Q1. Consider the following statements:

He was one of the most prominent leaders of Indian freedom struggle. He founded Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) to overthrow British Empire from India and came to acquire legendary status among Indian masses. The Ministry of Culture has recently announced that the birthday of this leader will be celebrated as 'Parakram Diwas' from this year onwards.

Which one of the following personalities has been referred here?

(a) Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose              

(b) Sardar Bhagat Singh

(c) Lala Lajpat Rai

(d) J.P Narayana

Option A is correct. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the most prominent leaders of Indian freedom struggle. He founded Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) to overthrow British Empire from India and came to acquire legendary status among Indian masses. The Ministry of Culture has recently announced that the birthday of this leader will be celebrated as 'Parakram Diwas' from this year onwards. 125th birth anniversary year of Netaji is beginning from January 2021.

https://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/netaji-s-birthday-to-be-marked-as-parakram-diwas-every-year-govt-121011900401_1.html

Q2. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Question Hour is a practice used by parliamentariansto hold the government accountable for its actions.
  2. There are fourcategories of questions that can be asked in this period, which includes starred, unstarred, short notice and questions to private members.           

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. The Question Hour is a practice used by parliamentarians to hold the government accountable for its actions. There are four categories of questions that can be asked in this period, which includes starred, unstarred, short notice and questions to private members.

https://theprint.in/theprint-essential/what-is-question-hour-and-why-opposition-mps-want-it-back-in-parliaments-monsoon-session/494726/

Q3. With reference to the subtypes of birdflu, consider the following statements:

  1. Presently, two subtypes H1N1 and H3N2, circulate among human beings, causing the seasonal flu epidemics.
  2. Influenza A virus does not mutate at all.

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. Presently, two subtypes H1N1 and H3N2, circulate among human beings, causing the seasonal flu epidemics.      

Statement 2 is incorrect. Influenza A virus mutates constantly.

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/influenza-a-virus-subtypes.htm#:~:text=The%20most%20frequently%20identified%20subtypes,but%20to%20a%20lesser%20extent.

Q4. Which one of the following countries borders the “West Bank”, located in the Middle East?

(a) Saudi Arabia

 (b) Jordan          

 (c) Egypt

 (d) Labanon

Option B is correct.

Q5.  Consider the following statements with respect to the river Yamuna:

  1. It flows only through four states of India.
  2. According to the Central Pollution Board's most recently published water quality data, from 2011, by the time the Yamuna exits the Delhi city, it is lethal. 

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. Yamuna flows only through four states of India (Uttarakhand, H.P, Haryana, U.P and NCT Delhi). According to the Central Pollution Board's most recently published water quality data, from 2011, by the time the Yamuna exits the Delhi city, it is lethal.                          

https://www.npr.org/2016/05/11/477415686/can-indias-sacred-but-dead-yamuna-river-be-saved

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Indian star tortoise is marked as “endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  2. It is sold as an exotic pet in India.

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 Indian star tortoise is marked as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). It is sold as an exotic pet in North American and Southeast Asian countries.

https://www.deccanherald.com/city/over-400-indian-star-tortoises-on-transit-to-mumbai-seized-903902.html

Q7. Mount Semeru, which erupted recently, is located in

(a) USA

 (b) Russia

 (c) Japan

 (d) Indonesia

Option D is correct. Mount Semeru in East Java is one of the highest volcanoes in Indonesia. 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/jan/19/javas-ring-of-fire-rumbles-on-indonesian-volcanoes-erupt-in-pictures

Q8. With reference to the World Health Organization (WHO), consider the following statements:

  1. World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations’ specialized agency for Health.
  2. India became a party to the WHO Constitution just after achieving its independence. 

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. World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations’ specialized agency for Health. India became a party to the WHO Constitution in 1948.                 

https://www.who.int/india/about-us

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5-(c)

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7-(d)

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