1. Regarding which issue the ‘Vanniyakula Kshatriyas’ of Tamil Nadu are in news:

(a) For demanding better health infrastructure.

(b) For criticizing government over covid situation.

(c) For raising voice against water crisis in state.

(d) For reservation quota in education and employment in government services.

Explanation: Option (d) is correct

All eyes are on Chief Minister M.K. Stalin’s decision on implementing the 10.5% internal reservation for Vanniyakula Kshatriyas within the 20% quota for the Most Backward Classes (MBCs) in education and employment in government services, with the Supreme Court refusing to stay the operation of the law.

The Chief Minister’s move is being keenly watched as admissions to undergraduate courses are expected to begin in a month.

When asked whether the government would begin enforcing the law, Higher Education Minister K. Ponmudi and Minister for Backward Classes Welfare S.S. Sivasankar referred to Mr. Stalin’s statement in the Assembly last month. During a debate on the motion of thanks to Governor Banwarilal Purohit for his address to the House, the Chief Minister told PMK floor leader G.K. Mani that a “good decision” will be taken after consulting the officials of the departments concerned.

 

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/all-eyes-on-stalins-move-on-vanniyar-quota/article35159559.ece

 

 

  1. Consider the following statements regarding the One Nation-One Ration Card scheme:
  2. It allows Intra-State portability of ration cards.

 

  1. New ration cards issued under this scheme will be mandatory to avail its benefits.

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

Explanation:

Statement 1 is correct: It was started as an inter-State portability of ration cards in 2019. It allows the migratory National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 beneficiaries to lift their entitled quota of food grains from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) of their choice anywhere in the country.

Statement 2 is incorrect: This can be done by using their existing ration card with Aadhaar based authentication.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/low-aadhaar-seeding-delaying-one-ration-card-scheme-in-assam-says-sudhanshu-pandey/article35156184.ece

 

  1. Recently, the Section 66A of IT Act was in the news. It is related to:

(a) Net neutrality

(b) Free internet

(c) Information related crimes

 

(d) Defamation case

Explanation: Option (c) is correct:

Section 66A dealt with information related crimes in which sending information, by means of a computer resource or a communication device, which is inter alia offensive, derogatory and menacing is made a punishable offence.

In Shreya Singhal v. Union of India judgement, the court had found that Section 66A was contrary to both Articles 19 (free speech) and 21 (right to life) of the Constitution. The entire provision was struck down by the court.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/distressing-and-shocking-that-people-are-still-tried-under-section-66a-of-it-act-says-sc/article35142975.ece

 

  1. Consider the following statements regarding the Krishna River:
  2. It is the biggest river of the peninsular India.

 

  1. It flows through three states 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

Explanation:

Statement 1 is incorrect: The Krishna River is the fourth-biggest river in terms of water inflows and river basin area in India, after the Ganga, Godavari and Brahmaputra. The river is also called Krishnaveni.

Statement 2 is incorrect: It is one of the major sources of irrigation for Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

 

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/ap-ts-escalate-row-over-rlis-hydel-generation/article35152836.ece

 

  1. Often, the term ‘CoWin’ seen in the news is a:

(a) Covid-19 vaccine

(b) Laser based hand- sanitising machine

 

(c) Cloud-based IT platform

 

(d) Collaboration of medical research facilities in India

Explanation: Option (c) is correct:

Co-WIN, a cloud-based IT platform, is supposed to handle minute details for India’s Covid-19 immunisation programme, including registering beneficiaries, allocating vaccination centres, sending text messages with name of their vaccinator to beneficiaries and live monitoring of vials in cold storage.

The Co-WIN platform is owned by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and was earlier the platform used for conducting Pulse Polio and other crucial immunisation programmes across the country.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cowin-platform-made-open-source-pm-modi/article35147651.ece