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Friday, June 11, 2021

DAILY GK: 11 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 11 JUNE 2021

1. ALLOTMENT OF 5 MHZ SPECTRUM IN 700 MHZ BAND TO IR

          The allotment of 5 MHz (Megahertz) Spectrum in 700 MHz frequency band to Indian Railways (IR) under the ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ mission will enhance public safety and security services at stations and in trains.

          Using this spectrum, IR has planned to provide LTE (Long Term Evolution) based Mobile Train Radio Communication on its route.

 

2. EXTENSION OF APPLICABILITY OF NIP-2012

          The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by PM Modi has approved the proposal of the Department of Fertilizers for extension of applicability of New Investment Policy (NIP)-2012 read with amendment dated 7th October 2014 for the Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (RFCL).

          RFCL is reviving the Ramagundam Unit of FCIL in Telangana by setting up a new gas based green field neem coated Urea Plant.

          The cost of this RFCL Urea Project is INR 6165.06 Crore and will add 12.7 LMTPA indigenous urea production in India.

          It will become one of the largest fertilizer manufacturing units of South India.

 

3. MSP FOR KHARIF CROPS FOR MARKETING SEASON 2021-22              

          The CCEA chaired by PM Modi has approved the increase in Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for all mandated Kharif crops for marketing season 2021-22.

          The highest absolute increase in MSP compared to 2020-21 was recommended for Sesamum (INR 452 per quintal) followed by Tur and Urad (INR 300 Per Quintal Each).

 

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

DAILY GK: 10 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 10 JUNE 2021

1. COVID-19 HOME CARE IN 112 ASPIRATIONAL DISTRICTS

          NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation have launched ‘Surakshit Hum Surakshit Tum Abhiyaanin’ in 112 Aspirational Districts to help district administrations to provide home-care support to COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms.

          Objective – It aims to provide long-term support to India’s poorest communities in the Aspirational Districts by addressing the lasting impact of COVID-19.

 

2. INDIA PLASTIC CHALLENGE HACKATHON 2021

          On Occasion of the World Oceans Day (June 8), Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change Prakash Javadekar launched an 2-month Awareness Campaign on Single-Use Plastic (SUP) & India Plastic Challenge – Hackathon 2021.

          In 2019, Government of India had set a target of phasing-out SUP in India by 2022.

          The awareness campaign will focus on plastic waste management and elimination of identified SUP items and aims to bring behavioural change in the people.

 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

DAILY GK: 09 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 09 JUNE 2021

1.IOCL TO INVEST INR 24, 000 CRORE IN GUJARAT REFINERY

        Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gujarat Government to   invest around INR 24, 000 Crore in 6 projects at its Gujarat Refinery in Koyali, Vadodara district, Gujarat.

        The 6 projects include setting up of India’s 1st Hydrogen Dispensing Facility, The facility is for Fuel Cell Electric        Vehicles.

        It aims to fuel Hydrogen 75 buses of GSRTC (Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation) running between Vadodara   and Kevadia/Sabarmati Ashram.

 

2.INDIA’S 1ST INTERNATIONAL MARITIME CLUSTER

        Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) set up India’s 1st international maritime services cluster at GIFT City (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City), in Ahmedabad, Gujarat to enhance competitiveness and self-sufficiency of India in the maritime sector and provide a one-stop solution for the entire maritime group.

        The Maritime Cluster will be developed as a dedicated ecosystem comprising ports, shipping, logistics services providers and pertinent government regulators, in the GIFT City.

 

3.850-MW RATLE HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT IN J&K

        National HydroElectric Power Corporation (NHPC), along with Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation Ltd (JKSPDC) has formed a joint venture company(JVC), “Ratle Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited” for the implementation of 850 MW Ratle Hydroelectric Project in Jammu and Kashmir(J&K).

        This project is located on River Chenab, Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and it is a Run of River Scheme.

 

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

DAILY GK QUIZ : 01- 06 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK QUIZ : 01- 06 JUNE 2021

[Q] Which organisation introduced the World’s 1st Nano Urea Liquid for farmers?

(a) Krishak Bharati Cooperative Ltd

(b) Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Ltd

(c) National Fertilizers Ltd

(d) Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd

(e) Madras Fertilizers Ltd

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Name the Indian Institution that topped among Indian Universities in the World University Ranking 2020-21.

(a) IIT Bombay

(b) IISc Bangalore

(c) University of Delhi

(d) IIM Ahmedabad

(e) IIT Delhi

[ANS] d

 

[Q] Who was appointed as the Director General of the National Investigation Agency?

(a) Kuldiep Singh

(b) Y C Modi

(c) Rakesh Asthana

(d) Samant Goel

(e) Rishi Kumar Shukla

[ANS] a

 

[Q] What is the theme of 2021’s World Tobacco Day that is annually observed across the globe on 31st of May by the World Health Organisation?

(a) Tobacco – A Threat to development

(b) Tobacco and heart disease

(c) Commit to Quit

(d) Tobacco and lung health

(e) Stop Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

[ANS] c

 

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DAILY GK: 08 JUNE 2021

DAILY GK: 08 JUNE 2021

1.PERFORMANCE GRADING INDEX (PGI) 2019-20

          According to the Performance Grading Index (PGI) 2019-20 for States & UTs released by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, the states of Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N Islands) and Kerala occupied the highest grade (Grade I ++) for 2019-20 (i.e Scores are between 901-950).

 

2.CSE’S STATE OF INDIA’S ENVIRONMENT REPORT, 2021

          As per the State of India’s Environment Report, 2021, which was released by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India’s rank has dropped by 2 places from last year’s 115 to 117 on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda by 193 United Nations(UN) member states in 2015.

          The overall SDG score of India is 61.9 out of 100 and it ranks below four South Asian countries viz, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

 

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Monday, June 7, 2021

DAILY GK: 06, 07 JUNE 2021

DAILY GK: 06, 07 JUNE 2021

1.SAGE INITIATIVE & PORTAL TO SUPPORT ELDERLY PEOPLE

•        Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MoSJ&E) Minister, Thaawarchand Gehlot virtually launched Senior        care Aging Growth Engine (SAGE) initiative & portal to help old aged people.

•        These benefits to the elderly people will be given by the Startups.

•        Fund- Rs.25 crores has been given for the FY 2021-22.

 

2.FAO REPORT

•        According to the “Scientific review of the impact of climate change on plant pests” report of the Food and Agriculture   Organisation (FAO), globally around 40% of agricultural produce is damaged due to invasive pests every year.

•        The report was prepared by Maria Lodovica from the University of Turin in Italy alongside 10 co-authors.

•        Annually countries spent USD 70 billion to eliminate invasive pests like Fall Armyworm, Desert Locusts (World’s         most destructive migratory pests).

 

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Saturday, June 5, 2021

DAILY GK: 05 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 05 JUNE 2021

1. 11 AIRPORT SURVEILLANCE RADARS

        The Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a Rs 323.47 crore worth contract with Mahindra Telephonics Integrated              Systems Limited for procurement of 11 Airport Surveillance Radars for the use of Indian Navy & Indian Coast Guard.

        Mahindra Telephonics signed the contract for the 11 radars under the “Buy and Make” category, to boost “Make in         India” initiative.

 

2. ILO’S WESO TRENDS 2021

        International Labour Organisation (ILO) released a report titled “World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends           2021(WESO Trends 2021)” stating global unemployment rate will be 5.7% in 2022, 6.3% in 2021 & there will no   recovery in global jobs until 2023.

        Note – Global Unemployment Rate was 5.4% in 2020.

 

3. NAM HEALTH MINISTERS VIRTUAL MEET

        Harsh Vardhan virtually participated in a meeting with Ministers of Health of the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement)        Countries.

        Harsh Vardhan stated that during COVID-19, India has supplied medicines to 123 partner countries including 59 NAM nations.

        He also noted that Ayushman Bharat, national health policy was aiming to provide free health assurance to over 500      million underprivileged people, making it the world’s largest health assurance scheme. 

        NAM formed in 1961 is a forum of 120 developing world states that are not formally aligned with or against any            major power bloc. After the United Nations (UN), it is the largest grouping of states worldwide.

        Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, is the current chairman of NAM.

 

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Friday, June 4, 2021

DAILY GK: 04 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 04 JUNE 2021

1. ‘20% ETHANOL-BLENDING TO PETROL’

        To reduce India’s dependence on costly oil imports, the government (Govt) has brought forward the target year for achieving 20 percent ethanol-blending with petrol by 2 years to April 2023 from 2025.

        It was reported by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG).

        India is the 3rd biggest oil importer in the world and relies on foreign suppliers to meet more than 80 percent of demand.

 

2. NITI AAYOG’S SDGS INDIA INDEX 2020-21

        NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) released the 3rd edition of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index and dashboard for 2020–21 in New Delhi.

        Report Title: ‘SDG India Index and Dashboard 2020–21: Partnerships in the Decade of Action’.

        State wise Top Rank: Kerala has retained its rank as the top state with a score of 75 and Bihar has been adjudged as the worst performer.

        Union Territories (UTs) wise Top Rank: Chandigarh topped among the UTs, followed by Delhi, Puducherry.

        Dadra and Nagar Haveli & Daman and Diu has been adjudged as the worst performer.

 

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DAILY GK: 03 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 03 JUNE 2021

1. INTEGRATION OF E-GOPALA APP WITH UMANG PLATFORM

        Giriraj Singh announced the integration of e-GOPALA app (Generation of wealth through Productive Livestock) with UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) platform during the virtual program organised as a part of the World Milk Day (June 1 2021).

        The Union Minister has also launched the Gopal Ratna Awards, the National Awards for the Cattle and Dairy Sector.

 

2.1ST INSTITUTION TO BE DECLARED SDO BY BIS

        Research Designs & Standards Organization (RDSO) became the 1st Indian Institution to be recognised as a Standard Developing Organization (SDO), under Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) SDO Recognition Scheme.

        SDO recognition is a key part of India’s “One Nation One Standard” mission.

        UP which is now responsible for developing World Class Standards for products manufacturing in the Railways sector.

 

3.WHO NAMED COVID-19 VARIANTS IN INDIA

        The World Health Organisation(WHO) has named the B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2 variants of COVID-19 that were first identified in India as ‘Kappa’ and ‘Delta’ respectively.

        This is aimed to help the people discussion of Variants of Concern (VOCs) and Variants of Interest (VOIs).

 

4.COUNTRY’S FIRST NFT MARKETPLACE

        India’s largest crypto exchange, WazirX has announced its own Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace, a first of its kind for India and South Asia.

        It will have no listing price and “minimal gas fees” of $1 for transactions.

        TheWazirX marketplace will run on the Binance Smart Chain and will use the company’s own WRX token.

 

5.2020-21 LA LIGA TITLE

        Atletico Madrid has won the 2020-21 La Liga Title and were crowned as champions of Spain by defeating Real Valladolid in the last match that was held at the Jose Zorilla stadium in Valladolid,Spain.

        Atletico Madrid finished top of the standings on 86 points.

        Real Madrid came second with 84 points.

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Thursday, June 3, 2021

DAILY GK QUIZ : 26 MAY - 31 MAY 2021

 DAILY GK QUIZ : 26 MAY - 31 MAY 2021

[Q] Which country signed an Agriculture Action Plan with India for cooperation in the agricultural sector for a duration of 3-years.

(a) Japan

(b) UAE

(c) France

(d) Portugal

(e) Israel

[ANS] e

 

[Q] Who recently got elected to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) council for a 4-years term.

(a) Narinder Batra

(b) Rajeev Shukla

(c) Himanta Biswa Sarma

(d) Jay Shah

(e) Pullela Gopichand

[ANS] c

 

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

DAILY GK: 02 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 02 JUNE 2021

1.DEFENCE MINISTRY RELEASED ‘2ND POSITIVE INDIGENISATION LIST’

•        Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh approved the ‘Second Positive Indigenisation List’ comprising 108 items.

•        2nd Positive Indigenisation List is proposed by Department of Military Affairs, Ministry of Defence (MoD).

•        This is taken as a part of “Aatmanirbhar-Bharat” to improve self-reliance in defence procurement, enhance India’s defence exports.

•        India is the 2nd largest Arms importer during the period 2016-20, only behind Saudi Arabia.

 

2.‘PM- CARES FOR CHILDREN’ SCHEME LAUNCHED

•        Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a new scheme under PM-CARES for children who affected in COVID-19.

•        Children who have lost both parents or surviving parent or legal guardian/adoptive parents due to Covid 19 will be supported under ‘PM-CARES for Children’ scheme.

•        Each child will receive a monthly financial support once they attain 18 years of age for next five years and they will get a fund of Rs.10 lakh when they turn 23.

•        Children under 10 years and Children between 11 to 18 years will be given admission to Central Government schools or in private schools.

•        Expenditure of School fees, uniform, and textbooks will be provided under PM-CARES fund.

•        The children can get loan for their higher education, and PM CARES will pay interest of loan.

•        Free health insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakhs will be given to the children under Ayushman Bharat Scheme (PM-JAY) and premium amount till the age of 18 years will be paid by PM CARES.

 

3.43RD GST COUNCIL MEET

•        The 43rd Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council met virtually under the Chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman recommended the ‘Amnesty Scheme’ to reduce the late fees payable for pending returns by small taxpayers & medium-sized taxpayers (aggregate turnover upto Rs 5 crore).

•        i. Relaxation Period for Trade Facilitation.

•        ii.COVID-19 related Supplies exempted from IGST.

 

4.74TH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY OF WHO HELD VIRTUALLY

•        74th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) of World Health Organization (WHO) held virtually from Geneva, Switzerland amid COVID-19, from 24th May to 31st May 2021.

•        The theme of the 74th WHA is “Ending this pandemic, preventing the next: building together a healthier, safer and fairer world”.

•        Mrs. Dechen Wangmo, Health Minister of Bhutan has been elected as the President of the 74th WHA.

•        Target – To achieve vaccination of at least 10% of the population of all countries by September,2021 and at least 30% by the end of 2021.

 

5.RBI CANCELLED LICENCE OF SHIVAJIRAOBHOSALESAHAKARI BANK

•        The RBI has cancelled the licence of Pune-based Shivajirao Bhosale Sahakari Bank as the bank does not have adequate capital and earning prospects.

•        And also the bank does not comply with the certain provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

•        According to the data provided by the bank, Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) will provide a full deposit amount to more than 98 percent of the depositors.

 

6.INDIA’S GDP CONTRACTS BY 7.3% IN FY21- NSO

•        The National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, estimated India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for Q4 FY21 at 1.6 percent with a contraction of 7.3(-7.3) percent for FY21(Earlier projection 8(-8) percent) against 4 percent expansion in FY20.

•        This is the 1st full-year contraction in the Indian economy in the last 4 decades since 1979-80 when GDP had shrunk by 5.2 percent.

 

7.SPECIAL AWARD FOR EFFORTS IN TOBACCO CONTROL

•        On account of the World No Tobacco Day, World Health Organisation (WHO) has awarded Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan with ‘WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award’ for banning E-cigarettes & heated tobacco products.

•        Along with Harsh Vardhan, Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland also won ‘WHO Director-General Special Recognition Award’.

•        WHO has given World No Tobacco Day Award in South East region category  to Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association(MPVHA) and Uttar Pradesh Tobacco Control Cell

 

8.INDIA’S 1ST WOMAN FLIGHT TEST ENGINEER

•        Aashritha V Olety, an officer of the IAF became the first and the only woman in the history of IAF to ever qualify as a flight test engineer.

•        She will be responsible for evaluating aircraft and airborne systems before their induction into the armed forces.

 

9.T V NARENDRAN ELECTED AS NEW PRESIDENT OF CII

•        The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has elected Tata Steel Ltd Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director(MD) T.V. Narendran , as its President for the year 2021-22.

•        He will succeed Uday Kotak,MD& CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd, who has completed his term.

 

10.GLOBAL DAY OF PARENTS 2021 – JUNE 1

•        The United Nations(UN)’s Global Day of Parents is annually observed across the globe on 1st June to honour and appreciate parenthood throughout the world.

•        The day also highlights the parents commitment to children and their sacrifice towards nurturing the relationship between parents and children.

•        The United Nations General Assembly(UNGA) adopted the resolution A/RES/66/292 in 2012 and proclaimed June 1 of every year as the Global Day of Parents.

 

11.WORLD MILK DAY 2021 – JUNE 1

•        World Milk Day is annually observed across the globe on June 1 to create awareness about milk and to highlight the importance of milk and dairy products as a global food.

•        The theme of World Milk Day 2021 focuses on Sustainability in the dairy sector with messages around the environment, nutrition and socio-economics.

 

12.HK DWIVEDI BECOMES WEST BENGAL’S CHIEF SECRETARY

•        The 1988 IAS batch officer Hari Krishna Dwivedi has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of West Bengal.

•        Hari Krishna Dwivedi has been appointed by the central government.

•        Meanwhile, Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been appointed as New Chief Advisor to the Chief Minister(CM) of West Bengal.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

DAILY GK: 1 JUNE 2021

 DAILY GK: 1 JUNE 2021

1.‘YUVA’ – PM’S SCHEME FOR MENTORING YOUNG AUTHORS

        The Ministry of Education, Department of Higher Education, launched an Author Mentorship programme ‘YUVA (Young, Upcoming and Versatile Authors) – Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors’ to Train Young and Budding Authors (Below 30 Years of age).

        Objective: To promote reading, writing, and book culture of Indians; to project Indian writings globally.

        The National Book Trust, India under the Ministry of Education will be the Implementing Agency of the scheme.

 

2.WORLD’S FIRST ‘NANO UREA’ FOR FARMERS

        Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) has introduced the world’s first Nano Urea Liquid for farmers during its 50th annual general body virtual meeting.

        The production of Nano Urea Liquid will commence by June 2021.

        Scientists have developed indigenous Nano Urea Liquid at Nano Biotechnology Research Centre, Kalol,Gujarat in line with ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and ‘Atmanirbhar Krishi’.

 

3.INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2021

        Notion Press authors Nitin Rakesh and Jerry Wind won the International Business Book of the Year Award 2021 for their recently launched book Transformation in Times of Crisis.

        Nitin Rakesh is the Chief Executive Director(CEO) and Executive Director of IT major Mphasis.

 

4.NCPCR LAUNCHES “BAL SWARAJ”

        The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), an organisation under the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 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.

        “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.

 

5.WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2021

        World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed every year around the world on 31st May to spread awareness about the dangers of using tobacco.

        According World Health Organization(WHO) , tobacco kills more than 8 million people every year.

        Theme of WNTD 2021 is “Commit to Quit”.

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