Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 26 JANUARY 2019


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 26 JANUARY 2019

Q1. Consider the following statements regarding the recently released G-FINDER report on funding in R & D in the field of health :

1) The US government retained the top spot as the world’s largest public funder, providing an additional 1.5% ($23 million) for a total of $1.6 billion.
2) Indian public funding for research and development (R&D) in neglected diseases increased significantly in 2017, 38%, contributing to the strongest global growth since 2009.
3) Across the globe, the private sector continued to be the most significant funding source for neglected disease research, contributing almost two-thirds of the total.

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. Consider the following pairs of international organisations and their corresponding location of headquarters :

1) UN population fund : New York
2) Organisation of petroleum exporting countries (OPEC) : Qatar
3) International Court of Justice : Hague
4) International Renewable Energy Agency : Zurich
5) Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) : Singapore

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?

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

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding ISRO’s recent launch PSLV C-44 are true :

1) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) successfully injected Microsat-R and Kalamsat-V2 satellites into their designated orbits.
2) PSLV-C44 mission was unique as it was for the fifth timecontinously ISRO used the last stage of the rocket as a platform to perform experiments in space.
3) With this launch, India also becomes the first country to use the fourth stage of a space rocket as an orbital platform for micro-gravity experiments.

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

Q4. Consider the following statements with respect to the recent findings of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister on the state of economy :

1) As per the findings,India’s growth is expected to be in the 7-7.5% range in the next few years; one of the fastest in the world.
2) The Council felt that the exchange rate management of the rupee by the RBI has been sound despite the volatility in the price of crude oil and the oil intensity is showing a declining trend.
3) The Council felt that the challenge of insularity being seen in external trade should be reversed through supportive policy interventions because there is a positive turn in exports that are now visible.

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

Q5. It is located between the Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Sea. The territory is located near major shipping routes and is officially part of Yemen, and had long been a subdivision of the Aden Governorate. The island is very isolated and home to a high number of endemic species; up to a third of its plant life is endemic. It has been described as "the most alien-looking place on Earth.

The above description refers to which of the following islands of the Indian ocean ?
a) Marshall islands
b) Socotra islands
c) Seychelle islands
d) Mauritius

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1(a), 2(c), 3(c), 4(d), 5(b)