Prelims Quiz – August 04, 2018

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Which of the following statements about the recently proposed ‘National Sports University’ (NSU) is/are true: (1) The NSU is proposed be established in Sikkim; (2) The government has signed an agreement with the University of Canberra and the Victoria University development of the NSU.
   
Only 2
(Answer – Only 2). A Bill to establish a National Sports University in Manipur to promote sports education was recently passed by the Lok Sabha. In order to make the university a world-class institution, the government has signed an agreement with two Australian universities — University of Canberra and Victoria University — for development of curriculum, research facilities and laboratories, among others. Read more at The Hindu.
   
Only 1
(Answer – Only 2). A Bill to establish a National Sports University in Manipur to promote sports education was recently passed by the Lok Sabha. In order to make the university a world-class institution, the government has signed an agreement with two Australian universities — University of Canberra and Victoria University — for development of curriculum, research facilities and laboratories, among others. Read more at The Hindu.
   
Both 1 and 2
(Answer – Only 2). A Bill to establish a National Sports University in Manipur to promote sports education was recently passed by the Lok Sabha. In order to make the university a world-class institution, the government has signed an agreement with two Australian universities — University of Canberra and Victoria University — for development of curriculum, research facilities and laboratories, among others. Read more at The Hindu.
 
Neither 1 nor 2
(Answer – Only 2). A Bill to establish a National Sports University in Manipur to promote sports education was recently passed by the Lok Sabha. In order to make the university a world-class institution, the government has signed an agreement with two Australian universities — University of Canberra and Victoria University — for development of curriculum, research facilities and laboratories, among others. Read more at The Hindu.
   
 
Which of the following pollutants are regularly monitored under the National Air Monitoring Programme executed by the Central Pollution Control Board: (1) Ozone; (2) Carbon Monoxide; (3) Sulphur Dioxide; (4) Nitrogen Dioxide; (5) PM 10; (6) PM2.5
   
3, 4, 5 and 6 only
(Answer – 3, 4, 5 and 6 only). Central Pollution Control Board is executing a nation-wide programme of ambient air quality monitoring known as National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). Under N.A.M.P., four air pollutants viz ., Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen as NO2, Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM / PM10) and Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) have been identified for regular monitoring at all the locations. The monitoring of meteorological parameters such as wind speed and wind direction, relative humidity (RH) and temperature were also integrated with the monitoring of air quality. Source: Central Pollution Control Board.
   
2, 3, 4, and 6 only
(Answer – 3, 4, 5 and 6 only). Central Pollution Control Board is executing a nation-wide programme of ambient air quality monitoring known as National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). Under N.A.M.P., four air pollutants viz ., Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen as NO2, Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM / PM10) and Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) have been identified for regular monitoring at all the locations. The monitoring of meteorological parameters such as wind speed and wind direction, relative humidity (RH) and temperature were also integrated with the monitoring of air quality. Source: Central Pollution Control Board.
   
1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 only
(Answer – 3, 4, 5 and 6 only). Central Pollution Control Board is executing a nation-wide programme of ambient air quality monitoring known as National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). Under N.A.M.P., four air pollutants viz ., Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen as NO2, Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM / PM10) and Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) have been identified for regular monitoring at all the locations. The monitoring of meteorological parameters such as wind speed and wind direction, relative humidity (RH) and temperature were also integrated with the monitoring of air quality. Source: Central Pollution Control Board.
 
2, 3, 5 and 6 only
(Answer – 3, 4, 5 and 6 only). Central Pollution Control Board is executing a nation-wide programme of ambient air quality monitoring known as National Air Quality Monitoring Programme (NAMP). Under N.A.M.P., four air pollutants viz ., Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen as NO2, Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM / PM10) and Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) have been identified for regular monitoring at all the locations. The monitoring of meteorological parameters such as wind speed and wind direction, relative humidity (RH) and temperature were also integrated with the monitoring of air quality. Source: Central Pollution Control Board.
   
 
‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ can be associated with which of the following:
   
Paris Agreement
(Answer – Paris Agreement). Countries across the globe adopted an historic international climate agreement at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. In anticipation of this moment, countries publicly outlined what post-2020 climate actions they intended to take under the new international agreement, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The climate actions communicated in these INDCs largely determine whether the world achieves the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement: to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C, and to achieve net zero emissions in the second half of this century. Read more at World Resource Institute.
   
Cartagena Protocol
(Answer – Paris Agreement). Countries across the globe adopted an historic international climate agreement at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. In anticipation of this moment, countries publicly outlined what post-2020 climate actions they intended to take under the new international agreement, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The climate actions communicated in these INDCs largely determine whether the world achieves the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement: to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C, and to achieve net zero emissions in the second half of this century. Read more at World Resource Institute.
   
Kyoto Protocol
(Answer – Paris Agreement). Countries across the globe adopted an historic international climate agreement at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. In anticipation of this moment, countries publicly outlined what post-2020 climate actions they intended to take under the new international agreement, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The climate actions communicated in these INDCs largely determine whether the world achieves the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement: to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C, and to achieve net zero emissions in the second half of this century. Read more at World Resource Institute.
 
Nagoya Protocol
(Answer – Paris Agreement). Countries across the globe adopted an historic international climate agreement at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. In anticipation of this moment, countries publicly outlined what post-2020 climate actions they intended to take under the new international agreement, known as their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The climate actions communicated in these INDCs largely determine whether the world achieves the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement: to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C, and to achieve net zero emissions in the second half of this century. Read more at World Resource Institute.
   
 
Which of the following have been correctly paired: (1) Sabang Islands: Malaysia; (2) Assumption Island: Seychelles; (3) Sentosa Island: Japan.
   
2 only
(Answer – 2 only). Sabang Island is located in Indonesia. Sentosa Island is located in Singapore. Sabang Island is strategically important for India from the angle of maritime defence. Read: The Diplomat. Sentosa Island has been in news as the first meeting between Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Kim Jong-Un took place on Sentosa Island. Assumption Island is another strategically located Island for India from the purpose of defence.
   
2 and 3 only
(Answer – 2 only). Sabang Island is located in Indonesia. Sentosa Island is located in Singapore. Sabang Island is strategically important for India from the angle of maritime defence. Read: The Diplomat. Sentosa Island has been in news as the first meeting between Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Kim Jong-Un took place on Sentosa Island. Assumption Island is another strategically located Island for India from the purpose of defence.
   
1 and 2 only
(Answer – 2 only). Sabang Island is located in Indonesia. Sentosa Island is located in Singapore. Sabang Island is strategically important for India from the angle of maritime defence. Read: The Diplomat. Sentosa Island has been in news as the first meeting between Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Kim Jong-Un took place on Sentosa Island. Assumption Island is another strategically located Island for India from the purpose of defence.
 
1 and 3 only
(Answer – 2 only). Sabang Island is located in Indonesia. Sentosa Island is located in Singapore. Sabang Island is strategically important for India from the angle of maritime defence. Read: The Diplomat. Sentosa Island has been in news as the first meeting between Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Kim Jong-Un took place on Sentosa Island. Assumption Island is another strategically located Island for India from the purpose of defence.
   
 
Which of the following Indian city(ies) is/are not a part of 2018 release of WHO’s 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM 2.5 levels: (1) Srinagar; (2) Jaipur; (3) Faridabad; (4) Nagpur
   
Only 4
(Answer – Only 4). Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016. Other Indian cities that registered very high levels of PM2.5 pollutants were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur. Read more at The Hindu Business Line. (Note: The data relating to 2016 study was released recently in 2018).
   
Only 1 and 3
(Answer – Only 4). Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016. Other Indian cities that registered very high levels of PM2.5 pollutants were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur. Read more at The Hindu Business Line. (Note: The data relating to 2016 study was released recently in 2018).
   
Only 2 and 4
(Answer – Only 4). Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016. Other Indian cities that registered very high levels of PM2.5 pollutants were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur. Read more at The Hindu Business Line. (Note: The data relating to 2016 study was released recently in 2018).
 
Only 1
(Answer – Only 4). Delhi and Varanasi are among the 14 Indian cities that figured in a list of 20 most polluted cities in the world in terms of PM2.5 levels in 2016. Other Indian cities that registered very high levels of PM2.5 pollutants were Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur. Read more at The Hindu Business Line. (Note: The data relating to 2016 study was released recently in 2018).
   

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