Q1. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Emissions Gap Report is published annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  2. The report measures the gap between anticipated emissions and levels consistent with the Paris Agreement goalsof limiting global warming this century to well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C.

 Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

 (a) 1 only           

(b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2       

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option C is correct.

Both statements are correct. Emissions Gap Report is published annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report measures the gap between anticipated emissions and levels consistent with the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming this century to well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C.

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/climate-change-what-the-emissions-gap-report-2020-tells-us-74578

Q2.  ‘PM-WANI’ scheme, was launched recently by the government of India, to

(a) Improve Wi-Fi availability across the length and breadth of India

(b) Improve the infrastructure connectivity for trading across India           

(c) Make information of government schemes available in different languages

(d) None of the above

Option A is correct. ‘PM-WANI’ scheme, was launched recently by the government of India, to improve Wi-Fi availability across the length and breadth of India.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-wani-will-revolutionise-tech-world-modi/articleshow/79648865.cms

Q3. With reference to the Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana scheme, consider the following statements:

  1. Under the scheme, the government of India would provide subsidy in respect of new employees. 
  2. The government would pay both 12% employees' contribution and 12% employers' contribution, towards EPF in respect of new employees in establishments employing up to 1000 employees for two years.

Which of the Statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only            

(b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2       

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option C is correct.

Both statements are correct. Under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Rozgar Yojana scheme, Government of India will provide subsidy for two years in respect of new employees engaged on or after 1st October, 2020 and upto 30th June, 2021. Government of India will pay both 12% employees' contribution and 12% employers' contribution i.e.  24% of wages towards EPF in respect of new employees in establishments employing upto 1000 employees for two years.

https://www.zeebiz.com/jobs/news-atmanirbhar-bharat-rojgar-yojana-abry-approved-salient-features-subsidy-epf-and-more-143312

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. The recent 103rd Amendment Act, 2019 amended Articles 29 and 30 of the Constitution, which enabled the legislatures to make special provisions for the advancement of the minority section of the society.
  2. The amendment is in line with the Supreme Court’s order of 10% reservation, for the poor among the forward castes.

Which of the Statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option D is correct.

Both statements are incorrect. The recent 103rd Amendment Act, 2019 amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution, which would now enable the legislatures to make special provisions for the advancement of any Economically Weaker Sections. The amendment is in line with the P. V. Narasimha Rao government’s proposal of 10% reservation, for the poor among the forward castes.

https://medium.com/legis-sententia/103rd-constitution-amendment-act-2019-the-constitutional-correctness-of-the-amendment-3a258767306

Q5. With reference to the RBI’s guidelines on Priority Sector Lending, consider the following statements:

  1. Entire Adjusted Net Bank Credit or half of Credit Equivalent Amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure, whichever is higher, should go for the priority sector.
  2. The export credit forms part of priority sector lending.

Which of the Statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option B is correct.

Statement 1 is incorrect. 40 per cent of Adjusted Net Bank Credit or Credit Equivalent Amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure, whichever is higher, should go for the priority sector.

Statement 2 is correct. Only the export credit forms part of priority sector lending.

https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/FAQView.aspx?Id=87

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. Indian pangolins are listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972, and as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List.
  2. Indian pangolins are mostly found in lesser Himalayas.

Which of the Statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option A is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. Indian pangolins are listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972, and as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List.

Statement 2 is incorrect. South of the Himalayas, pangolins live almost everywhere in India.

https://science.thewire.in/environment/indian-pangolin-coronavirus-poaching/

Q7. With reference to the historical Swadeshi movement, consider the following statements:

  1. With the announcement of partition of Bengal in 1905, only extremists initiated the Swadeshi movement in Bengal. 
  2. The movement had spread across the country and people had started anti-partition and anti-colonial movements.

Which of the Statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

 (b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2

 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option B is correct.

Statement 1 is incorrect. When Lord Curzon announced the partition of Bengal in 1905, Indian National Congress initiated Swadeshi movement in Bengal including both extremists and moderates.

Statement 2 is correct. The movement had spread across the country and people had started anti-partition and anti-colonial movements. In Andhra Pradesh, it was also known as Vandemataram movement.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/swadeshi-movement-286966-2015-08-07

Q8. With reference to the Law Commission of India, consider the following statements:

  1. The Law Commission of India is a statutory body, constituted by the Government of India after every five years. 
  2. The recommendations made by the law commission are binding upon the ruling government.

Which of the Statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2        

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option D is correct.

Both statements are incorrect. The Law Commission of India is a non-statutory body, constituted by the Government of India from time to time. Recently, the cabinet has approved the constitution of Twenty-second Law Commission of India, for a period of three years. Its decisions are not binding.

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1603640

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(c)

4-(d)

5-(b)

6-(a)

7-(b)

8-(d)