Current Questions

Civil Services Chronicle Online, January,2020:

Stripe Rust

Consider the following statements:

  1. Stripe Rust of wheat is a viral disease caused by the virus Begomovirus.
  2. The first sign of stripe rust is the appearance of yellow streaks (pre-pustules), followed by small, bright yellow, elongated uredial pustules arranged in conspicuous rows on the leaves.

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Asiatic Cheetah

Consider the following statements:

  1. The Asiatic cheetah is smaller and paler than the African cheetah.
  2. The Asiatic cheetah is listed as vulnerable species while the African Cheetah is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN).
  3. In the 2015 update of the IUCN Red List, the Asiatic cheetah is considered regionally extinct in Iraq, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

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Article 72 Of The Constitution

Consider the following statements:

  1. Under the Article 72, the President of India can grant a pardon or reduce the sentence of a convicted person, particularly in cases involving capital punishment.
  2. The President can grant pardon in all cases where the sentence given is sentence of death but pardoning power of Governor does not extend to death sentence cases.
  3. The pardoning power of the President is absolute.

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Legislative Council

Consider the following statements:

  1. Assam was the first Indian state to abolish its Legislative Council in 1947.
  2. After Assam, Punjab had abolished its Legislative Council in 1968, while West Bengal abolished it in 1971.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Mineral Accretion Technology

Consider the following statements with reference to the Mineral Accretion Technology:

  1. Mineral Accretion Technology is a coral reef restoration technology that utilizes low voltage electricity to improve the health and growth rates of corals and other marine organisms.
  2. As electricity flows to the metal structures placed underwater, minerals, much the same as those the corals use to create their skeletons, fall out of the water and accumulate onto the structure, thus giving the technology its name.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


The Oslo Accords

Consider the following statements with reference to the Oslo Accords:

  1. The Oslo Accords is an agreement signed between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), meant to effectively bring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to its end by means of territorial concessions and facilitating the creation of the Palestinian Authority.
  2. The first phase of the Oslo Accords was implemented on May 4, 1994, as Israel and the PA signed the Cairo Agreement, giving the Palestinians control over Gaza and Jericho.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Anti-satellite (A-SAT) Missile

Consider the following statements:

  1. Anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile essentially a missile that can destroy or jam an enemy country's satellite in space.
  2. USA first tested the A-SAT technology in 1958 which was followed by USSR in 1964.
  3. In March 2019, India tested an anti-satellite weapon during an operation code named ‘Mission Shakti’.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Shamlat Land

Consider the following statements with reference to the Shamlat land in Punjab:

  1. Shamlat is one of three categories of common land in Punjab villages. ‘Shamlat’ land is owned by the village panchayat.
  2. This land is mainly used for cultivation, and is allotted for this through an open auction that is conducted by the Rural Development and Panchayat Department every year.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Hypersonic Weapons

Consider the following statements:

  1. Hypersonic weapons refer to weapons that travel faster than Mach 3 and have the capability to maneuver during the entire flight.
  2. Hypersonic vehicles typically consist of a Supersonic Combustion Ramjet, or Scramjet propulsion system to enable such high speeds.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Hydrochlorofluorocarbons

Consider the following statements:

  1. Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are a group of man-made compounds containing hydrogen, fluorine and carbon.
  2. These are ozone depleting substances and potent greenhouse gases that are controlled under the Montreal Protocol.
  3. HCFCs usually dissolve in water, but do not dissolve in organic (carbon-containing) solvents.
  4. HCFCs are used in a wide variety of applications, including refrigeration, air conditioning, foam blowing, solvents, aerosols, and fire suppression.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


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