Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 30 November 2019


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 30 November 2019


Q1 Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) have demonstrated the role of a protein Secretagogin (SCGN) in increasing insulin action in obesity-induced diabetes.
Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) Secretagogin is a protein that in humans is encoded by SCGN gene. The encoded protein is a secreted calcium-binding protein which is found in mitochondria.
2) The findings have established SCGN as a functional insulin-binding protein with therapeutic potential against diabetes. They show that SCGN binds to insulin and protects it from various stresses, increases its stability as well as adds to its action.
3) Diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are often linked with each other.

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

Q2. Which of the following earthquakes zones of India and their corresponding location states are correctly matched ?

1) Zone II : Western Telangana
2) Zone III : Mizoram
3) Zone IV : Uttarakhand
4) Zone V : Karnataka

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

Q3. Consider the following statements :

1) Farmers are inclined to expand the area under wheat as its prices are more stable than any other crop due to government buying.
2) Centre sets minimum support prices (MSP) for nearly two dozen crops to set a benchmark, but state agencies mainly buy rice and wheat at those prices.
3) Higher production and negligible exports could force the government to increase procurement from farmers to ensure prices stay at or above the MSP.

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. Which of the following statements regarding the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transport of Ownership of Cultural Property stands true ?

1) The UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transport of Ownership of Cultural Property is an international treaty signed to combat the illegal trade in cultural items.
2) The Convention recommends the enforcement of the protection of cultural property in "three main pillars", each being preventive measures, restitution provisions, and international cooperation.
3) India is not a party to the convention.

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

Q5. The country “Suriname” recently in news, is a small country on the north eastern coast of South America. It is surrounded by which of the following countries ?

1) Guyana
2) French Guiana
3) Ecuador
4) Brazil
5) Venezuela

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

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Answer :

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


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