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Civil Services Chronicle Online December 2019 :

Microdot Technology

Consider the following statements with reference to the Microdot Technology:

  1. Microdot technology involves spraying the body and parts of the vehicle or any other machine with microscopic dots, which give a unique identification.
  2. The microdots and adhesive will become permanent fixtures/affixation which cannot be removed without damaging the asset i.e. the vehicle itself.

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National Broadband Mission

With reference to the National Broadband mission, consider the following statements:

  1. The project involves laying down around 30 Lakhs kilometer route Optical Fiber Cable, increase tower density from 0.42 to 1.0 tower per thousand of population by 2024.
  2. It envisages an investment of Rs.8 lakh crore in next 5 years from both government and industry to connect the country digitally at a faster pace.

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Quick Reaction Surface To Air Missile

With reference to the Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM), consider the following statements:

  1. QRSAM is an all-weather, all-terrain surface-to-air missile equipped with electronic counter measures against jamming by aircraft radars.
  2. It uses both solid and liquid fuel propellant and has a strike range of 25-30 km with capability of hitting multiple targets.

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Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation

Consider the following statements with reference to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC):

  1. The Organization was established upon a decision of the historical summit which took place in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco in 1969, following the criminal arson of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
  2. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with a membership of 58 countries, excluding Pakistan.

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Hoolock Gibbon

Consider the following statements with reference to the Hoolock Gibbon:

  1. The Hoolock Gibbon is the only ape found in India.
  2. Two species of Hoolock Gibbon are found inhabiting the Indian forests.
  3. Of the two, the Western Hoolock is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN RedList, while the Eastern Hoolock is listed as Endangered.

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Konda Reddi Tribe

With reference to the Konda Reddi Tribe, consider the following statements:

  1. Konda Reddis inahbits on the banks situated on either side of river Godavari in the hilly and forest tracts of East and West Godavari River.
  2. Konda Reddis have been recognized as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

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Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana

Consider the following statements with reference to the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme:

  1. Launched in 2015, under the scheme the state governments were to take over 75 percent of the utilities debts and include it in their fiscal deficit calculations.
  2. UDAY also requires discoms to maintain commercial sustainability, and bring down the gap between average cost of supply (ACS) and average revenue realized (ARR) to zero.

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United Nations Convention On The Law Of The Sea

With reference to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), consider the following statements:

  1. UNCLOS is an international treaty, signed in 1982, which replaced the four Geneva Conventions of April, 1958.
  2. It divides marine areas into four zones namely- Internal Waters, Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zone, and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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Sahitya Akademi

Consider the following statements with reference to the Sahitya Akademi:

  1. Sahitya Akademi gives 24 awards annually to literary works in the languages it has recognized and an equal number of awards to literary translations from and into the languages of India.
  2. Besides the 22 languages enumerated in the Constitution of India, the Sahitya Akademi has recognised English and Rajasthani as languages in which its programme may be implemented.

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Houbara Bustard

Recently, the government of Pakistan has issued special permits to the Emir of Qatar and nine other members of the royal family to hunt the Houbara Bustard. Consider the following given statements with reference to the Houbara Bustard:

  1. Two distinct species as recognised by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), one residing in North Africa and the other in Asia.
  2. The species have been categorised as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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