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Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 28 January 2017

Q. Which of the following brings out the Consumer Price Index Number for Industrial Workers?

(a) The Reserve Bank of India
(b) The Department of Economic Affairs
(c) The Labour Bureau
(d) The Department of Personnel and Training

Q. Which of the following statements are correct regarding The Aadhaar Bill,2016?

1. Every citizen is entitled to obtain an Aadhaar number.
2. To verify the identity of a person receiving a subsidy or a service, the government may require them to have an Aadhaar number.
3. Biometric informationwill not be shared with anyone even in the interest of national security.

A. 2 only
B. 1,2
C. 2,3
D. All

Q. Which of the following statements are correct regarding World Trade organisation?

1. The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.
2. Afghanistan is the latest member to join WTO

A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Answer 1-C,2-A,3-C

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 26 January 2017

Q. Arrange these countries from west to east:

1. Kuwait
2. Bahrain
3. Qatar
4. UAE

A. 1-3-4-2
B. 1-2-3-4
C. 3-1-2-4
D. 3-2-1-4

Q. Which of the following is correct regarding Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership?

1. It is a proposed FTA between ASEAN and Six states with which ASEAN has FTA’s
2. RCEP contains 24% of the world GDP

A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None

Q. Consider the following statements and mark the correct option

1. Transparency International is organisation related to openness of the economy
2. India got 96th position in Transparency International ranking

A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None.
 Answer 1-B,2-C,3-D

Superbugs pose alarming threat to public health: EU report (downtoearth,)

Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to public and veterinary health, a report by European Food Safety Authority and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has reaffirmed. The report accesses the level of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria from humans, animals and food.

Data submitted by 28 member states of the European Union in 2015 provides an overview of resistance in Salmonella isolates from humans, food-producing animals (pigs and calves), and their meat, Campylobacter isolates from humans and pigs, and Escherichia coli isolates from pigs, calves, and their meat. Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E coli are all zoonotic bacteria, which can be transferred from animals to humans through food or environment.

The report has shown high multi-drug resistance (MDR) in Salmonella across the EU, a bacteria that causes common food-borne disease. Resistance to colistin—a last resort antibiotic—has been detected in Salmonella and E. coli in pigs and cattle. More…

Life elsewhere (Hindu)

The discovery of seven exoplanets makes the search for extraterrestrial life more exciting

The quest to find life outside the solar system got a big boost with the discovery of seven Earth-size extra-solar planets, or exoplanets, orbiting a dwarf star about 40 light years away. Unlike earlier discoveries of exoplanets, all seven planets could possibly have liquid water — a key to life as we know it on Earth — with three planets having the greatest chance. This is by far the largest collection of Earth-like planets in the habitable ‘Goldilocks’ zone of a star — neither too close nor too far from a star, which raises the possibility of liquid water being present on the surface. Only Earth has liquid water in the solar system. Less than a year after scientists announced the discovery of three planets orbiting the dwarf star, the team found four more through intense searches using several ground-based telescopes, including a 20-day continuous monitoring using the U.S. National Aeronautic…