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Current Affairs Quiz Today – 19th March 2021

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Current affairs quiz today – 19th March 2021.
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#1. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian Naval Landing Craft Utility L58:

1. It is the last ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV Class.

2. The ship was indigenously designed and built.

3. It would be deployed for surveillance operations along the Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands, Bay of Bengal and in the Indian Ocean.

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

ANS: (D) None of the above

  • LCU L58 is the eighth and last ship of the Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV Class.
  • The ship was indigenously designed and built by GRSE, Kolkata.
  • The LCU 58 would be based at Port Blair and will be deployed in a variety of roles such as Beaching, Search and Rescue, Disaster Relief, Coastal Patrol and Surveillance operations along the Andaman and Nicobar Group of Islands, Bay of Bengal and in the Indian Ocean.

#2. Consider the following statements about the Jal Jeevan Mission:

1. It is envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections by 2024 to all households in rural India.

2. It aims to create local infrastructure for rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge and management of household wastewater for reuse in agriculture.

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

ANS: (C) Both 1 and 2

Explanation:

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  • Jal Jeevan Mission is envisioned to provide safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections by 2024 to all households in rural India.
  • The programme will also implement source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through greywater management, water conservation, rainwater harvesting.

#3. With reference to Vehicle Scrapping Policy, consider the following statements:

1. It is formulated by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

2. It envisages reducing air pollution and ensuring road safety.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

ANS: (C) Both 1 and 2

Explanation
  • Recently, the Union Road and Transport Minister announced the Vehicle Scrapping Policy in the Lok Sabha. It was first announced in the Union Budget for 2021-22. Hence, statement 1 is correct.
  • The policy envisages reducing the population of old and defective vehicles, bringing down vehicular air pollutants, improving road and vehicular safety.
    • The policy is estimated to cover 51 lakh Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) that are above 20 years of age and another 34 lakh LMVs above 15 years of age.
    • Hence, statement 2 is correct.

#4. The ‘Justice K T Thomas Committee’, often seen in the news is related to?

ANS: (B) Prevention of damage to public property.

Explanation
  • India has no central legislation governing recovery of damages. At present, action against rioters is limited to the toothless Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984, which prescribes a jail term and fine for convicts but has no provision for recovery for damages.
    • Despite a law against the destruction of property, incidents of rioting, vandalism, and arson have been common during protests across the country.
  • In 2007, the Supreme Court (SC) took suo motu cognizance of the issue and set up two Committees headed by Justice K T Thomas and senior advocate Fali Nariman to suggest changes to the law.
    • The Thomas Committee recommended reversing the burden of proof against protesters. The court should have the power to draw a presumption that the accused is guilty of destroying public property, and it would then be open to the accused to rebut such presumption. Hence, option B is correct.
      • Such a reversal of the burden of proof is applicable in cases of sexual violence, among others.
      • Generally, the law presumes that the accused is innocent until the prosecution proves its case.
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