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Civil Services Chronicle Online, October, 2019 :

Corporate Social Responsibility

Recently, the President of India has presented the first National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards to selected companies.Consider the following given statements about the CSR:

  1. In India, the concept of CSR is governed by clause 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.
  2. India is the second country after USA, in the world to make corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandatory, following an amendment to the Companies Act, 2013 in April 2014.

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Bhaona

Recently, the Bhaona performers from a north eastern state made a foreign debut in Abu Dhabi.Consider the following given statements about the Bhaona:

  1. Bhaona is a traditional form of entertainment, with religious messages, prevalent in Nagaland, India.
  2. It is a creation of MahapurushaSrimantaSankardeva, written in the early sixteenth century.

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National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited

Recently, Bihar government has taken an initiative to help traders and farmers by selling Kashmiri apples through Biscomaun (Bihar State Cooperative Marketing Union Limited) and NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited) at lower prices than the market. Consider the following statements about the NAFED:

  1. National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED), established in 1968, is registered under the Multi State Co-operative Societies Act.
  2. It is the nodal agency to implement price stabilization measures under "Operation Greens" which aims to double the farmers' income by 2022.
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Tropical Storm

Recently, a Category 4 tropical cyclone Kyarr formed over the Arabian Sea, becoming the strongest storm recorded in the area for 12 years. Consider the following statements about the tropical storm:

  1. A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a large low-pressure center, a closed low-level circulation and a spiral arrangement of numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rainfall.
  2. A mature tropical cyclone is characterised by the strong spirally circulating wind around the centre which is called the eye.

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Non-Aligned Movement

Recently, the Vice President of India attended the 18th Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) Summit which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Consider the following statements about the NAM:

  1. The basic concept for the group originated in 1955 during discussions that took place at the Asia-Africa Bandung Conference held in Indonesia.
  2. The first NAM Summit Conference took place in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in September 1962.
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IndiGen Initiative

Consider the given statements about the IndiGen Initiative:

  1. The IndiGen initiative was undertaken by CSIR in April 2019, which was implemented by the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi and CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.
  2. The outcomes of the IndiGen will be utilized towards understanding the genetic diversity on a population scale.
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Thotlakonda Stupa

Recently, the Mahastupa Thotlakonda, reconstructed in 2016 by the state archaeology department, collapsed on during torrential rainfall. Consider the following statements about the Thotlakonda Stupa:

  1. Thotlakonda Buddhist Complex is situated on a hill near Bheemunipatnam in Andhra Pradesh,
  2. The excavations by the Archaeology department established the existence of a Mahayana Buddhist complex in Thotlakonda.

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Skandagupta

Recently, during a seminar on Skandagupta Vikramaditya, Home Ministry urged Indian historians to rewrite history from an Indian perspective. Consider the following statements about the Skandagupta:

  1. Skandagupta assumed the title of Vikramaditya after defeating Pushyamitras during his initial years of ascendancy.
  2. Bhitari pillar inscription mentions the conflict between Skandagupta and the Pushyamitras as well as the Hunas.
  3. Skandagupta issued five types of gold coins and four types of silver coins during his rule.

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BrahMos Missile

Recently, the Indian Air Force carried out successful firing of BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles from a mobile platform at Trak Island in Andaman Nicobar islands. Consider the following statements about the BrahMos Missile:

1. BRAHMOS is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine as its first stage which brings it to supersonic speed and then gets separated.

2. It operates on ‘Fire and Forget Principle’, adopting varieties of flights on its way to the target.

3. It can carry a conventional warhead weighing 200 to 300 kgs.

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United Nations

On 24th October, 2019, the United Nations (UN) day was being celebrated. Consider the following statements about the United Nations:

1. The League of Nations, created by the Treaty of Versailles, in 1919 is considered to be the predecessor of United Nations.

2. The name "United Nations", coined by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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