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Current Affairs Pulse – 13th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements with reference to Kurangani hills
1. Kurangani is a hill station a top the Western Ghats accessed from southern state of Tamil Nadu.
2. The hills are characterized by frequently-changing weather, low-hanging clouds, chilly atmosphere and strong winds.
3. The hills are home to a wide range of flora and fauna including Indian gaurs, barking deer, langurs, and wild cats, and possibly leopards and tigers
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

2. Consider the following statements
1. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 deals with sexual offences against persons below 18 years of age, who are deemed as children.
2. The Supreme Court ordered data from the High Courts on the number of pending cases of child abuse booked under this Act.
3. The court wanted fresh and independent data collected by a team constituted under the supervision of the Chief Justices of the High Courts.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1and 2only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

3. Excessive consumption of salt, sugar and oil has been linked to
1. Obesity
2. Hypertension
3. Diabetes
4. Chronic kidney disease.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1, 2 and 3 d. 1,2,3,4
Solution: D

4. Consider the following statements with reference to Indian Medical Association
1. It is a statutory body for establishing uniform and high standards of medical education in India
2. It grants recognition of medical qualifications, gives accreditation to medical schools, grants registration to medical practitioners, and monitors medical practice in India.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

5. Consider the following statements
1. Archaeological Survey of India, which has been excavating a mound in Odisha, has now come across stone and bone tools believed to be of early Iron Age.
2. Yellow and dark grey colour soil noticed during the excavation signifies the rural settlement flourished in different eras.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

6. Consider the following statements with National Deworming Mission
a. The mission is aimed to protect children in the ages of 1-19 years from intestinal wormsi. eHelminths.
b. Albendazole tablets will be given to all targeted children through Anganwadi centres and all schools.
c. National Deworming day is observed on 10th February.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D
According to WHO, India has the highest burden of Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) in the world.

7. Consider the following statements
a. National Air Quality Index comes under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
b. Respective State Pollution Control Boards has been operating National Air Monitoring Program (NAMP) covering its own cities and monitoring stations.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
The Central Pollution Control Board along with State Pollution Control Boards has been operating National Air Monitoring Program (NAMP) covering 240 cities of the country having more than 342 monitoring station.
Please see the “Weather Watch” column in The Hindu regularly

8. Which among the following statements is/are true?
1. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha both follow the method of Proportional Representation for electing members
2. Rajya Sabha members are elected by the elected members of the state legislative assemblies
3. Maximum strength of Lok Sabha is fixed at 552
4. The voting age was reduced from 21 to 18 by the 61st Constitutional Amendment Act, 1988.
a. Only 1 and 3 b. Only 2 and 3 c. Only 1,3, and 4 d. Only 2,3, and 4
Solution: D

9. Which of the following statements regarding Index Industrial Production
a. IIP is an index for India which details out the growth of various sectors in an economy such as mineral mining, electricity and manufacturing.
b. It is compiled and published monthly by the Central Statistical Office.
a). 1 only b). 2 only c). Both are correct d). None of the above
Solution: C

10. The objectives of NHM are summarised as under:
a. Reduction in child and maternal mortality
b. Prevention and control of communicable diseases only.
c. Access to integrated comprehensive primary health care.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 and 3 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: B

11. Consider the following statements regarding Revised National TB Control Programme’ new initiatives
1. Bedaquiline and delamanid drugs are introduced.
2. Free drugs & diagnostics for private sector TB patients also
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. Only 1 b. Only 2 c. Only 1,2 d. None
Solution: C

12. Consider the following statements
1. The party whip directs the party members to stick to the party’s stand on certain issues and directs them to vote as per the direction of senior party members.
2. In this aspect, Whip can be used in all cases.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: A
Political parties cannot issue any direction or whip to members to vote or not in Presidential poll. The implication of a not to follow a Whip on Member’s part is to risk losing their seat in Parliament on account of defection.

13. Which of the following statements are correct regarding Directorate General of Civil Aviation
a. It is the Indian governmental regulatory body for civil aviation under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
b. The Government of India is planning to replace the organisation with a Civil Aviation Authority.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both 1 and 2 d. None of the above
Solution: C

14. Consider the following statements
1. Scientists have discovered 15 new planets, including a ‘super earth’ that could harbour water, orbiting small, cool stars near the solar system.
2. These stars will offer great insight into the studies of planetary evolution.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

15. Consider the following statements with reference to GST Network
a. It is working under the Ministry of Finance.
b. It will manage the entire IT system of the GST portal, which is the mother database for everything GST.
Select the correct statement is/is given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B

16. The Reports of the 2017 India Financial Sector Assessment Programme is released by
a. IMF
b. World Bank
c. RBI
d. Both a and b
Solution: D

17. The Report Titled “Start ups: Transforming India’s Food Processing Economy” is released by
a. FICCI b. Yes Bank c. Both A and B d. Department of Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Solution: C

18. Which of the following statements are correct with reference to Financial Sector Assessment Programme reports?
a. The supervision and regulation by the RBI remain strong and have improved in recent years.
b. Indradhanush Plan for revitalizing the Public Sector Banks (PSBs) and the Bank Board Bureaus (BBBs) have helped usher in an era of transparency and improved discipline .
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

19. Consider the following statements regarding Archaeological Survey of India
1. It was founded in 1861 in the British Indian Empire.
2. It is a Ministry of Culture organisation responsible for archaeological research and the conservation and preservation of cultural monuments in the country.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

20. Which of the following statements are correct regarding Purchasing Managers’ Index?
1. PMI is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector.
2. The purpose of the PMI is to provide information about current business conditions to company decision makers, analysts and purchasing managers.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

Current Affairs Pulse – 12th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements
a. Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance is held in Kolkata.
b. India will provide financial assistance of $1.4 billion line of credit that will cover 27 projects in 15 countries.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B

2. What are the natural causes of forest fire?
1. Lightning.
2. Friction between bamboos swaying due to high wind velocity.
3. The use of fires by villagers to ward off wild animals.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 only c.1 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: A
Statement 3 is human made cause, not natural.

3. Which of the following sentences are true regarding Article 262?
1. It deals with inter-state water disputes.
2. One can approach the Supreme Court against the decision of the water dispute tribunal.
a. Only 1 b. Only 2 c. Both 1 and 2 d. Neither 1 nor 2
Solution: A

4. Consider the following statements
a. Scientists have developed a new smartphone app and hardware that could help measure blood pressure more accurately than existing cuff devices.
b. The App targeted a different artery, the transverse palmer arch artery at the fingertip, to give us better control of the measurement
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

5. Consider the following statements regarding Cardiac hypertrophy
1. It is abnormal thickening of the heart muscle which can lead to heart failure.
2. Scientists have identified 36 new genes linked to heart failure.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

6. With reference to PNB fraud case, Government Measures are
1. Finance Ministry form a committee under the head of Mr. Y.H Malegam.
2. The committee will look into the issue of huge NPA divergences-between Banks classify and what is detected in RBI inspection.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B
RBI forms a committee under the head of Mr. Y.H Malegam.

7. Which of the following countries share borders with ‘Venezuela’
1. Colombia
2. Guyana
3. Brazil
4. Ecuador
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 4 only b) 1, 2, 4 only c) 1, 2 and 3 only d) All
Solution: C

8. Consider the following statements with respect to Geiger Counter
1. It collects the real time radiation readings.
2. People of Japan tracks radiation 7 years after Fukushima using this counter.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

9. Consider the following statements with reference to AGNI II
1. It is long range surface to surface missile.
2. It is nuclear capable missile.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B
It is a medium range surface to surface missile with range of 2000 km.

10. Consider the following statements
1. Under the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 A tribunal can be formed to resolve water disputes.
2. A tribunal could be formed if a state government requests the Centre and the Centre is convinced of the need to form the tribunal.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

11. Consider the following statements with respect to Mahanathi
1. Mahanathi is second to the Godaveri among peninsular rivers in respect of water potential.
2. The river originates in the Odisha and terminates in the Bay of Bengal.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: A
The river originates in the Sihawa mountain in the Dhamtri district of Chattisgarh.

12. Consider the following statements with reference to Cancer
1. Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body.
2. These contrast with benign tumors, which do not spread to other parts of the body.
3. Binge watching for hours raises cancer risk in men.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

13. Consider the following statements
1. Indonesia’s dense tropical rainforests boast some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world.
2. In Indonesia, Illicit trade of flora and fauna is pushing some species to extincton.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

14. Which of the following statements are true with reference to International Solar Alliance?
1. ISA has set a target of 1 TW of solar energy by 2030.
2. Most of member countries located between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

15. Consider the following with respect to Mudra Scheme
1. Get loan upto 10lakh at affordable interest rate.
2. No collateral required.
3. Facility to withdraw money from any ATM with Mudraa Card.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1, 2 only b. 2,3 only c. 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

16. Consider the following statements regarding National Anti Profiteering Authority
1. It is the institutional mechanism under the GST law to check the unfair profit-making activities by the trading community.
2. The NAA will be headed by a senior officer of the level of Secretary and four Technical Members from the Centre and/or the State
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

17. Consider the following statements with reference to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights
1. It was established by the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005.
2. The Commission’s Policies, Programmes, and Administrative Mechanisms are in consonance with the the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

18. Which of the following conditions is/are conducive for the formation of tropical cyclones?
1. Large and continuous supply of warm and moist air.
2. Large value of coriolis force.
3. Inflow of air at upper level of atmosphere.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 only c.1 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: A

19. Consider the following statements
a. West Bengal has become the best performing State both in terms of allotting jobs and utilising funds under MGNREGA.
b. Tamil Nadu occupied the second spot with more number of work days and utilising funds
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

20. Consider the following statements with respect to India activities towards Renewable Energy and Energy saving
a. Distribution of 28 crore LED bulbs in three years has saved $2 billion and 4 GW of electricity.
b. India will produce 175 GW electricity from renewable sources by 2022 and 100 GW will be from solar energy.
c. India will also provide 500 training slots for ISA member-countries and start a solar tech mission to lead R&D.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 1 only c.1 and 3 only d. 1, 2 and 3
Solution: D

Current Affairs Pulse – 11th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements with reference to International Solar Alliance
1. It is the first international intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in India
2. It is an alliance of solar resource scarce countries and solar rich countries.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
It is an alliance of solar resource rich countries between the tropics

2. Consider the following statements with reference to Footwear Design and Development Institute
1. FDDI has been declared “An Institution of National Importance” under Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
2. FDDI is in Ankleshwar, Gujarat.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

3. Consider the following statements
1. INS kalvari is the first scorpene submarine made in India.
2. Its diesel-electric submarine is designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

4. Consider the following statements regarding the Prasar Bharathi Act’s main twin objectives
1. Broadcasting is conducted as a public service.
2. Establish the independent Corporation to gather the news
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

5. The “#Me too Movement ”is in relation with
a. Environment b. Sexual harassment and abuse c. Child labour d. None of the above
Solution: B

6. Which of the following statements are correct regarding VVPAT
1. It is a method of providing feedback to voters using a ballotless voting system.
2. It is intended as an independent verification system to detect possible election fraud or malfunction
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

7. Consider the following statements
1. A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography.
2. Blockchain is inherently resistant to modification of the data.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only b) 2 only c) Both are correct d) None of the Above
Solution: C

8. Consider the following statements
1. Coral reefs are formed by not just the calcium carbonate skeletons but also carbonate sediments which accumulate on them over thousands of years.
2. Acidic nature of ocean strengthens the coral reef structure.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A

9. Consider the following statements
1. Plastic covers (Biscuit wrappers, shopping bags etc) is provided with resin identification code.
2. These codes indicate the type of plastic resin it is made of.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

10. Consider the following statements with reference to Plant Microbial Fuel Cells (PMFC).
1. While the plant above the ground does photochemistry, the bacteria beneath do electrochemistry, generating positive and negative ions.
2. Researchers place positive and negative electrodes in appropriate positions and obtain an electric current, just as we do with batteries.
3. This method of producing electricity is completely natural and environment-friendly.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a. 1 and 3 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 2 only d. 1,2,3
Solution: D

11. Consider the following statements
1. The nanostructure of human sperms’ tail can be visualised using Cryo electron tomography
2. The tail is made of thousands microtubules which contain thousands of motor proteins which help it move.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

12. Consider the following statements
1. Researchers from IIT Guwahati have successfully converted packaging plastic waste to plastic-derived oil (PDO).
2. The PDO has characteristics similar to diesel.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

13. Consider the following statements
1. A protein in saliva (histatin-5) that protects the body from travellers’ diarrhoea.
2. The travellers’ diarrhoea is caused by enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC), invading the small intestine using arm-like structures called “pili”.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

14. Which of the following countries have a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea?
1. Turkey
2. Syria
3. Lebanon
4. Israel
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
a. 1, 2 and 3 only b. 2, 3 and 4 only c. 1 and 4 only d. 1,2,3,4
Solution: D

15. Consider the following statements
1. Human blood from donors can be stored for use up to 42 days.
2. It is a mainstay therapy in medicine transfusion.
3. The recent studies have shown that transfusion with older, stored bloods is associated with adverse effects.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3only c.1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

16. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian Coral reefs
1. Many coral species are afforded protection at par with tigers.
2. Because, they are included in Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act (1972)
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

17. Consider the following statements with respect to Areca Nut
1. Areca catechu is the fourth most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world after caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.
2. The Global Adult Tobacco Survey India Report 2016-17, says 8% of the population ingests areca nut.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

18. Which of the following statements are correct?
1. Pyrolysis is a thermal decomposition of materials at elevated temperatures in an inert atmosphere
2. It involves the change of chemical composition and is reversible.
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
It involves the change of chemical composition and is irreversible.

19. Consider the following statements regarding “Heme”
1. It is a part of the oxygen-binding haemoglobin pigment
2. It carries oxygen through the body from the lungs
Which of the above statement are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

20. Which of the following statements are correct regarding the Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)
1. GDM is defined as Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) with onset or first recognition during pregnancy.
2. The revised guidelines for treating GDM in India by the Ministry of Health are likely to have far-reaching implications for maternal and child health in the country.
Which of the above statement are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

Current Affairs Pulse – 9th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements regarding National Human Rights Commission
1. It is a constitutional body that is responsible for the protection and promotion of human rights.
2. The Chairperson and members of the NHRC are appointed by the President of India without any interference of executives.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: D

2. The book “ The Ministry of Utmost Happiness” is written by
1. Meena Kandasamy
2. Arundathi Roy
3. Kamila Shamise
4. Jennifer Egan
Solution: B

3. Consider the following statements regarding Extradition
1. It is an official process where one country or state surrender of a suspected or convicted criminal.
2. It is between nation and states and regulated by treaties.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

4. Consider the following statements with reference to Regional Connectivity Scheme
1. It is vital component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP), 2016.
2. It has Viability Gap Funding (VDF) mechanism to meet the VGF requirements under the scheme.
3. Airports Authority of India (AAI) is implementing agency of the scheme.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

5. Which of the following plants can be used for natural dyes in textile sector
1. Turmeric.
2. Neem.
3. Tulsi.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c.1,2,3 d. 3 only
Solution: C

6. Consider the following statements regarding Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
1. The Directorate is run by officers from the Central Board of Direct Taxes.
2. The DRI is India’s chief anti-smuggling intelligence, investigations and operations agency.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B

7. Which of the following statement are correct regarding Property tax?
1. The tax power is vested in the states and is delegated to local bodies.
2. The State Government specifies the valuation method, rate band, and collection procedures.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

8. Which of the following situations can lead to warm days and quick cooling of land at night?
1. Uninterrupted incoming Solar radiation
2. Clear sky
3. Less moisture content in the atmosphere
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. All are correct d. 2 only
Solution: C

9. Consider the following statements regarding National Company Law Tribunal
1. It is a quasi judicial body.
2. It was established by NCLT Act.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above.
Solution: A
The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is a quasi-judicial body in India that adjudicates issues relating to companies in India. The NCLT was established under the Companies Act 2013 and was constituted on 1 June 2016.

10. Consider the following statements regarding Swachh Survekshan Survey
1. The survey was carried out by the Quality Council of India.
2. Cities and towns across India are awarded with the title of ‘Swachh Cities’ on the basis of their cleanliness and sanitation for every two year.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: A
Every year, Cities and towns across India are awarded with the title of ‘Swachh Cities’ on the basis of their cleanliness and sanitation.

11. Consider the following statements regarding Rashtriya Swasthya Bima yojana
a. It is only for BPL households.
b. It comes under the Ministry of finance.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: A
RSBY was launched in early 2008 and was initially designed to target only the Below Poverty Line (BPL) households, but has been expanded to cover other vulnerable section people also.

12. Consider the following statements
1. Article 39A of the Constitution of India provides for free legal aid to the poor and weaker sections of the society and ensures justice for all.
2. Government formed constitutional authority named National Legal Services Authority of India(NALSA) for that purpose.
a. NALSA’s purpose is to provide free legal services to eligible candidates and to organize LokAdalats for speedy resolution of cases.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. All are correct d. 1 and 3 only
Solution: D
NALSA is statutory authority.

13. Consider the following statements
1. Any profit or gain that arises from the sale of a ‘capital asset’ is a capital gain.
2. Capital gains are not applicable when an asset is inherited because there is no sale, only a transfer.
Which of the following is/are incorrect?
a. 1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: D

14. Consider the following statements with reference to Karnataka’s decision to have separate State flag
1. There is no opposition for States to have separate flag in the Constitution.
2. Karnataka will be first state in India to have a separate State flag If centre agrees to the proposal.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
If centre agrees to the proposal, Karnataka will be second state in the country to have a separate State flag, after Jammu and Kashmir.

15. Consider the following statements
1. Bedaquiline and Delaminid are two new-generation drugs, recommended for drug resistant-TB.
2. WHO invited pharmaceutical companies around the world to submit proposals to manufacture affordable versions of newer medicines for treatment of drug resistant TB.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

16. Consider the following statements regarding The Prohibition of Unlawful Assembly (Interference with the freedom of Matrimonial alliances) Bill
1. The proposed law is drafted by Law commission of India.
2. It penalises the honour killing and uphold the rights of adults to marry person of their own choice.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

17. Money market where debt and stocks are traded and maturity period is more than a year is classified as
a. shorter term markets b. capital markets c. counter markets d. long-term markets
Solution: B

18. Consider the following statements
1. Union cabinet approved the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018
2. Government will set up an Arbitration council that will grade institutions that offer alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

19. What are the fiscal measures can be taken by government to control the inflation?
1. Demonetisation of currency.
2. Increase in Direct taxes.
3. Reduction in unnecessary expenditure.
a. 2 only b. 1 and 2 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1 and 3 only
Solution: C
Demonetisation is the monetary measure not fiscal measure

20. What are the mandatory restriction imposed by RBI under the Prompt Corrective Action
1. Branch expansion
2. Restriction on Dividend
3. Cap on bank’s lending limit to one entity or sector
a. 1 only b. 1 and 2 only c. 2 and 3 only d. 1 and 3 only
Solution: B
All are correct but statement 3 is not mandatory.

Editorial made simple – 8th March, 2018

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UNDERSTANDING THE DELIRIUM

Delirium, or an acute state of confusion, occurs commonly in the elderly, usually due to underlying physical illnesses or disorders, and is linked to caregiver distress and hospitalisation.
• It occurs in 20-40% of patients in the hospital intensive care unit and is much more common in mechanically ventilated patients.
• Age is a risk factor for developing this condition, which is detected by careful assessment.
• The persons’ behaviour becoming more unresponsive and unmanageable with the setting sun, a phenomenon known as the “sun downing” effect.
• The elderly may also experience perceptual abnormalities such as visual or auditory hallucinations.

Common causes:

• urinary tract (UTI) or chest infections (which can be detected and treated early)
• Delirium could be linked to abnormally low levels of sodium.
• Chronic alcohol abusers may face withdrawal symptoms upon sudden discontinuation of the substance, and this can lead to a condition called delirium tremens.

Management of delirium:

The management could be through avoiding bright light or darkness, noise, excessive stimulation, ensuring adequate food and fluid intake, ensuring regular bowel and bladder habits and the sleep-wake cycle.
Repeated reorientation is needed, making the caregiver’s role important. The risk of falls is high and it will be necessary to plan for regular pulse and blood pressure monitoring.
More broadly, promoting understanding of and awareness about this condition among the family, friends and carers of the elderly can lead to much more reassurance, particularly where the cause is a minor infection

Current Affairs Pulse – 8th march 2018

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1. Consider the following statements with reference to NASA’s Solar Probe Plus
1. Its primary objective is to trace how energy and heat move through solar chrona.
2. It also intends to explore what accelerates the solar wind as well as solar energetic particles.
3. It is renamed from Solar Probe Plus to the Parker Solar Probe.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

2. Who is the first Indian to receive the Pritzker Prize?
1. Balkrishna Doshi
2. Avanti Chaturvedi
3. Lakshmi
4. None of the Above
Solution: A

3. What are the consequences of USA move to raise import duty on steel?
1. The move may encourage the steel surplus nations to divert the exports to vibrant consumption countries like India.
2. It will heavily affect the India global steel export.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
It doesn’t create much impact on India steel exports because India shares only 2.6% of steel import of USA.

4. Consider the following statements regarding Energy Efficiency Services Limited
1. It is a joint venture company under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
2. It issues tender for electric vehicles under the National e- Mobility Programme.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B
It is a joint venture company under the Ministry of Power.

5. Consider the following statements with reference to International Solar Alliance
1. It is an alliance of countries which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
2. The alliance is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization.
3. The ISA is to be headquartered in India.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1,2 only b. 2,3 only c. All are correct d. 3 only
Solution: C

6. Which of the following statements are correct regarding Lok ayukta
1. It is created as a statutory authority with a fixed tenure to enable it to discharge its functions independently and impartially.
2. Members of the public can directly approach the Lokayukta with complaints of corruption, nepotism or any other form of mal-administration against any government official.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

7. Consider the following statements regarding LIDAR
1. It is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth.
2. It helps to also measure seafloor and riverbed elevations.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C
A LIDAR instrument principally consists of a laser, a scanner, and a specialized GPS receiver. Airplanes and helicopters are the most commonly used platforms for acquiring LIDAR data over broad areas. Two types of LIDAR are topographic and bathymetric. Topographic LIDAR typically uses a near-infrared laser to map the land, while bathymetric lidar uses water-penetrating green light to also measure seafloor and riverbed elevations.

8. Consider the following statements
1. Delhi government installed the Panic Alarm system in state run buses for Women safety.
2. The initiative is being implemented in collaboration with a Benagalaru based NGO, named Project Durga
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

9. Consider the following statements
1. Repo rate is rate at which RBI lends to commercial banks generally against government securities.
2. It is fixed by Monetary Policy Committee.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

10. Consider the following with reference to Sulphur dioxide effects
1. Short term exposure can harm the respiratory system
2. It can affect visibility by reacting with other air particles to form haze
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

11. Consider the following statements
1. NITI Aayog recommended to go for strategic disinvestment of loss making PSUs to the DIPAM
2. The DIPAM is come under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: A
The DIPAM is come under the Ministry of Finance

12. Consider the following statements with reference to Telungana’s Reservation Bill
1. It increases the quota for Muslims and STs for admission into educational institution and state services.
2. The DoPT says that the bill provision is in violation of a 1992 SC order that puts cap on exceeding quota beyond 50%.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

13. Consider the following statements with respect to Article 16 of Indian Constitution
1. It deals with the equality of opportunity in matters of public employment
2. It facilitates the proportional representation in reservation for backward classes.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A
The Article 16 speaks of adequate representation not proportional representation.

14. Consider the following statements with reference to National Investigation Agency
1. NIA is functioning as the Central Counter Terrorism Law Enforcement Agency in India.
2. NIA was created after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks as need for a central agency to combat terrorism was realised.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

15. Consider the following statements
1. Delirium is an acute state of confusion
2. It occurs commonly in the elderly, usually due to underlying physical illnesses or disorders
3. It is linked to caregiver distress and hospitalisation.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3only c. All are correct d. 1 only
Solution: C

16. Which of the following countries share border with South China Sea?
1. China
2. Indonesia
3. Philippines
4. Vietnam
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1and 2 only b. 2,3, 4 c.1, 2, 3 d. All are correct
Solution: D

17. Consider the following statements with respect to Competition Commission of India
1. It is statutory body.
2. CCI consists of a Chairperson and 6 members appointed by the Central Government.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

18. What is cyberheist?
1. A large scale monetary theft conducted through computer hacking, the online equivalent of the real-world bank heists.
2. A computer system is subjected to or threatened with repeated denial of service or other attacks by malicious hackers.
3. It is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means.
4. None of the Above
Solution: A

19. What separates North Korea and South Korea?
a. The Military Demarcation Line(MDL)
b. Demilitarize Zone(DMZ)
c. South China Sea
d. None of the above
Solution: A

20. Consider the following statements
1. Cardio- or neuro-vascular events occur due to clots or blockages in the blood vessels, leading to strokes or heart attacks.
2. Many elderly patients experience confusion after surgical procedures, sometimes because of anaesthesia.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

Editorial made simple – 7th March, 2018

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MAKE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD FIRST AGAIN

Almost four years after Prime Minister began his term with a “Neighbourhood First” moment, New Delhi’s connect with its South Asian neighbours is weaker than it has been for a very long time.

The main problems for such weak connection with neighbours are:

• The first problem is that for various reasons other governments in the SAARC region are either not on ideal terms with New Delhi, or facing political headwinds.
• The next problem is the impact of China’s unprecedented forays into each of these countries.
• The third issue is that the government’s decision to use hard power tactics in the neighbourhood has had a boomerang effect.
• Theoretically, given its central location in South Asia and being the largest geographically and economically, India should be expected to hold greater sway over each of its neighbours.
While many of these factors are hard to reverse, the fundamental facts of geography and shared cultures in South Asia are also undeniable, and India must focus its efforts to return to a more comfortable peace, and to “Making the Neighbourhood First Again”.

Time for reversal:

• To begin with, despite conventional wisdom on the benefits of hard power and realpolitik, India’s most potent tool is its soft power.
• Instead of opposing every project by China in the region, the government must attempt a three-pronged approach.
a. First, where possible, India should collaborate with China in the manner it has over the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic corridor.
b. Second, when it feels a project is a threat to its interests, India should make a counter-offer to the project, if necessary in collaboration with its Quadrilateral partners, Japan, the U.S. and Australia.
c. Third, India should coexist with projects that do not necessitate intervention, while formulating a set of South Asian principles for sustainable development assistance that can be used across the region.
This will all only be possible if India and China reset bilateral ties, which have seen a marked slide over the past few years. It is noteworthy that the government appears to have started this process with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale’s recent visit to Beijing.

Learning from ASEAN:

It will also be impossible to renew the compact with the neighbours without reviving the SAARC process.
Leaders of SAARC countries meet more often informally, that they interfere less in the internal workings of each other’s governments, and that there be more interaction at every level of government.
They also say that just as Indonesia, the biggest economy in the ASEAN, allowed smaller countries such as Singapore to take the lead, India too must take a back seat in decision-making, enabling others to build a more harmonious SAARC process.

Current Affairs Pulse – 7th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements with reference to Tripura
1. The state is connected with the rest of India by only one national highway NH8.
2. The state shares border with Assam, Mizoram.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

2. Consider the following statements
1. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a remote sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth.
2. The LIDAR can be used for mapping the solar potential of Rooftops in the city.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

3. Consider the following statements
1. Tiangong-1 is China’s first prototype space station.
2. It serves as both a manned laboratory and an experimental testbed.
3. It is expected to come crashing down to earth within weeks.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a.1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

4. Which of the following are the correct statements regarding microfiber pollution?
1. Cora ball is a multi coloured ball designed to bounce around the washing machine, trapping microfibers in appendages that resemble coral.
2. It traps the tiny pieces of thread that are discharged with washing machine effluent.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

5. Consider the following statements regarding Microbeads
1. Microbeads are added as an exfoliating agent to soaps, tooth pastes.
2. Microbeads escape the filtration and treatment processes for waste water.
3. Microbeads don’t create any health impact for humans.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. All are correct d. 1 and 3 only
Solution: A

6. Consider the following statements
1. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways launched a highway helpline number which is 1098.
2. The toll-free helpline is useful for anykind of assistance on National highways.
Which of the following statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D
1098 is child helpline.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways launched a highway helpline number which is 1033.

7. Consider the following statements
1. Under the RBI act, the RBI is required to pay the government its surplus.
2. The payment has to be done after making provisions for bad and doubtful debts, depreciation in assets and contribution to staffs
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

8. Consider the following statements
a. The Banks Board Bureau has representatives from government and RBI apart from independent banking professionals.
b. The BBB was conceived by the PJ Nayak Committee.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

9. Consider the following statements with reference to National Company Law Tribunal
1. It is a quasi judicial body
2. Decisions of the NCLT may be appealed to the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

10. Consider the following statements
1. SENSEX is a free-float market-weighted stock market index of 30 well-established and financially sound companies listed on Bombay Stock Exchange.
2. In calculation of index, weights are assigned according to the size of the company.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

11. Consider the following statements with reference to ASEAN
1. It is an intergovernmental cooperation
2. It facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational and socio-cultural integration amongst its members and other Asian countries.
3. Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Singapore and Thailand are member countries of ASEAN
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a.1 & 2 only b. 2 & 3 only c. All are correct d. 3 only
Solution: A

12. Which of the following statements are correct regarding SAARC?
1. It was founded in New Delhi
2. It aims to promote the South Asian free trade area.
3. Afghanistan is the founding member of the SAARC.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 & 2 only b. 2 & 3 only c. All are correct d. 2 only
Solution: D

13. Consider the following statements:
1. In the election for Lok Sabha or State Assembly, the winning candidate must get at least 50 percent of the votes polled, to be declared elected.
2. According to the provisions laid down in the Constitution of India, in Lok Sabha, the Speaker’s post goes to the majority party and the Deputy Speaker’s to the Opposition.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both l and 2 d. Neither 1 nor 2
Solution: D

14. Consider the following statements with respect to Universal Basic Income
1. A basic income is a form of social security in which all citizens of a country regularly receive a conditional financial assistance.
2. It promotes social justice and reduces the poverty.
Which of the following is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B
A basic income is a form of social security in which all citizens of a country regularly receive an unconditional financial assistance.

15. Consider the following statements with respect to Electoral bonds
1. It can be purchased by any citizen of India or a body incorporated in India.
2. They can be bought by the donor with a KYC-compliant account.
3. Donors can donate the bonds to their party of choice which can then be cashed in via the party’s verified account within 15 days.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. All are correct d. 1 and 3 only
Solution: C

16. Consider the following statements regarding Central Vigilance Commission
1. The Commission shall consist of Central Vigilance Commissioner and not more than two Vigilance Commissioners.
2. It is statutory body
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

17. Consider the following statements
1. Amino acid Kinase 2 gene is responsible for the neuro developmental disorders including Autism.
2. The alterations of the gene TAOK2 plays a direct role in these disorders.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

18. Consider the following statements regarding Serious Fraud Investigation Office
1. It is working under the Ministry of Finance.
2. It is consequent to the recommendation of Naresh Chandra Committee.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B
It is working under the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.

19. Consider the following statements with respect to IMPRINT
a. It is a joint initiative of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
b. Under the IMPRINT-II, a fund was being created by the Department of Science and Technology and the HRD Ministry.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

20. Consider the following statements with reference to Nationwide Scheme of Driving Training Centre
1. It is launched by Ministry of Skill development and entrepreneurship.
2. Both LMV and HMV vehicles to be used for training.
3. RTO may use the nearest centre for testing the skill of a driver before the grant of license.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. All are correct d. 1 and 3 only
Solution: B
It is launched by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

Editorial made simple – 6th March, 2018

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A GATHERING STORM

The World Justice Project released its Rule of Law Index 2017-18 report, which measures the extent to which 113 countries have adhered to the rule of law in that period.
It was assessed in eight areas, including fundamental rights, which is measured by “absence of discrimination, right to life and security, due process, freedom of expression and religion, right to privacy, freedom of association, and labour rights.”

India’s rank was 62, better than China, Pakistan, Myanmar and Bangladesh; Denmark occupied the top spot.

Story across the world:

• In Turkey and China, the assault on civil liberties and freedoms has intensified.
• There is increasing hostility towards civil society organisations and hardening of attitudes towards minorities in Poland and Hungary.
• The human rights of refugees are routinely negated, including in Australia and the U.S.
• The rise of majoritarian attitudes, hate speech and hate crimes is a growing concern, including in India.
• Mass atrocities (genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity) are or have been committed in Iraq, Myanmar, Central African Republic, and Burundi.

The ideals of justice, equality, and human rights for all, enshrined in the Universal Declaration Human Rights and other international treaties, are the building blocks of international human rights law.

Reducing engagement:

• In the international arena there are concerted efforts to advocate the inclusion of international human rights provisions in the local laws of countries and more effective implementation and monitoring.
• Treaty bodies assess states’ obligations to incorporate these norms into national laws, review compliance, including with main human rights treaties, and provide recommendations.
• Regional and supranational courts such as the Inter-American, African and European courts of human rights oversee the fulfilment of obligations of regional treaties.
• International and mixed judicial tribunals have been established to provide justice in mass atrocities, culminating in the establishment of the International Criminal Court.
• These international fora buttress crucial local efforts for greater accountability.
However, in many instances, engagement with these mechanisms has reduced. The UN system may not be perfect, but it helps sustain international human rights law, and there must be greater engagement with such institutions.
While not a panacea, effective engagement with international human rights law is necessary in an era where rights are increasingly being stifled in many countries.

Current affairs pulse – 6th March, 2018

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1. Consider the following statements regarding Gir Forest National Park
1. It is a wildlife sanctuary in Junagadh, Gujarat.
2. Recent Proactive measures in this park drastically reduce the unnatural deaths (like fall into wells, railway accidents) of lions.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: A
As many as 32 lions died due to “unnatural causes” like falling into wells or being run over by trains in 2016 and 2017 in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Gujarat.
In 2016, 12 lions died, while in 2017, 20 lions, including cubs, died due to unnatural cases, State Forest Minister Ganpat Vasava informed the State Assembly on Monday.

2. The report titled “Rule of Law Index 2017-2018” is released by
1. WHO
2. World Justice Project
3. UNDP
4. EU
Solution: B

3. Consider the following statements with reference to recent Supreme Court judgement on Cauvery water dispute
1. Rivers are the national assets. No state can claim ownership over the rivers.
2. Cauvery Management Board will be created to implement the final order of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal instead of Cauvery Water Regulatory Authority.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A

4. Which of the following characteristics have been used to grant “Special Category States”?
1. Hilly region
2. Strategic location
3. Low Population Density
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1and 3 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

5. Consider the following statements with reference to Purchasing Managers’ Index
1. The PMI is an indicator of the economic health of the manufacturing sector.
2. The PMI is based on new orders, inventory levels, production, supplier deliveries and the employment environment.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

6. Consider the following statements
1. The India Meteorological Department’s forecast of above-normal maximum and minimum temperatures across the country during the pre-monsoon.
2. It mainly affects the senior citizens, people with pre-existing diseases, mentally disabled people.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

7. Which of the following rights are enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
1. The ideals of justice.
2. Right to equality.
3. Human rights for all
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1and 2only b. 2 and 3 only c. All are correct d. 1 and 3 only
Solution: C

8. Consider the following statements with reference to World Justice Project report 2017-2018
1. The rise of majoritarian attitudes, hate crimes are growing concern in India.
2. The assault of civil liberties and freedoms are in relatively better position in China and Turkey.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A

9. Consider the following statements with reference to Saposhi
1. It is a malicious software which is capable of taking over electronic devices and turning them into “bots”
2. It can be used for any purpose including Distributed Denial of Service.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above.
Solution: C

10. Consider the following statements
1. An Internet Bot is a software application that runs automated tasks (scripts) over the Internet.
2. The “Cyber Swachhta Kendra”(Botnet Cleaning & Malware Analysis Centre) is used to create a secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

11. Consider the following statements regarding the Enforcement Directorate
1. It is an intelligence agency under the Ministry of Home Affairs
2. The prime objective of the ED is the enforcement of two key Acts namely, the Foreign Exchange Management Act 1999 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: B
The Directorate of Enforcement is a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency responsible for enforcing economic laws and fighting economic crime in India. It is part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance.

12. Consider the following statements regarding Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau
1. It is a specialized agency of the State of Kerala, responsible for the investigation and prevention of corruption in Kerala
2. It aims to free of control from any executive authority, charged with monitoring all vigilance activity under the Central Government of India.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A

13. Consider the following statements regarding Central Information Commission
1. It is a constitutional body
2. The Commission includes 1 Chief Information Commissioner and not more than 10 Information Commissioners who are appointed by the President of India
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: B

14. Consider the following statements with respect to Shangai Cooperation Organisation
1. SCO is a Eurasian political, economic, and security organisation.
2. India is the founding member of SCO.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: A

15. The reason for the pull down of Indian benchmark equity indices such as NIFTY, SENSEX
1. Weak global demand.
2. USA mulls import tariff on steel and Aluminium.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a.1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the Above
Solution: C

16. Consider the following statements regarding Consumer Protection Bill, 2018
a. The bill covers transactions, both online and offline and includes the teleshopping and multi level marketing.
b. The bill mandates to establish the Central Consumer Protection Authority.
Which of the above statements are incorrect?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: D

17. Consider the following statements with respect to Blockchain technology
a. The blockchain database isn’t stored in any single location, meaning the records it keeps are truly public and easily verifiable.
b. It can be hosted by millions of computers simultaneously.
c. Its data is accessible to anyone on the internet.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 3 only d. 1, 2, 3
Solution: D

18. Which of the following are the indicators in calculating Rule of Law Index 2017-2018?
1. Due Process of law
2. Fundamental rights
3. Labour rights
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a. 1 and 2 only b. 2 and 3 only c. 1 only d. All are correct
Solution: D

19. Consider the following statements with respect to “The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars”
1. They are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry.
2. They are given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C

20. Which of the following statements are true?
1. The movie named “The Shape of Water” won top honours at the Oscars
2. The Academy of Motion Pictures remembered veteran actors that were lost during previous years including Shashi Kapoor.
a. 1 only b. 2 only c. Both are correct d. None of the above
Solution: C