M.I.C.S. CURRENT AFFAIRS MCQ 18th AUG, 2020

Q 1 . Consider the following statements :
1 . An unidentified flying object (UFO) is any aerial phenomenon that cannot immediately be identified or explained.
2 . The term “UFO” (or “UFOB”) was coined in 1953 by the United States Air Force (USAF).
Which among the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 & 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution (c)

Explanation

Why in news?

The Pentagon has announced that it was setting up a new task force under the U.S. Navy to investigate UFO sightings.

About Unidentified Flying Object (UFO)

An unidentified flying object (UFO) is any aerial phenomenon that cannot immediately be identified or explained. Most UFOs are identified on investigation as conventional objects or phenomena. The term is widely used for claimed observations of extraterrestrial spacecraft.

The term “UFO” (or “UFOB”) was coined in 1953 by the United States Air Force (USAF).

SOURCE : THE HINDU , 15th Aug 2020 & WIKIPEDIA

Q 2 . Consider the following statements :
1 .Border Security Force (BSF) is under the   administrative control of Ministry of Defence. 
2 . Border Security Force (BSF) is one of the 7 recognized Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).
Which among the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 & 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution (b)

Explanation

Why in news?

1984 batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer Rakesh Asthana has been appointed as the Director General of Border Security Force, BSF.

About Border Security Force (BSF)

It was raised in 1965.
It is a Union Government Agency under the administrative control of Ministry of Home Affairs.
Border Security Force (BSF) is one of the 7 recognized Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), the other 6 being Assam Rifles (AR), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Security Guard (NSG) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

SOURCE : NEWS ON AIR , 17th Aug 2020 & WIKIPEDIA

Q 3 . Consider the following statements about  Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA):
1 . MPEDA is headquartered at New Delhi.
2 . MPEDA functions under the Department of Commerce.
Which among the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 & 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution (b)

Explanation

Why in news?

Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has opened a Quality Control Laboratory in the coastal city of Porbandar in Gujarat for facilitating tests for seafood processors and exporters.

About Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA)

The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) is a Government of India company headquartered at Kochi. It was constituted on 24 August 1972, under the Marine Products Export Development Authority Act 1972 .

The role envisaged for the MPEDA under the statute is comprehensive – covering fisheries of all kinds, increasing exports, specifying standards, processing, marketing, extension and training in various aspects of the industry.

MPEDA functions under the Department of Commerce, Government of India and acts as a coordinating agency with different Central and State Government establishments engaged in fishery production and allied activities.

SOURCE : NEWS ON AIR , 17th Aug 2020 & WIKIPEDIA

Q 4 . Consider the following statements: 
1 .  Ministry of Education is the new name of Ministry of Human Resource Development. 
2 . In 1985, the Ministry of Education was renamed as the HRD ministry.
Which among the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 & 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution (c)

Explanation

Why in news?

President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the change in name of the Ministry of Human Resource Development as Ministry of Education.

In 1985, the Ministry of Education was renamed as the HRD ministry when Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister. P V Narasimha Rao was appointed the first HRD minister by PM Rajiv Gandhi.

The Ministry  is divided into two departments:

1 . Department of School Education and Literacy, which deals with primary, secondary and higher secondary education, adult education and literacy.

2 . Department of Higher Education, which deals with a university education, technical education, scholarship, etc.

SOURCE : NEWS ON AIR , 18th Aug 2020 & WIKIPEDIA

Q 5 . Consider the following initiatives of  Tribal Affairs Ministry: 
1 .’Swasthya’ is an e-portal on tribal health and nutrition launched by Tribal Affairs Ministry . 
2 . Through the GOAL Programme, the Tribal Affairs Ministry aims to mentor five thousand tribal youth across India. 
Which among the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 & 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution (c)

Explanation

Why in news?

Tribal Affairs Minister  has recently inaugurated the e-portal on tribal health and nutrition named ‘Swasthya’.

About ‘Swasthya’

The portal provides all health and nutrition related information of the tribal population of India on a single platform. Swasthya will also curate innovative practices, case studies, and best practices collected from different parts of India to facilitate the exchange of evidence, expertise and experiences.

Going Online as Leaders (GOAL) Programme

Through the GOAL Programme, the Tribal Affairs Ministry aims to mentor five thousand tribal youth across India and enable them to become village-level digital young leaders for their communities.

SOURCE : NEWS ON AIR , 17th Aug 2020