Quiz Details

1.  
A ‘Blue Flag’ certification granted by the Central Government to select States and UTs will be an acknowledgment of them having

[A] Clean beaches
[B] Actively promoted sustainable fishing practises
[C] Protected and expanded the area under mangroves
[D] Achieved the mid-term targets of the United Nations’ Subregional Administrative Reforms Agenda

Correct Answer: A [Clean beaches]

Notes:

Blue Flag certification is a globally recognised eco-label accorded on the basis of 33 stringent criteria in four major heads which are environmental education and information, bathing water quality, environmental management, and conservation and safety and services in the beaches.

2.  
The Indian Council of Cultural Relations functions under the aegis of

[A] Ministry of External Affairs
[B] Ministry of Culture
[C] Ministry of Tourism
[D] Ministry of Human Resource Development

Correct Answer: A [Ministry of External Affairs]

Notes:

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations, is an autonomous organisation of the Government of India, involved in India's global cultural relations, through cultural exchange with other countries and their people.

3.  
Which among the following water bodies are landlocked between Israel and Jordan? 1.Sea of Galilee 2.Dead Sea 3.Eyre Sea Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

Correct Answer: C [2 only]

Notes:

The Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake between Israel and Jordan in southwestern Asia.

4.  
The prime objective of the ‘Sagarmala project’ is to

[A] Aid the construction of world-class port facilities in Indian Ocean littoral nations
[B] Develop naval bases in Indian Ocean littoral nations
[C] Promote port-led direct and indirect development in India
[D] Thwart China’s rising geo-political ambitions in the Indo-Pacific

Correct Answer: C [Promote port-led direct and indirect development in India]

Notes:

The Sagarmala Programme is an initiative by the government of India to enhance the performance of the country's logistics sector. The programme envisages unlocking the potential of waterways and the coastline to minimize infrastructural investments required to meet these targets.

5.  
Which of the following are not the sub indices of World Bank’s Ease of do-ing business 1. Registering property 2. Getting credit 3. Getting electricity 4. Resolving insolvency Select the correct code

[A] 2 and 4
[B] 3 only
[C] 1,2 and 3
[D] None

Correct Answer: D [None]

Notes:

The ease of doing business index was an index created jointly by Simeon Djankov, Michael Klein, and Caralee McLiesh, three leading economists at the World Bank Group. The academic research for the report was done jointly with professors Edward Glaeser, Oliver Hart, and Andrei Shleifer. The Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) index is a ranking system established by the World Bank Group wherein the 'higher rankings' (a lower numerical value) indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protections of property rights.

The ten sub-indices are:

  • Starting a business
  • Dealing with construction permits
  • Getting electricity
  • Registering property
  • Getting credit
  • Paying taxes
  • Enforcing contracts
  • Trading across borders
  • Protecting minority investors
  • Resolving insolvency