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Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS)

According to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF), Special Data Dissemination Standard(SDDS) for 2018, India failed to comply with multiple requirements prescribed in the SDDS. Consider the following statements regarding the SDDS.

  1. The IMF launched the SDDS initiative in 1996 to guide members to enhance data transparency and help financial market participants with adequate information to assess the economic situations of individual countries.
  2. There are over 20 data categories which IMF considers for this report to capture a nation’s economic health including national accounts (GDP, GNI), production indices, employment, and central government operations.
  3. India subscribed to the SDDS on December 27, 1997.

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


Gravitational Lensing

Recently, researchers plan to investigate how new stars are born using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. For this, they will take the help of a natural phenomenon called Gravitational Lensing. Consider the following statements regarding the gravitational lensing:

  1. The phenomenon occurs when a huge amount of matter, such as a massive galaxy or cluster of galaxies, creates a gravitational field that distorts and magnifies the light from objects behind it, but in the same line of sight.
  2. The investigation is a part of the programme called Targeting Extremely Magnified Panchromatic Lensed Arcs and Their Extended Star Formation (TEMPLATES).

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Glacier Loss

Recently, which of the following countries, in a unique move, commemorated its first glacier lost due to climate change and global warming?


Offshore Rupee Markets

Recently, a panel on ‘Offshore Rupee Markets’ has submitted its final report to the Reserve bank of India(RBI). Who among the following given persons was the head of the panel?


Virus Outbreak International Emergency

Recently the outbreak of which virus has been declared as an international emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO)?


Kartarpur Sahib Pilgrim Corridor

On which of the following river, Kartarpur Sahib Pilgrim Corridor is being constructed between India and Pakistan?


Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI)

Consider the following given statements in context to recently released Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI):

  1. Global MPI- 2019 is released annually by the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP).
  2. It defines poor not only on the basis of income, but on other indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence.
  3. According to the report, about 1.3 billion people are multi-dimensionally poor.
  4. Incidence of multidimensional poverty almost halved between 2005-06 and 2015-16, climbing down to 27.5%, indicating that the number of poor people in India fell by more than 271 million within ten years.

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Organisation Of Petroleum Exporting Countries

Consider the following statements about Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC):

  1. Iran is the only major oil producing country which is not a member of OPEC.
  2. OPEC is concerned mainly with oil which is the reason why Qatar has quit the bloc recently.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


RATS – Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure

Consider the following about RATS – Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure recently seen in news:

  1. It is a permanent body of SCO created to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism.
  2. It is a policy making and coordinating body and does not concern with staging of exercises on ground.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


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