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Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 26 December 2016

Q.1- Which of the following is correct regarding inland waterways of India?

1. The total cargo moved by the inland waterway is just 10% of the total inland traffic in India
2. National Waterway 1 is the longest of all waterways in India
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None

Q.2- Sabarimala temple is situated in which of the following states?

(a) Tamil Nadu
(b) Andhra Pradesh
(c) Kerala
(d) Karnataka

Q.3- Who among the following is eligible to be a registered voter in India?

A. Any citizen of India attaining 18 years at the time of election
B. Any citizen of India attaining 18 years at the time of last electoral rolls preparation
C. Any citizen of India attaining 18 yearsFirst Jan of the year of revision of electoral rolls
D. None of the above.
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 Answer  1-B,  2-C,  3-D.

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 25 December 2016

Q.1- Which of the following is not main organ of United Nations?

A. International Court of Justice
B. Economic and Social Council
C. Secretariat
D. International Monetary Fund

Q.2- Which of the following is not a function of SEBI?

A. regulating the business in stock exchanges and any other securities markets;
B. Registering and regulating the working of venture capital funds and collective investment schemes,including mutual funds;
C. promoting and regulating self-regulatory Organizations
D. All of the above are functions of SEBI

Q.3- Which of the following will be the effect of demonetisation?

A. More money supply in the stock markets
B. Less money into stock markets
C. More electronic transactions
D. Less electronic transactions
1. Only A and B
2. Only B and C
3. Only A and C
4. Only B and D
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Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 22 May 2017

Q.1- Which of the following is correct regarding India’s renewable energy targets.

1. India plans to make 175 Gigawatts by 2022
2. Of the target capacity, 100 GW would be from solar power.
3. 60 GW from biomass
A. 1,2
B. 2,3
C. 1,3
D. All

Q.2- Which of the following statements are correct regarding nuclear power in India?

1. India has 7 nuclear power plants in operation
2. Kudankulam Nuclear power plant is hosting French reactors
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. both
D. None

Q.3- 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
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Answer 1-A, 2-A, 3-B.

Forests are critical resources in halting poverty (downtoearth)

Many Asian countries are witnessing the destruction of forests, giving rise to apprehension that one of the key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may not be achieved by 2030.

The Goal 15 of SDGs aims to “sustainably manage forests”, along with protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems; combating desertification; halting and reversing land degradation and halting biodiversity loss.

According to Patrick Durst, senior forestry officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Asia and the Pacific region, forests continue to be degraded and lost at a rate of 3.3 million hectares per year.

The main reason is the conversion of forests into agriculture lands. A book argues that in Southeast Asia, pulp and paper, timber and palm oil are the major contributors to deforestation. Infrastructure development, housing, mining and forest fires also pose a threat to the region’s forests.

Managing forests

Forests need to be managed in a sustainable mann…

Pharma effluents promoting drug resistance? (hindu)

European study finds drug residues in high concentrations around specific pharmaceutical units in Hyderabad, but industry rebuts the claim





The pharma industry in Hyderabad is polluting the environment with antimicrobials which in turn may contribute to a rise in drug-resistant infections, a new study published in the journal Infection alleges. Claiming that Indian authorities have not done enough to ensure efficient treatment of waste water discharged by the pharma industry, the study also calls upon European regulators to ensure enforcement of regulations during the manufacturing process.

Water samples tested

Hyderabad is a global market for bulk drug purchasing with 50% of India’s drug exports, pegged at over $3 billion, coming from the city. Researchers from Leipzig University Hospital, Germany, tested 28 water samples from difference places in the city, including sewage from around pharma manufacturing units in Patancheru-Bollaram Industrial Development Area on the outskirts. The…

Do you shiver when it’s hot outside? (hindu)

f the aircon isn’t set to Arctic temperatures in the office, and you simply don’t understand why you’re cold, read on

Your body has an in-built thermostat, a sort of climate-control mechanism that helps regulate internal temperatures. It keeps you cool when temperatures soar in summer, and changes that up when the weather turns cold. But what when you’re cold even in hot weather? “It’s natural for a person to shiver when there’s an infection or a deficiency,” says Dr Sujit Kar Purkayastha, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Peerless Hospital, Kolkata. For instance, many women who get a UTI, shiver, and you may find your child buried under a quilt when she gets the flu. There is, of course, the rare case of cold intolerance, possible in some people who are abnormally sensitive to cold temperatures, but for most, there’s a underlying cause that can be cured.

Hypothyroidism

The thyroid gland regulates heat in the body. When the gland is underactive, the body metabolism goes down and a perso…

Why do we need a World Turtle Day? (hindu)

In an attempt to raise awareness on conservation of tortoise and turtles, and on illegal trafficking, May 23 is celebrated as World Turtle Day. We take a look at various threats faced by the reptiles in India and the initiatives taken to save the animal.

Smuggling

One of the greatest threats facing turtles and tortoises in India is smuggling to East Asian and Southeast Asian markets. Many freshwater turtles and tortoises are considered delicacies just across the Bay of Bengal in Southeast Asia.

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This has led to the creation of massive smuggling rings on the east coast of India that send live turtles to those countries. Some of these turtles are also smuggled to be kept as pets. In 2016 alone, 30,000 live turtles were confiscated from smugglers by the Indian government. In addition to live specimens, thousands of sea turtle eggs are dug up and sold as delicacies in Southeast Asian countries.

West Bengal has become a focal point of the turtle smuggling trade as…

An eye in the sky (hindu)

Nothing has fascinated humankind as has the vast night sky. With its many stars and planets, it holds within its expanse mystery and intrigue. Little wonder then that movies such as Interstellar have us glued to our seats the entire duration. The fact that there is so much more out there that we may not even know of, is enough to pique our curiosity. It certainly did mine.

I once spent the better part of the night in freezing Ooty attempting star trail photography. Another time, I dragged a hapless friend to the planetarium after work. I spend hours browsing through my Instagram feed filled with time lapse videos and star trail pictures. When I’m tired of city life, I often find myself driving to the outskirts in the hopes of finding a dark sky sans all that light pollution. To lie flat on my back and look at a sky teeming with stars is a dream, I hope to realise one day. In the meantime, I’ll keep myself occupied with gleaning as much information as I can about the stars that I can …

The united states of Myanmar? (hindu)

Various models of federalism are on the table at the Panglong conference

Myanmar is to hold the second round of the 21st Panglong Union Peace Conference in its administrative capital, Nay Pyi Taw, from May 24 to 28. A major issue at the meet will be the question of federalism.

During the government-led Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) meeting in Nay Pyi Taw on May 12, the committee agreed in principle to grant the seven states and seven regions permission to draft their own constitution on the condition that they would not break away from the country.

The UPDJC, headed by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, includes representatives from the ethnic armed groups, political parties and the government. The Panglong conference is likely to discuss the question of self-determination and the drafting of the Constitution by states and regions.




The question of federalism or autonomy in Myanmar goes back to the pre-Independence era. It is an important historical issue which unified …

An unequal burden (.hindu )

The Paris Climate Agreement recognises that all countries have responsibilities. However, the developed world needs to shoulder the major funding requirement

The Paris Climate Agreement (PA) was signed in December 2015 in an attempt to limit the release and the effects from greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Ahead of the meeting, various countries developed and submitted pledges or national commitments, referred to in climate parlance as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which are effectively the actions each country is now required to take. The Conference of the Parties-22 (COP-22) in Marrakesh in November 2016 continued discussions on the implementation of the PA and specific aspects continue to be deliberated upon in interim meetings such as the recently concluded one in Bonn.

For about three-fourths of the 165 listed NDCs, implementation of pledges is conditional upon assistance on the finance and technology fronts. These countries depend on help from industrial…

Message from Riyadh: On Trump's Saudi visit (.hindu )

Trump adopts the Saudi line on West Asia, reversing the Obama outreach to Tehran

During the American presidential campaign, Donald Trump was particularly critical of Saudi Arabia. He attacked its treatment of gays and women and slammed the Washington establishment for taking “their money”. He had also vowed to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and, upon becoming President, actually issued an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming to the country. (The order was later blocked by the courts.) But by choosing Saudi Arabia as his first overseas destination as President, Mr. Trump has signalled that his administration will retain the Washington establishment line towards West Asia. So while addressing leaders from over 50 Muslim countries in Riyadh on Sunday, he was extremely careful not to hurt the kingdom’s sensibilities. He called for unity in fighting terrorism and said “Islam is peace”. He noted Saudi Arabia’s attempts at “empowering women”, o…

Forests are critical resources in halting poverty (downtoearth)

Many Asian countries are witnessing the destruction of forests, giving rise to apprehension that one of the key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may not be achieved by 2030.

The Goal 15 of SDGs aims to “sustainably manage forests”, along with protecting, restoring and promoting sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems; combating desertification; halting and reversing land degradation and halting biodiversity loss.

According to Patrick Durst, senior forestry officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Asia and the Pacific region, forests continue to be degraded and lost at a rate of 3.3 million hectares per year.

The main reason is the conversion of forests into agriculture lands. A book argues that in Southeast Asia, pulp and paper, timber and palm oil are the major contributors to deforestation. Infrastructure development, housing, mining and forest fires also pose a threat to the region’s forests.

Managing forests

Forests need to be managed in a sustainable mann…