Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 31 December 2019


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 31 December 2019


Q1. India has improved its composite score from 57 in 2018 to 60 in the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2019-20. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true?

1) This has been achieved due to better works in water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy and industry, innovation, and infrastructure
2) It indicates where the country and its States and UTs currently are on SDG implementation. It also charts the distance to be travelled to reach the SDG targets.
3) Maharashtra achieved the first rank in the composite SDG Index with a score of 70, followed by Himachal Pradesh at 69. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu ranked at the third position with the score of 67.

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

Q2. While moving from Spain (Europe) to Saudi Arabia(Asia),which of the following countries would one pass through(taking the shortest route) ,after crossing the strait of Gibraltar ?

1) Libya
2) Tunisia
3) Morocco
4) Niger
5) Algeria

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

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding the recently released State of Forest report 2019 stands true ?

1) The report has assessed that the annual removal of small timber by the people living in forest fringe villages is nearly seventy per cent of the average annual yield of the forests in the country
2) Except Assam and Tripura, all states in the region show a decrease in the forest cover.
3) Dependence of fuelwood on forests was the highest in Maharashtra, whereas, for fodder, small timber and bamboo, the dependence was highest in Madhya Pradesh.

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

Q4. The centre has set up a seven-member group of ministers (GoM) headed by defence minister to review the crop insurance scheme and recommend changes. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) The crop Insurance Scheme is in line with One Nation – One Scheme theme and it incorporates the best features of all previous schemes and at the same time, all previous shortcomings/weaknesses have been removed.
2) The scheme provides comprehensive crop insurance from pre-sowing to post-harvest period against non-preventable natural risks at extremely low premium rates.
3) However states like Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have exited from the central scheme and have launched their own crop insurance scheme.

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

Q5. The recently published “Freedom on the Net” which surveys internet freedom in countries was released by which of the following organisations?

a) World Bank
b) Transparency international
c) Freedom house
d) World Telecommunications Organisation

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