Weekly Current Affairs Quiz: 14 June to 20 June 2021

The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as Pulitzer Prize 2021, India's retail inflation, World Competitiveness Index 2021 and  ICC Hall of Fame among others. 

Created On: Jun 20, 2021 19:13 ISTModified On: Jun 20, 2021 19:13 IST
Weekly Current Affairs Quiz

7 June to 13 June 2021: The Current Affairs Quizzes section of Jagranjosh aims to help every competitive exam aspirant to revise the day at ease. The day’s updated quizzes cover topics such as Pulitzer Prize 2021, India's retail inflation, World Competitiveness Index 2021 and  ICC Hall of Fame among others. 

1. Who won Pulitzer Prize 2021 in the International Reporting category for exposing China's secret Uyghur Muslim detention camps?

a) Neil Bedi

b) Megha Rajagopalan

c) Nadja Drost

d) Laura Crimaldi

2. Which among the following books won the Pulitzer Prize 2021 in Fiction category?

a) The Night Watchman 

b) A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth

c) The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X 

d) The Golden Arches in Black America 

3. India's retail inflation jumped to how much in May 2021?

a) 5.6 percent

b) 6.3 percent

c) 6 percent 

d) 4.8 percent 

4. What is the new GST rate for COVID-19 testing kits, medical-grade oxygen and ventilator?

a) 10 percent

b) 12 percent

c) 5 percent 

d) None of the Above

5. Which vaccine is reportedly more effective against 'Delta' COVID-19 variant?

a) Covaxin

b) Pfizer

c) Sputnik V

d) Covishield

6. Which state has decided to set up its own series of annual awards similar to Bharat Ratna?

a) Madhya Pradesh

b) Assam 

c) Gujarat

d) West Bengal

7. The world's third-largest diamond has been unearthed in which nation?

a) Botswana

b) Angola

c) Tanzania

d) South Africa

8. Which nation has topped the World Competitiveness Index 2021?

a) Sweden

b) Singapore

c) Denmark 

d) Switzerland

9. India has been ranked at which position on the World Competitiveness Index 2021?

a) 57th

b) 44th

c) 43rd

d) 34th

10. Kenneth Kaunda was which nation's first President?

a) South Africa

b) Namibia 

c) Zimbabwe

d) Zambia

11. Who has become the new Prime Minister of Israel?

a) Yair Lapid

b) Benjamin Netanyahu

c) Naftali Bennett

d) None of the Above

12. The world's first wooden satellite will be launched from which nation?

a) US

b) China

c) Israel

d) New Zealand

13. Who among the following has been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame this year?

a) MS Dhoni

b) Vinoo Mankad

c) Ravi Shastri

d) Javagal Srinath

14. Who has become the first player to win both women's singles and doubles title at the French Open since 2000?

a) Barbora Krejcikova 

b) Katerina Siniakova

c) Iga Swiatek

d) Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Answers

1. (b) Megha Rajagopalan

Indian-origin journalist Megha Rajagopalan along with Alison Killing and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News won the Pulitzer Prize in the International Reporting category for their innovative investigative reports exposing China's secretly built Uyghur Muslims detention camps in its Xinjiang region.

2. (a) The Night Watchman 

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich won Pulitzer Prize 2021 in Fiction category, while Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, by Marcia Chatelain won the Pulitzer in History category. 

3. (b) 6.3 percent 

India's retail inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) jumped to 6.3 percent in May, the highest in the last six months due to higher food and fuel prices, informed Union Statistics Ministry on June 14, 2021. 

4. (c) 5 percent

The GST rate for COVID-19 testing kits, medical-grade oxygen and ventilator has also been reduced from 12 percent earlier to 5 percent. The GST rate for hand sanitisers has also been reduced from 18 percent to 5 percent. 

5. (c) Sputnik V

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) stated on June 15, 2-21 that its Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is more efficient against the Delta variant of the virus than any other vaccine so far. The Delta variant, which was first identified in India, has been listed as the fourth Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is believed to have led to the resurgence of COVID-19 infections in many countries, including the deadly second wave in India.

6. (b) Assam 

The Assam Government has decided to institute its own series of annual awards similar to Bharat Ratna and Padma awards entailing various benefits for the awardees. The decision to start its own civilian awards was taken at the state Cabinet meeting on June 8, 2021, which was headed by the Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma.

7. (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.

8. (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.  

9. (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. 

10. (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. 

11. (c) Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett, a multi-millionaire, was elected as the new Prime Minister of Israel after the Parliament approved a new government on June 13, 2021. He leads the right-wing Yamina Party which has called for Israel to annex parts of the West Bank.

12. (d) New Zealand 

The European Space Agency (ESA) has planned to put the world’s first wooden satellite, WISA Woodsat, in Earth’s orbit by the end of 2021. The satellite will be launched aboard Rocket Lab Electron rocket from the Mahia Peninsula launch complex in New Zealand. The satellite's mission will be to test the applicability of wooden materials like plywood in spacecraft structures and expose it to extreme space conditions, such as heat, cold, vacuum and radiation, for an extended period of time.

13. (b) Vinoo Mankad

The International Cricket Council inducted ten new cricketers into the ICC Hall of Fame on June 13, 2021. The new inductees include four special inductees. Legendary Indian cricketer Vinoo Mankad is among the ten ICC Hall of Fame inductees for 2021.He was the first Indian to score 1000 test runs and take 100 test wickets. 

14. (a) Barbora Krejcikova 

Barbora Krejcikova has become the first player to win both the women's singles and doubles event at the French Open since Mary Pierce achieved the feat way back in 2000. She has also become the first woman to win both the singles and doubles events at a Grand Slam since Serena Williams in 2016.

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