Current Questions

Civil Services Chronicle Online January 2020 :

Amma Vodi Scheme

Which among the following given states has recently launched Amma Vodi Scheme?


Seke Language

In which of the following countries, Seke language is being spoken?


Tulu Language

Recently, there has been growing demand to include Tulu in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Consider the following statements with reference to Tulu language:

  1. Tulu belongs to the southern branch of the family of Dravidian languages.
  2. The present-day Tulu linguistic majority area is confined to the region of Tulu Nadu, which comprises the districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in Karnataka and the northern part of Kasaragod district of Kerala.

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Financial Intelligence Unit

Consider the following statements with reference to the Financial Intelligence Unit – India (FIU-IND):

  1. The FIU- IND was set up by the Government of India in 2005 as the central national agency responsible for receiving, processing, analyzing and disseminating information relating to suspect financial transactions.
  2. FIU-IND is an independent body reporting directly to the Economic Intelligence Council (EIC) headed by the Finance Minister.

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Zonal Councils

Consider the following statements:

  1. The Zonal Councils are the constitutional bodies, established by an Act of the Parliament, States Reorganisation Act of 1957.
  2. North-Eastern Council was created by a separate Act of Parliament, the North-Eastern Council Act of 1971.

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Bibi Ka Maqbara

Consider the following statements with reference to the Bibi Ka Maqbara:

  1. Bibi ka Maqbara was as commissioned by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1660 in the memory of his wife Rahmat-un-Nissa.
  2. Also called the Tomb of the Lady, Bibi Ka Maqbara was designed by Ataullah, the son of Ahmad Lahauri, the architect of the Taj Mahal.

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Yakshagana

With reference to the traditional Indian theatre form ‘Yakshagana’, consider the following statements:

  1. Yakshagana is strongly influenced by the Vaishnava Bhakti movement. Its stories are mainly drawn from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata and other Hindu epics.
  2. Yakshagana is traditionally presented from dusk to dawn.

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New, Emerging And Strategic Technologies (NEST)

Recently, the External Affairs Ministry announced the setting up of New, Emerging and Strategic Technologies (NEST) division. Consider the following statements with reference to the NEST:

  1. The NEST will act as a nodal point to exchange views with foreign governments on new and emerging strategic technologies.
  2. NEST will negotiate technology governance rules, standards and architecture, suited to India’s conditions, in multilateral and plurilateral frameworks.
  3. The division will also be holding responsibility for matters that involves negotiations with multilateral fora like the United Nations,G20.

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Blue Flag Certification

With reference to the Blue Flag Certification, consider the following statements:

  1. Blue Flag Certificationis accorded by an international agency -Foundation for Environment Education, Denmark, based on 31 stringent criteria.
  2. It started in France in 1985 and has been implemented in Europe since 1987, and in areas outside Europe since 2001, when South Africa joined.

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Open Market Operations

Consider the following statements with reference to the Open Market Operations (OMOs):

  1. Open Market Operations is the sale and purchase of government securities and treasury bills by the central bank of the country.
  2. It is one of the tools used to smoothen the liquidity conditions through the year and minimise its impact on the interest rate and inflation rate levels.

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