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Current Affairs Quiz Today – 02nd Jan 2021

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Current affairs quiz today – 02nd Jan. 2021.
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#1. Consider the following statements regarding Himalayan trillium, recently seen in news.

1. Himalayan trillium is found in temperate and sub-alpine zones of the Himalayas.

2. The existence of the plant has been traced only across India, Bhutan and Nepal.

3. Recently it was declared as ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

ANS: (B) 1 and 3 only

Explanation

The Himalayan trillium (Trillium govanianum), a common herb of the Himalayas was declared ‘endangered’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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In recent years, the plant has become one of the most traded commercial plants of the Himalayan region, due to its high medicinal quality. It has been used in traditional medicine to cure diseases like dysentery, wounds, skin boils, inflammation, sepsis, as well as menstrual and sexual disorders. Recent experiments have shown that the rhizome of the herb is a source of steroidal saponins and can be used as an anti-cancer and anti-aging agent. This increased its market value and has now become an easy target for poachers.

Found in temperate and sub-alpine zones of the Himalayas, at an altitude from 2,400-4,000 metres above sea level, the existence of the plant has been traced across India, Bhutan, Nepal, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan. In India, it is found in – Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, and Uttarakhand.

#2. Which of the following statements is correct with respect to CoWIN?

ANS: (A) It is a digitalised platform to be used to effectively roll out and scale up the mechanism for COVID Vaccine Distribution System in India.

EXPLANATION:

  • COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) system is a digitalised platform to be used to effectively roll out and scale up the mechanism for COVID Vaccine Distribution System, nationally. It is a repurposed version of Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN).

#3. Consider the following statements with respect to National Human Rights Commission:

1. It is a constitutional body.

2. The chairperson is a retired chief justice of India or a judge of the Supreme Court.

3. Chairpersons of National Commission for Minorities, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and National Commission for Women are the ex-officio members of NHRC.

Which of the given statement/s is/are correct?

ANS: (D) 2 and 3 only

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EXPLANATION:

  • National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is a statutory body established on 12th October 1993 under the Protection of Human Rights Act (PHRA), 1993.
  • The chairperson is a retired chief justice of India or a judge of the Supreme Court.
  • Chairpersons of National Commission for Minorities, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes and National Commission for Women are the ex-officio members of NHRC.

#4. Which of the following statements best describes Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC)?

ANS: (B) Charge paid by the Telecommunication service provider (TSP) whose subscriber makes a call, to the Telecommunication Service Provider whose subscriber receives the call.

 

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