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Weekly Current Affairs February 2020 - Week 4

Q1. Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG(N)) works under which of the following?

a) Union Ministry of Earth Sciences

b) Indian Space Research Organisation

c) Union Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology

d) Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat

 

Q2. International Mother Language Day is celebrated across the globe on February 21. It has been observed to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Consider the following statements with respect Languages in India.

1. In India, Hindi is the most spoken language, followed by Marathi and then Bengali.

2. Sanskrit was the first language in India to get the classical language status.

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. Consider the following statements with respect to the Kepler Mission.

1. The scientific objective of the Kepler Mission is to explore the structure and diversity of planetary systems.

2. It is an unmanned space observatory dedicated to find planets in our solar system.

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 Global Conference on Road Safety.

1. The 3rd High Level Global Conference on Road Safety was recently held at Stockholm, Sweden.

2. The objective of the conference is to bring road safety on the global agenda and renew the world community’s commitment to safer roads.

3. The conference is being organised in active collaboration with Sustainable Development Solutions Network and World Bank.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q5. Consider the following statements with respect to Section 124A (Sedition) of the Indian Penal Code:

1. Sedition is a non-bailable offence.

2. A person charged under this law is barred from a government job and they have to live without their passport.

3. The expression “disaffection” in the IPC includes disloyalty and all feelings of enmity.

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

 

Q6. Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is associated with which of the following?

a) ASEAN

b) MERCOSUR

c) European Union

d) World Trade Organisation

 

Q7. Mount Merapi which was in news recently is located in:

a) Peru

b) Japan

c) Solomon Islands

d) Indonesia

 

Q8. Consider the following statements with respect to Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

1. The FATF is a policy-making body which works to generate the necessary political will to bring about national legislative and regulatory reforms.

2. The FATF’s decision making body, the FATF Plenary, meets three times per year.

3. The FATF Secretariat is located at the OECD headquarters in Paris.

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

 

Q9. Consider the following statements with respect to Bio-jet fuel:

1. Biofuels have the benefits of reducing import dependency on crude oil, additional income to farmers and employment generation in rural areas.

2. It is indigenously produced based on patented technology of CSIR-IIP.

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 Ra’ad II missile which was in news recently:

1. It is a nuclear-capable, Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) variant.

2. It was successfully flight tested by North Korea.

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. “A Future for the World’s Children Report” was recently published by?

a) UNICEF

b) The Lancet

c) World Health Organization

d) All of the above

 

Q12. Consider the following statements with respect to Global Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Programme.

1. It is an international household survey programme developed by UNICEF.

2. It was originally developed in response to the World Summit for Children to measure progress towards an internationally agreed set of mid-decade goals.

3. It collects internationally comparable data on a wide range of indicators on the situation of children and women for use in policies, programmes, and national development plans.

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

 

Q13. Consider the following pairs:

     Places in News – Countries

  1. Damascus – Turkey

2. Fessenheim – Italy

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q14. Consider the following statements with respect to the Long-Term Repo Operations (LTRO).

1. The LTRO is a tool under which the central bank provides one-year to three-year money to banks at the prevailing repo rate.

2. It is an attempt by the central bank to manage bond yields and push transmission of already announced interest rate cuts.

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 Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) Mission.

1. The mission aims to haul pieces of the Mars moon to Earth.

2. This in-situ observation on Mars moon is a project of European Space Agency (ESA).

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. 100X100X100 program which was in news recently is related to?

a) To achieve the envisaged target of anaemia reduction

b) A Smart Cities Mission

c) To promote awareness and adoption of 100 Intellectual Property Rights amongst start-ups

d) To accelerate the start-up ecosystem in India

 

Q17. Consider the following statements with respect to Elections to Rajya Sabha:

1. The provisions of the Tenth Schedule to the Constitution relating to disqualifications on the ground of defection are not applicable to open voting at elections to Council of States.

2. NOTA is applicable as a ballot option in the Rajya Sabha elections.

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:

1. Kenya

2. Djibouti

3. Ethiopia

4. Eritrea

5. Uganda

Which of the countries given above shares border with Somalia?

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1, 2 and 4 only

c) 1, 3 and 4 only

d) 2, 3 and 4 only

 

Q19. Consider the following statements with respect to Unified Vehicle Registration Card and Unified driving license.

1. The Unified driving license card will have information about the ability of the driver to drive in hilly and dangerous areas.

2. Madhya Pradesh has become the first state in the country to introduce the Unified registration card and the Unified driving license simultaneously.

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 the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce Production, Supply and Distribution) (COTPA) Act.

1. As per the act, the tobacco products should not be sold to people who are below 21 years of age.

2. The act gives the power to any police officer who is not below the rank of a sub-inspector can search any premises where the tobacco products are produced or sold.

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. RAISE 2020 Summit often seen in the news is associated with which of the following?

a) Aviation Safety

b) Artificial Intelligence

c) Grey Water Recycling

d) Solar Energy Efficiency

 

Q22. Consider the following statements with respect to “1000 Spring Initiatives”

1. It aims at improving access to safe and adequate water for the tribal communities living in difficult and inaccessible part of rural areas in the country.

2. The initiative includes provisions not only for piped water supply for drinking but also for irrigation and for backyard nutrition gardens.

3. It was launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q23. With respect to Kallakkadal, consider the following statements:

1. Kallakkadal is a colloquial term for Tsunami during which the sea surges into the land and inundates vast areas.

2. They occur along the Indian coast, particularly the Eastern coast.

3. They are caused by meteorological conditions in the Southern Ocean, south of 30°S.

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

a) 3 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q24. Consider the following statements with respect to “Programme for Capacity Building of Scheduled Tribe Representatives in Local Self Governments”:

1. It is aimed at empowering tribal Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRI) representatives by enhancing their decision-making capabilities at local government level.

2. It was launched by the Ministry of Tribal 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

 

Q25. Consider the following statements with respect to the International Narcotics Control Board:

1. It is an independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions.

2. It has 13 members, each elected by the Economic and Social Council for a period of five years.

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. India and Japan had recently discussed the avenues for Japan, to become a partner country in Mission Purvodaya of India. Mission Purvodaya is related to which of the following?

a) Steel Production

b) Packaged Medicaments

c) Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

d) Petroleum and Natural Gas Production

 

Q27. Consider the following statements with respect to InSight Mission.

1. It is the first outer space robotic explorer to study in-depth the inner space of Mars, its crust, mantle, and core.

2. It is part of NASA’s Discovery Program and is being supported by France’s Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA).

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. Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in which of the following states?

a) Karnataka

b) Tamil Nadu

c) Madhya Pradesh

d) Maharashtra

 

Q29. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS):

1. It is an autonomous institute under the administrative control of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES).

2. It is a unit of the Earth System Science Organization (ESSO).

3. It was registered as a society under the Andhra Pradesh (Telangana) Public Societies Registration Act.

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

a) 3 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q30. Consider the following statements with respect to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY):

1. It is the flagship scheme implemented by National Skill Development Corporation.

2. Individuals with prior learning experience or skills will also be assessed and certified under Recognition of Prior Learning.

3. Under this Scheme, Training and Assessment fees are completely paid by the Government.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) None

 

Q31. Which of the following is not one among the four components of National Technical Textiles Mission?

a) Infrastructure Development

b) Promotion and Market Development

c) Research, Innovation and Development Research, Innovation and Development

d) Education, Training and Skill Development

 

Q32. General Education Rejuvenation Mission is an initiative of which of the following states?

a) Kerala

b) Gujarat

c) Tamil Nadu

d) Andhra Pradesh

 

Q33. The Happiness Curriculum in schools which was in news was implemented in:

a) Kerala

b) Punjab

c) Madhya Pradesh

d) Delhi

 

Q34. Consider the following statements with respect to National Science Day (NSD).

1. NSD is celebrated every year on 28 February to commemorate the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’.

2. The focal theme of the National Science Day 2020 is “Women in Science”.

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 pairs with respect to India’s exercises:

Exercises – Countries

1. Sampriti – Nepal

2. Indradhanush – Russia

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

 

Q36. Henneguya salminicola seen in news is a?

a) A fish species lives in dark coral reefs, called Twilight Zone reefs

b) A tiny beetle that lives among ants

c) A microscopic animal is able to survive in wide range of external conditions

d) A microscopic parasite that doesn’t need oxygen to live.

 

Q37. Bharat-Bangla Paryatan Utsav a tourism festival seen in news recently is celebrated in?

a) Tripura

b) Rajasthan

c) Goa

d) West Bengal

 

Q38. “Sanjiv Puri Committee” which was constituted recently is related to which of the following?

a) Brasilia Declaration

b) UN Road Safety Fund

c) Encouraging Farm exports

d) Reforming Election Commission of India

 

Q39. Consider the following statements with respect to Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrator’.

1. The programme aims to deliver a leadership development programme for middle and senior level administrative functionaries in Indian Universities.

2. It is a joint initiative of University Grants Commission (UGC) and British Council under the auspices of UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

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

 

Q40. Consider the following statements with respect to Market Intelligence and Early Warning System (MIEWS) Portal.

1. It aims at real time monitoring of prices of tomato, onion and potato (TOP) and also for simultaneously generating alerts for intervention.

2. This portal is a novel initiative of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

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. Ashok Dalwai committee sometime seen in news is related to?

a) To decide the appropriate level of reserves that the RBI should hold

b) To review the Methodology for Measurement of Poverty

c) For doubling farmers’ income by 2022

d) To Financing Infrastructure through PPP model

 

Q42. Consider the following statements with respect to North East Sustainable Development Goals Conclave 2020.

1. It aims to identify solutions as well as accelerators for the implementation of SDGs in the North Eastern Region (NER).

2. The Conclave is being organized by NITI Aayog, in partnership with the North Eastern Council, Govt. of Assam and Tata Trust.

3. The conclave is supported by UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS).

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

 

Q43. Consider the following statements with respect to Bhratiya Adim Jati Sevak Sangh (BAJSS).

1. It was constituted in 1948 by Amritlal Vithaldas Thakkar, popularly known as “Thakkar Bapa”, well known dedicated social worker of the Servants of India Society.

2. The first President of the Sangh was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

3. At present, the organisation works under the 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

 

Q44. Consider the following statements with respect to State of India’s Birds Report 2020.

1. It is the first comprehensive assessment of the distribution range, trends in abundance, and conservation status for most of the bird species that regularly occur in India.

2. It was released by Bombay Natural History Society in partnership with Bird Life International.

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 Blue Dot network which was in news recently.

1. It aims to bring governments, the private sector and civil society together to promote high quality, trusted standards for global infrastructure development.

2. It was jointly launched by the US, Japan and 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

 

Q46. The city of Idlib sometime seen in news is located in?

a) Iran

b) Afghanistan

c) Iraq

d) Syria

 

Q47. Consider the following statements with respect to World Air Quality Report.

1. The ranking is based on a comparison of PM10 levels.

2. The Report is released by the pollution tracker IQAir and Greenpeace.

3. Among countries, when population is taken into account, average pollution is highest in India.

Which of the statements given above are not correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q48. “Thirumathikart” is a mobile app for Self Help Group products developed by the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Trichy in coordination with?

a) NITI Aayog

b) Union Ministry of Home Affairs

c) Union Department of Commerce

d) Union Department of Science and Technology

 

Q49. Consider the following statements with respect to Central Consumer Protection Authority.

1. It aims to protect the rights of the consumer by cracking down on unfair trade practices, and false and misleading advertisements that are detrimental to the interests of the public and consumers.

2. It will have suo motu powers to inquire into matters relating to violations of consumer rights or unfair trade practices.

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 H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu).

1. It a communicable viral disease which is common in pigs.

2. The influenza viruses are classified into types A, B and C on the basis of their core proteins in which only type A cause human disease of any concern.

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