“Current Affairs Pulse – 20 -12- 2017”

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1) Consider the following with respect to US’s new Strategy and answer.
a. Nation-building or promotion of democracy in Islamic countries is not part of the strategy.
b. China is named as a threat in both South and Central Asia and Indo-Pacific regions.
c. Enhancing India’s global standing from being a ‘balancing power’ to be a ‘leading power’.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17 (Pg.- 1)

2) With reference to Water Hyacinth, consider the following and answer.
a. Water Hyacinth is known as “Bengal Terror”.
b. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has come out with a plan to turn water hyacinth into organic manure.
c. The final product consists of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17 (Pg.- 1)

3) Consider the following with reference to ‘Whip’ and answer.
a. He/She Serve as channel of communication between party and its members.
b. Party whip directs the party members to stick to the party’s stand on certain issues and directs them to vote as per the direction of senior party members.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17(Pg.- 5)

4) With reference to Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, consider the following and answer.
a. It is the single largest nuclear power station in India.
b. KKNPP already have six VVER-1000 reactors built in collaboration with Atomstroyexport, the Russian.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17(Pg.- 6)

5) With reference to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), consider the following and answer.
a. NTCA is a statutory body under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change.
b. It was provided statutory status by the Wild Life (Protection) Amendment Act, 2006 which had amended Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17(Pg.- 7)

6) Consider the following with reference to Sakala scheme and answer.
a. Sakala scheme (2011) was implemented to curb corruption and deliver services effectively in some of the key departments.
b. More than 725 services are being provided under the Sakala Act.
c. Government has now proposed to launch Sakala-2 with stringent rules.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17 (Pg.- 8)

7) With reference to Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, consider the following and answer.
a. The RPwDB is more aligned to the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
b. 2016 legislation covers 21 categories of disabilities compared to 7 in the 1995 legislation.
c. At least 5% seats in all government institutions of higher education and those getting aid from the government are required to reserve seats for persons with benchmark disabilities.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17 (Pg.- 9)

8) With reference to National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL), consider the following and answer.
a. NABL is an autonomous society providing Accreditation (Recognition) of Technical competence.
b. It has Mutual Recognition Arrangements with Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC), Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA), International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC).
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17(Pg.- 9)

9) Consider the following with reference to Aadhaar card and answer.
a. The main objective of aadhar is to ensure good governance and for efficient transparent and targeted delivery of subsidies, benefits and services to the Individual.
b. According to the latest rules, ‘explicitly informed consent’ from customers has been made compulsory to mapping Aadhar to a bank account.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17(Pg.- 9)

10) With reference to Goods and Service Tax Network (or GSTN), consider the following and answer.
a. It is a non-profit, non-government organization.
b. The GSTN is a trusted National Information Utility (NIU).
c. The user charges will be paid entirely by the Central Government and the State Governments in equal proportion (i.e. 50:50) on behalf of all users.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17 (Pg.- 10)

11) With reference to e-cigarette, consider the following and answer.
a. It works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, commonly called a “vapor”.
b. The Ligiid usually made of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine, and flavorings.
c. Thes are likely to be safer than tobacco cigarettes.
Choose the correct code
a) 1,2 only
B) 2,3 ONLY
c) 1,3 only
d) All the Above
Refer “The Hindu”- 20/12/17 (Pg.- 12)

12) Consider the following with reference to Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SCBTS)” and answer.
a. scheme will have National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) compliant training courses with funding norms as per Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
b. Web-based monitoring will be adopted for steering every aspect of implementation of the programme.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “PIB”

13) With reference to Counter Nuclear Smuggling Team (CNST), consider the following and answer.
a. It is to check the smuggling of radioactive material.
b. The CNST has representation from all concerned Ministries / Departments/ Agencies and meets periodically.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “PIB”

14) Consider the following with reference to Rooppur Nuclear Power Project (RNPP) and answer.
a. It will be the Bangladesh’s first nuclear power plant.
b. It is to be built by the Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “PIB”

15) With reference to NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR), consider the following and answer.
a. The mission is a joint project between NASA and ISRO to co-develop and launch a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar satellite.
b. The satellite will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual frequency.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
[A] 1 Only
[B] 2 Only
[C] Both 1 & 2
[D] Neither 1 nor 2
Refer “PIB”