Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 21 October 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 21 October 2020

Q1 With respect to the term bio-secure bubble used frequently in sports, which of the following statements stands true ?

1) Bio-secure bubble is an environment which is cut off from the outside world. Everyone engaged in the tournament, including the players, support staff and match officials will be limited only to a few places. 
2) The point is to minimize the risk of contracting the infection through limited contact from outside world.
3) However they will be allowed to pay visits to their close friends and families.
Options :
a) 1 & 2only
b) 2 & 3only 
c) 1 & 3only d) all the above

Q2 Consider the following pairs of tribal festivals in India and the states where they are celebrated :

1) PitrPaksha : Bihar
2) Boori Boot- Arunacahal Pradesh
3) BhogaliBihu : Assam
4) Lossar : Himachal Pradesh
Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?
Options :
a) 1,2& 3 only
b) 2 ,3 & 4 only
c) 1,3 & 4 only
d) all the above

Q3 The Law Ministry has increased the ceiling on poll expenditure for Assembly and LokSabha elections recently by 10%.Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) For a candidate contesting a LokSabha poll in these States, the revised ceiling on poll expenditure is now ₹77 lakh instead of the earlier amount of ₹70 lakh.
2) Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and a few Union Territories, based on the size of their constituencies and population, have a lower ceiling on poll expenditure.
3) The notification that amended the Conduct of Elections Rules, however, does not mention that the limit has been increased in the wake of the pandemic or if it is only for the COVID-19 period.
Options :
a) 1 & 2only
b) 2 & 3only
c) 1 & 3only
d) all the above

Q4 “Facing revenue constraints, Centre looks at PSUs for higher dividends” which of the following statements with respect to the above statement describing the relation between central government and PSU’s  stands true ?

1) Any increase in the dividend will boost the non-tax revenue of the government and help it bridge the rising fiscal deficit which as per initial estimate is now pegged close to eight per cent of GDP.
2) Central government have maintained the policy of advising non-financial state-owned companies that if they are not utilising their cash reserves for CAPEX needs, they should give it to the Centre through dividends or share buybacks.
3) As per the guidelines by disinvestment department DIPAM, every CPSE is required to pay a minimum annual dividend of 60 per cent of PAT or 50per cent of the net worth, whichever is higher.
Options :
a) 1 & 2only
b) 2 & 3only 
c) 1 & 3only d) all the above

Q5 The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has held that environmental clearance (EC) to the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) was granted ex post facto, after completion of substantial work, by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) “in violation of law”. The aforesaid project is located in which of the following rivers ?

Options :
a) Ganga
b) Cauvery
c) Godavari
d) Krishna 

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