Loess Plateau, which was in news recently, is located in

In NEWS: Number of leopards rises on China’s Loess Plateau
• The number of leopards has risen on the Loess Plateau in northern China, according to a recently published study by the University of Copenhagen and Chinese researchers. Hence option (a) is correct.
• The study found that the numbers of the North Chinese Leopard increased to 110 in 2017, from 88 in 2016, an increase of 25 per cent, according to a statement by the university.
• The researchers think that the numbers have continued to rise in the years since. The scientists covered 800 square kilometres of the Loess Plateau for the study.
• The rise in leopard numbers is being attributed to the reforestation of the plateau and restocking it with the natural prey of the leopard such as wild boar and deer 20 years by the Chinese government.
• As the landscape has recovered, the leopard population has bounced back.
About Leopard:
• It is a nocturnal animal.
• Nine subspecies of the leopard have been recognized, and they are distributed across Africa and Asia.
• The leopard is the smallest of the big cats, and known for its ability to adapt in a variety of habitats.
• Listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and included in Appendix I of CITES. In India, the leopard is found in all forest types, from tropical rainforests to temperate deciduous and alpine coniferous forests.
• The species status is now listed under vulnerable category from near-threatened by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Source: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/wildlife-biodiversity/global-eco-watch-strongest-storm-on-earth-in-2020-slams-into-the-philippines-74037

A) China

B) Puerto Rico

C) Argentina

D) Russia

Correct Options: China

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct regarding ‘Biodiversity Hotspot’?

1) It must have at least 1,500 vascular plants as endemics and 30% or less of its original natural vegetation.
2) Norman Myers coined the term “biodiversity hotspot” in 1988 as a region which is known for their high species richness and endemism.
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A) 1 only

B) 2 only

C) Both 1 and 2

D) Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Options: Both 1 and 2

Which of the following sectors are comes under Index of Eight Core Sector Industries?

Select the correct options from the given below codes

A) 1, 3, 4 and 5 only

B) 2 and 3 only

C) 1, 2,3,4 and 5

D) 1,2,3 and 4 only

Correct Options: 1,2,3 and 4 only

Secure Application for Internet seen in news is launched by which of the following ministry in India

A)  Ministry of Science and Technology

B) Ministry of Defence

C)  Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

D)  Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Correct Options: Ministry of Defence

The term 16 Psyche, is recently seen in the news , is related to:

A)  A disputed area near Crimea and Russia border

B)  A family of highly toxic nerve agents.

C)  A gravitational wave signal resulting from the merger of two black holes

D)  An asteroid which orbits between Mars and Jupiter

Correct Options: An asteroid which orbits between Mars and Jupiter

Consider the following statements regarding Psyche mission

1) It is a journey to a unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.
2) It is an initiative of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A)  1 only

B)  2 only

C)  Both 1 and 2

D)  Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Options: Both 1 and 2

Consider the following statements regarding Social Security Code Act, 2020

1) It proposes to empower the centre to constitute a social security fund for provision of social security for the gig workers
2) It will extend the scope of the Employees State Insurance Corporation to all 740 districts in the country
Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

A)  1 only

B)  2 only

C)  Both 1 and 2

D)  Neither 1 nor 2

Correct Options: Both 1 and 2

Which of the following statements are correct regarding Criteria for designation of Biosphere Reserve under MAB programme?

1) A site that must contain an effectively protected and minimally disturbed core area of value of nature conservation.
2) It should be large enough to sustain viable population
3) The management authority to ensure the involvement/cooperation of local communities
Select the correct option from the given below codes

A)  1 only

B)  2 only

C)  3 only

D)  1,2 and 3

Correct Options: 1,2 and 3

Consider the following activities :

1) Spraying pesticides on a crop field
2) Inspecting the craters of an active volcano
3) Collecting breath samples from spouting whales for DNA analysis
At the present level of technology, which of the above activities can be successfully carried out using drones?

The whale spray collected by a drone contains DNA, proteins, lipids and types of bacteria. Hence option 3 is correct. Drones have also been used to study the craters of active volcanoes to know about their recent activities, a place which human beings cannot directly access. Hence option 2 is correct. Recently, the use of drones to spray pesticides (in Telengana) was in the news. It is considered illegal in India. But in the US it is legally practised in many states. Hence option 1 is correct.

A)  1 and 2

B)  2 and 3

C)  1 and 3

D)  1, 2 and 3

Correct Options: 1, 2 and 3

Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA)’ is sometimes seen in the news in the context of negotiations held between India an

The FTA talks with EU have been deadlocked since 2013 after 16 rounds of negotiations. Last year EU raised its concern over what it called India’s “unilateral termination” of existing Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with “a significant number of” EU member countries.Hence option (a) is correct

A)  European Union

B)  Gulf Cooperation Council

C)  Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

D)  Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Correct Options: European Union