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What is the purpose of ‘evolved Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (eLISA)’ project? 1., To detect neutrinos 2., To detect gravitational waves 3., To detect the effectiveness of missile defence system 4., To study the effect of solar flares on our communication systems

Answer (b)The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is a joint NASA-ESA project to developing and operating a space-based gravitational wave detector sensitive at frequencies between 0.03 mHz and 0.1 Hz. LISA detects gravitational-wave induced strains in...Read more

Right to vote and to be elected in India is a 1., Fundamental Right 2., Natural Right 3., Constitutional Right 4., Legal Right

Answer (c)Article 326 provides for universal adult franchise in which citizens who are not less than 18 years’ age or not otherwise disqualified by the Constitution or the laws made by Parliament are eligible to b...Read more

In India, it is legally mandatory for which of the following to report on cyber security incidents? 1., Service providers 2., Data centres 3., Body corporate Select the correct answer using the code given below: (a) 1 only (b) 1 and 2 only (c) 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer: (d)In India, section 70-B of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (the “IT Act”) gives the Central Government the power to appoint an agency of the government to be called the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team. In pursuance of the said provision t...Read more

Chabahar port and deeper energy ties on agenda as Modi renews Iran link

Following lifting of sanctions against Iran in January, India has been eyeing deeper energy ties and has already lined up $20 billion as investment in oil and gas as well as petrochemical and fertiliser projects there. So the centrepiece of prime minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit will ...Read more

Consider the following statements: 1., India has ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of WTO. 2., TFA is a part of WTO’s Bali Ministerial Package of 2013. 3., TFA came into force in January 2016. Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (a) 1 and 2 only (b) 1 and 3 only (c) 2 and 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer (a)Bureaucratic's delays and “red tape” pose of a burden for moving goods across borders for traders. Trade facilitation—the simplification, modernization and harmonization of export and import processes—has therefore emerged as an import...Read more

‘Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA)’ is sometimes seen in the news in the context of negotiations held between India and 1., European Union 2., Gulf Cooperation Council 3., Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development 4., Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Answer (a)India is negotiating a Broad-based Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (India-EU BTIA) with the European Union's. The negotiation started in 2007 and sixteen rounds of negotiation have been held so far. However, there has been no agreement reached i...Read more

The term M-STrIPES is sometime seen in the news in the context of (a) Captive breeding of Wild Fauna (b) Maintenance of Tiger Reserves (c) Indigenous Satellite Navigation System (d) Security of National Highways

Answer (b)The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which has been upgrading monitoring mechanism for the large cats, brought in field officials and technical staff of 11 tiger reserves (TRs) of the country to Baripada to introduce them to Monitoring Syst...Read more

Consider the following statements: 1., National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) helps in promoting financial inclusion in the country. 2., NPCI has launched RuPay, a card payment scheme. Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (a) 1 only (b) 2 only (c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer (c)RuPay is a combination of two words – Rupee and Payment. RuPay Card is an Indian version of credit/debit card. It is very similar to international cards such as Visa/Master.National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) initiated the launch o...Read more

What is the application of Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer Technology? (a) Production of biolarvicides (b) Manufacture of biodegradable plastics (c) Reproductive cloning of animals (d) Production of organisms free of diseases

Answer (c)Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is a laboratory strategy for creating a viable embryo froma body cell and an egg cell. The technique consists of taking an enucleated oocyte (egg cell)and implanting a donor nucleus from a somatic (body) cell. It is used in ...Read more

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