over 8,000 entries for Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2021, which carries a grand prize of 1,500 pounds (Rs.1.5 lakh).
- Nature TTL is the world’s leading online nature photography resource.
Q3. Who has won the International Booker prize 2021?
Correct Answer is David Diop.
- David Diop has become the first French novelist to win the International Booker prize for translated fiction with At Night All Blood Is Black, his first novel translated into English.
- Diop, the author of two novels, and his translator Anna Moschovakis split the £50,000 annual prize, which goes to the best author and translator of a work translated into English.
Q1. Name the Indian men boxer who has won the gold medal in 91 Kg category in the Asian Boxing Championships 2021?
Correct Answer is Sanjeet.
- Sanjeet triumphed 4-1 over Levit, who was chasing his fourth gold of the tournament and is an Olympic silvermedallist.
- With 15 medals in this edition, India surpassed its previous best-ever show at this Championship, achieved in 2019, when the country secured 13 medals in all, including two gold medals.
Q2. Who has won the has won the 2020-21 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award?
Correct Answer is Jordan Clarkson.
- This is the first Sixth Man honour for Clarkson, who becomes the first player to win the annual award with the Jazz.
- Clarkson becomes the first player in Jazz franchise history to win the award and was presented the trophy by his teammate and fellow Sixth Man of the Year Finalist Joe Ingles.
- Clarkson received 65 first-place votes and earned 407 total points from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
Q3. Tsang Yin-Hung is from which country who became the fastest female climber to reach the peak of Mount Everest?
Correct Answer is Hong Kong.
- She beat the record set by Nepali woman Phunjo Jhangmu Lama in 2017, who climbed Everest in 39 hours and 6 minutes. In 2017, Tsang became the 1st Hong Kong woman to reach the peak.
- Arthur Muir, 75, became the oldest American to climb the Mount Everest – at 8,848.86-metres (29,031 feet).
Q4. In tennis, who has won the first edition of 2021 Belgrade Open Singles?
Correct Answer is Novak Djokovic.
- The Belgrade Open part of the Association of Tennis Professionals(ATP) Tour 250 Tennis Tournament.
- 2021 Belgrade open is an outdoor clay courts tournament.
- Belgrade Open 2021 is the first edition of the event created due to the one-week delay of the 2021 French Open.
Q5. Sifan Hassan belong to which country who sets women’s 10,000m world record of 29 min 6.82 sec?
Correct Answer is Netherlands.
- Ethiopia's Almaz Ayana held the previous record of 29:17.45, set at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but Hassan shaved more than 10 seconds off that mark.
- Hassan is the reigning world champion having won gold in Doha in 2019 and the 28-year-old set down a marker before next month's Tokyo Games, blowing away the competition and sprinting solo across the line with her arms outstretched in celebration.
Q6. Who has won the Formula One Azerbaijan Grand Prix 2021 in Baku?
Correct Answer is Sergio Perez.
- Driver Championship leader and Perez's Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen crashed with just 4 laps to go.
- Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, went off course while trying to win the race on the standing restart in the two-lap shootout.
- Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel took second for Aston Martin after an impressive drive after qualifying 11th.
Q1. Who has authored the book titled “Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020”?
Correct Answer is Salman Rushdie.
- He suggests his work has been misunderstood and mistreated because the literary culture has turned from briofilled imaginative writing toward the humbler delights of “autofiction,” as exemplified by the work of Elena Ferrante and Karl Ove Knausgaard.
Q2. Who has authored the book titled ‘All You Need Is Josh: Stories of Courage and Conviction in 21st-century India?
Correct Answer is Supriya Paul.
- This book has been published by Bloomsbury.
- It contains stories of some unique individuals with an aim to reach those who are searching for hope and comfort during trying times.
Q1. Which IIT has developed ‘AmbiTag’, a device that records ambient temperature during the transportation of vaccines, body organs and blood?
Correct Answer is IIT Ropar.
- 'AmbiTag' is a USB-shaped device that continuously records the temperature of its immediate surroundings from - 40 to +80 degrees in any time zone for a full 90 days on a single charge.
- Besides perishable items including vegetables, meat and dairy products it can also monitor the temperature of animal semen during transit.
- “So far, such devices are being imported by India in a massive quantity from other countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Ireland, and China.
Q2. Which IIT has developed a “Smart Window” material that can effectively control the amount of heat and light passing through it in response to an applied voltage?
Correct Answer is IIT Guwahati.
- This material can help in developing automatic climate control systems in buildings.
- Such materials can help develop efficient automatic climate control systems in buildings, the scientists claimed.
- This study was recently published in the journal- ‘Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells.
Q3. Which space agency has launched thousands of tiny sea creatures to the International Space Station, along with a plaquefighting toothpaste experiment and powerful solar panels?
Correct Answer is SapceX.
- SpaceX’s Falcon rocket blasted into the hazy afternoon sky from Kennedy Space Center.
- The first-stage booster was new for a change, landing on an offshore platform several minutes after liftoff so it can be recycled for a NASA astronaut flight this fall.
- The Dragon cargo capsule — also brand new — is delivering the first of three sets of high-tech solar panels designed to bolster the space station’s aging power grid.
Q4. DAVINCI+ and VERITAS two new mission announced by NASA, relating to?
Correct Answer is Venus.
- It aims to explore and study the solar system.
- DAVINCI+ (Deep Atmosphere Venus Investigation of Noble gases, Chemistry, and Imaging) mission.
- VERITAS (Venus Emissivity, Radio Science, In SAR, Topography, and Spectroscopy).
- The last US probe to visit the planet was the Magellan orbiter in 1990.