Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 07 March 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 07 March 2020

Q1. Which of the following statements regarding the Mines and Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill passed by Lok Sabha stands true ?

1) The Bill proposes to remove end-use restrictions for participating in coal mine auctions, and it will open up the coal sector fully for commercial mining for all domestic and global companies.
2) The Bill clarifies that the companies need to mandatorily possess prior coal mining experience in India in order to participate in the auction of coal and lignite blocks.
3) Currently, upon expiry, mining leases for specified minerals (minerals other than coal, lignite, and atomic minerals) can be transferred to new persons through auction, however this new lessee is required to obtain statutory clearances before starting mining operations.

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

Q2. Consider the following pairs of waterfalls in India and their rivers :

1) Hundru falls : Narmada
2) Kapildhara falls : Godavari
3) Jog falls : Sharavati
4) Dudhsagar falls : Mandovi river
5) Magod falls : Bedthi

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?
a) 1,2 & 3 only
b) 3,4 & 5 only
c) 1,3 & 5 only
d) all of the above

Q3. India has joined Indian Ocean Commission as observer recently. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The decision to join the IOC marks a part of the government’s push for greater salience in the whole Indian Ocean Region (IOR), including what is called the Western or African Indian Ocean.
2) The IOC is also significant for its geographical location, as the islands sit around a “key choke-point” in the Indian Ocean — the Mozambique Channel.
3) India and Srilanka are the only Asian countries to be included in the commission with observer status.
a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q4. Under Central Sector Scheme for promotion of International Cooperation, (IC Scheme), the Ministry of AYUSH undertakes various measures to promote & propagate AYUSH systems of medicine across the globe. With respect to the promotion of AYUSH medicines, which of the followings statements stands true ?

1) The Ministry of AYUSH has initiated steps to set up a nationwide digital platform called “AYUSH GRID” which aims to bring onboard all AYUSH facilities including hospitals and laboratories and to promote traditional systems of healthcare.
2) Incentives are provided to AYUSH drug manufacturers/ entrepreneurs/ AYUSH institutions, AYUSH drug and Hospitals etc. for participating in International exhibitions/ conferences/trade fairs, etc.
3) 12,500 AYUSH Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs) are proposed to be established by up gradation of existing State Government AYUSH dispensaries and Sub Health Centres by the year 2023-24.

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

Q5. The Chambal wildlife sanctuary which was declared as an eco-sensitive zone recently by the central government lies in which of the following states ?

a) Uttar Pradesh
b) Madhya Pradesh
c) Jharkhand
d) Odisha

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