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SurangaBawadi

Recently, Suranga Bawadi in Bijapur, Karnataka was selected as the World Monument Watch List for 2020.Consider the following given statements about Bawadi:

  1. Suranga Bawadi was built by Yusuf Adil Shah of Adil Shahi dynasty of Bijapur in the 16th century to supply water to Vijaypura in Karnataka.
  2. The Bawadi is an integral part of the ancient Karez System of supplying water through subterranean tunnels.

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Rainforests

A new study discovers that the Meghalayan rain forest, the northernmost in the world, is similar in structure and diversity to the other rain forests found near the Equator. Consider the following given statements about rain forests:

  1. Rain forests are found between ten degrees North and South latitudes from the Equator.
  2. Owing to tremendous amount and diversity of foliage in tropical rain forests, rain forest soils are rich in nutrients.

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Uranium Enrichment

Recently, Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant located near Tehran.Consider the following given statements about the uranium enrichment process:

  1. Uranium needs to be in a solid form for enrichment due to the varying chemical and physical properties the different isotopes (U-235 and U-238).
  2. Enriched uranium is produced by feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges to separate out the most suitable isotope for nuclear fission, called U-235.

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Dhrupad

Recently, renowned Dhrupad vocalist (Padma Shri awardee) Ramakant Gundecha passed away in Bhopal. Consider the following given statements about the Dhrupad:

  1. Dhrupad be a form of the Gandharva Veda, the Vedic science of music, which is a branch of Sama Veda.
  2. It is performed by a solo singer or a small number of singers in unison to the beat of the mridang rather than the tabla.
  3. Like all Indian classical music, dhrupad is modal and monophonic, with a single melodic line and no chord progression.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Recently, French sighted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a grouping was dying with its incapacity to work in a co-ordinated manner. Consider the following given statements about the NATO:

  1. NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries.
  2. The North Atlantic Treaty forms the legal basis of, and is implemented by, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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Bay Of Bengal Initiative For Multi-Sectoral Technical And Economic Cooperation

The first-ever Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Conclave of Ports is being held at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 7th and 8th November 2019.Consider the following statements about the BIMSTEC:

  1. BIMSTEC is a sub-regional organization that came into being in 1998 through the Bangkok Declaration.
  2. Initially, it was known as BIST-EC comprising of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
  3. Nepal and Bhutan became the member of the organistaion in 2004.

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Alternative Investment Fund

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the creation of an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) to provide last-mile funding for stalled affordable and middle-income housing projects across the country. Consider the following given statements about the AIF:

  1. In India, AIFs are defined in Regulation 2(1) (b) of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012.
  2. AIF can be established in the form of a company or a corporate body or a trust or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).
  3. Private equity or venture capital, hedge funds, real property, commodities, and tangible assets are all examples of alternative investments.

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Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the Protocol amending the Convention between India and Brazil for the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC).Consider the following given statements about the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement:

  1. DTAA is a tax treaty signed between two or more countries to help taxpayers avoid paying double taxes on the same income.
  2. It can be either be comprehensive, encapsulating all income sources, or limited to certain areas, which means taxing of income from shipping, inheritance, air transport, etc.

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Tongan Archipelago

Recently, an undersea volcanic eruption in the Tongan Archipelago has sunk one island and created another three times larger. Consider the following given statements about the Tonga:

  1. Tonga is an archipelago that comes under the Melanesia subregion of Oceania.
  2. Tonga's capital city-Nukuʻalofa is located on Niuas, largest island of the archipelago.

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Gujarat Control Of Terrorism And Organised Crime Bill

Recently, the President gave assent to the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill.Consider the following given statements about the GCTOC:

  1. It defines a terrorist act, as an act committed with the intention to disturb law and order or threaten the unity, integrity, and security of the state.
  2. The new Act mandates intercepting of telephonic conversations, which would now be considered as legitimate evidence.
  3. It provides for the creation of a special court as well as the appointment of special public prosecutors

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