Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 13 May 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 13 May 2020

Q1. With respect to Aadhar payment bridge system (APBS) which of the following statements stands true ?

1) The basic idea of the APBS is that a person’s Aadhaar number becomes his/her financial address. Instead of having to provide multiple account details (say, her name, bank account number and IFSC code) to receive a bank transfer, one only has to provide Aadhaar number.
2) It uses Aadhaar numbers issued by UIDAI & IIN (Institution Identification Number) issued by NPCI.
3) One of the important benefits of APBS is that in case of change in bank account, customer is not required to convey the bank account details or change in bank details to the Government Department or Agency.

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

Q2. Which of the following sources of taxes/duties accounts for the revenues of the state governments in India ?

1) Income tax
2) Tax on petroleum products
3) Stamp duty
4) Service tax
5) Excise duty on liquor

a) 1,2 & 3 only
b) 2,3 & 5 only
c) 1,2 & 4 only
d) 1,4 & 5 only

Q3. Consider the following statements with respect to the recently released global nutrition report 2020 :

1) India is among 88 countries that are likely to miss global nutrition targets by 2025.It is also the one with the highest rates of domestic inequalities in malnutrition.
2) The percentage of children under five in India whom are wasted and stunted are however lower than the Asian average marks.
3) India is identified as among the three worst countries, along with Nigeria and Indonesia, for steep within-country disparities on stunting, where the levels varied four-fold across communities.

Which of the above statements stands true ?
a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q4. Several countries, including India, are seriously looking at plasma therapy as a potential treatment for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The convalescent plasma therapy aims at using antibodies from the blood of a recovered Covid-19 patient to treat those critically affected by the virus.
2) The theory is that the recovered patient’s antibodies, once ingested into somebody under treatment, will begin targeting and fighting the novel coronavirus in the second patient.
3) Plasma is the clear, straw-coloured liquid portion of blood that remains after red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other cellular components are removed.

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

Q5. “Project CARD” recently developed by NITI Aayog and the Department of Biotechnology refers to which of the following purposes ?

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