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Civil Services Chronicle Online, November, 2019 :

Dhrupad

Recently, renowned Dhrupad vocalist (Padma Shri awardee) Ramakant Gundecha passed away in Bhopal. Consider the following given statements about the Dhrupad:

  1. Dhrupad be a form of the Gandharva Veda, the Vedic science of music, which is a branch of Sama Veda.
  2. It is performed by a solo singer or a small number of singers in unison to the beat of the mridang rather than the tabla.
  3. Like all Indian classical music, dhrupad is modal and monophonic, with a single melodic line and no chord progression.

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Uranium Enrichment

Recently, Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant located near Tehran.Consider the following given statements about the uranium enrichment process:

  1. Uranium needs to be in a solid form for enrichment due to the varying chemical and physical properties the different isotopes (U-235 and U-238).
  2. Enriched uranium is produced by feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges to separate out the most suitable isotope for nuclear fission, called U-235.

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Recently, French sighted the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as a grouping was dying with its incapacity to work in a co-ordinated manner. Consider the following given statements about the NATO:

  1. NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries.
  2. The North Atlantic Treaty forms the legal basis of, and is implemented by, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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

The first-ever Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Conclave of Ports is being held at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 7th and 8th November 2019.Consider the following statements about the BIMSTEC:

  1. BIMSTEC is a sub-regional organization that came into being in 1998 through the Bangkok Declaration.
  2. Initially, it was known as BIST-EC comprising of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
  3. Nepal and Bhutan became the member of the organistaion in 2004.

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Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the Protocol amending the Convention between India and Brazil for the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC).Consider the following given statements about the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement:

  1. DTAA is a tax treaty signed between two or more countries to help taxpayers avoid paying double taxes on the same income.
  2. It can be either be comprehensive, encapsulating all income sources, or limited to certain areas, which means taxing of income from shipping, inheritance, air transport, etc.

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Alternative Investment Fund

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the creation of an Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) to provide last-mile funding for stalled affordable and middle-income housing projects across the country. Consider the following given statements about the AIF:

  1. In India, AIFs are defined in Regulation 2(1) (b) of Securities and Exchange Board of India (Alternative Investment Funds) Regulations, 2012.
  2. AIF can be established in the form of a company or a corporate body or a trust or a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP).
  3. Private equity or venture capital, hedge funds, real property, commodities, and tangible assets are all examples of alternative investments.

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Gujarat Control Of Terrorism And Organised Crime Bill

Recently, the President gave assent to the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill.Consider the following given statements about the GCTOC:

  1. It defines a terrorist act, as an act committed with the intention to disturb law and order or threaten the unity, integrity, and security of the state.
  2. The new Act mandates intercepting of telephonic conversations, which would now be considered as legitimate evidence.
  3. It provides for the creation of a special court as well as the appointment of special public prosecutors

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Tongan Archipelago

Recently, an undersea volcanic eruption in the Tongan Archipelago has sunk one island and created another three times larger. Consider the following given statements about the Tonga:

  1. Tonga is an archipelago that comes under the Melanesia subregion of Oceania.
  2. Tonga's capital city-Nukuʻalofa is located on Niuas, largest island of the archipelago.

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Universal Postal Union

Recently, Pakistan has stopped the exchange of postal mails with India without any prior notice, defying the Universal Postal Union (UPU) rules.Consider the following given statements about the UPU:

  1. Established in 1874, the Universal Postal Union is the second oldest international organization worldwide.
  2. The UPU contains four bodies consisting of the Congress, the Council of Administration (CA), the Postal Operations Council (POC) and the International Bureau (IB)
  3. A non-member state of the United Nations may also become a member if two-thirds of the UPU member countries approve its request.

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Nipah Virus

Recently, Kerala decided to launch an all-out campaign across the State, to create awareness of Nipah virus transmission. Consider the following given statements about the Nipah virus:

  1. Nipah virus is a zoonotic virus and can also be transmitted through contaminated food or directly between people.
  2. Nipah virus is closely related to Hendra virus. Both are members of the genus Henipavirus, a new class of virus in the Paramyxoviridae family.

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