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Current Affairs is the most important, as well as the trickiest part of Civil Services Exam. Making your own notes from any standard national newspaper consumes much of your time, especially if you are a beginner.

This is because the news articles that appear in the newspaper generally miss certain essential facts, lack the logical flow of content and are complexly worded.

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Current Affairs Question Bank June- July 2019

1) Indrasaurus wangi sometimes seen in the news recently is a/an

a.  Paravian Dinosaur

b.  Ancient Lizard species

c.  Dolphin native to River Indus

d.  None of the above

Answer : b

A team of researchers has recently discovered a new specimen of a microraptor — volant dromaeosaurid Microraptor zhaoianus — with the remains of a nearly complete lizard preserved in its stomach. The researchers have named the lizard after Lord Indra. The lizard is unlike any previously known from the Cretaceous and represents a new species- Indrasaurus wangi. The name Indrasaurus was inspired by a Vedic legend in which the god Indra was swallowed by a dragon during a great battle (the dragon here referring to Microraptor).

2) Consider the following statements with respect to Blue Flag Programme

1. It is an eco-label awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators.

2. It is jointly operated under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation and UN-Oceans.

3. Shivrajpur and Bhogave beaches are the only beaches in India that have attained the Blue Flag. 

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a.  1 only

b.  1 and 2 only

c.  1 and 3 only

d.  1, 2 and 3

Answer : a

The iconic Blue Flag is one of the world’s most recognised voluntary eco-labels awarded to beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators.

The Blue Flag Programme for beaches and marinas is run by the international, non-governmental, non-profit organisation FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education).

In order to qualify for the Blue Flag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained.

Japan and South Korea are the only countries in South and South-Eastern Asia to have Blue Flag beaches.

The Union Environment Ministry has recently selected 12 beaches in India to vie for a ‘Blue Flag’ certification.

3) Which of the following tribe(s) is/are not belonging to the state of Sikkim?

1.       Bhutia

2.       Lepcha

3.       Limboo

4.       Tamang

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a.  4 only

b.  1 and 4 only

c.  1, 2 and 4 only

d.  None of the above

Answer : d

List of Tribes in Sikkim:

1.       Bhutia (including Chumbipa, Dopthapa, Dukpa, Kagatey, Sherpa, Tibetan, Tromopa, Yolmo)

2.       Lepcha

3.       Limboo

4.       Tamang

A proposal for reservation of seats for Limboo and Tamang communities in Sikkim Legislative Assembly is under consideration of the Government of India.

4) Consider the following statements with respect to Van Mitra Portal

1.       It is an online portal launched by the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

2.       It acts as a platform for citizens to report poaching and illegal trade of forest resources.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

a.  1 only

b.  2 only

c.  Both 1 and 2

d.  Neither 1 nor 2

Answer : d

The Madhya Pradesh government has recently began organising gram sabhas in villages to consider afresh rejected claims of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers to forest land rights under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006.

To streamline the application process and deal with the bulk of claims, the State has also launched an online application system, Van Mitra, in the Hoshangabad district on a pilot basis.

5) FinSpy sometimes seen in the news recently is a

a.  Bio capsule

b.  Spyware virus

c.  Vaccine for TB

d.  Disinfectant resistant Pathogen

Answer : b

FinSpy is the latest version of spyware virus designed to track nearly every interaction on a mobile device.

FinSpy collects data from instant messengers—even if they are using encryption programs—such as Russian developed messaging app Telegram, Facebook’s WhatsApp, Skype, Signal, China’s WeChat and BlackBerry Messenger.

It can work both on iOS and Android devices.

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