Q1. Which of the following statements is/are correct?
An Appropriation Bill is a money bill that allows the government to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India to meet its expenses during the course of a financial year.
As per Article 114 of the Constitution, the government can withdraw money from it only after receiving approval from Parliament.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) 1 only           
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2      
(d) Neither 1 nor 2
Option C is correct.
Both statements are correct. An Appropriation Bill is a money bill that allows the government to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India to meet its expenses during the course of a financial year.  As per Article 114 of the Constitution, the government can withdraw money from it only after receiving approval from Parliament.

Q2. Consider the following statements:
Major minerals are those specified in the first schedule appended in the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act.
The common major minerals are building stones, gravel, ordinary clay, ordinary sand other than sand used for prescribed purposes.
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. Major minerals are those specified in the first schedule appended in the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act.
Statement 2 is incorrect. The common major minerals are Lignite, Coal, Uranium, iron ore, gold etc.

Q3. Consider the following statements:
The Nandan Nilekani committee is associated with railways in India.
The government merged Railway Budget with Union Budget in the year 2017, putting an end to a practice that started in 1924.

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. The Bibek Debroy committee is associated with railways in India.
Statement 2 is correct. The government merged Railway Budget with Union Budget in the year 2017, putting an end to a practice that started in 1924.            

Q4. With reference to the Maize production in India, consider the following statements:
China is the largest producer of maize globally and contributes nearly 36% of the total production in the world.
Maize is grown throughout the year, but it is predominantly a rabi crop with 85 per cent of the area under cultivation in the season.

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.
Statement 1 is incorrect. The United States of America (USA) is the largest producer of maize contributes nearly 36% of the total production in the world and maize is the driver of the US economy.
Statement 2 is incorrect. Maize is grown throughout the year, but it is predominantly a kharif crop with 85 per cent of the area under cultivation in the season.

Q5. With reference to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), consider the following statements: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established, after the 2008 global financial crisis to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific.
India is one among the founding members of APEC.
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 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. APEC's 21 members aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.
Statement 2 is incorrect. APEC has 21 members. India's entry into Apec has been blocked due to different reasons, namely its unfair treatment of foreign direct investments in the country and its perceived inability to carry out steady economic reforms.

Q6. Consider the following statements regarding the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897:
The act is routinely enforced across the country for dealing with outbreaks of diseases such as swine flu, dengue, and cholera.
The implementation of the act resulted in the rigorous imprisonment of Mahatma Gandhi after the publication of ‘Harijan’.

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.
Both statements are correct. The act is routinely enforced across the country for dealing with outbreaks of diseases such as swine flu, dengue, and cholera.
Statement 2 is incorrect. The implementation of the act resulted rigorous imprisonment of Bal Gangadhar Tilak after the publications of newspapers ‘Kesari’ and ‘Mahratta’.

Q7.Consider the following statements:
World Food Programme is a United Nations agency, focused on hunger alleviation and food security. In India, Ministry of Agriculture is the nodal ministry for the implementation of this programme.

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. World Food Programme is a United Nations agency, focused on hunger alleviation and food security.
Statement 2 is correct. In India, Ministry of Agriculture is the nodal ministry for the implementation of this programme.

Q8. The use of Feluda and Crispr technology, recently seen in the news, in context of which of the following?
(a) Identification of diabetic patients
(b) Solid waste management
(c) Gene editing
(d) Detection of new Coronavirus
Option D is correct. The 'Feluda' is a paper-based test strip detects the new coronavirus within an hour and can now be the solution for India’s urgent need for rapid-testing.
The test uses the cutting-edge gene-editing tool- Crispr-Cas9 to target and identify the genomic sequences of the novel coronavirus in the samples of suspected individuals.

Ques   Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(b)

4-(d)

5-(a)

6-(a)

7-(c)

8-(d)