Top 20 Current Affairs for AFCAT 2 2021

By Sajneet|Updated : July 23rd, 2021

1. Philippines included in the FATF grey list

  • The Philippines has been included in the Financial Action Task Force's grey list (FATF). The FATF has announced its grey list of governments that will face heightened scrutiny. The Philippines, as well as Haiti, Malta, and South Sudan have been placed on the grey list.
  • These jurisdictions will now be compelled to report to the FATF three times a year on their progress. In 2005, the Philippines was removed from the FATF's blacklist. In the year 2000, it was added to the FATF's blacklist. 

1. Philippines included in the FATF grey list

  • The Philippines has been included in the Financial Action Task Force's grey list (FATF). The FATF has announced its grey list of governments that will face heightened scrutiny. The Philippines, as well as Haiti, Malta, and South Sudan have been placed on the grey list.
  • These jurisdictions will now be compelled to report to the FATF three times a year on their progress. In 2005, the Philippines was removed from the FATF's blacklist. In the year 2000, it was added to the FATF's blacklist.
  • The FATF grey list is a list of territories that are subject to greater scrutiny. When jurisdiction is put under enhanced scrutiny, it signifies that it is committed to resolving strategic decisions within agreed-upon deadlines.
  • Jurisdictions on the FATF grey list actively collaborate with FATF to fix strategic flaws in their anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regimes.

 2. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup for the year 2021 to be held in UAE

  • The ICC Men's T20 World Cup, which was initially scheduled to be hosted in India, will now be held in the United Arab Emirates. The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be informed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which owns the hosting rights for this year's event. Last year's T20 World Cup was postponed owing to the pandemic.
  • The BCCI will continue to host the event, which will take place from October 17 to November 14 in Dubai International Stadium, Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground.

3. Journalist P Sainath awarded with Japan’s Fukuoka Grand Prize

  • Palagummi Sainath, a journalist, has been awarded the Fukuoka Grand Prize for 2021. He is a dedicated journalist who has continued to examine impoverished farming villages in India, capturing the truth of life in such communities.
  • Individuals and organizations for their work in maintaining Asian culture are honored with the prize, which was established by Fukuoka City and the Fukuoka City International Foundation in Japan. There are two other award categories, academics, and culture, in addition to the Grand Prize.
  • Professor Kishimoto Mio, a Japanese historian who specializes in the socio-economic history of China between the Ming and Qing dynasties, was awarded the Academics Prize. Prabda Yoon, a Thai writer, and filmmaker earned the Arts and Culture Award.

4. Goa becomes the first state of India to go rabies-free

  • Goa has become the first state in the country to be Rabies-free, according to Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant.
  • Since the last three years, no single instance of rabies has been discovered in the state, according to the CM. The mission rabies team had been doing an excellent job and administering rabies vaccinations to canines.
  • According to records, there were no rabies cases registered in the state in 2018. Mission Rabies, a statewide effort that began in 2014 and saw nearly one lakh canines receive the anti-rabies vaccine each year, as well as an awareness campaign that educated 5.2 lakh school pupils and 23,000 teachers about the virus, contributed to the progress.
  • This year, 50,316 immunizations were given out and 78,437 students were contacted till August 31st.

5. Centre announced Smart Cities Awards 2020 winners

  • Indore (Madhya Pradesh) & Surat (Gujarat) won the 2020 Smart City Awards jointly for their overall progress.
  • Under the 2020 Smart City Award, Uttar Pradesh came out on top among all the states of India, followed by Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
  • Social Aspects, Urban Environment, Governance, Culture, Sanitation, Built Environment, Economy, Water, and Urban Mobility were among the themes covered by the Smart City awards.

6. The world’s first genetically modified rubber planted in Assam

  • Rubber Board has planted the world's first genetically modified (GM) rubber plant at its field at Sarutari, near Guwahati, in Assam.
  • The Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) at Puthuppally, Kottayam, Kerala, produced the GM rubber sapling.
  • This first-of-its-kind plant was created specifically for the northeast, allowing it to survive in the region's climatic circumstances.
  • Natural rubber is a native of warm, humid Amazon woods and is not naturally adapted to cold circumstances in the northeast, hence the necessity to build a GM rubber plant was felt.
  • The crop is presently being planted as an experiment, but after the trials are over, the new crop will tremendously benefit farmers and enhance rubber production in the country.

7. India attained 10th spot in Cybersecurity Index

  • In a global cybersecurity ranking of countries, India was ranked first, ahead of China (No. 33) and Pakistan (No. 79).
  • India has risen from 47th to 10th place in the United Nations' ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA).
  • The United States of America is ranked first, followed by the United Kingdom.
  • India's improved rating is a result of a number of initiatives, including CERT (Cyber Emergency Response Team).

8. Mawya Sudan becomes the Indian Air Force’s first-ever woman fighter pilot from J&K

  • Flying Officer Mawya Sudan is the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir to join the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot (IAF). She is the 12th woman to be inducted into the IAF as a fighter pilot.
  • Mawya, a 24-year old, is from Lamberi village, which is situated close to the LoC (Line of Control) in the Rajouri district of the Jammu division.
  • On 19th June 2021, during the Combined Graduation parade event at the Air Force Academy in Hyderabad, Mawya was commissioned as a fighter pilot. She will now spend nearly a year in intensive fighter training to become "fully operational" as a fighter pilot.

9. Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will be the first-ever trans athlete to compete at the Olympics games

  • Laurel Hubbard, a New Zealand weightlifter, is set to make history & whip up controversy after being confirmed as the first-ever transgender athlete to compete in the Olympic Games.
  • The 43-year-old is observed as a serious medal contender in the women's super-heavyweight 87kg-plus category in the Tokyo Olympics, where she will be the 4th oldest weightlifter at an Olympics.

10. The NATO Summit 2021 held in Brussels, Belgium

  • All the leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) met in Brussels, Belgium, at NATO headquarters.
  • The NATO summit 2021 in Brussels was the 31st formal meeting of the heads of state & government.
  • All the leaders spoke about NATO 2030 and agreed upon it, and a broad discussion took place so that they are prepared to meet the future challenges.

11. Naftali Bennett took Charge as the Israel’s new Prime Minister

  • Former Israeli Defense Minister and leader of the Yamina party, Naftali Bennett, was sworn in as Prime Minister of Israel.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, a 49-year-old former software entrepreneur, has been thrown out of office after 12 years in office (2009 to 2021).
  • (Netanyahu is Israel's longest-serving Prime Minister.) Bennett will lead a new coalition government with the centrist Yesh Atid party's leader, Yair Lapid.
  • Bennett will remain as Israel's prime minister until September 2023, after which Lapid will take over for the next two years, until 2025, under the new Coalition government.

12. Puducherry becomes ‘Har Ghar Jal’ Union Territory

  • Under the Jal Jeevan Mission, Puducherry has met its goal of providing 100 percent piped water to rural communities (JJM). Previously, the Jal Jeevan Mission brought tap water to every rural home in Goa, Telangana, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • As an outcome, Puducherry has become the fourth state or Union Territory to deliver the guaranteed tap water to every rural home as a part of the Jal Jeevan Mission.
  • The Union Government's flagship program is the Jal Jeevan Mission. It was revealed in August of this year. By the year 2024, it wants to deliver tap water to every rural family in the country.

13. Italy hosted the Global G20 Summit

  • In the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak, the European Commission along with Italy co-hosted the Global G20 Health Summit as part of Italy's G20 presidency.
  • The meeting approved a plan to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. It even decided to draft and adopt a set of principles known as the Rome Declaration.
  • According to Summit, the likelihood of new transmissible variations has increased, with nine people dying per minute from Covid-19.
  • The fate of the epidemic, according to the WHO officials, lies in the hands of G20 leaders. The introduction of ACT-Accelerator was aided by the G20, which asked for a global framework to accelerate the development of diagnostics, treatments, and vaccinations.

14. Telangana will have India's largest floating solar power project.

  • Ramagundam in Telangana will be home to India's largest floating solar power facility. It is scheduled to open in May of 2021. The project's cost is projected to be Rs 423 crores. A total of 4.5 lakh solar panels will be installed at the power facility.
  • At the Ramagundam Thermal Power Plant reservoir, a solar power plant is being built.
  • In 450 acres of the reservoir, a solar power facility will be built.
  • NTPC has commissioned the project (National Thermal Power Corporation).
  • Through this solar power plant, NTPC hopes to lower its carbon footprint and expand its green energy production to 30% of its total capacity.
  • The solar power facility has a capacity of 100 MW.

15. India attains 142 in the World Press Freedom Index 2021

  • In the latest World Press Freedom Index 2021, released on April 20, 2021, India was ranked 142nd out of 180 countries. India was ranked 142nd in 2020 as well.
  • For the fifth year in a row, Norway has held the top spot, with Finland and Denmark coming in second and third, respectively. At 180th rank, Eritrea is at the bottom of the index.
  • Every year, the worldwide journalism non-profit organization "Reporters Without Borders (RSF)" publishes the index to assess the state of press freedom in 180 nations and territories.

16. Gandhi Peace Prize for 2019 and 2020

  • His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman has been awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2019. The Gandhi Peace Prize honors the late H.M. Sultan Qaboos Bin Said's vision and leadership in improving connections between India and Oman, as well as his efforts to promote peace and nonviolence in the Gulf area.
  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, on the other hand, has been awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2020. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was chosen by the Committee for his remarkable contributions to social, economic, and political reform through nonviolent and other Gandhian techniques.
  • The award comes with a cash prize of Rs 1 crore, a citation, a trophy, and a beautiful traditional handicraft or handloom item.

17. Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala become the first-ever female Chief of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a Nigerian economist, has been named the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • She would be the organization's first female leader as well as the first African leader. Former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala will succeed Roberto Azevedo, who resigned in August 2020.

18. Indo-French Air Force Exercise Desert Knight-21

  • Ex Desert Knight-21, a bilateral air exercise between the Indian Air Force and the French Air and Space Force, was held in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
  • The exercise was a significant step forward in the sequence of encounters between the two Air Forces. It is noteworthy that both sides are fielding Rafale aircraft, indicating the increased contact between the two main Air Forces.
  • Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport, and A-400M Tactical Transport aircraft, as well as roughly 175 troops, represented France.
  • The Indian Air Force will participate in the exercise with aircraft such as the Rafale, Mirage 2000, and Sukhoi-30 MKI, among others.

19. Naomi Osaka won the top title at Laureus World Sports Awards 2021

Complete list of winners:

  • Sportsman of the Year Award winner - Rafael Nadal
  • Sportswoman of the Year Award winner - Naomi Osaka
  • Team of the Year Award winner - Bayern Munich
  • Breakthrough of the Year Award winner - Patrick Mahomes
  • The comeback of the Year Award winner - Max Parrot
  • Sport for Good Award winner - KICKFORMORE by KICKFAIR
  • Lifetime Achievement Award winner - Billie Jean King
  • Athlete Advocate of the Year Award winner - Lewis Hamilton
  • Sporting Inspiration Award winner - Mohamed Salah
  • Sporting Moment of the Year Award winner - Chris Nikic

20. Top current books in the news

  • Amitav Ghosh’s book titled ‘The Nutmeg’s Curse’
  • Cricketer Suresh Raina published his autobiography titled ‘Believe’
  • The book titled ‘Home in the World’ Book by Amartya Sen’s memoir
  • Ravi Shastri's Book titled ‘Stargazing: The Players in My Life’
  • Home Minister released a book titled ‘Rashtra Pratham: 82 varshon ki Swarnim Gatha’
  • The Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ memoir titled ‘Unfinished’

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