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Green Crackers

In order to tackle the menace of air pollution due to traditional fire crackers, the government has introduced eco-friendly Green crackers. Consider the following statements about the Green crackers:

  1. It is based on formulations developed by a consortium of eight laboratories under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) led by Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute(NEERI).
  2. The green crackers do not have barium and strontium salts as constituents and so create less polluting particles.

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Cauvery River

Tamil Nadu has urged the Centre not to entertain a fresh proposal submitted by Karnataka for building a reservoir at Mekedatu across the Cauvery river. Consider the following statements about the Cauvery river:

  1. It originatesin the foothills of Western Ghats at Talakaveri, Kodagu in Karnataka.
  2. Panchanaga and Dudhaganga are important tributaries of Cauvery River.

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Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme “DHRUV”

Recently, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme named ‘DHRUV’. Consider the following statements about the programme:

1. The programme will cover only one area i.e. Science.

2. A total 100 students will be selected broadly from classes 9 to 12 from all schools including government and private across the country.

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GEMINI System

In a bid to ensure seamless and effective dissemination of alerts and other important disaster-related information to the fishermen, the government has developed GEMINI system. Consider the following statements about the system:

1. GEMINI has been developed by jointly by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, ISRO and the Airports Authority of India.

2. The device is designed for two-way communication, allowing the fisherman to make calls in case of emergency.Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

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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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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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