Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 16 MAY 2019

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 16 MAY 2019

Q1. Consider the following statements regarding seismometers :

1) Seismometers are instruments that measure the shaking produced by quakes, recording the arrival time and strength of various quake waves to get a location estimate, called an epicentre.
2) They can be placed only on surfaces with gravity and therefore cannot be placed in moon to record quakes.
3) One of the continuing problems with sensitive vertical seismographs is the buoyancy of their masses. The uneven changes in pressure caused by wind blowing can easily change the density of the air in a room enough to cause a vertical seismograph to show spurious signals.

Which of the above statements are true ?

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

Q2. Consider the following pairs of hydro power projects in India and their location states :

1) Jawaharsagar : Rajasthan
2) Tehri :Uttarakhand
3) Tungabhadra : Andhra Pradesh
4) Ukai :Odisha
5) Pong Dam : Himachal Pradesh

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?

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

Q3. India has joined a major global initiative named ‘Christchurch call to action’ to combat terrorism and extremism online and secure the internet. Which of the following statements regarding the same are true ?

1) The declaration on ‘Christchurch call to action’ said a free, open and secure internet is a powerful tool by which to promote connectivity, enhance social inclusiveness and foster economic growth.
2) The initiative outlines collective, voluntary commitments from governments and online service providers intended to address the issue of terrorist and violent extremist content online and to prevent the abuse of the internet.
3) While the document stresses on the need to ensure that it does not impinge upon the rights of free speech of citizens of any country, the US has decided not to sign the document amid free speech concerns.

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

Q4. Which of the following statements regarding RBI’s recently published vision document“Payment and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2019 – 2021” are true ?

1) The document envisages to achieve "a highly digital and cash-lite society" through the goal posts of competition, cost-effectiveness, convenience and confidence.
2) The payment systems landscape will continue to change with further innovation and entry of more players which is expected to ensure the optimal cost to the customers and freer access to multiple payment system options.
3) RBI will continue to intervene heavily in the pricing of charges to customers for digital payments,all efforts will be made towards facilitating the operation of payment systems which are efficient and price-attractive.

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

Q5. The Fujairah port recently seen in news is in which of the following countries of West Asia ?

a) Saudi Arabia
b) Qatar
b) UAE
d) Kuwait

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