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Influenza Virus

Recently, India has been declared free from which of the following influenza virus?


Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal

Recently, Maharashtra and Karnataka governments have agreed to jointly oppose Andhra Pradesh’s application seeking a relook at the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal’s 2010 order on water distribution between the states. Consider the following statements regarding the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal:

  1. The Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT) was set up in 1968 under the Inter-State River Water Dispute Act, 1956, and presented its report in 1973.
  2. The report, which was published in 1976, divided the 2060 TMC (thousand million cubic feet) of Krishna water at 75 per cent dependability into three parts: 560 TMC for Maharashtra, 700 TMC for Karnataka and 800 TMC for Andhra Pradesh.
  3. As new grievances arose between the states, the second KWDT was instituted in 2004. It delivered its report in 2010, which made allocations of the Krishna water at 65 per cent dependability and for surplus flows as follows: 81 TMC for Maharashtra, 177 TMC for Karnataka, and 190 TMC for Andhra Pradesh.

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Elimination Of Infectious Childhood Killer Diseases

Recently, the member-countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region have resolved to eliminate highly infectious childhood two killer diseases at the 72nd session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia in Delhi. What are those two diseases?


Postal Ballot System

Recently, the Election Commission of India(ECI) has asked the Union Law Ministry to expand the ambit of postal ballots.Consider the following statements regarding the Postal Ballot System:

  1. Postal voting is a type of voting in elections whereby Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot Papers (ETPB) are distributed to electors and returned by post.
  2. Currently, the following voters are allowed to cast their votes through postal ballot:Service voters (armed forces, the armed police force of a state and government servants posted abroadandVoters under preventive detention.

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One Nation One Ration Card Scheme

Consider the following statements regarding the One Nation One Ration Card Scheme:

  1. One Nation One Ration Card Scheme will allow portability of food security benefits across the country by 2020.
  2. The pair of states between which the portability was first initiated are-: Andhra Pradesh - Telangana and Maharashtra - Gujarat.

Which ofthe following statements given above is/are correct? Choose the correct answers from the codes given below:


Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment

Consider the following statements regarding the Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA):

  1. The Asteroid Impact Deflection Assessment (AIDA) project seeks to explore the defence mechanism through deflection.
  2. It is a joint mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities(Russia).

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North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited

Recently, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has inaugurated the North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC) in Guwahati. Consider the given statements regarding NERAMAC.

  1. The NERAMAC Limited was incorporated in the year 1992 as a marketing organization in the field of Agri-Horti sector of the North-eastern region, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).
  2. It is continuously making all efforts for the development of the farmers of the region and double their income by the end of 2022.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


State Of The World Population 2019 Report

Consider the following statements regarding the recently published United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report, ‘State of the World Population 2019’:

  1. According to it, India accounts for over one-sixth of the world’s population in 2019.
  2. India’s life expectancy at birth is 69 to 72 years.
  3. 86% of births in India (2006 and 2017), were attended by skilled health personnel (which is 79% across the world).
  4. India’s Maternal Mortality Rate(MMR) in 2015 was 174 deaths per lakh live births (global MMR in 2015 was 216).

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New Development Bank

Recently, a one-day Joint India - New Development Bank(NDB) workshop on Enhancing NDB’s engagement with the India private and public sector was held in New Delhi. Consider the following statements regarding NDB:

  1. The idea to form a new Development Bank to mobilize resources for infrastructure and sustainable development projects was mobilized at fifth annual BRICS summit, held in Durban, South Africa in 2013.
  2. As of now, NDB’s approved loan proportion to India is 18%, the third highest after China and Russia amongst the BRICS countries.

Which of the following statements given above is/are correct?


Eight Core Industries

According to recent government data, growth of eight core industries has been slowed down to 2.1 percent in July, 2019 as against 7.3 percent in the same month last year. Considerthe following statements regarding eight core industries:

  1. The eight core sector industries consist of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, textile and food processing.
  2. These core industries comprise 40.27 per cent of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).

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