Q.1) Consider the following Statements about Mosquitoes

1. They are pollinators and its larvae are food for fishes, turtles and tadpoles.
2. They feed on mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and worms.
3. Arctic mosquitoes, a dominant source of food for birds are not human disease vectors.
Which of the statements given above are correct?

a. 1 and 2 only
b. 2 and 3 only
c. 1 and 3 only
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer : D

Every year, mosquito-borne diseases kill more than a million people and infect almost one out of every 10 humans in the world.
They feed on mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and worms.
They are known pollinators but they visit flowers at night and there have not been enough studies into pollination at night.
Mosquito larvae are food for fishes, turtles and tadpoles and its adult population are preyed upon by lizards, frogs, salamanders, birds and bats.
It plays a big role in the arctic ecosystem. During summers, mosquitoes swarm the arctic in huge numbers. They are a dominant source of food for birds and they are not human disease vectors.
Parasites could be present in the gut of the mosquito or could move among human via the mosquito’s saliva.

Q.2) Which of the following crops are considered for the rabi marketing season under the Minimum Support Price (MSP)?

1. Barley
2. Mustard
3. Soyabeen
4. Safflower
5. Sesamum
Choose the correct option

a. 1,2 and 3 only
b. 1,2 and 4 only
c. 1, 3,4 and 5
d. 1,2,3, 4 and 5

Answer : B
Minimum Support Price
Kharif Crops covered under the MSP – Paddy, Jowar, Bajra, Maize, Ragi, Arhar (Tur), Moong, Urad, Cotton, Groundnut in shell, Sunflower seed, Soyabean, Sesamum, Nigerseed
Rabi Crops covered under the MSP – Wheat, Barley, Gram, Masur (Lentil), Rapeseed & Mustard, Safflower, Toria
Other Crops – Copra, De-husked coconut, Raw Jute
Fair and Renumerative Price (FRP) for Sugarcane

Q.3) With reference to the Account Aggregator framework, seen recently in news, consider the following statements:
1. An Account Aggregator provides the service of retrieving or collecting financial information pertaining to its customer.
2. The licence for Account Aggregator is issued by the RBI.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer  : C

According to the Reserve Bank of India, an Account Aggregator is a non-banking financial company engaged in the business of providing, under a contract, the service of retrieving or collecting financial information pertaining to its customer.
It is also engaged in consolidating, organising and presenting such information to the customer or any other financial information user as may be specified by the bank.
The AA framework was created through an inter-regulatory decision by RBI and other regulators including Securities and Exchange Board of India, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, and Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) through and initiative of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC).
The licence for AAs is issued by the RBI, and the financial sector will have many AAs.
The AA reduces the need for individuals to wait in long bank queues, use Internet banking portals, share their passwords, or seek out physical notarisation to access and share their financial documents. An Account Aggregator is a financial utility for secure flow of data controlled by the individual.

Q.4) Which of the following country forms a coastline with the Adriatic Sea?

a) Hungary
b) Serbia
c) Croatia
d) Romania

Answer : C
The countries with coasts on the Adriatic are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Montenegro and Slovenia. The Adriatic contains more than 1,300 islands, mostly located along the Croatian part of its eastern coast.
Recently, Foregin Ministers of India and Croatia held a meeting. Both countries asserted that they share a lot of common positions on issues like the Indo-Pacific, the situation in Afghanistan, combating terrorism and shared economic interests.

Q.5) Journalism education in India was introduced for the first time by?

a) Charles Metcalf
b) Annie Besant
c) Mahatma Gandhi
d) Lord Curzon

Answer: B
Journalism education made its burgeoning beginning in undivided India in early 1920s. The history of media education cites that Dr. Annie Besant, founder, Home Rule Movement, started the first Journalism course at National University at Adyar, Madras (Chennai) under the aegis of Theosophical Society, in 1920.

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