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Asia Pacific Rural And Agricultural Credit Association

Recently, the 6th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance was organised by NABARD in association with the Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA). Consider the following given statements about the APRACA:

  1. It was launched during the first General Assembly Meeting held in New Delhi, India in 1977.
  2. The General Secretariat of APRACA was established at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) premises in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Anti-Defection Law

Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 dissident Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) legislators by then Karnataka Assembly Speaker under anti-Defection Law.Consider the following statements regarding the Anti-Defection Law:

  1. Provision regarding anti-defection law is contained in the 11th Schedule of the Constitution.
  2. It lays down the process by which legislators may be disqualified on grounds of defection by the Presiding Officer of a legislature based on a petition by any other member of the House.
  3. The law applies only to the Parliament and not the state assemblies.

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International Treaty On Plant Genetic Resources For Food And Agriculture

Consider the following given statements about the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA):

  1. The Treaty was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3rd November 2001.
  2. It facilitates access to the genetic materials of the 64 crops in the Multilateral System for research, breeding and training for food and agriculture.

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Innovation For Defence Excellence

Recently, the Ministry of Defence organised the inaugural session of ‘Def Connect 2019’ to showcase the accomplishments of the Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative. Consider the following given statements about the iDEX:

  1. Launched in 2017, iDEX is an ecosystem to foster innovation & technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging innovators & entrepreneurs to deliver technologically advanced solutions for modernizing Indian Military.
  2. iDEX is being managed and funded by a Defence Innovation Organization (DIO) which has been formed as a ‘not for profit’ company as per Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013.
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Suranga Bawadi

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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