1. The yet to be approved, Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021 states that:
1. It tends to regulate cryptocurrencies.
2. It talks about banning all private cryptocurrencies.
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
Explanation:
The Union Government will introduce a Bill to regulate cryptocurrency and ostensibly ban all private cryptocurrencies, along with 25 other pieces of legislation, in the winter session of Parliament that begins on November 29.
The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021, which is yet to be officially approved by the Cabinet, seeks to create a facilitative framework for creation of the official digital currency to be issued by the Reserve Bank of India.
Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/new-cryptocurrency-bill-seeks-to-ban-private-players/article37649790.ece

2.  The ‘Tactical Urbanism’ (TU) trials started in Delhi, which aims at:
(a) Improving Road Safety
(b) Pollution Control Measures
(c) Control Stubble Burning
(d) Improving Air Quality
Explanation: Option (a) is correct
The Delhi Government threw open ‘Tactical Urbanism’ (TU) trials at Rajghat here aimed at improving road safety in the Capital.
TU trials are temporary, quick and relatively low-cost interventions which test urban design, transportation planning and infrastructural changes aimed at improving road safety for all users, especially the most vulnerable among them — pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorised transport users.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/govt-initiative-to-make-capital-roads-safer/article37654897.ece

3.  The AK-203 Assault Rifles will be manufactured in India in a joint venture with which country?
(a) US
(b) Russia
(c) Israel
(d) Australia
Explanation: Option (b) is correct
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) which met under the Chairmanship of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved the long-pending deal for the manufacture of 6.71 lakh AK-203 assault rifles in India, according to a defence source.
This comes ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India early next month for the India-Russia annual summit. Mr. Putin is scheduled in India for the summit on December 6, when the two sides will also hold their inaugural 2+2 ministerial dialogue.
The two countries had signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) in February 2019 following which a Joint Venture, Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL), was set up at Korwa in Uttar Pradesh for manufacturing the rifles.
Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/dac-clears-ak-203-deal-with-russia/article37652359.ece

4. With reference to the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ Scheme, consider the following statements:
1. Under it theme based tourist circuit trains on the lines of the Ramayana Express can be run either by private or State-owned operators.
2. Service providers  who can be an individual, company, society, trust, joint venture or consortium, will be free to decide themes and circuits such as Guru Kripa trains for covering important places of Sikh culture or the Ramayana Express for places connected with Lord Ram.
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
Explanation:
To tap the huge potential of tourism, the Railways announced the ‘Bharat Gaurav’ scheme, under which theme-based tourist circuit trains, on the lines of the Ramayana Express, can be run either by private or State-owned operators.
The Minister said these will not be regular trains that will run as per a timetable but will be more on the lines of the Ramayana Express being run by the IRCTC.
Service providers, who can be an individual, company, society, trust, joint venture or consortium will be free to decide themes/circuits like Guru Kripa trains for covering important places of Sikh culture or the Ramayana Express for places connected with Lord Ram.
They will offer an all inclusive package to tourists including rail travel, hotel accommodation and sightseeing arrangement, visit to historical/heritage sites, tour guides etc and have full flexibility to decide the package cost.
Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/railways-announces-bharat-gaurav-scheme-to-tap-huge-potential-of-tourism/article37649989.ece

5. The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture is published by:
(a) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
(b) World Bank
(c) World Economic Forum
(d) International Monetary Fund
Explanation: Option (a) is correct
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture -2020 by FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Source:  https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/countries-must-prepare-for-future-food-shocks-says-fao/article37652959.ece