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Prelims -Science and technology


Consider the following statements on sulphur dioxide

1. It is widely used as preservative and antioxidant in food and Beverages.

2. It causes acid rain.


(a) Only 1

(b) Only 2

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 Nor 2

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Question:Venus, which is the smallest environmental research satellite in the world was recently launched by -View

(a) China

(b) Japan

(c) India

(d) Israel

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Venus’, the first Israeli satellite for environmental research was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite is a joint effort by the Israel Space Agency and the French Space Agency (CNES). The satellite was built in Israel Aerospace Industries. Venus is considered the smallest satellite of its kind in the world. It is crafted to survey and monitor large areas to study soil, vegetation, forests, agriculture, water and air quality and other aspects of the environment.

Question:Which of the below is/are correct? -View

(a) Bharat 22 is aimed at helping speed up the government's disinvestment programme.

(b) The Bharat 22 Index will be rebalanced quarterly.

(c) Both a and b

(d) Neither a nor b

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Answer: Both a and b

• The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley announced a new Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) by the name BHARAT 22. • Bharat 22 consists of 22 stocks of CPSE's, PSB's & strategic holding of SUUTI . • Compared to energy heavy CPSE ETF, Bharat 22 is a well diversified portfolio with 6 sectors (Basic Materials, Energy, Finance, FMCG, Industrials & Utilities). • The Bharat 22 Index will be rebalanced annually. ICICI Prudential AMC will be the ETF Manager and Asia Index Private Limited (JV BSE and S& P Global) will be the Index Provider. • In the Budget Speech of 2017-18, the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley had promised to use ETF as a vehicle for further disinvestment of shares. • The target for CPSE’s disinvestment in 2017-18 was set at INR 72,500 crore. During the current Financial Year 2017-18, the Government has realised approx INR 9,300 crore through nine disinvestment transactions so far. •

Question:The Bharat Bill Payment System is conceptualized by (a) Pay U Money (b) National Payments Corporation of India (c) SBI (d) RBI -View

(a) Pay U Money

(b) National Payments Corporation of India

(c) SBI

(d) RBI

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Answer: RBI

• The Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) is an RBI conceptualized system driven by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). • BBPS is an integrated bill payment system offering inter operable and accessible bill payment service to customers through a network of agents, enabling multiple payment modes and providing instant confirmation of payment.