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African Swine Fever

Consider the following given statements about the African Swine Fever(AFS):

  1. AFS is caused by a large RNA virus of the Asfarviridae family, which also infects ticks of the genus Ornithodoros.
  2. The disease listed in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code.

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UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

Recently, which of the following two Indian cities have been included by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its network of Creative Cities on the occasion of World Cities Day 2019?


Export Credit Insurance Scheme

Export Credit Guarantee Corporation of India (ECGC) has introduced the Export Credit Insurance Scheme (ECIS) called NIRVIK to enhance loan availability and ease the lending process. Consider the following statements about the scheme:

  1. Under the NIRVIK, he insurance cover guaranteed will cover up to 90 percent of the principal and interest.
  2. The insurance cover will include both pre and post-shipment credit.

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International Solar Alliance

Second assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was hosted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy from 30th - 31st October 2019.Consider the following given statements about the ISA:

  1. ISA initiative was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in November 2014, jointly by India and France.
  2. The ISA Framework Agreement was opened for signature during the CoP-22 at Marrakesh on 15th November, 2016.
  3. Under the alliance, India has pledged a target of installing 100GW by 2022 and reduction in emission intensity by 33–35% by 2030.

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Bhaona

Recently, the Bhaona performers from a north eastern state made a foreign debut in Abu Dhabi.Consider the following given statements about the Bhaona:

  1. Bhaona is a traditional form of entertainment, with religious messages, prevalent in Nagaland, India.
  2. It is a creation of MahapurushaSrimantaSankardeva, written in the early sixteenth century.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Recently, the President of India has presented the first National Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards to selected companies.Consider the following given statements about the CSR:

  1. In India, the concept of CSR is governed by clause 135 of the Companies Act, 2013.
  2. India is the second country after USA, in the world to make corporate social responsibility (CSR) mandatory, following an amendment to the Companies Act, 2013 in April 2014.

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Tropical Storm

Recently, a Category 4 tropical cyclone Kyarr formed over the Arabian Sea, becoming the strongest storm recorded in the area for 12 years. Consider the following statements about the tropical storm:

  1. A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a large low-pressure center, a closed low-level circulation and a spiral arrangement of numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and heavy rainfall.
  2. A mature tropical cyclone is characterised by the strong spirally circulating wind around the centre which is called the eye.

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National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited

Recently, Bihar government has taken an initiative to help traders and farmers by selling Kashmiri apples through Biscomaun (Bihar State Cooperative Marketing Union Limited) and NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited) at lower prices than the market. Consider the following statements about the NAFED:

  1. National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd. (NAFED), established in 1968, is registered under the Multi State Co-operative Societies Act.
  2. It is the nodal agency to implement price stabilization measures under "Operation Greens" which aims to double the farmers' income by 2022.
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IndiGen Initiative

Consider the given statements about the IndiGen Initiative:

  1. The IndiGen initiative was undertaken by CSIR in April 2019, which was implemented by the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi and CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad.
  2. The outcomes of the IndiGen will be utilized towards understanding the genetic diversity on a population scale.
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Non-Aligned Movement

Recently, the Vice President of India attended the 18th Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) Summit which was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Consider the following statements about the NAM:

  1. The basic concept for the group originated in 1955 during discussions that took place at the Asia-Africa Bandung Conference held in Indonesia.
  2. The first NAM Summit Conference took place in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in September 1962.
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