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Tanbo Art

Consider the following statements about the Tanbo Art:

  1. Tanbo Art is a rice paddy art developed by the Chinese farmers to beautify their paddy fields.
  2. In this art, farmers use different dyes and colours in order to beautify their paddy fields.

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Accelerator Lab

Recently, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched its Accelerator Lab in India in collaboration with Atal Innovation Mission. Consider the following statements about the Accelerator Lab:

  1. The Accelerator Lab is an innovative new initiative by the UNDP, State of Qatar and the Federal Republic of Germany to find 21st century solutions to today's complex new challenges.
  2. The Indian lab will be among the 60 global ones that will find, test and try to scale up innovative solutions that can help combat both climate change and social inequity.

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Shadow Banking

Consider the following statements about the Shadow Banking:

  1. The shadow banking system is made up of financial entities which have the same functions as traditional banks but which are subject to little, if any, regulation.
  2. Shadow banking includes money market funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, securitisation, securities lenders, and structured investment vehicles.

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Defence Acquisition Council

Recently, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the procurement of weapons and equipment worth Rs. 22,800 crore. Consider the following statements about the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC):

  1. The DAC is Defence Ministry’s highest decision making body for capital acquisition proposals forwarded by the Indian armed forces.
  2. It is responsible to give policy guidelines to acquisitions, based on long-term procurement plans.
  3. It also clears all acquisitions, which includes both imported and those produced indigenously or under a foreign license.

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Assam Roofed Turtle

Consider the following statements about the Assam Roofed Turtle:

  1. The species is endemic to India, found only in the state of Assam.
  2. The turtle is classified as vulnerable and is listed in Schedule II of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

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Etalin Hydroelectric Project

Recently, the Union Government recommended a biodiversity study of the proposed 3,097 MW Etalin Hydroelectric Project in Arunachal Pradesh : Consider the following statements about the Etalin Project:

  1. The proposed hydropower project is supposed to be built in the biodiversity-rich Dihang valley of Arunachal Pradesh.
  2. The project involves the construction of two concrete gravity dams, one on the Tangon and other on the Dri rivers.

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Central Road And Infrastructure Fund

Consider the following statements about the Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF):

  1. The budget 2018 has amended the Central Road Fund Act, 2000, and has renamed the Central Road Fund as Central Road and Infrastructure Fund.
  2. As per the amendment, the share for each infrastructure areas and projects from the CRIF shall be finalised by a Committee, constituted by the Central government.
  3. The fund comprises of a cess imposed along with excise duty on petrol and diesel.

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Fundamental Duties

Recently, the Government decided to assign its different Ministries with the task of spreading awareness about Fundamental duties among people.Consider the following statements about the Fundamental Duties:

  1. The idea of Fundamental Duties is inspired from the Constitution of French.
  2. Fundamental Duties were incorporated in Part IV-A of the Constitution by the 44th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1978 on the recommendations of Swaran Singh Committee.

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Avian Botulism

Consider the following statements regarding the Avian Botulism:

  1. The avian botulism is a neuro-muscular illness caused by Botulinum (natural toxin) that is produced by a bacteria-Clostridium botulinum
  2. Clostridium botulinum is a Gram-positive, rod-shaped, anaerobic, spore-forming, motile bacterium with the ability to produce the neurotoxin botulinum.

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Consultative Committees

Recently, Farooq Abdullah and Pragya Thakur have been nominated as members of the consultative committee of Parliament for the Ministry of Defence. Consider the following statements about the consultative committee:

  1. These committees are constituted by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
  2. Consultative committees are attached to various ministries/departments of the Central Government.
  3. It consists of members of both the Houses of Parliament.

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