Q1. Other than India, which country has passed a law granting bereavement leave for miscarriages?
A. New Zealand
Q2. Which country plans to give the UN Peacekeepers nearly 2 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Q3. Which organization publishes the annual “World Economic Outlook” report?
A. United Nations Development Program
B. International Monetary Fund
C. World Bank
D. Asian Development Bank
Q4. What is the name of India's Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) whose term has been extended?
A. K Vijay Raghavan
B. BP Kanungo
C. NS Viswanathan
D. R Gandhi
Q5. What is this 'Ever Given' that was recently in the news?
A. UN resolution
B. COVID Vaccine Candidate
C. Cargo Ship
D. Cruise Missile
Q6. What state has requested that central departments, including the Compliance Directorate, be prosecuted by the courts?
D. Madhya Pradesh
Q7. Which state has announced the introduction of the ARHC (Affordable Rental Housing and Complexes) program?
B. Uttar Pradesh
C. Madhya Pradesh
Q8. What is the location of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST)?
A. Tamil Nadu
A1. Option A is Correct
Explanation: New Zealand's parliament recently passed legislation enabling mothers and their families to take paid leave after a miscarriage or stillbirth.
After India, it is now just the second country in the world to pass the legislation. A miscarriage occurred in one out of every four New Zealand mothers. When a pregnancy results in a stillbirth, workers will be entitled to three days off under this rule.
A2. Option D is Correct
Explanation: India has offered 200,000 doses of COVID-19 a vaccine to UN peacekeepers as a gift. It will be submitted on March 27 and distributed to peacekeeping missions around the world.
This will encourage all 85,782 UN peacekeepers serving in 12 peacekeeping operations around the world to receive double doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A3. Option B is Correct
Explanation: The International Monetary Fund's flagship survey, "World Economic Outlook," is published every year (IMF).
The report will be published on April 6 this year. The International Monetary Fund has reported that India's economy is steadily improving. The return to positive territory in the fourth quarter of 2020 was highlighted.
A4. Option A is Correct
Explanation: Mr. K. VijayRaghavan has been granted a one-year extension as the Government of India's principal scientific advisor (PSA).
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the extension as the PSA for a term of one year, according to an order issued by the Personnel Ministry. On matters of science, technology, and innovation, he gives impartial advice to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
A5. Option C is Correct
Explanation: The MV Ever Given, a cargo ship the size of a skyscraper, became stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, recently. About 150 other boats waiting to pass through the waterway were stranded because it was trapped across the river.
The vehicle in question was transporting cargo between Asia and Europe. The Suez Canal is a man-made canal that links mainland Africa and the Sinai Peninsula.
A6. Option A is Correct
Explanation: Kerala's Left Front government has agreed to request a judicial investigation into central departments, including the Enforcement Directorate.
The Crime Branch had previously filed an FIR against some ED officials for obstructing the investigation into the gold smuggling and dollar cases. The commission will be headed by Justice (Retd) KV Mohan, who was appointed by the state.
A7. Option B is Correct
Explanation: The Affordable Rental Housing and Complexes (ARHC) scheme has been authorized by the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, which is led by the Chief Minister.
The scheme will provide low-cost rental accommodation for poor city dwellers, urban migrants/low-wage workers, those from economically disadvantaged groups, such as factory workers, educational institutions, and those in the hospitality industry, as well as students.
A8. Option B is Correct
Explanation: The Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) is a 'Deemed to be University and an autonomous institution under the Department of Space (DoS) located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
Similar to the JPL-Caltech model in the United States, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has collaborated with the IIST. Joint research activities between ISRO centers and IIST will be coordinated by a Capacity Building Programme Office (CBPO) in Bengaluru.