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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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Answer 1-D,  2-D,  3-3

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 24 December 2016

Q.1- China-Pakistan Economic corridor starts from Xinjiang and ends at which of the following places?

A. Gwadar
B. Lahore
C. Islamabad
D. Gilgit

Q.2- Which of the following ports are matched correctly with their country?

1. Chabahar : Iran
2. Hambantota : Sri Lanka
3. Gwadar : Bangladesh
A. 1,3
B. 1,2
C. 2,3
D. All

Q.3- Which of the following will help in increasing cashless transaction?

1. Linking bank accounts with Aadhar card.
2. Providing direct benefit transfer for schemes
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None
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.Answer  1-A, 2-B, 3-  C

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 23 December 2016

Q.1- Which of the following is correct regarding NGT?

1. It's chairperson should be retired or serving High court or Supreme Court judge only
2. It looks cases environmental protection only
3. Present chairperson is justice swatanter Kumar.
A. 1,2
B. 2,3
C. All
D. 3 only

Q.2- Article 239 AA is related to which of the following?

A. Special power given to State of Jammu and Kashmir
B. Special power to State of Manipur
C. Special power to NCT Delhi and Puduchery
D. Special power to NCT Delhi only

Q.3- Which of the following is/are correct regarding National Company Law Tribunal?

1. National Company Law Tribunal was established by companies act,2013
2. Its principle bench is situated at Mumbai
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None.
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Answer  1-D, 2-D, 3-A

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 27 May 2017

Ques- Which of the following is correct regarding Dhola-Sadiya bridge?

1. It is on formed over the river Lohit
2. The bridge is longer than the Bandra-Worli Sea Link by nearly two-thirds
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None

Ques- Which of the following is correct regarding Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017?

1. those who wish to sell cattle may do so only after they formally state that the animals have not been “brought to the market for sale for slaughter”.
2. buyers of cattle at animal markets will have to verify they are agriculturalists and declare that they will not sell the animal/s for a period of six months from the date of purchase.
3. They also prohibit cattle purchased from animal markets being sold outside the State, without permission.
4. All of the above
Ques- Consider the following statements and mark the correct option.

1. EPF and PPF both are instruments offered by government of India
2. In EPF employer contribute half of th…

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 25 May 2017

Ques- A judge of Supreme Court of India can be removed from office by ?

A. Parliament by law
B. Judges of supreme court by Majority
C. President on a resolution by parliament
D. President on his/ her own discretion

Ques- With reference to the use of nano-technology in health sector, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. Targeted drug delivery is made possible by nanotechnology.
2. Nanotechnology can largely contribute to gene therapy. 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

Ques- Which of the following is correct regarding Asia Africa growth corridor?

1. It will be jointly Implemented by India and South Korea
2. It will give priority to development projects in health and pharmaceutical, agriculture and agro-processing, disaster management and skill enhancement.

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

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 26 May 2017

1. Chairperson of NHRC are appointed by the President of India and members by the chairperson.
2. President appoints the Chairman and members of the NHRC on the recommendation of the high-powered committee headed by the Prime Minister.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None

Ques- With respect to National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority consider the following statements

a) NPPA is an organization of the Government of India which was established, inter alia, to fix/ revise the prices of controlled bulk drugs and formulations and to enforce prices and availability of the medicines in the country.
b) The organization is also entrusted with the task of recovering amounts overcharged by manufacturers for the controlled drugs from the consumers.
c) It also monitors the prices of decontrolled drugs in order to keep them at reasonable levels.
Which among the above given statements are correct
A) a and b
B) a, b, c
C) b and c
D) c and a

Ques- Which of the following is part of start-Up India prog…

World Health Assembly: countries highlight progress in tackling antimicrobial resistance (downtoearth)

On the third day of the 70th World Health Assembly being held in Geneva (22-31 May) currently, experts talked about antimicrobial resistance (AMR)—one of the most relevant global public health issues in today’s time.

The discussion revolved around country-wise status on AMR and the progress made by the World Health Organization (WHO) towards implementation of the Global Action Plan (GAP) to tackle it. The plan was adopted in 2015 during the 68th assembly meeting.

There were also parallel talks on sepsis prevention as well as its diagnosis and management since AMR is responsible for sepsis treatment failures.

About 60 countries and 11 non-state actors comprising civil society groups participated in the meeting. They proposed interventions based on the report on AMR released by the Secretariat to facilitate the discussion.

Countries recognised WHO’s substantial progress made on GAP implementation and welcomed it. At present, 77 countries have already finalised their National Action Pla…

Telangana pushing for organic farming, but focus is now on giving respite to farmers (downtoearth)

Spurious inputs and deficit rain are the major reasons why Telangana farmers are suffering," says Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister of Telangana, Jupally Krishna Rao while addressing the audience at the Natural Farming Summit 2017 organised by the Sri Sri Institute Agricultural Sciences & Technology Trust (SSIAST) in Bengaluru today.

Listing out the government programmes that are aimed at helping drought-hit farmers, Rao said that besides loan waiver programme, the government has revived 45,000 minor irrigation tanks in the last three years. The government, according to him, offers subsidy of Rs 4,500 per acre to each farmer. It is utilising MNREGA to provide support to farmers.

The state government, according to him, has decided to promote organic farming by providing training to farmers and making agricultural inputs available to them.

Meanwhile, construction of warehouses is on the government’s agenda so that farmers don’t resort to distress selling and get rem…

After Dave, what does future hold for GM Mustard? (downtoearth)

On May 11, the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC), a body of the Environment Ministry that evaluates genetically modified crops, recommended the commercial use of GM mustard. India was just a step away from allowing adoption of a genetically modified food crop for the first time. The recommendations of the technical committee were pending approval from the Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave who passed away today (May 18).

While those endorsing GM Mustard (Dhara Mustard Hybrid 11) believe that this transgenic crop is resistant to pests and diseases and can generate better yields, the poor experience of BT cotton, the only other GM crop permitted in India, has made farmers and agricultural experts more sceptical.

However, GM crops are at the core of Modi government’s plans for pushing growth in the biotechnology sector. The government is also putting its bets on GM Mustard for boosting farm productivity in India.

Decision on hold

A parliamentary standing committee…

Rising CO2 emissions may increase global iron deficiency risk (downtoearth)

ncreased level of CO2 in atmosphere not only causes polar ice to melt and coastal food web to collapse, but it is also directly linked to iron deficiency in human beings. According to a study published by the researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, about 1.4 billion children below five years and women of childbearing age in some parts of Asia and Africa face the greatest risk of iron deficiency due to rising levels of human-generated CO2 emissions.

Their findings are based on recent studies that reveal how commonly consumed crops like wheat, rice, barley, legumes and maize have lower iron concentrations when grown under increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

Methodology adopted

To begin with, the researchers did an estimate on the percentage of dietary iron that would be lost due to human-induced CO2 emissions between now and 2050. They also considered the staple diet of people in 152 countries around the world and the current prevalence of anaemia.

About hal…

Zika, the mystery fever, now grips India (downtoearth)

The deadly Zika virus has made its presence felt in India. The World Health Organization issued an advisory on May 26 confirming that three cases have been reported from the country. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported three laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika virus disease in Bapunagar area, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, on May 15.

These patients had reported the symptoms last year. The blood sample from a 64-year-old male was collected between February 10-16, 2016 and he is being considered the first Zika positive case in the country.

The sample from the second case, a 34-year-old female, was collected during the delivery of her child on November 9, 2016. Fortunately, the baby did not show symptoms of microcephaly.

The third case was identified at an antenatal clinic between January 6-12, 2017. This time, the patient was a 22-year-old woman in her 37th week of pregnancy. The fate of this child has not been revealed.

Down To Earth had investigated the reason for unexpla…

The chill in Brussels (hindu )

Donald Trump’s first NATO meet confirms America’s drift away from its NATO allies

It was not a summit to indulge the nostalgia of a painstakingly nurtured post-War partnership between the U.S. and Europe. Nor was it an occasion to pronounce declarations of mutual solidarity to face up to an uncertain world. Such political and diplomatic language might, in any case, have struck an especially awkward note when leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gathered in Brussels, given the very public airing of differences on the notion of a shared trans-Atlantic vision by U.S. President Donald Trump since his election campaign. Soon after his election, he reportedly enquired from the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, which country was next in line to quit the European Union after Britain voted last June to leave. In turn, his election had been received in European Union circles with considerable dismay, if not disbelief. German Chancellor Angela Merkel even spelt out, i…

Abolishing FIPB: Red tape herring? (hindu )

Abolishing the FIPB is just symbolism — to attract FDI, more reform is needed

Nearly four months after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley promised in his Budget speech to abolish the Foreign Investment Promotion Board, the Union Cabinet has approved its ‘phasing out’. The FIPB was set up in the early 1990s as an inter-ministerial mechanism to vet investment proposals from abroad. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion under the Commerce Ministry is now expected to formulate a standard operating procedure to process foreign direct investment applications in 11 sectors that are still not in the automatic FDI approval list. The department would have to be consulted by line ministries, which have been empowered to take ‘independent’ decisions on investments proposed in their domains. The government believes that once the Board is history, red-tapism will shrink, ease of doing business will improve and investors will find India more attractive. However, the decision is little more t…