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Ladakhi Shondol Dance

Recently, LadakhiShondolDance has created history by breaking into Guinness Book of World Records as the largest Ladakhi dance.Consider the following statements about the ShondolDance:

  1. The dance performance was held on concluding day of the annual week long Buddhist carnival Losar festival.
  2. It is known as the royal dance of Ladakh.

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Unique Methods Of Management And Treatment Of Inherited Disorders

Recently, the government launched the Unique Methods of Management and Treatment of Inherited Disorders (UMMID) to tackle the menace of genetic diseases in newborns. Consider the following statements about UMMID:

  1. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will be the implementing agency for UMMID Initiative.
  2. Under the scheme, National Inherited Diseases Administration (NIDAN) kendras have been established.
  3. A total ten NIDAN Kendras have been established in the first phase to provide comprehensive clinical care.

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Wildlife Protection Act (WLPA), 1972

Recently, the Enforcement Directorate has issued a provisional attachment order in respect of three chimpanzees and four marmosets in connection with a money laundering probe into a Wildlife (Protection) Act case.Consider the following statements regarding the Wildlife Protection Act(WLPA),1972:

  1. It prohibits the injuring, destroying and removing any part of a wild animal’s body.
  2. It also has provisions regarding the is also against taxidermy, which is the preservation of a dead wild animal as a trophy, or in the form of rugs, preserved skins, antlers, horns, eggs, teeth, and nails
  3. Schedule V of the act provides protection and inhibit trade of medicinal plants as well as agricultural species of plants.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Coastal Regulation Zone - 2018

Recently, residents living along the VembanadLake in Maradu, Kerala protested against a recent Supreme Court order to raze down their homes, which were built there in gross violation of Coastal Regulation Zone(CRZ)-2018 guidelines. Consider the following statements about the CZR-2018:

  1. CRZ Notification 2018 is based on the recommendations of ShaileshNayakCommittee.
  2. CRZ-1: these are ecologically sensitive areas these are essential in maintaining the ecosystem of the coast. They lie between low and high tide line where exploration of natural gas and extraction of salt are permitted.
  3. CRZ-II: includes designated urban areas that are substantially built up. Construction activities are allowed on the landward side only.

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Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) has achieved a significant milestone by crossing one crore beneficiaries. Consider the following statements about PMMVY:

  1. It is a direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme under which cash benefits are provided to pregnant women in their bank to meet enhanced nutritional needs.
  2. All the pregnant women and lactating mothers who have their pregnancy on or after 1st January 2017, are eligible for the scheme.
  3. Under the scheme, they will receive a cash benefit of Rs. 4,000 in three installments on fulfilling the respective conditionality, viz. early registration of pregnancy, ante-natal check-up and registration of the birth of the child and completion of first cycle of vaccination for the first living child of the family.

Which of the following statements given above is /are correct?


National Educational Alliance For Technology (NEAT) Scheme

Recently, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development has announced the National Educational Alliance for Technology (NEAT) Scheme to gain better results in higher education.Consider the following statements about NEAT:

  1. The objective is to use Artificial Intelligence to make learning more personalised and customised as per the requirements of the learner.
  2. Under this, it has been proposed to create a National Alliance with such technology developing EdTech Companies through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
  3. All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) would be the implementing agency for the NEAT program.
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Bio-Fencing

Recently, which of the following state decided to implement bio fencing in order to reduce human animal conflict?


Conservation Of Gharial

Recently, the National Green Tribunal has directed the Madhya Pradesh government to submit progress report on conservation of gharial.Consider the following statements about the gharial:

  1. The gharial is listed on CITES Appendix I.It is classified as a endangered species in IUCN list.
  2. The species is protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

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Astra Missile

Recently, Astra Missile has been successfully flight tested from Su-30 MKI as a part of User trials. Consider the following statements about the Astra Missile:

  1. Developed by DRDO, it is an Air-to-Surface missile.
  2. It is a beyond visual range missile (BVRM), capable of engaging different targets at different altitudes.
  3. With a range of 500 km, it can carry a payload of 15 kg with it.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Specially Designated Global Terrorist

Recently, US have designated the leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Mufti Noor WaliMehsud, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).Consider the following statements about the SDGT:

  1. Individuals or entities designated as SDGTs have either already taken part in terrorist activities or are believed to be potential threats by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of the Treasury.
  2. An individual is designated as an SDGT by the US under the provisions of Executive Order 13226.

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