13th January, 2021 | Current Affairs MCQ | UPSC, PSC, SSC

13th January Current Affairs MCQs 

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1) Consider the following statements about Right to Education Act

1) The Act makes education a fundamental right of every child between the ages of 6 and 14 and specifies minimum norms in elementary schools
2) The RTE Act is the first legislation in the world that puts the responsibility of ensuring enrolment, attendance and completion on the Government
3) India becomes 1st country to make education a fundamental right of every child when the Act came into force on 1 April 2010.

Which of the above is/are correct

a) Only 1 and 2
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 3
d) Only 2 and 3

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Correct Answer is : A

The RTE Act is the first legislation in the world that puts the responsibility of ensuring enrolment, attendance and completion on the Government. It is the parents’ responsibility to send the children to schools in the US and other countries.

3) incorrect.  India became one of 135 countries to make education a fundamental right of every child when the Act came into force on 1 April 2010

Source TH

In an article the writer is raising the concern on education amid covid pandemic & criticizing the Centre move to  removed the no-detention policy under the RTE Act a couple of years ago.


2) Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about Vedanthangal Bird Sanctuary

1)It is located in the state of Telangana
2) Vedanthangal is home to migratory birds such as pintail, garganey, grey wagtail, blue-winged teal, common sandpiper etc.
3) The area was recognised as a Sanctuary in 1936 and was named a Reserve in 1962 by the Madras Forest Act

a) Only 1 and 2
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 2
d) Only 2 and 3

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Correct Answer is : D

Vedanthangal is the oldest water bird sanctuary in the country.

 It was upgraded to a wildlife sanctuary in 1972 by the Wildlife Protection Act. Till date the local community holds low key functions and marriages during the breeding season of the birds marking their exemplary link with the ecosystem.

Vedanthangal in Tamil language means ‘hamlet of the hunter’.

1)Incorrect. It is located in the chengalpattu district of Tamil Nadu, India

Source The Hindu

Vedanthangal sanctuary reopens after ten months


3) Consider the following statements about Financial Stability Report

1) It is the annual report released by RBI
2) The report is released to know the  issues relating to the development and regulation of the financial sector.
3) According to latest report of RBI forecast about the rise of NPA’s

Which of the above is/are correct

a) Only 1 and 2
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 3
d) Only 2 and 3

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Correct Answer is 😀

 1)incorrect. Financial Stability Report (FSR) is a biannual report released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) Financial Stability Report (FSR) of December 2020 has stated that banks’ gross non-performing assets (GNPAs) may rise sharply to 13.5 per cent by September 2021, and escalate to 14.8 per cent, nearly double the 7.5 per cent in the same period of 2019-20

Source Business standard

According to report the Banks’ gross non-performing assets may rise to 13.5% by September 2021, from 7.5% in September 2020 under the baseline scenario

 


4) Which of the following is/are correct Matching

1)Great Himalayan National Park – Arunachal Pradesh
2) Dibru-Saikhowa National Park – Assam
3) Tirthan Sanctuary- Himachal Pradesh

a) Only 1 and 2
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 3
d) Only 2 and 3

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Correct Answer is 😀

1) incorrect. Great Himalayan National Park are in Himachal Pradesh

Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar has released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE), of 146 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the country.

 according to the survey, Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary and Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh have performed the best among the surveyed protected areas.  


5) Consider the following statements about Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) of protected areas 

1) It is released by ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,
2) According to recent survey The Turtle Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh was the best performer
3)  Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh have performed the worst among the surveyed protected areas.

Which of the above is/are correct

a) Only 1 and 2
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 1
d) Only 2 and 3

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Correct Answer is : C

2)Incorrect. The Turtle Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh was the worst performer in the survey.

3)Incorrect. Tirthan Wildlife Sanctuary and Great Himalayan National Park in Himachal Pradesh have performed the best among the surveyed protected areas.

Management Effectiveness Evaluation of Protected Areas (MEE) is a tool used by governments and international bodies to understand strengths and weaknesses of the protected area management systems

Key findings  of this report –

Ø At present, India has a network of 903 protected areas covering about 5% of the total geographic area of the country

Ø70% of the global tiger population, 70% of Asiatic lions and more than 60% of leopards’ population in India is a certificate of India’s thriving biodiversity,

ØTwo wildlife sanctuaries in UP — Turtle WLS and Jai Prakash Narayan Bird sanctuary — and one each in Haryana, Assam and Rajasthan have been listed among the bottom five

This report has the data of 146 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the country

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday released Management Effectiveness Evaluation (MEE) report of 146 national parks & wildlife sanctuaries in the country


6) Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about Competition Commission of India (CCI)

1) It is a statutory body of the Government of India 
2) It follows the philosophy of modern competition laws
3) Its role is to patronage anti-competitive agreements

a) Only 3
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 2 and 3
d) Only 1 and 2

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Correct Answer is :  D

  • The commission is a quasi-judicial body which gives opinions to statutory authorities and also deals with other cases. The Chairperson and other Members shall be whole-time Members.
  • The Commission consists of one Chairperson and six Members as per the Competition Act who shall be appointed by the Central Government
  • The Act follows the philosophy of modern competition laws.
  • 3)incorrect. It Prohibits anti-competitive agreements

PIB

CCI approves Proposed Combination in acquisition of 100% equity interest and joint control in Virtusa Corporation by Austin HoldCo., GIC Investor and CPPIB Investor


7) Which of the following statement(s) is/are INCORRECT about National Jal Jeevan Mission

1)  Its aim is to provide piped water supply (Har Ghar Jal) to all rural households by 2030.
2) It comes under the Ministry of Jal Shakti
3) The fund sharing pattern between the Centre and states is 50:50 for Himalayan and North-Eastern States

a) Only 2
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 3
d) Only 2 and 3

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Correct Answer is : B

PIB

A team of 6 members from National Jal Jeevan Mission is on a visit to Manipur from 10th to 13th January, 2021. The team intends to provide technical assistance thereby supporting the State realize the goal of ‘Har Ghar Jal’ under the flagship programme,

1) incorrect. JJM aims at providing potable waterat service level of

Correct Answer is :

PIB

A team of 6 members from National Jal Jeevan Mission is on a visit to Manipur from 10th to 13th January, 2021. The team intends to provide technical assistance thereby supporting the State realize the goal of ‘Har Ghar Jal’ under the flagship programme,

1) incorrect. JJM aims at providing potable water at service level of 55 litre per capita per day (lpcd) to every rural household through Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) by 2024.

3)incorrect. The fund sharing pattern between the Centre and states is 90:10 for Himalayan and North-Eastern States, 50:50 for other states, and 100% for Union Territories

(lpcd) to every rural household through Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) by 2024.

3)incorrect. The fund sharing pattern between the Centre and states is 90:10 for Himalayan and North-Eastern States, 50:50 for other states, and 100% for Union Territories


8) Consider the following statements about Urban Local Bodies (ULB)

1) 74th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992 provided constitutional status to local urban bodies.
2) There is no provision for reservation of marginalized communities & women in ULB
3) 12th schedule of the constitution deals with the powers, authority and responsibilities of Municipalities 

Which of the above is/are correct

a) Only 1 and 2
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 3
d) Only 2 and 3

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Correct Answer is : B

  • The system of urban government was constitutionalised through the 74th constitutional amendment act of 1992
  • Twelfth Schedule was added by the 74th Amendment Act of 1992.Twelfth Schedule of the Indian constitution contains the powers, authority and responsibilities of Municipalities. This schedule has 18 items

2) incorrect. There is a provision of reservation of marginalised communities & women (33%) . In some states such as kerala ,Bihar etc has increased this to 50%.

PIB

Manipur has become the 4th State in the country to successfully undertake “Urban Local Bodies (ULB)” reforms stipulated by the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance in its letter to the States dated 17th May, 2020. 


9) Which of the options are correct from North to south

A) Parcel Island-spratly Island-Jakarta-Taipei
B) Spratly Island-Jakarta-taipei-Parcel island
C) Jakarta-spratly island-taipei-parcel island
D) Taipei-parcel island-spratly island- Jakarta

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Correct Answer is : D


10) Consider the following statements about Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)

1) Both India and the GCC are members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
2) GCC was established by an agreement concluded in 1981 among Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE 
3) The Secretariat is located in Abu dhabi, UAE

Which of the above is/are correct

a) Only 1 and 2
b) Only 1 and 3
c) Only 3
d) Only 2 and 3

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Correct Answer is : A

  • GCC was established by an agreement concluded in 1981 among Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE in view of their special relations, geographic proximity, similar political systems based on Islamic beliefs, joint destiny and common objectives
  • Gulf leaders have recently signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement which would lead to ending the diplomatic rift with Qatar. This deal was signed in the GCC Summit held in Saudi Arabia

3) Incorrect. The Secretariat is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

There is an article about end of Qatar’s blockade . When saudi arab & Qatar prince met at 41st  GCC SUMMIT IN AL ULA, SAUDI ARABIA. So the article is about the Qatar’s role in GCC.


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