Monthly Current Affairs – YEAR 2020 और 2021 (All Important GK)

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Monthly Current affairs – Year 2020 and 2021

# Recently the government of India sanctioned Rupees 37.8 crores for the development of Parashuram Kund Pilgrimage site which is located in?
Ans. Arunachal Pradesh (Lohit district)

# Recently the new elected US President Joe Biden proposed 2 Indian-American names in US National Security Council. They are?
Ans. 1. Sumona Guha as Senior Director for South Asia
2. Tarun Chhabra as Senior Director for Technology and National Security

# Recently ‘India and France Strategic Dialogue 2021’ held in which Indian city?
Ans. New Delhi
* From India side the delegation was led by Ajit Doval (National Security Advisor, India)
* From France side the delegation was led by Emmanuel Bonne (French Diplomatic advisor)

# Which country recently commits to support with Rupees 2113 crores (30 billion Japanese Yen) for Covid relief efforts in India?
Ans. Japan

# A new book was released on the 16th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas this year. The name of the book is?
Ans. Modi India Calling – 2021
* The book is released by Adesh Gupta (Delhi BJP President)
* It has a collection of photographs of PM Narendra Modi on his 107 different overseas and bilateral visits

# Who is the author of the newly launched book ‘Making of a General – A Himalayan Echo’?
Ans. Lt. Gen. Konsam Himalay Singh
* The book is released by Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla

# The adverse findings (background investigation) of ‘National Family Health Survey-5’ will be done by which Panel?
Ans. Preeti Pant panel
* The ministry of Health and Family welfare has recently set up this panel
* Preeti Pant will lead the panel and technical expert group

Monthly Current Affairs and GK – National and International events

# Recently which country’s Plane crashed into water?
Ans. Indonesia
* Boeing 737-500 Indonesia Sriwijaya Air

# To provide comprehensive insurance covers in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh customers which insurance company joined hands with J&K and Ladakh Finance Corporation?
Ans. Universal Sompo General Insurance Co. Ltd.

# Recently a twitter campaign named @Potus was in news. The campaign was later deleted by Twitter. Whose campaign was this?
Ans. Former U.S. President Donald Trump

# After Apollo Hospitals which healthcare hospital will become India’s 2nd largest healthcare chain?
Ans. Manipal Health Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. (MHEPL)
* MHEPL will acquire 100% shareholding of Columbia Asia Hospitals Pvt. Ltd.
* After this acquisition MHEPL will become 2nd largest healthcare chain in the country
* Approval given by CCI (Competition Commission of India)

# ‘Sagar Anveshika’ a Coastal Research Vehicle (CRV) inaugurated at Chennai port
* Inauguration done by – Harsh Vardhan (Union minister for Earth Sciences)
* This vehicle will be used for research purpose of Ocean technology

# Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2021 was celebrated on?
Ans. 9th Part
* This year theme – Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat

yearly current affairs

Latest Current affairs for the year 2020 and 2021

# Which state government launched COSFOM website for Community Forest Management?
Ans. Manipur
* Launched by Awangbow Newbai (Manipur Forest minister)

# 10th Part celebrated as ‘World Hindi Day’

# 7th Trade Policy Review (TPR) concluded in WTO (World Trade Organization)
* WTO headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland

# Which bollywood star virtually attended the inauguration ceremony of 26th Kolkata International Film Festival which took place in Kolkata, West Bengal?
Ans. Shahrukh Khan
* Shahrukh Khan is the brand ambassador of West Bengal
* The inauguration was done by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

# Which film is the ‘inaugural film’ in the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival?
Ans. Apur Sansar (This movie is the Legendary film maker Satyajit Ray’s movie)

# American journalist and Pulitzer prize winner ‘Neil Sheehan’ passed away

# Former Gujarat CM and former Union minister ‘Madhavsinh Solanki’ passed away

# India will be the head of 3 important committees in the UN (United Nations) Security Council
* The 3 committees are – Taliban Sanctions Committee, Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and the Libyan Sanctions Committee

# Who is the representative of India to the UN (United Nations)?
Ans. T.S. Tirumurti

# Who has been again re-Elected as President of Central African Republic?
Ans. Faustin Archange Touadera

# Recently the International Akhand Conference ‘EDUCON-2020’ organized by?
Ans. Central university of Punjab and Global Educational Research Association (GERA)
* EDUCON 2020 was organized through video conferencing
* Inauguration done by – Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’
* Theme – Envisioning Education for Transforming Youth to Restore Global Peace

# Which bank will provide ‘Shaurya Visa Platinum Debit Card’ and ‘Bank Shaurya Salary Account’ to Indian Army?
Ans. Bandhan Bank
* Bandhan Bank will provide banking services to Indian Army personnel

# Central Government has recently approved a new Highway Project of worth Rupees 5801 crores between which 2 cities?
Ans. Between Surat (Gujarat) and Bengaluru (Karnataka)
* The new highway will be of 1035 km (approx.)

# Government is planning to merge J&K Cadre of All India services officers with AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram Union Territory) Cadre

  • This merge will be under the J&K Reorganisation Amendment Ordinance 2021

# Which eCommerce site recently signed a memorandum with LSC (Logistics Skill Sector Council) to set up Centre of Excellence in Logistics Skills?
Ans. FlipKart
* It will be set up in Bengaluru, Karnataka

# Who is the new deputy general secretary of All India Football Federation (AIFF)?
Ans. Abhishek Yadav (former India striker)

# Recently which country test Fired a new Rocket System named ‘Fatah 1’?
Ans. Pakistan
* Its a multi launch Rocket system with a range of 140 km

# According to Bloomberg Billionaires index report recently who takes over Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to become the richest person in the world?
Ans. Tesla CEO Elon Musk

# ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ (NRI Day) celebrated on 9th Part
* This year theme – Contributing to Aatmanirbhar Bharat

# Recently who launched the mobile application ‘Satark Nagrik’?
Ans. J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha
* With the help of this app a citizen can file complaints related to corruption

# Recently which bank collaborated with IOCL (Indian Oil Corporation Limited) to launch “Indian Oil – SBI co-branded RuPay Debit Card”?
Ans. SBI (State Bank of India)

# Sahitya Akademi awardee and Tamil writer A.Madhavan passed away

# To improve English language proficiency of school teachers and students which state government signed a deal with University of Cambridge?
Ans. Andhra Pradesh

# Marathi Journalist Day observed on 6th Part in Maharashtra

# Justice R.S. Chauhan became the new chief justice of Uttarakhand high court

# Sudhanshu Dhulia became the new chief justice of Guwahati high court

# Which state launched ‘Dheeiyan Di Lohri’ welfare project for girl child?
Ans. Punjab
* Launched by Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

# NCD PHC Mobile app launched by a collaborate team of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dell Technologies and Tata Trusts
* Objective – Management of non-communicable diseases at government primary health centres around the country

# Recently which Government body allocated an amount of Rupees 201.58 crores for installation of PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) Oxygen plants in different states of India?
Ans. PM CARES Fund Trust

# Recently Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) and NHPC Ltd. (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) signed a deal to provide technical expertise in the field of developing new renewable energy projects

# Punjab National Bank and IIT Kanpur collaborated to set up ‘Fintech Innovation Centre’ at IIT Kanpur
* FinTech = Financial Technology

# Which Indian Bank signed a deal with NABfoundation to provide financial help to Self Help Groups to execute the ‘My Pad My Right’ project?
Ans. Central Bank of India
* ‘My Pad My Right’ is a NABARD sponsored project related to womens menstrual hygiene

Yearly Current Affairs 2020 and 2021

# Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Union minister of health and family welfare) released India’s 1st Database of older ageing population
* This report is known as LASI (Longitudinal Ageing Study in India) Wave-1 report
* LASI is a government initiative for better welfare of elderly people

# Which state government launched Krishi Sanjeevani Vans?
Ans. Karnataka
* Objective – To test soil, water and pests

# Recently CCEA (Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs) approved a new scheme under CSS (Central Sector Scheme) in which state/UT?
Ans. J&K
* Name of the scheme – New Industrial Development Scheme for J&K 2021

# PM Narendra Modi inaugurates world’s 1st Double Stack Long Haul 1.5 km Container Train

# IDSR (Institute of Defence Studies and Research) and IAF (Indian Air Force) signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) which will enable IAF officers to pursue higher studies
* IDSR is situated at Ahmedabad, Gujarat

# Who is the new Chief Justice of Guwahati High Court?
Ans. Sudhanshu Dhulia

# Which Indian bank will set up a ‘College of Supervisors’ (CoS) which will act as an academic advisory council?
Ans. RBI
* The College of Supervisors will be headed by RBI former deputy governor N.S. Viswanathan

# Recently which banking firm started a new investors awareness campaign named #PaisonKoRokoMat?
Ans. IDFC Mutual funds
* Objective – To aware smart and modern mutual funds investment options
* IDFC headquarters – Mumbai

# Name the Indian-American who became U.S. Army’s 1st CIO (Chief Information Officer)
Ans. Raj Iyer

# Who is the new Chief Justice of Telangana High Court?
Ans. Hima Kohli
* She is the 1st woman CJ of Telangana high court

# Who is the new Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court?
Ans. J.K. Maheshwari

# Which Indian bank collaborated with IIT Kanpur to set up a ‘Fintech Innovation Centre’?
Ans. PNB (Punjab National Bank)
* Objective – To help in building new innovations

# Recently PhonePe associate with which private bank to provide Term Life Insurance Plans?
Ans. ICICI Prudential Life insurance
* PhonePe head office – Bengaluru, Karnataka
* ICICI head office – Mumbai

# Recently New Development Bank (NDB) signed a loan agreement of $646 Million USD with which state government to upgrade the Road and Highway Network in the state?
Ans. Andhra Pradesh

# The central government has recently formed a committee to protect the unique language, cultural identity and land of Ladakh. Who is the head of this committee?
Ans. G Kishan Reddy

# World’s largest 600 MegaWatt Floating Solar Energy project will be set up in which state?
Ans. Madhya Pradesh (Khandwa district)
* The construction will be completed by the year 2022-23
* The solar energy project will be on Omkareshwar dam on Narmada river

# Recently India has provided a fund of 30.66 crore NPR to which country for reconstruction of Earthquake affected schools?
Ans. Nepal
* NPR = Nepalese Rupees

# Who is the new President of ‘All India Chess Federation’?
Ans. Sanjay Kapoor
* He is the youngest president of the federation

# New Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court?
Ans. A.K. Goswami

# Who is the author of the recently launched book ‘Right Under Your Nose’?
Ans. R. Giridharan
* He is working as a manager in RBI

# Who is the new RBI’S CoS (College of Supervisors) full time director?
Ans. Rabi Narayan Mishra
* RBI CoS – Its an advisory council of supervisors who will supervise, execute and regulate bank policies

# IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India) has made it mandatory for General Insurance Companies to cover 3 standard Insurance products in their policies to cover the risk of Fire and allied Perils

# Bank of Baroda recently signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India) to provide ‘One Time Restructuring’ loans for MSME (Micro, small and Medium enterprises) customers

# Recently which Indian organization will start operating India’s 1st Government sponsored infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT)?
Ans. NHAI (National Highways Authority of India)
* With this scheme investors can start investing in infrastructure projects of the country and earn a return income

# Recently which Indian organization signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation for implementation of Biodigester Mk-II Technology?
Ans. DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation)
* Biodigester Mk-II Technology is the use of human waste to convert it in usable gas and water for irrigation

# Recently which world organization signed a loan agreement of $646 million with India to develop road projects in Andhra Pradesh?
Ans. New Development Bank (NBD)
* NBD headquarters – Shanghai, China

# Recently elected president of U.S. Joe Biden nominates whom to be the next U.S. Attorney General?
Ans. Judge Merrick Garland
* He serves as the judge of U.S. Court of Appeals in Columbia

# Who is the new British High commissioner to India?
Ans. Alex Ellis

# Who is the new head of Google Cloud in Asia Pacific?
Ans. Karan Bajwa

# Who is the new Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh high court?
Ans. Arup Kumar Goswami

# Recently India signed a MoC (Memorandum of Cooperation) with which country to provide ‘Specified Skilled Worker’?
Ans. Japan

# Reserve Bank of India has introduced LEI (Legal Entity Identifier) for NEFT and RTGS transactions of Rupees 50 Crore and more
* LEI is a 20 digit number used to identify customers
* NEFT = National Electronic Funds Transfer
* RTGS = Real Time Gross Settlement

# Indian Army will get high mobility vehicles which will help in logistics management. Which company is manufacturing the equipment?
Ans. BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Limited)
* BEML headquarters – Bengaluru
* These high mobility vehicles will help in logistics management of the Indian Army

# Which state government launched Kisan Kalyan Mission for farmers welfare and to double their income?
Ans. Uttar Pradesh

# After 1901, the year 2020 was the 8th Warmest year in India
* Report released by – India Meteorological department

# Central African Republic Presidential election result – Faustin Archange Touadera re-elected as President for the 2nd term

# Who is appointed as AIFF (All India Football Federation) 1st Deputy General Secretary?
Ans. Abhishek Yadav
* He is a former Indian footballer

# Freight Business Development Portal launched by Railways Minister Piyush Goyal
* Objective of the portal – To provide status of customers freight and their requirement

# 6th January observed as World Day of War Orphans

# TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Akhil Bhrtiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram to set up TRIFOOD parks in Madhya Pradesh

# Recently TATA Power join hands with which bank to provide finance schemes to MSME (Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) customers?
Ans. SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India)

# India’s 1st CEPI (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations) Laboratory inaugurated in THSTI (Translational Health Science And Technology Institute) Faridabad
* Inaugurated by Union minister of Health and Family welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan

# Which bank became the fist Urban co-operative bank (UCB) in India to receive license from RBI to operate as a SFB (Small Finance Bank)?
Ans. SMCB (Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank) Uttar Pradesh

# Recently where did the Khelo India Ice Hockey Tournament was organized?
Ans. Chiktan, Kargil (Ladakh)

# Which Indian bank recently signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Indian Army to provide salary account for Indian Army Personnel?
Ans. Bandhan Bank Ltd.
* The bank will provide Bandhan Bank Shaurya Salary Account
* Bandhan Bank headquarters – Kolkata

# Who is the author of the new book launched ‘India’s 71-year Test’?
Ans. R. Kaushik

# Who became the first female Umpire in Men’s Cricket Test match?
Ans. Claire Polosak

# MRSAM Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile successfully test fired
* This missile is jointly developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation)

# Alan Burgess (oldest living 1st class cricketer) passed away at the age of 100

# Which Meteorological Centre in India got the status of ‘Centennial observing Station’ by WMO (World Meteorological Organization)?
Ans. Patna Meteorological Observatory
* WMO headquarters – Geneva, Switzerland

# The central government set up a high level group for South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE)
* This group will be headed by former Union power seceratary Ram Vinay Shahi

# Under the ‘National Urban Livelihood Mission Scheme’ India’s 1st ‘Migrant Worker Cell’ launched in Surat, Gujarat
* Launched by union minister Dharmendra Pradhan

# Government of India set up a high level group for the development of South Asia Energy Security. Who is the head of the group?
Ans. Ram Vinay Shahi
* The name of the group is SAGE (South Asia Group for Energy)

# ‘mPension app’ launched in Manipur to help pensioners to update their profile by themselves
* Launched by Manipur CM N Biren Singh

# India’s 1st Testing hub for Autonomous Navigation & Data Acquisition Systems ‘TiHAN Foundation’ opened in IIT Hyderabad
* Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank laid the foundation

# Former PM of Mali (country in West Africa) Modibo Keita passed away

# JK IT (an infrastructure development company) and NBCC (National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd.) signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to open IT Towers in J&K

# Recently India launched its 40th Expedition drive from Mormugao Port, Goa to which part of the world?
Ans. Antarctica
* Its 40th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica (ISEA)

# Which Transport Corporation in the country will use Ballastless Tracks to support high speed trains running up to a speed of 180 kmph?
Ans. NCRTC (National Capital Region Transport Corporation)
* These tracks are suitable for high speed trains and require low maintenance

# ‘Toycathon 2021’ launched by Government of India to make India as a Global Toy Manufacturing Hub
* Launched by Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
* A portal related to this initiative also launched – ‘Toycathon Portal’

# Which state government recently launched ‘Launch Pad Scheme’ to make youth self-reliant?
Ans. Madhya Pradesh
* Launched by the Madhya Pradesh Women and Child Development Department of the state

# TATA Power collaborated with SIDBI (Small Industries Development Bank of India)
* Objective – To provide affordable financing scheme for MSME (Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) customers

# On 6th January, Maharashtra observed ‘Journalist Day’
* This day is also observed as birth anniversary of ‘Balshastri Jambhekar’ also known as Father of Marathi Journalism

# To improve the inland water transport infrastructure in Kolkata (West Bengal), The World Bank has approved $105 million Loan

# PM Narendra Modi recently inaugurates the ‘Kochi-Mangaluru Natural Gas Pipeline’
* Pipeline constructed by GAIL (Gas Authority of India Ltd.)
* GAIL headquarters – New Delhi

# Who is the new Deputy Chief of Army Staff (DCOAS)?
Ans. Lt Gen Shantanu Dayal

# Which country is planning to launch world’s 1st Wood based Space Satellite?
Ans. Japan
* It will be launch by the year 2023

Current affairs for govt. jobs exam – Year 2020 and 2021

# BAJAJ Allianz General Insurance partners with J&K Government to provide health insurance under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana SEHAT scheme

# Which Indian surgeon has been honoured with ‘OBE Officer of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire’?
Ans. Dr. Raghu Ram Pillarisetti
* He is a consultant breast surgeon
* He is in the ‘Queen Elizabeth II’s 2021 New year’s honours list’

# Recently Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an agreement contract with which Indian company to supply ‘Lynx U2’ Fire Control Systems to Indian Navy?
Ans. BEL (Bharat Electronics Ltd.)
* BEL headquarters – Bengaluru, Karnataka

# Government is planning to provide Digital Port Ecosystem to India’s 5 major ports
* The ports are – Deendayal, Chennai, Paradip, Mumbai, Kolkata Haldia
* A centralised web based Port Community System (PCS) will be established

# Recently who released the AAAN (Action Agenda for Atma Nirbhar Bharat)?
Ans. Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Minister of Health and Family Welfare)
* It was prepared by Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC)
* TIFAC headquarters – New Delhi

# Recently which country passed the ‘Malala Yousafzai Scholarship Act’?
Ans. U.S. Congress
* This act will increase the number of scholarships for Pakistani women in higher education

# Recently which international organization approved $100 million loan to upgrade the power distribution system in Bengaluru, India?
Ans. ADB (Asian Development Bank)

# ‘World’s Longest Railway Platform’ is set for inauguration in Hubballi railway station at Karnataka
* The inauguration will be by the month of March this year

# Recently Mathikettan Shola National Park’s 1 km boundary area is declared as Eco-Sensitive Zone by Central Government ministry of Forest and Climate change
* Objective – To save the natural habitat
* Mathikettan Shola National park is located in Idduki, Kerala

# Who inaugurated virtual ‘Agri India Hackathon 2020’?
Ans. Union agriculture & farmers welfare minister Narendra Singh Tomar
* Its a virtual Indian agriculture event

# Which bank recently launched Video KYC Facility for opening Savings Bank Accounts
Ans. IDBI bank (Industrial Development Bank of India)
* IDBI headquarters – Mumbai

# Vilas Patil Undalkar (former Maharashtra minister) passed away
* He was popularly known as ‘Kaka’

# Who will head the 51st International Film Festival of India which will take place in Goa, India this month?
Ans. Pablo Cesar (Argentina film maker)

# Recently which bank launched ‘Inflation Expectations Survey of Households’ (IESH) and ‘Consumer Confidence Survey’ (CCS)?
Ans. RBI (Reserve Bank of India)
* These surveys were launched to get inputs for monetary policy

# Ashish Pethe appointed as new Chairman of All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC)

# Saiyam Mehra appointed as new vice chairman of All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC)

# Michael Kindo (former hockey player and Olympic medalist) passed away

# UGC (University Grants Commission) set up a 7 members committee to review the decision of CET (Common Entrance Test) at under-graduate level
* The committee is headed by R.P. Tiwari
* Objective – To provide a single platform for entrance exam

# National Metrology Conclave 2021 observed on 4th Part
* PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the conclave through video conferencing
* Conclave organised by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL), New Delhi
* This year theme – Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation

# Indian Air Force e-Governance portal ‘e-Office’ launched by IAF chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria
* Developed by NIC (National Informatics Centre)

# Kerala will host the 4th Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) 2021

# Which Indian multinational company became World’s most Valuable Two-wheeler company?
Ans. Bajaj Auto
* Bajaj Auto headquarters – Pune, Maharashtra

# Recently a 5 day ‘National Folk Dance Festival’ was organized in?
Ans. Jammu (J&K)

# Who has been elected as AICF (All India Chess Federation) President?
Ans. Sanjay Kapoor
* AICF headquarters – Chennai

# Who has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of the Common High Court for J&K and Ladakh UT?
Ans. Pankaj Mithal

# Which Indian application won the ‘Jury Choice Award’ in the 6th Digital India Awards 2020?
Ans. Aarogya Setu app

# The Digital India Awards 2020 is given virtually by whom?
Ans. India President Ram Nath Kovind

# Recently Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) gives final approval of 2 Covid19 vaccines. What are the names?
Ans. (1) Oxford-AstraZeneca ‘Covishield’ and (2) Bharat Biotech ‘Covaxin’

# Operation Meghdoot (1984) hero and Ace Mountaineer Colonel Narendra Bull Kumar passed away

# World Braille Day observed on 4th Part
* This day is marked as birth anniversary of Louis Braille (the inventor of Braille)
* Braille = a touch reading & writing system for blind persons

# Senior Rajasthan Congress Leader and Former Union Minister Buta Singh passed away

# Recently which state government set up a Tamil Academy?
Ans. Delhi government

# NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) imposes 4 years ban on Boxer Nishu for doping case

# Recently SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) imposed penalty on which Indian company for violation of Share market norms?
Ans. Reliance India Ltd. & Mukesh Ambani

# Recently which Indian personnel got the Guard of Honour award by South Korea?
Ans. Army Chief General M.M. Naravane

# Which movie will be the opening movie at the 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI)?
Ans. Another Round
* The 51st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will open on 16th Part

# Which Indian armed force got a new ‘Human Rights Cell’?
Ans. Indian Army
* Gautam Chauhan is the 1st Additional DG of this Army Human Rights Cell

# Who has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court?
Ans. Raghavendra Singh Chauhan

# Who has been appointed as the new Chief Justice of Telangana High Court?
Ans. Hima Kohli

# Sambalpur, Odisha got a new permanent campus of IIM (Indian Institutes of Management)
* PM Narendra Modi virtually laid the foundation stone

# Which country will ban the marketing promotion of harmful junk foods from April 2022?
Ans. UK

# Thoubal Multi Purpose Project inaugurated in Imphal, Manipur

# Pakistan government will buy the houses of bollywood actors Raj Kapoor and Dilip Kumar in Peshawar (Pakistan) and convert them into museums
* For this, Pakistan government approved the release of Rupees 2.35 crores

# Government of India is planning a new bill in which shopkeepers can’t sell cigarettes and tobacco products to those who are below 21 years

# Who has been awarded with ‘Knighthood’ honour by Queen Elizabeth?
Ans. Lewis Hamilton (He belongs to F1 racing)
* Knighthood is the highest civilian honour

# Recently who inaugurated the journal ‘National Police K-9’ at Delhi? This book is related to Dog squad and their role in police and army.
Ans. Amit Shah (Home minister of India)

# TRIFED signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with DAY-NRLM to boost livelihoods of Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Tribal populations in India
* TRIFED = Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India
* DAY-NRLM = Deen Dayal Antyodaya National Rural Livelihood Mission

# ‘RuPay PoS’ an innovative payment solution for Indian merchants launched by?
Ans. International card payment service RuPay in collaboration with RBL Bank

# Who has been awarded with ‘Tansen Samman 2020’?
Ans. Satish Vyas
* He is an Indian Santoor player
* Tansen Samman award is given by Madhya Pradesh government

# India will Co-Chair IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and will assist other Asian countries to manage and conserve wildlife habitats

# portal launched to promote Khadi village industry products
* Launched by – KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) government ministry
* KVIC headquarters – Mumbai

# Recently Indian Army signed agreement with which company to produce 12 patrol boats to boost surveillance in Pangong Lake, Ladakh?
Ans. Goa Shipyard Ltd.

# Recently which financial institution introduced the Digital Payments Index (DPI)?
Ans. RBI (Reserve Bank of India)
* DPI score 2018 – 100
* DPI score 2019 – 153.47
* DPI score 2020 – 207.84

# India will be UNSC (United Nations Security Council) President for the year 2021 and 2022

# Recently IFSCA (International Financial Services Centres Authority) became associate member of which international organization?
Ans. IOSCO (International Organization of Securities Commissions)
* IOSCO headquarters – Madrid, Spain

Latest Current Affairs for the year 2020 and 2021

# ‘Kalam 5’ rocket engine recently launched by which Indian company?
Ans. SkyRoot Aerospace, Telangana
* Kalam 5 = Solid fueled Rocket engine

# Bloomberg Billionaires Index 2021 ranking-
1st rank – Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
2nd rank – Elon R Musk (SpaceX CEO)
3rd rank – Bill Gates (Microsoft co-founder)

# Landing Craft Utility (LCU) ship ‘IN LCU L-58’ delivered to Indian Navy
* This ship was delivered to Indian Navy by GRSE (Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers) which is a Ship building and repairing company located in Kolkata, West Bengal

# What is the rank of Mukesh Ambani (MD & Chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd.) in Bloomberg Billionaires Index 2021?
Ans. 12th

# Hurun Global Rich List 2020-
* Jeff Bezos – 1st Rank
* Mukesh Ambani – 8th Rank

# Who secured the top rank in the Asia’s Richest Person List?
Ans. Zhong Shanshan (Chinese billionaire) – Founder of bottled water company ‘Nongfu Spring’
* 2nd Rank – Mukesh Ambani
* 3rd Rank – Jack Ma (Alibaba founder)

# Who became India’s 67th Chess Grandmaster?
Ans. Leon Mendonca
* He is 14 years old from Goa, India
* He also became 29th youngest Grand Master in the world

# Jharkhand government launched Kisan Fasal Rahat Yojana

# Which country has recently changed a word in its National Anthem?
Ans. Australia
* ‘for we are young and free’ changed to ‘for we are one and free’

# To improve Horticulture marketing in J&K, The Union Territory Administration of J&K signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India)

# ADB (Asian Development Bank) approved $10 million loan to Himachal Pradesh India for Horticulture projects

# Under the Prisoner Exchange Agreement India and Pakistan exchanged their prisoners list

# Recenlty ADB (Asian Development Bank) signed an agreement of $231 million loan to enhance power generation capacity in which Indian state?
Ans. Assam

# Recenlty ADB (Asian Development Bank) signed an agreement of $10 million loan to enhance horticulture in which Indian state?
Ans. Himachal Pradesh

# A new type of Ruthenium 106 Plaque eye cancer Therapy to treat Ocular Tumors in eyes has been developed by which Indian organization?
Ans. BARC (Bhabha Atomic Research Center)

# Recently Gujarat Government launched Solar Power Policy 2021

# Who has been named as the Deputy Election Commissioner of India?
Ans. Umesh Sinha

# After Vinod Kumar Yadav who has become the new Chairman and CEO of Railway Board?
Ans. Suneet Sharma

# Recently Japanese Embassy sanctioned and confirmed India’s 1st Bullet Train Project to be done by the year 2023
* The 1st Bullet train will be run between Mumbai to Ahmedabad

# Who is the new Chairman of Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL)?
Ans. Soma Mondal

# The International Folklore Festival 2020 organized in which state university?
Ans. Chandigarh university

# Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Foundation day observed on 1st Part
* DRDO headquarters – New Delhi

# To create India’s first Social Impact Bond (SIB), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Pune (PCMC) signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme)

# Who became the new Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala?
Ans. Arya Rajendran
* She has became the youngest Mayor of India

# Recently the ‘Maitre Setu’ will be opened connecting Indian state Tripura to which country?
Ans. Bangladesh

# Recently the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) has been extended for next 6 months in which state?
Ans. Nagaland

# Recently which company signed contract with Indian Navy to supply Laser Dazzlers (non-lethal Weapons)?
Ans. BEL (Bharat Electronics Ltd.)

# Odia legendary music director Shantanu Mohapatra passed away

# GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation) recently nominated Dr. Harshvardhan as a board of member
* Headquarters of GAVI – Geneva, Switzerland
* Dr. Harshvardhan is the Health minister of India

# Who is the author of the new book launched ‘Vahana Masterclass’?
Ans. Alfredo Covelli (Italian writer)
* The book is related to lord Ganesha

# IFSCA became an Associate member of IOSCO
* IFSCA = International Financial Services Centres Authority
* IOSCO = International Organization of Securities Commissions (Headquarters – Madrid, Spain)

# Indian Coast Guard (ICG) signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with 7 asian countries for cooperation in M-SAR (Maritime Search and Rescue) operations.
* 7 Countries are – Vietnam, Srilanka, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Japan

# Digital India Awards 2020 (DIA) conferred by whom?
Ans. President of India (Ram Nath Kovind)

# IFLI (IDBI Federal Life Insurance Company Ltd.) collaborated/merged with Ageas Insurance International NV
* This merge got a new brand name i.e. Ageas Federal Life Insurance Company Ltd.

# Whose service tenure extended for the next 1 year as Space Secretary and Space Commission Chairman?
Ans. ISRO Chairman K.Sivan

# Recently Government of India has decided to start the export of India made AKASH missile system to other countries

# John Fulton (F) Reid, the former New Zealand cricketer passed away on 28 December 2020

# PM Narendra Modi on 31st December 2020 inaugurated a new AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) at Rajkot, Gujarat

# Sabarimala Vijnaanakosham book launched by Kerala Governor Arif Mohammaed Khan
* The author of the book – K.S. Vijayanath

# Eminent Engineer Award 2020 given to – Vinod Kumar Yadav (Railway Board Chairman & CEO)

# KALAM-5 (a solid fueled Rocket) successfully test-fired by SkyRoot Aerospace
* SkyRoot Aerospace becomes the first Indian company to do this task
* It was test fired from a private test facility at Nagpur, Maharashtra

# Global Pravasi Rishta Portal & Mobile App launched by MEA (Ministry of External Affairs)
* This will help to connect with 3.12 crore Indian Diaspora

# Recently the maiden trial of SAHAYAK-NG was conducted between?
Ans. DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organization) and Indian Navy
* SAHAYAK-NG is an Air droppable container

# PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Light house Projects in 6 states > Tripura, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat

# Who won the Scientist of the Year Award 2020?
Ans. Hemant Kumar Pandey (for his excellent work in Herbal medicines)
* This award is given by DRDO

# Recently which company signed an agreement with Delhi Government to solarise schools in Delhi?
Ans. Solar energy firm Oakridge Energy

# DigiNest mobile App launched by Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh
* This will help people to access directory of state government from their mobile

# Which state launched the Crop Relief Scheme Kisan Fasal Rahat Yojana?
Ans. Jharkhand
* This is a compensation scheme which will provide security cover to farmers

# Recently Raag Bhopali Exhibition started in Madhya Pradesh under the motto of Atmanirbhar Bharat
* Objective – To promote Zari-Zardozi crafts

# Tansen Music Festival was observed in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh from 26th to 30th December

# Report on Trend and Progress of Banking in India 2019-2020 released by which bank?
Ans. RBI (Reserve Bank of India)

# New building of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences opened in Shivajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka

# Who became the new Chief Secretary of Karnataka?
Ans. P. Ravi Kumar (IAS officer)

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