Current Affairs 2021

Mumbai-born Shailesh G Jejurikar, the newly appointed P&G global COO [31 Jul 2021]

Procter & Gamble has announced the appointment of Shailesh G Jejurikar as its global COO. This is the first time an Indian has been given the role at the US-based company, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. 54 years old Jejurikar, whose appointment is effective from October 1, will report to Jon R. Moeller, the new CEO of P&G, in his new role. Moeller, currently, is Vice Chairman and Chief Operation Officer at the company.

Basavaraj Bommai takes oath as Chief Minister of Karnataka [28 Jul 2021]

Basavaraj Bommai took oath as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka. The 61-year-old leader was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot at the Raj Bhavan, Bangalore.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 - Mirabai Chanu wins silver medal in weightlifting [24 Jul 2021]

Mirabai Chanu wins India’s first medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020: When one of India’s greatest moments in weightlifting was being hoisted into reality by the legendary Karnam Malleswari, at the Sydney Games in 2000, the state of Manipur was laying the ground for their own moment in the sun, albeit 21 years later. A generational effort that culminated in Mirabai Saikom Chanu’s monstrous 202-kg combined lift for the Tokyo Olympics silver medal in the 49-kg weightlifting category.

India targets Rs. Rs. 100 billion Blue Economy [15 Jul 2021]

India aims to achieve the Rs.100 billion Blue Economy through its Deep Ocean Mission(DOM) and ocean resources in the coming years. According to Science and Technology Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh. Deep Ocean Mission will also have far-reaching benefits for the common man as it could help in providing clean drinking water and explore the avenues of desalination of water as well as extracting minerals from the ocean belt. Deep ocean Mission planned by the Ministry of Earth Science will be carried out in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). It will be a major step in the direction of integrating and bringing together the efforts of the different streams of science operating under different MInistries in the Government.

ISRO successfully tests Vikas engine for Gaganyaan mission [14 Jul 2021]

The Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) successfully conducted the third long-duration hot test of the liquid propellant Vikas engine for the Gaganyaan programme, the country's first manned mission to space.

NTPC to set up India’s single largest solar park at Rann of Kutch [13 Jul 2021]

NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of NTPC, has received the go-ahead from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to set up a 4750 MW renewable energy park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat. This will be India’s largest solar park to be built by the largest power producer in the country. NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd (NTPC REL), has been given the go-ahead by MNRE on 12th July 2021 under Mode 8 (Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Park) of the Solar Park Scheme. NTPC REL has plans to generate green hydrogen on a commercial scale from this park. 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. Recently, NTPC has also commissioned India’s largest Floating Solar of 10 MW (ac) on the reservoir of Simhadri Thermal Power Plant, Andhra Pradesh. An additional 15 MW (ac) would be commissioned by August 2021. Further, a 100 MW Floating Solar Project on the reservoir of Ramagundam Thermal Power Plant, Telangana is in the advanced stage of implementation. Additionally, NTPC RE Ltd. has recently signed an MoU with UT, Ladakh, and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) for the generation of green hydrogen and deployment on FCEV buses. The signing of the 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. 

Indian stem cell & developmental biologist part of WHO advisory committee on human genome editing [12 Jul 2021]

Indian stem cell and developmental biologist Prof. Maneesha S Inamdar has been part of the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, which released two new companion reports providing the first global recommendations to help ensure that human genome editing is used for public health, with an emphasis on safety, effectiveness, and ethics. The reports, released on July 12, 2021, contained a forward-looking Governance Framework for oversight mechanisms for research into and potential application of human genome editing technology at institutional, national, regional, and international levels. Professor Maneesha S Inamdar, along with her group, is conducting research at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru, an autonomous Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) that uses gene-editing tools to manipulate stem cells in vitro. This can generate disease models for scientific insight into human development and devising therapeutic strategies. She pioneered human embryonic stem cell derivation and use in India and has contributed significantly to national and international stem cell guidance documents, ethics committees, and training programs.

As part of the WHO Committee, she contributed scientific knowledge and perspective to provide guidance, expertise, and support throughout the project for the conceptualization and development of the WHO Governance Framework and Recommendations on Human Genome Editing. Representing the LMIC countries in Asia, she contributed with the Committee towards ensuring that in addition to scientific considerations, procedural and substantive values and principles such as inclusiveness, diversity, equity, and global health justice identified by the Committee, informed decisions. She is a member of the Education, Engagement, and Empowerment (3E) subgroup of the Committee, and as part of the committee, she was also involved in making recommendations to the Secretariat and WHO Director-General on global governance structures for human genome editing, considering the relevant broader issues associated with oversight and governance of emerging technologies.

Euro 2020: Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma named player of the tournament [12 Jul 2021]

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has been named Uefa's player of the tournament for Euro 2020. The 22-year-old, who is set to join Paris St-Germain from AC Milan, saved two penalties in the Azzurri's shootout win over England, which gave them a first European title since 1968.

Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini for 20th Grand Slam title [12 Jul 2021]

Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's record of 20 men's Grand Slam victories after fighting back to beat Italy's Matteo Berrettini. Top seed Djokovic has now won all three Grand Slam men's titles in 2021.

UEFA Euro 2020 Final: Italy crowned European champions after shootout win over England [12 Jul 2021]

Italy won the European Championship for the first time since 1968 as Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two England penalties en route to a 3-2 shootout win after the teams had fought out a 1-1 extra-time draw at a raucous Wembley.

Sirisha Bandla: India celebrates woman who flew on Virgin Galactic [12 Jul 2021]

Indians are celebrating Sirisha Bandla's flight to the edge of space on billionaire Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rocket plane. Ms. Bandla is the second woman born in India to go to space after Kalpana Chawla who died when the Columbia Space Shuttle crashed at re-entry in 2003. The rocket flew high above New Mexico in the US before returning to Earth just an hour after leaving the ground.

Argentina win Copa America Cup 2021 [11 Jul 2021]

Lionel Messi ended his wait for a first major international title as Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America 2021 final in Rio's Maracana stadium.

21st Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation [10 Jul 2021]

21st Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) was held on 09th July 2021 virtually. Mr. Piyush Goyal, Commerce & Industry Minister, and Mr. Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy co-chaired the Session. Both sides held extensive discussions on bilateral trade and investment and economic cooperation in the areas of Food Processing, Textiles, Leather, Railways, Startups, and the promotion of SMEs which play a crucial role in economic growth and employment generation. The bilateral market access issues and non-tariff barriers were also discussed to facilitate trade and investment. The progress on the outcomes of the India-EU leaders Summit in Porto, Portugal was also reviewed. Indian side also raised the issues of Mutual recognition of the COWIN Vaccine Certificate and opening up of Travel restrictions, longer duration of Business Visas, and Portability of social security benefits of Indians working in Italy. Following the India-Italy JCEC G2G Meeting, a G2B Session focusing on Energy partnership was held virtually in the presence of the two Ministers. During the meeting, 3 Indian companies (Indian Oil Corporation, Adani Solar, ReNew Power) and 3 Italian companies (Enel Green Power, Snam, Maire Tecnimont) made presentations focusing on the areas of green economy, clean technology, and promotion of the use of renewable energy for grid-based multi-energy systems. 

Justice Gita Mittal becomes 1st Indian to receive Arline Pacht Global Vision awards for 2021 [10 Jul 2021]

Justice Gita Mittal, former Chief Justice of Jammu & Kashmir High Court received the Arline Pacht Global Vision Award for 2021 by the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). She becomes the first Indian Judge to receive the honour. She was declared as on of the recipients of the award. She shared the award with Justice Margarita Luna Ramos of Mexico.

Indian economist Kaushik Basu honoured with Humboldt Research Award [06 Jul 2021]

Indian economist and professor at Cornell University Kaushik Basu has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award for Economics. Professor Kaushik Basu had earlier been conferred with the Padma Bhushan -- the third-highest civilian award in India. He was nominated for the Humboldt Research Award by Professor Dr Hans-Bernd Schäfer of Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. Sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation based in Germany, the Humboldt Research Award recognises excellence throughout one's entire career and offers research collaboration opportunities.

A native of Kolkata, Kaushik Basu had served as the senior vice president and chief economist at the World Bank from 2012-2016 and as the chief economic advisor to the Government of India for three years from 2009 to 2012.

The President of India appoints/Transfer following Governor in various states [06 Jul 2021]

The President of India has made the following appointments/Changes of Governor:-

  • Shri P.S. Sreedharan Pillai, Governor of Mizoram is transferred and appointed as Governor of Goa.
  • Shri Satyadev Narayan Arya, Governor of Haryana is transferred and appointed as Governor of Tripura.
  • Shri Ramesh Bais, Governor of Tripura is transferred and appointed as Governor of Jharkhand.
  • Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot as Governor of Karnataka.
  • Shri Bandaru Dattatraya, Governor of Himachal Pradesh is transferred and appointed as Governor of Haryana.
  • Dr. Hari Babu Kambhampati as Governor of Mizoram.
  • Shri Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel as Governor of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Shri Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar as Governor of Himachal Pradesh.

The above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.

Archer Deepika Kumari regains World number one ranking [01 Jul 2021]

Archer Deepika Kumari regained the World number one ranking in the latest world rankings after the third stage World Archery Championship held in Paris. The 27 yrs old archer created a new record by winning three gold medals in a single day along with winning her fourth at an individual recure event. Deepika is the only female archer to represent the country at the Tokyo Olympics.

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari PVSM AVSM VM assumes charge as Vice Chief of the Air Staff [01 Jul 2021]

Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari PVSM AVSM VM took over as the Vice Chief of the Air Staff on 01 Jul 21. The Air Marshal was commissioned in the Fighter Stream of the IAF on 29 Dec 82. The Air Officer has a flying experience of more than 3800 hrs on a wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft, including missions flown during Op-Meghdoot and Op-Safed Sagar. He is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and Defence Services Staff College, Wellington.

Abhimanyu Mishra becomes youngest Grandmaster in Chess [30 Jun 2021]

Indian-American Abhimanyu Mishra has become the youngest chess Grandmaster in history. The 12 yrs old scored his third GM norm in Budapest, having already cross the required 2500 Elo rating barrier. Abhimanyu broke GM Sergey Karjakin's record that was standing for 19 yrs.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Myanmar in the field of health research [30 Jun 2021]

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India and the Department of Medical Research (DMR), Ministry of Health and Sports of Myanmar signed on February 2020 at New Delhi. The objective of this MoU is to build on the health research relationship in the topics of mutual research. The main objectives are:

  • Elimination of infectious diseases (to be decided mutually)
  • Development of network platform of emerging and viral infections
  • Training /capacity-building in research methodology management, clinical trials, ethics, etc.
  • Harmonization of regulatory mechanism

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju inaugurates KICE in rowing in Srinagar [29 Jun 2021]

Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Khelo India Centre of Excellence in Rowing in Srinagar. The training centre situated in Dal Lake comes under the Jammu & Kashmir Sports Council was upgraded with modern facilities and equipment.

India wins one Gold two Bronze medals in Asian Wrestling Championship [28 Jun 2021]

In Wrestling, Sarita Mor stamped her authority in the Asian Wrestling Championship in Almaty, Kazakhstan by defending the womens 59kg title. Indian women also won two bronze medals through Seema and Pooja besides Sarita's Gold.

Piyush Goyal appointed leader of House in Rajya Sabha [28 Jun 2021]

Union Minister Piyush Goyal has become the leader of the House in Rajya Sabha. He replaced Thaawarchand Gehlot, who is now the Governor of Karnataka. Minister Goyal had been deputy leader of Rajya sabha under Mr. Gehlot.

DRDO successfully flight tests New Generation Agni P Ballistic Missile [28 Jun 2021]

Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a New Generation Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile Agni P from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, Balasore. Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. The missile followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with a high level of accuracy. Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. It is a canisters missile with a range capability between 1,000 and 2,000 km.

Shri Justice Ravi Vijaykumar Malimath appointed as the Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court [28 Jun 2021]

President of India, in the exercise of the powers conferred by Article 223 of the Constitution of India, appointed Shri Justice Ravi Vijaykumar Malimath, senior-most Judge of Himachal Pradesh High Court, to perform the duties of the office of the Chief Justice of that High Court with effect from 1st July 2021 consequent upon the retirement of Shri Justice Lingappa Narayana Swamy, Chief Justice, Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Microsoft joins Apple in $2 trillion market cap club [24 Jun 2021]

Microsoft took its place in the history books as it hit $2 trillion in value. The only other member of the $2 trillion club being Apple. Saudi Aramco touched the threshold briefly in December 2019.

Olympic medallist appointed first V-C of Delhi Sports University [24 Jun 2021]

Retired weightlifter Karnam Malleshwari, the first Indian woman to win a medal at the Olympics, has been appointed the first vice-chancellor of the Delhi government’s Delhi Sports University. Malleshwari won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She has also been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, Arjuna Award and Padma Shri.

The Centre issues draft e-commerce policy [21 Jun 2021]

The Govt. of India issues draft e-commerce policy, which among other things, disallows "flash sales" of goods by the likes of Amazon and Flipkart.

CEO Satya Nadella appointed as Microsoft chairman [17 Jun 2021]

Microsoft Corp, named Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella as its new chairman. Nadella took over as the software giant's CEO in 2014, succeeding Steve Ballmer.

India retains 43rd rank on IMD's World Competitiveness Index [17 Jun 2021]

India has retained the 43rd spot in the World Competitiveness Index compiled by the Institute for Management Development (IMD). The country has maintained the same rank for the past three years, and its position on the list has not slipped despite the COVID-19 jolt to the economy. Although India continues to be ranked 43rd among the 64 countries whose competitiveness has been analysed, IMD noted that New Delhi has made significant improvements in governance.

The 64-nation list was led by Switzerland, while Sweden has moved up to the second position (from sixth last year), Denmark has lost one place to rank third, the Netherlands has retained its fourth place and Singapore has slipped to fifth place (from first in 2020). At eighth, Taiwan reached the top-10 for the first time since the ranking began 33 years ago (moving up from 11th last year). The UAE and the USA remain in their same spots as last year (9th and 10th, respectively).

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