1. Consider the following Statements
1. To stabilise the income of farmers to ensure their continuance in farming.
2. To encourage farmers to adopt innovative and modern agricultural practices.
3. To ensure flow of credit to the agriculture sector.
4. To maintain the growth rate of Agriculture at 4% per annum
Which of the above is/are the objective/s of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) launched on 13th January 2016.
a.1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1,2and 3
d. 2,3 and 4
Answer 1. c
Explanation: To provide insurance coverage and financial support to the farmers in the event of failure of any of the notified crop as a result of natural calamities, pests & diseases is the other objective of the PMFBY. A crop insurance scheme linking institutional credit (crop loan based on area approach) was suggested by Prof. Dandekar in 1976 & this scheme called as Comprehensive Crop Insurance Scheme was implemented from kharif 1985 on all-India level. Click here for more
2. As per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961) consider the following
1. The host nation at any time and for any reason can declare a particular member of the diplomatic staff to be “persona non grata”.
2. The premises of a diplomatic mission, such as an embassy, are inviolate and must not be entered by the host country except by permission of the head of the mission.
3. The family members of a diplomat that are living in the host country enjoy most of the same protections as the diplomats themselves.
4. they are not exempted from local taxes
Which of the above Questions are correct choose from the code given below
a. 1,2 and 4
b. 2,3 and 4
c. 1,2 and 3
d. 1,3 and 4
Explanation: As per the Article 9 of Vienna Convention, the host nation at any time and for any reason can declare a particular member of the diplomatic staff to be “persona non grata”. As per the Article 27,the premises of a diplomatic mission, such as an embassy, are inviolate and must not be entered by the host country except by permission of the head of the mission.
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3. Which of the following is known as “Ghost of the Mountains”
a. Polar Beer
c. Snow Leopard
d. None of the above
Answer . c
Explanation: Snow Leopard is commonly referred as ‘Ghost of the Mountains’, The snow leopard, a flagship species of the high altitudes, is a Schedule I animal under the Wildlife Protection Act of India. The animal is listed as endangered by the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. Habitat loss, poaching and increasing conflict with communities have seen over a fifth of the world’s snow leopards disappear in the last 16 years.
4. Consider the following
1. Polar Satellites have a altitude of 850 to 1000 Km
2. A special polar orbit that crosses the equator and each latitude at the same time
each day is called a sun-synchronous orbit
Which of the above is/are correct?
a. 1 is true
b. 2 is true
c. Both are true
d. Both are false
Answer . c
Explanation: Polar orbits are LEO orbits. Their applications can be to view only the poles (to fill in gaps of geo coverage) or to view the same place on earth at the same time each 24hours day. By placing a satellite at an altitude of about 850 km, a polar orbit period of roughly 100 minutes can be achieved. A special polar orbit that crosses the equator and latitude at the same time each day is called a sun- synchronous orbit. Polar satellites may carry sensors sensitive to both visible light and infrared (iR) radiation and can make measurements of temperature and humidity in the Earth's atmosphere, record surface ground and surface sea-water temperatures, and monitor cloud cover and water/ice boundaries.
5. What is the Quota of India in the IMF Voting Rights
Explanation: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on 27 January 2016 implemented the long-pending 2010 Quota and Governance Reforms.
• For the first time, four emerging market countries- Brazil, China, India, and Russia will be among the 10 largest members of the IMF.
• India’s voting rights increased to 2.6 percent from the current 2.3 percent and China’s voting rights increased to six percent from 3.8.
• The reforms also increased the financial strength of the IMF by doubling its permanent capital resources to 659 billion US dollars.
• For the first time, the IMF’s Board will consist entirely of elected Executive Directors, ending the category of appointed Executive Directors.