Current Affairs 2021

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.

The World Health Organization declares China free of malaria [28 Jun 2021]

The World Health Organization declares China free of malaria after a seven-decade-long campaign against the disease. Thus, China becomes the first country in the WHO's Western Pacific region to be awarded a malaria-free certificate in more than three decades.

Smart City Awards 2020 [24 Jun 2021]

Union Housing and Urban Development Minister Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri announces the third edition of the Smart City Awards 2020, in which Surat (Gujarat) and Indore (Madhya Pradesh) bag the Best Awards for their overall performance among 100 smart cities. Uttarpradesh wins the Best Award in the category of states introduced for the first time.

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.

Ms. Sumita Mitra wins European Inventor Award 2021 [18 Jun 2021]

Indian-American chemist Ms. Sumita Mitra, the first to integrate nanotechnology into dental material, is honored with the European Inventor Award 2021.

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).

Ebrahim Raisi becomes the new President of Iran [16 Jun 2021]

Ebrahim Raisi becomes the new president of Iran. Ebrahim Raisi was born in 1960 in Mashhad, Iran's second-biggest city and home to the country's holiest Shia Muslim shrine. His father, who was a cleric, died when he was five years old. Mr. Raisi, who wears a black turban identifying him in Shia tradition as a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, followed his father's footsteps and started attending a seminary in the holy city of Qom at the age of 15. After the revolution, he joined the judiciary and served as a prosecutor in several cities while being trained by Ayatollah Khamenei, who became Iran's president in 1981.

Kuldeep Singh appointed new Director General of CRPF [16 Jun 2021]

Senior IPS officer Kuldeep Singh appointed as Director-General of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He will continue as DG, CRPF up to September 30, 2022.

Naftali Bennett takes oath as Israel's new Prime Minister [16 Jun 2021]

Naftali Bennett, Israel's new prime minister, is a former commando and self-made tech millionaire who bills himself as further to the right than the man he replaces - Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr. Bennett has long held ambitions to be prime minister, but his new role is remarkable given his right-wing nationalist party, Yamina, won only a handful of seats in the last general election.

Mandatory Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery comes into force from 16th June [15 Jun 2021]

Mandatory Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery is going to come into force from tomorrow, 16th June 2021. Based on extensive consultations with stakeholders, the following decisions were taken-

  • Hallmarking will be initially be starting from.256 districts of the country which have Assaying marking centres.
  • Jewellers with annual turnover up to Rs. 40 lac will be exempted from mandatory Hall Marking.
  • Export and re-import of jewellery as per Trade Policy of Government of India - Jewellery for international exhibitions, jewellery for government-approved B2B domestic exhibitions will be exempted from mandatory Hall Marking.
  • Gold of Additional carats 20, 23 and 24 will also be allowed for Hall Marking.
  • Watches, fountain pens and special types of jewellery viz. Kundan, Polki and Jadau will be exempted from Hall Marking.
  • Jewellers can continue to buy back old gold jewellery without a hallmark from the consumer.
  • In order to give adequate time to the manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of Gold Jewellery, there would be No penalties till August end.

Ujjala Singhania appointed as 38th National President of FICCIFLO [15 Jun 2021]

Ujjala Singhania was appointed as the 38th National President 2021-22of FLO (FICCI Ladies Organization). She succeeds Jahnabi Phookan who served as the 37th National President for the year 2020-21.

New Zealand ranked number one Test Team [13 Jun 2021]

New Zealand topples India to become the World's Number One ranked Test team as it beat England by 8 wickets in the second Test at Edgbaston to seal a 1-0 series win.

Shri Justice Sanjay Yadav appointed as Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court [10 Jun 2021]

The President of India, in exercise of the power conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, appointed Shri Justice Sanjay Yadav, Judge of the Allahabad High Court to be Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.

RBI says MK Jain reappointed as Deputy Governor for next two years [10 Jun 2021]

Mahesh Kumar Jain's new two-year term as RBI Deputy Governor will begin on June 22. He has over 30 years of banking experience, was the MD of IDBI Bank in 2017 and Chennai-based Indian Bank in 2015.

Shri Anup Chandra Pandey takes over as new Election Commissioner [09 Jun 2021]

Shri Anup Chandra Pandey today assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner (EC) of India. Shri Pandey joins the Election Commission of India as second Election Commissoner in a three- member body headed by Chief Election Commissioner Shri Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Shri Rajiv Kumar.

Auckland is ranked the world's most liveable city [09 Jun 2021]

New Zealand's biggest city Auckland is ranked the world's most liveable city by The Economist

HSBC appoints Hitendra Dave as India CEO [07 Jun 2021]

Global banking major HSBC announces that Hitendra Dave would be appointed as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC India on receipt of regulatory approval and has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer effective from June 7, 2021.

Two new National parks are notified [05 Jun 2021]

Two new national parks, Dehing Patkai and Raimona, are notified in Assam.

Kerala retains top rank in NITI Aayog's SDG India Index [03 Jun 2021]

Kerala retains to rank in NITI Aayog's SDG India Index 2020-21 while Bihar is adjusted as the worst performer.

Mr. David Diop wins International Booker 2021 [02 Jun 2021]

Mr. David Diop wins International Booker 2021 for his translated fiction At Night All Blood is Black./

Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh AVSM, NM assumes charge as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff [01 Jun 2021]

Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh, AVSM, NM assumed charge as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff on 01 Jun 2021. Vice Admiral Ravneet Singh was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1983 and specialized in Aviation. The Flag Officer is a Qualified Flying Instructor with Master Green instrument rating. He has flown HT-2, Kiran HJT 16, TS 11 Iskra, Hunter, Harrier Gr 3, Jet Provost, Chetak, Gazelle, Hawk and Mig 29 KUB aircraft during his illustrious career.The Admiral has held various challenging Staff, Command and Diplomatic assignments during his distinguished naval career and has had wide ranging experience onboard diverse platforms. He has commanded various frontline ships and Naval Air Squadrons including INS Himgiri, INS Ranvijay, INS Ranvir, INAS 551B, INAS 300 as well as the premier Air Base INS Hansa.

Lieutenant General Pradeep Chandran Nair, AVSM, YSM takes over as Director General Assam Rifles [01 Jun 2021]

Lieutenant General Pradeep Chandran Nair, AtiVishishtSeva Medal (AVSM), YudhSeva Medal (YSM) took over as the 21st Director General of the Assam Rifles (popularly known as Sentinels of the North-East) on 1st June 2021. He has rich experience of Assam Rifles and the North East, having earlier been an Inspector General and a Company Commander in Assam Rifles, besides having commanded Assam Rifles battalions as a Brigade Commander.

Indian Boxer Pooja Rani (75 kg) wins Gold Medal [30 May 2021]

Indian Boxer Pooja Rani (75 kg) wins Gold Medal at the Asian Boxing Championship by defeating Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan in Dubai.

Chelsea UEFA Champions League 2020-21 [29 May 2021]

Chelsea emerges champion of the UEFA Champions League 2020-21 football title, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final in Porto. Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the final to help Chelsea clinch the title. It is Chelsea's second Champions League title.

DRDO develops Critical Near Isothermal Forging Technology for aeroengines [28 May 2021]

Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the near isothermal forging technology to produce all the five stages of high-pressure compressors (HPC) discs out of difficult-to-deform titanium alloy using its unique 2000 MT isothermal forge press. The technology has been developed by the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), a premier metallurgical laboratory of DRDO at Hyderabad. This is a crucial technology for establishing self-reliance in aero engine technology. With this development, India has joined the league of limited global engine developers to have the manufacturing capabilities of such critical aero-engine components.

Amartya Kumar Sen from India has won Spain's Princess of Asturias Award in the social sciences category [26 May 2021]

Indian economist and Nobel Laureate Amartya Kumar Sen have honoured with Spain's prestigious Princess of Asturias Award in the social sciences category. The Award foundation praised him as his research on famines and his theory of human development, welfare economics has contributed to the fight against injustice, inequality, disease and ignorance. The award comprises a Joan Miro sculpture representing and symbolizing the award, a diploma, an insignia and a cash prize of 50,000 Euros.

Padmakumar Madhavan Nair was named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NARCL [25 May 2021]

State Bank of India's Padmakumar Madhavan Nair was in May 2021 named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Asset Reconstruction Company Limited (NARCL) or commonly called Bad Bank. NARCL or Bad Bank is expected to be operational in June 2021. Nair, a career banker with SBI, has been Chief General Manager (CGM) in the Stressed Assets Resolution Group (SARG) of the bank since April 2020. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the creation of a bad bank in the 2021 Union Budget. The new entity will be in the form of an asset reconstruction company/asset management company to help the banking system get rid of the existing stock of problematic loans.

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