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Current Affairs 2021
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1. The world's third-largest diamond has been unearthed in which nation?
d) South Africa
2. Which nation is planning to set up an International Vaccine Institute?
a) Sri Lanka
3. The centre has extended the validity of the Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum till when?
a) March 31, 2022
b) December 31, 2021
c) September 20, 2021
d) July 31, 2021
4. Which nation has topped the World Competitiveness Index 2021?
5. India has been ranked at which position on the World Competitiveness Index 2021?
6. The Union Cabinet has approved corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). The board will be split into how many new corporate entities?
7. Kenneth Kaunda was which nation's first President?
a) South Africa
8. When is Desertification and Drought Day 2021 observed?
a) June 16th
b) June 17th
c) June 18th
d) June 19th
1. (a) Botswana
Debswana Diamond Company on June 1, 2021, found the world’s third-largest diamond in the Jwaneng mine in Botswana, South Africa.The stone weighs 1,098 carats and measures measuring 73mm long, 52mm wide, and 27mm thick, and is yet to be named.
2. (c) Bangladesh
Bangladesh will be setting up an international institute for vaccine production including for COVID-19. The Bangladesh government will be signing an agreement with South Korea to set up the vaccine institute.
3. (b) December 31, 2021
The Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has extended the validity of the Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum from March 31st to December 31, 2021. The move aims to facilitate the holders of Entrepreneurs Memorandum Part-II and Udyog Aadhaar Memorandum to avail benefits of the provisions under various existing schemes and incentives including Priority Sector Lending benefits of MSME.
4. (d) Switzerland
Switzerland topped the IMD World Competitiveness Index 2021, followed by Sweden at 2nd place. While Denmark moved one spot down to the 3rd rank, the Netherlands retained its 4th place and Singapore slipped to the fifth place from its top ranking in 2020.
5. (c) 43rd
India maintained its 43rd rank on the World Competitiveness Index 2021, compiled by the Institute for Management Development (IMD). Switzerland has been ranked first on the index, followed by Sweden at the second spot and Denmark at the third spot.
6. (a) 7
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on June 16, 2021 cleared the corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Following this, the existing 41 factories under the OFB will be split into seven new corporate entities.
7. (d) Zambia
Kenneth Kaunda was the first democratically elected President of Zambia from 1964 to 1991. He initially worked as a school teacher. The champion of African independence passed away sadly at June 17, 2021 at the age of 97 years.
8. (b) June 17th
Desertification and Drought Day was observed across the world on June 17, 2021. The day is observed to raise public awareness around international efforts to combat desertification.
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