February GK 2021

 

 

Defence

The indigenously built Prabal class missile vessel which is participating in the Naval Defence Exhibition, NAVDEX 21 and International Defence Exhibition, IDEX 21 scheduled from 20 to 25 February 2021 in Abu Dhabi, UAE – INS Pralaya

The 16th edition of India-US joint military exercise being held at Bikaner, Rajasthan from 08 Feb to 21 Feb 2021 – Yudh Abhyas

 

Persons

The Governor of Telangana who has been given the additional charge as Lt Governor of Puducherry following resignation of Ms Kiran Bedi – Tamilisai Soundararajan

The contestant from Telangana who has been declared the winner of VLCC Femina Miss India World 2020 – Manasi Varanasi

The Nigerian-American economist who has been chosen to be the next and first woman and first African Director General of WTO – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

 

Places

The city in Madhya Pradesh which has been renamed Narmadapuram as announced by its CM Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan – Hoshangabad

The stadium in Sardar Patel Sports Complex, Motera, Ahmedabad also the largest cricket stadium in the world has been named after – Shri Narendra Modi

The Indian city which has become the only city in India to be recognised as Tree City of the World along with 119 cities from 63 countries by Arbor Day Foundation and FAO – Hyderabad

The places in West Bengal where the eleventh edition of Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav is being held from 14 to 28 February 2021 – Cooch Behar, Darjeeling and Murshidabad

The airport in Uttar Pradesh which has been given license to operate international flights thus making it the 3rd international airport in the state – Kushinagar

The country which has emerged as India’s largest trade partner in the year 2020 thereby replacing United States in the top position – China

The country which has rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement two years after it had withdrawn from it in 2019 – USA

The city in which India’s first wetland centre named Centre for Wetland Conservation and Management has been established on World Wetlands Day – Chennai

 

Sports

The Indian cricketer who has announced retirement from all forms of the game – Yusuf Pathan

The place in Jammu and Kashmir where the 2nd Khelo India Winter Games were inaugurated by the PM Shri Narendra Modi – Gulmarg

The table tennis player from Tamil Nadu who has won the 82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championship mens' title defeating Anthony Amalraj in the finals – Sarath Kamal

The table tennis player from Delhi who has won the 82nd Senior National Table Tennis Championship defeating Reeth Rishya in the finals in Panchkula – Manika Batra

The team which has won the 12th edition of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 cricket tournament defeating Baroda in the finals at Ahmedabad – Tamil Nadu

Themes

The theme of National Science Day observed on 28 February 2021 to mark the birth anniversary of Sir CV Raman – Future of STI: Impacts on Education, Skills, and Work

Theme of world thinking day observed on 22 Feb 2021 by World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts – Peace building

The theme of World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 held online from 10 to 12 February 2021 – Redefining our common future: Safe and secure environment for all

The slogan for Aero India 2021, the biennial air show held in Bengaluru from 03 to 05 February 2021 – The Runway to a Billion Opportunities

 

Miscellaneous

The instant messaging system (similar to Whatsapp) launched by National Informatics Centre, Govt of India is named – Sandes

 

EIU Democracy Index 2020

Released by Economic Intelligence Unit

Rank

Country

Rank

Country

1.

Norway

53.

India

2.

Iceland

68.

Sri Lanka

3.

Sweden

76.

Bangladesh

4.

New Zealand

84.

Bhutan

5.

Canada

105.

Pakistan

 

Note: India has slipped 2 positions from its ranking in 2019.

 

Budget 2021-22

The Budget proposals for 2021-22 rest on 6 pillars.

1. Health and Wellbeing

2. Physical & Financial Capital, and Infrastructure

3. Inclusive Development for Aspirational India

4. Reinvigorating Human Capital

5. Innovation and R&D

6. Minimum Government and Maximum Governance

 

Highlights

1. A new scheme, titled PM Atma Nirbhar Swasthya Bharat Yojana, to be launched to develop primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare.

2. Jal Jeevan Mission (URBAN) designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with SDG Goal- 6.

3. 100 new Sainik Schools to be set up

4. 750 Eklavya schools to be set up in tribal areas

5. Proposal to set up a Central University in Ladakh

6. Vehicle scrapping policy to phase out old and unfit vehicles.

7. 100% electrification of Railways to be completed by 2023

8. Metro services announced in 27 cities.

9. National Hydrogen Mission to be launched to generate hydrogen from green power sources

10. No IT filing for people above 75 years who get pension and earn interest from deposits

11. Deposit insurance increased from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for bank depositors

12. Two PSU bank and one general insurance firm to be disinvested this year

13. An IPO of LIC to debut this fiscal

14. A portal to be launched to maintain information on gig workers and construction workers

15. Social security to be extended to gig and platform workers

 

Important Days of February

 

World Wetlands Day: 02 February 2021

Designated by: Ramsar Convention Secretariat

Theme: Wetlands and Water

First Observed in: 1997

 

World Cancer Day: 04 February 2021

Designated by: Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Theme: I am and I Will (for 2020-21)

First Observed in: 2000

 

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: 06 February 2021

Designated by: U.N.O.

First Observed in: 2013

Theme: No Time for Global Inaction, Unite, Fund, and Act to End Female Genital Mutilation

 

Safer Internet Day: 09 February 2021

Designated by: European Union

Theme: Together for a better internet

First Observed in: 2004

 

World Pulses Day: 10 February 2021

Designated by: U.N.O.

First Observed in: 2020

Theme: Nutritious Seeds for a Sustainable Future

 

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: 11 February 2021

Designated by: U.N.O.

First Observed in: 2016

Theme: Women scientists at the forefront of fight against COVID-19

 

World Radio Day: 13 February 2021

Designated by: UNESCO

Theme: New World New Radio

First Observed in: 2013

 

World Day of Social Justice: 20 February 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First Observed in: 2008

 

International Mother Language Day: 21 February 2021

Designated by: UN General Assembly

Theme: Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society

First Observed in: 2008

 

Rare Disease Day: 29 February 2021 (Last day of February)

Designated by: European Organisation for Rare Diseases (EURORDIS)

Theme: Rare is many. Rare is strong. Rare is proud!

First Observed in: 2008

 

Dada Saheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021

Best Actor (Female) – Deepika Padukone, Chhapaak

Best Actor (Male) – Akshay Kumar, Laxmii

Critic’s Best Actress – Kiara Advani, Guilty

Critic’s Best Actor – Sushant Singh Rajput

Best Film – Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior

Best International Feature Film – Parasite

Most Versatile Actor – Kay Kay Menon

Best Director – Anurag Basu, Ludo

Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Vikrant Massey, Chhapaak

Best Actress in Supporting Role – Radhika Madan

Best Actor in Comic Role – Kunal Kemmu, Lootcase

 

Australian Open 2021

 

Title

Winner

Runner-up

Men’s Singles

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Daniil Medvedev (Russia)

Women’s Singles

Naomi Osaka (Japan)

Jennifer Brady (USA)

Men’s Doubles

Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Filip Polasek (Slovakia)

Rajeev Ram (USA) and Joe Salisbury (UK)

Women’s Doubles

Elise Mertens (Belgium) and Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic)

Women’s Doubles

Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic) and Rajeev Ram (USA)

Samantha Stosur and Matthew Ebden (Australia)

 

Books in News

 

The Little Book of Encouragement by Dalai Lama

By Many a Happy Accident: Recollections of Life by Mohammad Hamid Ansari (former Vice-President)

Unfinished by Priyanka Chopra

 


LAST MONTHS G.K.

November 21 : 20, 18, 18, 18, 17, 17, 11, 10, 09, 09, 08, 08, 06, 03, 02, 01

October 21 : 30, 24, 23, 21, 20, 19, 18, 16, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 08, 08, 07, 06, 04, 01

September 21 : 07, 04, 03, 02, 01

August 21 : 11, 10

July 21 : 10, 10, 09, 09, 08, 06, 05, 03, 02, 01

June 21 : 08, 07, 07, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

May 21 : 29, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 20, 19, 18, 17, 17, 14, 13, 11, 10, 10, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 01

April 21 : 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 09, 08, 08, 07, 05, 03, 02, 01

March 21 : 18, 17, 16, 15, 13, 12, 10, 10, 09, 08, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

February 21 : 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 15, 13, 12, 12, 11, 10, 08, 06, 03, 01

January 21 : 27, 25, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 16, 15, 14, 12, 11, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05

December 20 : 30, 29, 28, 24, 21, 18, 17, 15, 11, 07, 03, 01

November 20 : 24, 20, 19, 18, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02

October 20 : 31, 30, 29, 29, 27, 26, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 09, 08, 08, 07, 06, 06, 03, 02, 01

September 20 : 30, 29, 29, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 12, 11, 10, 09, 09, 08, 07, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

August 20 : 31, 29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 10, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 01

July 20 : 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 18, 17, 14, 13, 10, 09, 09, 08, 07, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01

June 20 : 30, 27, 26, 24, 23, 22, 20, 19, 18, 18, 17, 16, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

May 20 : 30, 29, 28, 26, 25, 23, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 16, 14, 13, 11, 09, 08, 07, 07, 05, 04, 02, 01

April 20 : 30, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 07, 07, 04, 03, 02, 01

March 20 : 31, 27, 26, 25, 24, 22, 21, 19, 18, 17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 09, 07, 06, 05, 04, 04, 03, 02

February 20 : 29, 28, 28, 26, 25, 24, 21, 20, 19, 18, 11

January 20 : 13