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As we are moving to another year, let’s take a look back at all the major events that took place in 2021 and make our nation proud. From Farmer’s protest to Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu, all these events made the year 2021 unforgettable.

Check out some of the significant happenings that took place in 2021:

1. Khel Ratna Award renamed

The country’s highest athletic award was renamed as ‘Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 6. It was formerly known as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games. It is the highest sporting honour of India. It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

2. India crossed the 1 billion Covid vaccination mark

India reached the one billion COVID-19 vaccinations milestone on October 21. India's milestone came months after a huge spike in cases in April and May, when more than 400,000 infections and 4,000 deaths were reported per day and the country's health infrastructure was overwhelmed.

3. Farm laws repealed

On the occasion of Gurupurab, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that all three farm laws will be scrapped. Farmers rejoiced after listening to this news. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 was passed by Rajya Sabha. The three Bills that stand repealed now are: Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.

4. Neeraj Chopra wins gold in Tokyo Olympics

After Abhinav Bindra, Neeraj Chopra became the second Indian to win gold. The 24-year-old scripted history as he earned India's first-ever Olympic athletics medal. He was the first field and track athlete from India to win at IAAF World U20 Championships in 2016. In the Championship he set the under20 world record with an 86.48m throw. He was ranked second internationally by World Athletics in August 2021.

5. Indian Men’s Hockey team bags bronze at Tokyo Olympics

India ended their 41-year wait for a hockey medal at the Tokyo Olympics. This is India's third bronze medal at the Olympics. They last won a bronze in the 1972 Munich Olympics. India is the most successful team at the Olympics in men's hockey with eight gold medals.

6. Harnaaz Sandhu crowned as Miss Universe 2021

The 70th Miss Universe beauty pageant took place at Eilat, Israel has been won by India’s Harnaaz Sandhu. Chandigarh-born Harnaaz has brought the crown back home after 21 years. Before Harnaaz, only two Indian women – Lara Dutta in 2000 and Sushmita Sen in 1994, has won the beauty pageant. The actor-model who once aspired to become a judge has now become an empowering figure to millions and billions of young women who want to be independent and achieve their dreams that look unattainable.

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