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Hindu-Kush-Himalayan (HKH) Region

Recently, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) decided to collaborate with meteorological agencies in China and Pakistan, among others, to provide climate forecast services to countries in the Hindu-Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region. Consider the following statements about the HKH:

1. The HKH region encompasses an area of mountains in the seven countries of Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

2. The region is considered as part of the Third Pole due to its largest permanent snow cover after the North and South poles.

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Sixth Schedule Of The Constitution

Recently, the Meghalaya government decided to exclude some unrepresented tribes from the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Consider the following statements about the SixthSchedule:

1. It special provisions for the administration of the tribal dominated areas in four states viz. Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.

2. It allows for the formation of Autonomous District Councils to administer areas which have been given autonomy within their respective states.

3. The governor of the concerned State is empowered to organise and re-organise the autonomous districts or regions by order.

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National Mineral Development Corporation

Recently, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) decided to restart mining at Donimalai in Bellari district of Karnataka. Consider the following statements about the NMDC:

1) NMDC is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Mines, incorporated in 1958 as a Government of India fully owned public enterprise.

2) The company has been categorised by the Department of Public Enterprises as Maharatna Public Sector Enterprise in 2008.

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Department Of Investment And Public Asset Management

Recently, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) under the Ministry of Finance has been made the nodal department for the strategic stake sale in the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs). Consider the following statements about the DIPAM:

1. Previously known as the Department of Disinvestment was one of the Departments under the Ministry of Finance, it was renamed as Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) in April, 2017.

2. It is mandated to look into all the matters relating to the management of Central Government investments in equity including disinvestment of equity in Central Public Sector Undertakings.

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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?


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