KingMakers IAS Academy Current Affairs Pulse – 100% taken from “THE HINDU”

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19th August, 2017:-

1. Which of the following statements about Spain are correct:
a. The Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands belongs to Spain.
b. The Balearic Islands is located in the Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands off the North African Atlantic coast.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c

2. Which of the following statements are correct:
a. A PIL may be introduced in a court of law by the court itself (suomotu), rather than the aggrieved party or another third party.
b. Justice P. N. Bhagwati and Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer were among the first judges to admit PILs in court.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c

3. Which of the following statements about the World Health Organization are correct:
a. The World Health Report is published by the World Health Organization.
b. The World Health Organization strives to combat only infectious diseases like influenza and HIV but not non-communicable ones like cancer and heart disease.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c

4. Which of the following statements about Swine Flu are correct:
a. Swine flu is a respiratory disease, caused by a strain of the influenza type A virus known as H1N1.
b. H1N1 is the same strain which causes normal seasonal outbreaks of flu in humans on a regular basis.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c

5. Which of the following country is not part of Scandinavia:
a. Denmark
b. Norway
c. Sweden
d. Finland
Answer: d
Explanation: The term Scandinavia always includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The remote Norwegian islands of Svalbard and Jan Mayen are usually not seen as a part of Scandinavia, nor is Greenland, an overseas territory of Denmark.

6. Which of the following countries are not part of Fennoscandia:
a. Finland
b. Norway
c. Sweden
d. Denmark
Answer: d
Explanation: Fennoscandian Peninsula, is the geographical peninsula of the Nordic region comprising the Scandinavian Peninsula, Finland, Karelia, and the Kola Peninsula.[1] It encompasses Finland, Norway and Sweden,[2] as well as Murmansk Oblast, much of the Republic of Karelia, and parts of northern Leningrad Oblast in Russia.

7. Which of the following statements about Schengen Area is correct:
a. The Schengen Area is an area in Europe that has officially abolished passport and all other types of border control at their mutual borders functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy.
b. The area comprising 26 European states does not include the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 t 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer:c

8. Which of the following statements about the Pardoning powers of the President are correct:
a. The pardoning power of the President is independent of the Judiciary and it is an executive power.
b. Affording relief from a sentence and correcting any judicial errors are the two main objectives of conferring this power on the President.
c. Both the Governor and President have concurrent power in respect of suspension, remission, and commutation of death sentence.
Options:
a. 1 and 2 only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1, 2 and 3 only
Answer: d

9. Which of the following under the Pardoning power of the President involves the substitution of one form of punishment for a lighter form:
a. Commutation.
b. Pardon
c. Remission
d. Reprieve area comprising 26 European states
Answer: a

10. Which of the following statements about Inter State Water Disputes is correct:
a. Parliament may provide that neither the Supreme Court nor any other court is to exercise jurisdiction in respect of any such dispute or complaint.
b. The Inter State Water Disputes Act empowers the Central government to set up an ad hoc tribunal for the adjudication of a dispute between two or more states in relation to the waters of an interstate river or river valley.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c

11. Which of the following statements about Sankalp Se Siddhi are correct:
a. The Pledge under Sankalp Se Siddhi is to build a New India by 2022; an India that is devoid of corruption, is clean, has no poverty, is free of terrorism, has no distinction on the basis of caste and religion.
b. The pledge under Sankalp Se Siddhi is for a period ranging from 2017-2022.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer:c

12. Which of the statements about Mahananda River are correct:
a. Mahananda River originates in the Darjeeling district in West Bengal and flows through Mahanda Wildlife Sanctuary.
b. It is a trans-boundary river that flows through the Indian states of West Bengal, Bihar, and Bangladesh.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c

13. Which of the statements about river Punarbhaba are correct:
a. It is a river which flows through Bangladesh and West Bengal.
b. The river drains into Ganges.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 or 2
Answer: c

14. Which of the statements about River Brahmaputra are correct:
a. Heavy siltation hasmade the river bed shallowand reduced the water-carryingcapacity of River Brahmaputra.
b. It will notonly improve the watercarrying capacity of theBrahmaputra but alsomake the river navigablefor bigger cargo ships.
c. A detailed project reportto build a 725 kmBrahmaputra Expresswayalong both the banks of theriver with the sand recoveredfrom the dredging the river.
Options:
a. 1 and 2 only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1,2 and 3 only
Answer: d

15. Which of the following statements about NALSA (National Legal Services Authority of India (NALSA)) are correct:
a. National Legal Services Authority of India was formed on 5 December 1995 under the authority of the Legal Services Authorities Act 1987 with the purpose is to provide free legal services to eligible candidates.
b. It also organizesLokAdalats for speedy resolution of cases.
c. The prime objective of NALSA is speedy disposal of cases and reducing the burden of judiciary.
Options:
a. 1 and 2 only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. 1,2 and 3 only
Answer: d

16. Which of the following statements are correct:
a. Theweak rains, characterized asa ‘break’ monsoon condition,are a typical feature of themonsoon months.
b. There could be as many astwo breaks in a season, thosethat last beyond a week havethe capacity to trigger adrought.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

17. Which of the following statements are correct regarding the Election Commission:
a. The Election Commission acts as a court for settling disputes related to allotment of election symbols to the political parties.
b. The Election Commission grants recognition to political parties and allot election symbols to them.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c

18. Which of the following statements about Lithium are correct:
a. The resource endowment regarding is limitedto only nine countries and 95%of global lithium production comesfrom Argentina, Australia, Chileand China.
b. Different variants of lithium-ionbatteries are predominantly usedin electric vehicles.
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c

19. Which of the following diseases are not part of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme:
a. Malaria
b. Lymphatic Filariasis
c. Chikungunya
d. Dengue
Options:
a. 1 and 2 only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. All of the Above
Answer: d

20. Which of the following statements about Kala Azar are correct:
a. PKDL Post Kala Azar Dermal Leishmaniasis, results from the parasites leftover from a kala-azar infection thatcouldn’t be slain by the chemical cocktailsused to treat kala-azar.
b. Painless and never known to triggerthe fevers and pains typical of parasiticaldiseases, the blemished skin is theonly sign of post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis(PKDL).
Options:
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer: c