Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 29.11.21

Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 29.11.21

Daily Current Affairs (MCQ) | Date 29.11.21

Q1. The Illam Thedi Kalvi (Education at the Doorsteps) programme is launched by

a. Tamilnadu
b. Kerala
c. Telangana
d. Andhra Pradesh

Answer : a

Why is the Question ?

In pursuit of social justice
1. The recently launched educational programme of the Tamil Nadu government, Illam Thedi Kalvi (Education at the Doorsteps), triggered mixed reactions.
2. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) government launched this programme as it recognises the pandemic-induced gap in learning among schoolchildren.
3. The lockdown disempowered children from the marginalised sections as they did not have access to technology-driven pedagogical methods as the privileged did.
4. The expensive nature of online teaching pushed a large number of underprivileged children out of the education system. The lockdown thus accentuated the asymmetrical structure of the school system.

Q2. Which of the following languages are part of schedule 8th of the Indian Constitution?

1. Bodo
2. Nepali
3. Urdu

Select the correct answer from the codes given below

a. 1 and 2 only
b. 1 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1, 2, and 3

Answer : d

Why is the Question ?

Q3. Which of the following are conditions to be eligible for the EWS category?

1.Parents income ceiling of ₹8 lakh
2. Agricultural land less than 5 acres
3. House smaller than 1000 square feet

Select the correct answer from the codes given below

a. 1 and 2 only
b. 1 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1, 2, and 3

Answer : c

Why is the Question ?

What is the current status of the EWS quota?
1. The reservation for the EWS is being implemented by the Union Government for the second year now. Recruitment test results show that the category has a lower cut-off mark than the OBC, a point that has upset the traditional beneficiaries of reservation based on caste.

2. The explanation is that only a small number of people are currently applying under the EWS category — one has to get an income certificate from the revenue authorities — and therefore the cut-off is low. However, when the number picks up over time, the cut-off marks are expected to rise.
3. The EWS quota remains controversial as its critics say it reduces the size of the open category, besides breaching the 50% limit on the total reservation.

Q4. Consider the following statements

1. More Kharif crops are covered in the MSP regime than the rabi crops
2. Jute is not covered in the MSP regime

Which of the above are correct?

a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer : a

Why is the Question ?

What will a legal guarantee of MSP involve?
How many crops does the minimum support price cover?

1. The Central Government sets a minimum support price (MSP) for 23 crops every year, based on a formula of one-and-a-half times production costs. This takes into account both paid-out costs (A2) such as seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, fuel, irrigation, hired workers and leased-in land, as well as the imputed value of unpaid family labour (FL).
2. Farm unions are demanding that a comprehensive cost calculation (C2) must also include capital assets and the rentals and interest forgone on owned land as recommended by the National Commission for Farmers.
3. There is currently no statutory backing for these prices, nor any law mandating their enforcement. The government only procures about a third of wheat and rice crops at MSP rates (of which half is bought in Punjab and Haryana alone), and 10%-20% of select pulses and oilseeds.
4. According to the Shanta Kumar Committee’s 2015 report, only 6% of the farm households sell wheat and rice to the government at MSP rates. However, such procurement has been growing in the last few years, which can also help boost the floor price for private transactions.