Current Affairs [Quiz] for UPSC Civil Services Prelims Examination – 2020

1. Congo Fever was recently making news. Consider the following statements about this disease: 

  1. It is a viral disease transmitted by ticks.
  2. The vaccine for the disease is supplied by the centre.
  3. The first case of Congo Fever in India appeared in Gujarat in September, 2019

Which of the above statements is/are true?

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 1 and 3 are correct
[C] Only 3 is correct
[D] All are incorrect

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2. With respect to NASA highlighting fires in Africa in comparison with the Amazon fires, consider the following statements:

  1. African Savannah fires emit more carbon dioxide than Amazon wild fires.
  2. Savannah fires deteriorates the grassland ecosystem in Africa every year.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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3. With reference to the Atoll Nations calling for immediate action against climate change during the recently organised conference by ADB, consider the following statements about the disease:

  1. Atolls are formed by activities of seamounts.
  2. Maldives is an atoll nation.
  3. The ADB-organised conference is under the Coalition of Low-lying Atoll Nations on Climate Change

Which of the above statements is/are true?

[A] Only 1 and 2 are correct
[B] Only 2 and 3 are correct
[C] Only 1 and 3 are correct
[D] All are correct

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4. The archaeological department of Tamil Nadu is planning to conduct a series of explorations and excavations of Sangam Era sites. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. The department is planning to conduct underwater excavations.
  2. The exploratory surveys will be conducted on banks of River Thamirabarani.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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5. A pan-India study recently linked vitamin D deficiencies to chronic diseases. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Sunshine countries do not have suffer from vitamin D deficiency.
  2. Vitamin D deficiency causes low bone mass.
  3. Vitamin D can be synthesized endogenously in the body.

Which of the above statements are true?

[A] Only 1 and 3 are correct
[B] Only 1 and 2 are correct
[C] Only 2 and 3
[D] All are correct

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6. With reference to the AEOI system implemented between India and Switzerland to curb tax evasion and avoidance, consider the following statements about these issues:

  1. Tax avoidance is the use of illegal means to reduce the amount of tax owed to the state.
  2. Tax evasion is a criminal offence in India.

Select the correct option from the codes given below:

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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7. NGO in Maharashtra is aiding the government in its fight against anaemia in children. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Deficiency of copper causes anaemia.
  2. Anaemia Mukt Bharat program also focuses on non-nutritional causes of anaemia.

Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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8. The government has launched the POSHAN Maah 2019 campaign. Consider the following statements in this context:

  1. The women and child development department is the nodal body of this program.
  2. Poshan Maah’s ‘Paanch Sutras’ include ‘Poshtik Aahar’.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] Only 2 is correct
[B] Only 1 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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9. The process for acquiring 33 Light Combat Aircrafts Mk1A has progressed recently after being stuck at the initial stages in 2016. In this context, consider the following statements about Defence Acquisition Council:

  1. Field trial evaluations are not carried out by the DAC.
  2. Decisions regarding offset provisions are within the powers of DAC.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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10. NCPCR is organising a series of benches in aspirational districts to hear complaints on abuse of child rights, In this context, consider the following statements about the body:

  1. NCPCR is a statutory body.
  2. The NCPCR can take suo moto cognizance of violation of child rights.

 
Select the correct option from the codes given below: 

[A] Only 1 is correct
[B] Only 2 is correct
[C] Neither 1 nor 2 is correct
[D] Both 1 and 2 are correct

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