[CSP] Test PT19ST09 – Current Affairs

#1. Consider the following statements:

1. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) is a public limited government company established as a non-banking financial institution.

2. IREDA works under the administrative control of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#2. Consider the following statements:

1. The India Convention Promotion Bureau, ICPB, has been set up under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism.

2. ICPB has been established as a non-profit organisation to promote India as a preferred centre for medical tourism.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#3. The World Happiness Report is released by the

(a) International Institute for Sustainable Development

(b) United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network

(c) World Bank

(d) International Monetary Fund

#4. Consider the following statements:

1. The Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship was recently organised by the Rashtrapati Bhavan in association with the Department of Science and Technology and the National Innovation Foundation-India.

2. The initiative aims to foster a supportive ecosystem for innovators.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#5. Which of the following ASEAN countries is/are also members of the ‘Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership’?

1. Vietnam

2. Thailand

3. Indonesia

4. Singapore

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 4 (b) 1 and 2

(c) 2, 3 and 4

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

#6. The Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme is generally mentioned in the context of the affairs of the

(a) G-20

(b) APEC

(c) OECD

(d) World Bank

#7. ‘Blue Moon’, which is sometimes in news, refers to an event where

(a) the moon appears blue

(b) a second full moon appears in a calendar month

(c) the moon appears extremely large

(d) no full moon appears in a calendar month

#8. Kaleshwaram project, which is sometimes in news, is being executed on which of the following rivers?

(a) Godavari

(b) Mahanadi

(c) Cauvery

(d) Narmada

#9. Which of the following statements is not correct?

(a) The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds

(b) Scientists have recently discovered that permafrost in the northern hemisphere stores massive amounts of natural mercury

(c) Mercury is one of the common elements found in the earth’s crust

(d) Mercury is the only metallic element that is liquid at standard conditions for temperature and pressure

#10. According to the AADHAR act, which of the following attributes of an individual is/are defined as constituting the ‘biometric information’?

1. Fingerprint

2. Photograph

3. Iris scan

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

#11. Which of the following is the best description of ‘Tapas’, that  is sometimes in news?

(a) an unmanned aerial vehicle for surveillance purposes

(b) an indigenously developed missile launcher

(c) an indigenously developed engine to power submarines

(d) a decommissioned aircraft carrier

#12. The government presented the initiative called DigiGaon in order to

(a) provide broadband connectivity to every rural household

(b) link every bank account in the country is seeded with the AADHAR number

(c) ensure complete transition of the money transaction in the villages to the digital mode

(d) provide tele-medicine, education and skills through digital technology to the people

#13. Consider the following statements:

1. The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a non profit Public Sector Undertaking.

2. BIRAC’s efforts have been focused on enhancing the innovation research capacities within the biotech industries

3. BIRAC functions under the aegis of Department of Science and Technology

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 3 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

#14. India is a member country of

1. African Development Bank

2. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

3. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 2 and 3 only

(b) 1 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

#15. The Extended Fund Facility agreement which is sometimes in news is related to the affairs of

(a) World Bank

(b) International Monetary Fund

(c) World Economic Form

(d) New Development Bank

#16. Which of the following were among the founding member countries of ASEAN?

1. Malaysia

2. Singapore

3. Indonesia

4. Thailand

5. Philippines

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 2, 3 and 4

(b) 1, 2 and 5

(c) 1, 3, 4 and 5

(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

#17. Consider the following statements in respect of Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN):

1. It is a new global partnership seeking to address the biodiversity finance challenge in a comprehensive manner

2. It is managed by the UNDP Ecosystems and Biodiversity Programme, in partnership with the European Union and the Governments of Germany and Switzerland

Which of the above statements is/are
correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#18. ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyaan’ is the Indian government’s initiative to

(a) facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works for visually impaired persons

(b) provide easy credit to rural households to achieve the target of Housing to All by 2022

(c) achieve universal accessibility for persons with disabilities by creating suitable infrastructure

(d) create a single window mechanism to facilitate entry and exit of the start-up enterprises

#19. According to the IUCN Red List of threatened species, several wildlife species are categorized as ‘critically endangered’ which means that the species has/is

(a) become extinct in the wild

(b) less than hundred adult members left in the wild

(c) facing an extremely high risk of extinction

(d) found only in captivity in ex-situ conservation areas

#20. With which of the following weather phenomenon shall one generally associate the ‘Cone of Uncertanity’?

(a) Convectional Rainfall

(b) Tropical Cyclones

(c) Cloudburst

(d) Temperature Inversion

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HINTS:

Ans 1: (c)

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited (IREDA) is a Mini Ratna enterprise under the administrative control of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. It is a Public Limited Government Company established as a Non-Banking Financial Institution in 1987.

Ans 2: (a)

The India Convention Promotion Bureau has been set up under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism. It has been set up to promote India as a venue for International Conferences and Exhibitions. It is a non-profit organization, with members comprising national airlines, hotels, travel agents, tour operators, tourist transport operators, conference organizers, etc.

Ans 3: (b)

Ans 4: (c)

The Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship was organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in association with the Department of Science and Technology and the National Innovation Foundation-India. It is a celebration of country’s Innovation potential, particularly those ideas which stem from grassroots level including the citizen at the last mile and also a reflection of power of children’s creativity. It is an initiative to recognise, respect, showcase, reward innovations and to foster a supportive ecosystem for innovators.

Ans 5: (d)

RCEP is a proposed FTA between the 10 ASEAN members and 6 Asia-Pacific States.

Ans 6: (a)

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) is a multilateral mechanism to assist in the implementation of pledges made by the G20 in Pittsburgh in September 2009.

Ans 7: (b)

Large parts of the globe experienced a rare ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ on January 31st, 2018. A supermoon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse took place at the same time. A ‘Super Moon’ is simply a moon that is closer to the Earth than normal. As a result, it appears bigger and brighter in the sky. A ‘Blue Moon’ is also simple and means the second full moon in a calendar month. A ‘Blood Moon’ happens when sunlight passes through the atmosphere above the Earth, casting a dark colour across the surface of the moon.

Ans 8: (a)

Ans 9: (c)

The questions mixed current affairs with the factual knowledge. Mercury is a very rare element in the Earth’s crust. It accounts for only about only 0.08 parts per million (ppm).

Ans 10: (d)

Section 2 (g) defines “biometric information” as “photograph, finger print, iris scan, or such other biological attributes of an individual as may be specified by regulations.”

Ans 11: (a)

Ans 12: (d)

Ans 13: (c)

Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a not-for profit Section 8, Schedule B, Public Sector Enterprise, set up by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India as an Interface Agency to strengthen and empower the emerging Biotech enterprise to undertake strategic research and innovation, addressing nationally relevant product development needs.

Ans 14: (d)

Ans 15: (b)

Ans 16: (d)

Ans 17: (c)

Ans 18: (c)

Ans 19: (c)

Ans 20: (b)



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