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IAS/ PCS :

United Nations

On 24th October, 2019, the United Nations (UN) day was being celebrated. Consider the following statements about the United Nations:

1. The League of Nations, created by the Treaty of Versailles, in 1919 is considered to be the predecessor of United Nations.

2. The name "United Nations", coined by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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BrahMos Missile

Recently, the Indian Air Force carried out successful firing of BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles from a mobile platform at Trak Island in Andaman Nicobar islands. Consider the following statements about the BrahMos Missile:

1. BRAHMOS is a two-stage missile with a solid propellant booster engine as its first stage which brings it to supersonic speed and then gets separated.

2. It operates on ‘Fire and Forget Principle’, adopting varieties of flights on its way to the target.

3. It can carry a conventional warhead weighing 200 to 300 kgs.

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Whistleblower Protection Act, 2014

Recently, anonymous whistleblowers accused Infosys CEO, CFO of unethical practices, which once again has brought back the focus on whistleblower’s safety in India. Consider the following statements about the Whistleblower Protection Act, 2014:

  1. Whistleblowers Protection Act, 2014 enables any person (i.e. a whistleblower) to report an act of corruption, willful misuse of power or discretion, or criminal offence by a public servant.
  2. It allows any person, including a public servant, to make a public interest disclosure before a Competent Authority.
  3. The maximum time period for making a complaint is ten years.

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The Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority claimed that the Great Barrier Reef in spite witnessing record bleaching, it is in good condition.Consider the following statements about the Great Barrier Reef:

  1. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off thecoast of New South Wales Queensland, Australia.
  2. It was included in the World Heritage Site in 1982.

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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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