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Current Affairs Quiz Today – 18th March 2021

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Current affairs quiz today – 18th March 2021.
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#1. Consider the following statements Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI):

1. CDRI was launched at the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019.

2. Its Secretariat is in New Delhi.

3. The decisions, policies and standards of the coalition are binding on the members.

Which of the given statement/s is/are correct?

ANS: (C) 1 and 2 only

Explanation:

  • The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is a partnership between national governments, United Nations programmes and agencies, development banks, academic institutions and the private sector.
  • The objective of the coalition is to address challenges related to building resilience into infrastructure systems and associated developments.
  • The CDRI was launched by Prime Minister Modi in September 2019 at the UN Climate Action Summit.
  • The CDRI is a partnership between national governments and other agencies and not based on rights and obligations. It may be noted that the decisions, policies and standards of the coalition are not binding on the members.
  • Its Secretariat is in New Delhi. The Secretariat functions under the direction of the international Governing Council and implements the programs of CDRI.

#2. Consider the following statements Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia (INSACOG):

1. It is formed under the leadership of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

2. It is a consortium of 10 national research institutions, set up by the central government.

3. It was set up with a goal of increasing access to COVID-19 immunisation in rural areas and urban slums.

Which of the given statement/s is/are correct?

ANS: (C) 1 and 2 only

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Explanation:

  • The government launched the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia (INSACOG), comprising 10 labs spread across India.
  • It is formed under the leadership of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
  • INSACOG was launched to ascertain the status of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the country.
  • Its goal is to regularly monitor the genomic variation in SARS-CoV-2.
  • It would monitor the genomic variations in the SARS-CoV-2 on a regular basis through a multi-laboratory network.
  • It has a high level Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee. Also, it has a Scientific Advisory Group for scientific and technical guidance.

#3. Consider the following statements Mission POSHAN 2.0:

1. It is an umbrella scheme covering the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Anganwadi Services, Scheme For Adolescent Girls and National Creche Scheme.

2. Under the Mission, Supplementary Nutrition Programme and Poshan Abhiyan have been merged.

3. It will also include One-Stop Centre, Mahila Police Volunteer, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Women’s helpline and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana.

Which of the given statement/s is/are INCORRECT?

ANS: (A) 3 only

Explanation:

  • The supplementary nutrition programme and the Poshan Abhiyaan under the Women and Child Development Ministry have been merged to launch Mission Poshan 2.0 to strengthen nutritional content, delivery, outreach, and outcome, according to the Union Budget 2021-22.
  • POSHAN 2.0 is an umbrella scheme covering the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), Anganwadi Services, Scheme For Adolescent Girls and National Creche Scheme.
  • It does not include One-Stop Centre, Mahila Police Volunteer, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Women’s helpline and Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana. These come under Mission Shakti.

#4. With reference to the Appropriation Bill, consider the following statements:

1. It enables the government to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India.

2. It is mandatory for the Government to accept the recommendations of the Rajya Sabha on the Appropriation Bill.

Which of the statements given above is/are not correct?

ANS: (B) 2 only

Explanation
  • An Appropriation Bill gives power to the government to withdraw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India for meeting the expenditure during the financial year.
    • The amount withdrawn is used to meet the current expenditure during the financial year.
    • Both appropriation and finance bills are classified as money bills. Hence, statement 1 is correct.
  • The Appropriation Bill is introduced in the Lok Sabha after discussions on Budget proposals and Voting on Demand for Grants.
    • Once it is passed by the Lok Sabha it is sent to the Rajya Sabha.
  • The Rajya Sabha has the power to recommend any amendments in this Bill. However, the bill does not require the explicit consent of the Rajya Sabha.
    • The Lok Sabha can either accept or reject the recommendations made by the Rajya Sabha. Hence, statement 2 is not correct.
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