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Friday, April 30, 2021

DAILY GK QUIZ: 24,25,26 APRIL 2021

 DAILY GK QUIZ: 24,25,26 APRIL 2021

[Q] Where was the 20th Anniversary edition of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2021 took place?

(a) China

(b) India

(c) South Korea

(d) Indonesia

(e) Vietnam

[ANS] a

 

[Q] Who was featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2021 list?

(a) Kavita Shukla

(b) Nikhil Kamath

(c) Narendra Bansal

(d) Keshav Bansal

(e) Vibha Harish

[ANS] e

 

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DAILY GK: 30 APRIL 2021

 DAILY GK: 30 APRIL 2021

1. INDIA, RUSSIA TO ESTABLISH ‘2+2 MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE’

      PM Narendra Modi & Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to establish a ‘2+2 Ministerial Dialogue’ at the Foreign & Defence Minister level between the two countries.

      It is expected to boost the Bilateral Strategic partnership between India & Russia.

      Russia is the 4th Country & 1st Non-Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) member country with which India has established the ‘2+2 Ministerial Dialogue’ mechanism.

 

2.GOVERNMENT OF NCT OF DELHI (AMENDMENT) ACT

      Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notified the ‘Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) (Amendment) Act, 2021’.

      The Act amends the ‘Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991’.

      The amended act states that  “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of section 1 of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Act 2021 (15 of 2021), the Central Government hereby appoints the 27th April 2021 as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force,”.

 

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

DAILY GK: 29 APRIL 2021

 DAILY GK: 29 APRIL 2021

1. BILATERAL EXERCISE ‘VARUNA-2021’

·         The 19th Edition of the Indian and French Navy Bilateral Exercise ‘VARUNA-2021’ took place in the Arabian Sea.

·         The Indian side was led by Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, while the French side was led by Rear Admiral Marc Aussedat, Commander Task Force 473.

 

2. ‘SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE INITIATIVE’

·         During a trilateral Ministerial Meeting, the Trade Ministers of India, Japan & Australia virtually launched the ‘Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI)’.

·         Objective – SCRI aims to build a resilient supply chain with focus on free, transparent trade & investment environment in the Indo-Pacific region.

·         It will reduce the dependency of the 3 countries on China and counter its dominance on Trade.

 

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

DAILY GK: 27,28 APRIL 2021

 DAILY GK: 27,28 APRIL 2021

1. INDIA’S FIRST LNG FSRU ARRIVED IN MAHARASHTRA.

      India’s first Liquified Natural Gas(LNG) Floating Storage and Regasification Unit(FSRU) has arrived at H-Energy’s Jaigarh Terminal in Maharashtra.

      It sailed from Keppel Shipyard,Singapore.

      To provide the ability to enhance the pace of natural gas import capability in an environment friendly and efficient manner.

      To increase the share of natural gas in India’s energy mix from present 6 percent to 15 percent by 2030.

 

2.LEADERS’ SUMMIT ON CLIMATE 2021

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually participated in the Leaders’ Summit on Climate 2021 which was held virtually on April 22-23, 2021.

      He participated in the summit at the invitation of US President Joseph R. Biden, the summit was hosted by the US.

      Around 40 world leaders participated in the Summit.

      Theme of the Summit – ‘Our Collective Sprint to 2030’.

      On eve of the Leader’s Climate Summit, a group of 43 International Banks have joined a UN-convened pact to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

      The members will also establish the ‘Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ)’ for mobilising trillions of dollars towards building a global zero emissions economy & delivering the goals of Paris agreement.

 

3.IFSCA ALLOWED NBFC’S INVESTMENT IN GIFT CITY

      International Financial Services Centre Authority (IFSCA) allowed the Non-Banking Finance Companies(NBFCs) (both local and global) to start their operations in Gujarat’s GIFT City (Gujarat International Finance Tec-City) to enable the local NBFCs to get global exposure.

 

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DAILY GK: 25,26 APRIL 2021

 DAILY GK: 25,26 APRIL 2021

1.“IGBC MISSION ON NET ZERO”

      The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) launched the “IGBC Mission on Net Zero” on the occasion of World Earth Day (22nd April 2021).

      Objective – The Mission was launched with an objective to abolish the carbon Emission in India.

      Target – ‘Net Zero Carbon Emission’ by 2050.

      India is committed to reduce the emission intensity by 33 to 35% by 2030 over 2005 levels.

 

2.IAF CHIEF RKS BHADAURIA’S VISITED FRANCE

      Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) of Indian Air Force(IAF), Rakesh Kumar Singh (RKS) Bhadauria visited France for 5 days during his visit he flagged off four Rafale aircraft for India.

      These jets once inducted into service will complete the first Rafale squadron No. 17 Golden Arrows based at Ambala.

 

3.INDIA BUILDS 3 EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN NEPAL

      India with Financial Assisitance of Nepalese Rupee(NRs) 98.37 Million(~Rs.6.17 Crore) has build infrastructures of Three Educational Institutions in Palpa of Nepal.

The 3 educational institutes are

      Shree Rambha Higher Secondary School at Tahun VDC, Palpa District

      Shree Laxmi Higher Secondary School at Tansen-5,Bandi Pokhara,Palpa District

      Shree Nava Adarsha Multiple Campus in Palpa District.

 

4.RBI RESTRICTED AMERICAN EXPRESS

      The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has restricted American Express Banking Corp and Diners Club International Ltd, the payment system operators from on-boarding new domestic customers onto their card networks from May 1, 2021, due to the non-compliance with the directions on Storage of Payment System Data.

      American Express and Diners Club are authorized to operate card networks in India under the Payment and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (PSS Act).

 

5.NEW DG OF NADA

      IAS officer Siddharth Singh Longjam will take over as the Director General(DG) of National Anti Doping Agency(NADA).

      He will succeed Navin Agarwal.

 

6.NASA LAUNCHED SHIELDS MISSION

      SpaceX through its Falcon 9 rocket sent 4-astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on a NASA commercial crew mission, “Crew-2 mission” from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

      NASA launched the Spatial Heterodyne Interferometric Emission Line Dynamics Spectrometer (SHIELDS) mission from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

 

7.SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN DELIVERY SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY DRDO

      A SpO2(Blood Oxygen Saturation) based supplemental oxygen delivery system for soldiers serving in extremely high altitude areas & COVID-19 patients has been developed by Defence Bio-Engineering and ElectroMedical Laboratory (DEBEL) located in Bengaluru.

      It operates under Defence Research and Development Organisation(DRDO).

      The system delivers supplementary oxygen based on the Blood Saturation levels.

      This will help soldiers from sinking into a state of Hypoxia.

      Hypoxia is the state where oxygen reaching the tissues is inadequate to fulfill all the energy requirements of the body.

      The same condition occurs in COVID-19.

 

8.POTAMOPHYLAX CORONAVIRUS NEW INSECT DISCOVERED

      Kosovar Biologist Halil Ibrahimi has discovered a new insect species named ‘Potamophylax coronavirus’ in Accursed Mountains (Kosovo’s Western Bjeshket e Nemuna National Park).

      The insect was named after Coronavirus(Covid-19)

      The newly found species of Caddisfly is different from those found in the Balkans & it is endemic to the National Park.

 

9.NEW BOOK:“THE LIVING MOUNTAIN”

      Noted Indian writer Amitav Ghosh has authored a new book titled “The Living Mountain: A Fable for Our Times”.

      This book was written during the course of the pandemic.

      It will be Published by Harper Collins India.

      The Book is written in the Structure of a fable about Mahaparbat, the living mountain.

 

10.WORLD IMMUNIZATION WEEK 2021

      World Immunization Week is observed annually across the globe in the last week of April to promote the use of vaccines to protect people against diseases.

      The world Immunisation Week 2021 is observed from 24th April to 30th April 2021.

      The theme of World Immunization Week 2021 is  “Vaccines bring us closer”.

 

11.INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MULTILATERALISM AND DIPLOMACY FOR PEACE 2021

      The United Nations(UN)’s International Day for Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is annually observed across the globe on 24th April to promote the 3 pillars of the United Nations – Peace and Security; Development; and Human Rights.

 

12.NATIONAL PANCHAYATI RAJ DAY 2021

      National Panchayati Raj Day or Panchayati Raj Diwas is annually observed across India on 24th April to recognise the work of the Panchayat leaders towards building an Atma Nirbhar Bharat. 

      The day is annually commemorated by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

      24th April marks the institution of Panchayat Raj through the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 which came into force in 1993.

 

13.CIL FIRST SOLAR POWER PURCHASE PACT WITH GUVNL

      Coal India Limited(CIL) has signed its first solar power purchase agreement for the sale of 100 Mw solar power with Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 25 years.

      CIL entered into a PPA and supply the 100 Mw power generated to GUVNL within 18 months with a capital investment of Rs 442 crore.

 

14. PM MODI GREETS US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN FOR JOINING LEADIT

      The US has joined the India-Sweden climate initiative, the Leadership Group for Industry Transition, LeadIT.

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed US President Joe Biden for joining LeadIT.

      The Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) gathers countries and companies that are committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions from industry by 2050.

 

15. DISTRIBUTION OF E-PROPERTY CARDS UNDER SVAMITVA SCHEME

      Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the distribution of e-property cards under the SVAMITVA scheme.

      SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on 24th April last year as a Central Sector Scheme to promote a socio-economically empowered and self-reliant rural India.

 

16. UK NOW READY TO CONSIDER DIGITAL CURRENCY ‘BRITCOIN’

      British authorities are exploring the possibility of creating a new digital currency that Treasury chief Rishi Sunak indicated could be known as Britcoin“.

      The Bank of England and the Treasury said that they will work together to assess the benefits of a central bank digital currency, at a time when cash payments are generally on the decline, partly as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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DAILY GK: 24 APRIL 2021

 DAILY GK: 24 APRIL 2021

1.PBOC REPORT DEMOGRAPHIC GROWTH

     According to a report by People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s Central Bank, India’s Demographic Advantage (% of Younger Population) will overtake China’s Demographic Advantage by 2035.

     The reason for the fall in China’s Demographic Advantage is due to its strict Birth policies, which has created the problems of ageing population and a declining work-force.

     India has one of the youngest populations in an ageing world.

     Around 90% of its population are under the age of 60, out of which ~ 35% is under 19 years old.

 

2.ASIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2021

     The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2021 took place in Boao, South China’s Hainan Province.

     Theme – A World in Change : Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation.

     Participants – Around 2500 participants from 60 countries participated in the event.

     Asian Leaders such as Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea, Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka & Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh virtually participated in the meeting.

     Report released – During the meeting,an annual report on Asian Economy was released.

     Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) is a Non-Profit Organisation formed in 2001.

     It was initiated by 25 Asian countries & Australia (increased to 28 in 2006).

     India is also a member of BFA.

 

3.NDB ISSUED USD 1.5 BILLION BENCHMARK BOND

     New Development Bank (NDB) of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) issued a USD 1.5 billion benchmark bond with 5 years of maturity.

     This is the 3rd USD benchmark bond offering of NDB in the international markets.

     Purpose: NDB will use the total earnings of the Bond for financing sustainable development activities and to provide COVID-19 Emergency Program Loans to the member countries (BRICS).

 

4.WORLD’S 1ST QR ON CARD PROGRAM TO SUPPORT SMES

     The Mastercard and Bank of Baroda Financial Solutions (BFSL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda came together to launch World’s 1st QR on Card Program, ‘ConQR’ – a Mastercard QR on Card solution to simplify digital payments of Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

 

5.RBI CANCELLED THE LICENCE OF BHAGYODAYA FRIENDS UCB

     The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cancelled the license of Bhagyodaya Friends Urban Co-operative Bank Limited, Maharashtra in April 2021, as the bank doesn’t have adequate capital to fund its depositors in full and as it did not comply with the various provisions of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949.

     Restriction: After the license has been cancelled, the bank is prohibited from acceptance of deposits and repayment of deposits.

     Paying the depositors (as per the provisions of the DICGC Act, 1961)

 

6.NELSON MANDELA WORLD HUMANITARIAN AWARD 2021

     Rumana Sinha Sehgal, Software engineer turned entrepreneur from Hyderabad, Telangana, won the Nelson Mandela World Humanitarian Award 2021 by the Diplomatic Mission Global Peace.

     She was virtually awarded for her contribution to the field of developing innovative and functional green products by recycling varied materials and non biodegradable materials.

 

7.FIRST INDIAN WOMAN TO SCALE MT ANNAPURNA

     A 28-year-old Priyanka Mohite from Maharashtra becomes the first Indian woman to scale Mt Annapurna(8,091 metres), the 10th highest mountain peak in the world.

     She also climbed the world’s highest peak Mount Everest (8,849 metres) in 2013, Mount Lhotse (8,516 metres) in 2018, Mount Makalu (8,485 metres) and also Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres) in 2016.

     Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas located in Nepal.

 

8.1ST WOMAN CHAIRPERSON OF NASSCOM

     Accenture India’s Chairperson and Senior Managing Director Rekha Menon has been appointed as the Chairman of IT industrial body ,National Association of Software and Services Companies(NASSCOM) for 2021-22.

     Krishnan Ramanujan,President and Head of Business & Technology Services,

     Tata Consultancy Services(TCS) has been appointed as the Vice Chairperson for 2021-22.

 

9.PART-TIME CHAIRMAN OF HDFC BANK

     As per the information received from HDFC bank , the Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has approved the appointment of Atanu Chakraborty as the part-time Chairman of the bank.

     He has been appointed for a period of 3 years with effect from May 5 ,2021 or the date of his taking charge ,whichever is later.

 

10.ROSCOSMOS TO LAUNCH ITS OWN SPACE STATION BY 2025

     Roscosmos, the Space Agency of Russia is set to launch its own Space Station in 2025.

     Roscosmos’s work on the first module of the new space station is in progress.

     The space module is being assembled by the Energia corporation with the cost estimation of 5 billion USD.

     This is associated with Moscow’s consideration of withdrawing from the International Space Station(ISS)programme as its agreement with the international partners expires in 2024.

 

11.1ST SET OF LIGHT BULLETPROOF VEHICLES TO IAF

     Hinduja Group owned Ashok Leyland delivered the first batch of Light BulletProof Vehicles (LBPV) to the Indian Air Force (IAF).

     The LBPVs have been developed using ‘Transfer of Technology’ from Lockheed Martin to Ashok Leyland.

 

12.WORLD BOOK AND COPYRIGHT DAY 2021

     World Book and Copyright Day is annually observed across the globe on 23rd April to promote the benefits of reading, publishing and copyright.

     The annual observance of the world book and copyright day is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

 

13. ‘COVID EMERGENCY LOAN SCHEME’

     Haryana Government has launched the ‘Haryana COVID Emergency Loan Scheme’ for new and old entrepreneurs supplying medicines, oxygen and other medical facilities to COVID-19 patients in the state.

     It has allocated a fund of INR 500 Crore for this purpose.

     The interest on the loan taken by the bank will be borne by the State government for one year.

     The Haryana government also approved the ‘HARIHAR’ (Homeless Abandoned and Surrendered Children Rehabilitation Initiative Haryana) policy.

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DAILY GK: 22,23 APRIL 2021

 DAILY GK: 22,23 APRIL 2021

1.INSURANCE SCHEME UNDER PMGKP EXTENDED FOR 1 MORE YEAR

      The Central Government has extended the Insurance scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) for Health workers fighting COVID-19 for a period of one year.

      It was announced by the Government as part of its INR 1.7 Lakh Crore COVID-19 relief package.

      The insurance scheme provides an insurance cover of INR 50 Lakh to health workers fighting COVID-19 & for those who lost their lives on account of COVID-19 duty, it lapsed on March 24, 2021.

      The scheme is implemented by New India Assurance (NIA) Company Limited.

 

2.GENDER SAMVAAD LAUNCHED

      The event Gender Samvaad was launched by the Ministry of Rural Development’s  Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Rural Livelihood Mission(DAY-NRLM) to create  awareness about gender related interventions.

      The Event was launched as a part of the Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav.

 

3.1ST COUNTRY TO RATIFY FREE TRADE AGREEMENT RCEP

      Singapore ratified the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with this it became the 1st Participating country to ratify the RCEP, which is the World’s Largest Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

      RCEP is an initiative led by China, India had pulled out of the pact in 2019.

      In November 2020, 15 Asia -Pacific countries including 10 members of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and their 5 Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and Australia signed the RCEP.

 

4.INDIA ELECTED TO 3 BODIES OF UN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

      India has been elected by acclamation (a form of election that does not use a ballot) to 3 bodies of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

      It has been elected to the 3 bodies for a 3-year term beginning January 1, 2022.

      Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ)

      Executive Board of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

      Executive Board of the World Food Programme (WFP)

 

5.BITE FIRST CRYPTOCURRENCY EXCHANGE TO PROVIDE INVESTMENT DECLARATION

      Bitex, the UAE based Cryptocurrency exchange, has announced its issuing of investment declaration reports for all its retail and institutional investors in compliance with the amendments made to the Companies Act 2013, by which it became the first Cryptocurrency exchange in India to provide such reports.

      The report will contain information about what the investors have sold or bought, hence, it will act as proof of the exact money the investors made or lost while trading in cryptocurrencies to tax authorities.

 

6.NEOBANK FI FOR MILLENNIALS

      Sujith Narayanan and Sumit Gwalani , co-creators of Google Pay have announced the launch of Fi,a NeoBank for salaried millennials in partnership with Federal Bank.

      Fi’s android app will start operation from 21st April 2021 and its iOS app is still in processing and will be launched soon.

 

7.ICC DEVELOPMENT AWARDS FOR 2020

      The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Argentina, Brazil, Uganda and Vanuatu as the global winners of the ICC Development Awards for 2020 for their contribution to cricket through different exceptional programmes in 2020.

      ICC Development Award 2020:

Award Category

Awardee

Awardee’s Contribution to the game

ICC Development Initiative of the Year               

Cricket Argentina

Attracted local audiences in South America to cricket              

100% Cricket Female Cricket Initiative of the Year           

Cricket Brazil

Developed women’s game in South America

ICC Digital Fan Engagement of the Year Association

Vanuatu Cricket 

Provided cricket to fans during the pandemic             

Cricket 4 Good Social Impact Initiative of the Year

Uganda Cricket Association

Supported their players, volunteers and their families through a COVID-19 relief programme

 

8.EX RBI GOVERNOR M NARASIMHAM PASSES AWAY

      13th Reserve Bank of India(RBI) Governor Maidavolu Narasimham passed away at Hyderabad due to Covid-19.

      He was born on 3rd June 1927 in Guntur,Andhra Pradesh.

      M Narasimham was popularly known as The Father of  Banking sector reforms in India for his contribution to the Indian banking and financial sector.

      He also served as the Executive director in World Bank and in International Monetary Fund.

      He also served as the Vice President of Asian Development Bank(ADB).

 

9.WORLD CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION DAY 2021

      The United Nations(UN)’s World Creativity and Innovation Day is annually observed across the globe on 21st April to create awareness about the role of creativity and innovation in all the aspects of human development.

 

10.NATIONAL CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2021

      The National Civil Services Day is annually observed across India on 21st April to acknowledge and appreciate the contribution of the civil servants towards ensuring the seamless functioning of the public administration.

 

11.  INDIA’S DEMOGRAPHIC ADVANTAGE TO OVERTAKE CHINA’S BY 2035

      China’s demographic transition owing particularly to its stricter birth policies has grappled it with the problem of ageing population and dwindling work-force.

      A report released by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), China’s central bank, said that China should immediately liberalize its birth policies to tackle the problems of an ageing population and plan to compete economically with a demographically young India and an immigration-friendly US.

 

12. RAILWAY AWARDED FOR MAYUR SHELKE FOR EXEMPLARY ACT OF BRAVERY

      Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has announced a 50 thousand rupees award for Mayur Shelke for exemplary acts of bravery.

      Mayur showed exceptional courage in saving a precious life by rescuing a child who had slipped and fallen on the tracks from the platform.

 

13. 5TH GLOBAL FORUM ON TB VACCINE VIRTUALLY

      Dr Harsh Vardhan addressed the 5th Global Forum on TB Vaccines virtually from 20th April to 22nd April 2021.

      The forum is convened by Stop TB Partnership Working Group on New Vaccines in association with International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) & TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative (TBVI).

      Union Minister Harsh Vardhan called upon the global community to ensure fundings to develop the TB vaccine by 2023 and to eradicate TB in India by 2025 and globally before 2030.

      Lakshadweep became the 1st TB Free Union Territory in India.Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) 1st TB Free District of India.

 

14.‘FORM-BASED CODES’ FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF RAILWAY LAND

      The Indian Railways Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) has developed 1st of its kind ‘Form-based codes’ for commercial development of railway lands.

      The initiative aims to transform railway lands or railway station areas into Railopolis.

 

15.WORLD CITIES CULTURAL FORUM 2021

      Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi will be representing Delhi and India at the World Cities Cultural Forum (WCCF) 2021.

      The Forum comprises 40 world cities including London, Tokyo and New York.

      The WCCF 2021 Forum was hosted by London.

      The theme of WCCF 2021 is “The Future of Culture”.

 

16.WORLD PRESS FREEDOM INDEX 2021

      India with a score of 46.56 retained 142nd Rank (out of 180 countries) in the World Press Freedom Index 2021 released by international journalism not-for-profit body, Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) (also known as Reporters Without Borders).

      The index was topped by Norway (for the 5th time), followed by Finland & Sweden.

      India has been classified as a country with a ‘bad’ environment for Press Freedom, it shared the classification with Brazil, Mexico & Russia.

 

17.GLOBAL ENERGY TRANSITION INDEX 2021

      India with a score of 53 has been ranked 87th (out of 115 countries) in the Global Energy Transition Index (ETI) 2021 released by World Economic Forum (WEF) in its report ‘Fostering Effective Energy Transition 2021’ edition.

      The index was topped by Sweden, Norway & Denmark.

      The report has been prepared by WEF in partnership with Accenture.

 

18.FIRSTRAND BANK TO EXIT INDIA

      FirstRand Bank , the second largest bank in South Africa has decided to withdraw its banking services from India just within a week of Citi banks exit.

 medium enterprises only in 2012.

 

19.LG ELECTRONICS CLOSES DOWN MOBILE PHONE BUSINESS

      South Korea’s LG Electronics has announced that it is closing down its mobile phone business unit worldwide after nearly six years of losses totalling $4.5 billion. The decision was approved by its board of directors April 2021.

 

20.INDIA’S CAG  G C MURMU APPOINTED EXTERNAL AUDITOR OF OPCW

      India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Girish Chandra Murmu has been appointed as External Auditor of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for a three-year term starting 2021.

      India was also selected as a member of the Executive council of the OPCW representing the Asia group for another 2-year term.

 

21.4TH KHELO INDIA YOUTH GAMES 2021

      Haryana is set to host the 4th edition of theKhelo India Youth Games 2021, which will be held from 21st November 2021 to 5th December 2021 at Panchkula, Ambala, Shahabad, Delhi and Chandigarh.

      This will be the first time that the Khelo India Youth games are held away from the January window and in multiple cities.

      Some of the (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – BRICS) BRICS Games 2021 will also be organised during Khelo India Games.

 

22.INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY 2021

      The United Nations(UN)’s International Mother Earth Day has been observed annually across the globe on 22nd April since 2009.

      The day aims to create awareness about the deteriorating environment,to protect the people’s livelihood and to stop the biodiversity decline.

      The theme of the Earth Day 2021 is “Restore Our Earth”.

 

23.COVISHIELD TO COST RS 400 FOR STATE GOVT HOSPITALS

      Serum Institute of India has announced the price for its COVISHIELD vaccine for State governments and Private Hospitals in the country.

      The Vaccine will cost 400 rupees per dose for the state governments whereas Private Hospitals will have to pay 600 rupees for each dose.

 

24.HERO JOINS HANDS WITH TAIWAN’S GOGORO

      Hero MotoCorp has formed a partnership with Taiwan’s Gogoro Inc to develop electric vehicles for the Indian market.

      The two companies will establish a battery swapping joint venture to bring Gogoro’s battery swapping platform to India and will collaborate on EV development to bring Hero-branded, powered-by-Gogoro Network vehicles to the domestic auto market.

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