Q1. With reference to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), consider the following statements:

  1. FATF is the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog that sets international standards to prevent these illegal activities and the harm they cause to society.
  2. Recently, Pakistan has been listed in the ‘white list’ of FATF after improving upon its terror financing activities.
  3. India was taken in as the 34th country member of FATF recently.

Which of the Statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only               

 (b) 2 and 3 only

 (c) 3 only

 (d) 1, 2 and 3

Option A is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. FATF is the global money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog that sets international standards to prevent these illegal activities and the harm they cause to society.                 

Statement 2 is incorrect. Pakistan is still on ‘grey list’, for not taking appropriate actions against terror funding.  

Statement 3 is incorrect. India was taken in as the 34th country member of FATF in 2010.             

https://www.fatf-gafi.org/about/

https://www.business-standard.com/about/what-is-fatf

Q2. Consider the following statements with respect to the recently released Unmanned Aircraft System Rules, 2021 (“UAS Rules”):

  1. The applicability of the UAS Rules has been extended to all UAS registered in India, even when they are operating outside Indian territory.
  2. Nano Drones are completely exempted from regulatory compliances.                               

 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. Unlike the Earlier Guidelines whose applicability was limited only to the India territory, the applicability of the UAS Rules has been extended to all UAS registered in India, even when they are operating outside Indian territory.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Earlier, Nano Drones were completely exempted from regulatory compliances. However, going forward Nano Drones would be regulated (with some limited exemptions), but more importantly, manufacturers may have to build-in geo fencing capabilities to restrict the operations within the said speed, height and range limits to ensure that the same are not reclassified into Micro Drones (which would trigger additional compliances).

https://www.natlawreview.com/article/india-drone-law-2021-new-regime-old-problems

Q3. With reference to the biofortification of crops, consider the following statements:

  1. Just like fortification of food, biofortification is the process of growing crops to increase nutrition value from the seed on.
  2. In India, biofortification is done exclusively through selective breeding. 

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. Biofortification is the process of growing crops to increase nutrition value from the seed on. It’s not the same as ‘fortified’ foods that have micronutrients added to them during processing.

 Statement 2 is correct. Crops can be biofortified through selective breeding or genetic engineering. In India, biofortification is done exclusively through selective breeding. 

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/biofortification-gives-us-a-sustainable-climate-resilient-inexpensive-super-grain/article18204426.ece

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. ‘Agni P’, also known as 'Agni Prime', is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missiles.
  2.  It is a nuclear-capable missile which is fully made up of composite material and followed textbook trajectory.

 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. ‘Agni P’, also known as 'Agni Prime', is a new generation advanced variant of Agni class of missiles. It is a nuclear-capable missile which is fully made up of composite material and followed textbook trajectory.          

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/agni-prime-drdo-s-latest-ballistic-missile-is-short-in-size-yet-powerful-see-pics-11624862007842.html

Q5.  Consider the following statements:

He was a Bengali novelist, poet and journalist. With many serious, comical, satirical and scientific novels to his credit, the polymath earned the sobriquet ‘Sahitya Samrat’ (Emperor of Literature) in Bengali. He wrote the novel Anandamath, in which he penned the Indian national song. He was

(a) Mahatma Gandhi

 (b) V D Savarkar

(c) G K Gokhale

(d) Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya

Option D is correct. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya, or the anglecised version Chatterjee, was a Bengali novelist, poet and journalist. With many serious, comical, satirical and scientific novels to his credit, the polymath earned the sobriquet ‘Sahitya Samrat’ (Emperor of Literature) in Bengali. Bankim was born on June 27, 1838.

https://www.news18.com/news/lifestyle/bankim-chandra-chatterjee-birth-anniversary-lesser-known-facts-about-the-man-who-wrote-vande-mataram-3897116.html

 

Ques  Ans:

1-(a)

2-(a)

3-(b)

4-(c)

5-(d)