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Andaman And Nicobar Islands

According to a survey conducted by the researchers from CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are under threat from plastic.Consider the following statements about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are southward extension of ArakanYoma range (Myanmar).
  2. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are separated by the Ten Degree Channel.
  3. Saddle Peak is the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Dharma Guardian

Joint Military Exercise Dharma Guardian-2019 between India and Japan will be is scheduled to take place between from 19th October to 2nd November, 2019. Consider the following statements about the Dharma Guardian:

  1. Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN is an annual training event which is being conducted in India since 2016.
  2. The scope of this exercise covers joint training on counter-terrorism operations in the jungle and urban scenario.
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Chalukyas Of Badami

Recently, graves of Chalukyan rulers have been found in a village near Huligemmanakolla in Pattadakal of Bagalkot district in Karnataka. Consider the following statements about the Chalukyas of Badami:

1. The Chalukya dynasty was established by Kirtivarman I in 543 AD at Vatapi (modern Badami)

2. The most important source of history of the Badami Chalukyas Dynasty is the Aihole inscription of Pulakesin II written by his court poet Ravikirti in Sanskrit language and Kannada script.

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Right To Information (RTI)

An important instrument of participatory democracy- Right to Information (RTI) marked its 14th anniversary on 12th October, 2019. Consider the following statements about the RTI:

1. Right to Information Act 2005 came in to force by replacing the erstwhile Freedom of information act of 2002.

2. The RTI Act mandated for the constitution of the Central Information Commission (CIC) with effect from 12-10-2005.

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Green Crackers

In order to tackle the menace of air pollution due to traditional fire crackers, the government has introduced eco-friendly Green crackers. Consider the following statements about the Green crackers:

  1. It is based on formulations developed by a consortium of eight laboratories under the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) led by Nagpur-based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute(NEERI).
  2. The green crackers do not have barium and strontium salts as constituents and so create less polluting particles.

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Cauvery River

Tamil Nadu has urged the Centre not to entertain a fresh proposal submitted by Karnataka for building a reservoir at Mekedatu across the Cauvery river. Consider the following statements about the Cauvery river:

  1. It originatesin the foothills of Western Ghats at Talakaveri, Kodagu in Karnataka.
  2. Panchanaga and Dudhaganga are important tributaries of Cauvery River.

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Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme “DHRUV”

Recently, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched the Pradhan Mantri Innovative Learning Programme named ‘DHRUV’. Consider the following statements about the programme:

1. The programme will cover only one area i.e. Science.

2. A total 100 students will be selected broadly from classes 9 to 12 from all schools including government and private across the country.

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GEMINI System

In a bid to ensure seamless and effective dissemination of alerts and other important disaster-related information to the fishermen, the government has developed GEMINI system. Consider the following statements about the system:

1. GEMINI has been developed by jointly by the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, ISRO and the Airports Authority of India.

2. The device is designed for two-way communication, allowing the fisherman to make calls in case of emergency.Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

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Hindu-Kush-Himalayan (HKH) Region

Recently, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) decided to collaborate with meteorological agencies in China and Pakistan, among others, to provide climate forecast services to countries in the Hindu-Kush-Himalayan (HKH) region. Consider the following statements about the HKH:

1. The HKH region encompasses an area of mountains in the seven countries of Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.

2. The region is considered as part of the Third Pole due to its largest permanent snow cover after the North and South poles.

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Sixth Schedule Of The Constitution

Recently, the Meghalaya government decided to exclude some unrepresented tribes from the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Consider the following statements about the SixthSchedule:

1. It special provisions for the administration of the tribal dominated areas in four states viz. Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.

2. It allows for the formation of Autonomous District Councils to administer areas which have been given autonomy within their respective states.

3. The governor of the concerned State is empowered to organise and re-organise the autonomous districts or regions by order.

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