Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 02 November 2019

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 02 November 2019

Q1. The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has detected Argon-40 on lunar exosphere from an altitude of approximately 100 kilometres recently. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, hass a neutral mass spectrometer-based payload which can detect constituents in the lunar neutral exosphere in the range of 1-100 amu only.
2) Argon-40, which is one of the isotopes of the noble gas Argon, is an important constituent of the lunar exosphere which originates from the radioactive disintegration of Potassium-40 (40K), which has a half-life of ~1.2 X 109 years.
3) Potassium is one of the 10 most abundant elements that together make up 99 percent of Earth’s crust and is therefore a major constituent of many rock-forming minerals.

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

Q2. Which of the following countries are the signatories of the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP) treaty ?

1) India
2) United States
3) China
4) Brazil
5) Australia

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

Q3. Consider the following statements regarding the supreme court mandated body Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) :

1) EPCA was constituted with the objective of ‘protecting and improving’ the quality of the environment and ‘controlling environmental pollution’ in the National Capital Region.
2) It was constituted in 1998 by environment ministry under The Air Pollution Control Act of 1955.
3) One of its primary functions involves enforcing the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) in NCR as per the pollution levels.

Which of the above statements are true ?

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

Q4. Which of the following statements regarding the fiscal deficit containment scenario by the central government stands true ?

1) The government has budgeted the fiscal deficit at 3.3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for the current financial year, lower from 3.4 per cent in 2018-19.
2) According to the budget documents, the government's total expenditure is anticipated to grow at the rate 13.4 per cent, whereas the total non-debt receipts are projected to grow by 14.3 per cent.
3) The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Rules, 2004, specifies annual targets and mandates the central government to reduce the fiscal deficit by an amount equivalent to 1 per cent or more of GDP per year.

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

Q5. The west side of the island borders the Caribbean Sea, and the eastern coast faces the Atlantic Ocean. It became home to the first Caribbean British and French colonies in the mid-1620s. It’s known for rainforested mountains and beaches of white, gray, and black sands and is located nearly 2000kms from Miami,U.S.

The above description refers to which of the following countries/islands?

a) Nauru
b) Tuvalu
c) Saint Kitts
d) Marshall islands

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Answer :

1. (b) 2. (b) 3. (c) 4. (a) 5.(c)