Q1. Consider the following statements regarding the International Criminal Court, sometimes seen in news:

  1. The International Criminal Court is a substitute for national courts. 
  2. Its treaty, the Rome Statute, which was adopted in 1998, was also signed as well as ratified by 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 D is correct.

Both statements are incorrect. 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. Its treaty, the Rome Statute, was adopted in July 1998. But India is not a party to it. The International Criminal Court is not a substitute for national courts.                

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

Q2. Recently, the helicopter Ingenuity has been dropped on the surface of the Red Planet ahead of its historic first flight. This helicopter is a part of ‘Mars 2020 mission’ of which one of the following space agencies?

(a) ISRO

(b) NASA             

(c) ESA

(d) BeiDou

Option B is correct. Recently, the helicopter Ingenuity has been dropped on the surface of the Red Planet ahead of its historic first flight. This helicopter is a part of ‘Mars 2020 mission’ of NASA.

https://weather.com/en-IN/india/space/news/2021-04-05-nasas-ingenuity-helicopter-touches-down-on-mars-surface

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Constitution (Forty-Second Amendment) Act, 1976, Article 48Aof Directive Principles of State Policy as well as Article 51Aof fundamental duties deals with the conservation of forests.         
  2. The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 has made the restrictions on the State government and other authorities to make decisions in some matters without the prior permission of the central government.

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 Constitution (Forty-Second Amendment) Act, 1976 and Article 48A of Directive Principles of State Policy as well as Article 51A of fundamental duties deals with the conservation of forests. The Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 has made the restrictions on the State government and other authorities to make decisions in some matters without the prior permission of the central government.         

https://blog.ipleaders.in/need-know-forest-conservation-act-1980/

Q4. With reference to the lake Chilika, consider the following statements:

  1. It is the largest brackish water lake of Asia.
  2. Irrawaddy dolphins are the major attraction at the lake.

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. Lake Chilika is the largest brackish water lake of Asia. Irrawaddy dolphins are the major attraction at the lake.

https://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5896/

Q5.  Recently, which one of the following state governments has proposed a second biosphere reserve in the southern part of the state at Mahendragiri, which would be known as Mahendragiri biosphere reserve?

(a) Odisha         

 (b) Bihar

 (c) Madhya Pradesh

 (d) Chhattisgarh

Option A is correct. Recently, Odisha has proposed a second biosphere reserve in the southern part of the state at Mahendragiri.

https://journalsofindia.com/mahendragiri-biosphere-reserve/

Q6. With reference to the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, consider the following statements:

  1. The MAB programme is an intergovernmental scientific programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments.
  2. The Biosphere Reserve Programme is guided by UNESCO Man and Biosphere programme as India is a signatory to the landscape approach supported by MAB 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.

Both statements are correct. The MAB programme is an intergovernmental scientific programme that aims to establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments. The Biosphere Reserve Programme is guided by UNESCO Man and Biosphere programme as India is a signatory to the landscape approach supported by MAB programme. 

https://en.unesco.org/mab

Q7. Consider the following statements regarding the administration of Delhi:

  1.  The Constitution (102nd Amendment) Act, gave Delhi its own legislative assembly and directed that the administrator thereof appointed shall be designated as the Lieutenant Governor (LG).
  2. At present, Delhi is governed by multiple authorities including the New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Cantonment Board and Delhi Development Authority.

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 Constitution (69th Amendment) Act, gave Delhi its own legislative assembly and directed that the administrator thereof appointed shall be designated as the Lieutenant Governor (LG). 

Statement 2 is correct. At present, Delhi is governed by multiple authorities including the New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Cantonment Board and Delhi Development Authority.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/what-will-happen-if-delhi-becomes-a-full-fledged-state-1276325-2018-07-03

Q8. With reference to the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), consider the following statements:

  1. The scheme was announced in the budget 2019-2020, with the objectives of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable and reliable tertiary healthcare services.
  2. It has two main components, which includes setting up of AIIMS like institutions and upgradation of government medical colleges.

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 scheme was announced in 2003 with the objectives of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable and reliable tertiary healthcare services.

Statement 2 is correct. It has two main components, which includes setting up of AIIMS like institutions and upgradation of government medical colleges.

http://www.pmssy-mohfw.nic.in/index1.php?lang=1&level=1&sublinkid=81&lid=127

Ques  Ans:

1-(d)

2-(b)

3-(c)

4-(c)

5-(a)

6-(c)

7-(b)

8-(b)