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International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

Recently, the International Criminal Police Organization(INTERPOL) has issued a Red Corner Notice (RCN) against fugitive diamond merchant NiravModi's brother Nehal in connection with the multi-billion dollar Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam.Consider the following statements about the INTERPOL:

  1. It is an inter-governmental organization that helps coordinate the police force of 190 member countries all over the world.
  2. It is headquartered in Nice, France.
  3. A Red Notice is a request to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action.

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Collegium System Of Supreme Court

The recent controversy over the transfer of the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, Justice VijayaKamleshTahilramani, to the Meghalaya High Court has once again brought to the fore a long-standing debate on the functioning of the ‘Collegium’ of judges that makes appointments and transfers in the higher judiciary. Consider the following statements about the Collegium System of Supreme Court:

  1. The Collegium of judges is purely the Supreme Court’s invention and not figure in the Constitution.
  2. The First Judges Case (1981) led to the introduction of the Collegium system.
  3. The Second Judges Case(1993)expanded the Collegium to a five-member body, comprising the CJI and four of his senior-most colleagues.

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Jan Soochna Portal-2019

Which of the following State hasrecently launched the first-ever public information portal named “Jan Soochna Portal-2019”?


NATGRID Program

Recently, the Home Ministry held a meeting to discuss the revival of NATGRID, an intelligence program that has been regularly delayed. Consider the following statements about the NATGRID Program:

  1. NATGRID was conceptualised in 2009 in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
  2. Natgrid is the integrated intelligence grid connecting databases of core security agencies of the Government of India to collect comprehensive patterns of intelligence that can be readily accessed by intelligence agencies.

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Shanghai Cooperation Organisation

Recently, the first conference on military medicine for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states was held in New Delhi,between 12-13thSeptember, 2019.Consider the following statements regarding the SCO:

  1. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) is an international organisation of now eight member countries (the Republic of India, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the People’s Republic of China, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan).
  2. SCO has two Permanent Bodies — (i) SCO Secretariat in Beijing and (ii) ExecutiveCommittee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) in Tashkent.

Which of the statement given above is/are correct?


Pangong Tso Lake

Recently, Indian and Chinese Army soldiers were engaged in a face-off near the northern bank of PangongTso Lake in Ladakh, ahead of a massive military exercise to be held along the China border.Consider the following statements about the PangongTso lake:

  1. Pangong Lake is located in the Changthang region of eastern Ladakh region.
  2. It is an example of an Exorheic lake.
  3. The eastern part of the lake is fresh while the western part of the lake is saline.

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Drought-forecasting Toolbox

Recently, Drought-forecasting toolbox was unveiled atthe ongoing 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. Consider the following Statements about the Drought-forecasting toolbox:

  1. The drought toolbox uses 30 parameters, including soil moisture, rainfall data and temperature data of the present and past can accurately evaluate the vulnerability of different geographic regions to drought.
  2. It has been developed by UNCCD in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) and World Meteorological Organization(WMO).

Which of statements given above is/are correct?


Curriculum For Life Skills (JeevanKaushal) Programme

Recently, the Government has launched the Curriculum for Life Skills (JeevanKaushal) programme designed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).Consider the following statements about the programme:

  1. The program has been framed for Undergraduate and Postgraduatecourses across the country.
  2. It will comprise of four courses:Communication skills,Professional and Leadership skills,Problem-solving and Decision-making,Universal human values.

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Equatorial Indian Ocean Oscillation

Recently, the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc), Bengluru and National Centre for Ocean Information Services, Hyderabad jointly released a study paper about Equatorial Indian Ocean Oscillation (EQUINOO) and its effects over Indian Summer Monsoon. Consider the following statements regarding the EQUINOO.

  1. EQUINOO is as an oscillation or a seesaw between enhanced cloud formation and rainfall over the western equatorial Indian Ocean (WEIO) and suppressed clouding over the eastern equatorial Indian Ocean (EEIO) in west of Sumatra.
  2. A positive EQUINOO phase is when the surface sea temperature in WEIO is above 27.5 degree Celsius leading to enhanced clouding, which is then suppressed in the eastern equatorial Indian Ocean.

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Eurasian Economic Forum

Recently, India did not attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) Eurasian Economic Forum held in China. Consider the following statements about theEurasian Economic Forum:

  1. The Eurasian Economic Union is an international organization for regional economic integration that came into existence on 1st January, 2014.
  2. The Member-States of the Eurasian Economic Union are the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation.

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