July GK 2021

 

Awards

The Indian economist who has been conferred the Humboldt Research Award 2021 by Dr Hans-Bernd Schäfer of Bucerius Law School in Germany's Hamburg – Dr. Kaushik Basu

 

Defence

The venue of the 12th edition of Indo-Russia joint military Exercise INDRA 2021 held from 01 to 13 August 2021 – Volgograd, Russia

The maritime exercise conducted from 26.07.21 to 06.08.21 along the East Coast of Africa to promote national and regional maritime security in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean with participation of 12 Eastern African countries, US, UK, India and various international organisations is named – Exercise Cutlass Express 2021

The operation launched by the Indian Army to provide assistance to people affected by rains and floods in Maharashtra has been named – Operation Varsha 21

The first batch of multi-role helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin, accepted by Indian Navy at Naval Air Station, North Island, San Diego – MH-60R

The Tri-nation table top anti-narcotics and maritime search and rescue exercise conducted in virtual mode by Indian Navy, Sri Lankan Navy and Maldives National Defence Force on 14 and 15 July 2021 was named – Exercise Shield

 

Places

The state which has become the first in the country to provide 1% reservation for transgenders in Govt jobs – Karnataka

The city in Odisha which has become the first in the country to provide 24/7 quality drinking water supply (potable water directly from tap) – Puri

The Australian city which has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host 2032 Summer Olympics and Paralympics – Brisbane

The place in Haryana where India’s first Grain ATM (Automated, Multi Commodity, Grain Dispensing Machine) has been installed under World Food Programme of the United Nations – Gurugram

The place in Maharashtra where the Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India's first private LNG plant set up by Baidyanath Ayurvedic group – Nagpur

 

Sports

The former badminton player and the first Indian to win a badminton title abroad who passed away on 28.07.2021 – Shri Nandu Natekar

The former Indian cricketer and part of 1983 World Cup winning team who passed away on 13.07.2021 – Yashpal Sharma

The Indian sportspersons who have been chosen to be flag bearers of the Indian contingent at 2021 Tokyo Olympics – Mary Kom and Manpreet Singh

The Indian para high jumper who has been chosen to be India's flag bearer at Tokyo Paralympics to be held in August 2021 – Mariyappan Thangavelu

The swimmer from Gujarat who has become the first woman from India to qualify for swimming at the Olympics (100 m backstroke) – Maana Patel

The athlete from Indian Navy who has become the first Indian male to qualify for the 400 m hurdles at the Olympics (Tokyo Olympics) – MP Jabir

The Indo-American chess prodigy from New Jersey who has become the youngest to qualify as a grandmaster, at the age of 12 years 4 months and 25 days, beating Sergey Karjakin's record of 2003 – Abhimanyu Mishra

 

Persons – Appointments etc.

The Minister of Home Affairs of Karnataka who has been chosen to be the new Chief Minister of Karnataka – Shri B.S. Bommai

The new Deputy Leader of Rajya Sabha succeeding Shri Piyush Goyal who has been appointed the leader of Rajya Sabha – Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

The Union Minister who has been appointed the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha succeeding Shri Thawarchand Gehlot – Shri Piyush Goyal

The political leader from Nepali Congress who has been appointed the new Prime Minister of Nepal replacing Shri KP Sharma Oli of CPN(UML) – Shri Sher Bahadur Deuba

The BJP MLA from Khatima constituency who has been appointed the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand succeeding Shri Tirath Singh Rawat – Shri Pushkar Singh Dhami

The Indian born aeronautical engineer who has been chosen to fly to the edge of the space in Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Unity along with the company's founder Sir Richard Branson – Sirisha Bandla

 

Persons – Obituaries

The 2019 Nari Shakti Puraskar recipient from Kollam in Kerala famous for deciding to continue her education at the age of 105 years, who passed away on 23 July 2021 – Bhageerathi Amma

The National Award winning TV, theatre and film actress who passed away on 16 July 2021 – Surekha Sikri

The Pulitzer Prize winning Indian journalist from Reuters who was killed during a battle between the Taliban and Afghan Special Forces on 15.07.2021 – Danish Siddiqui

The renowned Ayurveda physician of Kotakkal Arya Vaidyashala, Kerala who passed away on 10.07.2021 – Dr. P.K. Warrier

The veteran Congress leader and six times (for 21 years) former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and former Union Minister who passed away on 08.07.2021 – Shri Virbhadra Singh

 

Dilip Kumar (Mohammad Yusuf Khan)

11.12.1922 to 07.07.2021

Birth place: Peshawar

Debut film: Jwar Bhata (1944)

Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from 2000 to 2006


Official Cheer Song of India for Tokyo Olympics 2021

Title: Hindustani Way

Music Composer: AR Rahman

Performed by: Ananya Birla

Launched by: Shri Anurag Thakur, Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs

 

New Governors

State

Governors

Karnataka

Shri Thawarchand Gehlot

Madhya Pradesh

Shri Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel

Mizoram

Shri Hari Babu Kambhampati

Himachal Pradesh

Shri Rajendra Viswanath Arlekar

Goa

Shri S. Sreedharan Pillai

Tripura

Shri Satyadeo Narayan Arya

Jharkhand

Shri Ramesh Bais

Haryana

Shri Bandaru Dattatreya

Tamil Nadu

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad


 

Awards

Padma Bhushan (1991), Padma Vibhushan (2015), Dadasaheb Phalke Award (1994)

Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award of Pakistan (1998), 8 Filmfare Awards for the Best Actor including the first in 1954 for his role in Daag

 

Copa America 2021

Organised by: CONMEBOL

Venue: Brazil

Winners: Argentina

Runners-up: Brazil

Best player: Lionel Messi

Fair play award: Brazil

 

UEFA EURO 2020

Organised by: UEFA

Venues: 11 cities in 11 countries

Winners: Italy

Runners-up: England

Best player: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)

 

Golden Boot: Cristiano Ronaldo


Important Days of July

 

International Day of Co-operatives: 03 July 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 1993

Theme: Rebuild Better Together

World Population Day: 11 July 2020

Designated by: United Nations Development Programme

First observed: 1989

World Youth Skills Day: 15 July 2020

Designated by: UNESCO

First observed: 2015

Theme: Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic

Nelson Mandela International Day: 18 July 2020

Designated by: UN General Assembly

First observed: 2010

Theme: One Hand Can Feed Another

World Hepatitis Day: 28 July 2020

Designated by: World Health Organisation

First observed: 2008

Theme: Hepatitis Can't Wait

International Tiger Day: 29 July 2020

Designated by: St Petersburg Tiger Summit

First observed: 2010

Theme: Their survival is in our hands

World Day against Trafficking in Persons: 30 July 2020

Designated by: United Nations General Assembly

First observed: 2014

Theme: Victims' voices lead the way

 

UNESCO: World Heritage Sites - New inclusions from India

Kakatiya Rudreshwara, popularly known as Ramappa Temple located in Palampet village of Mulugu district of Telangana.

Ancient city Dholavira, the southern centre of the Harappan Civilization, on the island of Khadir in Gujarat.

 

Cannes Film Festival Award 2021

Palme d'Or: Julia Ducournau for "Titane" (France)

Grand Prix: Shared by Ashgar Farhadi for "A Hero" (Iran) and Juho Kuosmanen for "Compartment No.6" (Finland)

Best Director: Leos Carax for "Annette" (France)

Best Actress: Renate Reinsve for "Worst Person in the World" (Norway)

Best Actor: Caleb Landry Jones for "Nitram" (US)

 

AIFF Awards 2020-21

AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year: Sandesh Jhingan

AIFF Men’s Emerging Footballer of the Year: Suresh Singh Wangjam

AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year: Bala Devi

AIFF Women’s Emerging Footballer of the Year: Manisha Kalyan


New Shepard – Space Vehicle

New Shepard is a vertical-takeoff, vertical-landing (VTVL), launch vehicle developed by Blue Origin, the aerospace manufacturer owned by Jeff Bezos.

It is a fully reusable, space vehicle composed of two principal parts: a pressurized crew capsule and a booster rocket.

The pressurized crew capsule has a volume of 15 cubic meters and can carry six people.

First crewed flight made on: 20 July 2021

Passengers in the crew capsule:

1. Mr. Jeff Bezos,

2. Mr. Mark Bezos (younger brother of Jeff Bezos),

3. Ms. Wally Funk (American astronaut) and

4. Oliver Daemen (Dutch space tourist)

 

Launched from: Blue Origin West Texas launch facility

 

New Union Cabinet Ministers

 

Shri Amit Shah

Minister of Home and Minister of Cooperation.

Shri Piyush Goyal

Minister of Commerce and Industry, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Minister of textiles

Shri Narayan Rane

Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Shri Sarbananda Sonowal

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, and Minister of AYUSH.

Dr Virendra Kumar

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.

Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia

Minister of Civil Aviation.

Shri Ramchandra Prasad Singh

Minister of Steel.

Shri Ashwini Vaishnav

Minister of Railways, Minister of Communication & Minister of Electronics and Information Technology.

Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras

Minister of Food Processing Industries.

Shri Kiren Rijiju

Minister of Law and Justice.

Shri Dharmendra Pradhan

Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

Shri Raj Kumar Singh

Minister of Power and Minister of New and Renewable Energy.

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Shri Mansukh Mandaviya

Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Minister of Health and Family Welfare.

Shri Bhupender Yadav

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Minister of Labour and Employment.

Shri Parshottam Rupala

Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

Shri G Kishan Reddy

Minister of Culture, Minister of Tourism and Minister of Development of North East Region.

Shri Anurag Thakur

Minister of Information & Broadcasting and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports.


The Ministry of Cooperation has been created for realising the vision Sahkar se Samriddhi. It will provide separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country.

 Wimbledon 2021

Title

Winner

Runner-up

Gentlemens Singles

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Mattio Berritini (Italy)

Ladies Singles

Ashleigh Barty (Australia)

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)

Gentlemens Doubles

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic (Croatia)

Marcel Granollers (Spain) and Horacio Zeballos (Argentina)

Ladies Doubles

Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei) and Elise Mertens (Belgium)

Veronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina (Russia)

Mixed Doubles

Neal Skupski (UK) and Desirae Krawczyk (USA)

Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart (UK)

 

Books in News

The India Story by Bimal Jalan (former RBI governor)

Abbreviations in News

SAFAL: Structured Assessment for Analysing Learning levels

French Open 2021

Title

Winner

Runner-up

Men’s Singles

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece)

Women’s Singles

Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic)

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia)

Men’s Doubles

Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut (France)

Alexander Bublik and Andrey Golubev (Kazhakstan)

Women’s Doubles

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (Czech Republic)

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) and Iga Swiatek (Poland)

Mixed Doubles

Desirae Krawczyk (USA) and Joe Salisbury (UK)

Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev (Russia)

 

2019-21 ICC World Test Championship

From 01.08.2019 to 23.06.2021

Winners: New Zealand

Runners-up: India

Participants; 9 (Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka

Most runs: Marnus Labuschagne – 1675

Most wickets: Ravichandran Ashwin – 71

Final match played at Rose Bowl, Southampton


LAST MONTHS G.K.

October 21 : 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