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World Economic Forum

Recently, the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 33rd India Economic Summit took place in New Delhi. Consider the following statements about the WEF:

1. Founded in 1972, it is a Swiss nonprofit foundation, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

2. Global Competitiveness Report, Global Gender Gap Report, Global Risks Report are some of the important reports being published by WEF annually.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Guidelines And Specifications

Recently, the government approved the amendments in Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Guidelines and Specifications. Consider the following statements about the amendments made:

1. At least one Charging Station will be made available in a grid of 3 Km x 3 Km in the cities and one Charging Station at every 25 Km on both sides of highways/roads.

2. In the first phase, all Mega Cities with population of 4 million plus all existing expressways connected to these Mega Cities & important Highways connected with each of these Mega Cities, would be taken up for coverage.

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PRAKASH Web Portal

Recently, the government launched a web portal, PRAKASH (Power Rail Koyla Availability through Supply Harmony), in order to improve coordination between the power, coal and railway ministries to ensure coal supplies to power plants. Consider the following statements about the portal:

1. The portal is developed by NTPC in collaboration with different stakeholders such as CEA (Central Electricity Authority), Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) and coal companies.

2. The portal will be available for access to general public.

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National Mission For Clean Ganga

Recently, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) issued a 15-point directive to prevent idol immersion into river Ganga and its tributaries and on their banks. Consider the following statements about the directives:

1. According to the directive, a fine of Rs. 100,000 would be imposed if immersion of idols took place in the Ganga or its tributaries during festivals, including Dussehra, Diwali, Chhath and Saraswati Puja.

2. These directives were issued by NMCG under Section-5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

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Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA)

Recently, the U.S.A threatened India to impose sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law, if India goes ahead with the decision to purchase S-400 missile defense system from Russia. Consider the following statements about the CAATSA law:

  1. Enacted in 2016, it is a US federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia.
  2. The Act empowers the US President to impose at least five of the 12 listed sanctions on persons engaged in a “significant transaction” with Russian defence and intelligence sectors.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Mo Sarkar Initiative

Recently, the Odisha government launched Mo Sarkar Initiative. Consider the following statements about the initiative:

  1. It is an initiative under the 5T model of governance to herald a transformation in government office, under which feedback will be collected on government officers from the public.
  2. The employees will be ranked as good or bad on the basis of the feedback and those with good rank will get out-of-turn promotion and action will be taken against employees with bad rank.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


United Nations Conference On Trade And Development (UNCTAD)

Recently, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD’s) in its Trade and Development Report 2019 has recommended for the adoption of a unitary taxation system for the Multi-National Enterprises.Consider the following statements regarding the UNCTAD.

  1. It is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations GeneralAssembly in 1964.
  2. Trade and Development Report and World Investment Report is published by the UNCTAD.

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Eight Core Industries

The output of India’s eight infrastructure sectors contracted for the first time in more than four years according to the report released by the government. Consider the following statements about the eight core Industries:

  1. The eight core sector industries consist of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity.
  2. These comprise 50.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

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National Population Register (NPR)

In order to lay the foundation for rolling out a citizens’ register across the country, the government has decided to prepare a National Population Register(NPR).Consider the following statements regarding the NPR:

  1. For the purpose of NPR, a usual resident is defined as a person who has resided in a local area for past six months or more or a person who intends to reside in that area for the next six months or more.
  2. The NPR is being prepared under provisions of the Citizenship Act 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.Consider the following statements about the International Astronomical Union:

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Galo Tribe

Members of the Galo community in Arunachal Pradesh can recall the name of their ancestor from 20 generations ago i.e. right up to the founder of their clan. Now they have developed a Genealogical website for record-keeping, with some names hyperlinked. Consider the following statements about the community:

  1. The Galos belong to the Tani group inhabiting Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, besides Tibet.
  2. Galo community has been recognized as a Scheduled Tribe in the Amendment to the Constitution (ST), Order, 1950, Part-XVIII.
  3. Popir is the main festival in Galos which is celebrated for the prosperity of the villages.

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