Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 18 January 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 18 January 2020

Q1. Which of the following statements regarding the recently released World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020 (WESP) report stands true ?

1) As the global economic balance is shifting from the EU, the US and other developed countries towards China, India and other developing countries, global economic decision-making power is shifting as well.
2) According to the UN study, one in five countries will see per capita income stagnate or decline this year, but listed India among few countries where the per capita GDP growth rate could exceed 4 per cent level in 2020.
3) The report has increased GDP growth estimate for India while expressing hope that combination of fiscal stimulus and financial sector reforms will help boost consumption further.

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

Q2. Consider the following pairs of Indian tribes and their inhabiting states :

1) Toto : west Bengal
2) Nyishi : Arunachal Pradesh
3) Barda : Gujarat
4) Chenchu : Assam
5) Siddis : Kerala

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?
a)1,2 & 3 only
b) 3,4 & 5 only
c) 2,3 & 5 only
d) all of the above

Q3. In view of the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in China, Union Health Ministry today reviewed the public health preparedness at a meeting in New Delhi and issues a travel advisory to passengers travelling to and fro from China. Which of the following statements regarding the virus stands true ?

1) Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which cause illnesses to people and also circulate in animals including camels, cats and bats.
2) They are non-zoonotic that is not transmitted from animals to people.
3) Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

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

Q4. Consider the following statements regarding the newly launched GSAT-30 communication satellite :

1) The 3,357-kg GSAT-30 derives its heritage from ISRO's earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series, and is equipped with 12 C and 12 Ku band transponders.
2) GSAT-30 will serve as replacement to the aging INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage.
3) The spacecraft will be extensively used for supporting VSAT network, television uplinking and teleport services, digital satellite news gathering (DSNG), DTH television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications.

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. The threat of “Taal” volcano (recently in news ) unleashing a potentially catastrophic eruption remains high in the country. The authorities have warned today that it was showing dangerous signs. The above said volcano is in which of the following countries ?

a) Indonesia
b) Philippines
c) Mexico
d) Argentina

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