1.Consider the following statements:
1.Uganda becomes first African country to submit REDD+ results.
2.REDD stands for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation” and the “+” signifies the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developed countries.
Which of the above statement/statements are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
2.Consider the following statements related to Bubonic plague:
1.Bubonic plague cases in China.
2.Bubonic plague epidemic in the Middle Ages, also known as the White Death’.
3.The bubonic plague, known as the “Black Death” in the Middle Ages, is a highly infectious and often fatal disease that is spread mostly by rodents.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
A. 1 and 2 are correct
B. 1 and 3 are correct
C. 2 and 3 are correct
D. All of the above
3.Which institute has launched the world’s first ever online B.Sc. degree in Programming and Data Science?
A. IIT Madras
B. IIT Delhi
C. IIT Mumbai
D. IIT Kanpur
4.Which country has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining U.S. President Donald Trump?
D. North Korea
5.Which country’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe resigns?
6.Who among the following has been appointed as Chairman of Axis Bank?
A. Fatima Begum
B. Tammana Khatoon
C. Safina Johar
D. Nigar Jauhar
7.How many million dollars did WB approve for the emergency response program?
A. 750 million dollars
B. 650 million dollars
C. 550 million dollars
D. 450 million dollars
8.How many websites of pro-Khalistan group ‘Sikhs for Justice’ were blocked?
Uganda has become the first African country to submit results for Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
India’s REDD+ strategy:
Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia are on high alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague, the disease that caused the ‘Black Death’ pandemic centuries ago.
Symptoms of bubonic plague
Can spread from one person to another?
How deadly is bubonic plague?
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has virtually launched World’s first online BSc degree programme in Data Science and Programming. It has been offered by IIT Madras. The course will be in 3 stages: Foundational Programme, Diploma Programme and Degree Programme. It will have nominal fee of Rs. 3,000 for the qualifier exam. Eligibility: Student completing 12th Class in 2020, Graduates and working profession. It will remove all barriers of age, discipline or geographic location.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump. Iran believes that he carried out the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad. While Trump faces no danger of arrest, the charges underscore the heightened tensions between Iran and the United States since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Interpol HQ: Lyon in France. Founded in: 1923
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has resigned from his post ahead of a government reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron. As per the announcement made by the French Presidency, Edouard Philippe will handle the government affairs until a new cabinet would be named. This is a part of the President Emmanuel Macron plans to strengthen his green credentials and refashion his centrist government ahead of a possible re-election bid. He is planning to boost the two remaining years of his term by focusing on efforts to relaunch the French economy post the COVID-19 crisis.
Pakistan Army has appointed Major General Nigar Johar as the first female lieutenant-general. She has also been appointed as the first female surgeon general of the Pakistan Army. Johar graduated from the Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, in 1985 and joined the army’s Medical Corps. In 2017, she became the third woman officer in the Pakistan Army to attain the rank of major general. The other two women major generals were Shahida Badsha and Shahida Malik.
The World Bank has approved $750-million loan to increase flow of finance to the severely affected MSMEs in India due to COVID-19. This will support the MSME package announced by the government under its ‘Self-reliant India’ program. India’s MSME sector, which contributes 30% of India’s GDP and 40% of exports, is currently facing severe stress. The sector, which employs 150-180 million people will get relief from this loan package.
The Centre blocked 40 websites linked to pro-Khalistan gourp Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) for ‘a campaign for registering supporters for its cause’. “Sikhs For Justice(SFJ), an unlawful organization under the UAPA, 1967, launched a campaign for registering supporters for its cause. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is the nodal authority for monitoring cyberspace in India. Last year, the home ministry had banned the SFJ for its alleged anti-national activities. The SFJ pushed for Sikh Referendum 2020 as part of its separatist agenda.
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