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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 02 Jan 2020

Question 1.

Answer- c

Explanation:

Recently, the Government has released a report on the Task Force on National Infrastructure Pipeline for 2019-2025.

  • Prime Minister in his Independence Day speech 2019 had highlighted that Rs100 lakh crore would be invested on infrastructure over the next 5 years.
  • The emphasis would be on ease of living: safe drinking water, access to clean and affordable energy, healthcare for all, modern railway stations, airports, bus terminals and world-class educational institutes.
  • Task Forcewas constituted to draw up the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) for each of the years from financial years 2019-20 to 2024-25.
  • NIP will include both economic and social infrastructure projects.

 

Question 2.

Answer- c

Explanation:

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has completed the design for the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

  • SSLV or the ‘baby rocket’ will provide on-demand access to space, with the rocket assembly taking a mere 15 days and minimum personnel to do it.
  • It will be used exclusivelyfor small satellites such as nanosats and
  • The payload capacity of the SSLV will be 500-700 kilograms in the Lower Earth Orbit (LEO), less than one-third the weight the PLSV can carry.

 

Question 3.

 Answer- a

Explanation:

  • Senna spectabilis is a plant species of the legume family in the subfamily Caesalpinioideae native to South and Central America.
  • They are often grown as an ornamental in front yards, parks, gardens, buildings due to their bright yellow flowers that bloom during the summer months.

 

Question 4.

Answer- c

Explanation :

  • Palau has banned “reef-toxic” sunscreens. The scientific evidence showed that chemicals found in most sunscreens were toxic to corals.
  • Therefore, from New Year’s Day, any reef-toxic sunscreens that are imported or sold in Palau will be confiscated and the owner will be fined.

 

Question 5.

Answer- b

Explanation:

  • Tony Whitten was a British conservationist who documented biodiversity in Asia before he died due to cycling crash.
  • A prize fund was set up in his name after his death. One of the recent winners of this prize named a snail in Indonesia after him.
  • These species live in a limestone habitat and are threatened due to quarrying for the cement industry.

 

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