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1.  
The Commonwealth of Independent States comprises mainly of

[A] Former territories of the British empire
[B] Countries that were formed out of the dissolution of the Soviet Union
[C] Independent states of the Americas (North and South America)
[D] None of the above

Correct Answer: B [Countries that were formed out of the dissolution of the Soviet Union]

Notes:

The Commonwealth of Independent States is a regional intergovernmental organization in Eastern Europe and Asia. It was formed following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It covers an area of 20,368,759 km² and has an estimated population of 239,796,010. Membership. 12 States — Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

2.  
The ‘Champion and Seth classification’ is associated with

[A] Forests
[B] Climate
[C] Antibiotics
[D] Human Development Index

Correct Answer: A [Forests]

Notes:

Champion and Seth categorized the Indian forests into five major categories (i) Tropical (ii) Montane subtropical (iii) Montane temperate (iv) Sub-alpine and (v) Alpine. “India may be endowed with 16 major forest types, and 221 types and sub-types based on the Champion and Seth classification, but retains very little of its ancient forests after centuries of pre-colonial and colonial exploitation.”

3.  
In terms of area wise which of the following states are having the largest forest cover in the country

[A] Kerala
[B] Sikkim
[C] Madhya Pradesh
[D] Nagaland

Correct Answer: C [Madhya Pradesh]

Notes:

Area-wise Madhya Pradesh has the largest forest cover in the country followed by Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Maharashtra

4.  
Consider the following statements about the European Bank for Recon-struction and Development (EBRD): 1.It was founded in the 1940s to create a new post-cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. 2.Its core operations pertain to private sector development. 3.The Bank assists only those countries committed to and applying the principles of multi-party democracy. Select the correct answer using the code given below:

[A] 3 only
[B] 1 only
[C] 1 and 2
[D] 1,2 and 3

Correct Answer: D [1,2 and 3]

Notes:

Founded in 1991, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is an international financial institution. It was founded to support countries of the former Eastern Bloc in the process of establishing their private sectors. EBRD, as a multilateral development investment bank,  uses investment as a tool in building market economies. EBRD is owned by the European Union (EU), European Investment Bank (EIB) and 65 other countries. Its initial focus was on the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. Gradually, it expanded to support more than 30 countries from central Europe to central Asia in their development. The biggest shareholders of EBRD are  from the United States. The member countries of EBRD are distributed over five continents besides Europe. They are Australia, Africa, Asia, North America.The mandate of the EBRD works only in those countries that are committed to democratic principles. It does not finance stand-alone gambling facilities, substances banned by international law, selected alcoholic products, defence-related activities and the tobacco industry.

5.  
River Barak flows through the states of 1.Assam 2.Tripura 3.Meghalaya Select the correct answer using the code given below:

[A] 1 only
[B] 1 and 2 only
[C] 1, 2 and 3
[D] None of the above

Correct Answer: A [1 only]

Notes:

The Barak River flows 900 kilometres through the states of Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Assam in India. Further it enters Bangladesh where it is known by the name of the Surma and the Kushiyara and later called the Meghna before receiving the combined flow of the Ganga and the Brahmaputra.