Q1. Which organization is proposing to establish the Farmers' Innovation Fund?
A. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
B. World Food Programme
C. Indian Council of Agricultural Research
D. Food and Agricultural Organisation
Q2. The Integrated Check Post at the Jogbani-Biratnagar the border between India and which country was recently inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
Q3. What state recently passed legislation aimed at recognizing socially and economically vulnerable people based on their socio-educational status?
A. Andhra Pradesh
B. Madhya Pradesh
D. Arunachal Pradesh
Q4. Which state recently lowered the retirement age for government employees from 65 to 58?
Q5. With the support of the World Bank, which state government recently initiated a $410 million Health System Reform Program?
A. Tamil Nadu
C. Arunachal Pradesh
Q6. Which former Chief-story Minister's is told in the book "Adventures of a Daredevil Democrat," which was recently published?
A. Biju Patnaik
B. Jyoti Basu
C. M Karunanidhi
D. C. Achuth Menon
Q7. Which state recently declared that sanitation employees working by urban and rural civic bodies would be referred to as "cleanliness workers"?
D. Tamil Nadu
Q8. In the financial year 2019-20, which state-led the country in micro-irrigation coverage?
A. Tamil Nadu
A1. Option A is Correct
Explanation: The ‘Farmers' Innovation Fund' will be formed by next financial year, according to the Director-General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The announcement was made at the Farmers' Science Congress, which was held as part of the National Science Congress for the first time.
He announced the establishment of an innovation center in New Delhi, which would assist farmers with their research and authenticate their innovations. Currently, the Krishi Vigyan Kendras keep track of farmer developments.
A2. Option C is Correct
Explanation: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal's Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated the Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the Jogbani-Biratnagar border between the two countries.
The ICP was officially launched by the Prime Minister through video conferencing. This second Integrated Check Post at Jogbani-Biratnagar, which was established with India's support, facilitates trade and people move between the two countries. In 2018, the first ICP was constructed on the Raxaul-Birgunj border.
A3. Option C is Correct
Explanation: The ‘Odisha State Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill' was recently passed by the state assembly of Odisha. This will encourage the state's Backward Class Commission to conduct a survey to classify socially and economically backward groups based on socio-educational circumstances.
The ‘Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993' was amended by the Commission. The ‘Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes,' chaired by Justice Raghunath Biswal, was recently founded by the state government.
A4. Option B is Correct
Explanation: Punjab recently declared in its state budget that the retirement age for government employees would be lowered to 58 years from the existing maximum of 60 years.
This move is expected to increase job opportunities in the state. The state's Finance Minister also declared that all students up to the 12th grade would receive free education in government schools.
A5. Option A is Correct
Explanation: The $410 million Tamil Nadu Health System Reform Programme was initiated by the state government of Tamil Nadu (TNHSRP). The initiative seeks to improve healthcare quality and close disparities in reproductive and child health services.
The TNHSRP program's overall project expense is $410 million (2,857 crores), with the World Bank funding 2,000 crores and the State government providing the rest.
A6. Option A is Correct
Explanation: The current Chief Minister and the former's son, Naveen Patnaik, recently published a first-of-its-kind comic book on the life and works of former Odisha Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.
The book launch event drew a number of senior politicians from a variety of political parties. The state is commemorating the 104th birthday of the former Chief Minister. The Panchayat Raj Divas is held in Odisha on his birthday, March 5th.
A7. Option D is Correct
Explanation: In the Assembly, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami declared that 64,583 sanitary staff hired by urban and rural civic bodies in the state would be referred to as "cleanliness employees."
This announcement was made in recognition of their contributions to public health. The state government is already introducing a number of welfare initiatives for the workforce, including the construction of homes, regular health check-ups, job camps, and skill creation for their children.
A8. Option A is Correct
Explanation: Tamil Nadu was the state with the highest micro-irrigation coverage in the previous fiscal year 2019-20.
This was done as part of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana's implementation (PMKSY). Although Tamil Nadu has the highest coverage in the year 2019-20, it ranks fourth in the cumulative total coverage under the PMKSY from 2015 to 2020, with Karnataka topping the list.