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The Association Of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN)

Recently, 4th ASEAN-India Business Summit was held in Manila, Philippines. Consider the following statements about the ASEAN:

  1. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was established in1967 with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
  2. Vanuatu and Fiji are the countries having the status of Observer in the ASEAN.

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Siachen Glacier

Recently, the Siachen Glacier area of Ladakh has been declared open for tourists by the Government of India. Consider the following statements about the SiachenGlacier:

  1. The Siachen Glacier is located in the Eastern Karakoram Range in the Himalayas.
  2. It is the second-longest glacier in the world's non-polar areas.

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Petta Thulla

Recently, the Kerala State Pollution Board proposed to ban the chemical-based colours used during the PettaThullal ritual. Consider the following given statements about the PettaThulla:

  1. PettaThullal is a form of ritualistic sacred dance to celebrate the victory of good over evil in the legend of Lord Ayyappa of SabarimalaAyyappa Temple.
  2. It is performed during the Mandalam - Makaravilakku period (November, December and January) in the presence of thousands of devotees.

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Water Buffaloes

Recently, two Asiatic Water Buffaloes died due to the anthrax, in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Consider the following given statements about the Water Buffaloes:

  1. Asiatic Water Buffalo has been listed as aLeast Concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
  2. It is included in CITES Appendix-III and is legally protected in Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Thailand.

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Financial Action Task Force

Recently, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), at its 5-day plenary decided to keep Pakistan on the Grey List. Consider the following statements about the FATF:

  1. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 during the Group of Seven (G-7) Summit in Paris.
  2. Countries that are considered safe haven for supporting terror funding and money laundering are put in the FATF black list.

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Aflatoxin-M1

Recently the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) found Aflatoxin-M1 in Processed Milk. Consider the following statements about the Aflatoxin-M1:

  1. Aflatoxins are toxins produced by certain fungi which are generally found in agricultural crops like maize, peanuts, cotton seed and others.
  2. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) , consumption of food containing aflatoxin concentrations of one milligram per kilogram or higher has been suspected to cause aflatoxicosis, the outcome of which consists of acute liver failure, jaundice, lethargy and nausea, eventually leading to death.

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Catalonia

More than 100 people were detained by Police in Catalonia over controversy sparked by arrest of separatist leaders. Consider the following statements about the Catalonia:

  1. Catalonia is a semi-autonomous region in Iberian Peninsula in the north-eastern Spain.
  2. Catalonia consists of three provinces: Barcelona, Girona, and Tarragona.

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GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) Program

Consider the following statements about the GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) program:

  1. Going Online as Leaders (GOAL) is a Google program in association with Union Ministry of Tribal Affair.
  2. Under the program, digital literacy to girls from six states in India will be imparted through a dedicated digital skilling curriculum.

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Rangdum Monastery

Recently, Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) invited objections or suggestions on declaring the Rangdum monastery a monument of national importance. Consider the following statements about the Rangdum monastery:

  1. Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Kagyu sect.
  2. Built in 18th century, the monastery is situated at an altitude of 4,031 m. at the head of the Suru Valley, in Ladakh.

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Van Dhan Scheme

Recently, Van Dhan Internship Programme was organised by TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs.Consider the following statements about the Van Dhan Scheme:

  1. Van Dhan Scheme was launched by the government inApril, 2018, to help increase tribal income through Value Addition.
  2. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED as Nodal Agency at the National Level.

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