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One Liners of the Day, 14 May 2021

Economy

  • First in terms of global remittances, India received over USD83 billion in remittances in 2020, a drop of just ____ from the previous year, according to a World Bank report - 0.2 percent.

Environment

  • The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has said that Cyclone ‘____’ on 14May will move north-northwest across the South-East Arabian Sea and intensify into this year’s first cyclonic storm - Cyclone ‘Tauktae’.
  • According to a risk assessment compiled by business risk analysts ‘Verisk Maplecroft’, India is home to ___ of the world's 20 most risk-laden cities – 13.
  • According to a risk assessment compiled by ‘Verisk Maplecroft’, India’s ____ ranks second on the global index of 576 cities, followed by Chennai (3rd), Agra (6th), Kanpur (10th), Jaipur (22nd), Lucknow (24th) and Mumbai (27th) - Delhi.

International

  • _______ chaired the 1st BRICS Employment Working Group (EWG) Meeting held on 11-12 May 2021 in New Delhi in virtual format- Apurva Chandra (Secretary, Labour and Employment, India).

National

  • Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana launched an official mobile application, called ____, for Journalists to cover proceedings of the Supreme Court of India - 'Indicative Notes'.

Person in News

  • The UN chief has appointed ____ as the new UN humanitarian chief of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Martin Griffiths (veteran British diplomat).
  • Two Indian women mountaineers who became the first Indian women to summit Mount Pumori (7,161 metres) in Nepal - Baljeet Kaur (Himachal Pradesh) and Gunbala Sharma (Rajasthan).

State Current Affairs

  • New Chief Minister of the state of Kerala w.e.f 20 May 2021 - Pinarayi Vijayan.
  • Maharashtra Government has reconstituted the Sugarcane Price Control Board and it chaired by - Sitaram Kunte (Chief Secretary).
  • To commemorate the 14th World Agri-Tourism Day on 16 May 2021, ____ in partnership with Agri Tourism Development Corporation India, is organising International Conference on Agri-tourism on 15 and 16 May 2021 - Department of Tourism, Maharashtra Government.

Science & Technology

  • _____ has developed a prototype of a moveable electric cremation system, based on wick-stove technology, which claims to be using first of its kind technology that involves smokeless cremation despite using wood - Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar.
  • The Indian Coronavirus variant, known as ‘____’, has been declared as a “variant of global concern” by the World Health Organization (WHO) - B1617.
  • Researchers at _____ have developed the world’s smallest single-chip system (total volume of less than 0.1 cubic millimeters) that is a complete functioning electronic circuit using ultrasound to power and communicate with it wirelessly - Columbia University.

General Knowledge

  • Four peaks that make up the ‘Everest Massif’ expedition - Mt Nuptse (7,862 metres), Mt Pumori (7,161m), Mt Lhotse (8,516m) and Mt Everest (8,848.86m).
  • National Textile Corporation was incorporated in - April 1968.
  • All India Chess Federation (AICF) – Founded: 1951; Headquarters: Chennai.
  • All India Tennis Association (AITA) – Founded: 1920; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Badminton Association of India (BAI) – Founded: 1940; Headquarters: New Delhi.
  • Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) was founded in – 1992.
  • National Handloom Development Corporation Limited (NHDC) was set up in - 1983.
  • NMDC Limited (National Mineral Development Corporation) - Founded: 15 November 1958; Headquarters: Hyderabad.
  • Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited - Founded: 18 February 1982; Headquarters: Visakhapatnam.

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