Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 15 MARCH 2019

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 15 MARCH 2019

Q1. Which of the following statements regarding West Nile Virus which has reported of an outbreak recently are true ?

1) It is a member of the family Flaviviridae, specifically from the genus Flavivirus, which also contains the Zika virus, dengue virus, and yellow fever virus.
2) The virus is typically spread by infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.
3) It is also spread through blood transfusions, organ transplants, or from mother to baby during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.

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

Q2. Consider the following pairs of nuclear reactors in India with their locations :

1) Kalpakkam : Andhra Pradesh
2) Kaiga : Karnataka
3) Bhimpur : Haryana
4) Chutka : Madhya Pradesh

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?

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

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding the recently released Global Environment Outlook( GEO) are true ?

1) A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage.
2) Lacking access to clean drinking supplies, 1.4 million people die each year from preventable diseases such as diarrhoea and parasites linked to pathogen-riddled water and poor sanitation.
3) The report calls for a rapid drawdown in greenhouse gas emissions and pesticide use to improve air and water quality.

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

Q4. The Reserve Bank has decided to augment its liquidity management toolkit and inject Rupee liquidity for longer duration through long-term foreign exchange buy/sell swap in terms of its extant Liquidity Management Framework.

Which of the following statements regarding the procedure are true ?
1) A bank shall sell U.S. dollars to the RBI and simultaneously agree to buy the same amount of U.S. dollars at the end of the swap period.
2) The US dollar amount mobilized through this auction would also reflect in RBI’s foreign exchange reserves for the tenor of the swap while also reflecting in RBI’s forward liabilities.
3) Using forex swaps could be to avoid the market distortions caused by using government securities for liquidity management .

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

Q5. Snakes are more common than lizards around the world, Which of the following is the country that is home to several species of lizard and not a single snake ?

a) East timor
b) Java
c) New Zealand
d) Papua New guinea
 

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