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April Weekly Current Affair - Week 1

Q1. Consider the following statements regarding Essential Commodities Act:

1. Under this Act, the Central government can regulate or prohibit the production, supply, distribution and sale of any essential commodity.

2. The Centre has the power to add or remove any commodity in public interest from the list of essential commodities.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q2. With reference to the Key World Energy Statistics 2019, consider the following statements:

1. Key world energy statistics is published by the International Energy Agency.

2. India is the third largest producer and the second largest consumer of electricity in the world.

Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q3. Consider the following statements:

1. SIRT1 is an enzyme that maintains everyday feed-fast cycle in human’s body.

2. Glucose puts a check on the activity of SIRT1 in the fed state.

3. In healthy individuals SIRT1 levels increase during feeding and decrease during fasting.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q4. Recently seen in news, Wasp 76b is a/an:

a) Species of Wasp

b) Asteroid

c) Dwarf Planet

d) Exoplanet

 

Q5. TOI-849b often seen in the news recently is a/an?

a) Asteroid

b) Exo-Planet

c) Pulsating Star

d) None of the above

 

Q6. Consider the following statements with respect to YUKTI Portal:

1. It’s a unique portal and dashboard to monitor and record the efforts and initiatives of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

2. The portal will cover both qualitative and quantitative parameters for effective delivery of services to the academic community at large.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q7. Consider the following statements with respect to CollabCAD:

1. It is a collaborative network, computer enabled software system, providing a total engineering solution from 2D drafting & detailing to 3D product design.

2. It was jointly launched by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog and National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q8. Which of the following viruses have their genetic material encased in a layer of fat called the lipid envelop?

1. Coronavirus

2. Influenza Viruses

3. Poliovirus

4. Rotavirus

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 and 4 only

d) 1 and 4 only

 

Q9. Yanomami is an indigenous tribal group native to which of the following regions?

a) Amazon Rainforest

b) Miombo woodlands

c) Sumatra Rainforest

d) Andaman & Nicobar Islands

 

 

Q10. Consider the following statements with respect to India Child Protection Fund (ICPF):

1. It aims to support NGOs with funding resources for curbing exploitation of children.

2. The fund is managed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q11. Consider the following statements with respect to Tablighi Jamaat:

1. It is a reformist Muslim organization set up in 1926 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

2. The movement is based on six principles and its roots lie in the Deobandi version of the Hanafi school of jurisprudence.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q12. Consider the following statements with respect to SARS-CoV-2:

1. Like other coronaviruses, SARS-CoV-2 particles are spherical and have proteins called spikes protruding from their surface.

2. These SARS-CoV-2 spikes bind to receptors on the human cell surface called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2).

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q13. Which of the following tribal groups is/are not the inhabitants of the state of Arunachal Pradesh?

1. Adi Tribe

2. Galos Tribe

3. Mikir Tribe

4. Nyishi Tribe

5. Banjara Tribe

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 5 only

b) 3 and 5 only

c) All except 4

d) None

 

Q14. Consider the following statements with respect to Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS): 2019–2023:

1. It provides a strategic roadmap for World Health Organisation (WHO) to work with India towards achieving its health sector goals.

2. It has been developed jointly by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) India country office.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q15. Operation Namaste, often seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following?

a) Indian Army

b) National Disaster Response Force

c) Indian Council of Medical Research

d) None of the above

 

Q16. Consider the following statements with respect to Sodium hypochlorite:

1. It is corrosive and is not recommended to be used on human beings, certainly not as a spray or shower.

2. The diluted form of sodium hypochlorite is commonly used as an antacid to treat heartburn, indigestion, and upset stomach.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q17. Consider the following statements with respect to SATYAM Program:

1. It aims to foster scientific research on the effects of yoga and meditation on physical & mental health.

2. The Programme was initiated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q18. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR):

1. It is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture.

2. It was founded by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Independent India in 1950.

3. Its mandate is to actively participate in formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 3 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q19. “South Asia Economic Focus Report” was released recently by?

a) World Bank

b) KPMG International

c) World Economic Forum

d) International Monetary Fund

 

Q20. Nihangs often seen in the news recently is?

a) A tribal community native to the state of Jharkhand

b) It is a Sunni Islamic missionary movement aims to revive their faith

c) An order of Sikh warriors, characterized by blue robes and antiquated arms

d) A fabric native to the state of West Bengal, famous for its high quality and design

 

Q21. Consider the following statements with respect to Price Monitoring & Resource Unit (PMRU):

1. It will be setup by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) and each unit will be function under the direct supervision of NPPA.

2. The major objective of setting up the PMRUs are to provide necessary technical assistance to the State Drug Controllers and NPPA.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q22. Consider the following statements with respect to India VIX Index:

1. India VIX index is the first of its kind in the world and was introduced in 1993.

2. It is an index used to measure the near-term volatility expectations of the markets.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q23. For which of the following diseases, bats are the natural reservoir of the viruses that causes the disease?

1. Nipah

2. Rabies

3. Marburg

4. Hendra viruses

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) All except 2

b) All except 2 and 4

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) All of the above

 

Q24. COVID-Net often seen in the news recently is?

a) A deep neural network that will look at chest radiography images to determine whether a patient is infected

b) A database maintained by the World Health Organisation to monitor the pandemic COVID-19

c) A National level testing agency launched by the Government of India

d) None of the above

 

Q25. Natuna Island sometimes seen in the news recently is located in which of the following regions?

a) Adriatic Sea

b) South China Sea

c) West Pacific Ocean

d) South Pacific Ocean

 

Q26. Consider the following statements with respect to CovidGyan:

1. It is a multi-institutional crowd funding initiative that aims to reduce the financial stress of roadside dwellers.

2. The initiative is the brainchild of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and Tata Memorial Centre (TMC).

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q27. Consider the following statements with respect to SunRISE Mission:

1. SunRISE is an array of six CubeSats operating as one very large radio telescope.

2. It aims to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms into planetary space.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q28. Consider the following statements with respect to Software Technology Parks of India (STPI):

1. It is an autonomous society under Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.

2. Its main objective is to encourage, promote and boost the Software Exports from India.

3. It has been implementing the Electronics Hardware Technology Park (EHTP) scheme for the promotion of IT/ITES industry.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q29. Consider the following statements with respect to International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC):

1. It is the Ministerial-level committee of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

2. The meeting will be held annually to discuss matters of common concern affecting the global economy.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q30. “Trimeresurus Salazar” is a new species of green pit viper found recently in?

a) Rajasthan

b) Western Ghats

c) Arunachal Pradesh

d) Andaman & Nicobar Islands

 

Q31. Consider the following statements with respect to Harpoon Missile System:

1. It is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system.

2. Its warhead weighs over 500 pounds and uses GPS-aided inertial navigation to hit the designated target.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q32. Consider the following statements with respect to funding of World Health Organisation (WHO)?

1. Assessed contribution is one way of contributing to WHO and it will be paid by countries in order to be a member of the Organization.

2. China is currently the WHO’s second largest contributor after United States of America.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q33. Consider the following statements with respect to Counter Cyclical Capital Buffer (CCyB):

1. CCyB is the capital to be kept by a bank to meet business cycle related risks.

2. It is aimed to protect the banking sector against losses from changes in economic conditions like recession.

3. It is an important theme of the Basel III norms.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q34. AarogyaSetu, a mobile app developed in public-private partnership to bring the people of India together in a resolute fight against COVID-19 was launched recently by?

a) Ministry of Home Affairs

b) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

c) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

d) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with WHO

 

Q35. ‘Stranded in India’ portal was launched recently by?

a) Ministry of Tourism

b) Ministry of Home Affairs

c) Ministry of External Affairs

d) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

 

Q36. Which of the following statement(s) is/ are correct about the Pi Day?

1. Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 dedicated to Pi (Greek letter π).

2. The first calculation of π was done by Ramanujum of India.

Choose the correct option:

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q37. Consider the following statements regarding the ‘Epidemic Disease Act 1897’ which has been advised to all states and Union Territories to invoke:

1. The Act was introduced by the British in 1897 to tackle the epidemic of bubonic plague that broke out in the then state of Bombay.

2. Section 2 of the Act empowers state governments/UTs to take special measures and formulate regulations for containing the outbreak.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/ are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q38. Consider the following statements with respect to National Book Trust, India:

1. It is the national body for book publishing and book promotion in India.

2. It also acts as a repository of the non-current records of the Government of India and holds them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars.

3. It works under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q39. Kisan Rath Mobile App was launched recently by which of the following Ministries?

a) Ministry of Food Processing Industries

b) Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare

c) Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

d) Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

 

Q40. Kepler-1649c, sometimes seen in the news recently is a/an?

a) Asteroid

b) Dwarf Star

c) Exo Planet

d) Space Telescope

 

Q41. Consider the following statements with respect to Red Flag Exercise:

1. It is a series of Pacific Air Forces-sponsored field training exercises for U.S. and its partner nation forces.

2. India has participated in every edition of this biennial exercise since its first participation in 2008.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q42. Consider the following pairs

            Projects        –             Purposes

1. Project Isaac – Development of Indigenous Ventilator prototype

2. Project Praana – Development of Border roads in the state of Arunachal Pradesh

Which of the pair(s) given above is/are incorrectly matched?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q43. Consider the following statements with respect to Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT):

1. It is a quasi-judicial institution specializes in dealing with appeals under the Direct Taxes Acts.

2. The orders passed by the ITAT are final, an appeal lies to the High Court only if a substantial question of law arises for determination.

3. It functions under the Department of Financial Services in the Ministry of Finance.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q44. Which of the following is not true regarding Cytokines?

a) Cytokines are signalling proteins that are released by cells at local high concentrations

b) A Cytokine Storm Syndrome (CSS) is characterized by the overproduction of immune cells and the cytokines themselves

c) Secretion of too many cytokines enhances the surge of activated immune cells into the lungs, thereby helps in improving the immune response

d) None of the above

 

Q45. Consider the following statements with respect to G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting:

1. The 2nd edition of G20 FMCBG meeting, 2020 was recently held in Japan.

2. The meeting was held under the presidency of Saudi Arabia.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q46. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about the regulation of web content in India?

1. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), has prepared the revised Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines) Rules 2018 to replace the rules notified in 2011 which will be in force after law ministry’s approval.

2. The guidelines have overarching rules for all the intermediaries operating in India, such as a proper privacy policy and updating users about it regularly.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q47. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment is exploring the possibilities of a scheme for persons engaged in the act of begging. In this context, consider the following statements:

1. This scheme would cover only identification, rehabilitation, provision of medical facilities and counselling of beggars.

2. The Ministry also provides funds to the National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC) for the development of members of beggars’ community.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q48. Consider the following statements, regarding ‘GreenCo Rating System’:

1. It has been developed by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

2. Its mission is to facilitate Indian industry to make a substantial improvement in their environmental performance.

3. This system evaluates the companies on 10 broad green parameters.

Which of the above statements are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q49. Consider the following statements with respect to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA):

1. Environment Impact Assessment in India is statutorily backed by the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

2. Projects falling under A2 Category are exempted from requirement of collection of Base line data, EIA Studies and public consultation.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q50. Consider the following statements with respect to National Policy on Biofuels, 2018:

1. The policy allows conversion of food grains to ethanol when there is 50% over supply of food grains being projected by Ministry of Agriculture.

2. The conversion would be based on the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee (NBCC).

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2