Current Affairs Questions

Civil Services Chronicle Online, November, 2019:

Avian Botulism

Consider the following statements regarding the Avian Botulism:

  1. The avian botulism is a neuro-muscular illness caused by Botulinum (natural toxin) that is produced by a bacteria-Clostridium botulinum
  2. Clostridium botulinum is a Gram-positive, rod-shaped, anaerobic, spore-forming, motile bacterium with the ability to produce the neurotoxin botulinum.

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Maha Bodhi Temple Complex

Recently, Bhutan’s Foreign Minister recently visited Maha Bodhi Temple Complex (MBTC) in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. Consider the following statements about the MBTC:

  1. He Maha bodhi Temple Complex is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment.
  2. The first temple was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th or 6th centuries.
  3. The complex was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001

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National Institute For Sowa-Rigpa

Recently, Cabinet approved the establishment of National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa (Traditional Medical system of the Himalayan).At which of the following place the institute will be established?


Consider the following statements:

  1. Ain-i-Akbari is a 16th-century detailed document written by Abul Fazl.
  2. Ain-i-Akbari is the concluding part of another document, the Akbarnama.

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ASEAN Defence Ministers’s Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus)

The 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’s Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus) was held in Bangkok on 20th November 2019. Consider the following statements about the ADMM-Plus:

  1. The ADMM-Plus is a platform for ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and it’s six Dialogue Partners to strengthen security and defence cooperation for peace, stability, and development in the region.
  2. The Inaugural ADMM-Plus was convened in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 12th October 2010.

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Kimberley Process

The plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is being hosted by India from 18-22 November, 2019 in India.Consider the following given statements about the Kimberley Process:

  1. The Kimberley Process is a multilateral trade regime established in 2003 with the goal of preventing the flow of conflict diamonds.
  2. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirement son its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free' and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate trade.
  3. India is one of the founder members of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and is the Chair of Kimberley Process for the year 2019.

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Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival

Consider the given statements about the Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival:

  1. Brahmaputra Pushkaram Festival is the biggest river festival being celebrated in the state of Assam.
  2. It is a festival of rivers and it pertains to the 12 important rivers in India, namely Ganga, Yamuna, Narmada, Chambal, Kaveri, Beas, Tapti, Godavari, Chenab, Krishna and Saraswati.

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Rajya Sabha

Recently, the Rajya Sabha secretariat released the first-ever analysis of its legislative work,“Rajya Sabha: The Journey since 1952” on the occasion of the 250th session of Rajya Sabha. Consider the following statements about the Rajya Sabha:

  1. Article 79 of the Constitution lays down the maximum strength of Rajya Sabha as 250, out of which 12 members are nominated by the President and 238 are representatives of the States and of the two Union Territories.
  2. The Fifth Schedule to the Constitution provides for allocation of seats to the States and Union Territories in Rajya Sabha.

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Social Awareness And Action To Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully

In which of the following given states, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, recently launched a campaign named Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS)?

Geochemical Baseline Atlas Of India

Recently, the CSIR- National Geophysical Research Institute has brought out the Geochemical Baseline Atlas of India for environment management purpose.Consider the following given statements about the Atlas:

  1. The atlas consist 45 maps of metals, oxides and elements present in top and bottom soils across India.
  2. The map trace elements from top soil i.e. top 25 cm depth and bottom soil at 100 cm depth from the year 2006 to 2011.

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