Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 16 June 2020


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 16 June 2020


Q1 As per a new studyby  the researchers in NASA and also scientists in Italian Space Agency, Titan( Saturn’s moon)  is surprisingly drifting away from Saturn, a hundred times faster than what we originally thought. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) Usually, the moons of a planet exert a small gravitational pull that tug at it while they follow their orbits. This gravitational interaction is actually the reason behind the rising and falling of our tides here on our planet.
2) As per the study, the same thing happens between Titan and Saturn. However, study stated that the friction inside Saturn is stronger than ours, which makes Titan move away from its planet at around 4.3 inches every year.
3) To make this study, the teamsutilized two techniques. One used astrometry, which sees astronomers measure the position and movements of stars to measure Titan’s position. The other team used radiometry, which uses electromagnetic radiation to calculate the spacecraft Cassini’s velocity as it zoomed by Titan.
Options :
a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only 
c) 1 & 3 only 
d) all the above

Q2 Amid pandemic, traditional art of ‘talamaddale’ goes to the digital platforms.It is a variant of Yakshaganatheatre, however some differences do exists between them. Which of the following statements regarding their similarities/differences stands true ?

1) Unlike the Yakshagana performance, in the conventional ‘talamaddale,’ the artists sit across in a place without any costumes and engage in testing their oratory skills based on the episode chosen.
2) Both Yakshagana performance and ‘talamaddale’ have common music and spoken words are also the same .
3) ‘arthadhari’ is he name given to the orator of ‘talamaddale’.
Options :
a) 1 & 2 only 
b) 2 & 3 only 
c) 1 & 3 only 
d) all the above

Q3 India joined the league of leading economies including USA, UK, EU, Australia, Canada, France and others to launch the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) recently. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) GPAI is a first initiative of its type for evolving better understanding of the challenges and opportunities around Artificial Intelligence using the experience and diversity of participating countries.
2)GPAI will bring together leading experts from industry, civil society, governments, and academia to collaborate to promote responsible evolution of Artificial Intelligence.
3) By joining GPAI as a founding member, India will actively participate in the global development of Artificial Intelligence, leveraging its experience around use of digital technologies for inclusive growth.
Options :
a) 1 & 2 only 
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all the above

Q4 Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister today, launched the Indian Gas Exchange (IGX), which is the first nationwide online delivery-based gas trading platform. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The launch of the new electronic trading platform for natural gas has opened a new chapter in the energy history of India and will help the nation move towards free market pricing of natural gas.
2) The trading platform will enable market participants to trade in standardised gas contracts. IGX is fully automated with web-based interface and it provides seamless trading experience to the customers.
3) India is the only Asian country with an energy exchange platform-IEX.
Options :
a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all the above

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