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Daily Current Affairs Answer & Explanation : 19 March 2020

Question 1.

Answer- a


  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)has released guidelines for regulating activities of Payment Aggregators (PAs) and Payment Gateways (PGs) in the country.
  • PAs and PGs are intermediaries playing an important function in facilitating payments in the online space.
  • Payment Aggregators facilitate e-commerce sites and merchants in accepting payment instruments from the customers for completion of their payment obligations without the need for merchants to create a separate payment integration system of their own. Example: Billdesk.
  • Payment Gatewaysare entities that provide technology infrastructure to route and facilitate processing of an online payment transaction without any involvement in handling of funds. PGs in India mainly include banks.


Question 2.


Explanation :

  • PCR (polymerase chain reaction) is a method to analyze a short sequence of DNA (or RNA) even in samples containing only minute quantities of DNA or RNA.
  • PCR is used to reproduce (amplify) selected sections of DNA or RNA.
  • Previously, amplification of DNA involved cloning the segments of interest into vectors for expression in bacteria, and took weeks.


Question 3.

Answer- a

Explanation :

  • The Ministry has recommended use ofdrug combinations Lopinavir and Ritonavir (sold under the brand name Kaletra) depending upon the severity of the condition of a person having coronavirus infection, on a case-to-case basis.


Question 4.

Answer d

Explanation :

  • ODF+ and ODF++ are aimed towards proper maintenance of toilet facilities and safe collection, conveyance, treatment/disposal of all faecal sludge and sewage.
  • While ODF+ focuses on toilets with water, maintenance and hygiene, ODF++ focuses on toilets with sludge and septage management.


Question 5.

Answer- c


What was the Kihoto Hollohan case?

  • The law covering the disqualification of legislators and the powers of the Speaker in deciding such matters became part of the statute book in 1985 when the Tenth Schedule to the Constitutionwas adopted.
  • A constitutional challenge to the Tenth Schedule was settled by the apex court in Kihoto Hollohan


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