Q1. Consider the following statements regarding the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY):

  1. It is a Maternity Benefit Programme that is implemented in all the districts of the country in accordance with the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013.
  2. A beneficiary is eligible to receive benefits under the scheme only once.

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 Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) is a Maternity Benefit Programme that is implemented in all the districts of the country in accordance with the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013. A beneficiary is eligible to receive benefits under the scheme only once. That is, in case of infant mortality, she will not be eligible for claiming benefits under the scheme, if she has already received all the instalments of the maternity benefit under PMMVY earlier.                              

https://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/women-and-child-development/women-development-1/pradhan-mantri-matru-vandana-yojana

Q2. With reference to the International Criminal Court (ICC), consider the following statements:

  1.  It is a court of last resort for the prosecution of serious international crimes, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
  2. It owes its origin to the first international war crimes tribunal, launched by the Allied powers, known as the Nuremberg Trials, in the aftermath of World War II.

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 International Criminal Court (ICC) is a court of last resort for the prosecution of serious international crimes, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.  It owes its origin to the first international war crimes tribunal, launched by the Allied powers, known as the Nuremberg Trials, in the aftermath of World War II.

https://www.hrw.org/topic/international-justice/international-criminal-court

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. National Agriculture Market (eNAM) is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities.
  2. It is being implemented by the department of agriculture and cooperation.

 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. National Agriculture Market (eNAM) is a pan-India electronic trading portal which networks the existing APMC mandis to create a unified national market for agricultural commodities.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Small Farmers Agribusiness Consortium (SFAC) is the lead agency for implementing eNAM.

https://www.enam.gov.in/web/

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. At least 40% of an employee's basic salary and performance wages is compulsorily deducted as provident fund.
  2. Under the existing tax provisions, interest received/accrued from employee's provident fund (EPF) is exempt from tax. 

 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. At least 12% of an employee's basic salary and performance wages is compulsorily deducted as provident fund, while the employer contributes another 12%.

 Statement 2 is correct. Under the existing tax provisions, interest received/accrued from employee's provident fund (EPF) is exempt from tax. 

https://www.livemint.com/money/personal-finance/interest-on-employee-pf-contributions-of-over-rs-2-5-lakh-to-be-taxed-will-it-impact-you-11612265060213.html

Q5. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a multi-billion dollar international project to build the world’s largest radio telescope.           It is located in

(a) India

 (b) North and South America

(c) France

(d) South Africa and Australia

Option D is correct. Co-located primarily in South Africa and Western Australia, the SKA will be a collection of hundreds of thousands of radio antennas with a combined collecting area equivalent to approximately one million square metres, or one square kilometre.

https://www.icrar.org/our-research/ska/

Q6. The 1000-year old heritage art – the Monpa Handmade Paper, which was driven to the extinction, has come to life once again, with the committed efforts of  Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). It is the heritage of

(a) Arunachal Pradesh

 (b) Assam

(c) Tamil Nadu

(d) Gujarat

Option A is correct. The 1000-year old heritage art – the Monpa Handmade Paper, which was driven to the extinction, has come to life once again, with the committed efforts of  Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC). It is the heritage of Arunachal Pradesh.

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1683797

Q7. Consider the following statements with respect to the Limited Liability Partnership, sometimes seen in the news:

  1. Limited liability partnerships (LLPs) allow for a partnership structure where each partner's liabilities is limited to the total amount put into the business.
  2. LLPs are common in professional business like law firms, accounting firms, and wealth managers.

 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. Limited liability partnerships (LLPs) allow for a partnership structure where each partner's liabilities is limited to the amount they put into the business.

Statement 2 is correct. LLPs are common in professional business like law firms, accounting firms, and wealth managers.          

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/090214/limited-liability-partnership-llp-basics.asp

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. The PM Atma Nirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana is to be launched to develop capacities in health care system over 6 yrs.
  2. The scheme will replace the National Health Mission.

 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. A new centrally sponsored scheme, PM Atma Nirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, will be launched with an outlay of about 64,180 crores over 6 years. This will be in addition to the National Health Mission. Hence, Statement 2 is incorrect.

http://www.newsonair.com/News?title=PM-Atma-Nirbhar-Swasth-Bharat-Yojana-to-be-launched-to-develop-capacities-in-health-care-system-over-6-yrs&id=409049

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(c)

3-(a)

4-(b)

5-(d)

6-(a)

7-(b)

8-(a)