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GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) Program

Consider the following statements about the GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) program:

  1. Going Online as Leaders (GOAL) is a Google program in association with Union Ministry of Tribal Affair.
  2. Under the program, digital literacy to girls from six states in India will be imparted through a dedicated digital skilling curriculum.

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Rangdum Monastery

Recently, Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) invited objections or suggestions on declaring the Rangdum monastery a monument of national importance. Consider the following statements about the Rangdum monastery:

  1. Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Kagyu sect.
  2. Built in 18th century, the monastery is situated at an altitude of 4,031 m. at the head of the Suru Valley, in Ladakh.

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Van Dhan Scheme

Recently, Van Dhan Internship Programme was organised by TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs.Consider the following statements about the Van Dhan Scheme:

  1. Van Dhan Scheme was launched by the government inApril, 2018, to help increase tribal income through Value Addition.
  2. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED as Nodal Agency at the National Level.

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National Security Guard

Recently, the National Security Guard (NSG) celebrated the 35th raising day ceremony NSG headquarters located in Manesar, Gurugram. Consider the following statements regarding the NSG:

  1. The NSG is a counter-terrorism unit that formally came into existence in 1986 by an act of Parliament- ‘National Security Guard Act, 1986’.
  2. It is a Federal Contingency World Class Zero Error Force to deal with anti-terrorist activities in all its manifestation.

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Maritime States Development Council

Recently, the 17th meeting of the Maritime States Development Council (MSDC) was held on 15th October, 2019 in New Delhi. Consider the following statements about the MSDC:

  1. Constituted in 1998, MSDC is an apex advisory body for the development of the Maritime sector and aims to ensure integrated development of only Minor Ports in India.
  2. Its function is to assess in consultation with State Governments, the future development of existing and new Minor Ports by the respective Maritime States either directly or through captive users and private participation.

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Gujarat’s New Port Policy

Recently,the Gujarat government has revised its existing port policy.Consider the following statements about the revised policy:

  1. It allows ports of any size more than five million metric tonnes, to be set up as a commercial port.
  2. It allows the existing 32 captive jetties in the state to handle “third-party” cargo without any restrictions.

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Mamallapuram

Recently, the Prime Minister of India and the President of the People's Republic of China held their Second Informal Summit in Chennai (Mamallapuram), India.Consider the following statements about the Mamallapuram:

  1. The city of Mamallapuram was founded by the Chalukyaking RajendraChola I in the 7thcentury AD.
  2. Shore temple ofMamallapuramwas designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
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Andaman And Nicobar Islands

According to a survey conducted by the researchers from CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are under threat from plastic.Consider the following statements about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are southward extension of ArakanYoma range (Myanmar).
  2. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are separated by the Ten Degree Channel.
  3. Saddle Peak is the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Chalukyas Of Badami

Recently, graves of Chalukyan rulers have been found in a village near Huligemmanakolla in Pattadakal of Bagalkot district in Karnataka. Consider the following statements about the Chalukyas of Badami:

1. The Chalukya dynasty was established by Kirtivarman I in 543 AD at Vatapi (modern Badami)

2. The most important source of history of the Badami Chalukyas Dynasty is the Aihole inscription of Pulakesin II written by his court poet Ravikirti in Sanskrit language and Kannada script.

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Right To Information (RTI)

An important instrument of participatory democracy- Right to Information (RTI) marked its 14th anniversary on 12th October, 2019. Consider the following statements about the RTI:

1. Right to Information Act 2005 came in to force by replacing the erstwhile Freedom of information act of 2002.

2. The RTI Act mandated for the constitution of the Central Information Commission (CIC) with effect from 12-10-2005.

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