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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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Ain-i-Akbari

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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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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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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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)?


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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Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Recently, the Odisha government declared to compensate fishermen families who would bear losses due to the fishing ban imposed for the protection of the Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Consider the following given statements about the turtle:

  1. The Olive Ridley turtles inhabit tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
  2. The species is listed as Critically Endangered in the IUCN Red List.
  3. Olive Ridley turtles use three different strategies to nest: arribadas, solitary nests and mixed strategy.

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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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Asia Pacific Rural And Agricultural Credit Association

Recently, the 6th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance was organised by NABARD in association with the Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA). Consider the following given statements about the APRACA:

  1. It was launched during the first General Assembly Meeting held in New Delhi, India in 1977.
  2. The General Secretariat of APRACA was established at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) premises in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Anti-Defection Law

Recently, the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification of 17 dissident Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) legislators by then Karnataka Assembly Speaker under anti-Defection Law.Consider the following statements regarding the Anti-Defection Law:

  1. Provision regarding anti-defection law is contained in the 11th Schedule of the Constitution.
  2. It lays down the process by which legislators may be disqualified on grounds of defection by the Presiding Officer of a legislature based on a petition by any other member of the House.
  3. The law applies only to the Parliament and not the state assemblies.

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