1.    Which among the following guidelines have been revised by the Union Health Ministry regarding the international travellers entering India?

1.    All international passengers entering India have to submit 14-day travel details.
2.    Upload a negative RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal before the journey.
3.    The RT-PCR report to be uploaded should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a)    1 and 2 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Explanation:
The Union Health Ministry on Sunday revised guidelines mandating that all international passengers entering India have to submit 14-day travel details and upload a negative RT-PCR test report on the Air Suvidha portal before the journey. The new guidelines will come into effect from December 1.
The RT-PCR report to be uploaded should have been conducted within 72 hours prior to the journey.
Travellers from “countries at-risk”, including the U.K., South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel, will need to take the COVID test post-arrival and wait for results at the airport, according to the guidelines. If tested negative, they have to undergo home quarantine for seven days followed by a re-test on the eighth day.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/coronavirus-centre-tightens-rules-for-flyers-from-abroad-over-omicron-risk/article37736641.ece


2. Who recommends the Minimum Support Price (MSP) to the government?

(a)    Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP)
(b)    Ministry of Health
(c) Ministry of Finance
(d) Ministry of Commerce

Explanation: Option (a) is correct

The Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP) recommends MSPs for 22 mandated crops and fair and remunerative price (FRP) for sugarcane.
CACP is an attached office of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

Source:https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/centre-must-introduce-law-to-guarantee-msp-for-farmers-rakesh-tikait/article37740849.ece


3. The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) works under which ministry?

(a)    Ministry of Social Justice
(b) Ministry of Labour and Employment
(c) Ministry of Home
(d) Ministry of Finance

Explanation: Option (b) is correct

The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation is the statutory body under the ownership of Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India that is responsible for regulation and management of provident funds, pensions and the mandatory life insurance in India.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/centre-forms-four-panels-to-look-into-epfo-functioning/article37742771.ece


4. The Chief Minister of a state is appointed by the:

(a)    President
(b)    Governor
(c) Prime Minister
(d) None of the above

Explanation: Option (b) is correct
The Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister, and the Ministers shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/chief-minister-inspects-flooded-areas-on-outskirts-of-the-city/article37744205.ece


5. With reference to the special powers of the Rajya Sabha, consider the following statements:

1.    To create additional All-India Services (Article 312).
2.    It can authorise the Parliament to make a law on a subject enumerated in the State List (Article 249)

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:
Special Powers of Rajya Sabha
●    The Upper House also has some special powers, such as:

○    Power to transfer a subject from the State List to Union List for a specified period (Article 249).
○    To create additional All-India Services (Article 312).

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/rajya-sabha-floor-leaders-express-annoyance-at-justice-ramanas-comment/article37741174.ece