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1. The Union Cabinet has approved an MoU between India and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). What is the main purpose of this MOU:
a. It seeks to provide technical support to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.
b. It seeks to provide technical support to the Ministry of Women and Child Development.
c. It seeks to provide support to women welfare schemes.
d. All of the above.
Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).
The proposal seeks to provide technical support to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in strengthening capacities of governance institutions, including Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to better leverage opportunities created for gender equality through legislation, policies and programmes.
The parties agree that engendering the initiatives of MoPR, including capacity development efforts, will be of mutual benefit, and will further their shared mission of good governance, gender equality and women’s empowerment. In the long run, it will enable an improvement in the status of rural women in India.
Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) and UN-Women have worked in collaboration with each other to promote participation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), to focus on building capacities of Elected Women Representatives to empower them and enhance their effectiveness.
Given the past gains, the two parties will now work together towards the participatory design of governance processes and effective implementation of laws, policies and programmes to promote gender responsive governance.
2. Consider the following statements regarding the new Trade Mark Rules of 2017:
1) The number of Trade Mark (TM) Forms has been reduced.
2) Modalities for determination of well-known trademarks have been laid out for the first time.
3) e-filing of Trade Mark applications is promoted.
Which of the above statements is correct?
a. 1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3
Some salient features of the new trademark Rules are as follows:
• The number of Trade Mark (TM) Forms have been reduced from 74 to 8.
• To promote e-filing of TM applications, the fee for online filing has been kept at 10% lower than that for physical filing.
• Based on stakeholder feedback, the fees for Individuals, Startups and Small Enterprises have been reduced from that proposed in the draft Rules.
• Modalities for determination of well-known trademarks have been laid out for the first time.
Modalities for service of documents from applicants to the Registry and vice-versa through electronic means have been introduced to expedite the process; e-mail has been made an essential part of the address for service to be provided by the applicant or any party to the proceedings so that the office communication may be sent through email.
Hearing through video conferencing has been introduced. Numbers of adjournments in opposition proceedings have been restricted to a maximum of two by each party, which will help dispose of matters in time. Procedures relating to registration as Registered User of trademarks have also been simplified. The New Rules should give a boost to the Intellectual Property Regime in India.
3. The Centre has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in the Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, especially that of the endangered Gangetic dolphin. Consider the following statements regarding the Gangetic dolphin:
1) The Ganges River dolphins are also known as “susu” and inhabit the river systems of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh.
2) The species is found exclusively in lake habitat.
3) One of the main threats to the species is the loss of habitat due in large part to the creation of dams and irrigation projects.
Which of the above statements is correct?
a. 1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3
The Ganges River dolphin, or susu, inhabits the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Karnaphuli-Sangu river systems of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. This vast area has been altered by the construction of more than 50 dams and other irrigation-related projects, with dire consequences for the river dolphins.
The Ganges River dolphin lives in one of the world's most densely populated areas and is threatened by the removal of river water and siltation arising from deforestation, pollution and entanglement in fisheries nets. The species is found exclusively in freshwater habitat.
In Nepal, it inhabits clear water and rapids. In Bangladesh and India, individuals live in rivers that flow slowly through the plains. The Ganges River dolphin favours deep pools, eddy counter-currents located downstream of the convergence of rivers and of sharp meanders, and upstream and downstream of mid-channel islands.
'Susu' shares its habitat with crocodiles, freshwater turtles and wetland birds, many of which are fish eaters and are potential competitors with dolphins.
4. Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the Revised Cost Estimate of Koteshwar Hydro Electric Project, located in which of the following states in India?
a. Himachal Pradesh
Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Revised Cost Estimate-I of 400 MW Koteshwar Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Uttarakhand.
The project is being implemented by Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) India Limited. In addition to additional generating capacity of 400 MW of peaking power, it will regulate releases from Tehri Reservoir for irrigation and drinking water supply. The reservoir of Koteshwar HEP will also act as a lower reservoir for under construction Tehri PSP (1000 MW).
The Project has already been fully commissioned in March 2012. Only balance works are to be done which are not linked with the operation of the Plant but essential for safety and completion of the project.
5. A recent report of Ministry of Water Resources suggests that water Level of 91 major reservoirs of the Country goes down by three per cent. Consider the following statements regarding the major reservoirs of the Country:
I. The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is about 62% of the total storage capacity, which is estimated to have been created in the country.
II. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW.
III. States having lesser storage than last year for the corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.
Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
a. Only I
b. I and II
c. II and III
d. All of the above
The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on March 02, 2017 was 64.55 BCM, which is 41% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 44 for the week ending February 23, 2017. The level of March 02, 2017 was 132% of the storage of corresponding period of last year and 102% of storage of average of last ten years.
The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 157.799 BCM which is about 62% of the total storage capacity of 253.388 BCM which is estimated to have been created in the country. 37 Reservoirs out of these 91 have hydropower benefit with an installed capacity of more than 60 MW.
States having better storage than last year for the corresponding period are Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, AP&TG (Two combined projects in both states) and Telangana. States having lesser storage than last year for the corresponding period are Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.
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