Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 02 December 2019


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 02 December 2019


Q1. Parliament has recently reconstituted the departmentally related standing committees (DRSCs), which perform three important functions: examine Bills referred to them; select specific topics related to the ministries and examine implementation by the Government; and examine the budgetary outlays of the departments.

Which of the following statements regarding the department related standing committees stands true ?

1) Their performance affects the overall effectiveness of Parliament as an institution that makes laws, holds the Government accountable, and gives sanction for public spending.
2) They enable input from experts and those who may be directly affected by a policy or legislation. For example, the DRSCs often invite comments from the public and call people to testify.
3) Currently, there are 24 DRSCs such as the Committee on Finance or the Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture. Each has 20 members from LokSabha and 15 from RajyaSabha.

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q2. Consider the following pairs of GI tagged products and their corresponding states :

1) Bhagalpur silk : Uttar Pradesh
2) Kanishawl : Jammu & Kashmir
3) IkkalSarees : Kerala
4) MoirangPhee : Manipur
5) Warangal Durries :Telangana

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?

a) 1,2& 3 only
b) 3,4 & 5 only
c) 2,4 & 5 only
d) 1,3 & 5 only

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding the current procedures/mechanisms for disinvestment of CPSE’s are correct ?

1) The role of NITI Aayog in disinvestment is larger as it would identify CPSEs for strategic disinvestment and suggest methods for valuation of the CPSE apart from advising the government on mode and percentage of shares to be sold in a CPSE.
2) In the past, strategic disinvestment followed the recommendation of the disinvestment commission.
3) There is also a core group of secretaries on disinvestment (CGD) headed by the finance secretary to supervise and monitor the process of implementation of CCEA decisions on strategic disinvestment.

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q4. Consider the following statements regarding the status of HIV infections in the country :

1) According to the 2017 UNAIDS data, new HIV infections in India have decreased by 46%, and AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 22% since 2010.
2) National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV/AIDS aims a reduction of 50% in new HIV infections.
3) By 2024, India hopes ensuring that 95% of those who are HIV positive in the country know their status, 95% of those who know their status are on treatment and 95% of those who are on treatment experience effective viral load suppression.

Which of the above statements are true ?

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q5. “Operation clean art” recently in news refers to which of the following ?

a) Mission undertaken by Delhi govt. to curb air pollution near art galleries.
b) A raid on organised factories that were making paint brushes with mongoose hair.
c) Movement by artists across the country against mob violence/lynching.
d) Cleanliness drive as part of swachhbharat mission to be undertaken in schools during art festivals.

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