Q1. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Bodos are considered to be the earliest indigenous inhabitants of the Brahmaputra valley having their own kingdom, religion, culture and language. 
  2. The Bodoland Territorial Areas District was renamed as Bodoland Territorial Region, with the signing of the third Bodo accord last year.

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 Bodos are considered to be the earliest indigenous inhabitants of the Brahmaputra valley having their own kingdom, religion, culture and language. The Bodoland Territorial Areas District was renamed as Bodoland Territorial Region, with the signing of the third Bodo accord last year. The BTAD was rechristened Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) with the signing of the third Bodo accord on 27 January.

https://theprint.in/theprint-essential/as-assam-grants-bodo-language-official-status-heres-all-you-need-to-know-on-bodoland-struggle/519610/

Q2. With reference to the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), consider the following statements:

  1.  It is a tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development.
  2. Only girls of all ages are included in the target group.

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. It is a tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development.     

Statement 2 is incorrect. Target group includes:

Primary : Young and newly married couples; Pregnant and Lactating mothers; parents

Secondary : Youth, adolescents (girls and boys), in-laws, medical doctors/ practitioners, private hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic centres

Tertiary : Officials, PRIs; frontline workers, women SHGs/Collectives, religious leaders, voluntary organizations, media, medical associations, industry associations, general public as a whole .

https://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/women-and-child-development/child-development-1/girl-child-welfare/beti-bachao-beti-padhao

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. Flash drought refers to a severe drought kind of situation that develops very slowly over a long period of time.
  2. The areas that face the threat of flash floodsin India are north Chhattisgarh, east Madhya Pradesh, west Madhya Pradesh and a few surrounding areas of Rajasthan and south Gujarat.     

 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. Drought refers to a severe drought kind of situation that develops very rapidly. Statement 2 is correct. The areas that face the threat of flash floods are north Chhattisgarh, east Madhya Pradesh, west Madhya Pradesh and a few surrounding areas of Rajasthan and south Gujarat.     

https://scroll.in/latest/970612/imd-flags-moderate-risk-of-flash-floods-in-central-india-in-next-24-hours

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/india-facing-flash-droughts-during-monsoon-study/article32387601.ece

Q4. With reference to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), consider the following statements:

  1. It is also known as the Nuke Ban Treaty.
  2. India has signed as well as ratified the treaty.

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 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), is also known as the Nuke Ban Treaty.   

Statement 2 is incorrect. While this is commendable on its own, the efficacy of the treaty is questionable because none of the current nine nuclear-armed states (including India) support the treaty or have signed it.    

https://www.orfonline.org/research/treaty-on-the-prohibition-of-nuclear-weapons-set-to-enter-into-force/

Q5. With reference to the North-Eastern Council, consider the following statements:

  1. The North Eastern Council was constituted by the States Reorganization Act of 1956.
  2. The Council is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the seven states.

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 North Eastern Council was constituted in 1971 by an Act of Parliament. The North Eastern Council is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States.                        

http://necouncil.gov.in/welcome-page

Q6. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is the only treaty limiting the world’s two largest nuclear weapons arsenals, which includes

(a) India and USA            

 (b) USA and Russia         

 (c) India and Russia

 (d) India and China

Option B is correct. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) is the only treaty limiting the world’s two largest nuclear weapons arsenals, which includes USA and Russia.

https://www.armscontrol.org/take-action/extend-new-start

Q7. Consider the following statements regarding the Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST), sometimes seen in the news:

  1. It was launched in the Budget 2019-2020, in order to extend infrastructure support to the higher technical and medical educational institutions in India.
  2. Support will be provided annually to every educational institution.

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 Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST), was launched in 2000-2001 in order to extend infrastructure support to the higher technical and medical educational institutions in India. The support for five (5) years to any PG College or a department / centre / School of any University or academic Institute is considered for augmentation of post-graduate teaching and research facilities in four areas i.e., Basic Equipment, Networking & Computational Facilities, Research Infrastructure and Maintenance of equipment. 

https://dst.gov.in/scientific-programmes/scientific-engineering-research/fund-improvement-st-infrastructure-higher-educational-institutions-fist

Q8. Recently, Tripura Chief Minister promoted the traditional ‘Risa, which is a

(a) Dish made of rice      

(b) Handwoven cloth     

(c) GI tagged sweet dish

(d) Folk dance

Option B is correct. The traditional Tripuri female attire comprises three parts — risa, rignai and rikutu. Risa is a handwoven cloth used as a female upper garment, and also as headgear, a stole, or a present to express respect. As an upper garment, it is wrapped around the torso twice.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tripura-culture-risa-trend-explained-7155359/

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(b)

4-(a)

5-(d)

6-(b)

7-(d)

8-(b)