Q1. Consider the following statements:

  1. An Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvITs) is like a mutual fund, which enables direct investment of small amounts of money from possible individual/institutional investors in infrastructure to earn a small portion of the income as return. 
  2. InvITs can be treated as the modified version of real estate investment trusts (REITs), designed to suit the specific circumstances of the infrastructure sector.                         

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. An Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvITs) is like a mutual fund, which enables direct investment of small amounts of money from possible individual/institutional investors in infrastructure to earn a small portion of the income as return. InvITs can be treated as the modified version of real estate investment trusts (REITs), designed to suit the specific circumstances of the infrastructure sector.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/definition/infrastructure-investment-trusts

Q2. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Liquid oxygen is not allowed for any non medical purpose, since the arrival COVID-19 pandemic in India.
  2. Captive Oxygen Plants in Integrated Steel Plants are designed to produce primarily gaseous products of Oxygen, Nitrogen and Argon and then routed through Pressure Reduction & Management System to meet the process need at desired pressure.

 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. Invoking the Disaster Management Act recently, the Centre ordered States that all liquid oxygen, including the existing stock with private plants shall be made available to the government and will be used for medical purposes only.

Statement 2 is correct. Captive Oxygen Plants in Integrated Steel Plants are designed to produce primarily gaseous products of Oxygen, Nitrogen and Argon and then routed through Pressure Reduction & Management System to meet the process need at desired pressure.                                          

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/govt-bars-use-of-liquid-oxygen-for-non-medical-purposes/article34408253.ece

Q3. With reference to the steps taken for the management of groundwater in the country, consider the following statements:

  1. Atal Bhujal Yojana is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Jal Shakti to improve ground water management through community participation.
  2. The National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme (NAQUIM) was initiated as a part of the Ground Water Management and Regulation scheme to delineate and characterize the aquifers to develop plans for ground water management.

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. Atal Bhujal Yojana is a Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Jal Shakti to improve ground water management through community participation. The National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme (NAQUIM) was initiated as a part of the Ground Water Management and Regulation scheme to delineate and characterize the aquifers to develop plans for ground water management.

pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1563249

Q4. Recently, a Glacier burst has been reported in the Niti Valley, which is located near

(a) India-China border

 (b) India-Pakistan border           

 (c) India-Myanmar border

 (d) India-Nepal border

Option A is correct. Recently, a Glacier burst has been reported in the Niti Valley, which is located near India-China border.

https://www.aninews.in/topic/niti-valley/

Q5. Consider the following statements:

  1. Trachoma is a disease of the skin caused by infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
  2. It is being caused as a consequence of COVID-19.

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. Trachoma is a disease of the eye caused by infection with the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It is a public health problem in 44 countries, and is responsible for the blindness or visual impairment of about 1.9 million people. Infection spreads through personal contact (via hands, clothes or bedding) and by flies that have been in contact with discharge from the eyes or nose of an infected person. With repeated episodes of infection over many years, the eyelashes may be drawn in so that they rub on the surface of the eye, with pain and discomfort and permanent damage to the cornea.

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/trachoma

Q6. “Varuna" is a joint naval exercise, conducted between India and

(a) USA

(b) France          

(c) UK  

(d) Australia

Option B is correct. The challenges posed by the covid-19 pandemic notwithstanding, India and France recently commenced their annual “Varuna" joint naval exercise with large-scale drills in the western Arabian Sea.

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/india-france-begin-annual-joint-naval-exercise-varuna-11619349853758.html

Q7. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Emissions Gap Report is published annually by the World Bank.
  2. The report measures the gap between anticipated emissions and levels consistent with the Paris Agreement goalsof limiting global warming this century to well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C.

 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. Emissions Gap Report is published annually by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Statement 2 is correct. The report measures the gap between anticipated emissions and levels consistent with the Paris Agreement goals of limiting global warming this century to well below 2°C and pursuing 1.5°C.

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/climate-change/climate-change-what-the-emissions-gap-report-2020-tells-us-74578

Q8. ‘PM-WANI’ scheme, was launched recently by the government of India, to

(a) Improve the facility of early warning system for the fishermen against disasters.

(b) Improve the infrastructure connectivity for trading across India         

(c) Improve Wi-Fi availability across the length and breadth of India

 (d) None of the above

Option C is correct. ‘PM-WANI’ scheme, was launched recently by the government of India, to improve Wi-Fi availability across the length and breadth of India.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/pm-wani-will-revolutionise-tech-world-modi/articleshow/79648865.cms

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(b)

3-(c)

4-(a)

5-(d)

6-(b)

7-(b)

8-(c)