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Current Affairs Quiz Today – 19th Feb 2021

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Current affairs quiz today – 19th Feb. 2021.
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#1. With reference to Perseverance Rover, consider the following statements:

1. It is the European Space Agency mission.

2. It aims to study the geology of Mars and signs of ancient life.

3. Jezero Crater on Mars is the landing site of the rover.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

ANS: (B) 2 and 3 only

Explanation
  • Recently, Perseverance Rover has landed on Mars. This was one of the most crucial aspects of the Mars 2020 Mission of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA’s). Hence, statement 1 is not correct.
  • The mission is designed to better understand the geology of Mars and seek signs of ancient life.
    • It is different from previous missions because it is capable of drilling and collecting core samples of the rocks and soils and sending them back to Earth. Hence, statement 2 is correct.
  • Perseverance Rover has landed in the Jezero Crater (an ancient river delta that has rocks and minerals that could only form in water). Hence, statement 3 is correct.

#2. With reference to Tree Cities of the World Programme, consider the following statements:

1. It is an international effort to recognize cities and towns committed to urban forestry.

2. It is a programme partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the FAO.

3. Chandigarh the only city in India to get this recognition so far.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

ANS: (C) 1 and 2 only

Explanation
  • Hyderabad city (Telangana’s Capital) has been recognised as a ‘2020 Tree City of the World’ by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
  • It is an international effort to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that their urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated. Hence, statement 1 is correct.
  • It is a programme partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the FAO. Hence, statement 2 is correct.
    • A city is evaluated on five standards – Establish Responsibility, Set the Rules, Know What You Have, Allocate the Resources, and Celebrate the Achievements.
  • Recently, Hyderabad has earned recognition in the Foundation’s second year of the programme along with 51 other cities in the world. It is the only City in India to get this recognition so far. Hence, statement 3 is not correct.

#3. Consider the following statements:

1. The first delimitation exercise was conducted by the Indian President in 1950-51.

2. The Delimitation Commission is a high-level body appointed by the President.

3. The present delimitation of constituencies has been done on the basis of the 2001 census under the provisions of the Delimitation Act, 2002.

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

ANS: (D) 1, 2 and 3

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#4. Consider the following statements:

1. The QUAD is an informal strategic forum between the United States, Japan, Australia and India.

2. The idea of QUAD was first mooted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2017.

3. Exercise Malabar originally began as an exercise between the QUAD members.

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

ANS: (B) 2 and 3 only

Explanation:

  • The QUAD is an informal strategic forum between the United States, Japan, Australia and India.
  • The idea was first mooted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007.
  • Exercise Malabar originally began in 1992 as a bilateral exercise between India and the United States, Japan became a permanent partner in 2015. With Australia’s participation in the exercise in 2020, it was the first time in 13 years that all members of the regional grouping known as the Quad engaged militarily.
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