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196.
Which of the following minerals are now open for exploration by private entities as per the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2023?
Uranium, Plutonium, and Thorium
Lithium, Beryllium, and Niobium
Iron ore, Coal, and Bauxite
Gold, Silver, and Copper
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The Bill allows private entities to explore and mine minerals like lithium, beryllium, and niobium, among others.

197.
What tax rate has the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council decided to impose on online gaming?
18%
24%
28%
32%
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The GST Council has decided to impose a 28% tax on online gaming, and will be implemented from 1st October.

198.
Which of the following categories of workers were included in the first phase of the expanded Odisha Unorganised Worker’s Social Security Board (OUWSSB)?
Street vendors, small traders, domestic workers
Railway potters, restaurant workers, vegetable vendors
Photographers and videographers, assistants in grocery shops
Tour guides, musicians, painters
Answer: Option
Explanation:
In the first phase, categories like street vendors, small traders, domestic workers, rickshaw pullers, auto drivers, cobblers, agricultural workers, forest workers, newspaper hawkers, and sanitation workers were registered under the Odisha Unorganised Worker’s Social Security Board.

199.
Who announced the Vivad se Vishwas 2.0 scheme during the Union Budget 2023-24?
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
R.K Shanmukham Chetty
Narendra Modi
Amit Shah
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, has launched the scheme, “Vivad se Vishwas II – (Contractual Disputes), to effectively settle the pending contractual disputes of government and government undertakings. The scheme was announced in the Union Budget 2023-24 by the Union Finance Minister.

200.
Which river originates from the Kailash Ranges of the Himalayas and enters India through Arunachal Pradesh?
Brahmaputra
Indus
Krishna
Mahanadi
Answer: Option
Explanation:
The Brahmaputra River originates from the Kailash Ranges of the Himalayas and enters India through Arunachal Pradesh. The Ganga River is the longest in India and originates from the Gangotri Glacier.