Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 29 August 2019

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 29 August 2019

Q1. The government has commissioned a ₹9.3 crore study to assess the microbial diversity along the entire length of the Ganga. Which of the followings statements regarding the same stand true ?

1) The aim of the mission is to indicate the type of “contamination” (sewage and industrial) in the river and “threat to human health (antibiotic resistance surge)”.
2) According to earlier studies, the levels of resistance genes that lead to “superbugs” in river Ganga were about 60 times greater during the pilgrimage months of May and June than at other times of the year.
3) Ganga is also said to have the presence of E.coli bacteria which are largely harmless, though some species have been linked to intestinal disease as well as aggravating antibiotic resistance.

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

Q2. Consider the following pairs of countries with their parliaments :

1) Afghanistan : Shora
2) Libya : Seimas
3) Bangladesh : Jatia Parliament
4) France : National assembly
5) China : National congress

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched ?

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

Q3. India’s proposal to upgrade the protection of star tortoises), the smooth-coated otter) and small-clawed otters (Anoyx cinereus) in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora) have been approved.

Which of the following statements regarding the same are true ?

1) These species have been listed under Appendix I of CITES and will now enjoy the highest degree of protection as there will be a complete international ban enforced on their trade.
2) Appendix I of CITES lists species that are the most vulnerable among CITES-listed animals and plants.
3) The star tortoises which are categorized as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union of Conservation of Nature will witness a decline greater than 30% by 2025 if the exploitation continues or expands.

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

Q4. Consider the following statements with respect to the commonwealth parliamentary association :

1) The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), previously known as the Empire Parliamentary Association, is an organisation which works to support good governance, democracy and human rights.
2) The Association's supreme authority is the General Assembly, constituted by delegates to the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The business and activities of the CPA are managed by an Executive Committee, which reports to the General Assembly.
3) The CPA Headquarters Secretariat is based in Geneva.

Which of the above statements are true ?

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

Q5. The joint military exercise “Shaheen VIII” which took place between Pakistan and China at the chinese city of Holton, is closer to which of the following places in India ?

a) Gangtok
b) Dipu
c) Ladakh
d) Darjeeling

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Answer :

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