Q1. Consider the following statements regarding the historical Patharughat Uprising:

  1. It took place by the peasants of Assam against the British authority.
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose like leaders were participants of this movement.

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. Patharughat Uprising took place by the peasants of Assam against the British authority.

Statement 2 is incorrect. It took place in 1894 and leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose were not involved in any way.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/assam-patharughat-1894-peasant-uprising-martyrs-column-7165125/

Q2. With reference to the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), consider the following statements:

  1. NTDs are found in several countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. 
  2. NTDs such as Lymphatic Filariasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminths can be controlled or even eliminated through mass administration of safe and effective medicines.

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. NTDs are found in several countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.          NTDs such as Lymphatic Filariasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminths can be controlled or even eliminated through mass administration of safe and effective medicines.

https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/ntd/diseases/index.html

Q3. With reference to the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme having central sector component under Ayushman Bharat Mission anchored in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  2. There are cap on family size as well as age in the scheme.

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 Centrally Sponsored Scheme having central sector component under Ayushman Bharat Mission anchored in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Statement 2 is incorrect.  There will be no cap on family size and age in the scheme.

https://vikaspedia.in/health/nrhm/national-health-mission/ayushman-bharatpm-jan-arogya-yojana

Q4. With reference to the Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (NCAVES), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a project initiated by the United Nations.
  2. The Project is being implemented in five countries, including 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 B is correct.

Statement 1 is incorrect. In 2017, the European Union initiated a project, “Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services” (NCAVES) in 2017 to help nations advance the knowledge on environmental-economic accounting, in particular ecosystem accounting, that can help in ensuring sustainable economic growth.

Statement 2 is correct. The NCAVES Project is being implemented in five countries – India, Brazil, China, Mexico and South Africa - by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD).

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1688608

Q5. Consider the following statements regarding the Geographical Indication (GI) tag:

  1. A GI is a tag on products that possess certain qualities due to their process of formation.
  2. So far, only India has got the GI tag for Basmati rice.

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. A GI is a tag on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess certain qualities due to that origin and are safeguarded by legalities such as by the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Recently, Pakistan has got a Geographical Indications (GI) tag for its Basmati rice.

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/agriculture/don-t-worry-experts-say-after-pakistan-gets-gi-tag-for-its-own-basmati-rice-75239

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. Cryptocurrencies are almost always designed to be free from government manipulation and control.
  2. Ethereum is a decentralized software platform that enables Smart Contractsand Decentralized Applications to be built and run without any downtime, control or interference from a third party. 

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. Cryptocurrencies are almost always designed to be free from government manipulation and control. Ethereum is a decentralized software platform that enables Smart Contracts and Decentralized Applications to be built and run without any downtime, control or interference from a third party.

https://www.investopedia.com/tech/most-important-cryptocurrencies-other-than-bitcoin/

Q7. Consider the following statements:

  1. India has rich marine biodiversity along a vast coastline of over 7,500 km. 
  2. Recently, the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change has launched the National Marine Turtle Action Plan for the conservation of both floral and faunal diversity.

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. India has rich marine biodiversity along a vast coastline of over 7,500 km.   Recently, the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change has launched the National Marine Turtle Action Plan for the conservation of both floral and faunal diversity.

https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetailm.aspx?PRID=1692990

Q8. Consider the following statements regarding the recently launched PM SVANidhi scheme:

  1. It was launched to provide free protective equipments to the health service providers for their protection against COVID-19.
  2. It was launched by the Union ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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. Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor's AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) was launched by the ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, to provide affordable working capital loan to street vendors to resume their livelihoods that have been adversely affected due to COVID-19 lockdown.  

https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/over-1-54-lakh-street-vendors-have-applied-for-loan-under-pm-svanidhi-scheme-so-far-govt-5561951.html

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