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No-fly list: Civil aviation ministry announces new rules for unruly behaviour, here is what will get you banned in flights

Forced to act after Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s assault on an Air India staff member, the civil aviation ministry on Friday announced new guidelines for the unruly behaviour of passengers on flights, news agency ANI reported. Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey while addressing a press conference announced that the ministry has put instances of unruly behaviour into 3 categories and falling in these brackets can lead to flight bans for passengers. According to the news agency Reuters, the step has been taken as India is looking at creating a national no-fly list of unruly passengers. The list will be maintained by the country’s civil aviation regulator, Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey said. Here is what can get you no-fly list on flights: – Disruptive Behaviour: Level 1 will be disruptive behaviour like physical gestures etc. The punishment in this category is a suspension for 3 months. – Physical Abuse: level 2 offences will include physical abuses like pushing, kicking, sex…

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 20 December 2016

Q.1- What is/are the benefits of digital based payments?

1. It help in reducing corruption
2. It helps in reducing the generation of black money
3. It will increase tax/GDP ratio
A. 1,2 only
B. 2,3 only
C. 1,3 only
D. All

Q.2- Which of the following provisions are correct regarding PC-PNDT act?

1. It authorises only government approved hospitals to conduct tests for the purpose of determining the sex of the foetus.
2. It regulates the use of pre-natal diagnostic techniques, like ultrasound and amniocentesis.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None

Q.3.- Which of the following statements are correct regarding judicial appointment?

1. Present collegium system was created in Supreme Court Advocates-on Record Association vs Union of India case
2. Collegium system is only for the appointment of judges in Supreme court.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None
Answer 1-D, 2-B, 3-D

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 19 December 2016

Q1 - The inter state river water dispute Act 1956 is an Act of the parliament of India enacted under which of the following article?

a) Article 242
b) Article 251
c) Article 262
d) Article 234

Q2 - Which among the following are spywares?

a) BadBIOS
b) Bitter Bugs
c) Heartbleed
d) Bash
e) ILove
1) Only a,c
2) Only b,d
3) A,b,c,e
4) a,b,c,d

Q3 - Which of the following is correct regarding AIIB?

a) It has 57 members till now
b) It has authorised capital of $50 billion
c) US and Japan are members of AIIB
A. a, b
B. b, c
C. c, a
D. All
 Answer  1-C, 2-4, 3-C

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 04 May 2017

Q.1- Animal dhole is also known as which of the following?

A. Indian wild jack
B. Indian wild ass
C. Indian wild dog
D. None of the above

Q.2- With respect to NPA which of the following statements is correct?

a) NPA in public sector banks has decreased over last year.
b) Infrastructure, iron and steel, textiles, aviation and mining are five main sector that are under stress.
A) a only
B) b only
C) Both
D) None

Q.3- UDAN scheme is related to which of the following?

A. Girl education
B. Tribal upliftment
C. Aviation sector
D. None
 Answer  1-C,2-B,3-C

Domestic dogs are a potential threat to at least 188 species worldwide: study (downtoearth,)

Dogs are generally considered as a friend of humans but they may not be so for other species. A new study by a team of Indian and international researchers has shown that dogs are a major threat to wild species.

The study has revealed that dogs have contributed to the extinction of as many as 11 vertebrates. Dogs are a known or potential threat to at least 188 threatened species worldwide, including 96 mammals, 78 bird, 22 reptile and three amphibian species. The list includes 30 critically endangered species, two of which even classified as "possibly extinct".

In a paper published in international journal Ambio, researchers noted that these numbers place dogs as the world’s third most damaging invasive mammalian predators, behind rodents and cats.

“Besides predation, dogs endanger wildlife through disturbance of habitat, disease transmission, competition and hybridisation. All types of domestic dogs can interact with wildlife and have severe negative impacts on biodiversit…

Start-ups can help Africa meet its energy needs. But they need to be encouraged (downtoearth)

Energy access remains a huge problem for most people living on the African continent. More than 600 million out of a population of about 1.3 billion people in sub-Saharan Africa don’t have reliable electricity access. The Conversation

Although sub-Saharan Africa has about 13% of the world’s population, about 48% are without energy access. Only seven countries in the sub-region – Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Namibia, Senegal and South Africa – can boast of 50% access rates.

And, with the exception of South Africa, the energy consumption rate is 150 kilowatt per capita, way below emerging market estimates.

It’s been projected that sub-Saharan Africa will require approximately 1,600 terawatt-hours of electricity by 2040. This estimate is four times more than 2010 usage. It’s based on “a fivefold increase in GDP, a doubling of the population, electricity-access levels reaching more than 70% by 2040, and increased urbanisation”.

At current deployment rates it will be 2080 before…

The rise swine flu cases before monsoon is alarming (downtoearth)

Swine flu or H1N1 influenza has come early this year, sweeping across peninsular India. The virus is known to spread during monsoon months, but it has already claimed some 250 lives this year, setting off alarms in Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, among other states. The reason for increase in prevalence this summer is unknown.

The death toll is the highest in Maharasthra, with 165 casualties. Kerala remains the second-worst hit, with 334 confirmed cases and 23 deaths in 2017. Over 200 cases have been reported in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, with 16 and 13 swine flu deaths respectively. Neighbouring Tamil Nadu has recorded over 1,000 cases but contained the deaths to 10. Some 344 cases and seven swine flu deaths have been reported in Karnataka. Other states affected include West Bengal, Gujarat and Delhi. The death toll is expected to rise as monsoon approaches.

The severity of the threat from swine flu was thought to have died down in the past two years, but a sharp …

North Korea media warns China of ‘grave consequences’ (hindu)

KCNA: DPRK won’t beg for maintenance of friendship with Beijing, won’t give up ‘precious’ n-programme.

North Korean state media have issued a stinging denunciation of the country’s chief ally and diplomatic backer China, saying Beijing should be grateful for its protection.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) carried a bylined commentary warning of “grave consequences” if China tests its patience further.

China, key provider

Beijing and Pyongyang have a relationship forged in the blood of the Korean War, and the Asian giant remains its wayward neighbour’s main provider of aid and trade.

But ties have begun to fray in recent years, with China increasingly exasperated by the North’s nuclear antics, fearful of a regional crisis.

Beijing regularly calls for parties to avoid raising tensions — remarks that can apply to both Washington and Pyongyang — and in February it announced the suspension of coal imports from the North for the rest of the year, a crucial foreign currency e…

Humans must leave Earth in 100 years to survive: Stephen Hawking (hindu)

In a new BBC series, Prof. Hawking claims that time is running out for the Earth and humanity.

Humans will need to colonise another planet within the next 100 years to survive climate change, asteroid strikes and overpopulation, according to renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking.

In a documentary, Expedition New Earth — part of the BBC’s new science season Tomorrow’s World — Prof. Hawking and his former student Christophe Galfard will travel the world to find out how humans could survive in outer space.

In the series, Prof. Hawking claims that time is running out for the Earth and humanity will need to leave the planet for its survival.

The shows aims to find Britain’s greatest invention, by asking the public to vote on the innovation which has been the most influential in their lives, The Telegraph reported.

Last month, Prof. Hawking had warned that the aggressive instincts of humans, coupled with the fast pace of growth in technology may destroy us all by nuclear or biological…