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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 18 Feb 2020

Question 1.



  • Asur is among the nine Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups found in Jharkhand.
  • Of the 32 different tribes recorded in the State, only four to five tribes, including Santhali, Ho and Kuruk, have recorded language scripts.
  • As per the 2011 census, the tribe has a population of around 23,000 in Latehar and Gumla districts.

Question 2.

Answer- b


  • The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also a declared tiger reserve, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills in Nilgiri District, in Tamil Nadu, India.
  • It shares its boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala.
  • It is a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve along with Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) in the West, Bandipur National Park (Karnataka) in the North, Mukurthi National Park and Silent Valley in the South.


Question 3.

Answer- d


  • Melanism is a common occurrence in leopards, wherein the entire skin of the animal is black in colour, including its spots.
  • A melanistic leopard is often called black panther or jaguar

Conservation Status:

  • Listed in Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and included in Appendix I of CITES.
  • The species status is now listed under vulnerable category from near-threatened by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Question 4.

Answer : a


  • Solar Orbiter is a mission dedicated to solar and Heliospheric physics.
  • It is an international collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).
  • It was selected as the first medium-class mission of ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Programme.
  • This is the first mission that will provide images of the sun’s north and south poles using a suite of six instruments on board that will capture the spacecraft’s view.
  • This follows the Ulysses spacecraft, collaboration between ESA and NASA that launched in 1990 and also flew over the sun’s poles.


Question 5.

Answer : d


  • World Health Organization announced a new name for the Corona Virus, COVID-19.
  • WHO has chosen the name with no reference to geographical location.

According to WHO, the name was chosen in such a way that it does not affect normal lives of a country.


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