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

  1. The port of Chabahar is located in north of Oman Sea.
  2. It acts as an entrance gate to the International North-South Corridor. 

 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. The port of Chabahar is located in southeastern Iran, north of Oman Sea. It acts as an entrance gate to the International North-South Corridor. 

https://chabaharport.pmo.ir/en/aboutchabahar

Q2. With reference to the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana (PM Kisan Samman), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a government scheme that gives Rs 10,000 annual subsidy to the registered beneficiary farmers.
  2. This annual financial support is given to farmers having combined land holding/ownership of up to 2 hectares.

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. PM Kisan Samman is a government scheme that gives Rs 6,000 annual subsidy to the registered beneficiary farmers in three installments of Rs 2,000 each.                          

Statement 2 is correct. This annual financial support is given to farmers having combined land holding/ownership of up to 2 hectares.            

https://www.dnaindia.com/personal-finance/report-pm-kisan-samman-nidhi-8th-installment-get-rs-2000-by-this-date-check-your-name-on-beneficiary-list-2888141

Q3. With reference to the “2+2 ministerial dialogue”, often seen in news, consider the following statements:

  1. It is conducted between the foreign and finance ministers of the participating nations. 
  2. India has so far conducted maximum number of “2+2 ministerial dialogue” with Russia only.

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. 2+2 ministerial dialogue is conducted between the foreign and defence ministers of the participating nations. India and Russia are expected to establish "2+2" Dialogue in future, to boost their partnership.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-russia-to-establish-2-2-dialogue-in-boost-to-partnership-2423850-94

Q4. Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), often seen in news, circumvents U.S. sanctions against which one of the following nations, by avoiding the use of dollar?

(a) Iran               

 (b) North Korea              

 (c) Afghanistan

 (d) Syria

Option A is correct. Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), often seen in news, circumvents U.S. sanctions against Iran, by avoiding the use of dollar. Six new European countries have initiated the INSTEX barter mechanism, which is designed to circumvent U.S. sanctions against trade with Iran by avoiding use of the dollar.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/6-european-nations-join-iran-barter-system/article30131764.ece

Q5. The Global EV Outlook is an annual publication that identifies and discusses recent developments in electric mobility across the globe. It is released by

(a) World Economic Forum         

 (b) International Energy Agency              

 (c) World Bank

 (d) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 

Option B is correct. The Global EV Outlook is an annual publication that identifies and discusses recent developments in electric mobility across the globe. It is released by International Energy Agency.

https://www.iea.org/reports/global-ev-outlook-2021

Q6. With reference to the Sophisticated Analytical &Technical Help Institute (SATHI), consider the following statements:

  1. These are being set up by the ministry of education, for being accessible to academia, start-ups, industries and R&D Labs.
  2. The aim of SATHI is to provide shared, professionally managed services and strong Science and Technology infrastructure.

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. Sophisticated Analytical &Technical Help Institute (SATHI),  are being set up by the Department of Science and Technology, for being accessible to academia, start-ups, industries and R&D Labs.

Statement 2 is correct. The aim of SATHI is to provide a shared, professionally managed services and strong Science and Technology infrastructure, all under one roof.

https://dst.gov.in/sophisticated-analytical-technical-help-institutes-sathi

Q7. With reference to the objectives of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana  (PMMVY), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a Maternity Benefit Programme that is implemented in all the districts of the country in accordance with the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013.
  2. There is no provision of cash incentive under the scheme.

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. Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana  (PMMVY) is a Maternity Benefit Programme that is implemented in all the districts of the country in accordance with the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Its objective is providing partial compensation for the wage loss in terms of cash incentive s so that the woman can take adequate res t before and after delivery of the first living child.

http://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/women-and-child-development/women-development-1/pradhan-mantri-matru-vandana-yojana

Q8. Consider the following statements regarding the threats to the crop cultivation in India:

  1. Locusts, which are part of the grasshopper family, are highly mobile insects but do not cause any damage to the crops.
  2. No case of Locust attack has been detected in India so far.

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. Locusts, which are part of the grasshopper family, are highly mobile insects that can cause extreme damage to crops.

 Statement 2 is incorrect. In more than 3.5 lakh hectares in various districts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, the damage caused by locust attacks in 2019-20 is believed to be one of the worst in India.

https://thewire.in/agriculture/india-locust-attack-crop-damage-worst

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(b)

3-(d)

4-(a)

5-(b)

6-(b)

7-(a)

8-(d)