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Awards and Recognitions

Vaidehi Dongre crowned Miss India USA 2021

  • Vaidehi Dongre, a 25-year-old girl from Michigan, has been crowned Miss India USA 2021 at the beauty pageant.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus receives Olympic Laurel at Tokyo Olympics Opening

  • Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus has received the Olympic Laurel at the Tokyo Games, becoming the second recipient of the award.
  • It was given for the first time at the 2016 Rio Games to Kenyan former Olympian Kip Keino.

Mumbai-based film-maker Payal Kapadia wins Best Documentary Award at Cannes

  • Mumbai-based filmmaker Payal Kapadia has bagged the Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) award for Best Documentary for her film ‘A Night of Knowing Nothing’ at the Cannes Film Festival.

Economist Kaushik Basu gets Humboldt award 2021

  • Indian economist Kaushik Basu was conferred with the Humboldt Research Award for 2021 by Dr. Hans-Bernd Schäfer of Bucerius Law School Hamburg, Germany.
  • He was the Chief Economist of the World Bank from 2012 to 2016 and Chief Economic Adviser to the Indian government from 2009 to 2012.

Indian Army names firing range in Gulmarg after Vidya Balan

  • The Indian Army has named one of its firing range in Gulmarg, Kashmir after actor Vidya Balan.
  • This was announced in recognition of her contributions to the Indian Cinema.

Sirisha Bandla becomes 2nd Indian woman to fly into space

  • Sirisha Bandla becomes the 2nd India-born woman to fly into space after Kalpana Chawla.
  • She is a part of the team which will make its first crewed flight to space in which her flight role is that of a Researcher Experience.

Korean Air was awarded the “2021 Airline of the Year” Award

  • Korean Air was selected for the “2021 Airline of the Year” award by the Air Transport World (ATW).

Latest Appointments of July 2021

BSF’s (DG) Rakesh Asthana was appointed as Delhi Police Commissioner

  • Border Security Force (BSF) Director General (DG), Rakesh Asthana has been appointed as the Delhi Police Commissioner, with immediate effect.

Basavaraj Bommai is the new Chief Minister of Karnataka

  • The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) legislature party has unanimously elected Lingayat MLA Basavaraj S Bommai as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka. The 61-year-old will succeed BS Yediyurappa, who resigned on July 26, 2021.
  • He will be sworn in as the 23rd Chief Minister of Karnataka on July 28, 2021.

Shiv Nadar, founder of HCL resign as MD

  • Shiv Nadar, the founder of HCL Technologies Ltd, and its chief strategy officer have tendered his resignation as managing director, as well as a director, on completing 76 years of age.

Piyush Goyal appointed Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha

  • Piyush Goyal has been appointed as the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha with effect from July 6, 2021.
  • He succeeded Thaawarchand Gehlot, who has taken charge as Karnataka’s Governor.

Manduadih railway station renamed as Banaras railway station

  • Manduadih railway station has been renamed as Banaras by the Northeastern railways (NER).

Cabinet approves continuation of National AYUSH Mission for 5 years

  • Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘National AYUSH Mission (NAM)’ for another five years. It will now be implemented from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2026.
  • NAM Mission was introduced in 2014 and is being implemented by the Ministry of AYUSH to provide cost-effective AYUSH Services.

Sher Bahadur Deuba was sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal

  • Sher Bahadur Deuba (75 years) has been sworn in as Prime Minister of Nepal for the 5th time
  • He has been administered the oath of office by President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari.

Amit Shah appointed as Minister of newly formed Ministry of Cooperation

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been named as the Minister of the newly formed Ministry of Co-operation.
  • It will provide a separate administrative, legal, and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country.

Kiren Rijiju takes charge as Minister of Law & Justice

  • Kiren Rijiju (Arunachal Pradesh) has assumed charge as Minister of Law and Justice during the Cabinet reshuffle by the Presiding government.
  • He replaced Ravi Shankar Prasad as Law Minister.

New Governors appointed in eight states

  • President Ram Nath Kovind appointed new governors in 8 states.
    • Thawarchand Gehlot-Karnataka
    • Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel –MP
    • Hari Babu Kambhampati –Mizoram
    • Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar-Himachal Pradesh
    • Sreedharan Pillai –Goa
    • Satyadev Narayan Arya-Tripura
    • Ramesh Bais-Jharkhand
    • Bandaru Dattatraya –Haryana

ICC releases Manu Sawhney as Chief Executive Officer

  • The International Cricket Council (IC[C]has discontinued the services of Manu Sawhney as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with immediate effect.
  • Geoff Allardice will continue as Acting CEO supported by the Leadership Team working closely with the ICC Board.
  • ICC Chairman: Greg Barclay.

National Current Affairs of July 2021

Dholavira inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List

  • A Harappan-era metropolis, Dholavira in Gujarat has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Now Gujarat has three world heritage sites, Champaner near Pavagadh, Rani ki Vav in Patan and the historic city of Ahmedabad.
  • Dholavira is now the 40th treasure in India to be given.
  • The ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO has already given India a new world heritage site in the form of the Rudreswara/ Ramappa Temple in Telangana, which dates back to the 13th century.
  • This session of the World Heritage Committee is being chaired from Fuzhou in China.

The 36th edition of CORPAT between India and Indonesia is being held.

  • The 36th edition of CORPAT between India and Indonesia is being held on 30 and 31 July 2021, in the Indian Ocean region.
  • The Indian Naval Ship (INS) Saryu, an indigenously built Offshore Patrol Vessel, and Indonesian Naval Ship KRI Bung Tomo are undertaking coordinated patrol (CORPAT).

The government announced 27% reservation for OBCs

  • The center has announced a 27% reservation for OBCs and a 10% quota for students from the economically weaker sections (EWS) for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses under the All-India Quota (AIQ) scheme.
  • Under the AIQ scheme, 15% of seats at the UG level and 50% seats at the PG level are kept domicile free in government medical and dental colleges against which students from other states to are offered admission while the rest of the seats are kept only for students from within the state.

Indian chilies, Bhoot Jolokia from Nagaland exported to London

  • A consignment of ‘Raja Mircha’, also referred to as King Chilli or Bhoot Jolokia, from Nagaland, has been exported to London for the first time.
  • Naga king chili is constantly on the top five in the list of the world’s hottest chilies based on the Scoville Heat Units. It got a GI tag in 2008. It was declared the hottest chili pepper in the world by Guinness World Records in 2007.

14 Tiger Reserves of India get (CA|TS) Recognition on the occasion of International Tiger Day

  • From India, 14 tiger reserves have received the accreditation of the Global Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CA|TS), on the occasion of International Tiger Day on July 29, 2021.

Intel launched ‘AI for All’ initiative in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education

  • Intel in collaboration with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Ministry of Education, announced the launch of the AI for All initiative with the purpose of creating a basic understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) for everyone in India.

Indian Naval Ship Talwar participated in Exercise Cutlass Express 2021

  • Indian Naval Ship Talwar participated in Exercise Cutlass Express 2021, conducted from 26 July 2021 to 06 August 2021 along the East Coast of Africa.
  • The exercise is an annual maritime exercise conducted to promote national and regional maritime security in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean.

Rudreswara Temple of Telangana (39th) inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage List

  • The Kakatiya Rudreswara Temple, (also known as the Ramappa Temple) at Palampet, Mulugu district, near Warangal in Telangana has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, during the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO.
  • The Rudreswara temple was constructed in 1213 AD during the reign of the Kakatiya Empire.
  • The iconic 13th-century temple is also known as Ramappa temple, named after its architect, Ramappa.

India, Sri Lanka and Maldives Hold Joint Exercise On Maritime Security

  • The two-day exercise, TTX-2021 aimed at enhancing mutual understanding and exchange of best practices procedures for countering common transnational crime was coordinated by the Maritime Warfare Centre, Mumbai.

ISRO successfully conducts 3rd test on Vikas Engine that will launch Gaganyaan Mission

  • ISRO has successfully conducted the third long-duration hot test on the liquid propellant Vikas engine that will launch the ambitious Gaganyaan program.
  • ISRO Founder: Vikram Sarabhai; Founded: 15 August 1969; Headquarters: Bengaluru; Director: Kailasavadivoo Sivan

India’s first cryptogamic garden opens in Dehradun

  • India’s first cryptogamic garden housing nearly 50 species of lichens, ferns, and fungi was inaugurated in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun district on12th July.
  • Located in the district’s Chakrata town, the garden was inaugurated by social activist Anoop Nautiyal.

ICCR to set up a Bangabandhu Chair at Delhi University

  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will set up a ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ at Delhi University
  • The Chair will be occupied by a foreign visiting professor or subject expert on Bangladesh preferably a person of Bangladeshi origin. It will focus on the common heritage of the two countries.

Indian Railways install India’s first movable Freshwater Tunnel Aquarium

  • Indian Railways has launched India’s first movable freshwater tunnel aquarium ‘Aquatic Kingdom’ at Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station (Bengaluru City Railway Station).
  • It is based on the concept of the Amazon River
  • It is 12-feet long aquatic kingdom and Indian Railways’ first paludarium that houses myriad flora and fauna.

Cabinet Reshuffle: 43 leaders take oath as ministers; list of New Cabinet ministers:

  1. Rajnath Singh– Minister of Defence
  2. Amit Shah– Minister of Home Affairs; and Minister of Cooperation
  3. Mansukh Mandaviya– Minister of Health and Family Welfare; and Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers
  4. Nitin Gadkari– Minister of Road Transport and Highways
  5. Nirmala Sitharaman–Minister of Finance; and Minister of Corporate Affairs
  6. Narendra Singh Tomar– Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare
  7. Dr S. Jaishankar– Minister of External Affairs
  8. Arjun Munda– Minister of Tribal Affairs
  9. Smriti Irani– Minister of Women and Child Development
  10. Piyush Goyal– Minister of Commerce and Industry; Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Minister of Textiles
  11. Dharmendra Pradhan– Minister of Education; and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
  12. Pralhad Joshi– Minister of Parliamentary Affairs; Minister of Coal; and Minister of Mines
  13. Narayan Rane – Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
  14. Sarbananda Sonowal– Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways; and Minister of AYUSH
  15. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi– Minister of Minority Affairs
  16. Virendra Kumar– Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment
  17. Giriraj Singh– Minister of Rural Development; and Minister of Panchayati Raj
  18. Jyotiraditya M. Scindia– Minister of Civil Aviation
  19. Ashwini Vaishnaw– Minister of Railways; Minister of Communications; and Minister of Electronics and Information Technology
  20. Ramchandra Prasad Singh– Minister of Steel
  21. Pashu Pati Kumar Paras– Minister of Food Processing Industries
  22. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat– Minister of Jal Shakti
  23. Kiren Rijiju– Minister of Law and Justice
  24. Raj Kumar Singh– Minister of Power; and Minister of New and Renewable Energy
  25. Hardeep Singh Puri– Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs
  26. Bhupender Yadav– Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Minister of Labour and Employment
  27. Mahendra Nath Pandey– Minister of Heavy Industries
  28. Parshottam Rupala– Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying
  29. Kishan Reddy– Minister of Culture; Minister of Tourism; and Minister of Development of North Eastern Region
  30. Anurag Singh Thakur– Minister of Information and Broadcasting; and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Other notable mentions:
    • Nirmala Sitharaman and Namgay Tshering jointly launch BHIM-UPI in Bhutan
    • .EAM Jaishankar unveils statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Georgia
    • The Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, Shri Giriraj Singh has launched a mobile app named ‘Matsya Setu’ for fish farmers.
    • MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari has become Brand Ambassador of Khadi Prakritik Paint.

State Current Affairs of July 2021

Puri becomes India’s first city to provide quality drinking tap water on a 24-hour basis

  • Puri has become the first city in India where people can avail high-quality drinking water directly from the tap on a 24-hour basis.
  • It has enabled the people of Puri to collect quality drinking water directly from the tap. Henceforth, people need not have to store or filter drinking water.

Kerala police launched the ‘Pink Protection’ project

  • The Kerala Police launched a new initiative called the Pink Protection project for the protection of women in public, private and digital spaces.

Madhya Pradesh government made ‘Devaranya’ scheme

  • In order to promote AYUSH in Madhya Pradesh and to link it with employment, the government has made the ‘Devaranya’ scheme.
  • The scheme has been made to provide employment to the people living in the tribal areas of the state.

Indore selected for International Clean Air Catalyst Programme

  • The Indore city of Madhya Pradesh, or the cleanest city of India, has become the only city from the country to be selected for International Clean Air Catalyst Programme.
  • Clean Air Catalyst is a new flagship program launched by The US Agency for International Development (USAI[D] and a global consortium of organizations, led by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and Environmental Defence Fund (EDF) to combat air pollution in low and middle-income countries by accelerating clean air solutions.

The chief minister of Assam H.B. Sarma lays the foundation stone of the bamboo industrial park

  • The chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma has laid the foundation stone of a bamboo industrial park at Manderdisa Village, Dima Hasao.

Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated Greater Sohra Water Supply Scheme

  • Union Home Minister, Amit Shah along with chief minister Conrad K. Sangma inaugurated the much-awaited Greater Sohra Water Supply Scheme at Sohra in East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.

The first elections of Balika Panchayat was successfully held at Kunariya village

  • The first-ever elections of Balika Panchayat have been successfully held at Kunariya village, Kutch, Gujarat.
  • Young females aged between 10 to 21 years contested elections for this unique Panchayat.
  • It will take up issues pertaining to adolescent girls and women in the village.

IOC to set up first ‘green hydrogen’ plant at Mathura

  • Indian Oil Corporation (IO[C] will build the first ‘green hydrogen’ plant of India at its Mathura refinery to meet the growing demand for both oil and cleaner forms of energy.

Andhra Pradesh to implement 10% EWS quota in employment, education

  • Andhra Pradesh govt has issued orders for implementation of 10% EWS reservation in all government employment and education in accordance with 103rd Constitution Amendment Act 2019 that provides for the creation of the special EWS quota to be implemented by the state.
  • People with gross family income below Rs 8 lakh per annum are eligible for EWS reservations.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister: YS Jagan Mohan Reddy; Capitals: Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Amaravati, Kurnool.

Gurugram gets India’s first ‘Grain ATM’

  • India’s first ‘Grain ATM’ has been set up in Gurugram as a pilot project that will provide consumers with ration without standing in long queues.

World’s third-largest cricket stadium to be made in Jaipur

  • The new stadium will have the capacity to accommodate 75,000 people and shall be constructed in two phases.
  • World’s largest cricket stadium – Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
  • World’s second-largest cricket stadium – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Australia
  • Other notable events:
    • Annual Bonalu Festival Kicks-off in Telangana
    • Karnataka government unveils bike taxi scheme for state
    • Ladakh signs MoU with Sikkim to become an organic entity by 2025
    • NTPC to set up India’s single largest solar park at Rann of Kutch.
    • Government to set up the Indian Institute of Heritage at Gautam Buddha Nagar, Noida.

International Current Affairs of July 2021

Maldives’ Abdulla Shahid won the Presidency of the 76th UNGA, Maldives will hold the office of President at the UNGA

  • This is for the first time in the history of the United Nations (UN), Maldives will hold the office of President at the UNGA.

Brazil’s site received UNESCO World Heritage status

  • The Sitio Burle Marx site, a landscape garden in Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro has been added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.
  • The garden features more than 3,500 species of plants native to Rio and is considered a laboratory for botanical and landscape experimentation.

The UK reported new cases of ‘Norovirus’ infection

  • The United Kingdom is now reporting an outbreak of norovirus. Public Health England (PHE) recently issued a warning regarding Norovirus. England has recorded 154 cases of norovirus in the country.

Sweden joined International Solar Alliance (IS[A]

  • Sweden has ratified the framework agreement for the International Solar Alliance (IS[A] and is now a member of the global platform, which is an initiative of India aimed at promoting renewable energy and sustainable development.
  • Headquarters: Gurugram; Founded: 30 November 2015; Founded at Paris, France; Director-General: Ajay Mathur

World’s first 3D-printed steel bridge opened in the Netherlands

  • The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge was opened to the public in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • It was installed over one of the oldest canals in Amsterdam’s city center – the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

UNESCO removes Liverpool from world heritage list

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has voted to remove Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City from its world heritage list.

Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav Participates in G20 Environment Ministerial Meeting 2021

  • The G20 Environment Ministerial Meeting 2021 was organized on July 22, 2021, in Naples, Italy.
  • From India, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav participated in the two-day meeting virtually, along with Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Choubey and senior officials.
  • The meeting was held as part of the 16th G20 Leaders Summit, scheduled to be held in October 2021, under the Presidency of Italy, with a primary theme of “People, Planet’ and Prosperity”.

Saudi Arabia ends male guardian requirement for women attending the hajj

  • According to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, Saudi Arabia, women can now register for the annual Hajj pilgrimage without a male guardian (marham).
  • Saudi Arabia Capital: Riyadh; Currency: Saudi riyal

The USA announces new Quad group for the Afghan peace process

  • The US, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan will create a new Quad group to promote the Afghan peace process, stability and trade in the region.

The first unit of the Rampal Maitree Power project is to be commissioned in Dec 2021

  • The first unit of the Maitree power project at Rampal in Bangladesh will be commissioned in Dec 21.
  • A 1320 MW thermal power plant is being built by India at Rampal in Bangladesh. India’s BHEL and BIFPCL are building this project.
  • Other notable events
    • China begins construction of world’s first commercial modular small reactor
    • The United Arab Emirates becomes 1st Gulf nation to open embassy in Israel
    • World’s tallest sandcastle constructed in Denmark with 5,000 tonnes of sand.
    • Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at his home by unidentified gunmen
    • China declared officially malaria-free by WHO

Sports Current Affairs of July 2021

PV Sindhu Wins Bronze in Women’s Badminton at Tokyo Olympics

  • Ace Indian badminton player PV Sindhu defeated China’s He Bingjiao to win the bronze medal in the women’s singles event at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • With this win, Sindhu scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman and the only second Indian athlete to win two Olympic medals in individual events.
  • Earlier she won the silver in women’s singles badminton at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu Wins India’s First Medal At Tokyo Olympics, Bags Silver In Women’s 49kg

  • Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has won the first medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 as she bagged silver after lifting 202kg (87kgs in snatch + 115 kgs in clean and jerk) in Weightlifting Women’s 49kg category.
    • China’s HOU Zhihu, who lifted a total of 210kg, clinched the gold medal.
  • It was a historic feat for Chanu as her win came two decades after Indian trailblazer Karnam Malleswari became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal (Bronze) while competing at the 2000 Sydney Games in the women’s 69kg weight category.

Priya Malik wins Gold at World Cadet Wrestling Championship

  • Indian Wrestler Priya Malik has won a Gold Medal at the 2021 World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary.
  • The Indian team bagged as many as 13 medals, including 5 Golds at the Championship.

Italy crowned European champions after shootout win over England

  • Italy won their second European Championship trophy by defeating England 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium in London.
    • It was the first final to be decided on penalties since Czechoslovakia beat West Germany in 1976.
  • Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the Best player and Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Golden Boot in the tournament.

Argentina beats Brazil to Lift Copa America 2021

  • Lionel Messi-led Argentina beat Neymar’s Brazil 1-0 to win the Copa America final match, held at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
  • With this win, Lionel Messi has secured his first major international trophy.
  • The 2021 Copa America was the 47th edition of the annual international men’s football championship organized by South America’s football ruling body CONMEBOL.

Ashleigh Barty beats Karolina Pliskova to win maiden Wimbledon title

  • Ashleigh Barty lifted her second Grand Slam crown after defeating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in the women’s singles final of this year’s Wimbledon Championships.

Wimbledon Championships 2021: Complete List of Winners

S. No.CategoryWinnerRunner Up
1.Men’s SinglesNovak Djokovic (Serbia)Matteo Berrettini
2.Women’s SinglesAshleigh Barty (Australia)Karolína Plíšková (Czech Republic)
3.Men’s DoublesNikola Mektić  and Mate PavićMarcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos
4.Women’s DoublesHsieh Su-wei  and Elise MertensVeronika Kudermetova and Elena Vesnina
5.Mixed DoublesNeal Skupski and Desirae KrawczykJoe Salisbury and Harriet Dart

Mary Kom & Manpreet are India’s flag-bearers at the Olympics opening ceremony

  • Indian Olympic Association announced that 6-time world champion boxer Mary Kom and men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh will be India’s flag bearers at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
  • IOC also revealed that wrestler Bajrang Punia will be the flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the Games.
  • The official size of the Indian contingent will be around 126 athletes and 75 officials.

Momiji Nishiya youngest gold medal winners in Olympic

  • Japan’s Momiji Nishiya became one of the youngest individual Olympic champions in history when she won the inaugural women’s skateboarding gold at the age of 13 years and 330 days.

Japan’s Yuto Horigome has won the first-ever skateboarding

  • Japan’s Yuto Horigome has won the first-ever skateboarding competition at the Olympic Games, taking gold in men’s street event at the Ariake Urban Sport in Tokyo.

Priya Malik wins Gold at World Cadet Wrestling Championship 2021

  • Indian Wrestler Priya Malik has won a Gold Medal at the 2021 World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Budapest, Hungary.

Para shuttler Pramod Bhagat named Differently abled Sportsman of the Year 2019

  • World No. 1 para shuttler Pramod Bhagat was named Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year at Indian Sports Honour for 2019.

Senior India’s defender Sandesh Jhingan and Bala Devi named AIFF Footballer of the Year 2020-21

  • Indian national football team (Blue Tigers) and ATK Mohun Bagan’s senior defender Sandesh Jhingan from Chandigarh has been named as the AIFF Men’s Footballer of the Year for the season 2020-21.
  • In the Women’s category, the Indian women’s team forward Ngangom Bala Devi from Manipur, was named AIFF Women’s Footballer of the Year. This is the third time that Bala Devi has claimed the title.

Rubina Francis of Madhya Pradesh sets world record; bags Olympics quota

  • Indian para shooter Rubina Francis won gold in the 10-metre air pistol para event for women, at the Para World Cup Shooting in Lima, Peru.

Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix 2021

  • Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton (UK) won the British Grand Prix 2021 (record 8th time)

Viswanathan Anand won the Sparkassen Trophy

  • Viswanathan Anand won the Sparkassen Trophy held in Dortmund, Germany.
  • Note: Castling is a special move to protect the king and activate the rook. It is the only time in chess a player can move two pieces in one move.
  • Other notable events:
    • Gokulam Kerala FC to represent India in AFC Women’s Club Championship
    • Deepak Kabra becomes first Indian gymnastics judge at Olympics 2021
    • Maana Patel from Gujarat becomes the first Indian female swimmer to qualify for Tokyo Olympics. Maana will join Sajan Prakash and Srihari Natarajan in India’s swimming squad in Tokyo.
    • Japan’s Yuto Horigome wins first-ever Olympic gold medal in skateboarding.
    • ICC welcomes Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Switzerland as new members
    • AR Rahman launched the Tokyo Olympics cheer song “Hindustani Way
    • India to host 2026 World Badminton Championships; Badminton World Federation Headquarters: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
    • Samir Banerjee wins Wimbledon Junior Men’s title
    • Mithali Raj surpasses Edwards to become the highest run-getter
    • Mariyappan Thangavelu named flag-bearer for Tokyo Paralympics

Business & Economy Current Affairs of July 2021

Centre extends ‘Stand Up India Scheme’ up to 2025

  • The Government of India has extended the duration of the ‘Stand Up India Scheme’ up to the year 2025.
  • The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on 05 April 2016 to facilitate loans to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and women borrowers, to promote entrepreneurship among them.

ADB lowers India’s economic growth forecast for this fiscal to 10%

  • Asian Development Bank (AD[B] in its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) has downgraded India’s economic growth forecast for the current financial year to 10% from 11% projected in April due to the adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • India’s GDP growth recovered to 1.6% in the last quarter of the fiscal year that ended on March 2021.
  • GDP for FY2022 (ending in March 2023) is upgraded from 7% to 7.5%.
  • ADB Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines; Founded: 19 December 1966

FDI limit in NPS fund managers hiked to 74%

  • The govt notified a hike in the FDI limit in pension fund management to 74% from 49%under the National Pension System (NPS).
  • The higher FDI limit in pension fund managers (PFMs) follows a Parliament nod in March to hike the FDI limit in the insurance business to 74% from 49%.
  • The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRD[A] Act links the FDI ceiling in the sector to the same in the insurance sector.

Books and Authors released in July 2021

Book ‘An Ordinary Life: Portrait of an Indian Generation’ by Ashok Lavasa

  • Former election commissioner Ashok Lavasa has come out with a book titled “An Ordinary Life: Portrait of an Indian Generation.”

Book ‘Palleku Pattabhishekam’ is released by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

  • This book is based on rural India and agriculture. The Vice President said that villages and agriculture are intrinsically connected and we must address their issues holistically to bring ‘Gram Swarajya’ to our villages.

Former RBI Governor Bimal Jalan pen’s book titled ‘The India Story’

  • Released by Rupa publications; the book focuses on India’s economic history and aims to provide lessons for the future of India’s political economy.

“The Light of Asia: The Poem That Defined The Buddha”, by Jairam Ramesh to be released in May 2022

  • This book is a biography of the phenomenal poem titled “The Light of Asia”, written and published by Sir Edwin Arnold in 1879, which describes the life and time of Prince Gautama Siddhartha, who after attaining enlightenment became the Buddha.

Ranks and Reports

WTO: India Entered Top 10 Agricultural Produce Exporters in 2019

  • As per the World Trade Organisation (WTO), India has got the place among the top 10 list of the countries exporting agricultural produce in the year 2019 in world agricultural trade in recent 25 years.
  • India has surpassed New Zealand to be ranked at 9th spot.
  • India accounts for its 10% share of rice, cotton, soya beans, and meat in global agro exports.
  • In 2019, India has exported 33% of the total share and was the largest exporter of rice; followed by Thailand (20%) and Vietnam (12%) as against Thailand (38%), India (26%), and the US (19%) in 1995.
  • Further, India is also the third-largest cotton exporter (7.6%) and the fourth-largest importer (10%) in 2019.
  • In the “meat and edible meat offal” category India was the 8th largest exporter in the world with a global share of 4%.
  • While the United States, which topped the list in 1995 (22.2%), was overtaken by the European Union in 2019 (16.1%). Brazil maintained its ranking as the third-largest exporter, increasing its share from 4.8% in 1995 to 7.8% in 2019. China climbed from the sixth spot in 1995 (4%) to fourth in 2019 (5.4%).

India has scored 90.32 percent in the 2021 UN Global Survey

  • India has scored 32 percent in the 2021 UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation. India’s score was 78.49 per cent in 2019.
  • The overall score of India is found to be greater than many OECD countries including France, UK, Canada, Norway, Finland.
  • India is the best-performing country when compared to the South and South-West Asia region (63.12%) and the Asia Pacific region (65.85%).
  • The survey was conducted by the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UNESCAP).

India emerges as 5th largest foreign exchange reserves holder in the world

  • India has emerged as the World’s 5th-largest foreign exchange reserves holder after China, Japan, Switzerland, and Russia.
  • India’s forex reserves stood at around 609 billion Dollars on 25th June 2021 and is comfortable in terms of import cover of more than 18 months and provide a cushion against unforeseen external shocks.

Important Days and Themes of July 2021

International Day of Cooperatives 2021: 3rd July

  • The International Day of Cooperatives also commonly known as #CoopsDay was commemorated on July 3 with the theme “Rebuild Better Together.”

World Malala Day 2021: 12 July

  • The United Nations designated 12 July to be observed as World Malala Day, on July 12, 2013, in honour of the young Pakistani human rights activist, Malala Yousafzai.
  • On her 16th birthday, on 12 July 2013, Yousafzai delivered a speech at the United Nations (UN) headquarters on the need for gender equality in education, following which the day was declared as World Malala Day by the UN.

World Youth Skills Day 2021: 15 July

  • United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day in November 2014.
  • Theme for 2021: Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic.

Nelson Mandela International Day 2021: 18 July

  • Nelson Mandela International Day (birth anniversary of Mandel[A] is held every year on July 18 globally to honor the legacy of the late President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.
  • The first UN Mandela Day was held on 18 July 2010.

National Broadcasting Day 2021: 23rd July

  • On 23rd July in 1927, the first-ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station under a private company- Indian Broadcasting Company.
  • The Government took over the broadcasting on April 1, 1930, and renamed it as Indian State Broadcasting Service (ISBS).
  • It was initially on an experimental basis. Later it permanently came under government control in 1932.
  • On 8th of June, 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio. Currently, AIR is one of the largest public broadcasting organizations in the world.

Aaykar Diwas (Income Tax Day) 2021: 24th July

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) observed the 161st Income Tax Day (also known as Aaykar Diwas) on 24 July 2021.
  • In India, the Income Tax Day is observed every year on July 24 as on July 24, 1860, income tax was introduced in India by Sir James Wilson to compensate the British government for the losses incurred during the First War of Independence in 1857.
  • July 24 was first celebrated as Income Tax day in 2010.

Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021: 26th  July

  • Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on July 26 since the year 1999, to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the Kargil conflict. This year nation is celebrating the 22 years of victory in the Kargil war.
  • The Kargil War was fought between May-July of 1999 in the Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control (Lo[C] in which India got the victory.
  • The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days, ended on 26 July.
  • The operation was launched by the Indian Army twice in Indian history.
    • The first Operation Vijay was launched in 1961 that led to the capture of Goa, Anjediva islands, and Daman and Diu.
  • The operation White Sea was also launched during the Kargil war, 1999. During the operation, the Indian Air Force jointly acted with the Indian Army to flush out regular and irregular troops of the Pakistani army.

CRPF observed 83rd  Raising Day 2021 on 27th July

  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), observed its 83rd Raising Day on 27 July 2021. CRPF is India’s largest Central Armed Police Force, under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MH[A].
  • It’s headquarter is located in New Delhi.
  • It came into existence as the Crown Representative’s Police on 27 July 1939. After Indian Independence, it became the Central Reserve Police Force on the enactment of the CRPF Act on 28 December 1949.

World Nature Conservation Day 2021: 28th  July

  • World Nature Conservation Day is observed on 28th July every year.
  • The main objective of celebrating this day is to raise awareness about protecting nature and adopting best practices for conserving our natural resources.

World Hepatitis Day celebrated 2021: 28th  July

  • This day is celebrated to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer.
  • This year theme of World Hepatitis Day 2021 is ‘Hepatitis Can’t-Wait.’
  • The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize-winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus – A, B, C, D and E.

International Tiger Day 2021: 29th  July

  • Global Tiger Day or International Tiger Day is observed on 29th July every year to raise awareness about the declining population of wild cats and making efforts to conserve them.
  • The theme/Slogan for the 2021 International Tiger Day celebration is “Their Survival is in our hands”.

Obituaries

Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui passes away

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, has passed away, after he was killed in a clash while reporting a fight between Afghan troops and the Taliban in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province in Afghanistan on July 13, 2021.

Former Indian middle-order batsman Yashpal Sharma passed away

  • He was also a member of the Kapil Dev-led World Cup-winning team.
  • He had got India off to a brilliant start in the 1983 World Cup as he scored a match-winning 89 against the West Indies in what was India’s first match of the showpiece event.

Olympic gold-winning hockey legend Keshav Datt passed away at 95

  • Two-time Olympics Gold Medal winning Indian Hockey team’s last member Keshav Chandra Datt (95) passed away.
  • Born in Lahore Datt was part of the 1948 London Olympics Indian Hockey team.
  • Later as Vice-Captain of the Indian team, he won a Gold medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
  • In his autobiography GOAL, Dhyan Chand rated Datt as one of the finest half-backs of that time.

Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passes away in Mumbai

  • ‘Jwar Bhata’ was his debut movie in 1944.
  • In a career spanning over six decades, Dilip Kumar gave multiple hits such as ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Naya Daur’, ‘Baabul’, ‘Deedar’, ‘Madhumati’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Ganga Jamuna’, ‘Ram Aur Shyam’, ‘Karma’ and others.
  • He won Filmfare Awards for Best Actor 8 times; he was awarded Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994.
  • Other awards were Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, and Pakistan’s Nishan-e-Imtiaz.

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