Current Affairs Questions

Convention On Biological Diversity (CBD)

Consider the following statements:

  1. The first draft of Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework released recently by the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) aims to guide actions worldwide through 2030 to preserve and protect nature and its essential services to people.
  2. The framework will be presented for consideration at the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP-14), to be held in China in October 2021.
  3. One of the 21 key targets of the framework includes nature-based contributions to global climate change mitigation efforts of least 10 GtCO2e per year.

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


International Union For Conservation Of Nature (IUCN)

Consider the following statements:

  1. Every year, International Tiger Day is celebrated on 30th July.
  2. The day marks the anniversary of the agreement of Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit held in Russia in 2010.
  3. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has classified the tiger as ‘Endangered.’

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


‘Fund For Industrial Research Engagement (FIRE)’

Consider the following statements:

  1. Recently, Government of India launched the first-of-its-kind research initiative called ‘Fund for Industrial Research Engagement (FIRE)’.
  2. The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) is a statutory body of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
  3. ‘FIRE’ is a joint initiative between the government and industry and Intel India is a partner in it.

Which of the above statements is/are true?


Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (AHRCs)

Consider the following statements with reference to Affordable Rental Housing Complexes (AHRCs) scheme under PM AwasYojana – Urban:

  1. Under the scheme, existing vacant government-funded housing complexes will be converted in ARHCs through Concession Agreements for 25 years.
  2. The concessionaire will make the complexes livable by repair/retrofit and maintenance of rooms and filling up infrastructure gaps like water, sewer/ septage, sanitation, road, etc.
  3. Complexes will revert to ULB after 25 years to restart next cycle like earlier or run on their own.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


Madrid Protocol On Antarctic Region

With reference to Madrid Protocol on Antarctic region, consider the following statements:

  1. The Parties to the Protocol commit to comprehensively protect the environment of the Antarctic region.
  2. Under the Protocol, mining is banned on Antarctic region.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


‘New Atlantic Charter’

Consider the following statements regarding ‘New Atlantic Charter’ Agreement that was in news recently:

  1. It is agreement between USA and China.
  2. The Charter touches upon topics like climate change, the Covid-19 crisis and the emerging role of technology.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


European Space Agency (ESA)

Consider the following statements:

  1. The EnVision Mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) is scheduled to be launched in 2026.
  2. EnVision is an ESA led mission with contributions from NASA.
  3. The Mission has the objective of studying Venus.
  4. Venus is the hottest planet in the solar system.

Which of the above statements is/are true?


‘Cyber Capabilities And National Power: A Net Assessment’

Consider the following statements:

  1. The report titled ‘Cyber Capabilities and National Power: A Net Assessment’ is published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
  2. India is one of the countries assessed by the report.
  3. The assessed countries are divided into 4 tiers in the report.

Which of the above statements is/are true?


The Solar X-ray Monitor (XSM)

Consider the following statements:

  1. The Sun’s outer atmosphere is known as corona.
  2. The temperature of the photosphere – the visible surface of the Sun – exceeds one million Kelvin.
  3. The Solar X-ray Monitor (XSM) on board Chandrayaan-2 provides spectral measurement of soft X-ray spectrum of the Sun.

Which of the above statements is/are true?


PASIPHAE

Consider the following statements:

  1. Polar-Areas Stellar-Imaging in Polarisation High-Accuracy Experiment (PASIPHAE) has the objective of studying the polarisation in the light coming from millions of stars.
  2. The name PASIPHAE is inspired from Pasiphae, the daughter of Greek Sun God Helios.
  3. The Skinakas Observatory is located in Italy.

Which of the above statements is/are true?


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