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Important News – India

Q.1. Under whose chairmanship the govt has set up a 25-member a Development Council for Cement Industry that will suggest ways to eliminate waste, obtain maximum production, improve quality, reduce costs and promote standardization of

products.

Correct Answer is Puneet Dalmia.

  • The committee will suggest ways to eliminate waste, obtain maximum production, improve quality, reduce costs and promote standardization of products.
  • It will also recommend measures for securing the full utilization of the installed capacity and for improving the working of the industry, particularly of the less efficient units.
  • The council would also work for standardization of accounting and costing methods and practice.


Q.2. Which organization has launched a regular MTech programme in Defence Technology in association with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to impart necessary theoretical and experimental knowledge, skill and aptitude in various defence technology areas.

Correct Answer is DRDO.

  • This MTech defence technology programme can be conducted at any AICTE affiliated institutes or universities, IITs, NITs or private engineering institutes.
  • Institute of Defence Scientists and Technologists (IDST) will provide support to the institutes for conducting this programme, which can be conducted in online as well as offline formats.


Q.3. Which Railway Station has become the first railway station in India with a movable freshwater tunnel aquarium.

Correct Answer is Bengaluru City Railway Station.

  • The aquarium has been opened by the Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Limited (IRSDC) in collaboration with the HNi Aquatic Kingdom, the report added.
  • The aquarium is based on the concept of Amazon River and is one-of-its-kind, promising to be a visual treat and a passenger’s delight.


Q.4. In which Indian city the Union ministry of science & technology has set up a concentrated solar thermal (CST) based test rig facility.

Correct Answer is Hyderabad.

  • The facility can help the solar industry test capability and performance of solar thermal components like solar receiver tubes, heat transfer fluids, and concentrating mirrors.
  • The facility has been set up by the International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology (DST).


Q.5. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with which National University to establish a ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ as a tribute to Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first president of Bangladesh.

Correct Answer is Delhi University.

  • An MoU was signed between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Delhi University in Dhaka on Monday to set up this Chair at Delhi University.
  • Speaking on this occasion, the President of ICCR Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that this chair was the celebration of the commonality of the world view between Indian and Bangladesh as both countries stand for peace, tranquility, equal respect for all belief systems and democracy.
  • The initiative is the outcome of one of the understandings reached during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March this year.


Q.6. Which organization has signed and MoU with Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) for strengthening export linkage of farmer cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organisation.

Correct Answer is NAFED.

  • It facilitates APEDA registered exporters getting assistance under all the government schemes implemented through NAFED.
  • The MoU also envisages ensuring sustainability and growth of exports by Cooperatives


Q.7. Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first private Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Facility plant at?

Correct Answer is Nagpur, Maharashtra.

  • Emphasizing the importance of alternate biofuels for diversification of agriculture towards the energy and power sector, Gadkari stated that India is spending 8 Lakh Crore for the import of petrol, diesel & petroleum products.
  • The Government has designed a policy which encourages development of cost effective pollution free and indigenous ethanol, bio CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), LNG and hydrogen fuels.


Q.8. NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd will India’s single largest solar park at which place.

Correct Answer is Rann of Kutch, Gujarat.

  • This will be India’s largest solar park to be built by the largest power producer in the country.
  • As a part of its green energy portfolio augmentation, NTPC Ltd, India’s largest energy integrated company, aims to build 60 GW Renewable Energy Capacity by 2032.
  • Currently, the state-owned power major has an installed capacity of 66 GW across 70 power projects with an additional 18 GW under construction.
Important News – State

Q.1. Which state government is planning to introduce the Model Tenancy Act in the state, aimed at ending tenant-owner disputes within two months and aiding the rental housing sector.

Correct Answer is Karnataka.

  • The tweaked tenancy law — once brought in — will help owners get tenants and rentals will soften a bit.
  • The Centre sent the law to states either to enact fresh legislation based on the template or suitably amend the existing laws.
  • Without a valid notice, tenants cannot be evicted during the agreement period.


Q.2. Which state government has formulated a proposal for population control and welfare, rewarding couples that adhere to a 'two-child policy'.

Correct Answer is Uttar Pradesh.

  • The policy will be voluntary — it will not be enforced upon anyone.
  • However, if any person decides to "voluntarily" keep the number of their family members limited, they will be eligible for government schemes.
  • On the other hand, if someone doesn't follow the policy, they will face restrictions in government jobs, availing ration, and other benefits.


Q.3. Which state government announced to create an independent department to protect and preserve the “faith, culture and traditions of tribes and indigenous communities” of the state.

Correct Answer is Assam.

  • The Department of Indigenous Faith and Culture is aimed to preserve set of beliefs, customs and practices of tribal communities.
  • The new ‘Department of Indigenous Faith and Culture’ will mainly focus on area dominated by illegal immigrants.


Q.4. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in India partnered with which state to improve the Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS) in the state.

Correct Answer is Rajasthan.

  • The partnership entails, among other things, the use of digitisation, data aggregation, performance dashboards for monitoring of the TDPS, thus providing a real-time and long-term solution to improve the food and nutritional security for millions.
  • This partnership between the WFP and the Department of Food and Civil Supplies of the Rajasthan government is part of a wider strategic Memorandum of Understanding signed late last year.


Q.5. The National Research Centre on Yak (NRCY) at Dirang in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has tied up with which insurance company for insuring yaks.

Correct Answer is National Insurance Company Ltd.

  • This is the first such instance in the country that an insurance policy for highly valuable Himalayan cattle/yak have been approved.
  • The insurance policy will be a big boon for the yak owners, as it will shield them against a number of risks posed by weather calamities, diseases, in-transit mishaps, surgical operation, strike or riots and permanent total disability for breeding or stud yaks.


Q.6. NTPC signs MoU with which state/union territories to set up country’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility Project.

Correct Answer is Ladakh.

  • MoU was also marked with the inauguration of NTPC’s first solar installations in Leh in form of solar trees and a solar car port.
  • It will enable NTPC to help Ladakh develop a carbon free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen.


Q.7. India’s first cryptogamic garden housing nearly 50 species of lichens, ferns and fungi was inaugurated in which state.

Correct Answer is Uttarakhand.

  • India’s first cryptogamic garden housing nearly 50 species of lichens, ferns and fungi was inaugurated in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun district’s Chakrata town.
  • Around 50 species have been grown in the garden at Deoban in Chakrata at a commanding height of 9,000 ft.

Important News – World

Q.1. Jovenel Moise the President of which country was assassinated is an attack on his residence.

Correct Answer is Haiti.

  • The acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph declared a state of seige in the country.
  • Haitian National Police have detained two suspects and killed four others connected to the assassination.
  • Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east.


Q.2. Which organization has launched a global mobility aids action group to examine and improve the transport journey of mobility aids, including wheelchairs, with the objective of improving the handling of this vital equipment for travelers with disabilities.

Correct Answer is International Air Transport Association (IATA).

  • The action group will be the first of its kind aimed at tackling issues around the safe and secure transport of mobility aids—an issue of huge importance to a growing number of travelers.
  • It will also provide advice and recommendations to airlines and other stakeholders concerning the establishment of policy, process and standards related to the handling and transport of mobility aids.


Q.3. Nepal Investment Board has signed a pact with which Indian firm to develop the 679-megawatt (MW) Lower Arun Hydro Electric Project in eastern Nepal.

Correct Answer is SJVN Ltd.

  • The National Investment Board of the Himalayan Nation announced that the pact was signed with India's stateowned Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) which is the second mega project undertaken by Southern neighbour.
  • The memorandum of understanding MoU was signed by SJVNL Chairman and Managing Director Nand Lal Sharma and IBN Chief Executive Officer Sushil Bhatta.


Q.4. Recently Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has launched launched BHIM–UPI services in which country.

Correct Answer is Bhutan.

  • With launch of BHIM-UPI in Bhutan, payment infrastructures of the two countries are seamlessly connected and will benefit a large number of tourists and businessmen from India who travel to Bhutan each year.
  • Bhutan is the first country to adopt UPI standards for its QR deployment, and the first country in our immediate neighbourhood to accept mobile based payments through the BHIM App.

Honor & Awards

Q.1. Name the Indian economist who has been conferred with the Humboldt Research Award for 2021 by Dr Hans-Bernd Schäfer of Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Germany.

Correct Answer is Kaushik Basu.

  • The award recognizes excellence through an entire career and offers research collaboration opportunities.
  • Basu is a professor of economics at Cornell University and the Carl Marks professor of International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and SC Johnson College of Business.
  • He was the chief economist of the World Bank from 2012 to 2016, and chief economic adviser to the Indian government from 2009 to 2012.


Q.2. Who has recently been granted the prestigious United Kingdoms Commonwealth Points of Light Award for his initiative ‘Hunger Has No Religion’.

Correct Answer is Syed Osman Azhar Maqsusi.

  • The hunger drive feeds about 1,500 people every day in five cities across the country.
  • Presented by the British government, the award is given to the outstanding individual volunteers who make a positive difference through their services to the community around them.

Sports News

Q.1. AFC women's Asian Cup 2022 will be hosted by which two cities of India.

Correct Answer is Mumbai and Pune.

  • This move was taken by AFC to minimise the travel time and maintain an optimum bio-secure bubble for the players.
  • The tournament set to take place from 20th January to 6th February, 2022 will be held at 3 Football Stadiums:
    - Andheri Sports Complex – Mumbai
    - D Y Patil Stadium – Navi Mumbai
    - Chhatrapati Sports Complex – Pune


Q.2. Name the Indian Grandmaster who won the Serbia Open Chess Championship in Belgrade.

Correct Answer is Nihal Sarin.

  • This is the second consecutive tournament victory for sixteen-year old Sarin after he claimed the title in Silver Lake Open.
  • The GM from Thrissur, Kerala played out a draw with GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia to finish with 7.5 points out of a possible nine to finish clear first in the 289-player field in the nine-round tourney.


Q.3. Which country has won the UEFA European Football Championship 2020.

Correct Answer is Italy.

  • Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two England penalties to win by a 3-2 shootout.
  • It was the first final to be decided on penalties since Czechoslovakia beat West Germany in 1976.
  • Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was Best player of the tournament.


Q.4. Which country has won the Copa America 2021 title.

Correct Answer is Argentina.

  • They beat Brazil 1-0 in the final at the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Angel Di Maria scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute.
  • This is Lionel Messi's first major trophy with the Argentina senior team.
  • Messi elected joint best player along with Brazil’s Neymar.


Q.5. Who has been adjudged as the best player of the tournament in the UEFA European Football Championship 2020?

Correct Answer is Gianluigi Donnarumma.

  • Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two England penalties to win by a 3-2 shootout.
  • It was the first final to be decided on penalties since Czechoslovakia beat West Germany in 1976.
  • Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was Best player of the tournament.


Q.6. Who won the Wimbledon 2021 men's singles titles.

Correct Answer is Novak Djokovic.

  • He beats Matteo Berrettini of Italy in final at All England Club in London.
  • It his 20th Grand Slam title, Thus he equal Federer and Rafael Nadal's tally of 20 major wins in the Open Era.
  • Djokovic also completed the Wimbledon hat-trick (2018, 2019 & 2021) to become the first male player since Federer to achieve the feat.


Q.7. Who won the Wimbledon 2021 women's singles titles.

Correct Answer is Ashleigh Barty.

  • Barty has become the first Australian woman to win Wimbledon women's singles title since 1980.
  • Ashleigh Barty's victory comes 50 years after her idol, Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley, won her first Wimbledon title.


Q.8. Name the Indian origin boy who won the Wimbledon boys' singles title 2021.

Correct Answer is Samir Banerjee.

  • All of 17, the boy from New Jersey just wanted to win a match at the biggest stage in the junior circuit, but little did he know that he would be the last boy standing at the hallowed grass courts.
  • Up against compatriot Victor Lilov, the teenager won 7-5 6-3 in the summit clash that lasted one hour 22 minutes.


Q.9. Who has won European Championships (EURO 2020) Golden Boot, as no one from England or Italy managed to surpass his tally in the tournament final at Wembley.

Correct Answer is Cristiano Ronaldo.

  • He had scored 5 goals, the same as Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick.
  • Three of his goals came from the penalty spot, while the other two came from open play against Hungary and Germany.
  • Ronaldo also became the leading goal-scorer in the history of Euros with his 14th strike.


Q.10. Which state will organize the Khelo India Youth Games 2021 to be held in February 2022.

Correct Answer is Haryana.

  • Earlier, Khelo India Youth Games was scheduled to be held from November 21 to December 5, 2021, but has been shifted due to the possible third wave of Covid-19 pandemic
  • Khelo India Youth Games 2021 are to be held for the under-18 category.
  • Around 8,500 players will participate in the event of which 5,072 will be athletes, including 2,400 females and 2,672 males.


Q.11. Sophie Ecclestone belongs to which country who has been named as ICC Women Player of the Month for June.

Correct Answer is England.

  • She is the 2nd English female to win the title after Tammy Beaumont, who was awarded this title for February 2021.
  • Along with her, New Zealand opener Devon Conway has bagged ICC Men’s Player of the Month for June.


Q.12. All-rounder Mohammad Mahmudullah Riyad belongs to which country who has announced his retirement from Test cricket recently.

Correct Answer is Bangladesh.

  • Mahmudullah’s decision to leave the Test game mid-way, has been criticized by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan.
  • He decided to stop playing Test cricket, after the end of the third day’s play of the ongoing one-off Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.


Q.13. According to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) India will host World Badminton Championships in year.

Correct Answer is 2026.

  • This will only be the 2nd time that India will be hosting the world championship, with Hyderabad having played host to the prestigious event in 2009.
  • Suzhou will now stage the 2023 edition of the BWF World Mixed Team Championships, with original 2023 hosts India accepting the opportunity to host the BWF World Championships in 2026.

Books and Authors

Q.1. Who has authored the book titled “The Republic of Beliefs: A New Approach to Law and Economics”.

Correct Answer is Kaushik Basu.

  • In the book he argues that the traditional economic analysis of the law has significant flaws and has failed to answer certain critical questions satisfactorily.
  • Recently, Kaushik Basu conferred with the Humboldt Research Award for 2021 by Dr Hans-Bernd Schäfer of Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Germany.
  • Basu is a professor of economics at Cornell University and the Carl Marks professor of International Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences and SC Johnson College of Business.


Q.2. Who has authored the book titled “Policymaker’s Journal: From New Delhi to Washington, D.C.”

Correct Answer is Kaushik Basu.

  • The book features the journal records of his career of 7 years, during which he served as the Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) to the Indian Government and the Chief Economist at the World Bank in Washington D.C.,
  • The book is published by Simon & Schuster Publishers India Pvt Ltd.


Q.3. Who has authored the book titled ‘The Ramayan of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’

Correct Answer is Baljit Kaur Tulsi.

  • The book has been authored by Late Baljit Kaur Tulsi.
  • The book has been published by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi.
  • Guru Gobind Singh: He was the tenth and last of Sikh gurus in human form. He was a spiritual master, warrior, poet, and philosopher, who was enthroned at the ‘Guru Gaddi’.


Q.4. Who has authored the book titled 'Urdu Poets and Writers - Gems of Deccan' which was received by the Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu.

Correct Answer is J.S. Ifthekhar.

  • It is authored by senior journalist, J.S. Ifthekhar.
  • The book is an anthology of prose and poetry that encapsulates the life and works of 51 outstanding poets and writers of the Deccan region.
  • The book traces the rich literary and cultural traditions of Deccan, right from the time of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, the founder of Hyderabad, to the present times.


Q.5. Who has authored the book titled ‘The Light of Asia’.

Correct Answer is Jairam Ramesh.

  • This book is a biography of an epic bio-poem on the Buddha.
  • Ramesh, the author, Member of Parliament, former Union Minister, and Congress leader, digs deep in his new book to bring out the fascinating story behind the epic 1879 poem, “The Light of Asia” by Sir Edwin Arnold, that took the world by storm and in some ways, brought the Buddha’s story to the world at the turn of the last century.


Q.6. Who has authored the book titled “The Struggle Within: A Memoir of the Emergency”.

Correct Answer is Ashok Chakravarti.

  • The Book is Published By Harpercollins India. The Struggle Within: A Memoir of the Emergency book deals with one of independent India’s darkest hours during the emergency period.
  • The Emergency (1975-1977) was one of independent India’s darkest hours.
  • In that period, over 150,000 people were imprisoned without trial; as many as eleven million forcibly sterilized, and countless killed in police firings or otherwise eliminated.

Science and Defence

Q.1. For what purpose an integrated system SPARSH has been implemented by the Defence Ministry.

Correct Answer is Pension Disbursement.

  • This web-based system processes pension claims and credits pension directly into the bank accounts of defence pensioners without relying on any external intermediary.
  • A Pensioner Portal is available for pensioners to view their pension related information, access services and register complaints for redressal of grievances.


Q.2. From which country the Indian Navy has received the 10th anti-submarine warfare aircraft P-8I.

Correct Answer is USA.

  • Defence Ministry had signed a contract for eight P-8I aircraft in 2009 but in 2016, it signed a contract for four additional P-8I aircraft.
  • Remaining two aircrafts are expected to be delivered in the last quarter of 2021.
  • P-8I is a long-range maritime reconnaissance and Anti-Submarine Warfare Aircraft, and a variant of the P-8A Poseidon used by the US Navy.

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