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Weekly Current Affairs March 2020 - Week 2

Q1. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian Ocean Commission (IOC):

1. It was created by the Port-Louis Declaration in 1982.

2. India is a member to this 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

 

Q2. Consider the following statements with respect to Central Information Commission (CIC):

1. The Information Commissioner is eligible for appointment as Chief Information Commissioner but cannot hold office for more than a total of five years including his term as Information Commissioner.

2. The President can remove the Chief Information Commissioner or any Information Commissioner on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.

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. Kishori Health Cards is associated with which of the following schemes?

a) PM-KISAN

b) Kishori Shakti Yojana

c) Scheme for Adolescent girls

d) National Health Mission

 

Q4. NAMASTE Portal is related to which of the following ministries?

a) Ministry of AYUSH

b) Ministry of Tourism

c) Ministry of External Affairs

d) Ministry of Finance

 

Q5. Consider the following World Heritage Sites:

         Sites                                                    Region

Rani Ka Vav                                        –           Gujarat

Humayun’s Tomb                              –           Delhi

Agra Fort                                             –           Delhi

Champaner-Pavagadh                     –          Gujarat

Which of the given above pairs is/are correctly matched?

a) 1 and 4 only

b) 1, 2 and 4 only

c) 1, 3 and 4 only

d) 1,2, 3 and 4

 

Q6. Consider the following statements with respect to COVID-19:

1. It is a respiratory disease most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.

2. The disease will be caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2).

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 Udyam Sakhi Portal:

1. It aims to encourage women entrepreneurs by helping them to start, build and grow businesses.

2. It is an initiative of Ministry of Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

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. Gender Social Norms Index (GSNI) was released recently by?

a) UNESCO

b) World Economic Forum

c) UN Development Programme

d) None of the above

 

Q9. “Perseverance” sometimes seen in the news recently is?

a) NASA’s rover for exploring Mars

b) Motivational Programme by Indian Prime Minister for school students

c) All weather aircrafts designed by Boeing

d) None of the above

 

Q10. With respect to the declaration of a disease as Pandemic, consider the following statements:

1. A disease will be declared as pandemic when it spreads to more than 64 countries.

2. World Health Organisation has the final say in declaring a disease as pandemic.

3. Ebola Virus Disease which spreads rapidly in 2015 was not declared a pandemic at that time.

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

 

Q11. Consider the following statements with respect to Rusty Spotted Cat:

1. It is listed in schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

2. It is a carnivore, survives on insects, birds and rodents and is nocturnal in nature.

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 Nari Shakti Puraskar:

1. Nari Shakti Puraskar is the highest civilian honour among awards given exclusively for women in India.

2. It will be awarded every year and was formerly called as Stree Shakti Puraskar.

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. Recently, two rare species of wildlife – a rusty spotted cat and a coral red kurki snake – were spotted in which Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh?

a) Rajaji

b) Pilibhit

c) Dudhwa

d) Amangarh

 

Q14. Freedom in the World 2020 Report has been released recently by?

a) German Watch

b) Freedom House

c) Human Rights Watch

d) Amnesty International

 

Q15. Consider the following statements with respect to Coral Red Kukri Snake:

1. It is listed in schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act.

2. Its innate characteristic was to remain underground most of the time and is nocturnal in nature.

3. It normally preyed on earthworms and larvae.

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

 

Q16. Consider the following statements with respect to WISTEMM Program:

1. It aims to provide opportunities to Indian Women Scientists, Engineers & Technologists to undertake international collaborative research in premier institutions around the world.

2. The program was implemented jointly by the Department of Science and Technology and UN Science & Technology Forum.

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. Which of the following transactions are made in capital account of a country?

1. Issuing of external bonds

2. Exports and Imports

3. External lending or borrowings

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 1 and 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q18. Union Law Ministry has recently notified a panel headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai. It was notified for which of the following purposes?

a) Elimination of Death Penalty

b) Delimitation of Constituencies

c) Reforms in Criminal Justice System

d) Creation of All India Judicial Service

 

Q19. “Sahyadri Megha” often seen in the news recently is a/an?

a) New variety of Paddy

b) Shivalik class stealth frigate

c) Irrigation project in Tamil Nadu

d) Programme for tribal women empowerment

 

Q20. Consider the following statements with respect to SAWEN (South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network):

1. It is an inter-governmental wildlife law enforcement support body of South Asian countries.

2. SAWEN operates its activities from the Secretariat based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

3. India and Pakistan are members of this organisation.

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

 

Q21. Consider the following statements with respect to National Archives of India (NAI):

1. It is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Public Records Act, 1993 and Public Record Rules, 1997. 

2. It is an attached office 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

 

Q22. Consider the following statements with respect to Waterwheel:

1. It is a carnivorous plant that is classified ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

2. It is found mostly in oceans and the major threat to the species is from the ghost nets.

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:

1. She was the first woman in independent India who joined the Cabinet as the Health Minister.

2. She also laid the foundation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Lady Irwin College in Delhi.

3. She also served as Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary for 10 years.

Identify the personality who correctly matches with the above description:

a) Sushila Nayar

b) Indira Gandhi

c) Rajkumari Amrit Kaur

d) Sarala Devi Chaudhurani

 

Q24. Pyramid of Djoser, the first pyramid ever built, was reopened recently after a 14-year restoration is located in?

a) Egypt

b) Sudan

c) Nigeria

d) Greece

 

Q25. Match the following with respect to the three components of Women Scientists Scheme (WOS) of Department of Science & Technology:

Scheme          –                                   Focus

A) WOS-A        –         R&D projects in Basic & Applied Sciences

B) WOS-B        –         S&T solutions for challenges in society

C) WOS-C       –         Training in the area of Intellectual Property Rights

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1-b; 2-a; 3-c

b) 1-a; 2-b; 3-c

c) 1-c; 2-b; 3-a

d) 1-a; 2-c; 3-b

 

Q26. Which of the following constitutes Primary sector of an economy?

1. Fisheries

2. Animal Husbandry

3. Mining

4. Forestry

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

a) 1 and 4 only

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 1, 2 and 4 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

 

Q27. Consider the following statements:

1. Humpback dolphin is a coastal dolphin found in Gahirmatha Wildlife Sanctuary.

2. Irrawaddy dolphins reside in estuaries of Chilika Lake is an example of euryhaline 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

 

Q28. World Climate and Security Report 2020 was released recently by?

a) World Health Organisation

b) World Resources Institute

c) International Panel on Climate Change

d) International Military Council on Climate and Security

 

Q29. “Migrant Protection Protocol” often seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following programme?

a) Remain in Mexico Policy

b) Comeback Rohingyas Program

c) Refugee Convention, 1951

d) Migration for Employment Convention

 

Q30. Consider the following statements with respect to Monkey Fever:

1. It is caused by a virus of flavivirus group called Kyasanur forest disease Virus (KFDV).

2. Human to human transmission of monkey fever is not known.

3. World Health Organisation has recently declared that Monkey fever was fully eliminated in 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

 

Q31. Consider the following statements with respect to AWSAR Initiative:

1. It aims to disseminate Indian research stories among the masses in an easy to understand and interesting format to a common man.

2. It is an initiative conceptualized and supported by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).

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

 

Q32. Consider the following statements with respect to ICONSAT 2020:

1. It is a nano satellite built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

2. It will be launched using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

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. SAREX-2020 is an exercise conducted by?

a) SAARC

b) ASEAN

c) BIMSTEC

d) None of the above

 

Q34. “Subnivium” refers to which one of the following?

a) It is a boundary between snow-free and snow-clad areas

b) It is a line joining points of equal elevation above mean sea level

c) It is any ground that remains completely frozen for at least two years straight

d) It is an area between the bottom of the snow layer and the top of the frozen ground

 

Q35. Consider the following statements with respect to National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW):

1. It is an autonomous organization, under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

2. It was established by merging National Institute of Health Administration and Education (NIHAE) and the National Institute of Family Planning (NIFP).

3. It acts as an ‘apex technical institute’ as well as a ‘think tank’ for the promotion of health and family welfare programmes in the country.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q36. Consider the following statements with respect to Kisan Rail Scheme:

1. Under the scheme, the centre envisages setting up of a national cold supply chain to transport highly perishable goods including milk, fish and meat.

2. The scheme has been proposed to be set up by the Indian Railways through a public-private-partnership (PPP) arrangement.

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:

1. It borders Nepal’s Chitwan National Park to its north.

2. It forms the eastern most limit of the Himalayan Terai forests in India.

3. River Gandak forms the western boundary of a wildlife Sanctaury – which is a part of this tiger reserve.

4. ‘Tharu’, a scheduled tribe, is the dominant community in the landscape.

Identify the Tiger Reserve that correctly matches with the above description:

a) Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

b) Palamau Tiger Reserve

c) Philibit Tiger Reserve

d) Valmiki Tiger Reserve

 

Q38. K2-18b sometimes seen in the news recently is a?

a) Anaerobic animal species

b) Microbial Resistant plant species

c) Potentially habitable Exo-planet

d) Earth sized Asteroid orbiting Neptune

 

Q39. What is Twin Balance Sheet Syndrome?

a) Current account and Capital Account Deficits in Balance of Payment

b) Fiscal Deficit and Current Account Deficit

c) Financial Stress faced by Public Sector Banks and Large Corporate houses

d) Financial Stress faced by Public Sector Undertakings and Fiscal Deficit

 

Q40. With respect to Corona Virus, consider the following statements:

1. They are a large family of viruses that cause illness such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

2. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.

3. Coronaviruses are named for the crown-like spikes that protrude from their surfaces, resembling the sun’s corona.

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

a) 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q41. Consider the following statements with respect to AT-1 Bonds:

1. They are also called as Plain-Vanilla bonds.

2. These are a type of unsecured, perpetual bonds that banks issue to shore up their core capital base to meet the Basel-III norms.

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

 

Q42. Consider the following statements with respect to Gaur:

1. They are native to south and south-east Asia.

2. It is listed as “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

3. In India, it is found only in southern states especially in Tamil Nadu.

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

 

Q43. Which one of the following best describes the term “Pandemic”?

a) A sudden rise in cases of a disease in a particular place

b) A large outbreak, one that spreads among a population or region

c) An epidemic that has spread on a more global scale, affecting large numbers of people

d) None of the above

 

Q44. “A New Era for Girls” Report was released recently by?

a) UNDP

b) UNICEF

c) UNESCO

d) None of the above

 

Q45. Which of the following commissions works under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment?

1. National Commission for Scheduled Castes

2. National Commission for Backward Classes

3. National Commission for Safai Karamcharis

4. National Commission for Denotified Nomadic and Semi Nomadic Tribes

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

 

Q46. Consider the following statements with respect to Wings India 2020:

1. It is an International Exhibition and Conference on Civil Aviation sector held biennially.

2. Wings India 2020 is being held in Hyderabad, India.

3. It is being organized by FICCI along with Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airports Authority of India.

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

a) 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q47. With reference to usage of titles, consider the following statements:

1. Military or academic distinctions awarded by the State can be used as titles.

2. Use of Padma awards as prefix or suffix violates Right to Equality.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q48. Mission Zero Accident is associated with which of the following?

a) Ministry of Railways

b) National Disaster Response Force

c) Nuclear Power Corporation of India

d) Ministry of Road Transport and Shipping

 

Q49. Global Innovation Index (GII) is an annual ranking of countries by?

a) World Bank

b) World Economic Forum

c) Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development

d) None of the above

 

Q50. Consider the following statements with respect to Lokpal:

1. Lokpal is an independent statutory body established under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

2. Lokpal is required to present annually to the President a report on the work done by it, which is caused to be laid in both the Houses of the Parliament.

3. Lokpal cannot suo motu proceed against any public servant.

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

a) 2 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None