Q1. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. According to Article 107 of the Constitution, bills passed in the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha get lapsed with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha.
  2. A bill pending in Rajya Sabha but not passed by Lok Sabha does not lapse.

 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. According to Article 107 of the Constitution, bills passed in the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha get lapsed with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha. A bill pending in Rajya Sabha but not passed by Lok Sabha does not lapse.                

thehindu.com/news/national/venkaiah-naidu-suggests-automatic-lapsing-of-bills-if-rajya-sabha-fails-to-clear-them-within-five-years/article28096726.ece

Q2. Which of the following is/are the indicators used by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe in the ‘Global Hunger Index’?

  1. Malnutrition
  2. Maternal Mortality Rate
  3. Child Stunting

 Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

 (a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only            

(c) 2 only             

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Option B is correct. Four indicators are used:

UNDERNOURISHMENT: the share of the population that is undernourished (that is, whose caloric intake is insufficient);

CHILD WASTING: the share of children under the age of five who are wasted (that is, who have low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition);

CHILD STUNTING: the share of children under the age of five who are stunted (that is, who have low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition); and

CHILD MORTALITY: the mortality rate of children under the age of five (in part, a reflection of the fatal mix of inadequate nutrition and unhealthy environments)

https://www.globalhungerindex.org/about.html

Q3. Consider the following statements regarding the payment banks in India:

  1. They can carry out most banking operations but can’t advance loans or issue credit cards. 
  2. These have been set up on the recommendations of a committee headed by Narasimham.

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.  A payments bank is like any other bank, but operating on a smaller scale without involving any credit risk. In simple words, it can carry out most banking operations but can’t advance loans or issue credit cards. It can accept demand deposits (up to Rs 1 lakh), offer remittance services, mobile payments/transfers/purchases and other banking services like ATM/debit cards, net banking and third party fund transfers.          

 Statement 2 is incorrect. These have been set up on the recommendations of a committee headed by Nachiket Mor.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/definition/Payments-banks

Q4. With reference to the LiFi technology, consider the following statements:

  1. LiFi is a wireless technology holds the key to solving challenges faced by digital currency.
  2. It is uniquely more unsecure than radio technology such as Wi-Fi or cellular.

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. LiFi is a wireless technology holds the key to solving challenges faced by 5G. LiFi can transmit at multiple gigabits, is more reliable, virtually interference free and uniquely more secure than radio technology such as Wi-Fi or cellular.                             

https://purelifi.com/lifi-technology/

Q5. Which one of the following is a purpose of ‘UDAY’, a scheme of the government?

(a) It aims to help loss-making discoms turn around financially, with support from their State governments.        

 (b) Providing electricity to every household by 2022.     

 (c) Replacing the coal-based power plants with natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind and tidal power plants over a period of time.                   

 (d) None of the above.

Option A is correct. UDAY or Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna was launched in November 2015 to help loss-making discoms turn around financially, with support from their State governments.

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/all-you-wanted-to-know-about-uday/article8406121.ece

Q6. Which of the following statements is/are correct with respect to the festival of Onam?

  1. Festival of Onam got originated in Kerala as a celebration to remember the golden rule of King Mahabali, a mythical king. 
  2. Snake boat races, Puli Kali, Kaikottikkali and other traditional rituals are performed followed by a lavish feast called 'Sadhya'.

 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. Onam or Thiruonam, usually held in August and September for 10 days, originated in Kerala as a celebration to remember the golden rule of King Mahabali, a mythical king. Snake boat races, Onappottan, Kaazhchakkula, Puli Kali, Kaikottikkali and other traditional rituals are performed followed by a lavish feast called 'Sadhya'. Onam also means new clothes for the whole family, sumptuous home-cooked delicacies on banana leaves rounded off by a cup of sweet Payasam.

The ten days of Onam are called Atham, Chithira, Chodi, Vishakam, Anizham, Thriketa, Moolam, Pooradam, Uthradom and Thiruvonam.

https://www.news18.com/news/india/onam-the-legend-behind-keralas-state-festival-500288.html

Q7. With reference to PM Jan Dhan Yojana, consider the following statements:

  1. It envisages universal access to banking facilities with at least one basic banking account for every citizen of the country.
  2. Under the new version of PNJDY2.0, the government decided to shift focus from 'Every Household' to 'Every Unbanked Adult' and also doubled the free accidental insurance cover on RuPay cards.

    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. It envisages universal access to banking facilities with at least one basic banking account for every household, financial literacy, access to credit, insurance and pension.

Statement 2 is correct. Under the new version of PNJDY2.0, the government decided to shift focus from 'Every Household' to 'Every Unbanked Adult' and also doubled the free accidental insurance cover on RuPay cards.

https://pmjdy.gov.in/about

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/banking/jan-dhan-scheme-completes-six-years-benefits-40-35-crore-people/articleshow/77798514.cms?from=mdr

Q8. ‘Wolbachia method’, recently seen in the news, is associated with

(a) Testing of COVID-19

 (b) Tree plantation

 (c) Boosting education sector

 (d) Controlling spread of Dengue fever.              

Option D is correct. Wolbachia method’, recently seen in the news, is associated with controlling spread of Dengue fever.  Under this method, researchers will infect Aedes aegypti mosquito with Wolbachia, a bacteria. The mosquitoes will be released into the wild where they breed with local mosquitoes and pass the bacteria to their offspring.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/govt-relies-on-wolbachia-to-control-dengue/article24742129.ece               

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(b)

3-(a)

4-(d)

5-(a)

6-(c)

7-(b)

8-(d)