Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 09 January 2020


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 09 January 2020


Q1. The LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) detected gravitational waves due to collision of two neutron stars for the second time. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The gravitational waves are caused by exploding stars, black holes, merging neutron stars. LIGO helps to detect these waves and analyze the information that they carry.
2) Currently LIGO operates three gravitational wave detectors at Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford.LIGO India is to come up in Maharashtra.
3) As the waves interact very strongly with matter, they help to learn about the universe and its origin.

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

Q2. Consider the following pairs of lakes and their corresponding states in India :

1) Kanwarlake : Karnataka
2) Deeporbeellake : Assam
3) Thollake :Sikkim
4) Dhankarlake : Himachal Pradesh
5) Blue bird lake : Haryana

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?

a) 1,2 & 3 only
b) 2,4 & 5 only
c) 2,3 & 4 only
d) all of the above

Q3. The Centre has issued revised guidelines for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters with other nations as part of the government's policy of zero tolerance for crime. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) India has signed Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLAT) with 72 countries for cooperation in criminal matters and the Ministry of External affairs is the designated central authority for the country for it.
2) The revised guidelines provide step-by-step guidance to the investigation agencies for drafting and processing letters or mutual legal assistance requests and service of summons, notices and other judicial documents.
3) Over the decade, there have been substantial changes in international cooperation based on new legislations, regulations and conventions and amendment in procedural laws all over the world including India.

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

Q4. Which of the following statements regarding the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) stands true?

1) A PBO is an independent and impartial body linked directly to Parliament. It provides technical and objective analysis of Budgets and public finance to the House and its committees.
2) India was amongst the first countries to form the body in its Parliament.
3) Budgets generally start with an economic forecast. A PBO can present either its own independent forecast or it can validate the government’s, providing an objective analysis on the official forecast.

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

Q5. Which of the following island nations declared a national emergency due to an earthquake causing heavy damages recently ?

a) Bahamas
b) Puerto Rico
c) White island
d) Phillipines

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