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Current Affairs Quiz Today – 22nd Feb 2021

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Current affairs quiz today – 22nd Feb. 2021.
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#1. Consider the following statements with respect to Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR):

1. It is a nuclear-derived method for detecting the presence of specific genetic material from any pathogen, including a virus.

2. It helps to measure the amount of a specific RNA in a sample.

3. It combines reverse transcription of RNA into DNA and amplification of specific DNA targets using polymerase chain reaction.

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

ANS: (B) 1, 2 and 3

Explanation:

  • RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) is a nuclear-derived method for detecting the presence of specific genetic material from any pathogen, including a virus.
  • RT-PCR is a laboratory technique combining reverse transcription of RNA into DNA and amplification of specific DNA targets using polymerase chain reaction.
  • It is primarily used to measure the amount of a specific RNA

#2. Consider the following statements with respect to International Atomic Energy Agency:

1. It is a specialised agency of the United Nations.

2. The organisation’s first name when it was formally established was ‘Atoms for peace’.

3. India is a founding member of the IAEA.

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

ANS: (B) 2 and 3 only

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Explanation:

  • Atoms for Peace’ was the organisation’s first name when it was formally established in 1957.
  • It is an autonomous organisation within the United Nations system and not a specialised agency of the UN.
  • India became a member in 1957 itself. It is a founding member.

#3. Consider the following statements with respect to International Mother Language Day:

1. It is part of the initiative to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.

2. The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of India.

3. First announced by UNESCO in 1999, it was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002.

Which of the given statement/s is are correct?

ANS: (C) 1 and 3 only

Explanation:

  • International Mother Language Day is observed on 21 February every year.
  • It is part of the initiative to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.
  • The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh.
  • It was announced by UNESCO in 1999 and was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2002.
  • The theme for IMLD 2021 is “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society”.

#4. With reference to Indian WASH strategy, consider the following statements:

1. WASH stands for the interrelated areas of Water and Sanitation.

2. The Strategy has been developed by the World Health Organisation.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

ANS: (B) 2 only

Explanation
  • WASH is an acronym that stands for the interrelated areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. Hence, statement 1 is not correct.
  • WASH Strategy has been developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in response to Member State Resolution and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG 3: Good Health and Well Being, SDG 6: Clean Water And Sanitation). Hence, statement 2 is correct.
    • It is a component of WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work 2019–2023 which aims to contribute to the health of three billion through multisectoral actions like better emergency preparedness and response; and one billion with Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
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