Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 19 May 2020


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 19 May 2020


Q1. Which of the following statements with respect to the recently brought in Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 stands true ?

1) This Amendment seeks to promote a legal and administrative eco-system which harbours special attention to renewable energy.
2) The Central Government has been delegated with the power to prescribe rules and guidelines to allow and facilitate cross border trade of electricity.
3) This Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority created by the amendment has been proposed to be given sole jurisdiction to adjudicate upon matters on performance of obligations under a contract regarding sale, purchase and transmission of electricity.

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

Q2. Which of the following are the possible advantages of DSR (direct sowing rice) method recently re-introduced by Punjab due to shortage of labourers I their state ?

1) It helps in weed management
2) It helps saving irrigation water
3) It helps address issue of phosphorous deficiency
4) It is suited only for light textured soil types
5) It creates avenue for recharging of groundwater

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

Q3. India backs EU resolution at World Health Organisation (WHO) for impartial, independent and comprehensive probe in Corona crisis. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The resolution calls for an impartial, independent and comprehensive probe at the earliest to review the experience gained and lessons learnt from the WHO-coordinated international health response to COVID-19.
2) World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.
3) The World Health Assembly is held biennially in Paris followed by the meeting of its Executive Board.

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

Q4. The JNCASR (Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research) has developed injectable silk-fibroin based hydrogel to deliver sustained insulin to diabetic patients. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) A Hydrogel is a network of polymer chains that are made of polyvinyl alcohol, acrylate polymers and sodium polyacrylate and copolymers.
2) The fibroin-based hydrogel increases insulin level in the blood for a longer period. The scientists found that it made insulin available in the blood for even four days without lowering blood glucose.
3) Fibroin is an insoluble protein present in silk produced by the larvae of Bombyx mori, other moth genera such as Antheraea, Cricula, Samia and Gonometa, and numerous other insects.

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

Q5. The ‘Shekatkar’ committee recently in news is associated with the restructuring/reforming of which of the following sectors in India ?

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