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1.Consider the following statements about the Pulitzer Prize

  • The Pulitzer Prize is awarded annually.
  • The Pulitzer Prize is awarded for achievements in Science and technology.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

  • 1 only
  • 2 only
  • Both 1 and 2
  • Neither 1 nor 2

 

Answer: a

Explanation: The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspapermagazine and online journalismliterature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American, Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher.

 

  1. Consider the following statements with respect to Poshan Abhiyan
  • The Poshan Abhiyan campaign is run under the ministry of Health and family welfare.
  • It aims to ensure adequate nutrition for pregnant women, mothers and children.
  • It will solve the nutrition related problems by converging various related schemes of the ministry.

Choose the incorrect answer using the codes below.

  • 1 only
  • 2 only
  • 1 and 3 only
  • None of the above

 

Answer: a

Explanation: POSHAN Abhiyaan was launched by Prime Minister recently. POSHAN stands for Prime Minister’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nutrition. The Abhiyaan runs under the ministry of Women and Child development of Government of India.

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board
  • It was constituted under The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act, 2010.
  • Its main aim is to increase the petroleum and natural gas production in the country.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

  • 1 only
  • 2 only
  • Both 1 and 2
  • Neither 1 nor 2

 

Answer: d

Explanation: PNGRB was constituted under The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act, 2006.

Its main aim is to protect the interests of consumers and entities engaged in activities relating to petroleum, and natural gas and to promote competitive markets.

 

  1. 4. Which of the following is Bharat 22?
  • Commercial Paper
  • Exchange traded fund
  • Government owned treasury Bill (T-Bill)
  • None of the Above

Answer: b

Explanation:The Bharat 22 is an Exchange Traded Fund which was launched in November 2017 to meet some part of Government’s Rs 80,000 crore disinvestment target. It comprises shares of 22 companies, including public sector undertakings (PSUs), public sector banks (PSBs), ITC, Axis Bank and L&T.

5. Consider the following statements in regard to a programbased on the timber legality assessment legal origin of wood and wooden products?

  • It is named as Project VRIKSH.
  • It is launched by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).
  • Legalities of this programme are mandatory for any shipment of Rosewood and Sheesham products.

Which of the above statement is/are incorrect?

  • 1 only
  • 1 and 2 only
  • 2 and 3 only
  • All of the above

 

Answer: d

Explanation: VRIKSH ” is a program by EPCH which is totally based on the timber legality assessment and verification standard for verification of legality and legal origin of wood and wooden products. It is intended for entities who want to accurately track and make claims about the legal origin and transport of their products.

The Vriksh shipment certificate is mandatory to go along with all shipments of two Dalbergia’s species (Rosewood and Sheesham) products.

 

  1. India is not a part of which of the following International arrangements regarding arms control and disarmament?
  • Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty
  • Comprehensive test ban treaty
  • Chemical weapons convention
  • Biological weapon convention

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

  • 1 and 2 only
  • 3 only
  • 1 and 3 only
  • All of the above

 

Answer: a

Explanation: India has continuously ruled out the possibility of joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a non-nuclear weapon state. India has developed nuclear weapons outside the NPT.

Also India only supports the CTBT in the context of general nuclear disarmament.

 

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna.

1)    PMGSY runs on a 50% sponsorship by the Central Government and rest 50% by the respective States.

2)    It provides all weather road connectivity in North Eastern states of the country.

3)    The deadline of the achievement of target is by 2022.

 

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

  • 1 only
  • 2 only
  • 1 and 3 only
  • None

 

Answer: c

Explanation: PMGSY is a fully funded Centrally Sponsored Scheme. Its aim is to provide all weather road connectivity in all the rural areas of the entire country.

  • The present government has set an accelerated goal of achieving this target by 2019, ahead of the initial timeline of 2022.

 

  1. Consider the following statements in relation to the ‘Commonwealth Innovation Index’

1)    The index has been created in partnership with the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organisation and Global Innovation Index.

2)    It provides a tool for member states to benchmark themselves against 63 countries of the Commonwealth.

3)    India is ranked 15thin the list.

4)    The index is topped by the UK, Singapore and Canada.

 

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

  • 1 and 4 only
  • 3 only
  • 1 and 3 only
  • 4 only

 

Answer: a

Explanation: ‘Commonwealth Innovation Index’provides a tool for member states to benchmark themselves against 53 countries of the Commonwealth with the new innovation hub offering a dedicated online space for Commonwealth countries to showcase what they have to offer and share with other members.India is ranked 10thin the list.

 

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO)
  • It is a trade promotion organization.
  • Ministry of Commerce and private trade and industry are its key partners.
  • It is headquartered in Chennai.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

  • 1 and 2 only
  • 2 and 3 only
  • 1 and 3 only
  • All of the above

 

Answer: a

Explanation: It is headquartered in New Delhi. It is responsible for representing and assisting Indian entrepreneurs and exporters in foreign markets.

 

  1. Which of the following Tiger Reserves are correctly paired with their respective locations?
  • Periyar – Karnataka
  • Namdapha – Sikkim
  • Valmiki – Bihar
  • Orang – Tripura

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

  • 1 and 3 only
  • 1, 2 and 4 only
  • 3 only
  • 2 and 4 only

 

Answer: a

Explanation: The correct match is the following:

Periyar- Kerala

Namdapha- Arunachal Pradesh

Orang- Assam

 

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