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Weekly Current Affairs February 2020 - Week 1

Q1. The term Yellow rust sometimes seen in news is related to:

a) The new image of the Sun which reveal its small magnetic structures

b) A fungal disease which turns leaves yellowish and affects the photosynthesis process

c) A pest attack on Sunflowers

d) None of the above

 

Q2. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) sometime seen in news is associated with which of the following place?

a) Jaipur

b) Prayagraj

c) Mumbai

d) Surajkund

 

Q3. Consider the following statements with respect to Section 438 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) – Anticipatory Bail.

1. When any person has reason to believe that he may be arrested on an accusation of having committed a bailable offence, he may apply to the Court and that Court may, if it thinks fit, direct that in the event of such arrest, he shall be released on bail.

2. The provision empowers only the Sessions Court and High Court to grant anticipatory bail.

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

 

Q4. Consider the following statements with respect to United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) Trade Agreement.

1. The USMCA replaces the NAFTA into a high-standard agreement

2. The U.S.M.C.A. has a special system of arbitration that allowed companies to sue governments for unfair treatment.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 & 2

d) None of the above

 

Q5. Consider the following statements with respect to The Tyler Prize.

1. The Tyler Prize is described as the Nobel Prize for the Environment.

2. It is awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 & 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q6. International Intellectual Property Index (IP Index) 2020 which was in news recently was released by:

a) World Intellectual Property Organization

b) INSEAD

c) Both a and b

d) US Chamber of Commerce

 

Q7. Which of the following portals is/are working under the Ministry of Women and Child Development?

1. Shagun

2. Saubhagya

3. TrackChild

4. Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System (CARINGS)

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 4 only

b) 3 and 4 only

c) 2, 3 and 4 only

d) All of the above

 

Q8. Consider the following statements with respect to Section 124A (Sedition) of IPC.

1. The act of Sedition includes even an attempt to bring into hatred by visible representation or by signs.      

2. The act of sedition shall be punished with imprisonment for life.

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

 

Q9. Consider the following statements with respect to International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

1. It is the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for medical reasons.

2. The theme for this year is ‘Unleashing Youth Power: One Decade of Accelerating Actions for Zero Female Genital Mutilation by 2030’.

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

 

Q10. Consider the following statements with respect to Fiscal Policy in India.

1. It refers to the policy of the central bank with regard to the use of fiscal instruments under its control to achieve the goals specified.

2. The primary objective of Fiscal policy is to maintain price stability while keeping in mind the objective of growth.

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. Paraquat often seen in the news, is?

a) a herbicide used in agricultural fields

b) a device similar to a Quantum computer

c) a method of drilling oil wells

d) None of the above

 

Q12. ‘Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action’ often seen in the news, is?

a) a strategy to tackle the regional terrorism, an outcome of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

b) a plan of action for sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific Region, an outcome of deliberations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum

c) an agenda for women’s empowerment, an outcome of a World Conference convened by the United Nations

d) a strategy to combat wildlife trafficking, a declaration of the East Asia Summit

 

Q13. With respect to Economic Survey 2019-20, consider the following statements:

1. It has stated that access to Nutrition and Electricity resulted in higher growth rate in India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

2. New firm creation in Service Sector is far greater than that in Manufacturing, Infrastructure or Agriculture.

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

 

Q14. Consider the following statements with respect to South Asia Conference.

1. The Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) has been organising the annual South Asia Conference.

2. All the SAARC countries participate in the conference.

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. Consider the following statements with respect to Adichnallur Archaeological site.

1. It is an iron-age urn-burial site.

2. It is situated on the banks of Vaigai river.

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

 

Q16. Consider the following statements with respect to Medaram Jatara.

1. It is a tribal festival celebrated biennially to honour the goddesses celebrated in the state of Telangana.

2. It commemorates the fight of a mother and daughter, Sammakka and Saralamma, with the reigning rulers against an unjust law.

3. It was recently granted the UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity tag.

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

 

Q17. The Chairpersons of which of the following Commissions are Ex-Officio Member of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)?

1. National Commission for Backward Classes

2. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights

3. Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) All of the above

 

Q18. Consider the following statements with respect to The SDG India Index 2019-20.

1. It has been developed by NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the United Nations in India, and the Global Green Growth Institute.

2. The Index has been constructed spanning across 16 out of 17 SDGs.

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

 

Q19. Consider the following statements with respect to the term Fireball sometime seen in news.

1. It is a very bright meteor, which is as bright as Venus in the morning or evening sky.

2. A ‘bolide’ is a special type of Fireball that is accompanied by an explosion.

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

 

Q20 Consider the following statements with respect to Credit Rating Agencies (CRA) in India.

1. These are companies that rates creditors on the basis of their ability to pay back their interests and loan amount on time and the probability of them defaulting.

2. They provide credit ratings only to organisations and not to individual consumers.

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

 

Q21. “Find the Incredible You” Campaign is associated with which of the following ministries?

a) Ministry of Tourism

b) Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports

c) Ministry of Human Resource & Development

d) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

 

Q22. Which one of the following is not an objective of the Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI)?

a) To develop clusters of traditional industries in the country over a period of five years

b) To develop an Ecosystem for Zero Defect Manufacturing in MSMEs

c) To make traditional industries more competitive, market-driven, productive and profitable

d) None of the above

 

Q23. Consider the following statements with respect to Sophisticated Analytical & Technical Help Institutes (SATHI).

1. The aim of SATHI is to provide a shared, professionally managed services and strong Science and Technology infrastructure/facilities.

2. The program will be implemented by NITI along with McKinsey & Company and IPE Global consortium.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q24. Consider the following statements with respect to Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC).

1. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Reserve Bank of India.

2. It insures bank deposits including Central/State Governments and Inter-bank deposits.

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

 

Q25. Consider the following statements with respect to Finance Commission (FC).

1. The 15th FC has considered both the 1971 and 2011 population census along with forest cover, tax effort, area of the state, and demographic performance to arrive at the states’ share in the divisible pool of taxes.

2. The share of tax revenues that the Centre shares with the states remains at 42% under the 15th FC recommendation.

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

 

Q26. Consider the following statements with respect to Pradhan Mantri Matru VandanaYojana (PMMVY).

1. It is a maternity benefit programme being implemented in all districts of the country.

2. Under PMMVY, a cash incentive of Rs. 3,000 is provided to the Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) for the first living child of the family.

3. Under the scheme, the beneficiaries will get the incentive within 18 months to 3 years.

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

 

Q27. Santusht Portal often seen in the news is a grievance redressal portal planned to be launched by?

a) Ministry of Civil Aviation

b) Ministry of Labour and Employment

c) Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

d) Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

 

Q28. Consider the following statements with respect to Global Misery Index.

1. It is equal to the sum of the inflation rate and the unemployment rate.

2. The higher the index, the less is the misery felt by average citizens.

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

 

Q29. Consider the following statements with respect to Water.

1. Mineral water comes from natural sources and contains large quantity of dissolved minerals such as calcium carbonate, magnesium sulfate, potassium.

2. Reverse Osmosis process removes minerals from water by using pressure to push it through specialized membranes.

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. Consider the following statements with respect to Adoption Regulations in India.

1. Once a child is adopted in India, he/she cannot be returned through any means.

2. In India, a single male shall not be eligible to adopt a girl child, whereas a single female can adopt a child of any gender.

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

 

Q31. Which of the following services is/are not provided under the Anganwadis or Day-care centres set up under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)?

1. Health Check-up

2. Immunisation

3. Referral services

4. Supplementary nutrition

5. Nutrition and Health education

6. Pre-school non-formal education

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 3 and 4 only

b) 5 and 6 only

c) 3, 4 and 6 only

d) None

 

Q32. Burhi Dihing River, sometimes seen in the news recently is located in?

a) Assam

b) Tripura

c) Mizoram

d) Arunachal Pradesh

 

Q33. Consider the following statements with respect to Economic Survey 2019-20.

1. The Survey affirms that disinvestment improves CPSE’s performance and overall productivity, and unlocks their potential to create wealth.

2. As a proportion of GDP, the expenditure on social services has registered a decrease of 1.5 percentage points during the period 2014-15 to 2019-20.

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

 

Q34. Consider the following statements with respect to Mahila Shakti Kendra Scheme.

1. It is launched as a part of the BetiBachaoBetiPadhao campaign.

2. It is a centrally sponsored scheme to empower adolescent girls of 11-18 years and it is implemented through the State Governments/UTs.

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

 

Q35. Consider the following statements with respect to National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP).

1. It aims to enhance infrastructure in identified sectors for a period of five years from 2018-23.

2. The funding of the NIP will be jointly made by the Central Government and State Governments alone.

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

 

Q36. With respect to Gharials, consider the following statements:

1. The species is endemic to India along the Chambal, Girwa, and Son Rivers.

2. The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies the species as critically endangered.

3. In India, the state of Madhya Pradesh is having the highest number of Gharials.

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

a) 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q37. Which State does the dance Dollu Kunitha belong to?

a) Assam

b) Karnataka

c) Tamil Nadu

d) Madhya Pradesh

 

Q38. With respect to Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), consider the following statements:

1. It is a New Delhi based UNESCO’s Category 1 Research Institute that focuses on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7.

2. It was maintained wholly by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

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

 

Q39. Consider the following statements with respect to Adolescence Education Programme (AEP).

1. It aims to provide young people with accurate, age appropriate and culturally relevant information to enable them to respond to real-life situations effectively.

2. It is co-ordinated by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) at the national level.

3. It has been supported by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q40. Consider the following statements with respect to Second National Judicial Pay Commission.

1. The Commission was headed by Justice P Venkatarama Reddy.

2. The commission was set up on the directions of the apex court during the hearing All India Judges Association case, 2017.

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

 

Q41. CHaracterizing ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS) often seen in the news recently is associated with?

a) Roscosmos

b) European Space Agency

c) Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

d) National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

Q42. Which of the following is the purpose of Terminator Tape sometimes seen in the news recently?

a) To extract thorium

b) To remove Space Debris

c) To remove Nuclear Wastes

d) Driver less transport technology

 

Q43. Consider the following statements with respect to Agrinnovate India.

1. It is a for profit company owned by Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE), Ministry of Agriculture.

2. It is mandated to act as an interface between ICAR and the Stakeholders of agricultural sector for securing, sustaining and promoting global agricultural 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

 

Q44. Consider the following statements with respect to Atal Research & Innovation for Small Enterprises (ARISE) Scheme.

1. It is an initiative to promote research, innovation and competitiveness of Indian startups and small enterprises including MSMEs.

2. The scheme is one among the initiatives under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).

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

 

Q45. Consider the following statements with respect to Commonwealth of Nations.

1. It is a voluntary association of 54 independent countries and any country can join the modern Commonwealth irrespective of its root in British Empire.

2. All members have an equal say regardless of size or wealth.

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. A massive natural gas discovery named Jebel Ali gas field which was in news recently was discovered in?

a) Qatar

b) Turkmenistan

c) Iran

d) United Arab Emirates

 

Q47. Lucknow Declaration often seen in the news is associated with?

a) India-Africa relations

b) Prohibits deadly explosives

c) India-Bangladesh relations

d) Neglected Tropical diseases

 

Q48. Consider the following statements with respect to Human body Temperature.

1. It is a measure of the body’s ability to generate and get rid of heat.

2. A raise in body temperature, fever shows that body is working to fight off the infection.

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

 

Q49. Consider the following statements with respect to Bhutan’s New Tourism Fee.

1. Bhutan will impose a Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) on all foreign tourists in Bhutan, with the exception of Indians, Bangladeshis, and Maldivians.

2. No Visa is required for Indians to visit Bhutan.

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 the term Thalinomics which was in news recently.

1. It is an economics of a plate of food in India which quantifies what a common person pays for a Thali across India.

2. It takes into account the price data from the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Workers for the analysis.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are not correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2