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Weekly Current Affairs January 2020 - Week 3

Q1. Consider the following statements with respect to Article 131 of the Constitution of India.

1. The provision under which the Supreme Court has original jurisdiction to deal with any dispute between the Centre and a state.

 2. It can be used to settle political differences between state and central governments headed by different parties.

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 the A(H9NQ2) virus which was in news recently.

1. It is a subtype of the influenza A virus, which causes human influenza as well as bird flu.

2. The viruses are found in wild birds and are endemic in poultry in some countries.

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 about Nation Register of Citizens (NRC).

1. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens.

2. At present, Assam and Nagaland have such a register.

3. Registrar General and Census Commissioner India is preparing NRC.

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

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 2 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q4. Consider the following statements about Northeast Gas Grid Project that was in the news recently.

1. The Northeast Gas Grid Project will connect Guwahati to the major Northeast cities and major load centres. It is 1, 656 km long.

2. The project is being implemented under ambitious Urja Ganga Gas Pipeline Project.

3. The North-East pipeline grid is to be implemented by Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC).

Choose the correct option

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q5. Kyaukpyu town which was in news recently is located in.

a) Hong Kong

b) Myanmar

c) Taiwan

d) Bangladesh

 

Q6. Which of the following statements about National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) are correct?

1. National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) was constituted under Section 410 of the Companies Act, 2013 for hearing appeals against the orders of National Company Law Tribunal(s) (NCLT)

2. The President of the Tribunal and the chairperson and Judicial Members of the Appellate Tribunal shall be appointed after consultation with the Prime Minister.

Choose the correct option:

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q7. Consider the following statements about Tulu language that was in news recently,

1. Tulu is a Dravidian language whose speakers are concentrated in the region of Tulu Nadu, which comprises the districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in Karnataka and the northern part of Kasaragod district of Kerala.

2. Tulu is protected under Eight Schedule of the constitution

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q8. Which of the following are the major problems confronting Indian electoral system?

1. Enormous money power

2. Enormous muscle power

3. Criminalisation of politics

4. Political rivalry between parties

Choose the correct option?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1, 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2, 3 and 4

d) 3 and 4 only

 

Q9. Consider the following statements regarding “smog tower”.

1. Smog towers are structures designed to work as large-scale air purifiers.

2. The filters installed in the tower will use carbon Nano fibres as a major component.

3. China has already such Smog towers installed.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q10. City Kirkuk was in news recently is in which country.

a) Iran

b) Iraq

c) Libya

d) Yemen

 

Q11. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Blue Flag’ certification.

1. It can be obtained by a beach or a sustainable boating tourism operator and serves as an eco-label.

2. The certification is awarded by the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention (UNCLOS).

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 Police Commissionerate system.

1. The office has magisterial powers, including those related to regulation, control, and licensing.

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

 

Q13. With reference to Saltwater Crocodile, consider the following statement.

1. It is often claimed to be the largest living crocodilian.

2. They can only live in brackish water.

3. It has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q14. Consider the following statements regarding Bhitarkanika National Park.

1. It is located in the state of West Bengal.

2. It has obtained the status of Ramsar site.

3. It hosts many mangrove species, and is the second largest mangrove ecosystem in India.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q15. Taal Volcano which was recently in news is located in.

a) New Zealand

b) Philippines

c) The island of Hawaii

d) Indonesia

 

Q16. Consider the following statements regarding FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacture of (Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) Scheme.

1. FAME India is a part of the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan.

2. It includes 2-Wheelers, 3-Wheelers Auto, Passenger 4-Wheeler vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q17. Consider the following statements regarding “Asia Pacific Drosophila Research Conference”.

1. India is hosting this event for the first time.

2. It would be hosted by Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q18. With reference to Patola Saree, consider the following statements.

1. Patola is the trademark Saree of Rajasthan.

2. It is priced very low compared to machine made cloth.

3. It became part of the local weaving tradition In Indonesia too.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q19. Consider the following statements regarding Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

1. It is neither a constitutional body nor a statutory body.

2. It is an apex organisation under the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises.

3. One of its objectives is to create self-reliance amongst the poor and building up of a strong rural community spirit.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q20. What is Goldilocks zone that was in news recently?

a) an area around a star where the temperature is neither too high nor too low.

b) ecologically sensitive zone

c) an area rich in gold metals

d) an area rich in biodiversity

 

Q21. Consider the following statements with respect to The NIA Amendment Act 2019.

1. The amendment enables the central government to designate sessions courts as special courts for NIA trials.

2. It gives NIA extra-territorial jurisdiction, allows the agency to register a case when Indians living abroad or India’s assets based in a foreign country come under attack from terrorists.

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

 

Q22. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Classical’ languages in India.

1. Currently only six languages enjoy the Classical status.

2. Malayalam is the latest addition to the Classical languages list.

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. A new Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Blockchain Technology was inaugurated recently by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology at which of the following?

a) Chennai, Tamil Nadu

b) Hyderabad, Telangana

c) Kolkata, West Bengal

d) Bengaluru, Karnataka

 

Q24. Consider the following statements with respect to Hallmarking of Gold Jewellery & Artefacts.

1. Gold hallmarking is a purity certification of the precious metal and is voluntary in nature.

2. In India, gold and silver have been brought under the purview of hallmarking.

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. The 2019 third international conference on Marine Ecosystems-Challenges and Opportunities (MECOS) was held in.

a) Mumbai

b) Kochi

c) Madrid

d) Beirut

 

Q26. With reference to Drosophila, consider the following statements.

1. It is a species native to Australia which got extinct in the recent bushfire.

2. Drosophila is ideal for the study of genetics and development.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q27. Consider the following statements regarding Bibi Ka Maqbara.

1. The structure known as the Taj of the Deccan.

2. It was built in 1668 by Aurangzeb.

Which of the following statement 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 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

1. It is a permanent intergovernmental international organisation.

2. The SCO’s official languages are Russian and Chinese.

3. Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are the member states of SCO.

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

 

Q29. With respect to Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Treaty, consider the following statements:

1. It was brought in 1974, in response to the Indian nuclear test: “Smiling Buddha”.

2. All the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are among its members.

3. India, Pakistan and Israel are the only nuclear countries that are non-signatories to this agreement.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) None

 

Q30. “Senna spectabilis” seen recently in news is?

a) Asteroid in Goldilocks zone

b) Invasive plants

c) Variety of purple frog found in Western Ghats

d) A humming snake in Tamil Nadu

 

Q31. Consider the following statements with respect to Yada Yada virus.

1. It belongs to a group of viruses that only infect mosquitoes.

2. Yada Yada virus outbreak was recently reported in China.

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 regarding Archaeological Survey of India.

1. It is an attached office under the Ministry of Culture.

2. It is the successor of ‘The Asiatic Society of India’.

Which of the following statement is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q33. The term ‘OK Boomer’ was in news recently. What is OK Boomer?

a) OK Boomer is an internet slang used by older generation against young population.

b) A case against usage of OK Boomer was heard in India’s Supreme Court.

c) OK Boomer was first used on the platform TikTok.

d) OK Boomer is a registered trademark for Google merchandise.

 

Q34. Coronavirus (CoV) was in news recently.

Which of the following statements are correct about Coronavirus?

1. Coronavirus are zoonotic.

2. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identifi ed in humans.

3. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-CoV is transmitted from civet cats to humans.

Choose the correct answer:

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q35. Which of the following statement is correct regarding the ‘e-BCAS’ project’

a) It envisages towards achieving a “paperless office” under e-Governance initiative of GoI.

b) It is a project for easy and hassle-free defence procurements.

c) Project envisages development of smog towers across the country.

d) It is a project for biotechnology research and development.

 

Q36. Consider the following statements regarding Centralised Access Control System (CACS) Project.

1. CACS project is aimed to digitize the employee movement process at the Railway Stations.

2. Objective is to enhance security and ease of doing business.

Which of the following statement 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 World Economic Forum (WEF).

1. It is the International Organization for public-private cooperation established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation.

2. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

3. This organisation was formerly known as the European Management Forum.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q38. Koala population was adversely affected in Australia’s bushfire. Which of the following statements are correct about Koalas?

1. Koalas are herbivorous bears.

2. Koalas feed on leaves of eucalyptus trees.

3. Koalas drink a lot of water.

Choose the correct answer:

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q39. Recently, ‘Diego tortoise’ was seen in the news. In this context, which of the following statements are correct about Chelonoidis hoodensis?

1. Chelonoidis hoodensis are the largest living species of tortoise.

2. Under the IUCN list Chelonoidis hoodensis fall under ‘endangered’ category.

3. Chelonoidis hoodensis are native to Galápagos Islands.

Choose the correct answer:

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q40. ‘NEON humans’ were seen in news recently. Which of the following statements are correct about NEON humans?

a) NEON humans are virtual humans.

b) NEON humans have evolved from ancient group of ‘ape people’ called Australopiths.

c) NEON humans were the earliest humans to learn how to control fi re.

d) NEON humans are also called Homo Neanderthalensis.

 

Q41. Mauna Kea which was in news is located in?

a) Island of Hawaii

b) Papua New Guinea

c) Borneo Island

d) Caribbean Islands

 

Q42. The Government of Kerala is planning to implement the following initiatives. Consider the following pairs with respect to those initiatives:

                Initiatives – Inspired from

1. Sponge City Initiative – Russia

2. Room for River Programme – Netherlands

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

 

Q43. With reference to the India’s chemical industry, consider the following statements:

1. At present, India’s chemical industry is the second largest in the world, after the United States.

2. Methyl isocyanate is completely banned in India.

3. India accounts for 1% of the world production of dyestuff and dye intermediates.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) None of these

 

Q44. Consider the following statements regarding the Indian Army Day:

1. Army Day is celebrated on January 11 every year in India.

2. General KM Cariappa became the first Indian to take charge of the Indian Army in 1950.

3. General Sir Francis Robert Roy Bucher was the last English commander of India’s army.

4. The Indian Army was established on April 1, 1895.

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

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1, 2 and 4 only

c) 3 and 4 only

d) All of the above

 

Q45. The ‘Green Credit Scheme’, which was seen recently in news, refers to?

a) It aims at providing adequate and timely credit to farmers to meet cultivation needs.

b) It aims to promote holistic growth of horticulture sector; to enhance horticulture, improve nutritional security and income support to farm households.

c) It aims to improve soil health and its fertility.

d) It is an initiative to allow forests to be traded as a commodity.

 

Q46. With respect to Sub-categorization within Other Backward Classes Committee, consider the following statements:

1. It’s one of the objectives to study the various entries in the Central List of OBCs and recommend correction of any repetitions, ambiguities, inconsistencies and errors of spelling or transcription.

2. The Commission was constituted under Article 371 of the Indian Constitution.

3. The Commission was headed by Justice (Retd.) Rohini.

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

a) 3 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q47. Regarding ‘Right to Property’, consider the following statements:

1. It is a fundamental right under Article 31 of the Constitution of India.

2. The state cannot take possession of a citizen’s property without following due procedure and authority of law.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q48. With reference to the second wetland bird count, conducted in the Kaziranga National Park, consider the following statements:

1. Kaziranga National Park has the highest number of wetland bird’s species.

2. The survey registered more than 1 lakh wetland birds belonging to 96 species.

3. The species count was led by bar-headed goose, followed by the common teal and northern pintail.

4. Jamuguri is the largest of Kaziranga’s 92 perennial wetlands.

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

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 4 only

d) All of the above

 

Q49. Recently, researchers in India captured ‘three-dimensional views’ of a protein called ‘GluD1 receptor’. Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct regarding ‘GluD1 receptor’?

1. It is a subtype of a family of proteins called glutamate receptors.

2. Glutamate is the most abundant neurotransmitter in our brain and central nervous system (CNS).

3. GluD1 is required for the formation of inhibitory synapses.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q50. The Red List has several categories for extinction in which “Functionally extinct” is one of them, what does it mean?

a) It means a species survives only in a captive environment.

b) It means a species has ceased to exist in a particular area but may exist in other areas.

c) It means the species continues to exist but it has too few members to enable to reproduce meaningfully enough to ensure survival.

d) It means a species has no surviving member anywhere. Such a conclusion is reached when there is no reasonable doubt left that its last member has died.