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Weekly Current Affairs March 2020 - Week 3

Q1. Consider the following statements with respect to Crime Multi Agency Centre (Cri-MAC):

1. It aims to share information between various police forces on heinous crimes.

2. It was launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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

 

Q2. Consider the following statements with respect to Essential Commodities Act.

1. The purpose of designating any commodity as “essential” is to prevent profiteering at a time of extraordinary demand.

2. Under the Act, the government can also fix the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) of any packaged product that it declares an essential commodity.

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 National Creche Scheme.

1. It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

2. It aims to provide day care facilities to children of age group 6 months to 6 years of working mothers.

3. Ministry of Women and Child Development conducts the third-party evaluation of the implementation of the scheme.

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

 

Q4. Mandwa Port is one of the important passenger ports on the coast of?

a) Goa

b) Karnataka

c) Maharashtra

d) West Bengal

 

Q5. Bhoomi Rashi Potral comes under which of the following ministries?

a) Ministry of Home Affairs

b) Ministry of Rural Development

c) Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs

d) None of the above

 

Q6. Consider the following statements with respect to Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test:

1. It uses a technique that creates copies of a segment of RNA.

2. PCR tests are commonly used in Influenza A, Influenza B and H1N1 virus detection.

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. With reference to Udyam Sakhi Portal consider the following statements:

1. The portal is an initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Development.

2. It aims to encourage women entrepreneurs by creating business models.

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 one of the following is not a member of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)?

1. Iran

2. Kuwait

3. Venezuela

4. Saudi Arabia

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a) All except 1

b) All except 2

c) All except 3

d) None of the above

 

Q9. Zonal Councils were setup in India by:

a) the resolution of the Cabinet

b) the law of the Parliament

c) the Provision of Constitution

d) the Order of the President

 

Q10. “Circuit Breaker System” often seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following?

a) Reserve Bank of India

b) Bureau of Indian Standards

c) Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

d) Securities and Exchange Board of India

 

Q11. Consider the following statements with respect to India Renewable Idea Exchange (IRIX) Portal:

1. IRIX is a platform that promotes the exchange of ideas among energy conscious Indians and the Global community.

2. The portal was initiated and moderated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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 Artemis Mission:

1. It is a lunar exploration program of European Space Agency (ESA).

2. It aims to send first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024.

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

 

Q13. Consider the following statements with respect to Sepsis:

1. It is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by the body’s immune system overreacting in response to an infection.

2. Sepsis can be triggered by a variety of pathogens including Viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites.

3. Viruses that are highly infectious such as coronaviruses can also cause sepsis.

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

 

Q14. ROPAX Service was inaugurated recently at Bhaucha Dhakka in the state of Maharastra. Which of the following is not correct regarding the ROPAX service?

a) Reduce travel time

b) Reduce traffic on the road

c) Increases revenue for roadways

d) None of the above

 

Q15. Statement of the State of the Global Climate in 2019 Report was published recently by?

a) UNFCCC

b) UN Environment Programme

c) International Panel on Climate Change

d) World Meteorological Organization

 

Q16. Consider the following statements about ‘Sahyadri Megha’ that was in news recently:

1. It is a new variety of wheat developed by the University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences (UAHS).

2. It is resistant to blast disease.

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 about the Cord Blood Banking:

1. Cord blood banking is recommended as a source of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for haematological cancers and disorders.

2. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recommends commercial stem cell banking.

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 State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF):

1. It is the primary fund available with state governments for responses to notified disasters.

2. It is constituted under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

3. The Central government contributes 50 per cent towards the SDRF allocation for general category states and UTs, and over 75 per cent for special category states/UTs.

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

a) 3 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q19. Akshay Urja Portal is associated with which of the following ministries?

a) Ministry of Power

b) Ministry of Jal Sakthi

c) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

d) None of the above

 

Q20. An enzyme that goes by the name SIRT1 is known to be associated with?

a) Natural Stent

b) Destruction of Cancer Cells

c) Regulation of metabolic activities

d) Both A and B

 

Q21. Consider the following statements with respect to Indian Culture Portal.

1. It is a part of the National Virtual Library of India project, funded by the Ministry of Culture.

2. The portal has been created and developed by the Department of Electronics, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

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 Sanskrit.

1. Sanskrit is an Indo-European language of the ancient Indian subcontinent.

2. It is one of the 22 languages included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian 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

 

Q23. Consider the following statements with respect to Helmeted hornbill:

1. It is listed as least concern under the IUCN Red List.

2. The casque – the spongy part on its beak is made of solid keratin (protein).

3. It is found widely in the north-eastern part 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

 

Q24. Chaitra Jatra is an annual festival celebrated in which of the following states?

a) Odisha

b) Mizoram

c) Karnataka

d) Maharashtra

 

Q25. Recently, the “World Climate and Security Report” has been released by which organization?

a) The United Nations

b) Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

c) Intergovernmental Author i t y on Development

d) The International Military Council on Climate and Security

 

Q26. Consider the following statements with respect to National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR)

1. The Plan aims at reduction of adverse consequences of substance (drug) abuse through a multi-pronged strategy.

2. It was formulated by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for the year 2018-2025.

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 Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST):

1. It has been established under the umbrella of Nano Mission to boost research and development in the field of Nano science and Nanotechnology in India.

2. It is an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology.

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. The provisions for Co-operative Societies can be found in which of the following areas of the Indian Constitution?

1. Fundamental Rights

2. Fundamental Duties

3. Directive Principles

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q29. Recently, the term “Oculudentavis khaungraae” was in news, with regards to that choose the correct option:

a) It is a fossilised skull of a flying dinosaur which may be the smallest Dinosaur yet discovered.

b) It is an exotic plant species found in the state of Tamil Nadu.

c) It is a type of grass recently discovered that is been considered to kill coronavirus.

d) It is a kind of herb having medicinal values recently found in Kenya.

 

Q30. Consider the following statements about the problems faced by food processing sector in India:

1. Inadequate cold chain

2. Lack of integration and clarity in-laws

3. Despite having many incentives, there is a need for vital peripheral infrastructural linkages and legislation for contract and corporate farming

4. High capital investment in the sector.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 4 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

 

Q31. Consider the following statements with respect to Mission Solar Charkha.

1. It aims to ensure inclusive growth by generation of employment, especially for women and youth and sustainable development through solar charkha cluster in rural areas.

2. It was launched by the 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

 

Q32. Consider the following statements with respect to Infrared Thermometers.

1. These thermometers check the human temperature by sensing the infrared energy radiated by the body.

2. Infrared thermometers provide an accurate estimation and 100% accurate way of detecting COVID-19 cases.

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 regarding ‘Bhoomi Rashi Portal’:

1. The Portal is launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

2. It is a single point platform for online processing of land acquisition projects to accelerate Railway infrastructure development.

3. It has been integrated with the Public Financial Management System (PFMS).

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

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q34. Which one of the following best describes the term “Supplementary Grant” in Indian Budget?

a) It is granted for a special purpose and forms no part of the current service of any financial year

b) It is granted when money has been spent on any service during a financial year in excess of the amount granted for that service in the budget for that year

c) It is granted when the amount authorised by the Parliament through the appropriation act for a particular service for the current financial year is found to be insufficient for that year

d) It is granted when a need has arisen during the current financial year for additional expenditure upon some new service not contemplated in the budget for that year

 

Q35. The Danube-Oder-Elbe Canal often seen in the news recently intends to connect the Danube, Oder and Elbe rivers. It provides another navigable link from________ to _________?

a) Black Sea to Adriatic Sea

b) Adriatic Sea to Baltic Sea

c) Black Sea to North and Baltic Seas

d) Mediterranean Sea to Black and Caspian Sea

 

Q36. Consider the following statements with respect to GEMINI device.

1. It aims for seamless and effective dissemination of emergency information and communication on disaster warnings, Potential Fishing Zones (PFZ) and Ocean States Forecasts (OSF) to fishermen.

2. It is developed by INCOIS under Ministry of Science and Technology and Airport Authority of India.

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

 

Q37. Consider the following statements about the Wasp-76b, an exo-planet that was in news recently:

1. Wasp-76b is a huge gas planet that is twice the width of Jupiter.

2. It experiences iron rain.

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 National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation.

1. Its objective is to promote economic and developmental activities for the benefit of Backward Classes and to assist the poorer section of these classes in skill development and self-employment ventures.

2. It was incorporated under Section 25 of the Companies Act 1956 in 1992 as a Company not for profit.

3. It is a Government of India Undertaking under the aegis of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

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

 

Q39. Lopinavir-Ritonavir often seen in the news recently is used widely for controlling?

a) Tuberculosis

b) Alzheimer’s disease

c) Ischemic Heart Disease

d) Human Immunodeficiency Virus

 

Q40. Consider the following statements regarding the ‘Kisan Rail Scheme’:

1. The scheme was proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture.

2. It aims to set up a national cold supply chain to transport highly perishable goods including milk, fish and meat.

3. It will be set up through a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.

Which of the above statements are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q41. With reference to “Senna Spectabilis”, consider the following statements:

1. It is a plant species native to Africa.

2. It is categorised as ‘Least Concern’ under IUCN Red List.

3. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is a part of the Western Ghats which is a World Heritage Site.

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

 

Q42. With reference to Kyasanur Forest Disease, consider the following statements:

1. The disease was first identified in 1957 in sick Fruit Bats from the Kyasanur Forest in Karnataka.

2. Transmission to humans is possible.

3. There is no specific treatment for the disease however, the vaccine is available.

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

 

Q43. With respect to nomination of members to Rajya Sabha, consider the following statements.

1. Article 80 of the Constitution paves way for the nomination of persons having special knowledge to the Rajya Sabha.

2. They are allowed to vote in the election of the President but not in the election of the Vice President.

3. So far, no nominated member has been inducted into the Council of Ministers.

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

 

Q44. N. K. Singh Committee often seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following?

a) Computerization of Banking Industry and Public Sector Disinvestment

b) Review of fiscal consolidation roadmap of the general government

c) Report on the working of capital market infrastructure institutions

d) Relationship and power balance between the Centre and States

 

Q45. SPRK1 often seen in the news recently is related to which of the following?

a) It is an enzyme that reorganises paternal genome during fertilisation

b) It is the new variant of Corona virus identified in West African Countries

c) It is a point in the Earth’s Mantle from where the Earth generates its magnetic field

d) None of the above

 

Q46. With reference to National Biopharma Mission consider the following statements:

1. It is an industry-academia collaborative mission.

2. It is launched by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

3. 50% of funding would be done by a loan from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

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

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q47. With reference to the ‘Silk Samagra Scheme’, consider the following statements:

1. It is a Central Sector Scheme.

2. It is being implemented by the Central Silk Board (CSB).

3. Sericulture is an agro-based industry.

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

 

Q48. With reference to Exercise (SAREX-2020), consider the following statements:

1. The exercise has been conducted annually since 2003.

2. The exercise is been conducted by the Indian Navy.

3. Theme this year was “Harmonization of Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue named ‘HAMSAR’.

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

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Q49. Global Forest Watch is an initiative of which of the following?

a) World Resources Institute

b) UN Environment Programme

c) World Wildlife Fund for Nature

d) International Agency on Forest and Climate Change

 

Q50. U.K. Sinha committee on MSMEs was appointed by which of the following?

a) Ministry of MSME

b) Reserve Bank of India

c) Securities and Exchange Board of India

d) Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises