Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 15 February 2020


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 15 February 2020


Q1. The National Green Tribunal has directed thermal power plants to take prompt steps toward the scientific disposal of fly ash. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1)Fly ash, the end product of combustion during the process of power generation in the coal based thermal power plants, is a proven resource material for many applications of construction industries and currently is being utilized in manufacturing of Portland Cement, bricks/blocks/tiles manufacturing, road embankment construction and low-lying area development, etc.
2) As per the statutory notification by the Ministry of Environment and Forest under the provisions of Environment Protection Act, thermal power plants are required to utilise and dispose of 100% of fly ash.
3) Ash-park, for promoting fly ash-based product manufacturing units, has been developed and awareness programme for utilisation of fly ash and its products have been conducted by the government.

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

Q2. Which of the following subjects were included in the concurrent list from the state lists by the 42nd amendment act of 1976 ?

1) Lotteries
2) Health & Sanitation
3) Education
4) Forests
5) Administration of Justice

a)1,2& 3 only
b) 3,4 & 5 only
c) 1,3 & 5 only
d) all of the above

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding the directions given by election commission as per supreme court order on decriminalisation of politics stands true ?

1) As per the directions,It shall be mandatory for political parties to upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases who have been selected as candidates, along with the reasons for such selection, as also as to why other individuals without criminal antecedents could not be selected as candidates.
2) If a political party fails to submit such compliance report with the Election Commission, the Election Commission shall bring such non-compliance by the political party concerned to the notice of the Supreme Court as being in contempt of this Court’s orders/directions.
3) These details shall be published within 24 hours of the selection of the candidate or not less than 1 week before the first date for filing of nominations, whichever is earlier.

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

Q4. Forthe first time, scientists have radio-tagged the Indian pangolin, an endangered animal that is rarely sighted in forests. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The Indian pangolin, which dons a thick scaly skin, is hunted for meat and used in traditional Chinese medicine. Researchers say tagging the animal will help understand the habits of the reclusive, nocturnal animal.
2) Pangolins are among the most trafficked wildlife species in the world. The projected population declines range from 50% to 80% across the genus.
3) Out of the eight species of pangolin, the Indian and the Chinese pangolins are found in India. Both these species are listed under Schedule I Part I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

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

Q5. UNSC had recently adopted a resolution for “lasting ceasefire” in which of the following war-torn countries? The region is also Africa's most oil-rich nation, has been mired in chaos since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed its longtime leader.

a) Sudan
b) Libya
c) Turkey
d) Syria

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Answer :

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


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