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Weekly Current Affairs February 2020 - Week 2

Q1. Consider the following statements with respect to Biological Safety Levels (BSL).

1. They are a series of protections designed to protect laboratory personnel, as well as the surrounding environment and community.

2. BSL is ranked from one to four and BSL-1 refers to the lowest biosafety lab level whereas BSL-4 refers to the highest and most stringent lab level.

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

 

Q2. Consider the following statements with respect to Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI).

1. It is an initiative of the World Bank – Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (WB-ESMAP), in partnership with International Solar Alliance (ISA).

2. It aims to support countries in developing sustainable solar programs that will attract private investments and so reduce reliance on public finances.

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

 

Q3. SPICe+ often seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following?

a) Ease of doing Business

b) Doubling Farmers Income

c) Incredible India Campaign 2.0

d) Know your Fertilizer limit Campaign

 

Q4. Consider the following:

1. Marwari

2. Kathiawari

3. Zanskari

4. Manipuri 

5. Spiti

Which of these belongs to the indigenous horse breed of India?

a) 1, 2 and 4 only

b) 2, 3, 4 and 5 only

c) 1, 2, 4 and 5 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

 

Q5. Consider the following pairs with respect to military exercises:

             Exercises – Countries

1. Vajra Prahar – India and US

2. Ajeya Warrior – India and UK

3. Dharma Guardian – India and Japan

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q6. Consider the following statements with respect to Police system in India.

1. Police in India are generally subjected to dual control.

2. The Commissioner of Police (CP) is drawn from the Deputy Inspector General rank or above.

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 Genome India Project.

1. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will serve as the nodal point of this project.

2. A Genome is defined as an organism’s complete set of RNA including all of its genes.

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. “Addu Atoll” often seen in the news is located in?

a) Maldives

b) Australia

c) Indonesia

d) Seychelles

 

Q9. Virupapura Gaddi sometimes seen in the news recently is an oval islet formed by which of the following Rivers?

a) R. Periyar

b) R. Cauvery

c) R. Mahanadi

d) R. Tungabhadra

 

Q10. Consider the following statements with respect to Uniform Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP).

1. It is a code which bars pharmaceutical companies and their sales representatives from giving gifts and free trips to doctors.

2. The code is mandatory and binding on all pharmaceutical companies.

3. The code was issued by the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers.

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

 

Q11. Consider the following statements with respect to International Gandhi Award.

1. The award was instituted by the Gandhi Memorial Leprosy Foundation (GMLF) in 1986.

2. The Award is presented every year to a Leprosy Worker or an Institution who/which has undertaken work in the field of leprosy.

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. With respect to Municipal Performance Index (MPI) 2019, consider the following statements:

1. It will facilitate the assessment of ease of living of citizens across three pillars which aimed at providing a holistic view of Indian cities.

2. It was launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

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. “Peace to Prosperity Plan” often seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following?

a) Middle East Oil Crisis

b) US-Mexico Refugee Issues

c) Novel Corona Virus Response Plan

d) None of the above

 

Q14. Consider the following statements with respect to National Programme for Health Care of the Elderly (NPHCE).

1. It is a Central sector scheme, funded 100% by the Union government.

2. The Programme is an articulation of the International commitments of the Government as envisaged under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

3. It was implemented by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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

 

Q15. Consider the following statements with respect to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

1.  The CAS has the task of resolving legal disputes in the field of sport through arbitration or mediation.

2. The seat of CAS is located in The Hague, Netherlands.

3. It is placed under the administrative and financial authority of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS).

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

 

Q16. Consider the following statements with respect to Jal Jeevan Mission.

1. It aims to provide Functional Household Tap Connection (FHTC) only to every rural household by 2024.

2. Every functional tap connection is to be linked with the Aadhar number of the head of the household.

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. Anganphou Hunba’ programme was recently launched in which of the following states?

a) Tripura

b) Mizoram

c) Manipur

d) Meghalaya

 

Q18. Sharang which was recently seen in news is a/an?

a) Artillery gun

b) Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV)

c) Armoured Personnel Carrier

d) Anti-tank missile

 

Q19. Consider the following statements with respect to Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

1. FSSAI has been mandated by the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006.

2. The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 extends to the whole of India.

3. FSSAI issued the Orange Book.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q20. Global Futures Report is released by:

a) World Wide Fund for Nature

b) The Global Trade Analysis Project

c) The Natural Capital Project

d) All the above

 

Q21. Consider the following statements with respect to “Midnight Zones”?

1. It is a region between one and four kilometres deep.

2. In this zone, light barely reaches and life forms does not exist.

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 Jet Streams.

1. Jet streams are narrow bands of strong winds that flow over thousands of kilometres from west to east.

2. Jet streams are stronger in winter in the northern and southern hemispheres.

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. Consider the following statements.

1. It covers a large continental area of Eurasia between the Arctic and Indian Oceans.

2. Indian sub-continent is a part of the Flyway.

3. It is the shortest flyway in the world and lies entirely within the Northern Hemisphere.

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

a) East Asian Flyway

b) East African Flyway

c) East Atlantic Flyway

d) Central Asian Flyway

 

Q24. With respect to Conference of Parties – 13 (COP-13) often seen in the news recently, consider the following statements:

1. It is the 13th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Bonn Convention.

2. The conference is going to be hosted by India at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

3. The theme of CoP-13 is, “Migratory species connect the planet and we welcome them home”.

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

 

Q25. India is home to which of the following migratory species?

1. Dugongs

2. Amur falcons

3. Snow leopard

4. Bar headed Geese

5. Black necked cranes

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

a) 2 only

b) All except 1 and 3

c) All except 1, 3 and 5

d) All of the above

 

Q26. Consider the following statements with respect to the Solar Orbiter (SolO):

1. This is the first medium-class mission to investigate the Sun’s uncharted polar regions to learn more about how the Sun works

2. It is a collaborative mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA.

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

 

Q27. Consider the following statements with respect to SuperCam:

1. It is a part of NASA’s Artemis program.

2. It is laser-toting robot for studying mineralogy, chemistry and soil types to find the signs of past microbial life on Moon.

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. “Limiting Factor” – one of the world’s most advanced submersibles used to explore inhospitable depths is associated with which of the following missions?

a) Mission Arabia

b) Mission Maven

c) Nekton Mission

d) Operation Ice Bridge

 

Q29. The Amazon Rainforest spreads across which of the following countries.

1. Brazil

2. Ecuador

3. Suriname

4. Paraguay

5. Colombia

Choose the correct answer

a) 1, 2, 4 and 5 only

b) 1, 2 and 5 only

c) 1, 2, 3 and 5 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 only

 

Q30. Consider the following statements with respect to recently notified Medical Devices (Amendment) Rules, 2020.

1. It is to regulate medical devices on the same lines as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.

2. These are applicable only to devices intended for internal use in the diagnosis or treatment.

3. These rules exempted the medical devices imported into India.

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

 

Q31. Consider the following statements with respect to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay National Welfare Fund for Sportspersons’ (PDUNWFS).

1. It aims at addressing the entire “Sports Eco-system” holistically, namely, players training/coaching and development and infrastructure.

2. It was implemented through States and UTs, with one-time assistance for creation of capital assets at Block level and limited period recurring grant as central grant-in-aid.

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 National Deworming Mission.

1. The mission is aimed to protect children in the ages of 1-19 years from these worms.

2. Under the scheme, Albendazole tablets will be given to all targeted children through Anganwadi centres and all schools.

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. “National Health Profile” released annually will be compiled by?

a) National Health Authority

b) Indian Council of Medical Research

c) Central Bureau of Health Intelligence

d) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

 

Q34. Which of the following factors is/are responsible for decrease in Bumblebees population?

1. Habitat Destruction

2. Higher Global Temperatures

3. Higher growth of Native flowers

4. Higher usage of Chemical Pesticides

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

a) All except 3

b) All except 2 and 3

c) All of the above

d) None of the above

 

Q35. Consider the following statements with respect to National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI):

1. It is an initiative of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) only.

2. It is incorporated as a Not for Profit Company under the provisions of Companies Act.

3. RuPay is an Indigenously developed Payment System designed to meet the expectation and needs of the Indian consumer.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q36. Consider the following statements Fermentation process.

1. Fermentation is a chemical process by which molecules such as glucose are broken down aerobically.

2. It is used to produce cheese, chocolate, wine and yogurt.

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

 

Q37. Consider the following statements with respect to Mount Aconcagua sometime seen in news.

1. It is a part of the Andes mountain range and the highest peak in South America.

2. Its peak is located in Chile.

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. The term COVID-19 recently seen in news is related to?

a) A newly discovered asteroid that circles the sun

b) A fish species lives in dark coral reefs

c) An official name for the new Coronavirus disease

d) A new Tuberculosis (TB) vaccine.

 

Q39. Consider the following statements with respect to Loktak Lake.

1. It is the largest freshwater lake in India and unique for its phumdi ecosystem.

2. Keibul Lamjao National Park is an integral part of Loktak Lake.

3. The park is the home to endangered Sangai deer.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q40. Which of the following countries are members of European Union?

1. Italy

2. Cyprus

3. Czechia

4. United Kingdom

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) All except 2

b) All except 4

c) All except 2 and 4

d) All of the above

 

Q41. Consider the following statements with respect to School Health Programme (SHP).

1. The programme was launched under the Ayushman Bharat-Health & Wellness Centres.

2. This is a joint collaborative programme of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Human Resource & 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

 

Q42. Consider the following statements with respect to African Union (AU).

1. The African Union represent all the countries on the African continent.

2. Agenda-2063 is Africa’s blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.

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

 

Q43. The term Yaravirus sometime seen in news is?

a) A new lineage of Amoebal virus

b) A new Human Virus

c) A new lineage of Coronavirus family

d) A new Ebola-like virus

 

Q44. As per the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Act, 2015, who among the following can become the Chairperson of the Arbitration Council of India (ACI)?

1. a Judge of the Supreme Court

2. Chief Justice of a High Court

3. a Judge of a High Court

4. an eminent person with expert knowledge in conduct of arbitration

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 2 and 3 only

b) 3 and 4 only

c) 2, 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

 

Q45. Consider the following statements with respect to Bumble bees.

1. Bumble bees are social insects and form colonies with a single queen.

2. They are much larger than honey bees, but produce less amount of honey.

3. Only the female bees are equipped with stingers.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q46. Consider the following statements with respect to Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

1. The all-India IIP is being released as a quarterly series.

2.  It is the only measure on the physical volume of production.

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

 

Q47. Consider the following statements with respect to INS Shivaji.

1. It is the India’s largest Short take-off but assisted recovery (STOBAR) aircraft carrier.

2. It is the is a modified Kiev-class aircraft carrier and the flagship of the Indian Navy.

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

 

Q48. Recently the Union Cabinet has given its in-principle approval for setting up a Major Port at Vadhavan which is located in?

a) Gujarat

b) Visakhapatnam

c) Andaman and Nicobar Islands

d) Maharashtra

 

Q49. Consider the following statements with respect to Koala.

1. It is an arboreal herbivorous found only in Australia.

2. It is marsupial (animals that carry their young ones in a pouch) in nature.

3. Habitat destruction due to bushfires is one of the major reasons for its decline in numbers.

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

 

Q50. Future of Earth 2020 Report was released recently by?

a) Indian Institute of Science

b) Divecha Centre for Climate Change

c) South Asia Future Earth Regional Office

d) All of the above