Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 24 March 2020


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 24 March 2020


Q1 Researchers have recently cultured methanotrophic bacteria for the first time in India. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) Methanotrophs are environmental organisms that have a major role in cycling of methane. 
2) They oxidize carbon dioxide in the environment through anaerobic metabolism. 
3) The methanotrophs are also used as bio-inoculants, that is they take in nitrogen from atmosphere and prepare nitrates required for plants.
Options :
a) 1 & 2 only 
b) 2 & 3 only 
c) 1 & 3 only 
d) all the above

Q2 Which of the following are the common diseases affecting rice crop?

1) Common bunt
2) Brown spot
3) False smut
4) Dryland foot rot
5) Tungro disease
Options :
a) 1,2& 3 only 
b) 3,4 & 5 only 
c) 2,3 & 5 only 
d) all the above

Q3 The LokSabha was adjourned sine die on Monday after the passage of the Finance Bill, 2020 without any debate due to the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Which of the following statements regarding finance and financial bills stands true ?

1) The Finance Bill is a part of the Union Budget, stipulating all the legal amendments required for the changes in taxation proposed by the Finance Minister.
2) The Finance Bill, as a Money Bill, needs to be passed by the LokSabha and the RajyaSabha for becoming an act.
3) Whereas a Money Bill deals solely with matters specified in article 110(1) (a) to (g) of the Constitution, a Financial Bill does not exclusively deal with all or any of the matters specified in the said article. It may contain some other provisions also.
Options :
a) 1 & 2 only 
b) 2 & 3 only 
c) 1 & 3 only 
d) all the above

Q3 Which of the following statements regarding United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD ) stands true ?

1) UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964.
2) Together with other UN departments and agencies, UNCTAD also measure progress by the Sustainable Development Goals, as set out in Agenda 2030.
3) UNCTAD is part of the UN Secretariat. It reports to the UN General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council but have its own membership, leadership, and budget.

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

Q5 Which of the following countries.....................................

a) Switzerland
b) Finland
c) Sweden
d) China

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