Q.1) Consider the following statements regarding “A76 iceberg” seen recently in news:

1. It is in the Amundsen Sea of Antarctica.
2. It was part of Ronne Ice Shelf.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer : B
The A76 iceberg recently broke off from the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Nearly half the size of Puerto Rico, it is the largest iceberg in the world.
The iceberg got spilt from Ronne Ice Shelf into the Weddell Sea through a process known as calving.
The iceberg measures about 4320 square kilometres, making it larger than A23a, an iceberg that formed in 1986 and had a total area of 4000 square kilometre.

Q.2) Consider the following statements on white fungus infections

1. Patients of white fungus show Covid-like symptoms but test negative in Covid-19 tests
2. White Fungus infection is deadlier than Black Fungus infection
Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

Answer: C
This infection can be caused due to low immunity or if people come in contact with things that contain these moulds like water, etc.
Patients of white fungus show Covid-like symptoms but test negative; the infection can be diagnosed through CT-Scan or X-ray.
As per experts on the subject, White Fungus is deadlier than Black Fungus as the infection not only affects the lungs but other parts of the body as well such as nails, skin, stomach, kidney, brain, private parts and mouth.

Q.3) Fifth domain, a term often seen in news, is related to:

a) Blockchain
b) Social Media
c) Cyberspace
d) Intellectual Property Rights

Answer: C
Fifth Domain is the newest theatre of warfare – cyberspace – joining land, sea, air and space. But unlike the other domains, the conflicts in cyberwar are rarely military-on-military. Instead, nation-states, criminal organizations and terrorist groups are going after civilian populations and infrastructure.

Q.4) Which of the following is/are the UNESCO world Heritage Sites in India?

1. Ganga ghat, Varanasi
2. Temples of Kancheepuram
3. Satpura Tiger Reserve
Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1, 2 and 3
d) None of the above

Answer : D
The above mentioned, along with three other sites (Maratha military architecture, Hire Bengal megalithic site, Bhedaghat- Lametaghat of Narmada Valley) have been added to India’s tentative list of UNESCO world heritage sites, but they are not yet declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
Being added to the tentative list is a requirement before the final nomination of any site.
These proposals will remain in tentative list for a year after which the government will decide which one of them to push for in their final dossier to UNESCO.

Q.5) Consider the following statements:

1.Rises from Zemu glacier
2.Also known as lifeline of Sikkim
3.It is a right bank tributary of Brahmaputra
Which of the following river is being described in above statements?

a) Teesta
b) Manas
c) Subansiri
d) Dibang

Answer: A
The Teesta rises from Zemu glacier in Sikkim. The Teesta River drains the entire state of Sikkim and a part of Darjeeling Hills.
It is known as the lifeline of Sikkim. The Teesta flows along a very deep gorge which divides north Bengal or the hills of Darjeeling into two parts-Tiger Hill range in the west and the Kalimpong Hill range in the east.
It joins the Brahmaputra on its right-bank in Bangladesh.

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