1. Recently Uttarakhand Chief Minister tendered his resignation to Governor. In this respect a Chief Minister has to resign from his post if:

(a) He/She do not get approval of the President of the Political party he represents in the Assembly.

(b) He/She does not get elected as a member of the Assembly within six months of having taken oath as Chief Minister.

(c) He/She does not get elected as a member of the Assembly within one year of having taken oath as Chief Minister.

(d) None of the above

Explanation: Option (b) is correct

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat tendered his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya late on Friday, ending his tenure just four months after he took oath, and paved the way for the appointment of a third Chief Minister for the State this year. Mr. Rawat had been camping in New Delhi since Wednesday as he was caught in a legal limbo over his continuation as Chief Minister — while he is required to be elected as a member of the Uttarakhand Assembly within six months of having taken oath as Chief Minister, under the Representation of the People Act, by polls are not held for vacant seats if the tenure of the Assembly expires within a year. The Uttarakhand Assembly’s term will expire in March 2022. Mr. Rawat is a Lok Sabha MP from Uttarakhand and had replaced Trivendra Singh Rawat on March 10 as CM after the latter quit. The BJP has called a meeting of its legislature party in Uttarakhand on Saturday to elect a new leader, with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar being appointed as observer for the meeting. Many contenders On a possible successor to Mr. Rawat, while many names are doing the rounds, sources said only someone who is already an MLA will be chosen this time round. Sources told The Hindu that Mr. Rawat met BJP president J.P. Nadda on Friday — a second meeting in the three days he had been in Delhi — where he was asked to put in his papers. In a letter to Mr. Nadda, Mr. Rawat is believed to have said that due to the difficulties in holding a by poll within the September 10 deadline for being elected to the Assembly, he was stepping down. Sources, however, added that Mr. Rawat’s frequent courting of controversies and the scandal of fake RTPCR tests during the Kumbh Mela earlier this year and mismanagement of the issue had also cost him dear. Mr. Rawat did not speak on record about his intention to resign, while in Delhi, only stating that it was “up to the Election Commission of India to hold by polls”.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/uttarakhand-chief-minister-tirath-singh-rawat-resigns-bjp-legislators-to-meet-on-july-3-to-elect-new-leader/article35108796.ece

 

  1. Recently in news the Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar Projects are concerned with which two states of India?

(a) Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

(b)Andhra Pradesh and Odisha

(c) Karnataka and Telangana

(d) Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Explanation: Option (a) is correct

Tension continued to prevail at the Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar projects as efforts by the Andhra Pradesh government to stop Telangana from drawing water for power generation met with little success on Friday.

Officials on both sides engaged in dialogue, but the deadlock remained as the Prime Minister’s intervention sought by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has not yet been received. The two projects had a large number of police personnel deployed at them to meet any contingency.

The Srisailam project, which is the major bone of contention, is under close surveillance, and so is the Rajolibanda diversion scheme in Kurnool district at the tri-State junction of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Telangana.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh government adviser Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy told mediapersons that there might be no need for the Central government to take over the maintenance of the projects, expressing hope that the stand-off would end sooner than later with its intervention.

He asserted that Andhra Pradesh was trying to fully utilise the water allocated to it and had no intention of “stealing water” as alleged by Telangana, and observed that Andhra Pradesh could not draw 40,000 cusecs of water from the Pothireddypadu head regulator unless the minimum level was 881 feet.

The full reservoir level was not likely to last for more than 15 days, in which time Andhra Pradesh had to utilise the water to meet its irrigation requirements.

Mr. Ramakrishna Reddy recalled Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s promise to settle the dispute over water releases to Rayalaseema as a “big brother”, and said it appeared to have been “forgotten or deliberately ignored”.

 

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/tension-prevails-at-srisailam-nagarjuna-sagar-projects/article35109551.ece

 

  1. Which Supreme Court’s judgment has fixed the ceiling limit of reservation in Government jobs at 50%?

(a) Golaknath Case Judgment 1967

(b) Minerva Mills Case Judgement1980

(c) Indira Sawhney Judgment 1992

(d)Keshvanand Bharti Case Judgement 1973

Explanation: Option (c) is correct

The Supreme Court has refused to stay a Tamil Nadu law which temporarily provides 10.5% special reservation to Vanniakula Kshatriyas within the quota for the MBCs.

The Bill was tabled by the previous AIADMK government and passed in the Assembly barely an hour before the model code of conduct kicked in on February 26 for the last Assembly poll. “We are not going to stay the legislation… We have to hear the matter,” a Bench of Justices L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat told senior advocates S. Nagamuthu and Anita Shenoy and advocate Sriram Parakkat, for the petitioners.

The petitions were filed challenging the 69% reservation in Tamil Nadu as violative of the Supreme Court’s 1992 Indira Sawhney judgment, which fixed the quota ceiling limit at 50%.

On Mr. Nagamuthu’s insistence, the Bench tagged the petitions with others pending in the court, challenging Tamil Nadu’s reservation percentage. The petitions challenging the “exclusive” reservation for Vanniakula Kshatriyas argued that this law was “politically motivated”.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/sc-refuses-to-stay-vanniyar-reservation/article35096310.ece

 

  1. ‘Removal of Licensing Requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions on Specified Foodstuffs (Amendment) Order, 2021’ is in news concerning with:

(a) To arrest the spiraling prices of fuel

(b) To arrest the spiraling prices of pulses

(c) To arrest the spiraling price of vegetables

(d) None of the above

Explanation: Option (b) is correct

In an attempt to arrest the spiralling prices of pulses, the Union government on Friday directed the States to impose stock limit on all pulses except moong till October 31.

The Department of Consumer Affairs issued the Removal of Licensing Requirements, Stock Limits and Movement Restrictions on Specified Foodstuffs (Amendment) Order, 2021 prescribing the limits which have been imposed with immediate effect.

The stock limit of 200 tonnes has been imposed on wholesalers provided they do not hold more than 200 tonnes of one variety of pulses, the Ministry said in the order. On retailers, the stock limit will be 5 tonnes. In case of millers, the stock limit will be the last three months of production or 25% of annual installed capacity whichever is higher. For importers, the stock limit will be the same as that of wholesalers for stocks held or imported prior to May 15, 2021. And for pulses imported after May 15, stock limit applicable on wholesalers will apply after 45 days from date of customs clearance, the order said.

If the stocks of entities exceed the prescribed limits, they have to be declared on the online portal of the Department of Consumer Affairs and have to be brought within the prescribed limit within 30 days of the notification of the order.

“Since the entire country has been reeling under the impact of the pandemic, the government has been committed to adopting timely measures and has substantially alleviated the concerns and anguish of the common man,” a statement said.

 

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/centre-asks-states-to-impose-stock-limit-on-pulses/article35107611.ece

 

  1. Government’s Poshan Abhiyan aims at:

(a) Improving nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

(b) Improving nutritional outcomes for only SC & ST children.

(c) Improving nutritional outcomes for Aspirational districts.

(d)Improving nutritional outcomes for only pregnant women.

Explanation: Option (a) is correct

Anganwadi workers in several States, including Punjab and Haryana, are up in arms after a government order threatened them with a pay cut if they did not download the government’s mobile application called ‘Poshan Tracker’ to record delivery of services by them. They demanded to know who would give them the mobile phones and bear the expenses for recharge.

The application and the use of technology for real-time growth monitoring and tracking of beneficiaries is the mainstay of the government’s Poshan Abhiyaan, which aims to improve nutritional outcomes for children, pregnant women and lactating mothers.

In Punjab’s Gurdaspur, several thousand anganwadi workers and helpers held a demonstration on Friday.

“There are nearly 30,000 anganwadi workers affiliated to our union and none of them have downloaded the Poshan Tracker application because the government has neither given us mobile phones, nor money for recharge,” says Usha Rani, president, All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers.

“We are not opposed to the Poshan Tracker, but we need a mobile phone, expenses for recharge as well as training to use smartphones as the application is compatible with mobile phones that are Android 6 or above. Many workers only know how to use the keypad mobile phones,” says Shakuntala Devi, general secretary, Haryana Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/anganwadi-workers-struggle-with-centres-order-on-poshan/article35107841.ece