Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 15 December 2019

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 15 December 2019

Q1. Consider the following statements :

1) National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection and Management of River Ganga is an authority created in October 2016 under the River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order, 2016, dissolving the National Ganga River Basin Authority.In this backdrop, National Ganga Council has been established as an authority.
2) While the National Ganga Council may consult experts and expert organizations or institutions in the field of river rejuvenation, river ecology and river management, hydrology, environmental engineering, social mobilization and other relevant fields.
3) Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation will be the ex-officio chairman of the council.

Which of the above statements stands true ?

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

Q2. Which of the following includes the parameters identified under Jal Shakti Abhiyan based on which states will be periodically monitored to address the water crisis in the country ?

1) Increase in groundwater level
2) Increase in surface water storage capacity
3) Increase in the soil moisture in the farm land
4) Increase in area covered with plantation and number of samplings planted

a) 1 & 2 only
c) 3 & 4 only
c) All of the above
d) None of the above

Q3. The Ministry of Coal has decided to establish a ‘Sustainable Development Cell’ in order to promote environmentally sustainable coal mining in the country and address environmental concerns during the decommissioning or closure of mines.

Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The SDC will help Coal companies to identify areas where plantation projects could be taken up immediately, along with identification of various species of plants, suitable for specific regions to create large carbon sinks for climate change management.
2) It will have task to advice coal companies for effective implementation of environmental mitigation measures (water sprinkling, dust suppression methods, noise barriers etc.) related to air and noise pollution generated due mine activities, heavy earth moving machines (HEMMs), transport of coal etc.
3) The cell will explore and conceptualise a plan for the beautification & creation of eco parks in the reclaimed areas and which will also include water bodies etc., for re-creation activities and tourism purpose.

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

Q4. With respect to the National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA),which of the following statements stands true ?

1) The project was launched in 2011 and has three main objectives namely strategic research, capacity building and technology demonstrations.
2) It will also demonstrate technology specific packages for Indian farmers to adapt to climate risks. The scheme will also enhance the capacity of scientists in climate resilient agricultural research and application.
3) The scheme is being implemented by Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR ).

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

Q5. “Exercise Mitra Shakti” recently seen in news is the cooperative military exercise between India and which of the following countries of Asia ?

a) Singapore
b) Srilanka
c) Malaysia
d) Myanmar

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Answer :

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