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Weekly Current Affairs January 2020 - Week 2

Q1. Consider the following statements with respect to Saras Mk2.

1. It is the India’s first indigenous light transport aircraft.

2. It has been developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

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 National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL).

1. It is the only government aerospace R&D laboratory in the country’s civilian sector.

2. It is a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

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. India’s world-class facility for training astronauts will come in which of the following region?

a) Star City, Russia

b) Challakere, Karnataka

c) Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

d) Kulasekarapattinam, Tamil Nadu

 

Q4. Consider the following statements with respect to Lamu Island.

1. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. It lies close to the Somali frontier in the Indian Ocean.

3. Al-Balad air base located in this Island is used by both U.S and Kenya.

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

 

Q5. Consider the following statements with respect to KIRAN Scheme.

1. It is the women-exclusive scheme of Department of Science and Technology.

2. Its mandate is to bring gender parity in Science & Technology through gender mainstreaming.

3. Consolidation of University Research for Innovation and Excellence in women universities (CURIE) is another component of KIRAN.

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

 

Q6. Consider the following statement with respect to New Emerging and Strategic Technologies (NEST).

1. It is the nodal division under the Ministry of Finance to increase the investment coordination with the foreign countries.

2. The division holds responsibility for matters that involve negotiations with multilateral fora like the United Nations, G20.

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 Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM Bank)

1. It is a specialized financial institution wholly owned by Government of India.

2. It was established in 1982 under the Export-Import Bank of India Act 1981.

3. It extend its Lines of Credit (LOCs) also to overseas financial institutions and to sovereign governments.

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

 

Q8. Consider the following statements with respect to Paddlefish.

1. They are related to the Sturgeon and found only in the Yangtze River basin in the world.

2. The Chinese paddlefish is declared Extinct.

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. ‘Smog Tower’ which was in news recently was installed in?

a) Varanasi

b) Kanpur

c) Bengaluru

d) Delhi

 

Q10. Consider the following statements with respect to India State of forest Report (ISFR) 2019:

1. It is a biennial publication of Forest Survey of India (FSI).

2. It shows an increase in the carbon stock trapped in Indian forests in the last two years.

3. Except Assam and Tripura, all the states in the North Eastern region shows increase in forest cover.

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

 

Q11. Consider the following statements with respect to Scheme for Transformational and Advanced Research in Sciences (STARS).

1. It aims at providing industry apprenticeship opportunities to the general graduates through the National Apprenticeship Promotional Scheme (NAPS).

2. It will be implemented, monitored and managed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

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 National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT).

1. It is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Scheme launched by the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).

2. The objective of the scheme is to use Artificial Intelligence to make learning more personalised and customised as per the requirements of the learner.

3. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) would be the implementing agency for NEAT programme.

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

 

Q13. Indian Seasonal Energy efficiency ratio (ISEER) is the energy performance index used for which of the following?

a) Electric Vehicles

b) Water Heaters

c) Microwave Ovens

d) Room Air Conditioners

 

Q14. Consider the following statements with respect to Farmer’s Science Congress 2020.

1. The theme for the first ever such event is “Science and Technology: Rural Development”.

2. It was organized as a part of the 107th Indian Science Congress at University of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.

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 pairs.

1. Global Innovation Index – World Intellectual Property Organisation

2. Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index – World Economic Forum

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

 

Q16. Consider the following statements with respect to Great Indian Bustard.

The Great Indian bustard is distributed only throughout Western India.

It has been identified as one of the species for the recovery programme under Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

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 JUS COGENS sometimes seen in news.

1. These are rules in the international law that are peremptory or authoritative and from which states cannot deviate.

2. According to Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties of 1969 and 1986, a treaty is void if it breaches Jus Cogens rules.

3. These norms can be offset by a separate treaty between parties intending to do so.

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

 

Q18. Consider the following statements with respect to Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

1. The Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, describes a War crime as any intentional attack against a historical monument, or a building dedicated to religion, education, art, or science.

2. India is not a signatory to this Convention.

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. ‘Sukanya’ project sometimes seen is an initiative in?

a) Delhi

b) Hyderabad

c) Jaipur

d) Kolkata

 

Q20. Consider the following statements with respect to Chilika Lake.

1. It is located at the mouth of River Daya.

2. It is registered under Montreux Record.

3. Nalabana Bird Sanctuary is located inside the Chilika Lake.

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

 

Q21. Consider the following statements with respect to Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana (PM-KMY).

1. It provides for payment of minimum pension of Rs.3000 per month to the eligible small and marginal farmers on attaining the age of 60 years.

2. It is voluntary and contributory pension scheme, with entry age of 18 to 60 years.

3. Central Government will contribute an equal amount in the pension scheme.

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

a) 1 only

b) 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q22. Government Owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) model is often seen in the news recently for which of the following sector?

a) Defence

b) Railways

c) Highways

d) Power Plants

 

Q23. Consider the following statements with respect to Antarrashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman.

1. The objective behind this award is to bring positivity and acknowledge the role of media in the outreach of Yoga in the world.

2. It will be awarded by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

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

 

Q24. ‘Samudrayaan’ project is associated with which of the following?

a) Snow Clearance Project

b) Deep Underwater Studies

c) Disaster and Humanitarian Relief

d) None of the above

 

Q25. Consider the following pairs:

Places in News       – Country

1. Erbil – Syria

2. Kangaroo Island – Australia

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

 

Q26. Consider the following statements with respect to the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR).

1. It was established as an autonomous Research and Development Institution under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

2. It manages the Indian Antarctic Research Bases “Maitri” and “Bharati”.

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 GDP

1. The market value taken at current prices is the Real GDP.

2. The market value taken at constant prices is the Nominal GDP.

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 the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

1. It is a PSU-centric organization which provides an integrated security cover only to the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

2. CISF observes 2020 as ‘Year of Mobility’.

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. Project NEON sometimes seen in news is related to:

a) AI powered Artificial Human

b) An Automated Detection System for the Northern Lights

c) A newly developed Hypersonic drone

d) None of the above

 

Q30. Consider the following statements with respect to the Small Finance Bank (SFB).

1. It is a private financial institution intended to further the objective of financial inclusion.

2. They are subjected to all prudential norms and regulations of RBI such as maintenance of Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) and Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR).

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. Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement often seen in the news recently is an agreement between India and?

a) U.S.A

b) France

c) Sweden

d) Switzerland

 

Q32. Consider the following statements with respect to Antarctic Treaty, 1959.

1. The main objective of the treaty is to allow member countries to collect both soft sediment and hard rock from the Antarctic ocean.

2. India is one among the twelve countries which are the original Signatories to the Treaty.

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 new Wetland Conservation Rules.

1. A wetland is a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, and it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem.

2. It prohibits setting up or expansion of industries and disposal of construction and demolition waste within the wetlands.

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 Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE).

1. It is a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

2. It is working in avalanche forecasting, artificial triggering and structural control in snowbound mountainous areas.

3. It also participated in the Indian Antarctic Programme with research activities on the areas of Antarctic snow cover.

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

 

Q35. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian pompano.

1. The turtle belongs to the fast-growing Carangid family.

2. It is rarely caught in fishermen’s nets because of its quite low sea population.

3. The species grow only at higher salinity of about 40-45 ppt (parts per thousand).

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q36. Consider the following statements with respect to Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA).

1. Ashfaqullah Khan was the member of HSRA.

2. HSRA published its manifesto titled Jugantar Patrika.

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 Buxa Tiger Reserve.

1. The Buxa Tiger Reserve serves as an international corridor for elephant migration between India and Nepal.

2. The Royal Manas National Park of Bhutan is contiguous to North of Buxa Tiger Reserve.

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 Goldilocks Zone.

1. It is the range of orbital distances from a star at which liquid water can exist on the surface of a planet.

2. The location of a Goldilocks Zone around a star depends on the size and temperature of the star.

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 with respect to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

1. Swaraj Dweep

2. Shaheed Dweep

3. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Island

4. Little Andaman

Arrange the Islands from North to South in correct order.

a) 2-1-3-4

b) 1-3-2-4

c) 1-2-3-4

d) 2-1-4-3

 

Q40. ‘Zo Kutpui’ festival which was in news recently is the festival of?

a) Mizo tribes

b) Bodo Tribes

c) Garo Tribes

d) Ho Tribes

 

Q41. Consider the following statements with respect to MILAN 2020.

1. It is a multilateral naval exercise aimed to enhance professional interaction between friendly foreign navies.

2. The theme for the event is “Synergy across the Seas”.

3. The event was hosted by India in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q42. Consider the following statements with respect to Atal Jyoti Yojana (AJAY).

1. It aims at strengthening and augmentation of sub-transmission & distribution (ST&D) infrastructure in rural areas.

2. Financial support for the scheme will be provided 75% by the Ministry of New and Renewable and the remaining 25% through World Bank.

3. The Project is proposed to be implemented by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) Limited.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q43. Consider the following statements with respect to Forest Advisory Committee (FAC).

1. It is the apex body tasked with adjudicating requests by the industry to raze forest land for commercial ends.

2. It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

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.

1. It is one among the most venomous four Indian snakes, which are collectively called the infamous “big four”.

2. They can be found throughout India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan.

3. Recently, scientists were able to decode their genome and identify 14 key toxins.

Identify the species that correctly matches with the above description:

a) Indian Cobra

b) Common Krait

c) Russell’s Viper

d) Saw Scaled Viper

 

Q45. Which of the following animals were not found in Australia?

1. Dingo

2. Koala

3. Echidna

4. Wombat

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 3 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 4 only

d) None

 

Q46. Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger is the project of?

a) Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages

b) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation

c) Centre for Applied Linguistics

d) Institute of International Education

 

Q47. The report titled “DIGITAL PAYMENTS – Trends, Issues and Opportunities in India” was recently released in India by:

(a) Department of Digital Payments

(b) Niti Ayog

(c) Union Finance Ministry

(d) Reserve Bank of India

 

Q48. Consider the following statements with respect to Lunar Eclipse.

1. Penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon moves through the faint, outer part of Earth’s shadow.

2. Total Lunar Eclipse occurs when the entire Moon passes through Sun’s umbral shadow.

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. The term Open-loop scrubber sometime seen in news is related to?

a) To remove SOx from the exhaust and operates utilising seawater in marine engines

b) Primary air filters used in the Nuclear Power plants

c) To capture heavy particulate matter and reduce carbon emissions from automobiles

d) None of the above

 

Q50. Consider the following statements with respect to World Health Organization (WHO)

1. World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO and it is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States.

2. WHO is set to host Health for All Film Festival.

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