1.Consider the following statements regarding the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019

It includes a transgender person as a trans-men , trans-women and persons with intersex variations, gender-queers.

It proposes to Set up a National Council for Transgender persons to advise the central government on policies and legislation related to transgender persons

It states that the transgender person may make an application to the District Magistrate for a certificate of identity

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

1 and 2 only

2 and 3 only

2 only

1,2 and 3

Answer: (d) 1,2 and 3


In NEWS: No medical examination required for trans ID certificate, say draft rules

The Government has released a new Draft of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020, along with giving a window of 30 days for suggestions and amendments.

The draft Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Rules, 2020 issued recently, stated that a District Magistrate would issue a transgender identity certificate and card based on an affidavit by the applicant, but without any medical examination.

Earlier draft of the rules had mandated a report from a psychologist along with the affidavit for the application.

These rules were framed under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

About The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019: 

It defines a transgender person as one whose gender does not match the gender assigned at birth.  

It includes trans-men and trans-women, persons with intersex variations, gender-queers, and persons with socio-cultural identities, suchas kinnar and hijra. Hence statement 1 is correct

It prohibits the discrimination against a transgender person, including denial of service or unfair treatment in relation to: (i) education; (ii) employment; (iii) healthcare; (iv) access to, or enjoyment of goods, facilities, opportunities available to the public.

Every transgender person shall have a right to reside and be included in his household.  If the immediate family is unable to care for the transgender person, the person may be placed in a rehabilitation centre, on the orders of a competent court.

A transgender person may make an application to the District Magistrate for a certificate of identity, indicating the gender as ‘transgender’.  Hence statement 3 is correct

A revised certificate may be obtained only if the individual undergoes surgery to change their gender either as a male or a female. 

It states that the relevant government will take measures to ensure the full inclusion and participation of transgender persons in society. 

National Council for Transgender persons (NCT) would be established to advise the central government as well as monitor the impact of policies, legislation and projects with respect to transgender persons. Hence statement 2 is correct

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/no-medical-examination-required-for-trans-id-certificate-say-draft-rules/article32076579.ece

2.’Non Personal Data Governance’ which was in news recently, is associated with which of the following?

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Injeti Srinivas Committee

Justice A.K Mathur Commission

Bimal Jalan Committee

Answer: (a) Kris Gopalakrishnan


In NEWS: Explained: What is non-personal data?

government committee headed by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan has suggested that non-personal data generatedin the country be allowed to be harnessed by various domestic companies and entities. Hence option (a) is correct

In its most basic form, non-personal data is any set of data which does not contain personally identifiable information. This in essence means that no individual or living person can be identified by looking at such data.

For example, while order details collected by a food delivery service will have the name, age, gender, and other contact information of an individual, it will become non-personal data if the identifiers such as name and contact information are taken out.

The government committee, which submitted its report has classified non-personal data into three main categories, namely public non-personal data, community non-personal data and private non-personal data.

Depending on the source of the data and whether it is anonymised in a way that no individual can be re-identified from the data set, the three categories have been divided.

India, with the second-largest smartphone userbase, is one of the largest data markets in the world.

A law that regulates the sharing, commercial use and privacy of non-personal data of users will ensure that big corporations don’t end up creating data monopolies which would invariably harm smaller businesses and tech startups.

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/non-personal-data-explained-6506613/

3.Consider the following statements regarding Saharan Air Layer

It is an extremely hot dust-laden layer of the atmosphere that often overlies the cooler, more-humid surface air of the Atlantic Ocean

This extremely dry air can weaken a tropical cyclone or tropical disturbance by promoting downdrafts around the storm.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (c) Both 1 and 2


In NEWS: Incredible Sahara Dust Plume Sweeping Across The Atlantic Is Largest on Record

The ESA’s (European Space Agency) Copernicus Sentinel and Aeolus satellites have tracked the largest Sahara dust, nick-named Godzilla.

About Saharan Air Layer (SAL)

Source: https://www.sciencealert.com/watch-this-incredible-plume-of-dust-from-africa-cross-the-entire-atlantic-ocean

4.Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is launched by which of the following international space organisation?

Canadian Space Agency

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

Indian Space Research Organisation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Answer: (d) National Aeronautics and Space Administration


In NEWS: Ingenuity Mars Helicopter: Six things to know
When NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida later this summer, an innovative experiment will ride along: the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Hence option (d) is correct

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/ingenuity-mars-helicopter-six-things-to-know/articleshow/76972191.cms

5.Consider the following statements regarding State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI) 2020

It is jointly produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization , UN World Food Programme and World Health Organization

It aims to produce most authoritative global study on the progress towards ending hunger and malnutrition

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (c) Both 1 and 2


In NEWS: Fight against hunger disrupted by coronavirus-induced recession

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/8-crore-to-13-crore-people-may-go-hungry-due-to-covid-induced-recession/article32095212.ece

6.The second edition World Wildlife Crime Report 2020, was recently published by which of the following ?

World Wide Fund for Nature

UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Wildlife Conservation Society

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Answer: (b) UN Office on Drugs and Crime


In NEWS: Pangolin scale seizures jumped 10 times between 2014 and 2018: UN report

The second edition ‘World Wildlife Crime Report 2020’ was recently published by the UN Office on Drugs and CrimeHence option (b) is correct

Key points of World Wildlife Crime Report 2020

Source: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/wildlife-biodiversity/pangolin-scale-seizures-jumped-10-times-between-2014-and-2018-un-report-72263

7.What is common to the Food Crops known as Ranjit Sub1, Swarna Sub1 and Bahadur Sub1?





Answer: (d) Rice


In NEWS: Amid deluge, Assam farmer stands out with flood-resistant paddy

Farmers from Golaghat district in Assam have cultivated new flood resistant paddy varieties to shift from the traditional ones. Hence option (d) is correct

Significance of this varieties:

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/amid-deluge-assam-farmer-stands-out-with-flood-resistant-paddy/article32060811.ece

8.Consider the following statements regardingSpike Missile

It is a fire-and-forget 4th generation anti-tank guided missile.

It is developed and designed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (c) Both 1 and 2


In NEWS: Army to place repeat order for Spike missiles from Israel

About Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM)

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/army-to-place-repeat-order-for-spike-missiles-from-israel/article32083307.ece

9.Consider the following statements regarding 5G technology

It is the next generation cellular technology that will provide faster and more reliable communication with ultra-low latency

It will provide 100 times more peak speed as compared to 4G.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (c) Both 1 and 2


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