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20 Apr 2021
Consider the following statements regarding the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India:
1.It is an autonomous regulatory body registered under the Societies registration Act, 1860.
2.Its members are appointed by the Central Government on the recommendations of the Insurance Advisory Committee.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) is a regulatory body under the jurisdiction of Ministry of Finance and tasked with regulating and promoting the insurance and re-insurance industries in India.
It was constituted by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999.Therefore, statement 1 is incorrect.
Its headquarters are in Hyderabad, Telangana, where it moved from Delhi in 2001.
Composition:As per the section 4 of IRDAI Act, 1999, the Authority is a ten member team consisting of
five whole-time members;
four part-time members
(All are appointed by the Government of India)Therefore, statement 2 is incorrect
17 Apr 2021
With reference to the National Institute of Social Defence, which of the statements are correct?
1.It is an Autonomous body and is registered under Societies Act XXI of 1860 with the Government of India.
2.It is a central advisory body for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
3.The institute currently focuses on human resource development in the areas of beggary prevention and other social defence issues.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
The National Institute of Social Defence (NISD) is an Autonomous Body and is registered under Societies Act XXI of 1860 with the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT), Delhi.Therefore, statement 1 is incorrect.
It is a central advisory body for the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.Therefore, statement 2 is correct.
It is the nodal training and research institute in the field of social defence.
The institute currently focuses on human resource development in the areas of drug abuse prevention, welfare of senior citizens, beggary prevention, transgender and other social defence issues.Therefore, statement 3 is correct.
The mandate of the institute is to provide inputs for the social defence programmes of the Government of India through training, research & documentation.
07 May 2021
Question : “It is a medium-sized mammal with a large head, thick neck, short limbs, long, mule-like ears, and a coat of dark hair. It resembles a cross between a goat, a donkey, a cow, and a pig. It is a herbivore animal. All of its species are found in Asia. They are known to be found in eastern, central, and western Himalayas, but not in the Trans Himalayan region. Its IUCN conservation status is vulnerable”.
None of the above
Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection of the lungs. Therefore, statement 1 is correct.
Cause: It doesn’t have one single cause – it can develop either from - bacteria, viruses or fungi in the air. Therefore, statement 2 is incorrect.
Vulnerability: Children whose immune systems are immature (i.e. new-borns) or weakened – such as by undernourishment, or diseases like HIV – are more vulnerable to pneumonia.
Spread: Pneumonia is contagious and can be spread through coughing or sneezing. It can also be spread through fluids, like blood during childbirth, or from contaminated surfaces. Therefore, statement 3 is incorrect.
Treatment: Pneumococcal vaccines are vaccines against the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae.
05 May 2021
With reference to the National Disaster Management Authority, consider the following statements:
1.It coordinates response to natural or man-made disasters and for capacity-building in disaster resiliency.
2.The Union Minister of Home Affairs is its Chairperson.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
•The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is the apex statutory body for disaster management in India.
•The NDMA was formally constituted on 27th September 2006, in accordance with the Disaster Management Act, 2005 with Prime Minister as its Chairperson and nine other members, and one such member to be designated as Vice-Chairperson. Therefore, statement 2 is incorrect.
•Its primary purpose is to coordinate response to natural or man-made disasters and for capacity-building in disaster resiliency and crisis response. It is also the apex body to lay down policies, plans and guidelines for Disaster Management to ensure timely and effective response to disasters.Therefore, statement 1 is correct.
•To build a safer and disaster resilient India by a holistic, proactive, technology driven and sustainable development strategy that involves all stakeholders and fosters a culture of prevention, preparedness and mitigation.
01 May 2021
Question : Consider the following statements with reference to Mid-Day Meal Scheme:
1. It was launched as a centrally sponsored scheme.
2. This scheme falls under Ministry of Health and Family Education.
3. The mid-day meal rules were notified under National Food Security Act, 2013. Choose the correct answer using the code given below:
1 and 2 only
2 and 3 only
1 and 3 only
1, 2 and 3
Mid-Day Meal Scheme
• The Mid-day Meal Scheme is a school meal programme of the Government of India designed to better the nutritional standing of school-age children nationwide.
• The programme supplies free lunches on working days for children in primary and upper primary classes in government, government aided, local body, Education Guarantee Scheme, and alternate innovative education centres, Madarsa and Maqtabs supported under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and National Child Labour Project schools run by the ministry of labour.
• Under article 24, paragraph 2c of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which India a party is, India has committed to yielding "adequate nutritious food" for children. The programme has undergone many changes since its launch in 1995. The Midday Meal Scheme is covered by the National Food Security Act, 2013. Therefore, statement 3 is correct.
• Launched in the year 1995 as a centrally sponsored scheme, it provides that every child within the age group of six to fourteen years studying in classes I to VIII who enrolls and attends the school, shall be provided hot cooked meal having nutritional standards of 450 calories and 12 g of protein for primary (I- V class) and 700 calories and 20 g protein for upper primary (VI-VIII class), free of charge every day except on school holidays. Hence, statement 1 is correct.
• The Midday Meal Scheme comes under the HRD Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy. Therefore, statement 2 is incorrect.