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

1. With reference to the centre’s recent sugar export policy to deal with surplus stocks, consider the following statements:

  1. The WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture subjects export subsidies for marketing costs to reduction commitments.
  2. Sugarcane crops fetch the least returns among Indian crops.
  3. Surplus sugar stock increases accumulation of cane price arrears of farmers.

     Which of the above statements is/are correct?

[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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2. The Kandangi saree has received GI tagging. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a type of cotton or silk saree from Karaikudi in TN.
  2. This hand-woven saree is over 200 years old.

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 NGT directive to Arunachal Pradesh government to identify illegal deforestation hotspots in Pakke Tiger Reserve, consider the following statements the protected site:

  1. The reserve represent the range limits of Indochinese tigers and Bengal tigers.
  2. The reserve is known for the ‘Hornbill Nest Adoption Program’.
  3. The forest belongs to evergreen category.

     Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

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4. World Resources Institute published a report that stated that the uneaten food is causing negative impact on the environment and economy. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. According to FAO, roots and tubers face the maximum wastage.
  2. According to FAO, 2/3rd of food produced for human consumption is wasted 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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5. Scientists at the IITs have developed a high sensitivity material to detect hydrogen leaks. In that context, consider the following statements about hydrogen as a fuel in India:

  1. Delhi is to set up hydrogen fueled public buses.
  2. The National Hydrogen Energy Roadmap seeks to increase aggregate hydrogen based power generation capacity to 1000MW by 2020.

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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6. 5th Eastern Economic Forum was held this year. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. Memorandum of Intent was signed between India and Russia to connect Chennai and Vladivostok through airways.
  2. Trans-Siberian Highway connects Vladivostok with St. Petersburg.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

[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. The NGT has called for the clearing of floodplains by 2020. In this context, consider the following statements about floodplains in India:

  1. Most of the damaging floods in these regions are due to drainage congestion.
  2. Uttar Pradesh has the largest expanse of flood prone area.

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. With reference to the ongoing discussions to deal with desertification, consider the following statements Gujarat’s Banni Grasslands:

  1. Prosopis juliflora introduction is a cause of Banni Grassland’s degradation.
  2. When cattle feed on metabolic reserve part of the grassland, desertification occurs.

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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9. The government is in talks to set up a National Genomic Grid. In this context, consider the following statements:

  1. It will use genome sequencing to collect data for cancer research.
  2. The Genome India Initiative is to enable predictive diagnosis of diseases.

Which of the above statements is/are true?

[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. With reference to the defence minister’s visit to Korean Demilitarised Zone, consider the following statements:

  1. The ‘peace village’ is located within the DMZ.
  2. The DMZ was formed as a result of Korean treaty.

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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