Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 25 April 2019

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 25 April 2019

Q1. Consider the following statements regarding the Forest (conservation) act 1980 :

1) The Forest (Conservation) Act of 1980 governs diversion or use of forest land for non-forest purposes such as industrial or developmental projects.
2) Since forests are an important natural resource and provides us with a variety of ecological services, the Forest (Conservation) Act of 1980 mandatesthat non-forest land, equal to the size of the forest being diverted be afforested.
3) The CAMPA funds were formed in order to compensate for forest cover lost as per FCA 1980.

Which of the above statements are true ?

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

Q2. Which of the following varieties of silk are indigenously produced in India ?

1) Eri
2) Tropical Tasar
3) Muga
4) Mulberry
5) Oak Tasar

a) 1,2 & 3 only
b) 3,4 & 5 only
c) all of the above
d) 1 & 3 only

Q3. Consider the following statements regarding Nation Gene Fund :

1) The National Gene Fund has been set up to meet the expenditure for supporting the conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources and for strengthening the capability of the Panchayat in carrying out such conservation and sustainable use.
2) It has been created under the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Act, 2001 and receives contributions only from national sources and not international corporates.
3) It also funds the “Plant Genome Saviour Farmer Reward & Farmer Recognition” award to those farmers who have excelled in conservation of genetic resources.

Which of the above statements are true?

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

Q4. With respect to groundwater exploitation and contamination, which of the following statements are true?

1) Last year, a study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Letters had warned of widespread uranium contamination in groundwater in a number of Indian States where safety levels were higher than WHO parameters.
2) Elevated levels of uranium in groundwater can be hazardous to health. While the element itself is geogenic, human intervention such as rampant groundwater exploitation aggravates the problem.
3) The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) is the National Apex Agency entrusted with the responsibilities of providing scientific inputs for management, exploration, monitoring, assessment, augmentation and regulation of ground water resources of the country.

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

Q5. A series of sit-in street protests, often called the “Umbrella Revolution” and sometimes used interchangeably with Umbrella Movement, or Occupy Movement seen recently in news took place in which of the following places ?

a) London
b) Paris
c) Hongkong
d) Kiev

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