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Weekly Current Affairs January 2020 - Week 5

Q1. Recently there was an excavation at Nagardhan which is located in?

a) Madhya Pradesh

b) Haryana

c) Maharashtra

d) Uttar Pradesh

 

Q2. Consider the following statements with respect to G 77 (Group of 77).

1. It is the largest intergovernmental organization with the membership of 77 developing countries in the United Nations.

2. Palestine has been elected as G77 chair for 2020.

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 Spotted Owl.

1. They occur in a variety of habitat types cantered around mature forests with dense canopies.

2. They are listed as Near Threatened in IUCN Red 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

 

Q4. Consider the following statements with respect to Bharat Ratna Award.

1. The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister himself to the President. No formal recommendations for this are necessary.

2. The Award carry a monetary grant of Rs 10 lakhs.

3. Awardee can use the expression of the award in their biodata/letterhead/visiting card to indicate that he/she is a recipient of the award.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q5. Consider the following statements with respect to Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).

1. It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions.

2. It is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development.

3. It is designated as the Central Authority to deal with inter-country adoptions in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, 199

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

 

Q6. An Ad hoc Committee instituted recently by the Rajya Sabha Chairman, has made 40 far reaching recommendations to prevent sexual abuse of children and to contain access to and transmission of child pornography content on the social media. Who among the following is the Chairman of the Committee?

a) Nitin Gadkari

b) Shashi Tharoor

c) Jai Ram Ramesh

d) Ravi Shankar Prasad

 

Q7. Consider the following statements with respect to Disease Outbreaks.

1. A Pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new infectious disease.

2. The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) is an international network of institutions that provides health professionals and expert advice in time of outbreaks to 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

 

Q8. Consider the following statements with respect to Spitzer Mission

1. It is a space-borne observatory designed to study the early universe in Infrared light.

2. It is the part of ESA’s Great Observatories Program.

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. Consider the following statements with respect to Padma Awards.

1. Government servants including those working with PSUs, except doctors and scientists, are not eligible for these Awards.

2. The award may be conferred posthumously.

3. The award may be conferred to foreigners also.

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

a) 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q10. Consider the following statements with respect to Bharat Parv.

1. It is an annual event organised to encourage foreign tourists to visit different tourist spots in India.

2. The Central theme of Bharat Parv 2020 is ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’ and ‘Celebrating 150 Years of Mahatma Gandhi’.

3. It is being organised by the Ministry of Tourism.

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

 

Q11. In November 2019, SEBI had constituted a nine-member committee, under the chairmanship of Ramesh Srinivasan to review the policy pertaining to?

a) Credit rating agency

b) Exchange Traded Funds

c) Related Party Transactions

d) External Commercial Borrowings

 

Q12. Consider the following statements with respect to Union Budget of India.

1. The real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the most fundamental building block of a Budget

2. Annual Financial Statement is a document presented to the Parliament in every session under Article 112 of the Constitution

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. Consider the following statements with respect to World Customs Organization (WCO).

1. It is the only international organization with competence in Customs matters.

2. All the United Nations member states are the members to World Customs Organization (WCO)

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

 

Q14. Consider the following.

1. Germany

2. Russia

3. Lithuania

4. Ukraine

5. Belarus

Which of the countries shares border with Poland?

a) 1, 3 and 5 only

b) 1, 2, 3 and 5 only

c) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

d) 1, 3, 4 and 5 only

 

Q15. In which of the following multilateral forums, India and Brazil are not members?

1. G-20

2. IBSA

3. OECD

4. BRICS

5. BASIC

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 3 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2, 4 and 5 only

d) All of the above

 

Q16. Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan and Zoo (Byculla Zoo) which was in news recently is located in?

a) Goa

b) Indore

c) Mumbai

d) Kolkata

 

Q17. Consider the following statements with respect to H5N1 Avian Influenza.

1. It is a type of influenza virus which infects human easily, and spread from person to person.

2. India has been declared free of H5N1 Avian Influenza.

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 statements with respect to Palestine.

1. Palestine referred to the geographic region located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

2. None of the United Nations member countries recognize Palestine as an independent state.

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. Consider the following statements with respect to Bodo Agreement.

1. It is a bi-party agreement between Government of Assam and Bodo Representatives.

2. The accord will provide political, economic, executive and land rights to Bodo tribes.

3. It proposes to set up a commission under Section 14 of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India.

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

 

Q20. Pronab Sen Committee sometimes seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following?

a) Economic Statistics

b) Tribal Talent Development

c) Foreign Portfolio Investors

d) Local militancy in Jammu and Kashmir

 

Q21. “Operation Vanilla” sometimes seen in the news recently was launched by?

a) Indian Navy

b) Department of Space

c) Ministry of Agriculture

d) Ministry of Food Processing

 

Q22. Bhuvan Panchayat V 3.0 Web Portal which was launched recently was developed by?

1. The project is meant to provide geo-spatial services to aid gram panchayat development planning process of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

2. It was launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

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 with respect to Asiatic Cheetah.

1. It is listed as critically endangered under the IUCN Red list.

2. Asiatic cheetah, which once roamed parts of India, is now only found in Iran.

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. Indian Railways’ first Waste to Energy Plant was recently commissioned at Bhubaneswar. The plant uses a patented technology called POLYCRACK. Which of the following are true regarding POLYCRACK Technology?

1. High capital cost and low operating cost

2. Pre-segregation of waste is not required to reform the waste

3. It has high tolerance to moisture hence drying of waste is not required

4. All types of waste including plastic and e-waste can be converted to Light Diesel Oil

5. All constituents are converted into valuable energy thereby making it Zero Discharge Process

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 2 and 3 only

b) 1, 2 and 3 only

c) 2, 3, 4 and 5 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

 

Q25. Consider the following pairs.

1. Nandur Madhameshwar – Maharashtra

2. Keshopur Bird Sanctuary – Punjab

3. Parvati Arga Bird Sanctuary – Uttar Pradesh

Which of the pair(s) given above is/are designated Ramsar Wetland Sites?

a) 1 only

b) 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q26. Bio-rock or Mineral Accretion Technology sometimes seen in the news recently is related to?

a) Polymetallic Nodules

b) Coral Reefs Restoration

c) Petroleum Extraction

d) Emission free Energy generation

 

Q27. Consider the following statements with respect to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).

1. The powers and functions of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) are prescribed under thr Forest Conservation Act, 1980.

2. NTCA is set up under the Chairmanship of the Minister 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

 

Q28. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Annie Besant’ ship.

1. It is an advanced patrol ships of the Indian Navy belongs to Saryu class.

2. It has been indigenously designed, built and commissioned at Khidderpore Dock, Kolkata.

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. Consider the following statements:

1. It resides on the extreme north eastern border of Madhya Pradesh and the northern edges of the Satpura mountain ranges.

2. The upper slope of the reserve is filled with the mixed forest of Sai, Dhobin and Saja along with Sal.

3. For the first time, the reserve gets its first elephant colony.

Identify the protected area that correctly matches with the above description:

a) Kanha

b) Bandhavgarh

c) Satpura

d) Tadoba-Andhari

 

Q30. India’s first University for Transgender community to come up in?

a) Kerala

b) Rajasthan

c) Maharashtra

d) Uttar Pradesh

 

Q31. YS Malik Committee sometimes seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following?

a) Railways

b) Port Trusts and Docks

c) Road Transport and Highways

d) None of the above

 

Q32. Consider the following statements with respect to Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI).

1. To study the tribes and other communities that form the population of India both from the biological and cultural point of view

2. It works under the Ministry of Culture.

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 Palm oil import.

1. China is the world’s largest importer of Palm oil.

2. India imports most of its refined palm oil from Malaysia and crude palm oil from Indonesia.

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 pairs.

Active Volcanoes – Countries

1. Erebus – Alaska

2. Taal – New Zealand

3. Stromboli – Iceland

4. Sinabung – Indonesia

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

a) 1 and 4 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 3 and 4 only

 

Q35. Baba Kalyani committee is related to which of the following?

a) Special Economic Zone Policy

b) Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises Policy

c) Loss-making Public-Sector Undertakings

d) National Education policy Review

 

Q36. Section 438 of Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 often seen in the news recently deals with?

a) Defamation

b) Anticipatory Bail

c) Termination of Pregnancy

d) Insulting the modesty of a woman

 

Q37. Consider the following statements with respect to Beating Retreat Ceremony.

1. The ceremony which takes place every year marks the commencement of the four-day Republic Day celebrations in India.

2. The ceremony is currently held by Armed Forces only in the UK and 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

 

Q38. Consider the following statements with respect to INS Kavaratti.

1. It is the last of the four Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) stealth corvettes built under Project 75.

2. It is equipped to fight in nuclear, chemical and biological warfare conditions.

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. Global Economic Prospects Report 2020 was published recently by which of the following organisations?

a) World Bank

b) World Economic Forum

c) International Monetary Fund

d) None of the above

 

Q40. The world’s fastest ant was in news recently is:

(a) Saharan silver ant

(b) Thar desert ant

(c) Arabian desert ant

(d) Great Victorian desert ant

 

Q41. A committee constituted to review the Micro Insurance Regulatory Framework has submitted its report recently. It was constituted by_______ and headed by________?

a) RBI, Mahesh Kumar Jain

b) LIC, T C Suseel Kumar

c) IRDAI, Suresh Mathur

d) Ministry of Finance, Rajiv Kumar

 

Q42. Consider the following statements with respect to Economic Survey.

1. It is a flagship document of the Finance ministry which is presented along with the budget.

2. The Government is constitutionally bound to present the Economic Survey.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 &2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q43. Consider the following statements with respect to Public Health Emergencies of International concern (PHEIC).

1. The responsibility of determining whether an event is within this category lies with the WHO Director-General and requires the convening of IHR Emergency Committe.

2. All the members of the IHR Emergency Committee should be an expert nominated by a State Party within whose territory the event arises.

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 with respect to World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS).

1. It is an annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

2. The theme for the year 2020 is “Mapping the Future Road for Energy”.

3. WSDS 2020 will focus on the need to assess global contributions made, and the next steps to be undertaken by the world community to meet the 17 SDGs.

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

 

Q45. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU).

1. It was established in 1949 to promote understanding of the objects and purposes of UNESCO among the people of the Republic of India.

2. Prime Minister of India shall be the President of the Commission.

3. The membership of the commission consists of the members of five Sub-Commissions on five different fields.

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

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q46. GATI web portal sometime seen in news is related to?

a) People to file their complaints regarding the issues they face in the railway

b) A Single platform which provides services to all Indian citizens from Central to local Government bodies as well as Private Organizations

c) Help the visually impaired recognize currency notes

d) Monitor Road & Highways Projects

 

Q47. Consider the following statements with respect to International Maritime Organization (IMO).

1. It is the UN specialized agency which regulates and control all mineral-related activities in the international seabed area beyond the limits of national jurisdiction.

2. Cape Town Agreement (CTA) was adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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. Consider the following statements with respect to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST).

1. It is the most powerful solar telescope in the world.

2. The primary objective is to observe magnetic fields on the Sun in order to understand its dynamic behavior.

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. Consider the following statements with respect to SAMPRITI.

1. It is a bilateral defence cooperation between India and Bangladesh.

2. The exercise will be hosted alternately by the participating countries.

3. The 9th edition of the exercise SAMPRITI-IX is being conducted at Meghalaya, India.

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 statements with respect to Kalakshetra Foundation.

1. It was founded by Sucheta Kripalani in 1936.

2. It was recognised by the Government of India as an Institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament in 1993.

3. It is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Culture.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None