Q1. Consider the following statements regarding the President’s address, often seen in the news:

  1. The President's Address is the statement of policy of the Government and as such is drafted by the Government which is responsible for its contents.
  2. The assembly of members of the two Houses to hear the President's Address is not treated as a sitting of either House.

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 President's Address is the statement of policy of the Government and as such is drafted by the Government which is responsible for its contents. The assembly of members of the two Houses to hear the President's Address is not treated as a sitting of either House.  In order that the Address delivered by President forms part of, and is incorporated in the proceedings of the two Houses, both the Houses meet separately in their respective Chambers half-an-hour after the Address, when a copy each of the Hindi and the English version of the Address, duly authenticated by the President, is laid on the Table by the Secretaries-General of the respective Houses.

https://rajyasabha.nic.in/rsnew/practice_procedure/book4.asp

Q2. With reference to the Human Rights Council, consider the following statements:

  1. The Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe.
  2. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the 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 Human Rights Council is an inter-governmental body within the United Nations system made up of 47 States responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. It has the ability to discuss all thematic human rights issues and situations that require its attention throughout the year.

https://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/hrc/pages/home.aspx

Q3. With reference to the tea production in India, consider the following statements:

  1. West Bengal is the largest producer of tea in India, but Assam is known for its fine quality.
  2. Slightly acidic soil with porous sub-soil is required for its production.

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. Assam is the largest producer of tea in India, but West Bengal is known for its fine quality.

Statement 2 is correct.  Slightly acidic soil with porous sub-soil is required for its production.

https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=119992

Q4. A term, “Einsteinium”, recently seen in the news, is a/an

(a) Element 99 in the periodic table         

 (b) Newly discovered asteroid

 (c) Name of Black body

 (d) Newly discovered disease causing bacteria

Option A is correct. A team of scientists at the Berkeley Lab has reported some of the properties of element 99 in the periodic table called “Einsteinium”, named after Albert Einstein.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-what-is-einsteinium-the-mysterious-element-named-after-albert-einstein-7179967/

Q5. Consider the following statements:

  1. NITI Aayog is chaired by the Union Home Minister.
  2. Chief Ministers of all the states are among its ex-officio 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 D is correct.

Both statements are incorrect. NITI Aayog is chaired by the Prime Minister of India. Its ex-officio members are

Shri Raj Nath Singh, Minister of Defence

Shri Amit Shah, Minister of Home Affairs

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate Affairs

Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare;Minister of Rural Development; Minister of Panchayati Raj

https://niti.gov.in/constitution-5

Q6. Consider the following statements:

This sanctuary is contiguous to the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the north-east and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu on the south –east. Rich in biodiversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It was from here that Pazhassi Raja fought valiantly against the British.

(a) Wayanad wildlife sanctuary

 (b) Dandeli Anshi wildlife sanctuary

(c) Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary

(d) Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary

Option A is correct. Wayanad wildlife sanctuary is contiguous to the protected areas of Nagarhole and Bandipur of Karnataka on the north-east and Mudumalai of Tamilnadu on the south –east. Rich in biodiversity, the sanctuary is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It was from here that Pazhassi Raja fought valiantly against the British.

http://www.forest.kerala.gov.in/index.php/wildlife/2015-03-16-09-50-24/2015-06-26-09-04-29/wayanad-wildlife-sanctuary

Q7. With reference to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), consider the following statements:

  1. NCLAT was constituted for hearing appeals against the orders of National Company Law Tribunals as well as the orders passed by Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India.
  2. NCLAT is also the Appellate Tribunal to hear and dispose of appeals against any direction issued or decision made or order passed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).

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.  NCLAT was constituted under the Companies Act, 2013 for hearing appeals against the orders of National Company Law Tribunals under Section 61 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC). NCLAT is also the Appellate Tribunal for hearing appeals against the orders passed by Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India under Section 202 and Section 211 of IBC. NCLAT is also the Appellate Tribunal to hear and dispose of appeals against any direction issued or decision made or order passed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI).

https://nclat.nic.in/?page_id=113

Q8. The foundation stone of the country’s first multimodal logistics park was recently laid in which one of the following states?

(a) Gujarat

(b) Tamil Nadu

(c) Maharashtra

(d) Assam

Option D is correct.  The foundation stone of the country’s first multimodal logistics park was recently laid at Jogighopa in Assam.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-s-first-multimodal-logistics-park-in-assam-to-create-20-lakh-jobs/story-lQXP6BecEpAAsm4GbZq5bJ.html       

Ques   Ans:

1-(c)

2-(c)

3-(b)

4-(a)

5-(d)

6-(a)

7-(c)

8-(d)