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Weekly Current Affairs February 2020 - Week 3

Q1. Consider the following statements with respect to Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM Agreement):

1. It is a part of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR’s) Countervailing Duty (CVD) law which lists countries as developing and least-developed countries.

2. Under this agreement, countries that had not yet reached the status of a developed country only were entitled to special treatment for purposes of countervailing measures.

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 Arrokoth:

1. It is the most distant and most primitive object ever explored by a spacecraft.

2. It was discovered using the Hubble Space Telescope.

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. Daspalla Hills often seen in the news recently is located in?

a) Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

b) Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

c) Harishchandra Range, Maharashtra

d) Satmala Hills, Maharashtra

 

Q4. Which of the following products was/were granted G.I tag by the Government of India?

1. Kaji Nemu

2. Khola Chilli

3. Dindigul Locks

4. Nagpur Orange

5. Srivilliputtur Palkova

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 4 only

b) All except 3

c) 1, 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

 

Q5. Consider the following statements with respect to International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD):

1. It is an international financial institution and a specialized United Nations agency.

2. It is based in Rome, Italy.

3. Membership is open to any State that is a member of the United Nations, any of its specialized agencies or the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q6. Consider the following statements with respect to Single-Use Plastics.

1. Single-use plastics come with a steep environmental price as none of these can be recycled.

2. Recently Chandigarh Airport becomes the first single-use plastic-free airport in India.

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 Tilhan Mission.

1. It is to make the country self-reliant in oilseed production.

2. India is one of the top oilseed crops producing country in the world and one of the largest importers of vegetable oil.

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. Seymour Island which was in news recently is located in?

a) The Caribbean

b) Iceland

c) Antarctic Peninsula

d) Indonesia

 

Q9. Consider the following statements with respect to Lassa fever:

1. It is a viral haemorrhagic disease caused by the Lassa virus, which naturally infects the widely distributed house flies.

2. Lassa virus does not spread from human to human.

3. There is no drug exist for the treatment of the Lassa disease.

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

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q10. Consider the following statements with respect to Law Commission of India.

1. It is a statutory body established through an Act of Parliament.

2. The Commission was originally constituted in 1955 and is re-constituted every five years.

3. The Law Commission of India shall, inter-alia examines the existing laws in the light of Directive Principles of State Policy and suggest ways of improvement and reform.

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

a) 3 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q11. Consider the following statements with respect to Hope Spacecraft:

1. It is the first un-crewed, interplanetary satellite spearheaded by Israel to Mars.

2. It is world’s first privately funded mission to Mars.

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 International Platform on Sustainable Finance (IPSF):

1. It is an institutionalised body and its orders are binding on any member of this platform.

2. India is one of the founding members in this International Platform.

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. Betelgeuse which was in news recently is a:

a) A microscopic organism sent to space

b) A newly discovered dwarf galaxy

c) First Earth-size planet in its star’s habitable zone

d) A supermassive star

 

Q14. Consider the following statements with respect to Antibiotics.

1. Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change in ways that render the medications used to cure the infections they cause ineffective.

2. Antibiotics are medications that destroy or slow down the growth of Virus.

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 Influenza.

1. Influenza is same as stomach “flu” viruses that cause diarrhoea and vomiting.

2. It is a fungal infection that attacks the respiratory system of a human body.

3. Influenza B is found only in humans.

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

a) 3 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) None

 

Q16. Consider the following statements with respect to “Global Health Security Index”.

1. It is the first comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across the 195 countries that make up the States Parties to the International Health Regulations, 2005.

 2. It is a project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) and the Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security (JHU) and was developed with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

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. Centre decided to restrict its premium subsidy in its flagship crop insurance schemes to 30% for unirrigated areas and 25% for irrigated areas (from the existing unlimited), and to make enrolment of farmers in the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) and Restructured Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme (RWBCIS) voluntary from the 2020 Kharif season. Consider the following statements with respect to the crop insurance schemes.

1. At present, there is no upper limit for the central subsidy.

2. The states and Union Territories are free to extend additional subsidy over and above the normal subsidy from their budgets.

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. INS Jamuna, often seen in the news recently is?

a) Offshore Tugboat

b) Guided Missile Destroyer

c) Hydrographic Survey Ship

d) Marine Acoustic Research Ship

 

Q19. Consider the following statements with respect to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS):

1. It is the only global convention specialising in the conservation of migratory species, their habitats and migration routes.

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

3. Migratory species means the entire population or any geographically separate part of the population of any species or lower taxon of wild animals.

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

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1,2 and 3 only

 

Q20. Consider the following statements with respect to Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs):

1. Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) are categorized by Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

2. Among the 75 listed PVTG’s the highest number are found in Odisha.

3. Asur, a PVGTs usually found in the state of Odisha and their language figures in the UNESCO’s list of interactive Atlas.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) None of the above

 

Q21. Consider the following statements with respect to Asur Tribes.

1. They are one among the 9 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) found in Odisha.

2. The Asur language figures in the list of UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.

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 the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

1. Presently RBI follows July-June as its accounting year.

2. The Bimal Jalan Committee is related to Economic Capital Framework (ECF) of the RBI.

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

 

Q23. “Lorcaserin” is a drug often seen in the news recently is used for which of the following purposes?

a) Cosmetic Purposes

b) Weight-loss drug

c) Antimicrobial drug

d) Inducing Pregnancy

 

Q24. Which of the following is/are not partners of Scientific Utilisation through Research Augmentation-Prime Products from Indigenous Cows (SUTRA PIC) Initiative launched recently by the Government of Inida?

1. Ministry for AYUSH

2. Indian Council of Medical Research

3. Ministry of Science and Technology

4. Indian Council of Agricultural Research

5. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) All except 5 only

b) All except 1 and 5 only

c) All except 1, 2 and 5 only

d) None of the above

 

Q25. Consider the following statements with respect to Neonatal mortality.

1. A neonatal death is defined as a death during the first five years of life expressed per 1,000 live births.

2. Under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, each country has aimed to bring down neonatal mortality to at least 12 per 1,000 live births.

3. In India, Madhya Pradesh has the highest percentage of newborn deaths in the past three years.

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

 

Q26. Consider the following statements with respect to the Central Vigilance Commission.

1. It was set up on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption.

2. The CVC is not controlled by any Ministry/Department.

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 Aditya L1 Mission.

1. It will be ISRO’s first space-based astronomy mission.

2. Aditya L1 will perform continuous observations looking directly at the Sun.

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. Urban bent-toed gecko often seen in the news recently is a new species of lizard discovered in?

a) Wayanad, Kerala

b) Guwahati, Assam

c) Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

d) Diglipur, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

 

Q29. Consider the following statements with respect to Bharat Stage (BS) VI Emission Norms:

1. The armoured and other specialised vehicles of Indian armed forces are exempted from the BS-VI Norms.

2. The Sulphur content of BS-VI fuel is five times lower than that in BS-IV fuel.

3. India will be the first country in the world to use the world’s cleanest petrol and diesel.

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

 

Q30. Consider the following statements with respect to Madhav National Park:

1. It is in the state of Jharkhand and part of Vindhyan Hills

2. Sakhya Lake and Madhav Sagar lake in the centre of the forest support a rich variety of migratory birds

3. The park is a combination of evergreen and moist deciduous forests that make home for different variety of antelopes.

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

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 3 only

 

Q31. Consider the following statements with respect to Kala Kumbh.

1. It aims to promote Geographical Indication (GI) crafts and heritage of India.

2. It was organised by the Ministry of Textiles.

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 Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) Initiative.

1. It is a special clean-up initiative under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM).

2. The initiative is being coordinated by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.

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. Recently, a Task Force on Blue Economy for Sustainable Development was launched jointly by India and?

a) Brazil

b) Norway

c) Australia

d) Indonesia

 

Q34. Consider the following:

1. Madur kathi

2. Kolhapuri Chappal

3. Channapatna Toys & Dolls

4. Sandur Lambani Embroidery

Which of the product(s) given above is/are belongs to the GI tag list of the state of Karnataka?

a) 3 only

b) All except 1

c) 3 and 4 only

d) All of the above

 

Q35. Consider the following statements with respect to National Statistical Commission (NSC).

1. It was established in 2005 based on the recommendations of the Rangarajan Commission.

2. The Commission comprised a part-time Chairperson, four part-time Members and Secretary of Planning Commission as the ex-officio Member.

3. The Chief Statistician of India (CSI) is the Secretary to the NSC.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q36. Consider the following statements with respect to the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) Mutiny.

1. One of the triggers for the RIN strike was the arrest of a rating, BC Dutt, who had scrawled ‘Quit India’ on the HMIS Talwar.

2. The revolt got a support from the Communist Party of India.

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 Investments.

1. Green Field investments refers to a clean technology investment with sustainable and environmentally friendly practices and products/services.

2. Brownfield investments refers to an investment in Non-renewable technologies.

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 Barakah Nuclear Power Plant which was in news is located in?

a) Iran

b) United Arab Emirates

c) Saudi Arabia

d) Turkey

 

Q39. Which of the following species is/are listed under Appendix I of UN Convention on migratory species (Bonn Convention)?

1. Asian Elephant

2. Bengal Florican

3. Great Indian Bustard

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q40. Consider the following statements with respect to the Rann of Kutch.

1. It is connected to the Arabian Sea through Kori Creek in the west.

2. The Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across the little Rann of Kutch.

3. The Asia’s largest oil refinery is located in the Gulf of Kutch.

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

 

Q41. Consider the following statements with respect to Dairy processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF):

1. It was created under National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) with a total corpus of Rs. 8000 crores over a period of 3 years.

2. Funding will be in the form of interest-bearing loan, which will flow from NABARD to National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) / National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) and in turn to eligible End Borrowers.

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 India-US trade.

1. India enjoys a trade surplus with the United States.

2. Both India and United States are the members of RCEP agreement.

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. Kangaroo Mother Care sometimes seen in news recently is?

a) A conservation initiative to protect Kangaroo from wild fire

b) A first Kangaroo Genome sequence to map its characteristics

c) A method of caring for new-born infants with skin-to-skin contact with mother

d) None of the above

 

Q44. In India, International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is celebrated every year on 21st February as Matribhasha Diwas to achieve which of the following objectives?

1. To highlight the linguistic diversity of our country

2. To encourage usage, not only of the respective mother tongue but other Indian languages as well

3. To understand and draw attention to the diversity of cultures in India and the consequent forums of literature, craft, performing arts, scripts and other forms of creative expression

4. To encourage the learning of languages other than one’s own mother tongue

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 3 only

b) All except 2

c) All except 2 and 4

d) All of the above

 

Q45. Consider the following statements with respect to Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

1. It is a non-partisan, autonomous body funded by the Ministry of Defence.

2. It is dedicated to objective research and policy relevant studies on all aspects of defence and security.

3. It is governed by an Executive Council; whose members are distinguished personalities from various walks of life.

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

 

Q46. Consider the following statements with respect to a “Future Fit for Children” report.

1. It is a landmark report released by a commission convened by WHO, UNICEF and The Lancet.

2. India ranks in the bottom 10 countries in Child flourishing.

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 Generic Medicines:

1. A generic medicine uses the same active ingredients as brand-name medicines and it is same as a brand-name medicine in dosage, safety and effectiveness.

2. Branded generics are the generic drugs developed either by a generic drug company or the original manufacturer before the patent expires for the original product.

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. Corbomycin and Complestatin often seen in the news recently are?

a) Enzymes help in repairing Bone Marrow

b) Drugs used for anaesthetic purpose

c) Antibiotics that prevents Cell Division

d) Molecules that synthesis antibodies

 

Q49. Consider the following statements with respect to National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST):

1. It was established in 2004 through 89th Constitutional Amendment Act.

2. The term of office of Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Members of NCST is five years from the date of assumption of charge.

3. The Chairperson has been given the rank of Union Cabinet Minister and the Vice-Chairperson that of a Minister of State.

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

 

Q50. Consider the following

1. Ongole

2. Amritmahal

3. Ayrshire

4. Hallikar

5. Gir

Which of these are Indigenous Cattle Varieties of India?

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1, 2 and 5 only

c) 1, 2, 4 and 5 only

d) 1, 4 and 5 only