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15th June 2021 Current Affairs pdf in English



 01. In June 2021, how many rupees (in crores) have been released under the Samagra Shiksha Yojana to the States and Union Territories for the continuation of various educational initiatives?

(a) 4,378

(b) 5,902

(c) 6,862

(d) 7,622

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The correct answer is Rs 7,622 crore.

• An amount of Rs 7,622 crore has been released to the States and Union Territories.

• The amount was released under the Samagra Shiksha Yojana for the continuation of various educational initiatives.

• This money will be used to provide free textbooks and uniforms to the students.

• It will also be used for teacher salaries, training, vocational education and digital initiatives.

• Under the Samagra Shiksha Yojana, a vocational subject is offered along with general education for classes IX to XII to provide employability and vocational skills required for various occupations.

• It subsumes three schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE).


02. In June 2021, Dr. Indira Hridayesh passed away. She was the Congress Leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of which state?

(A) Punjab

(B) Uttarakhand

(C).Orissa

(D) Gujarat

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The correct answer is Uttarakhand.

• Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly Dr. Indira Hridayesh passed away in June 2021.

• She was a Congress MLA from Haldwani and was one of the senior most Congress leaders in the state.

Hridayesh was the Finance Minister of Uttarakhand from 2012 to 2017 and also handled the Parliamentary Affairs and Higher Education and Planning portfolios in the Congress government led by Harish Rawat.

Other Tributes:

• Former Indian women's volleyball team captain Nirmal Kaur has passed away due to complications related to the COVID-19 infection. She was the wife of the legendary Olympian Milkha Singh.


03. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has approved the budgetary support of how much rupees (in crores) to a Defense Innovation Organization (DIO), Innovation for Defense Excellence (iDEX) for the next 5 years?

(A) 376

(B) 404

(C) 498

(D) 512

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The correct answer is Rs 498 crore.

• Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has approved a budgetary support of Rs 498 crore for the next 5 years to Innovation for Defense Excellence (iDEX), a Defense Innovation Organization (DIO).

• The objective of the scheme is to provide financial assistance to around 300 start-ups, MSMEs and individual innovators and 20 partner incubators under the DIO framework.

• It aims to empower the culture of technology co-creation and co-innovation in the region and promote innovation among start-ups and encourage them to be a part of the ecosystem.


04. Who won his second French Open men's singles tennis title by defeating world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas in June 2021?

(A) Roger Federer

(B) Novak Djokovic

(C).Dominic Thiem

(D) Rafael Nadal

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The correct answer is Novak Djokovic.

• World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won his second French Open men's singles tennis title on 13 June 2021 by defeating World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

• Serbian Djokovic increased his Grand Slam tally to 19.

• Djokovic has become the first person in the Open era to win all four Majors at least twice and the third overall.

Australian Open 2021 winners:

• Men's singles: Novak Djokovic (Serbia).

• Women's singles: Naomi Osaka (Japan).

Winners of Italian Open 2021:

• Men's singles: Rafael Nadal (Spain).

• Women's singles: Inga Swietec (Poland).


05. When is World Blood Donor Day celebrated?

(A) June 12

(B) 13 June

(C) 14 June

(D) 15 June

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The correct answer is June 14.

• World Blood Donor Day, an initiative of the World Health Organization, is observed every year on 14 June.

• The slogan of World Blood Donor Day for 2021 is 'Give Blood and Keep the World Beating'.

• The day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian biologist and physician.

• He is considered the founder of modern blood transfusion.

• Italy will host the day for 2021.

Italy:

• Capital - Rome.

• Currency - Italian Lira.

• President - Sergio Mattarella.

• National sport - football.


06. Vinoo Mankad is related to which sport?

(A) Cricket

(B) Badminton

(C) Chess

(D) Basketball

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The correct answer is cricket.

• On 13 June 2021, former India cricketer Vinoo Mankad was among the 10 players inducted into the Special Edition list of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame.

• ICC announced the list of 10 cricketers who were inducted into its special edition of the Hall of Fame players to celebrate the history of Test cricket.

• The 10 legends of the sport to be inducted have made a significant contribution to the history of Test cricket, and have been included in an impressive list of ICC Hall of Famers, taking the total to 103 as a result of the intake.

• Veterans who have been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame include Aubrey Faulkner, Monty Noble, Sir Leary Constantine, Stan McCabe, Ted Dexter, Desmond Haynes, Bob Willis, Andy Flower and Kumar Sangakkara.


07. Which state's Tourism Development Corporation has launched 'Pitha on Wheels' in June 2021?

(A) Punjab

(B) Orissa

(C) Jharkhand

(D) Gujarat


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The correct answer is Odisha.

• Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has launched 'Pitha on Wheels' on 13 June 2021.

• Various types of Odia pitha will be available like Poda Pitha, Manda, Kakara, Arisha, Chakuli and Chandrakala.

• Odisha is celebrating a three-day long Raja Utsav marking the onset of monsoon across the state from June 14-16, 2021.

• In Odisha, the Raja festival is an honor for menstruation and girls wear new clothes and swing on swings hanging from tree branches.

Odisha:

• Chief Minister - Naveen Patnaik.

• Governor - Ganeshi Lal.

• Number of Districts - 30

• Lok Sabha seats - 21

• Rajya Sabha seats - 10


08. In which year Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth Guru of the Sikhs, was martyred on 16th June?

(A) 1600

(B) 1606

(C) 1612

(D) 1618

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The correct answer is 1606.

• The fifth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Arjan Dev, was martyred on 16 June 1606.

• According to the Hindu calendar, the martyrdom day of Guru Arjan Dev is celebrated on Jeth Sudi 4, which falls on June 14 in 2021.

• He compiled the first edition of the Sikh scripture-book Adi Granth, now known as the Guru Granth Sahib.

• Born in 1563, Guru Arjan Dev was the first martyr of Sikhism.


09. In June 2021, which of the following has announced the launch of an integrated learning program for students to learn Applied Machine Learning (ML) skills?

(A) Amazon India

(B) Flipkart

(C) Myntra

(D) Ajio

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The correct answer is Amazon India.

• Amazon India on 13 June 2021 announced the launch of an integrated learning program for students to learn Applied Machine Learning (ML) skills.

• The program, ML Summer School, has been launched to help train students in ML and meet the growing demand for talent with this skill in various industries.

• The course will cover fundamental concepts in Machine Learning (ML).

• The participants of ML Summer School will be identified through online assessment.

• It will graduate in 2021 at select technical campuses including Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad, Birla Institute of Technology (BITS), National Institute of Technology (NIT) Tiruchirappalli and Anna University , Open to engineering students in their pre-final / final year of Masters or PhD studies.

• Students will be exposed to practical and actionable use of advanced ML techniques like Deep Learning and Probabilistic Graphical Models to solve specific business problems in the e-commerce domain.


10. In June 2021, Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of which country?

(A) Turkey

(B) Israel

(C) Syria

(D) Iraq

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The correct answer is Israel.

• Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Israel on 13 June 2021.

• His victory ended the 12-year power of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country's longest-serving leader.

• Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina party, took the oath of office after the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, elected him as the 13th prime minister by a vote of 60-59 in the 120-member house.

• He will be the Prime Minister till September 2023.

Israel:

• Capital - Jerusalem.

• Currency - Israeli shekel.

• President - Reuven Rivlin.

• Prime Minister - Naftali Bennett.

• National sport - Association football.


11. Which state has launched 'Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan' to make people aware about the COVID pandemic?

(A) Punjab

(B) Madhya Pradesh

(C) Rajasthan

(D) Andhra Pradesh

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The correct answer is Madhya Pradesh.

• Madhya Pradesh government has launched 'Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan' to make people aware about the COVID pandemic.

• 'Yuva Shakti Corona Mukti Abhiyan' means a corona free state on the strength of youth power.

• This campaign will be run by the Higher Education and Technical Education Department in collaboration with the Public Health and Family Welfare Department.

• A mobile app has also been developed for effective real-time online monitoring of the campaign.

Madhya Pradesh:

• Chief Minister - Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

• Governor - Anandiben Patel.

• Number of Districts - 52

• Lok Sabha seat- 29

• Rajya Sabha seats - 11


12. In June 2021, who among the following lifters has qualified for Tokyo Olympics in women's 49kg category?

(A) Santoshi Matsa

(B) Mirabai Chanu

(C) Swati Singh

(D) Charu Dutt

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The correct answer is Mirabai Chanu.

• India's Mirabai Chanu, the 2017 world champion in weightlifting, has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in the women's 49kg category.

• She is second in the women's 49kg category.

• According to International Weightlifting Federation rules, the top eight lifters in each of the 14 weight categories, including seven in the women's group, are eligible to compete at the Tokyo Games.


13. Who has been awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer Board in June 2021?

(A) Bob Swann

(B) Jack Dorsey

(C) Michael Corbett

(D) Darnella Frasier

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The correct answer is Darnella Frasier.

• Teenager Darnella Frasier has been awarded a Special Citation by the Pulitzer Board.


14. Who laid the foundation stone of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Majin, Jammu in June 2021?

(A) G. C. Murmu

(B) Mukhtar Ansari

(C) Jitendra Singh

(D) Manoj Sinha

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The correct answer is Manoj Sinha.

• Jammu and Kashmir's Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha laid the foundation stone of Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Majin, Jammu on 13 June 2021.

• Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) will build the temple along with the Vedic School and Hospital.

• The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 33.22 crore.

• The temple will be constructed within a period of 18 months.


15. Who has been appointed by Solar EPC company, Sterling & Wilson Solar Limited as its global CEO in June 2021?

(A) Amit Jain

(B) Abhinav Kumar

(C) Udit Singhal

(D) Om Prakash Gupta

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The correct answer is Amit Jain.

• Sterling & Wilson Solar Limited, a solar EPC company, has appointed Amit Jain as its global CEO.

• Jain will replace Bikesh Ogra, who stepped down on 31 May 2021, but will continue as a director on the company's board.

• Jain has been associated with Sterling & Wilson Solar Limited since January 2019 as Country Head for the US and Australia.


16. Which of the following has announced the launch of its sports marketing unit in India?

(A) Dentsu International

(B) Merkle Inc.

(C) iProspect

(D) Ogilvy

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The correct answer is Dentsu International.

• Advertising firm Dentsu International has announced the launch of its sports marketing unit in India.

• The launch is supported by Dentsu Sports International (DSI) headquartered in Tokyo and Dentsu Sports Asia (DSAsia), Singapore.

• The agency has appointed former cricketer and sports marketing executive Anand Yalvigi as the director of the new India company.


17. Based in which city, Thincr Technologies India Pvt Ltd has developed a new type of mask which attacks the virus when the viral particles come in contact with the mask?

(A) New Delhi

(B) Pune

(C) Hyderabad

(D) Kolkata

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The correct answer is Pune.

• The integration of 3D printing and pharmaceuticals has created a new type of mask that attacks the virus when it comes in contact with viral particles.

• Developed by Pune-based start-up firm Thincr Technologies India Pvt Ltd, these masks are coated with anti-viral agents known as viricides.

• The coating has been tested and found to be capable of neutralizing the SARS-COV-2 virus.


18. Which of the following has now become the first Canadian province to formally recognize 75-week celebrations of the 75th anniversary of India's Independence Day?

(A) Nova Scotia

(B) Alberta

(C) British Columbia

(D) Manitoba

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The correct answer is Alberta.

• Alberta has now become the first Canadian province to formally recognize 75-week celebrations of the 75th anniversary of India's Independence Day.

• A ministerial statement has been recorded in the province's legislature, marking the 75-week global celebrations.

• India will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Independence Day on August 15, 2022.

Canada:

• Capital - Ottawa.

• Currency - Canadian Dollar.

• Prime Minister - Justin Trudeau.


19. Dr. Ramchandra Galla, Founder Chairman of Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL) will step down. Who will assume the role of chairman of the board?

(A) Ramachandra Naidu

(B) Jaydev Galla

(C) Sanjay Swarup

(D) Paturi Rajagopal Naidu

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The correct answer is Jaydev Galla.

• Dr. Ramchandra Galla, Founder Chairman of Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL) will step down.

• Jayadev Galla will assume the role of Chairman of the Board.

• Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL) has announced "Energy & Mobility" as its strategic focus area.

• The new energy business will be based on technological innovations such as lithium and other new age chemistry.


20. Which of the following has partnered with Google for Education to help transform the teaching and learning experience?

(A) Vedantu

(B) QMath

(C) Topr

(D) Byju

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The correct answer is QMath.

• QMath has partnered with Google for Education to help transform the teaching and learning experience.

• As part of the partnership, QMath teachers and students will be awarded a Google for Education certificate.

• Teachers will be awarded a Google Certified Teacher Level 1 Certificate, and students participating in the 12 to 18-month QMath program will be awarded a CS First Creator Coder Certificate.


21. By what percentage did the wholesale price inflation rise to a record level in May 2021?

(A) 9.34

(B) 10.78

(C) 11.56

(D) 12.94

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  • The correct answer is 12.94%.
  • Wholesale price inflation rose to a record 12.94% in May 2021.
  • Data released by the Industries Department showed that while fuel inflation rose to 37.6% in May, inflation for manufactured goods increased by 10.8%, and food inflation eased to 4.3%.
  • Crude petroleum prices rose 102.5%, leading to an increase in the prices of LPG (61%), petrol (62.3%), and diesel (66.3%).


22. A technique has been developed by Dr. Chiranjeeb Bhattacharjee, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering in Jadavpur University of which city?

(A) Chennai

(B) Pune

(C) Kolkata

(D) New Delhi

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The correct answer is Kolkata.

  • A technique has been developed by Dr. Chiranjeeb Bhattacharjee, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
  • It uses a combination of electrocoagulation and electroflotation Enhanced Membrane Module (ECEFMM) technologies for wastewater treatment.
  • Electrocoagulation is a technique that uses electric charge to replace particle surface charge.


23. Navi Mutual Fund owned by whom has announced the closure of its arbitrage schemes due to its low assets?

(A) Kalyan Krishnamurthy

(B) Sachin Bansal

(C) Vijay Shekhar Sharma

(D) Ritesh Agarwal

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The correct answer is Sachin Bansal.

  • Navi Mutual Fund, owned by Sachin Bansal, co-founder of Flipkart, has announced the closure of its arbitrage schemes due to its low assets.
  • As of 31 May 2021, its assets were only ₹ 14.16 lakh.
  • Navi Group had bought the mutual fund business of Essel Group in February 2021 and renamed it.
  • In plans, the existing asset is the legacy asset of the previous owner.


24. Ukhna Khuralsukh became the sixth democratically elected President of which country?

(A) Armenia

(B) Georgia

(C) Mongolia

(D) Ukraine

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The correct answer is Mongolia.

  • Mongolia's former prime minister, Ukhna Khuralsukh, became the country's sixth democratically elected president.
  • Khuralsukh was forced to resign as prime minister in 2021, following protests.
  • Khuralsukh will replace incumbent President Khaltma Batulga, who was denied the opportunity to run for re-election following controversial changes to Mongolia's constitution (whereby one person can hold only one term as president).


25. Who has written his memoir 'Home in the World'?

(A) John Rawls

(B) Abhijit Banerjee

(C) Mehboob ul Haq

(D) Amartya Sen

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The correct answer is Amartya Sen.

  • Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, one of the world's leading public intellectuals, has written his memoir 'Home in the World'.
  • The book will be published by Penguin Random House in July 2021.
  • In 'Home in the World', Sen shares details from his life and talks about the concept of 'home'.
  • Some notable books by Amartya Sen are 'The Argumentative Indian', 'The Idea of ​​Justice' etc.


26. Whose nomination has been approved by the United Nations General Assembly as the head of the United Nations Agency for the Promotion of Trade and Development?

(A) Ban Ki Moon

(B) Adela Rage

(C) Rebecca Grinspan

(D) Settlement Kadre

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The correct answer is Rebecca Grinspan.

  • The United Nations General Assembly has approved the nomination of Costa Rican economist Rebecca Grinspan to head the United Nations Agency for the Promotion of Trade and Development.
  • She will be the first woman and Central American to lead the Geneva-based organization.
  • He was named as the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.


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