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Anti-satellite (A-SAT) Missile

Consider the following statements:

  1. Anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile essentially a missile that can destroy or jam an enemy country's satellite in space.
  2. USA first tested the A-SAT technology in 1958 which was followed by USSR in 1964.
  3. In March 2019, India tested an anti-satellite weapon during an operation code named ‘Mission Shakti’.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


The Oslo Accords

Consider the following statements with reference to the Oslo Accords:

  1. The Oslo Accords is an agreement signed between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), meant to effectively bring the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to its end by means of territorial concessions and facilitating the creation of the Palestinian Authority.
  2. The first phase of the Oslo Accords was implemented on May 4, 1994, as Israel and the PA signed the Cairo Agreement, giving the Palestinians control over Gaza and Jericho.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Hypersonic Weapons

Consider the following statements:

  1. Hypersonic weapons refer to weapons that travel faster than Mach 3 and have the capability to maneuver during the entire flight.
  2. Hypersonic vehicles typically consist of a Supersonic Combustion Ramjet, or Scramjet propulsion system to enable such high speeds.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Shamlat Land

Consider the following statements with reference to the Shamlat land in Punjab:

  1. Shamlat is one of three categories of common land in Punjab villages. ‘Shamlat’ land is owned by the village panchayat.
  2. This land is mainly used for cultivation, and is allotted for this through an open auction that is conducted by the Rural Development and Panchayat Department every year.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Reciprocating Territory

Recently, which of the following country was declared as the “reciprocating territory” by the Indian Ministry of Law and Justice?


Hydrochlorofluorocarbons

Consider the following statements:

  1. Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) are a group of man-made compounds containing hydrogen, fluorine and carbon.
  2. These are ozone depleting substances and potent greenhouse gases that are controlled under the Montreal Protocol.
  3. HCFCs usually dissolve in water, but do not dissolve in organic (carbon-containing) solvents.
  4. HCFCs are used in a wide variety of applications, including refrigeration, air conditioning, foam blowing, solvents, aerosols, and fire suppression.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Blue Corner Notice

Consider the following with reference to the Blue Corner Notice:

  1. A Blue Corner Notice is issued by the international police cooperation body to collect additional information from its member countries about a person's identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.
  2. There are six types of notices — Red Notice, Yellow Notice, Blue Notice, Black Notice, Green Notice and Orange Notice.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:


Indian Ocean Dipole

Consider the following statements:

  1. Sustained changes in the difference between sea surface temperatures of the tropical western and eastern Indian Ocean are known as the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD).
  2. The IOD affects the climate of Australia and other countries that surround the Indian Ocean Basin, and is a significant contributor to rainfall variability in this region.

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


The Anti-Defection Law

Consider the following statements:

  1. The Anti-Defection Law was passed in 1986 through the 54th Amendment to 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 does not specify a time-period for the Presiding Officer to decide on a disqualification plea.

Which of the above statements is/are correct? Select the correct answer from the codes given below:


Xenobots

Recently, scientists in the United States have created the world’s first living machines- Xenobots, tiny robots that can move around on their own. Which of the following animal’s cell was used in making the Xenobots?


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