Daily Current Affairs Quiz – 15th July 2021

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1) On 15 July, World Youth Skills Day is celebrated to recognize the fact that if youth acquire skills, it will enhance their ability to make informed choices regarding employment. The day was declared in which year by the UN?

a) 2013

b) 2014

c) 2017

d) 2015

e) 2016


2) The IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation (IITM-PTF) has collaborated with Sony India Software Centre Pvt. Ltd. to conduct a National hackathon called

          .

a) Samavesham

b) Samvedan

c) Sarthak

d) Sanrakshan

e) Swadhintam


3) Home Minister Amit Shah has inaugurated the Centre of Excellence for Research and Analysis of Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances in which of the following cities?

  1. New Delhi
  2. Shimla
  3. Leh
  4. Gandhinagar
  5. Visakhapatnam


4) National Insurance Company Ltd has introduced the First-Ever Insurance Policy for which of the following animals?

  1. Goat
  2. Buffalo
  3. Yak
  4. Bison
  5. Cow


5) National Thermal Power Corporation, NTPC will set up India’s single largest solar park in which state?

  1. Gujarat
  2. Maharashtra
  3. Andhra Pradesh
  4. Telangana
  5. Madhya Pradesh


6) Jagannath Rath Yatra is organized from the Jagannath Temple which is located in   
          .

  1. West Bengal
  2. Odisha
  3. Gujarat
  4. Bihar
  5. Telangana


7) Ashadhi Bij is celebrated recently, which is also known as
   .

  1. Gujarati New Year
  2. Sindhi New Year
  3. Parsi New Year
  4. Kutchi New Year
  5. Hebrew New Year


8) External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar had a telephonic conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus. What is the capital of Cyprus?

  1. Lesotho
  2. Nicosia
  3. Tórshavn
  4. Paramaribo
  5. Dodoma


9) North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) at Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh renamed as
          .

  1. North-Eastern Traditiona Folkl Medicine School
  2. North Eastern Institute of Traditional Folk Medicine and research
  3. North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Folk Medicine Research
  4. North Eastern Institute of Ayush and medicine research
  5. None of the above


10) The Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for the Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary for further how many years?

  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 3
  4. 6
  5. 10


11) The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of the National AYUSH Mission (NAM) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme. The Mission was launched in the year?

  1. 2014
  2. 2015
  3. 2017
  4. 2019
  5. 2016


12) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has unveiled a statue of whom among the following in Georgia at a prominent park?

  1. Subash Chandra Bose
  2. Bhagat Singh
  3. Mahatma Gandhi
  4. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
  5. Mother Teresa


13) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has inaugurated its embassy in Israel’s which city?

  1. Jerusalem
  2. Tel Aviv
  3. Arad
  4. Dimona
  5. Be’er Sheva


14) Which state government has introduced the Electric Bike Taxi scheme?

  1. Maharashtra
  2. Goa
  3. Gujarat
  4. Telangana
  5. Karnataka


15) Recently, Union Minister Amit Shah has asked Assam CM to take tough action against drugs, human trafficking and cattle smuggling. Which of the following national park is not in Assam?

  1. Kaziranga
  2. Orang
  3. Manas
  4. Mouling
  5. Dibru Saikhowa


16) Which of the following organisations has launched the Retail Direct Scheme to increase retail participation in government securities?

  1. SEBI
  2. Ministry Of Finance
  3. Bombay Stock Exchange
  4. RBI
  5. Both a and d


17) IFSCA made a framework for setting up and operating the International Trade Finance Services platform. What does “c” stand for in IFSCA?

  1. Communication
  2. Centre
  3. Coordination
  4. Connect
  5. Command


18) Which among the following Union Ministers has been appointed as Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha?

  1. Prakash Javadekar
  2. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
  3. Thawar Chand Gehlot
  4. Piyush Goyal
  5. None of the above


19) Bandhan Bank announced the appointment of whom among the following as Executive President and Head – Assets?

  1. KK Singh
  2. Kamal Batra
  3. Kiran Rai
  4. SS Venugopal
  5. Narendra Batra


20) Suman Mishra has appointed as the new CEO of which of the following country?

  1. Tata Electric
  2. TVS Motors
  3. Audi India
  4. Mahindra Electric Mobility
  5. Tesla India


21) Unibic Foods named whom among the following as its chief executive officer?

  1. Prakash Pandey
  2. Naman Kumar Goel
  3. S K Jaiswal
  4. Naveen Pandey
  5. Tina Malhotra


22) Industrialist N.S.Srinivasa Murthy was appointed as Honorary Consul General of which of the following country?

  1. Laos
  2. Myanmar
  3. Thailand
  4. Vietnam
  5. South Korea


23) Coal India (CIL) has engaged with which consultancy firm for the digitalization of the mine process in seven select opencast mines of the company for accelerated performance enhancement?

  1. Deloitte
  2. TCS
  3. Wipro
  4. Kirloskar
  5. Accenture


24) Which bank has been chosen as the best state cooperative bank (SCB) in the country by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)?

  1. Saraswat Cooperative Bank.
  2. Abhyudaya Cooperative Bank
  3. Telangana State Cooperative Apex Bank
  4. Bharat Cooperative Bank.
  5. ShamraoVithalCooperativeBank


25) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has launched BHIM–UPI in which of the following country?

  1. Singapore
  2. Nepal
  3. Bhutan
  4. Bangladesh
  5. Sri Lanka


26) State-owned NTPC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UT of Ladakh and LAHDC to set up the country’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility project. What does ‘H’ stand for in LAHDC?

  1. Heavy
  2. High
  3. Hill
  4. Hot
  5. Horsepower


27) Cambridge University chemists declared winners of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize for their development of revolutionary sequencing techniques. What is the name of the winner?

  1. J D Watson
  2. David Klenerman
  3. Carl Sagan
  4. Shankar Balasubramanian
  5. Both b and d


28) Virgin Galactic space tourism company founder Richard Branson conducts space flight along with four other crewmates. What is the name of Indian origin astronaut with Branson?

  1. Srisha Bangla
  2. Trisha Bandla
  3. Srisha Bandla
  4. Srishti Banda
  5. None of the above


29) A new species has been found in Assam “
Gravelyia boro”. It is a     

  1. Spider
  2. Mosquito
  3. Lizard
  4. Cat
  5. Monkey


30) A New Book Titled “The Great Big Lion” drawn & written by whom among the following?

  1. JK Rowling
  2. Ruskin Bond
  3. Chryseis Knight
  4. Aubrey Bond
  5. Khushwant Singh


31) Who has become the first Indian to be selected for judging the gymnastics competition of the Olympic Games?

  1. Dhanraj Kumar
  2. Dinesh Kapur
  3. Bharat Agnihotri
  4. Deepak Kabra
  5. Kamal Kumar


32) Anurag Thakur has launched the official cheer song on Indian contingent at the Tokyo Olympics. What is the title of the song?

  1. Jai Ho
  2. Bharat will Rock
  3. The India Way
  4. Hindustani Way
  5. We Will Win


Answers :

1) Answer: B

On 15 July, World Youth Skills Day is celebrated to recognize the fact that if youth acquire skills, it will enhance their ability to make informed choices regarding employment.

In addition to this, they can also gain access to changing labour markets.

As a broader theme this year, the United Nations on World Youth Skills Day 2021 pays tribute to the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis.

World Youth Skills Day, join an online interactive panel discussion organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth.

In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

Since then, World Youth Skills Day events have provided a unique opportunity for dialogue between young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers’ and workers’ organizations, policymakers and development partners.

Participants have highlighted the ever-increasing significance of skills as the world is embarking on a transition towards a sustainable model of development.


2) Answer: B

The IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation (IITM-PTF) is collaborating with Sony India Software Centre Pvt. Ltd. to conduct a National hackathon called ‘SAMVEDAN 2021 – Sensing Solutions for Bharat’ to inspire citizens to solve India-specific problems of societal interest using IoT sensor board.

Registration has already commenced on July 1, 2021 for this challenge, which is open to all Indian nationals residing in India.

A team with a maximum of three members can register for the grand challenge.

The challenge will be held in three stages: quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals.

A total of 75 ideas will be selected for the quarter-finals, and among them, 25 best ideas will be selected for the semi-finals.

There will be seven finalists with prizes for every finalist.

Prizes worth 3 Lakhs will be awarded to the best teams.


3) Answer: D

Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Centre of Excellence for Research and Analysis of Narcotics, Drugs and Psychotropic Substances at National Forensic Science University at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

He has stated that scientific and technological investigation will help in punishing the accused more easily.

He mentioned that the Modi Government is dealing firmly against the drug smugglers.

He noted that the collection of evidence and confession of accused become easier in the modern age with the help of forensic experts through scientific technology.

Mr. Shah stated that the research based center of excellence at the National Forensic Science University in Gandhinagar will help our youths to become free from the addiction of drugs and narcotics.

He mentioned that this centre will help in research and analysis of drugs and narcotics seized in the different parts of the country and its routes.

About National Forensic Science University:

National Forensic Sciences University is a university in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Erstwhile, known as Gujarat Forensic Science University’ it is solely dedicated to forensic and investigative science.

It was created by Act 17 passed in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly on 30 September 2008.


4) Answer: C

In order to launch Insurance Policy for Himalayan Yaks, the National Research Centre on Yak (NRCY) at Dirang in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has tied up with the National Insurance Company Ltd. (NICL).

This is the first such instance in the country that an insurance policy for highly valuable Himalayan cattle/yak has been approved.

The insurance policy provides the yak owners with risks posed by weather calamities, diseases, in-transit mishaps, surgical operations, strikes or riots, and permanent total disability for breeding or stud yaks.

The policy will be useful for yak communities that belong to Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh.

About NICL:

National Insurance Company Limited is an Indian government owned general insurance company.

It is under the ownership of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Its catch line is “Trusted Since 1906” in italic.


5) Answer: A

National Thermal Power Corporation, NTPC will set up India’s single largest solar park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy stated, NTPC will set up a 4750 MegaWatt renewable energy park.

As a part of its green energy portfolio augmentation, NTPC Limited, India’s largest energy integrated company aims to build 60 Giga Watt renewable energy capacity by 2032.

Recently, NTPC has also commissioned India’s largest Floating Solar of 10 MegaWatt on the reservoir of Simhadri Thermal Power Plant, Andhra Pradesh.

About NTPC:

NTPC Limited, formerly known as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, is an Indian government-owned electric utility company.

It engaged in the business of generation of electricity and allied activities.

Headquarters: New Delhi, India

Owner: Government of India


6) Answer: B

Jagannath Rath Yatra begins and has a lot of importance in Hinduism.

This Rath Yatra is organized from the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa. The festival is celebrated by worshipping Lord Jagannath (ruler of the world), his elder brother Balbhadra (Balaram) and sister Subhadra.

Three giant wooden chariots are made of a kind of Neem tree for the deities for the yatra.

This Rath Yatra of Puri is a symbol of harmony, brotherhood and unity.

According to religious beliefs, Lord Jagannath is taken out on a Rath Yatra and taken to the famous Gundicha Mata temple, where the Lord rests for 7 days.

After this, the return journey of Lord Jagannath begins.

The Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath is celebrated like a festival all over India.

About Orissa:

Governor: Ganeshi Lal

Capital: Bhubaneswar

Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik


7) Answer: D

The Prime Minister has greeted the people on the special occasion of Ashadhi Bij, the Kutchi New Year.

Ashadhi Bij falls on the second day of Shukla paksha of Ashada month of Hindu calendar.

The festival is associated with the beginning of rains in the Kutch region of Gujarat.

During Ashadhi Bij, the moisture in the atmosphere is checked to predict which crop would do best in the coming monsoon.

Addl.Info:

Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, Gudi Padwa and Ugadi, Navreh, Sajibu Cheiraoba, Cheti Chand, Bihu, Baisakhi, Losoong are some of the Traditional New Year celebrated in India.


8) Answer: B

External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar had a telephonic conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus Nikos Christodoulides on recent developments in Cyprus.

Dr. Jaishankar also discussed cooperation in the context of COVID including on travel.


9) 
Answer: C

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for changing the nomenclature & mandate of North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) as North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Folk Medicine Research (NEIAFMR).

Background:

The NEIFM, Pasighat was established for systemic research, documentation and validation of traditional folk medicine and health practices of the region.

The objectives for which the Institute was established include to function as an apex research centre for all aspects of Folk Medicine, to create an interface between traditional healers and scientific research, survey, documentation and validation of folk medicine practices, remedies and therapies for possible usage in public health care and future research etc.

Details:

The proposal to change the nomenclature and mandate of North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) to North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Folk Medicine Research (NEIARMR) for imparting quality Education and Research in Ayurveda & Folk Medicine at Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh.

The consequential changes will also be carried out in the Memorandum of Association & Rules and Regulations.

Impact:

The inclusion of Ayurveda within the mandate of the Institute will be highly beneficial for the people of North East region for imparting quality education and research in Ayurveda and Folk medicine.

The institute will also provide opportunities for students of Ayurveda and Folk medicine not only in India but also the neighbouring countries such as Tibet, Bhutan, Mongolia, Nepal, China and other Central Asian countries.


10) Answer: B

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved continuation of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for Development of Infrastructure Facilities for Judiciary for further five years from 01.04.2021 to 31.03.2026 at a total cost of Rs.9000 crore, out of which Central share will be Rs.5357 crore including Rs.50 crore for the Gram Nyayalayas Scheme and their implementation in a Mission Mode through National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms.

This proposal will help in construction of 3800 court halls and 4000 residential units (both new and on-going projects) for judicial officers of District and Subordinate Courts, 1450 lawyer halls, 1450 toilets complexes and 3800 digital computer rooms. This will help in improving the functioning and performance of the Judiciary in the country and will be a new step towards building better courts for a new India.

Benefits from the Scheme:

The CSS Scheme will increase the availability of well-equipped Court Halls and Residential Accommodations for Judges / Judicial Officers of District and Subordinate Courts all over the country.

The courts are also being provided with better amenities enabling win-win situations for both the judiciary and the lawyers and also to ease the living of common man.

Setting up of digital computer rooms will also improve digital capabilities and give impetus to the digitization initiation being pursued as a part of India’s Digital India vision.

This will help in improving the overall functioning and performance of the Judiciary. Continued assistance to the Gram Nyayalayas will also give impetus to providing speedy, substantial and affordable justice to the common man at his doorstep.


11) Answer: A

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the continuation of National AYUSH Mission (NAM) as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme from 01-04-2021 to 31-03-2026 with financial implication of Rs. 4607.30 crore (Rs 3,000 crore as Central Share and Rs. 1607.30 crore as State Share).

The Mission was launched on 15-09-2014.

Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National AYUSH Mission is being implemented by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India With the objectives of providing cost effective AYUSH Services, with a universal access through upgrading AYUSH Hospitals and Dispensaries, co-location of AYUSH facilities at Primary Health Centers (PHCs), Community Health Centers (CHCs) and District Hospitals (DHs), strengthening institutional capacity at the State level through upgrading AYUSH educational institutions, setting up of new upto 50 bedded integrated AYUSH Hospital,

AYUSH Public Health programmes and operationalization of 12,500 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres to provide services of a holistic wellness model based on AYUSH principles and practices so as to empower masses for “self-care” to reduce the disease burden, and out of pocket expenditure.

The Mission is addressing the gaps in health services through supporting the efforts of State/UT Governments for providing AYUSH health services/education in the country, particularly in vulnerable and far-flung areas.

Under NAM special focus is given for specific needs of such areas and for allocation of higher resources in their Annual Plans.


12) Answer: C

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Georgia at a prominent park.

During his two-day visit to Georgia, a strategically important country situated at the intersection of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Jaishankar held talks with

the country’s top leadership and also handed over the relics of 17th century St. Queen Ketevan to the government and the people of Georgia at a ceremony in Tbilisi.

“A fitting conclusion to a memorable visit Joined by VPM/FM @DZalkaliani in unveiling the Mahatma Gandhi statue in a prominent Tbilisi Park”.

Capital: Tbilisi

Currency: Georgian lari

President: Salome Zourabichvili


13) Answer: B

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has inaugurated its embassy in Israel, less than a year after the two countries announced they would establish formal diplomatic relations.

The embassy is situated in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange building

The venue in the heart of Israel’s financial district highlighted the central role economic cooperation has played since the UAE became only the third majority-Arab country to recognise Israel.

At the ceremony, attended by new Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Emirati Ambassador Mohamed al-Khaja called the embassy opening “an important milestone in the growing relationship between our two countries.

About Israel:

President: Isaac Herzog

Capital: Jerusalem

Prime minister: Naftali Bennett

About UAE:

Currency: United Arab Emirates dirham

Capital: Abu Dhabi

President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan


14) Answer: E

In a bid to generate employment, bring down pollution and reduce dependence on private vehicles, chief minister BS Yediyurappa unveiled the Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi scheme-2021 in Bengaluru.

The unveiling of the policy comes after several attempts were made to resist the

granting of licences to initiate two-wheeler taxis in the city.

Yediyurappa stated that the new policy will lead to self-employment, eco-friendly environment, fuel conservation and strengthening public transport.

The chief minister added that the main objective is to reduce travel time for the public.

“This scheme will give opportunities for individuals, partnership firms and companies to participate.

The vehicles registered under this scheme will be in the transport category for which the government has given several exemptions like permit, tax and is also giving financial benefits for the electric vehicles manufacturers”.


15) Answer: D

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asked him to take tough action against drugs, human trafficking and cattle smuggling.

Responding to questions during the ongoing budget session of the Assembly, the Chief Minister mentioned his government has adopted a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and that all the Northeastern states are trying to put up a united fight against the menace.

“Home Minister Amit Shah has asked him to take stern measures against drugs, cow smuggling and human trafficking”.

He promised to further intensify the war against drugs, the Chief Minister noted drugs are smuggled into the country from Myanmar through Assam.

He stated the menace is ruining the lives of hundreds in Assam.

Mouling National Park is located in Arunachal Pradesh.


16) Answer: D

To increase retail participation in government securities, ‘the RBI Retail Direct’ facility was announced in the Statement of Developmental and Regulatory Policies dated February 05, 2021 for improving ease of access by retail investors through online access to the government securities market – both primary and secondary – along with the facility to open their gilt securities account (‘Retail Direct’) with the RBI.

In pursuance of this announcement, the ‘RBI Retail Direct’ scheme, which is a one-stop solution to facilitate investment in government securities by individual investors is being issued.

The highlights of the ‘RBI Retail Direct’ scheme are:

Retail investors (individuals) will have the facility to open and maintain the ‘Retail Direct Gilt Account’ (RDG Account) with RBI.

RDG Account can be opened through an ‘Online portal’ provided for the purpose of the scheme.

The ‘Online portal’ will also give the registered users the following facilities:

Access to primary issuance of Government securities

Access to NDS-OM.


17) Answer: B

The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) issued a framework for setting up and operating the International Trade Finance Services platform (ITFS).

The   platform          will      provide           trade   finance          services         at         International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs).

The complete text of the framework can be accessed on the IFSCA website.

The International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) was established through IFSCA Act, 2019, to develop and regulate financial products, financial services and financial institutions in the International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs).

The IFSCA issued framework will enable exporters and importers to avail various types of trade finance facilities at competitive terms.

They would be able to use these facilities for their international trade transactions through a dedicated electronic platform i.e the ITFS.

About IFSCA:

International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) is a statutory unified regulatory body under the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India established by an Act of Parliament to develop and regulate the financial products, financial services and financial institutions located / performed in the International Financial Services Centres in India.


18) Answer: D

Union minister Piyush Goyal was appointed as the leader of the house in Rajya Sabha.

Goyal replaces Thawar Chand Gehlot, who moved to Karnataka as the governor of the state following the recent cabinet reshuffle.

The appointment also takes significance as the monsoon session of Parliament is set to commence on July 19.

It will conclude on August 13.

About Piyush Goyal :

Goyal has been a member of the upper house of the parliament since 2010.

Until now, he was the deputy leader of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)

in the Rajya Sabha.

He holds key portfolios in the cabinet including commerce and industry, food and consumer affairs.

After the recent reshuffle in the Union cabinet, Goyal was given additional charge of textiles.

Prior to becoming a minister in 2014, Goyal was the treasurer of the party.

He was also engaged by the BJP in poll management activities and logistics during the election.


19) Answer: B

Bandhan Bank announced the appointment of Kamal Batra as Executive President and Head – Assets.

He will be based out of the Bank’s headquarters in Kolkata and will report to the MD & CEO.

This appointment is aimed at providing the necessary leadership direction and support towards the same.

The four pillars of the Bank’s asset base would comprise Emerging Entrepreneurs Business (erstwhile known as microbanking), Housing Finance, Commercial Banking and other Retail Assets.

Kamal will assume the responsibility for growing the Bank’s Commercial Banking (comprising SME lending and NBFC lending) business and Retail Assets (comprising Gold Loans, Personal Loans, Auto Loans, among others) portfolios.

About Bandhan Bank:

Bandhan Bank Ltd. is an Indian banking and financial services company, headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal.

Bandhan Bank is present in 34 out of 36 states and Union Territories of India.

Presently Bandhan Bank has 5,371 banking outlets pan-India serving more than

2.30 crore customers.

CEO: Chandra Shekhar Ghosh

Headquarters: Kolkata

Tagline: Aapka Bhala, Sabki Bhalai


20) Answer: D

Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd. (MEML) has just announced the appointment of Suman Mishra as its new Chief Executive as a Whole-time Director.

Suman will join his new role starting 14th August, 2021.

She will also be the Chief Executive Designate for the Last Mile Mobility business (LMM).

Mishra moves from her current role of Senior Vice President – Business Transformation, Insights and Analytics (BIA) for the Automotive Sector and will be reporting to Rajesh Jejurikar, Executive Director, Auto and Farm Sectors, Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.

In her new role, Suman Mishra replaces Mahesh Babu, MD & CEO, MEML, who has decided to pursue opportunities outside of the Mahindra Group

About Mahindra Electric Mobility:

Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited, formerly known as the Reva Electric Car Company, is an Indian company based in Bangalore, involved in designing and manufacturing of compact electric vehicles.

Founder: Chetan Maini


21) Answer: D

Unibic Foods named Naveen Pandey as its chief executive officer.

Pandey was formerly heading Marico India’s new foods’ business unit, where he led the start-up team to launch products such as Saffola mealmaker and honey.

He has also worked with PepsiCo and Asian Paints earlier.


22) Answer: D

Vietnam has appointed Honorary Consul General of Vietnam in Bangalore to promote trade, economics, investment, tourism, educational and cultural cooperation between Vietnam and the State of Karnataka.

Industrialist N.S. Srinivasa Murthy based in Bengaluru has been appointed as Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for Karnataka.

He is the first honorary consul general of Vietnam from India.

The appointment is for a period of three years.

He will be the Vietnam embassy’s direct contact point in the state even as plans are afoot to increase direct connectivity between the state and the Southeast Asian country.


23) Answer: E

Coal India (CIL) has engaged Accenture Solutions as a consultant for digitalization of mine process in seven select opencast mines of the company for accelerated performance enhancement.

A contract was signed to this effect earlier.

In a first of its kind venture, the consultant would lead and support the implementation of digitalization and process excellence while assuring 100 million tonne (MT) increased coal output from the identified mines.

The seven identified mines are: Kusmunda, Gevra, Dipka of South Eastern Coalfields (SECL) and Nigahi, Jayant, Dudhichua, Khadia of Northern Coalfields (NCL).


24) Answer: C

Telangana State Cooperative Apex Bank (TSCAB) has been chosen the best state cooperative bank (SCB) in the country by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard).

The Karimnagar District Cooperative Credit Bank (DCCB), too, has been recognized as the best district cooperative credit bank (DCCB) in South India, as part of the awards announced by Nabard on its 49th foundation day celebrations.

Of the 33 SCBs and 353 DCCBs in the country, Nabard had short-listed six SCBs and 45 DCCBs based on their performance for the last three years.


25) Answer: C

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Minister of Bhutan Lyonpo Namgay Tshering jointly launched BHIM–UPI in Bhutan.

The launch fulfils the commitment made by two countries during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Bhutan in 2019.

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.

With the launch of Bhim UPI services, there has been a new momentum in the

53 year old diplomatic ties between both the nations.

And with this, a unique start to the journey of cashless transactions has begun between India and Bhutan and not just limited to Bhutan only.


26) Answer: C

State-owned NTPC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UT of Ladakh and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Counci (LAHDC) to set up the country’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility project, strengthening PM Narendra Modi’s vision to ensure a carbon-free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen.

Union Cabinet Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R.K . Singh congratulated the company.

Singh said that it is a matter of pride for all of us that Leh is soon to become India’s first city to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project with zero-emission.

REL, a 100% subsidiary of NTPC, signed a MoU with the Union Territory of Ladakh, to set up the country’s first green Hydrogen Mobility project in the region.

The signing of the MoU was also marked with the inauguration of NTPC’s first solar installations in Leh in the form of solar trees and a solar carport.


27) Answer: E

Cambridge University chemists Shankar Balasubramanian and David Klenerman were declared the winners of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize, a prestigious global science and technology prize awarded for their development of revolutionary sequencing techniques which means DNA

The prize, awarded by Technology Academy Finland (TAF) at two-year intervals since 2004

Sir Balasubramanian, an India-born British professor of medicinal chemistry, and Sir Klenerman, a British biophysical chemist, co-invented the Solexa-Illumina Next Generation DNA Sequencing (NGS), technology enabling fast, accurate, low-cost and large-scale genome sequencing, the process of determining the

complete DNA sequence of an organism’s make-up, which is proving crucial in humanity’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The winning NGS technology has had, and continues to have, a huge transformative impact in the fields of genomics, medicine and biology.

One measure of the scale of change is that it has allowed a million-fold improvement in speed and cost, when compared to the first sequencing of the human genome.


28) Answer: C

The nearly 71-year-old Mr. Branson and five crewmates, including aeronautical engineer Sirisha Bandla, from his Virgin Galactic space tourism company reached an altitude of about 88 kilometres over the New Mexico desert enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and see the curvature of the Earth and then safely gilded back home to a runway landing.


29) Answer: A

Recently Two new underground spider species named Gravelyia boro and Dexippus kleini have been discovered in the Jharbari range of western Assam’s Chirang Reserve Forest, Assam.

Research Team :

Dulur Brahma (Assistant Professor) and Paris Basumatary (research scholar), from Bodoland University’s Department of Zoology, have authored the studies.

Both species have been described in the Acta Arachnologica published by the Arachnological Society of Japan.


30) Answer: C

A New Book Titled “The Great Big Lion” drawn & written by child prodigy Chryseis Knight.

The book was Published by Penguin Random House India’s Puffin’ imprint.

About the Book :

The Book talks about the friendship, inclusivity, wildlife conservation and the world of imagination between a lion and two children.

About Chryseis Knight :

Knight is currently residing in Canada, and she learnt how to read at the age of one, started writing the story of “The Great Big Lion” in her notebook when she was three years old.


31) Answer: D

Deepak Kabra became the first Indian to be selected for judging the gymnastics competition of the Olympic Games.

The men’s artistic gymnastics will be officiated by Kabra at the Tokyo Games, which begins on July 23.


32) Answer: D

On July 14, 2021, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur launched Team India’s official cheer song ‘Hindustani Way’ for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

The song has been composed by Grammy Award winner AR Rahman and sung by young singer Ananya Birla.

The launch of Team Indian official cheer song was a culmination of hard work

by all the stakeholders in the last 18 months.

Key People :

IOA President Narinder Batra, Rajeev Mehta (IOA secretary) and MoS for home, Youth affairs and Sports Nisith Pramanik also present the event.

The Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8.

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