Recently, the report titled ‘Designing the Future of Dispute Resolution:
The ODR Policy Plan for India’ was released, to scale dispute avoidance, containment and resolution online
Who released the report?

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NITI Aayog released the report ‘Designing the Future of Dispute Resolution: The ODR Policy Plan for India’, to scale dispute avoidance, containment and resolution online.

Mount Girnar is where Lord Dattatreya performed penance at the top of the hill. Also a kshetra where 22nd Tirthankar Lord Neminath attained Nirvana.
Where is it located?

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A day after announcing that people will not be allowed to go on Parikrama, the annual pilgrimage around the Mount Girnar in Junagadh due to Covid-19, the state government changed its decision after thousands of pilgrims gathered in Bhavnath Taleti, the foothills of Mount Girnar

Consider the following about ‘Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS)’ scheme:
A. ACROSS scheme pertains to the atmospheric science programs of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).
B. It addresses different aspects of weather and climate services, which includes warnings for cyclone, storm surges, heat waves, thunderstorms etc.
Which of the above is correct?

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Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a scheme called Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS) to be continued for next five years.

Jammu and Kashmir’s Roshni Act has been in the news recently.
Which of the following does it relate to?

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A year after the High Court struck down the Roshni Act, the Jammu and Kashmir government has now begun an exercise to retrieve the land granted under this Act to beneficiaries

Consider the following about Mongolia:
A. Mongolia, historically Outer Mongolia, is country located in north-central Asia.
B. Landlocked Mongolia is located between Russia to the south and China to the north
Which of the above is correct?

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Landlocked Mongolia is located between Russia to the north and China to the south, deep within the interior of eastern Asia far from any ocean

Cyclone Jawad has been in news.
Consider the following about it:
A. A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has intensified into cyclonic storm Jawad and was likely to make landfall near Odisha and Andhra Pradesh
B. Somalia has given the cyclone its name ‘Jawad’
Which of the above is correct?

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Saudi Arabia has given the cyclone its name ‘Jawad’. The meaning ‘Jawad’ is liberal or merciful. The carries significance as this cyclonic storm will not be as severe as the previous ones.

The country’s nominal GDP is likely to contract by 20 per cent within just one year, as per United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on December 1, 2021. The nation's GDP is expected to contract from USD 20 billion in 2020 to USD 16 billion.
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Afghanistan's nominal GDP is likely to contract by 20 per cent within just one year, as per United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on December 1, 2021. The nation's GDP is expected to contract from USD 20 billion in 2020 to USD 16 billion.

Consider the following about Renunciation of Indian citizenship:
A) Any citizen of India of full age and capacity can make a declaration renouncing Indian citizenship under any circumstance
B) If a citizen of India voluntarily acquires the citizenship of another country, then he loses the citizenship of India.
Which of the above is correct?

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More than six lakh Indians renounced citizenship in the past five years, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed the Lok Sabha. The reason for a large number of Indians surrendering their citizenship was not stated in the reply.

Consider the following about Indian SARS-CoV-2 Consortium on Genomics (INSACOG):
1. It is a consortium of 28 National Laboratories to monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2
2. It is jointly initiated by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) with Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Which of the above is correct?

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The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has sequenced 1,02,880 genomes of the coronavirus till 25 November

Consider the following about Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR):
A. The OHCHR is entrusted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with the mandate to protect and promote all human rights for everyone all over the world.
B. It offers technical expertise and capacity-development to aid the implementation of global human rights standards on the field
C. It is not a part of the UN Secretariat and was established in 1993.
Which of the above is correct?

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The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, also known as, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is one of the UN human rights bodies.

Consider the following about Smart Cities Mission (SCM):
A. GoI launched the smart cities mission in 2015 with the objective is to integrate city functions, utilize scarce resources more efficiently, and improve the quality of life of citizens
B. It is initiative under the Ministry of Home Affairs
Which of the above is correct?

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The deadline for completing projects under the Smart Cities Mission (SCM) has been extended for all 100 participating cities to June 2023 due to the delays caused by COVID-19 and based on a NITI Aayog recommendation in August

India and this country recently marked Maitri Divas. It commemorates the day when India recognized this country as an independent country
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'Maitri Diwas' will be commemorated on December 6 to mark India recognising Bangladesh in 1971 in 18 other countries, the Ministry of External Affairs. During the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Bangladesh in March to attend the national day of Bangladesh, it was decided to commemorate the day as Maitri Diwas (Friendship Day).

Consider the following about the Preamble to the Indian Constitution:
A. In the Berubari Union Case (1960), the Supreme Court opined that the Preamble was part of the constitution B. Though preamble is part of the constitution, It is a neither a source of power to legislature nor a prohibition upon the powers of legislature.
Which of the above is correct?

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Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh has reserved his decision to allow the introduction of a private member’s Bill to amend the Preamble to the Constitution

Pancha Siddhantika, a work of Varahamihira, deals with

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He was also a great authority on astrology. In this context, he composed Pancha Siddhantika, about the five astronomical systems. Along with Aryabhatta, his contribution is considered seminal in Ancient India.

Consider the following about Kashi Vishwanath Corridor:
A. It connects the iconic Kashi Vishwanath temple and the ghats along the river Ganga.
B. Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
Which of the above is correct?

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Recently, the Prime Minister has inaugurated Phase 1 of the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor Project in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi. 23 buildings – tourist facilitation centre, Vedic Kendra, Mumukshu Bhavan, Bhogshala,city museum, viewing gallery, food court among others — have been inaugurated as part of the project.

Mahaparinirvan Diwas is observed every year on 6th December to commemorate the death anniversary of whom?

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Parinirvana, regarded as one of the major principles as well as goals of Buddhism, is a Sanskrit term which means release or freedom after death.

Consider the following about Chardham Project which has been in news :
A. The project comprises improvement as well as the development of 1,889 km length of national highways.
B. The project will connect Badrinath Dham, Kedarnath Dham, Gangotri, Yamunotri, and part of the route leading to Kailash Mansarovar yatra.
Which of the above is correct?

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Uttarakhand government has announced the withdrawal of the Char Dham Devasthanam Management Act. The decision will lead to the abolition of Uttarakhand Char Dham Devasthanam Management Board, which has been facing protests from priests and other stakeholders of four shrines and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)

Kyhytysuka sachicarum has been in news
Which of the following best describes it?

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An international team of researchers has discovered a new marine reptile. The specimen, a metre-long skull, has been named Kyhytysuka sachicarum. The fossil is one of the last surviving ichthyosaurs – ancient animals that look eerily like living swordfish

S-Gene Drop Out has been in the news recently.
Which of the following does it relate to?

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The S-Gene dropout or as we say the S-gene target failure or SGTF is one of the proxy indicators to (ascertain) whether or not it is the Omicron variant. But this is not necessarily so as the ultimate diagnostic tool is distinct for gene mutation. So, if there is a patient who is suspected (to be infected) with Omicron, the ultimate diagnosis relies on testing but testing for the mutations that are called gene sequencing.

Consider the following about Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA):
1. It confers certain special powers on members of the Armed Forces for carrying out proactive operations against the insurgents in a highly hostile environment.
2. It was enacted by the Parliament and approved by the President in 1968.
Which of the above is correct?

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Following the recent killings of 14 civilians in Nagaland, the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has demanded the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.He criticised the Government for extending the “disturbed area” tag for Nagaland every year.He reminded the Centre of the criticism India had earned globally for the “draconian Act”.

The ecologically important Kazhuveli wetlands was recently notified as bird sanctuary.
In which State is it located?

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The ecologically important Kazhuveli wetlands in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu, was recently notified as bird sanctuary

Consider the following about National Commission for Women (NCW) :
A. NCW was set up as a statutory body in January 1992 under the National Commission for Women Act, 1990.
B. It recommends the remedial legislative measures, facilitates redressal of grievances and advises the government on all policy matters affecting women and it enjoys all the powers of a civil court.
Which of the above is correct?

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To improve leadership skills of grassroot women political leaders, the National Commission for Women (NCW) launched a pan-India capacity building programme, ‘She is a Changemaker’ for women representatives at all levels, gram panchayats to parliament members and political workers including office bearers of National/State political parties

Consider the following about Law Commission of India:
A) It is a Statutory body established in 1955
B) The Law Commission shall, on a reference made to it by the Central Government or suo motu, undertake research in law and review of existing laws in India for making reforms and enacting new legislation
Which of the above is correct?

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The 22nd Law Commission was constituted by the Government on February 21, 2020. However, no progress has been made in the appointments till date and the short affidavit filed by the Law Ministry in the court does not explain the reasons for the day.

The country has plans to make it illegal to sell cigarettes to anyone aged 14 and under from 2027. The ban will remain in place for the rest of the person’s life.
Which country are we talking about?

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New Zealand said it will ban young people from buying cigarettes for life, one of the toughest approaches in the world to curbing smoking deaths as part of a wider plan that focuses on the disproportionate impact on its indigenous Maori population.

Consider the following about Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji:
A. Guru Tegh Bahadur was the fifth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion. Born at Amritsar in 1621, was the youngest son of Guru Hargobind.
B. One hundred and fifteen of his hymns are in Guru Granth Sahib
Which of the above is correct?

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has paid tributes to Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Ji on his martyrdom day. Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth of ten Gurus of the Sikh religion. Born at Amritsar in 1621, was the youngest son of Guru Hargobind