Q1. Consider the following statements regarding the National Food Security Mission, sometimes seen in the news:

  1. The mission was launched in 2007-08 to increase the production of rice, wheat and pulses.
  2. It was discontinued after the twelth five year plan.

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 mission was launched in 2007-08 to increase the production of rice, wheat and pulses through (i) area expansion and productivity enhancement, (ii) restoring soil fertility and productivity, (iii) Creating employment opportunities and (iv) enhancing farm level economy.

 Statement 2 is incorrect. NFSM continued during 12th Five Year Plan with the target of additional production of 25 million tonnes of food grains. Beyond the 12th Plan, the mission is being continued with new additional target of 13 million tonnes of foodgrains from 2017-18 to 2019-20. 

                https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1592269

Q2. With reference to the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), consider the following statements:

  1. Investment in Plant and Machinery or Equipment not more than INR 1 cr and Annual Turnover not more than INR 5 cr, forms part of small enterprises.
  2. Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme aims to generate employment opportunities in both rural and urban areas for the MSMEs.

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. Investment in Plant and Machinery or Equipment not more than INR 1 cr and Annual Turnover not more than INR 5 cr, forms part of micro enterprises.

 Statement 2 is correct. Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme aims to generate employment opportunities in both rural and urban areas for the MSMEs through setting up of new self-employment projects in the country. 

https://www.investindia.gov.in/schemes-msmes-india

Q3. With reference to the Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs), consider the following statements:

  1. The origins of the urban cooperative banking movement in India can be traced to the close of nineteenth century, inspired by the success of the experiments related to the cooperative movement in Britain and Germany.
  2. The first known mutual aid society in India was probably the "Anyonya Sahakari Mandali" organised in the erstwhile princely State of Baroda.

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 origins of the urban cooperative banking movement in India can be traced to the close of nineteenth century, inspired by the success of the experiments related to the cooperative movement in Britain and Germany.     The first known mutual aid society in India was probably the "Anyonya Sahakari Mandali" organised in the erstwhile princely State of Baroda.         

https://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/fun_urban.aspx#:~:text=The%20term%20Urban%20Co%2Doperative,urban%20and%20semi%2Durban%20areas.&text=These%20banks%20were%20traditionally%20centred,to%20small%20borrowers%20and%20businesses.

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. India is the third largest producer of raw jute and jute goods in the world.
  2. The cultivation of jute in India is mainly confined to the southern region of the country.

 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. India is the world's largest producer of raw jute and jute goods.  The cultivation of jute in India is mainly confined to the eastern region of the country . The jute crop is grown in  nearly  83  districts  of seven states -  West Bengal ,  Assam ,  Orissa , Bihar , Uttar Pradesh , Tripura and Meghalaya . West Bengal alone accounts for over 50 percent raw jute production.           

https://www.jute.com/about-us/faq#:~:text=The%20cultivation%20of%20jute%20in,50%20percent%20raw%20jute%20production.

Q5. Consider the following statements regarding the Global Fund, sometimes seen in the news:

  1. The Global Fund is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.
  2. It was formed under the leadership of United Nations.

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 Global Fund is a partnership designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

Statement 2 is incorrect. It was formed as an independent, non-profit foundation under Swiss law and hosted by the WHO in 2002.

https://www.theglobalfund.org/en/overview/

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Animal Welfare Board of India was started under the stewardship of well known humanitarian, Late Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale.
  2. It functions under the ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

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.

Statement 1 is correct. The Animal Welfare Board of India was started under the stewardship of well known humanitarian Late Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale.

Statement 2 is correct. It functions under the ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying (Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying).

http://www.awbi.in/about.html

Q7. India recently conducted three flight tests of its indigenously developed ''Dhruvastra'' from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. Dhruvastra is a/an

(a) Submarine

(b) Anti-tank guided missile 

(c) Aircraft

(d) Torpedo 

Option B is correct. India successfully conducted three flight tests of its indigenously developed ''Dhruvastra'' from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. Dhruvastra is a Anti-tank guided missile. Dhruvastra is the helicopter version of 'Nag Helina'' with several new features and meant to be fired from air to destroy enemy bunkers, armoured vehicles and main battle tanks.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/anti-tank-guided-missile-dhruvastra-test-fired-in-odisha-report-2267292

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. France has become India's "first choice" in defence solutions in recent years.
  2. India was the first non-treaty partner to be offered Missile Technology Control Regime Category-1 by United Nations.

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 US is striving to become India's "first choice" in defence solutions. America's defence sales to the country has grown "exponentially" over the last 10 years, from nil to over $20 billion this year. India was the first non-treaty partner to be offered Missile Technology Control Regime Category-1 by US.

https://www.ksgindia.com/study-material/news-for-aspirants/24594-us-wants-to-be-india-s-first-choice-in-defence-solutions.html

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