1) Famous for Gold Mines, Badakhshan region is in –
- Badakhshan Province is one of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan It is located in the farthest northeastern part of the country between Tajikistan and northern Pakistan. It is in news after collapse of a gold mine there. It is also famous for semi-precious stone – Lapis Lazuli.
2) Which of the following countries border Caspian Sea:
A. i and ii Only
B. i and iv Only
C. ii and iii Only
D. i, ii & iv only
3) Arrange the following islands from North to South:
i. Pratas Island
ii. Paracel Islands
iii. Spratly Islands
- Various important Islands in South China Sea The Spratly Islands Disputed between the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Taiwan (ROC), and Vietnam, with Malaysia, the Philippines and, to a lesser degree Brunei, claiming various parts of the archipelago.
The Paracel Islands Disputed between the PRC, ROC, and Vietnam. Occupied by the PRC following the Battle of the Paracel Islands
The Pratas Island Occupied by ROC The Pratas Islands, also known as the Dongsha Islands and Tungsha Islands The Macclesfield Bank With no land above sea level. Disputed between the PRC, ROC, and the Philippines The Scarborough Shoal With only rocks above sea level. Disputed between the PRC, the ROC, and the Philippines
4) Which of the following is/are true in context of Pharmaceuticals:
i. India has issued only one compulsory licence so far for a cancer drug
ii. A compulsory licence is a provision under the Indian Pharmaceutical Act
A. i only
B. ii only
- A compulsory licence is a provision under the Indian Patent Act which allows the government to mandate a generic drug-maker to produce inexpensive medicine in public interest even as a patent on the product is valid.
India has issued only one compulsory licence so far for a cancer drug.
5) Which of the following is correct about Hindustan Aeronautics Limited:
i. It was incorporated in 1915 during World War 1
ii. It has been instrumental in undertaking the manufacturing of MiG-21
A. i only
B. ii only
- Hindustan Aircraft Limited was incorporated on 23 Dec 1940 at Bangalore by Shri Walchand Hirachand.
In March 1941, the Government of India became one of the shareholders in the Company holding 1/3 of its paid-up capital and subsequently took over its management in 1942.
In Dec 1945, the company was placed under the administrative control of Min. of Industry & Supply.
In January 1951, Hindustan Aircraft Private Limited was placed under the Administrative control of Ministry of Defence.
In August 1963, Aeronautics India Limited (AIL) was incorporated as a Company wholly owned by the Government of India to undertake the manufacture of the MiG-21 aircraft under licence. Soon thereafter, the Government decided to amalgamate Hindustan Aircraft Limited.
6) Open acreage licensing policy relates with –
A. Land & Agricultural Reforms
B. Oil and Gas Exploration
C. Relaxing of norms for e-retailers
D. Online application of licences for Motor Vehichles
- Under the open acreage licensing policy (OALP), companies are allowed to submit an expression of interest (EoI) for prospecting of oil and gas in any area that is not under production or exploration licence. The EoIs can be put in at any time of the year but they are accumulated twice annually.
The blocks that receive EoIs at the end of a cycle are put up for auction with the firm that originally selected the area getting a 5-mark advantage. The two windows of accumulating EoIs end on May 15 and November 15 every year. EoIs accumulated till May 15 are supposed to be put on auction by June 30 and those in the second window by December 31.
The first OALP round was launched in 2017 and bids came in by May 2018. The blocks on offer in OALP-II include one in deep waters of Krishna Godavari basin and five shallow water blocks—two each in Andaman and Kutch basin and one in Mahanadi basin.