Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 31 August 2019

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 31 August 2019

Q1. Which of the following statements regarding the newly launched online national laboratory directory are true ?

1) The directory is a one-stop solution for all testing requirements and houses information about all testing facilities available in the country today.
2) At single click, from individual users to entrepreneurs to exporters to companies, everyone can know about testing requirements and location of testing labs in the country.
3) There are estimated 10,000 labs across the country. Currently, about 4,500 labs owned by public and private academic institutions are listed on the online directory.

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

Q2. This soil is acidic with low humus and is found in Assam, Darjeeling, Kashmir, Uttranchal and Himachal Pradesh. Maize, barley, wheat and temperate fruits are grown in this soil in the Himalayan region. Plantation of crops like tropical fruits, coffee, tea or spices in states of south India like Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are undertaken in this type of soil. In the drier areas or deciduous forest belt, deep soil, brown in colour and rich in humus is found. It is very good for orchard crops.

The above description refers to which of the following soil types of India ?

a) Black soil
b) Laterite soil
c) Mountain soil
d) Peaty soil

Q3. The Central TB Division of the Health Ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence to explore the application of cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology in its fight against TB.

Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The RNTCP (Revised National TB Control Programme) has been at the forefront of adoption of newer technologies like AI in healthcare which provides a unique opportunity for the health sector, bringing efficiency, saving resources and bringing accuracy in interpretation and enhancing quality of service delivery.
2) Its use in this sector has an ample scope to improve outcomes, especially in situations where resources are limited.
3) India is committed to ending TB by 2035, five years ahead of the Global Sustainable Development target.
a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q4. Consider the following statements :

1) According to the DRI, in the last three years there has been a significant increase in the number of persons belonging to organised smuggling gangs engaged in smuggling of gold into India and foreign currency out of India.
2) Exporting Indian rupees is not prohibited for non-Indian residents. Residents of India can travel abroad with up to Rs.2,50,000.
3) There’s no limit to how much of a foreign currency you can take out of India, but if it’s US$5,000 or more in banknotes and coins, or US$10,000 or more in coins, notes and traveller’s cheques, it will have to be declared.

Which of the above statements are true ?

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

Q5. A spider belonging to the genus Poecilotheria, commonly known as the Peacock Parachute Spider or Gooty Tarantula was spotted by a team of researchers of the Puducherry-based Indigenous Biodiversity Foundation (IBF) in the Pakkamalai Reserve Forests.

Which of the following places is considered the most common habitat of the species in India ?

a) Indo-himalayan belt
b) Western Ghats
c) Eastern ghats
d) Aravalli ranges

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Answer :

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

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