1. Recently in news, the Poonch district is situated in which Indian state?
(a) Jammu & Kashmir
(b) Himachal Pradesh
(c) Uttarakhand
(d) Punjab
Explanation: Option (a) is correct
Poonch (or Punch), called Prunts in the Kashmiri and Pahari languages, is a town and the administrative headquarters of the Poonch district, in the Jammu division of Jammu and Kashmir, India.
Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/first-tip-off-on-poonch-militants-came-from-labourer/article37166233.ece#:~:text=Detailing%20the%20sequence%20of%20events,post%20and%20alerted%20the%20officials.

2. With respect to the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), consider the following statements:
1. NCB is the nodal agency on the matters of drug law enforcement in India.
2. NCB is subject to the supervision and control of the Central Government.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2
The role of Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) as the nodal agency on the matter of drug law enforcement in India has gained prominence in recent times.
The Government of India constituted the NARCOTICS CONTROL BUREAU on the 17th of March, 1986. The Bureau, subject to the supervision and control of the Central Government, is to exercise the powers and functions of the Central Government for taking measures with respect to:
•    Co-ordination of actions by various offices, State Governments and other authorities under the N.D.P.S. Act, Customs Act, Drugs and Cosmetics Act and any other law for the time being in force in connection with the enforcement provisions of the NDPS Act, 1985.
•    Implementation of the obligation in respect of counter measures against illicit traffic under the various international conventions and protocols that are in force at present or which may be ratified or acceded to by India in future.
•    Assistance to concerned authorities in foreign countries and concerned international organisations to facilitate coordination and universal action for prevention and suppression of illicit traffic in these drugs and substances.
•    Coordination of actions taken by the other concerned Ministries, Departments and Organizations in respect of matters relating to drug abuse.
Source: https://narcoticsindia.nic.in/

3. Which among the following states shares boundary with Odisha?
1. West Bengal
2. Chhattisgarh
3. Jharkhand
4. Andhra Pradesh
5. Telangana
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(a) 1, 2, 4 and 5 only
(b) 1, 2, 3 and 4 only
(c) 2, 3, 4 and 5 only
(d) All the above
Explanation: Option (d) is correct
Odisha, formerly called Orissa, state of India. Located in the northeastern part of the country, it is bounded by the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal to the north and northeast, by the Bay of Bengal to the east, and by the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to the south and Chhattisgarh to the west. Before India became independent in 1947, Odisha’s capital was at Cuttack. The present capitol was subsequently built at Bhubaneshwar, in the vicinity of the city’s historic temples in the east-central coastal plains. In late 2011 the state’s name was officially changed from Orissa to Odisha.
Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Odisha

4. The Greenhouse Gas Index is released by:
(a) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
(b) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
(c) Greenpeace International
(d) World Economic Forum (WEF)
Explanation: Option (b) is correct
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Annual Greenhouse Gas Index (AGGI) shows that from 1990 to 2020, radiative forcing by long-lived greenhouse gases (LLGHGs) increased by 47%, with CO2 accounting for about 80% of this increase.
Source: https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/carbon-dioxide-emissions-in-2020-above-decadal-average/article37167104.ece

5. Recently, which African country is going through political upheaval, where the military has seized power and arrested the Prime Minister?
(a) Sudan
(b) South Africa
(c) Nigeria
(d) Libya
Explanation: Option (a) is correct
Sudan’s military seized power, dissolving the transitional government hours after troops arrested the acting Prime Minister and other officials. Thousands of people flooded into the streets to protest the coup that threatens the country’s shaky progress toward democracy.
Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sudan-military-coup-takeover/article37156848.ece