Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 12 May 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 12 May 2020

Q1. The Centre has extended the deadline given to all States and Union Territories to complete the seeding of Aadhaar numbers with all ration cards till 30th of September this year. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) In order to achieve seamless inter-state portability transactions of a ration card, it is essential to have a Centralized Repository for maintaining unique ration cards and beneficiaries’ data of all states covered under NFSA.
2) Therefore, seeding of Aadhaar numbers becomes critical in establishing a unique record of each eligible ration card holder under NFSA so that his or her entitlement is protected.
3) However only 65% of all the beneficiaries have seeded their Aadhar cards with their ration cards.

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

Q2. Arrange the following greenhouse gases in the increasing order of their global warming potentials?

A) Carbon dioxide
B) Nitrous oxide
C) Methane
D) HFC’s


Q3. National Technology Day is being observed today to signify the glorious achievements of Indian science and technology.Which of the following statements regarding the day stands true ?

1) On this day in 1998, India successfully carried out nuclear tests in Rajasthan's Pokhran.
2) On the same day India also performed successful test firing of the Trishul Missile and had test flown the first indigenous aircraft - ‘Hansa - 3’.
3) India the only known country with nuclear weapons which is not a party to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but is still allowed to carry out nuclear commerce with the rest of the world.

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

Q4. The government has decided to announce guidelines to regulate the Rs 1,500 crore market of biostimulants recently.Which of the following statements with respect to biostimulants stands true ?

1) Agricultural biostimulants include diverse formulations of compounds, substances and micro-organisms that are applied to plants or soils to improve crop vigour, yields, quality and tolerance of abiotic stresses.
2) Unlike fertilizers and pesticides, these products are not regulated and are sold without a certification of their efficacy.
3) The biostimulant industry is highly unorganised with small players crowding the space. With rising demand for organic food products, the demand for organic farming will increase, which in turn will boost demand for biostimulants.

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

Q5. Recently, In South Africa, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has asked people to adhere to the Coronavirus-linked national lockdown regulations as the COVID-19 cases in their country crossed the ten thousand mark.The Zulu, or also known as Amazulu, are a Bantu ethnic group of which of the following African countries ?

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