Q1. With reference to the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), consider the following statements:

  1. It is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. 
  2. The 15th PBD Convention was held in Varanasi with Uttar Pradesh as the Partner State.

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. Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of Overseas Indian community in the development of India. The 15th PBD Convention was held in Varanasi with Uttar Pradesh as the Partner State.     

https://www.mea.gov.in/pravasi-bharatiya-divas.htm

Q2. Consider the following statements:

  1. Cyclones that form in every ocean basin across the world are named by the regional specialized meteorological centers (RSMCs) and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centers (TCWCs).
  2. The names of tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean should not be repeated and maximum length of the name should be eight letters.

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.

Statement 1 is correct. Cyclones that form in every ocean basin across the world are named by the regional specialised meteorological centres (RSMCs) and Tropical Cyclone Warning Centres (TCWCs). There are six RSMCs in the world, including the India Meteorological Department (IMD), and five TCWCs.

Statement 2 is correct. The names of tropical cyclones over the north Indian Ocean should not be repeated and maximum length of the name should be eight letters.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/how-tropical-cyclones-are-named-6411569/

Q3. The term ‘Over the top’ (OTT), sometimes seen in the news, is associated with

(a) Stock Exchange

 (b) Media services

 (c) MSMEs

 (d) Telecommunication services

Option B is correct. Over the top (OTT) refers to film and television content provided via a high-speed Internet connection rather than a cable or satellite provider. 

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/o/over-top.asp

Q4. Depsang plains, sometimes seen in the news, are located

(a) Across India-Pakistan border

 (b) Along the coast of Andaman and Nicobar

 (c) Across India-Bangladesh border

 (d) On the Line of Actual Control (LAC) 

Option D is correct. Depsang, an area at a crucial dip (called the Bulge) on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) have increased tensions between Indian and Chinese troops.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/depsang-tensions-echo-2013-standoff/article31733947.ece

Q5. With reference to the Payments Infrastructure Development Fund, created recently in the country, consider the following statements:

  1. It has been set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  2. It aims at encouraging the acquirers to deploy Points of Sale (PoS) infrastructure, in the entire country.

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. The RBI has created a Payments Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) to encourage acquirers to deploy Points of Sale (PoS) infrastructure — both physical and digital modes — in tier-3 to tier-6 centres and north eastern states. Statement 2 is incorrect.

https://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/rbi-creates-500-cr-fund-to-boost-payment-infrastructure/article31761067.ece

Q6. With reference to Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited is wholly owned by the Government of India.
  2. It provides export credit insurance support to Indian exporters and is controlled by the Ministry of Commerce. 

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. Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India Limited is a company, wholly owned by the Government of India. It provides export credit insurance support to Indian exporters and is controlled by the Ministry of Commerce. 

http://agriexchange.apeda.gov.in/Ready%20Reckoner/ECGC.aspx

Q7. Projects Vijayak and Himank, being developed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the region of

(a) Ladakh

(b) India-Pakistan border

(c) Kalapani

(d) India-Bangladesh border

Option A is correct. Projects Vijayak and Himank, being developed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in the region of Ladakh.

https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/feb/21/border-roads-organisation-briefs-ladakh-lt-governor-radha-krishna-mathur-on-critical-projects-2106635.html

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Rabat Plan of Action deals with the prohibition of advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence.
  2. It is an initiative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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.

Statement 1 is correct. The Rabat Plan of Action deals with the prohibition of advocacy of national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility and violence.

Statement 2 is correct. The Rabat Plan of Action is the outcome of a four year initiative by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/TheRabatPlanofAction.aspx#:~:text=The%20Rabat%20Plan%20of%20Action%20on%20the%20prohibition%20of%20advocacy,punitive%20action%20to%20effectively%20combat

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(c)

3-(b)

4-(d)

5-(a)

6-(c)

7-(a)

8-(c)