Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 17 February 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 17 February 2020

Q1. Which of the following statements regarding the recently released report by National Health Mission on neo natal deaths stands true ?

1) Madhya Pradesh has recorded the highest percentage of newborn deaths of 11.5% against the total admissions to government-run sick newborn care units (SNCUs) in the past three years across the country.
2) Staff crunch, low community referrals, absence of a special neonatal transport service to health centres, and the non-availability of enough units to cater to increasing institutional deliveries had contributed to the spike in the percentage of deaths.
3) Rural areas report a higher death percentage as they offer tertiary care, and admit several serious cases from peripheral districts.

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

Q2. Which of the following compounds/gases are used in a dry chemical fire extinguisher ?

1) Potassium hydroxide
2) Sodium Bicarbonate
3) Potassium Bicarbonate
4) Mono-ammonium Phosphate
5) Sodium Phosphate

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

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding the Rhesus macaque (monkey) stands true ?

1) These intelligent animals can adapt to many habitats, and some can even become accustomed to living in human communities.
2) Their natural range includes India and Pakistan only and are categorised as vulnerable under IUCN red list.
3) Rhesus Macaque monkeys are protected species under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the law allows for it to be hunted by declaring it ‘vermin’ for a specific period if it poses a danger to human life or property.

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

Q4. Consider the following statements regarding ice shoves or what is known as ice tsunamis:

1) An ice shove, ice surge or shoreline ice pileup is a surge of ice from an ocean or large lake onto the shore.
2) Ice shoves are caused by ocean currents, strong winds, or temperature differences pushing ice onto the shore,[3] creating piles up to 12 metres (40 feet) high.
3) Ice shoves are beneficial to the arctic communities as they bring large quantities of fishes along with them to the shore, however no ice shoves have been witnessed outside the arctic region.

Which of the above statements stands true ?

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

Q5. United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development is to be held this year in which of the following cities ?

a) Geneva
b) Paris
c) Lisbon
d) New Delhi

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Answer :

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