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Weekly Current Affairs March 2020 - Week 4

Q1. Consider the following statements with respect to Tech for Tribal’s program:

1. It aims at capacity building and imparting entrepreneurship skills to tribal forest produce gatherers enrolled under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

2. It is an initiative of Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

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 Mahatma Gandhi Bunkar Bima Yojana:

1. It aims for providing social security benefits like life, accidental & disability insurance coverage to manual scavengers across the country.

2. The scheme was implemented by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

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 Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) Program:

1. The objective of the programme is mainly to train academic heads, who are likely to assume leadership roles in the future.

2. Its focus group is second level academic functionaries in both public and privately funded higher education institutions.

3. The implementation will be through top ranked universities and top 100 global ranked foreign universities.

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

 

Q4. World Population Prospects Report 2019 was released by?

a) UN Population Fund

b) Population Reference Bureau

c) UN Development Programme

d) UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

 

Q5. Crowding out effect refers to:

a) Expansionary fiscal policy is adopted by the government thereby increasing interest rates and thus reducing private sector spending

b) Increased private sector competition to invest in government securities

c) Reduced spending by the government in turn aiding the private sector investment

d) Decreased interest rate of private sector to invest in government securities

 

Q6. Consider the following statements with respect to Huntington disease (HD):

1. It is a progressive genetic disorder affecting the Heart of human body that causes impaired coordination of balance and movement.

2. It is caused by a mutation in a gene called HTT which involved in the production of a protein called huntingtin.

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 respect to Peatlands, consider the following statements:

1. Peatlands are formed due to the accumulation of partially decomposed plant remains over thousands of years under conditions of water-logging.

2. Besides climate mitigation, peatlands are important for archaeology, as they maintain pollen, seeds and human remains for a long time in their acidic and water-logged 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

 

Q8. Consider the following statements with respect to G-20:

1. It is the premier forum for international economic cooperation which brings together the leaders of both developed and developing countries from every continent.

2. The President is chosen by a rotation system amongst the member countries.

3. Saudi Arabia hold the current President ship of G-20.

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

 

Q9. MACS 4028 often seen in the news recently is a/an?

a) High protein wheat variety

b) World’s fastest Super Computer

c) Neptune sized habitable Exo-planet

d) None of the above

 

Q10. 2020 CD3 sometimes seen in the news recently refers to which of the following?

a) Temporary Mini Moon orbiting the planet Earth

b) A potential medicine developed for the deadly disease COVID-19

c) 3rd session of the Conference on Disarmament held in Tokyo, Japan

d) None of the above

 

Q11. Consider the following statements with respect to Technology Development Board (TDB):

1. It aims to promote development and commercialization of indigenous technology and to eliminate the usage of imported technology.

2. It is a statutory body 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

 

Q12. Consider the following statements with respect to National Supercomputing Mission (NSM):

1. The NSM envisaged setting up a network of 70 high-performance computing facilities across academia and research institutes, by 2022.

2. The mission is jointly led by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

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 Carissa kopilii, often seen in the news recently:

1. It is a moon loving plant which flowers only during the night time.

2. It is distributed sparsely, rooted in rocky crevices along the Kopili riverbed of Karnataka.

3. Coal mining and Hydro-electric projects are the major threats to this species.

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

 

Q14. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has recently completed a 360 feet long bailey suspension bridge in northern Sikkim over which of the following rivers?

a) R. Teesta

b) R. Rangeet

c) R. Kameng

d) R. Rangpo Chu

 

Q15. “World Water Development Report” is a flagship report of which of the following?

a) UN – Water

b) Global Water Intelligence

c) UN Environment Programme

d) None of the above

 

Q16. Consider the following statements with respect to FluSense:

1. It is a portable device powered by artificial intelligence (AI).

2. It was mainly used to sense the temperature of fluids like liquids and gases.

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:

1. India has so far carried out coordinated patrols only with maritime neighbours and had rejected a similar offer by the U.S.

2. It is for the first time, India and France have conducted joint patrols from the Reunion Island.

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

 

Q18. Consider the following statements with respect to Telemedicine guidelines released recently by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

1. They were prepared in collaboration with NITI Ayog.

2. Under the scheme, only registered medical practitioners (RMP) enrolled in the State Register or the National Register under the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, can practise telemedicine, but after completing an online course.

3. India did not have any set of guidelines on the telemedicine practice till now.

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

 

Q19. Consider the following statements:

1. The place from where the river originates, Daringbadi is called the ‘Kashmir of Odisha’.

2. The river meets the Bay of Bengal at Puruna Bandha in Ganjam.

3. Its tributaries are the Baghua, the Dhanei and the Badanadi and it has no delta as such at its mouth.

Identify the river that correctly matches with the above description:

a) R.Brahmani

b) R. Mahanadi

c) R. North Koel

d) R. Rushikulya

 

Q20. Which of the following is the UN theme for the World Water Day 2020?

a) Leaving No One Behind

b) Better Water, Better Jobs

c) Water and Climate Change

d) Water and Sustainable Development

 

Q21. Consider the following statements with respect to World Tuberculosis Day:

1. It is being observed every year on 24th March to commemorate the discovery of the TB bacteria by Dr. Robert Koch’s in 1882.

2. Government of India has committed to eliminate prevalence of TB by 2030.

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 Hanta Virus:

1. They are a family of viruses spread mainly by the infected horses.

2. The natural host of the virus is fruit bats.

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 Biological Weapons Convention:

1. It is the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning an entire category of weapons of mass destruction.

2. It is a legally binding treaty that effectively prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, retention, stockpiling and use of biological and toxin weapons.

3. India is a party to this convention.

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

a) 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 1, 2 and 3

d) None

 

Q24. Indian Council of Medical Research has recently recommended “Hydroxychloroquine” as a post-exposure prophylactic (preventive medicine) against the novel coronavirus disease. Hydroxychloroquine is an oral drug used in the treatment of?

a) Pneumonia

b) Type 1 diabetes

c) Multiple sclerosis

d) Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Q25. Dr. V K Paul Committee often seen in the news recently is associated with which of the following?

a) Prevention and Control of COVID-19

b) To spell out revival plans for Telecom sector

c) Public Private Partnership in the Health Sector

d) To frame rules for direct listing of Indian firms abroad

 

Q26. Consider the following statements with respect to Modified Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMC 2.0) Scheme:

1. The scheme provides for development of world class infrastructure along with common facilities and amenities through Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs).

2. The Scheme would support setting up of both Electronics Manufacturing Clusters (EMCs) and Common Facility Centres (CFCs).

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 Invest India:

1. It is India’s national investment promotion & facilitation agency, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

2. It focuses on sector-specific investor targeting and development of new partnerships to enable sustainable investments 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

 

Q28. Consider the following statements with respect to PM CARES Fund.

1. It is a public charitable trust with a primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress situation.

2. This fund will also enable micro-donations.

3. Union Home Minister is the Chairman of this trust and its Members include Defence Minister and Finance Minister.

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

 

Q29. “Kurzarbeit Scheme” often seen in the news is a well-known scheme of which of the following countries?

a) U.S.A

b) China

c) Cuba

d) Germany

 

Q30. Consider the following statements

1. It is a remote Indian Ocean Island and an overseas region of France.

2. The Island is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the Piton de la Fournaise which is also a World Heritage site.

3. Recently, India and France have conducted joint patrols, for the first time, in this Island.

Identify the Island that correctly matches with the above description:

a) Chagos Island

b) Reunion Island

c) Seychelles Island

d) Madagascar Island

 

Q31. Consider the following statements with respect to Capital-to-risk weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR):

1. It is the ratio of a bank’s capital in relation to its risk weighted assets and current liabilities.

2. As per RBI norms, Indian scheduled commercial banks are required to maintain a CRAR of 9%.

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 Business Immunity Platform (BIP):

1. It is designed as a comprehensive resource to help businesses and investors get real-time updates on India’s active response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

2. It was jointly launched by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

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 Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0:

1. It is flagship programme of Ministry of Rural Development.

2. It aims to bring a transformative change in rural development process by leveraging knowledge institutions.

3. Only the public higher educational institutions can participate in this.

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

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 3 only

 

Q34. Which of the following statements is not true regarding the Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)?

a) To provide credit and other facilities to the small and marginal farmers, agricultural labourers, artisans and small entrepreneurs in rural areas

b) As per RBI guidelines, the RRBs have to provide 90% of their total credit under PSL (Priority Sector Lending)

c) Recapitalisation of RRBs was based on the recommendation of the K C Chakrabarty Committee

d) None of the above

 

Q35. “World Happiness Report 2020” has been released recently by?

a) International Peace Bureau

b) Sustainable Development Solutions Network

c) Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

d) None of the above

 

Q36. Which of the following statements regarding ‘India Culture Portal’ is/are correct?

1. It is the first government authorized portal where knowledge and cultural resources of various organizations are available in public domain on a single platform.

2. It is a part of National Virtual library of India project.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q37. With reference to Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF), consider the following statements:

1. IUSSTF is an autonomous bilateral organization that promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Innovation through substantive interaction among government, academia and industry.

2. It encourages public-private partnerships to foster elements of Innovation, Application and Enterprise.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

 

Q38. Consider the following statements regarding the National Biopharma Mission:

1. It is an industry-academia collaborative, pan-India programme of Department of Biotechnology.

2. It is co-funded by World Bank.

3. It is implemented by Biotechnology Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)-a Public Sector Undertaking of DBT.

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

 

Q39. Gender Social Norms Index was recently released by:

a) United Nation Development Programme (UNDP)

b) World Economic Forum (WEF)

c) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

d) International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW)

 

Q40. ‘ROPAX’ is a roll on-roll off cum passenger ferry service launched between:

a) Ghogha – Dahej

b) Panjim – Vasco

c) Mumbai – Mandwa

d) Jorhat – Majuli

 

Q41. Consider the following statements with respect to Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH):

1. It is a non-profit organization established under the EXIM policy of Government of India in the year 1986-87.

2. It works under the Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

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 MPLAD Scheme.

1. Under the scheme, the annual MPLADS fund entitlement per MP constituency is Rs. 3 crore.

2. Members of Rajya Sabha can recommend works within their state of election, whereas the members of Lok Sabha can recommend works anywhere in the country.

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 National Teleconsultation Centre (CoNTeC):

1. It is a Telemedicine Hub wherein expert doctors from various clinical domains will be available 24×7 to answer the multifaceted questions from specialists from all over the country.

2. It has been conceptualized by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and has been implemented by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

3. The modes of communication will include simple mobile telephony as well as two way video communications, using WhatsApp, Skype and Google Duo.

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

 

Q44. World Happiness Report is released by:

a) World Economic Forum

b) Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations

c) United Nation Development Programme

d) Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative

 

Q45. Krishna Raja Sagar Dam, seen in news recently, is located on which of the following rivers?

a) Kaveri

b) Kabini

c) Krishna

d) Kumaradhara

 

Q46. Consider the following statements with respect to Earth Hour.

1. It is a global grassroots movement uniting people to take action on environmental issues and protect the planet.

2. It is an annual event organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).

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

 

Q47. Consider the following statements with respect to Legacy wastes.

1. Legacy wastes are the wastes that have been collected and kept for years at some barren land or a place dedicated for Landfill.

2. They contribute to generation of greenhouse gases and pose risk of uncontrollable fire.

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 National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS):

1. It is a Central Sector Grant-in-aid Scheme, focused to address the issues related to conservation and sustainable management of natural resources in Hindu Kush Himalayan region (HKH).

2. It is one among the eight national missions under the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC).

3. The jurisdiction of NMHS includes 12 Himalayan states fully and two states partially.

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

 

Q49. Consider the following statements regarding Huntington Disease:

1. It is a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.

2. It affects whole of the brain.

3. It is a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder.

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

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3 only

 

Q50. Which one of the following is not correct with regards to Bio-mining?

a) It is used to clean up sites that have been polluted with metals

b) It is the process of using microorganisms (microbes) to extract metals of economic interest from rock ores or mine waste

c) This method has been proposed by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for the effective disposal of legacy wastes

d) None of the above