Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 15 January 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 15 January 2020

Q1. With respect to the blue flag certification programme regarding beaches, which of the following statements stands true ?

1) The Blue Flag certification Programme started in France in 1985 and has been implemented in Europe since 1987, and in areas outside Europe since 2001, when India joined.
2) The certification is accorded by the Denmark based Foundation for Environment Education, with 33 stringent criteria under four major heads for the beaches that is, Environmental Education and Information, Bathing Water Quality, Environment Management and Conservation and, Safety
and Services.
3) For the purpose of blue flag certification, the central government has allowed construction of infrastructural facilities at the CRZ (coastal regulation zone) areas.

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

Q2. Wholesale prices based Inflation surged to an eight month high of 2.59% in December, as against 0.58% in November on a sharp rise in prices of food articles such as onion and potato. Which of the following are the components of WPI index in India ?

1) Electricity
2) Housing
3) Metals
4) Transportation
5) Minerals

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

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding the recently released National Policy for Rare Diseases stands true ?

1) The government, in its policy paper, has proposed financial support of up to ₹15 lakh under an umbrella scheme of the Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi for rare diseases that require onetime treatment.
2) Beneficiaries for such financial assistance would be limited to BPL families only.
3) It has also proposed that the Government will “endeavour to create alternate funding mechanism through setting up a digital platform for voluntary individual and corporate donors to contribute to the treatment cost of patients of rare diseases”.

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

Q4. Consider the following statements:

1) Under the Constitution, the states are not allowed to take any action which undermines or ‘impede’ the powers of the Centre.
2) The Centre tells the States which laws to implement and how they are to be implemented.
3) However, under Article 131 of the Constitution, the Supreme Court is given the power to step in between any dispute between the states and the Centre.

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

Q5. The work “Advaita Ashrama” recently in news is considered as the compilation of works of which of the following Indian personalities/philosophers ?

a) Rabindranath Tagore
b) Swami Vivekananda
c) Sri Sankaracharya
d) Shyama Prasad Mukherjee

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Answer :

1. (b) 2. (b) 3. (c) 4. (d) 5.(b)