Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 19 March 2020


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 19 March 2020


Q1. Which of the following statements regarding the verdicts given by Supreme court/high court with respect to the state’s power to intercept telephonic conversation stands true ?

1) The violation of privacy with regard to arbitrary state action would be subject to the “reasonableness” test under Article 14.
2) An order of interception under section 5(2) of the IT Act can only be given in situations of ‘public emergency’ or ‘public safety’.
3) As per Indian telegraph rules, a direction for interception under Section 5(2) may be issued only by the Union Home Secretary at the Centre, or the State Home Secretary or in unavoidable circumstances, by another authorised officer.

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

Q2. Blue carbon ecosystems are not only important for their contribution in addressing climate change mitigation, but also for the valuable ecosystem services they provide to the local communities. Which one of the following constitutes blue carbon ecosystems ?

1) Natural grasslands
2) Mangroves
3) Paddy fields
4) Salt marshes
5) Coastal sea grasslands

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

Q3. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to infuse ₹10,000 crore liquidity in the banking system by buying government securities through open market operations (OMO). Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) OMO is one of the tools that RBI uses to smoothen the liquidity conditions through the year and minimise its impact on the interest rate and inflation rate levels.
2) RBI carries out the OMO by trading directly with the public and via stock exchanges.
3) When the RBI wants to increase the money supply in the economy, it purchases the government securities from the market and it sells government securities to suck out liquidity from the system.

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

Q4. Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) today gave approval for procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft for Indian Air Force. Which of the following statements regarding Tejas aircraft stands true ?

1) The Light Combat Aircraft Tejas indigenously-designed by Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is going to be the backbone of Indian Air Force in future.
2) The Tejas is the second supersonic fighter developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) after the HAL HF-24 Marut.
3) It came from the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) programme, which began in the 1980s to replace India's ageing MiG-21 fighters.

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

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