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Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 12 June 2017

Q- With reference to the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership’, consider the following statements

1. It is an agreement among all the Pacific Rim countries except China and Russia.
2. It is a strategic alliance for the purpose of maritime security only.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2


Q- Who among the following is/are members of cabinet committee on security?

1. Prime Minister
2. Home Minister
3. External Affairs minister
A. 1,2 only
B. 2,3 only
C. 1,3 only
D. All

Q- The Arabian Sea branch of the monsoon is much more powerful than the Bay of Bengal branch because

a) Arabian sea is larger than the Bay of Bengal.
b) entire Arabian sea current advances towards India, whereas only a part of the Bay of Bengal current enters India.
c) both (a) and (b)
d) none is correct because Bay of Bengal branch is more powerful..
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 Answer  1-D,   2-D,    3-C

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 11 June 2017

Q- What is the meaning of coral bleaching?

a. Paling of coral color or decline in zooxanthellae due to climate change
b. Impacts of excessive sea trade on fishing industry
c. Both a and b
d. None of the above
Q- Which of the following is correct regarding Shangri-La Dialogue?

1. It has been held in Singapore since 2002
2. It is a Track One international governmental security forum
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None


Q- Which one of the following is used in the treatment of blood cancer?

a) Iodine – 131.
b) Sodium – 24.
c) Phosphorus – 32.
d) Cobalt – 60..
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 Answer      1-A,    2-C,    3- D

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 10 June 2017

Q- Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding Nuclear suppliers Group?

1. It was established after India’s first nuclear test.
2. Imp Decision in NSG are taken on the basis of two-third majority.
3. Presently there are 48 members in NSG
A. 1,2
B. 2,3
C. 1,3
D. All


Q- Which of the following statements are correct regarding Public Accounts of India?

1. It includes Provident fund, National small savings fund etc.
2. Government needs parliaments approval to spend money from public accounts of India
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None.
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Answer    1-C ,    2-A

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 9 June 2017

Q- 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


Q- Which of the following is part of Indradhanush plan to revamp banks?

1. It is applicable to both public and private sector to make them compatible to Basel III norms
2. An Independent authority Bank Board Bureau would be made under this plan
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None


Q- Which of the following statements are correct regarding western ghats?

1. It runs across four states
2. Due to steep slope, western ghats are useful site for Hydroelectricity
3. Lion-tailed Macaque is endemic to western ghats only

A. 1, 2
B. 1, 3
C. 2, 3
D. All.
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Answer  1-C,   2-B,   3-C

What is a pre-industrial climate and why does it matter? (downtoearth)

Over the past few days there has been a lot of talk about the Paris climate agreement, from which the United States is planning to withdraw. Although this is a setback, there is still near-complete consensus from the world’s governments that a strong effort to tackle climate change is needed.

The Paris Agreement aims to limit global warming relative to a pre-industrial baseline. Its precise commitment is:

Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels, recognising that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

But this begs the question: what are “pre-industrial levels”?

Clearly, if we’re aiming to limit global warming to 1.5℃ or 2℃ above a certain point, we need a common understanding of what we’re working from. But the Paris Agreement doesn’t provide a definition.

This becomes key as governments expect climat…

WHO categorises essential medicines to tackle antibiotic resistance (downtoearth,)

With the increasing cases of antibiotic resistance in patients, the World Health Organization (WHO) has categorised antibiotics and announced a new advisory on which of these antibiotics can be used for common infection and which ones to be preserved for more serious circumstances.

This comes as an addition to the WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) for the year 2017.

The updated list specifies new uses for nine already-listed products and adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for children, bringing the total to 433 drugs deemed essential for addressing the most important public health needs.

The EML is used by many countries to increase access to medicines and guide decisions about which products they ensure are available for their populations.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health. It has become harder to cure people of pneumonia, tuberculosis and gonorrhea as the antibiotics used to treat them have become less effective. This leads to longer hospital st…