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International Court Of Justice

Recently, Gambia has filed an application at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), accusing Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention. Consider the following statements with reference to the International Court of Justice:

  1. The ICJ was established in 1946 by the United Nations charter and began working in April 1947.
  2. The Court is composed of 10 judges, who are elected for terms of office of nine years by the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

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Index Of Industrial Production

With reference to Index of Industrial Production (IIP), consider the following statements:

  1. The Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) is responsible for the compilation and publication of the Index of Industrial Production.
  2. The IIP is compiled as a simple weighted arithmetic mean of production relatives by using Laspeyre’s formula.
  3. It is currently calculated using 2011-2012 as the base year.

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Rare Earth Elements

With reference to Rare Earth Elements(REE), consider the following statements:

  1. Rare Earth Elements (REE) is the collective name for 19 chemically similar metallic elements (the lanthanides, Scandium and Yttrium) that occur in a wide range of REE bearing minerals and are mined collectively.
  2. The principal economic sources of rare earths are the minerals bastnasite, monazite, and loparite and the lateritic ion-adsorption clays.

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Postpartum Haemorrhage

Consider the following statements with reference to the Postpartum Haemorrhage (PPH):

  1. Postpartum haemorrhage is defined as a blood loss of 500 ml or more within 24 hours after birth.
  2. PPH is the leading cause of maternal mortality in low-income countries, and the primary cause of nearly one quarter of all maternal deaths globally.

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Sattriya Dance

With reference to the Sattriya Dance, consider the following statements:

  1. The Sattriya dance form was introduced by the great Vaishnava saint and reformer of Assam, Mahapurusha Sankaradeva in the 15th century A.D.
  2. It was given the status of a classical dance in the year 2001 by the Sangeet Natak Akademi.

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Fuel Cells

Recently, the Supreme Court of India has directed the government to look into the feasibility of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) to deal with air pollution.Consider the following statements with reference to Fuel Cells:

  1. Fuel cells and batteries convert chemical energy into electrical energy and are very useful forms of galvanic cell.
  2. The fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen to generate electric current, water being the only byproduct.
  3. The most common type of fuel cell for vehicle applications is the polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell.

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National Ganga Council

Recently, the Prime Minister chaired the first meeting of the National Ganga Council at Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Consider the following statements about the National Ganga Council:

  1. The National Ganga Council, also known as the National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection, and Management of River Ganga was set up in 2016. It replaced the National River Ganga Basin Authority (NRGBA).
  2. The jurisdiction of the National Ganga Council extends to the States comprising River Ganga Basin, namely, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Rajasthan,Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Haryana and the National Capital Territory of Delhi and such other States, having major tributaries of the River Ganga.

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Navigation In Indian Constellation

Recently, the USA Congress has agreed to designate India’s Navigation in Indian Constellation (NavIC) as its allied navigational satellite system. Consider the following statements with reference to the NavIC:

  1. NavIC is an independent regional navigation satellite system being developed by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in collaboration with Russia.
  2. It is expected to provide two types of services, namely, Standard Positioning Service (SPS) which is provided to all the users and Restricted Service (RS), which is an encrypted service provided only to the authorised users.

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National Financial Reporting Authority

Consider the following statements regarding the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA):

  1. The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) was constituted in October, 2018 by the Government of India under Sub Section (1) of section 132 of the Companies Act, 2013.
  2. The Companies Act requires the NFRA to have a chairperson who will be appointed by the Central Government and a maximum of 15 members.

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Samagra Shiksha

Consider the following given statements with reference to Samagra Shiksha:

  1. Samagra Shiksha is an integrated scheme for school education extending from pre-school to class XII to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels of school education.
  2. It subsumes the two Centrally Sponsored schemes-Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA).

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