Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 08 MARCH 2019

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 08 MARCH 2019

Q1. Consider the following statements with respect to the "Flood Management and Border Areas Programme (FMBAP)"

1) The aim of the Scheme is to assist the State Governments to provide reasonable degree of protection against floods in critical areas by adopting optimum combination of structural and non-structural measures.
2) The scheme also caters to Hydro-meteorological observations and Flood Forecasting on common rivers with the neighbouring countries.
3) The funding pattern for Flood Management Component for works in general category States will continue to be 70% (Centre) :30% (State).

Which of the above statements are true ?

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

Q2. Consider the following pairs of volcanoes and their respective countries of origin:

1) Arenal : Costa Rica
2) Krakatoa : Japan
3) Mt.Vesuvius : Italy
4) Moti : Myanmar

Which of the above are correctly matched ?

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

Q3. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister has given its approval for continuation of National AIDS Control Programme-IV (NACP-IV) beyond 12th Five Year Plan for a period of three years.

Which of the following includes the possible impact of such an extension ?
1) Around 15 crore of vulnerable population (including five crore pregnant women) will be tested for HIV in three years of project.
2) By the end of the current phase all ART anti-retroviral therapies will be replaced by sequential gene editing techniques which is less harmfull to patients.
3) Around Two croreunits of blood will be collected at NACO’s supported blood banks during three year of project.

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

Q3. Consider the following statements with respect to the central government’s recent decision to support the sugar mill owners:

1) Government has notified National Policy on Bio-fuels in year 2018 under which diversion of B-heavy molasses and sugarcane juice to produce ethanol has been allowed in surplus seasons.
2) In order to augment ethanol production capacity and thereby also allow diversion of sugar for production of ethanol, in earlier approved scheme, soft loan is being extended through banks to the sugar mills for setting up new distilleries/expansion of existing distilleries and installation of incineration boilers.
3) The approval of interest subvention to sugar mill owners will help in reducing sugar inventories and thereby facilitate timely clearance of cane price dues of farmers and achieving 10% blending target of Ethanol Blending Programme.

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. The recently launched E-Dharthi app serves which of the following purposes ?

a) An online portal forming a repository of all the available cultivable lands in the country to make quicker engagement of online agricultural trading possible.
b) Online system to provide the facility of online application submission in connection with conversion, substitution and mutation of propertiesunder the jurisdiction of Land and Development Office.
c) An online portal that allows quicker dispute resolution with respect to land as well as property rights .
d) To facilitate easy adoption of land for producers to engage in contract farming.

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