Current Affairs Question - February 2020


National Agriculture

PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana


Consider the following statements with reference to the PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana:

  1. PM Kisan SAMPADA Yojana is an umbrella scheme with its period coterminous with the cycle of 15th Finance Commission.
  2. It is a comprehensive package which will result in creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National India And Its Bilateral Relations

Exercise Indradhanush


Between which of the following given countries, Exercise Indradhanush is being conducted?

A
India and United Kingdom
B
India and France
C
India and Israel
D
India and USA

International Disaster And Risk Management

Sendai Framework For Disaster Reduction


Consider the following statements with reference to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction 2015-30:

  1. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 was adopted at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in March 2015 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
  2. It considered as the successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005–2015), which had been the most encompassing international accord to date on disaster risk reduction.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

International Issues Relating To Health

H1N1 Virus


Consider the following statements:

  1. H1N1 virus is a subtype of influenza B virus that is the most common cause of human influenza.
  2. It is an orthomyxovirus that contains the glycoproteins haemagglutinin and neuraminidase.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Executive & The Judiciary

International Judicial Conference


Recently, among which of the given places, International Judicial Conference-2020 was held?

A
New Delhi
B
Chennai
C
Bengaluru
D
Kolkata

International Biodiversity & Conservation

Olive Ridley Turtles


Consider the following statements with reference to Olive Ridley turtles:

  1. The Olive Ridley turtles are the largest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world, inhabiting cold waters of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
  2. The Olive Ridley is classified as ‘endangered’ according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN), and is listed in Appendix II of CITES.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Physical Geography

Mahadayi River


Consider the following statements with reference to the Mahadayi River:

  1. Mahadayi River rises in the Western Ghats, from the Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary in Khanapur taluk of Karnataka’s Belagavi district.
  2. With its cerulean waters, Dudhsagar Falls and Varapoha Falls, it is also known as the Gomati in a few places.
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?
A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Government Policies And Interventions

Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission


Consider the following statements with reference to the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM):

  1. Launched in 2016, and undertaken by the Union Ministry of Rural Development, the SPMRM focuses on cluster-based integrated development through Spatial Planning.
  2. Substantial part of the works identified for development in the clusters is focused on provision of basic and economic amenities.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Biodiversity & Conservation

UN Convention On Migratory Species


Recently, three animals were included in Appendix I of UN Convention on Migratory Species at the 13th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in Gandhinagar (Gujarat).

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican
B
Asian Elephant, NilgiriTahr and Indian Rhinoceros
C
NilgiriTahr, Indian Rhinoceros and Lion tailed Macaque
D
Bengal Florican, Lion tailed Macaque and Great Indian Bustard

National Polity & Governance

32nd Statehood Day


Recently, which of the following north eastern states celebrated their 32nd Statehood Day?


A
Mizoram and Nagaland
B
Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh
C
Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram
D
Tripura and Mizoram

International International Institutions, Agencies & Fora

Financial Action Task Force


Consider the following statements with reference to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF):

  1. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 by the Ministers of its Member jurisdictions.
  2. The FATF's decision making body, the FATF Plenary, meets two times per year.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Tribal Communities In India

Asur Tribe


In which of the following Indian state, Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) Asur is found?

A
Jharkhand
B
West Bengal
C
Chhattisgarh
D
None of the above

National Indian Art & Culture

Kambala


Consider the following statements with reference to the traditional buffalo race Kambala:

  1. Kambala is a traditional buffalo race in paddy fields filled with slush and mud which generally takes place in coastal Karnataka (Udupi and Dakshina Kannada) from November to March.
  2. There are three types of Kambala: Bare Kambala, Pokare Kambala and Arasu Kambala.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/ are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

International Policies/Politics Of Other Countries Affecting India

Adjusted Gross Revenue


Consider the following statement(s) with reference to the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR):

  1. Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) is the usage and licensing fee that telecom operators are charged by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
  2. It is divided into spectrum usage charges and licensing fees, pegged between 3-5 per cent and 8 per cent respectively.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Constitutional Bodies In India

Tribunal


Consider the following statements:

  1. Part XIV-A of the Constitution provides for the Tribunals.
  2. The Administrative Tribunals Act in 1985 enacted by the Parliament authorises the Central Government to establish Central Administrative Tribunal and the State Administrative Tribunals.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Tribal Communities In India

Korku Tribe


In which of the following state, Korku tribe is found?

A
Madhya Pradesh
B
Bihar
C
Chhattisgarh
D
Jharkhand

National Statutory, Regulatory & Quasi-judicial Bodies

Khadi And Village Industries Commission


Consider the following statements:

  1. The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) is a statutory body formed by the Government of India, under the Act of Parliament - Khadi and Village Industries Commission Act of 1956.
  2. The KVIC is authorized to establish and maintain separate organisations for the purpose of carrying out any or all of the above matters besides carrying out any other matters incidental to its activities.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Bilateral, Regional And Global Groupings Affecting India

Bay Of Bengal Initiative For Multi-Sectoral Technical And Economic Cooperation


Consider the following statements with reference to the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC):

  1. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an international organisation of six nations of South Asia and South East Asia.
  2. The organization functions as per the founding principles of BIMSTEC as laid down in the Bangkok Declaration of 6 June 1997 and directions given by the Leaders of the Member States.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Government Policies And Interventions

Jal Jeevan Mission


Consider the following statements with reference to the Jal Jeevan Mission:

  1. Announced in August 2018, the chief objective of the Mission is to provide piped water supply (Har Ghar Jal) to all rural households by 2025.
  2. The goal of JJM is to provide functional household tap connection to every household with service level at the rate of 45 litres per capita per day (lpcd).

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Indian Art & Culture

The Sun Temple Of Konark


Consider the following statements:

  1. The Sun Temple of Konark exhibits the traditional Odisha style of architecture, also known as Kalinga architecture, on a grand scale.
  2. The temple has been declared a world heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1984.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National India And Its Bilateral Relations

Exercise Ajeya Warrior


With which of the following country, India has been conducting joint military exercise Ajeya Warrior since 2013?

A
France
B
Maldives
C
China
D
United Kingdom

National Biodiversity & Conservation

Pangolin


Consider the following statements:

  1. Pangolins have large, protective keratin scales covering their skin; they are the only known mammals with this feature.
  2. Five species of pangolin are found is Asia—Chinese, Sunda, Indian, and Philippine pangolins—and they're listed by the IUCN as critically endangered.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Indian Art & Culture

Chindu Yakshaganam


Consider the following statements:

  1. Chindu Yakshaganam, a.k.a Chindu Bhagavatam is a form of theatre practised by members of the Chindu Madiga community.
  2. The ancient art form which is a traditional theatre form, developed in Telangana, combines dance, music, dialogues between the characters, costume, make-up, and stage techniques with a unique style and form and such was the aura of these artists.
Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:
A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Banking & Finance

Repo Rate


Consider the following statements:

  1. Repo rate is the rate at which the central bank of a country lends money to commercial banks in the event of any shortfall of funds.
  2. In Overnight Repo, banks sell securities to the RBI for money, and repurchase those the following day, thus, returning the money to the central bank.

Which of the statement’s given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

International Physical Geography

Mt. Aconcagua


Consider the following statements:

  1. Mt. Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside Asia and by extension the highest point in both the Western Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.
  2. It is of volcanic origin, but it is not itself an active volcano.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Biodiversity & Conservation

Ban On CFL And Incandescent Bulbs


Recently, which of the following state decided to impose ban the sale of both Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) and Incandescent (filament) Bulbs from November, 2020?

A
Karnataka
B
Tamil Nadu
C
Telangana
D
Kerala

International Natural Resources

Shallow Gas


Recently, in which of the following country, fourth largest reservoir of shallow gas in the world has been discovered?

A
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
B
Russia
C
Qatar
D
Turkmenistan

Science & Technology

Reverse Osmosis


Consider the following statements with reference to Reverse Osmosis (RO):

  1. Reverse Osmosis is a technology that is used to remove a large majority of contaminants from water by pushing the water through a semi-permeable membrane.
  2. Unlike osmosis, which is a passive process, reverse osmosis requires external force (pressure) to work.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Defence & Security

Project-75 India


Consider the following given statements:

  1. The Project 75I-class submarine is follow-on of the Project 75 Kalvari-class submarines for the Indian Navy.
  2. Under this project, the Indian Navy intends to acquire eight diesel-electric submarines, which will also feature advanced air-independent propulsion systems.
  3. The Russian Naval Group is among the five Original Equipment Manufactures (OEM) who have been shortlisted for the Indian Navy’s project for advanced submarines under Project-75I.
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?
A
Only 1
B
1 and 2
C
1 and 3
D
1, 2 and 3

National Commissions And Committees

Monetary Policy Committee


Consider the following statement with reference to the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC):

  1. Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has been instituted by the Central Government of India under Section 45ZB of the RBI Act, 1934.
  2. The committee comprises six members - three officials of the Reserve Bank of India and three external members nominated by the Government of India.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Infrastructure

Vadhavan Port


In which of the following state, Union Cabinet has given in principle approval for setting up India’s 13th major port?

A
Tamil Nadu
B
Maharashtra
C
Karnataka
D
Gujarat

National Programmes & Schemes

YUva VIgyani KAryakram


Which of the following has launched YUva VIgyani KAryakram (Yuvika) in order to provide basic knowledge on Space Technology, Space Science and Space Applications to the younger aspirants in the country?

A
Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO)
B
Department of Science & Technology
C
Jointly by Indian Space Research Organisation and Department of Science & Technology
D
None of the Above

National Physical Geography

Dihing River


Dihing River is a tributary of a river flowing in north east India.What is the name of that river?

A
Brahmaputra
B
Manas
C
Lohit
D
Dihang

National Indian Art & Culture

Brihadeshwara Temple


Consider the following statements with reference to the Brihadeshwara Temple:

  1. Built by Tamil king Rajendra Chola I, Brihadishvara Temple is dedicated to Shiva and located in South bank of Vaigai River In Tamil Nadu.
  2. The temple is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Great Living Chola Temples", along with Brihadeeswarar Temple, Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Airavatesvara temple.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

International International Treaties & Agreements

Blue Dot Network


Consider the following statements with reference to the Blue Dot Network:

  1. The United States, Australia and Japan’s new Blue Dot Network will serve as a globally recognized seal of approval for major infrastructure projects, letting people know that projects are sustainable and not exploitative.
  2. The network is “ratings mechanism” that would grade infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region on different parameters to ensure transparency and is planned as direct counter to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Which of the statement (s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

International Bilateral, Regional And Global Groupings Affecting India

Maldives


Which of the following countries has recently rejoined the Commonwealth of Nations?

A
Nigeria
B
Malaysia
C
Papua New Guinea
D
Maldives

National Ancient History

Rakhigarhi Village


Recent Union Budget (2020-21) has proposed to develop Rakhigarhi village, Haryana as an iconic site. Consider the following statements with reference to the Rakghigarhi:

  1. Rakhigarhi is the second largest Harappan site in the Indian subcontinent after Mohenjodaro.
  2. In May 2012, the Global Heritage Fund, declared Rakhigarhi one of the 10 most endangered heritage sites in Asia.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

International Bilateral, Regional And Global Groupings Affecting India

North American Free Trade Agreement


Consider the following statements:

  1. The North American Free Trade Agreement(NAFTA) is a treaty between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
  2. The agreement came into force on January 1, 1994, and superseded the 1988 Canada–United States Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Canada.
  3. The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is an updated version NAFTA which includes major changes on cars and new policies on labor and environmental standards, intellectual property protections, and some digital trade provisions.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
1 and 3
C
Only 2
D
1, 2 and 3

Indian Economy

Dividend Distribution Tax


Consider the following statements with reference to the Dividend Distribution Tax(DDT):

  1. The Dividend Distribution Tax is a tax levied on dividends that a company pays to its shareholders out of its profits.
  2. Under Section 115-O, the Income Tax Act, any domestic firm which is declaring or distributing dividend has to pay DDT at the rate of 15 percent on the gross amount of dividend.
  3. The tax has to be paid to the government within 24 days of the dividend declaration, distribution or payment whichever is earliest.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A
Only 1
B
1 and 2
C
1 and 3
D
Only 3

National Executive & The Judiciary

Anticipatory Bail


With reference to the Anticipatory Bail, consider the following statements:

  1. The provision of anticipatory bail under Section 438 was introduced when CrPC was amended in 1973.
  2. The High Court and a Court of Session, have concurrent jurisdiction to grant anticipatory bail.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Only 2
C
Both 1 and 2
D
Neither 1 nor 2

National Commissions And Committees

Indian National Commission For Cooperation With UNESCO


Consider the following statements with reference to the Indian Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO(INCCU):

  1. Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO(INCCU) was formed by the Government of India in 1959.
  2. It functions under the Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

A
Only 1
B
Both 1 and 2
C
Only 2
D
Neither 1nor 2

National India And Its Bilateral Relations

SAMPRITI Military Exercise


Between which of the following countries, joint military exercise SAMPRITI is held annually?

A
India and Bangladesh
B
India and China
C
India and Nepal
D
India and Russia

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