Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 12 March 2020


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 12 March 2020


Q1. India’s thermal coal imports rose 12.6% to nearly 200 million tonnes in 2019, reflecting the second straight year of growth in shipments of the fuel despite attempts by the government to cut imports. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) Coal is among the top five commodities imported by India, the world’s largest consumer, importer and producer of the fuel.
2) Indonesia accounted for nearly 60% of India’s thermal coal imports in the April-December period, government data showed, while South Africa accounted for 22% and Russia and Australia accounting for over 5% each.
3) Higher coal shipments to India were also due to increased imports by Indian utilities, whose imports rebounded after a three-year slide, mainly due to increased purchases power plants in south India.

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

Q2. Arrange the following Indian states in the increasing order of their population densities :

A) Andhra Pradesh
B) Odisha
C) Haryana
D) Tamilnadu

a) ABCD
b) DCBE
c) BADC
d) DABC

Q3. The Central government has decided that all states should be advised to invoke the necessary provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 to enforce all advisories. Which of the following statements regarding the act stands true ?

1) The act says, the Central Government may take measures and prescribe regulations for the inspection of any ship or vessel leaving or arriving at any port.
2) It may also give authorities the power to inspect “persons travelling by railway or otherwise, and the segregation, in hospital, temporary accommodation or otherwise, of persons suspected by the inspecting officer of being infected with any such disease”.
3) The whole act and the way it was implemented by the British government led some of the historians to describe the law as “one of the most draconian pieces of sanitary legislation ever adopted in colonial India” and "a law that has enormous potential for abuse.

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

Q4. The Comptroller and Auditor General tabled the report for the year that ended on 31st March 2018 (2017-18). The report was tabled in the assembly recently. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) According to the report, between 2014 and 2016, 40% of environmental crimes in India were from Madhya Pradesh.
2) The crimes were mostly related to violation of the Forest (Conservation) Act -- such as uses of forest land for non-forest purposes without approval of government -- and Wildlife Protect Act -- capturing, poisoning, snaring or trapping of wild animals.
3) It pointed out that tourist activities in Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve (RTR) and Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) in Rajasthan could not be regulated in the absence of local advisory committee (LAC) which caused disturbance to wild animals.

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

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