Q1. With reference to the Sedition Law in India, consider the following statements:

  1. The Indian Penal Code defines sedition as an offence committed when any person by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, attempts to excite disaffection towards the government established by law in India.
  2. The law was originally drafted in 1837 by Thomas Macaulay, the British historian-politician, but was inexplicably omitted when the IPC was enacted in 1860.
  3. Sedition is a non-bailable offence in India.

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 D is correct.

All the given statements are correct.    The Indian Penal Code defines sedition as an offence committed when any person by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, attempts to excite disaffection towards the government established by law in India. The law was originally drafted in 1837 by Thomas Macaulay, the British historian-politician, but was inexplicably omitted when the IPC was enacted in 1860. Sedition is a non-bailable offence.                 

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/use-and-misuse-of-sedition-law-section-124a-of-ipc-divd-1607533-2019-10-09

Q2. Consider the following statements:

  1. A citizen of India, who is absent from the country and has not acquired citizenship of any other country, are eligible to be registered as a voter for elections in India.
  2. Overseas citizens of India are required to fill Form 6A, in order to participate in the elections while not being present in their home country.

 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 citizen of India, who is absent from the country and has not acquired citizenship of any other country, are eligible to be registered as a voter for elections in India. Overseas citizens of India are required to fill Form 6A, in order to participate in the elections while not being present in their home country.

https://ecisveep.nic.in/voters/overseas-voters/

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. The National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) is a medium-​range, network-centric air defence system, indigenously developed by India.
  2. The ‘Python-5’ is the air-to-air missile of Israeli origin, to be integrated on the Tejas fighter of India.

 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 National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) is a medium-range, network-centric air defence system designed and developed jointly by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, primarily for the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF).

Statement 2 is correct. The Python-5 is the second air-to-air missile of Israeli origin to be integrated on the Tejas fighter. The first was the Derby medium-range air-to-air missile

https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/national-advanced-surface-to-air-missile-system-nasams/

https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2021/04/28/new-israeli-missile-for-iaf-how-python-4-missile-gives-tejas-more-teeth.html

Q4. With reference to the recently announced economic relief measures to provide a boost to Covid-affected sectors by the government of India, consider the following statements:

  1. Banks and NBFCs would extend collateral free loans worth 3 lakh crores to the MSMEs, business enterprises, individual loans for businesses and MUDRA borrowers.
  2. A new scheme has been launched in which both the employer’s as well as employee’s share of income would be used for the establishments, having strength of up to 1000 employees.

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. Banks and NBFCs would extend collateral free loans worth 3 lakh crores to the MSMEs, business enterprises, individual loans for businesses and MUDRA borrowers.  A new scheme has been launched in which both the employer’s as well as employee’s share of wages would be used for the establishments, having strength of up to 1000 employees.         

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1696278

Q5. Consider the following statements regarding the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), sometimes seen in news:

  1. EPF is the main scheme under the Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 and is managed under the aegis of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
  2. It covers every establishment in which 100 or more people are employed and certain organisations are covered, subject to certain conditions and exemptions.

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. EPF is the main scheme under the Employees' Provident Funds and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 and is managed under the aegis of Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).    

Statement 2 is incorrect. It covers every establishment in which 20 or more people are employed and certain organisations are covered, subject to certain conditions and exemptions even if they employ less than 20 persons each.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/earn/all-about-employees-provident-fund-scheme/articleshow/58906943.cms        

Ques  Ans:

1-(d)                                                                   

2-(c)

3-(b)

4-(c)

5-(a)