Q1. The Doha Agreement, often seen in news, was signed as a peace agreement, between

(a) USA and Taliban        

(b) India and Taliban      

(c) United Nations and Islamic State

(d) USA and Kurds of Syria

Option A is correct. The Doha Agreement, more formally, "Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognised by the US as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America, 2020” was signed on the February 29 in Doha, Qatar. The deal was considered a historic step towards establishing peace in Afghanistan.

https://www.freepressjournal.in/world/afghanistan-peace-deal-what-is-the-future-of-the-doha-agreement-under-biden

Q2. With reference to the UN food systems summit 2021, consider the following statements:

  1. This would be the first ever UN food systems summit, aimed to awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. 
  2. The objective of the summit is to launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems.

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 UN food systems summit 2021would be the first ever UN food systems summit, aimed to awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. The objective of the summit is to launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems.            

https://www.un.org/en/food-systems-summit/about

Q3. With reference to the outcomes of Jallianwala bagh massacre, consider the following statements:

  1. Hunter Commission was established to enquire into the incident.
  2. The Charter Act of 1909 was passed in which the provision of separate electorate was made for the Sikhs.

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. Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, Jallianwala also spelled Jallianwalla, also called Massacre of Amritsar, incident on April 13, 1919, in which British troops fired on a large crowd of unarmed Indians in an open space known as the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar in the Punjab region (now in Punjab state) of India, killing several hundred people and wounding many hundreds more. Hunter Commission was established to enquire into the incident.

Statement 2 is incorrect. GOI Act 1919 was passed after the massacre.

https://www.britannica.com/event/Jallianwala-Bagh-Massacre

Q4. With reference to the Small Finance Banks, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. These are a specific segment of banking created by RBI under the guidance of Government of India with an objective of furthering financial inclusion for the un-served sections only.
  2. Like other commercial banks, these banks can undertake all basic banking activities including lending and taking deposits.

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 B is correct.

Statement 1 is incorrect. Small Finance Banks is a specific segment of banking created by RBI under the guidance of Government of India with an objective of furthering financial inclusion by primarily undertaking basic banking activities to un-served and underserved sections including small business units, small and marginal farmers, micro and small industries and unorganized entities.

Statement 2 is correct. Like other commercial banks, these banks can undertake all basic banking activities including lending and taking deposits.

https://www.aubank.in/blogs/what-is-a-small-finance-bank

Q5. Iran will produce 60%-enriched uranium in retaliation for a suspected Israeli attack on a nuclear site, bringing it closer to the purity required for a weapon. With reference to the enrichment of Uranium, consider the following statements:

  1. The goal of Uranium enrichment is to raise the percentage levels of U-238 that can be used to power nuclear reactors at low enrichment levels.
  2. Iran has much reduced the amount of its enriched Uranium after the signing of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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 goal of Uranium enrichment is to raise the percentage levels of U-235 that can be used to            power nuclear reactors at low enrichment levels. Iran has increased the amount of enriched Uranium after the signing of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56743560

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. A fugitive economic offender is defined by The Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 as any individual against whom a warrant for arrest in relation to a scheduled offence has been issued by any court in India, who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution.
  2. Among the laws available for prosecuting economic offences in India, are The Prevention of Money-Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, The Benami Properties Transactions Act, 1988, and The Companies Act, 2013.                       

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. A fugitive economic offender is defined by The Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 as “any individual against whom a warrant for arrest in relation to a scheduled offence has been issued by any court in India, who has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution; or (ii) being abroad, refuses to return to India to face criminal prosecution”. Among the laws available for prosecuting economic offences in the country, are The Prevention of Money-Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, The Benami Properties Transactions Act, 1988, and The Companies Act, 2013.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/after-mallya-nirav-modi-who-is-a-fugitive-economic-offender-6152543/

Q7. Consider the following statements:

  1. Woman employees who have served for one year and having minor children, may be granted child care leave for a maximum period of 12 months during their entire service.         
  2. Male government employees are not entitled to the child care leave in any 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 D is correct.

Statement 1 is incorrect. Woman employees who have put in atleast 1 year of service and having minor children may be granted child care leave by an Authority competent to grant leave for a maximum period of 2 years (i.e. 730 days) during their entire service for taking care of upto two eldest surviving children including legally adopted.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Now, the male government employees who were single parents will be entitled to child care leave. The child care leave could be granted at 100% of leave salary for the first 365 days and 80% of leave salary for the next 365 days.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/male-govt-employees-entitled-to-child-care-leave-as-single-parents-jitendra-singh/article32948554.ece

https://www.crwc.in/sites/default/files/2017-10/4538_001-english.pdf

Q8. With reference to the Keoladeo National Park, often seen in the news, consider the following statements:

  1. It is renowned for its large congregation of Blackbucks.
  2. It is a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar convention. 

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 Keoladeo National Park is an important wintering ground of Palaearctic migratory waterfowl and is renowned for its large congregation of non-migratory resident breeding birds.    

Statement 2 is correct. It is a wetland of international importance for migratory waterfowl, where birds migrating down the Central Asian flyway congregate before dispersing to other regions. 

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/340/

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