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Weekly Current Affairs March 2020 - Week 1

Q1. IS 10500-2012 sometime seen in news is related to:

a) Drinking Water Specification

b) Standards relating to the environment

c) Implementation of a food safety management system

d) The energy standard

 

Q2. Consider the following statements with respect to the One Nation One Ration Card.

1. New ration cards are being made under the One Nation One Ration Card scheme and the old ration cards will become invalid.

2. For national portability, the state governments have been asked to issue fresh ration card in bi-lingual format, wherein besides the local language, the other language should be Hindi or English.

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. Mac-binding often seen in the news recently is associated with?

a) Internet Access

b) Gravitational Waves

c) Nuclear Power Plants

d) Endophyticactino bacteria

 

Q4. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).

1. It is a voluntary association of banks with members from Public Sector, Private Sector, Foreign and Co-operative Banks in India.

2. It publishes Financial Conditions Index (FCI) along with CII.

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

 

Q5. The Global Gender Gap Index is an index designed to measure gender equality. The report’s Gender Gap Index ranks countries according to calculated gender gaps. It is being released by which of the following agency?

a) United Nations Development Programme

b) World Bank

c) UN Women

d) World Economic Forum

 

Q6. Women Transforming India Awards was given every year by?

a) NITI Aayog

b) Women’s India Trust

c) Ministry of Women and Child Development

d) Both B and C

 

Q7. National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) is a Navratna Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSE) under which of the following ministries?

a) Ministry of Mines

b) Ministry of Earth Sciences

c) Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers

d) Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

 

Q8. Consider the following statements with respect to NCT of Delhi.

1. Executive Magistrate has certain powers relating to unlawful assembly and if a group is found in unlawful assembly under Section 129 CrPC, the Executive Magistrate can issue orders to these persons to disperse, even though the public order and police are directly under the Union government.

2. The NCT of Delhi, under Article 239 AA, has been given a special status, which gives powers of law-making and administration to an elected legislature.

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. River Human often seen in the news recently is a tributary of?

a) River Wainganga

b) River Colorado

c) River Orange

d) River Paraguay

 

Q10. Consider the following statements with respect to National Chambal Sanctuary.

1. The Sanctuary is home to Gangetic Dolphins and critically endangered Gharials.

2. It is spread across Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

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. RaIDer-X, often seen in the news recently is a/an?

a) Radio Collar Device

b) Bio-electronic device

c) Bio-degradable device

d) Explosive Detection Device

 

Q12. Consider the following statements.

1. Article 19 is available only to citizens of India and not to foreigners.

2. The Government of India does not have unfettered powers to serve ‘Leave India’ notices to foreigners without furnishing reasons.

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. Mahakoshal region, sometimes seen in the news recently for the availability of gold deposits includes parts of which of the following states?

1. Odisha

2. Jharkhand

3. Maharashtra

4. Uttar Pradesh

5. Madhya Pradesh

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 4 only

b) 2 and 4 only

c) All except 1 and 3

d) All of the above

 

Q14. Consider the following statements with respect to Merkel Cell Carcinoma

1. Merkel Cell Carcinoma is a rare and aggressive type of lung cancer.

2. Merkel Cell Carcinoma is associated with ageing, weak immune system and excessive exposure to ultraviolet light.

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. With reference to the “Lac”, Consider the following statements:

1. Lac is mainly grown in the deciduous forests of the central India.

2. India is the largest producer of “lac” in the world.

3. It is used in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and paints.

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

 

Q16. High Energy Materials Research Laboratory (HEMRL) located in Pune, is a premier laboratory of which of the following organisations?

a) Indian Space Research Organisation

b) National Physical Laboratory of India

c) Council of Scientific & Industrial Research

d) Defence Research and Development Organisation

 

Q17. Guru Ghasidas was an advocate of which of the following sect?

a) Satnami

b) Nanakpanthi

c) Sanatan Dharma

d) None of the above

 

Q18. Consider the following statements with respect to UN Security Council.

1. It was established by the UN Charter.

2. The council has 15 members: the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members elected for 3-year terms.

3. The council’s presidency is a capacity that rotates every month among its 15 members.

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

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q19. Consider the following statements:

1. It is the highest mountain in Africa and is known as ‘The Roof of Africa.’

2. At 5,895 metres, it is also the highest single free-standing mountain in the world.

3. The mountain is actually a dormant Strato volcano.

Identify the mountain that correctly matches with the above description:

a) Mount Kenya

b) Mount Cameroon

c) Mount Aconcagua

d) None of the above

 

Q20. Consider the following statements:

1. It is a constitutional body

2. It is a staff agency

3. It works under the direction of the Prime Minister.

4. It is a creation of the Cabinet.

Which of the given above statements is/are correctly relates to the Cabinet Secretariat?

a) 1 and 4 only

b) 2, 3 and 4 only

c) 3 and 4 only

d) 2 and 3 only

 

Q21. Urja Dakshata Information Tool (UDIT) is a first ever initiative taken by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) to facilitate a database on energy efficiency in cooperation with which of the following organisations?

a) World Resources Institute

b) International Energy Agency

c) Energy Efficiency Services Limited

d) The Energy and Resources Institute

 

Q22. Consider the following statements with respect to Star Labelling Programme

1. It has been formulated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency, as part of its mandate, under  the Energy Conservation Act, 200

2. Deep Freezers and Light Commercial Air Conditioners were recently added to this programme under the voluntary labelling category.

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. The local time in Assam’s tea gardens, known as “Tea Garden Time” or Bagan time, is?

a) An hour ahead of the IST

b) An hour behind the IST

c) The time equal to IST

d) The time equal to GMT

 

Q24. Consider the following statements with respect to Intracranial aneurysm

1. It is a localized bulging of arteries in the liver caused by progressive weakening of the inner muscles of the wall of the blood vessels.

2. Spontaneous rupture of the aneurysm can result in subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) which can lead to paralysis, coma or death.

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. Ghodazari and Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary are located in which of the following states?

a) Odisha

b) Mizoram

c) Maharashtra

d) Madhya Pradesh

 

Q26. LIFE (Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment) Mission sometimes seen in the news recently is implemented in which of the following states?

a) Kerala

b) Odisha

c) Maharashtra

d) Tamil Nadu

 

Q27. Consider the following statements with respect to National Science Day.

1. National Science Day is celebrated every year to commemorate Indian physicist CV Raman discovering the Raman effect.

2. The theme of this year’s science day is, Women in Science.

3. CV Raman was the first Indian to win the Nobel Prize in Physics.

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

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) None of the above

 

Q28. Consider the following statements with respect to Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI).

1. It is a statutory body established under Land Ports Authority of India Act, 2010.

2. It works under the aegis of Ministry of Shipping.

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 with respect to Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme.

1. The scheme is being implemented as a component under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme.

2. The main objectives of this initiative are prevention of gender biased sex selective elimination, ensuring survival, protection, education and participation of the girl child.

3. The scheme is a tri-ministerial initiative of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Ministry of Home Affairs.

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. Which of the following is true regarding 2020 AV2 sometimes seen in the news recently?

a) It is the first Artificial Vegetative Propagation Conference held recently in New Delhi

b) It is the first of its kind new generation Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

c) It is the first asteroid found to orbit entirely within the orbit of Venus

d) None of the above

 

Q31. MARPOL Convention is related to which of the following?

a) Safe Ship Recycling

b) Prevention of Pollution from Ships

c) Management of Ships Ballast Water

d) None of the above

 

Q32. Consider the following statements with respect to the new security ink developed by the National Physical Laboratory.

1. It is a bi-luminescent security ink which glows in red and white colours when illuminated.

2. It can be used to eliminate fraudulent, multiple voting and malpractices in 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

 

Q33. Consider the following statements with respect to Lalit Kala Akademi.

1. It is also called as the National Academy of Art.

2. It is the Government’s apex cultural body in the field of visual, performing and literary arts in India.

3. It is an autonomous body, which is fully funded by the Ministry of Culture.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q34. Consider the following statements with respect to National Physical Laboratory.

1. It is the custodian of Indian Standard Time and Measurement Standards in India.

2. It functions under the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research.

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. Which of the following scheme is not related to women empowerment?

1. Swadhar Greh

2. Matru Vandana Saptah

3. One Stop Centre Scheme

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 3 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q36. Which one of the following countries has recently conducted its 3rd General Election in a year?

a) Cuba

b) Israel

c) Maldives

d) Burkina Faso

 

Q37. Consider the following statements with respect to Swamp Wallaby.

1. It is a marsupial related to the kangaroo endemic to Australia.

2. It is pregnant and lactating throughout its adult life.

3. It conceives a new embryo days before delivering the new-born from its previous pregnancy.

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

 

Q38. Consider the following statements with respect to National Handicapped Finance Development Corporation (NHFDC).

1. It is registered as a not for profit company and provides financial assistance to the Persons with Disabilities.

2. It is an apex corporation under the aegis of Ministry of Finance.

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 statements with respect to Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).

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

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

3. It is also mandated to frame regulations on adoption related matters from time to time as per the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 3 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q40. Consider the following statements with respect to Psyche Mission.

1. It is a space mission that involves a journey to a unique metal-rich asteroid called Psyche.

2. Asteroid Psyche is orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.

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. Consider the following statements:

1. It is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.

2. It is endemic to Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve.

3. They are already extinct in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

4. It is now found only in south-western Nepal and central and north-eastern India.

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

a) Bara Singha

b) Sambar Deer

c) Small Indian Civet

d) Smooth-coated otter

 

Q42. Consider the following statements with respect to Kanha National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNPTR).

1. It is located on the Maikal range of Ramgarh Hills.

2. KNPTR spread between Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. 

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. Consider the following statements with respect to Raman Research Institute (RRI).

1. It was founded in 1948 by the Indian physicist and Nobel Laureate, Sir C V Raman.

2. Currently, the main area of research of RRI includes Astronomy and Astrophysics, Liquid Crystals, Theoretical Physics and Optics.

3. It is now an autonomous institution under the Department of Science & Technology.

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

 

Q44. Consider the following statements with respect to Cheetah reintroduction project.

1. Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh and Shahgarh Landscape in Rajasthan are recommended sites to reintroduce cheetahs in India.

2. Cheetahs are listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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. Which of the following countries shares borders with Cote d’Ivoire?

1. Mali

2. Ghana

3. Liberia

4. Nigeria

5. Morocco

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) All except 3 and 4

c) All except 4 and 5

d) None

 

Q46. “United for Biodiversity” coalition often seen in the news recently was launched by?

a) European Commission

b) UN Environment Programme

c) National Biodiversity Authority

d) World Wildlife Fund for Nature

 

Q47. Consider the following statements with respect to Suspension of Members of the Parliament.

1. The Speaker of Lok Sabha is empowered to force a Member to withdraw from the House or to place him/her under suspension.

2. The authority for revocation of suspension order is not vested in the Speaker of Lok Sabha.

3. Unlike the Speaker, the Rajya Sabha Chairman does not have the power to suspend a Member.

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

 

Q48. Consider the following statements with respect to National Waterways (NW).

1. Government of India has declared 111 waterways as National Waterways through National Waterways Act, 2016.

2. Sunderbans Waterway and River Tapi Waterway were also operational 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

 

Q49. Consider the following statements with respect to Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

1. It is not a United Nations body.

2. India is a member in this platform.

3. The governing body of IPBES usually meets once per year.

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

 

Q50. Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Ger’ or ‘Phag Yatra’.

1. It is a procession in different parts of Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city during the five-day Holi festivities.

2. It was recently added to the UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage.

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