Current Affairs Questions

National Food Security Act 2013

Consider the following statements with reference to the National Food Security Act, (NFSA) 2013:

  1. NFSA defines the joint responsibility of the Centre and State/UT Government.
  2. The Act legally entitles upto 85% of the rural population and 60% of the urban population to receive subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System.
  3. It provides for reforms in the TPDS including schemes such as Cash transfers for provisioning of food entitlements.

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


Foreign Portfolio Investment

Consider the following statements with reference to the Foreign portfolio investment (FPI):

  1. Foreign portfolio investment consists of securities and other financial assets passively held by foreign investors.
  2. It does not require any transfer of IP, technology or know-how.
  3. Portfolio investments are more accessible for the average investor than direct investments because they require much less investment capital and research.

Which of the statement(s) is/are correct?


World Trade Organisation

Consider the following statements with reference to the World Trade Organisation(WTO):

  1. The Uruguay Round, conducted from 1987 to 1994, culminated in the Marrakesh Agreement, which established the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  2. The highest authority of the WTO is the Ministerial Conference, which must meet at least every two years.
  3. India has been a member of the WTO since January 1995 and also had been a member of the WTO’s forerunner General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) since July 1948.

Choose the correct statement(s) from the options given below:


Tholpavakoothu (Shadow Puppetry)

Consider the following statements with reference to the Tholpavakoothu (shadow puppetry) art of South India:

  1. Tholpavakkoothu is a traditional temple art form prevalent in Karnataka.
  2. The story of Tholppavakoothu performance is from the Indian epic, Ramayana.
  3. This entertainment art is performed on a special stage called koothumadam in the temple courtyard.

Which of the statements(s) is/are correct?



Mission Innovation

Consider the following statements with reference to the Mission Innovation:

  1. Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) working to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable.
  2. Mission Innovation has identified 6 Innovation Challenges which are global calls to action aimed at accelerating research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) in technology areas.

Which of the statement(s) is/are correct?



Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act

Which of the statement(s) is/are correct regarding the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act(UAPA):

  1. It has death penalty and life imprisonment as highest punishments.
  2. Under UAPA, both Indian and foreign nationals can be charged.
  3. Under the UAPA, the investigating agency can file a charge sheet in maximum 90 days after the arrest.



Biofuels

Consider the following pairs with reference to the categories of biofuels:

  1. First Generation Biodiesel: produced from sugar, starch, vegetable oil
  2. Second Generation Biofuels: produced from non-food crops
  3. Third Generation Biofuels: require cultivable/arable land for production
  4. Fourth Generation Biofuels: crops are genetically engineered to take in high amounts of carbon

Which of the pair(s) is/are correct?


Wildlife Sanctuary Of Kerala

Consider the following statements with reference to the wildlife sanctuary of Kerala:

  1. It is the only sanctuary of Kerala where sighting of four-horned antelope has been reported.
  2. The sanctuary comes under Project Elephant.
  3. Kabini river (a tributary of Cauvery river) flows through the sanctuary.

The above statements are correct for which of the following wildlife sanctuary of Kerala:


UN Human Rights Council

Consider the following statements with reference to the UN Human Rights Council:

  1. The Council was created by the United Nations General Assembly in March 2005.
  2. The Council is made up of 49 United Nations Member States which are elected by the UN General Assembly.
  3. It holds regular sessions three times a year, in March, June, and September.

Choose the correct statements:


Biomethanation

Consider the following statements with reference to the Biomethanation:

  1. It is a process by which organic material is microbiologically converted under aerobic conditions to biogas.
  2. Three basic groups of microorganisms are used in Biomethanation - fermenting bacteria, organic acid oxidizing bacteria, and methanogenic archaea.
  3. Unlike other kinds of waste treatment processes, this process is completely self-sufficient and doesn’t require an external power source.

Which of the statement(s) given is/are correct?


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