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Static GK and Current Events Questions and Answers: 12th January 2021

Answer the following questions and check the status of your general awareness or GS 1 paper for UPSC Civil Services Exam, 2021. The questions provide an insight into the direction of the preparation candidates must follow to excel in their competitive exams. Take a look below.  

  1. Regarding Border Security Area Development choose the correct statement out of the following:

i) It is an initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India

ii) In its initial phase, the scheme was implemented in the Western Border States

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None of the above

Ans. c

Explanation: The Border Area Development Programme (BADP) is an initiative of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to adopt a comprehensive approach to Border Management in collaboration with the State Governments and Union Territories. It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) which was introduced in the year 1993-94. In its initial phase, the scheme was implemented in the Western Border states with an aim of developing infrastructure to facilitate the deployment of Border Security Force (BSF). Read in Detail here. 

  1. What is a zero line?
  1. The imaginary line which connects all the first habitations from the International Boundary
  2. An imaginary line separating India and Pakistan
  3. The imaginary boundary between all countries
  4. None of the above 

Ans. a

Explanation: The imaginary line which connects all the first habitations from the International Boundary (IB) will be the 'Zero Line' for BADP and the 10 km distance away from it (towards the interior) will be calculated from this zero line. The map will be provided by the State/UT Government. 

  1. Choose the correct statement regarding quantum technology

i) It is based on the implementation of quantum physics theories

ii) Quantum Physics is based on three revolutionary principles Quantized properties, Particles of Light, Waves of matter

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None of the above 

Ans. c

Explanation: The technology based on the principles of Quantum theory, explaining the nature of energy and matter on the subatomic level is called Quantum technology. The origin of QM is because of the three revolutionary principles that gained acceptance and experimental verification between 1900 and 1930. These are Quantized properties, Particles of Light, Waves of matter. Read all about NMQTA here. 

  1. Which office of the Indian Government will be responsible for NMQTA?
  1. Prime Minister’s Science and Technology Innovation Advisory Council 
  2. Science and Tech Ministry
  3. ISRO
  4. DRDO

Ans. a

Explanation: Quantum Technologies & Applications is one of the 9 missions of national importance, under Prime Minister’s Science and Technology Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). It runs through the Principal Scientific Advisor’s office to contribute to scientific research for India’s sustainable development. The mission will be functioning under the Science and Technology department, DST

  1. What is the age group considered to be the youth in India?
  1. 18-25 years
  2. 19-21 years
  3. 15-35 years
  4. 18-35 years

Ans. c

Explanation: The National Youth Policy of India (2003) defines the youth population as those in the age group of 15-35 years of age

  1. When is National Youth Day celebrated?
  1. January 12
  2. January 13
  3. January 19
  4. February 2

Ans. a

Explanation: The birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand is celebrated as the National Youth Day. It is celebrated on January 12, every year.  Read all about Youth Parliament here.

  1. As per WTO's seventh trade review of India choose the correct statement 

i) India’s FDI and GST of India

ii) It marked that India’s Trade Policies have not changed from the past 5 years 

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. Both i and ii
  4. None of the above 

Ans. c

Explanation: WTO appreciated India on the move of introducing of Goods & Services Tax in 2016. India was also praised for its efforts to implement WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement.It also said that de policies have remained very much the same from the past 5 years.   Read what WTO had to say about India's trade policies here

  1. Whatsapp will change its policies, Choose the statement in accordance with these changes to be brought about

i) After February 8, 2021 users would have a chance to skip some of the changes and still use Whatsapp

ii) Whatsapp already shares the data with Facebook for marketing purposes

  1. Only i
  2. Only ii
  3. None 
  4. Both i and ii

Ans. b

Explanation: WhatsApp updated its privacy policy and users are being asked to assent to the new privacy policy. Users can choose to skip it till 8 February 2021, however, after the said date they won't be able to use WhatsApp unless they accept the new privacy policy. As part of the Facebook Companies, WhatsApp is already sharing data to Facebook to operate, provide, improve, understand, customize, support, and market its services. 

  1. Which of the following can opt-out of sharing their Whatsapp data with Facebook until now?
  1. USA
  2. EU
  3. Australia
  4. Germany

Ans. b

Explanation:  As of now, only the users in the European Union can opt-out of data sharing with Facebook. 

  1. Who will be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade 2021 now that Boris Johnson has cancelled his attendance?
  1. Nguyễn Phú Trọng
  2.  Chandrikapersad Santokhi
  3. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih 
  4. Joe Biden

Ans. b

Explanation: Indian-origin President of Suriname Chandrikapersad Santokhi will be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2021.

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