17th January 2020

1. Which of the following is/are true about the Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy? 1. It seeks to provide marketing and pricing freedom to the successful bidder. 2. It provides for single licensing for exploration and production of conventional as well as unconventional hydrocarbon resources.

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The main features of HELP are Revenue Sharing Contract, single Licence for exploration and production of conventional as well as unconventional Hydrocarbon resources, marketing & pricing freedom, etc.

2. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about the Open Acreage Licensing Policy for hydrocarbons? 1. The fields offered under the open acreage policy are based upon the profit-sharing model to allow marketing and pricing freedom for crude oil and natural gas companies. 2. It allows the bidder to bid for an area which is not put up for bidding yet by the government.

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Under the Open Acreage Licensing Programme or OALP, companies are allowed to put in an expression of interest (EoI) for prospecting of oil and gas in any area that is presently not under any production or exploration license. Fields are offered under a revenue-sharing model and throw up marketing and pricing freedom for crude oil and natural gas produced.

3. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about the National Green Tribunal? 1. Its jurisdiction is limited by the procedures mentioned in the Code of Civil Procedure 1908. 2. The Chairperson of the NGT is appointed by a committee headed by the Prime Minister having Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Speaker of Lok Sabha as members. 3. Besides the civil matters, a recent amendment to the NGT Act has expanded its jurisdiction to the criminal matters too.

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The Chairperson is appointed by the Central Government in consultation with Chief Justice of India (CJI). The Tribunal has jurisdiction over all civil cases involving substantial question relating to environment (including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment). The Tribunal is not bound by the procedure laid down under the Code of Civil Procedure 1908, but shall be guided by principles of 'natural justice’.

4. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)? 1. It is designated as the statutory authority under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO). 2. It is is the designated Central Authority for regulating Inter-country Adoption.

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CARA is an apex body of Government of India for promoting and facilitating In-country Adoption and is the designated Central Authority for regulating Inter-country Adoption. CARA was designated as a Statutory Body on 15 Jan 2016, under the provisions of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

5. Which of the following is/are correct about the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA)? 1. It is an autonomous statutory body set up under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. 2. It functions as a think Tank to the Government of India for proposing policies and strategies on petroleum conservation and environment protection.

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Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) is a registered society set up under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India. It functions as a think Tank to the Government of India for proposing policies and strategies on petroleum conservation and environment protection aimed at reducing excessive dependence on oil.

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