Q1. Which one of the following was a very important seaport of Chera kingdom?

(a) Muziris          

(b) Motupalli

(c) Kakinada

(d) Puhar

Option A is correct. Muziris was the famous sea port of ancient India.

https://www.mapsofindia.com/history/chera-dynasty.html

Q2. Which of the following can be potential sites for carbon sequestration?

  1. Deep saline formations
  2. All the oil and gas reservoirs
  3. Deep Ocean

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) 1 only            

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Option B is correct.  Suitable storage locations might include geologic formations such as deep saline formations (sedimentary rocks whose pore spaces are saturated with water containing high concentrations of dissolved salts), depleted oil and gas reservoirs, or the deep ocean. 

https://www.britannica.com/technology/carbon-sequestration

Q3. Black Sea is a border of which of the following countries?

  1. Russia
  2. Turkey
  3. Bulgaria
  4. Iran

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) 1 only            

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1, 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Option C is correct.

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. Recently, the Indian government has set up a new national bank, in order to fund the country’s long term infrastructure and development projects.
  2. Between 1948 and 1964, three banks were established to provide long-term financing, which includes the Industrial Finance Corporation of India, Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India and the Industrial Development Bank of 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. The Indian government has given its stamp of approval to set up a new national bank that will fund the country’s long term infrastructure and development projects.

Statement 2 is correct. Between 1948 to 1964, three banks were established to provide long-term financing, which includes the Industrial Finance Corporation of India, Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India and the Industrial Development Bank of India.   

https://www.businessinsider.in/finance/banks/news/india-is-hoping-its-new-dfi-will-raise-3-lakh-crore-over-the-next-few-years/articleshow/81530506.cms

Q5. With reference to the National Career Service, consider the following statements:

  1. National Career Service aims to bridge the gap between those who need jobs and those who want to hire them.
  2. The project is being implemented by the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour & Employment. 

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. National Career Service aims to bridge the gap between those who need jobs and those who want to hire them, between people seeking career guidance and training and those who can provide the counselling and training. The project is being implemented by the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour & Employment.                               

vikaspedia.in/e-governance/online-citizen-services/government-to-citizen-services-g2c/employment-related-services/national-career-service

Q6. Consider the following statements regarding the Climate and Clean Air Coalition:

  1.  It is a voluntary partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, scientific institutions and civil society organizations committed to protecting the climate.
  2. Its operations are supported by the United Nations Environment 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 A is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is a voluntary partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, scientific institutions and civil society organizations committed to protecting the climate.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Operations are supported by a secretariat that sits within UN Environment in Paris, France.

https://www.ccacoalition.org/en/content/coalition

Q7. Consider the following statements regarding the Contempt of Court:

  1. Contempt of court, seeks to protect judicial institutions from motivated attacks and unwarranted criticism and as a legal mechanism to punish those who lower its authority.
  2. The Contempt of Court Act was amended in 2006, to introduce truth as a valid defence in every case.

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. Contempt of court, seeks to protect judicial institutions from motivated attacks and unwarranted criticism and as a legal mechanism to punish those who lower its authority. The Statement 2 is incorrect. Contempt of Court Act was amended in 2006, to introduce truth as a valid defence, if it was in public interest and was invoked in a bona fide manner.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/the-hindu-explains-what-is-contempt-of-court/article32249810.ece

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. Article 365 of the Constitution makes it mandatory for the state governments to follow and implement the Constitution of India.
  2. The central government cannot deny the fund allocation to that state, even in case of non-implementation of its directions by the later.

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. Article 365 of the Constitution makes it mandatory for the state governments to follow and implement the directions of the Central government.

Statement 2 is incorrect. The Central government may consider using its power of fund allocation to get the states to implement its directions.

https://www.bloombergquint.com/law-and-policy/can-states-refuse-to-implement-npr-and-nrc

Ques  Ans:

1-(a)

2-(b)

3-(c)

4-(b)

5-(c)

6-(a)

7-(a)

8-(d)