Q1. With reference to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Act 2020, consider the following statements:

  1. The act allows a “public servant” for receiving foreign contributions.
  2. It has capped the usage of foreign contribution for administrative expenses from 50% to 20%.

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 act prohibits a “public servant” from receiving foreign contributions.

Statement 2 is correct. It has capped the usage of foreign contribution for administrative expenses from 50% to 20%.

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Q2. Consider the following statements:

  1. National Population Register (NPR) was first done in 2010 and was later updated in 2015 when it was linked with the Aadhaar.
  2. The process of updating NPR will be carried out in the country, under the aegis of the Registrar General and ex-Officio Census Commissioner.

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. National Population Register (NPR) was first done in 2010 and was later updated in 2015 when it was linked with the Aadhaar.  The process of updating NPR will be carried out in the country, under the aegis of the Registrar General and ex-Officio Census Commissioner.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/explainer-what-is-npr-national-population-register-nrc-census-1631251-2019-12-24

Q3. With reference to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), consider the following statements:

  1. It is the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog and currently comprises 37 member jurisdictions and 2 regional organisations, representing most major financial centres in all parts of the globe.
  2. The FATF blacklist is a list of countries that the intra-governmental organization considers non-cooperative in the global effort to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

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. FATF is the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog and currently comprises 37 member jurisdictions and 2 regional organisations, representing most major financial centres in all parts of the globe.  The FATF blacklist (sometimes referred to as the OECD blacklist) is a list of countries that the intragovernmental organization considers non-cooperative in the global effort to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

https://complyadvantage.com/knowledgebase/fatf-blacklists-greylists/#:~:text=The%20Financial%20Action%20Task%20Force,and%20the%20financing%20of%20terrorism.

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for the holistic growth of the horticulture sector.
  2. Himalayan states are excluded from the purview of this 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.  MIDH is Centrally Sponsored Scheme wherein the implementing agencies are State Horticulture Mission (SHM). In the total outlay of SHM, centre contributes 60% for general States and 90% for NE and Himalayan States whereas general States contribute 40 % and NE and Himalayan States contribute 10%. Government of India contributes 100% for UTs and National Level Agencies (NLAs).Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for the holistic growth of the horticulture sector. Hence, Statement 2 is incorrect.

https://midh.gov.in/FAQ.html

Q5. Consider the following statements:

  1. Asteroid Bennu is classified as a B-type asteroid, which means it contains least amount of carbon in and along with its various minerals. 
  2. NASA’s Voyager mission was sent to asteroid Bennu, in order to collect samples.

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.  Asteroid Bennu is classified as a B-type asteroid, which means it contains a lot of carbon in and along with its various minerals. NASA’s first mission to return a sample from an ancient asteroid arrived at its target, the asteroid Bennu, on Dec. 3, 2018. This mission, the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, is a seven-year long voyage set to conclude upon the delivery to Earth of at least 60 grams and possibly up to almost two kilograms of sample. It promises to be the largest amount of extraterrestrial material brought back from space since the Apollo era

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/bennu-top-ten

Q6. ‘Urban October’ is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in the cities and towns. In this context, which one of the following led to the initiative of ‘Urban October’?

(a) United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

 (b) UN Habitat

 (c) World Bank

 (d) World Economic Forum

Option B is correct. ‘Urban October’ is an opportunity for everyone to be part of the conversation about the challenges and opportunities created by the fast rate of change in the cities and towns. It was led by UN Habitat.

https://unhabitat.org/urban-october-2018

Q7. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Government of India recently launched a training module for management of COVID-19 named ‘Integrated Govt. Online training’ (iGOT) portal on Ministry of HRD’s DIKSHA platform.
  2. Digital Infrastructure Knowledge Sharing’ (DIKSHA) platform was launched by the government with the similar purpose of making education universally accessible.

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.

Statement 1 is correct. The Government of India has launched a training module for management of COVID-19 named ‘Integrated Govt. Online training’ (iGOT) portal on Ministry of HRD’s DIKSHA platform.

Statement 2 is correct. DIKSHA’s population scale infrastructure was launched by the Vice President of India on Teacher’s Day in 2017 and is already being used by more than one crore teachers and students across the country in 30+ states & UTs for curriculum-based education and training. DIKSHA already has explanation, practice and assessment content linked to NCERT and state curriculum.

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1612437

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. Ocean waters must be above 26 degrees Celsius.
  2. Presence of Coriolis force
  3.  A saturated lapse rate gradient near the center of rotation of the storm

Which of the conditions given above is/are necessary for the formation of Hurricanes?

(a) 2 and 3 only

(b) 1 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Option D is correct. There are six widely accepted conditions for hurricane development:

Ocean waters must be above 26 degrees Celsius.

Presence of Coriolis force

A saturated lapse rate gradient near the center of rotation of the storm

 a low vertical wind shear, especially in the upper level of the atmosphere. 

 high relative humidity values from the surface to the mid levels of the atmosphere.

 a tropical wave. 

https://www.weather.gov/source/zhu/ZHU_Training_Page/tropical_stuff/hurricane_anatomy/hurricane_anatomy.html

Ques  Ans:

1-(b)

2-(c)

3-(c)

4-(a)

5-(d)

6-(b)

7-(c)

8-(d)