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Exercise :: Agriculture - Latest Current Affairs

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Noted mathematician Michael Atiyah was passed away recently. He belongs to the country of;

A. Brazil
B. Germany
C. United Kingdom
D. United States

Answer: Option C


Prof. Sir Michael Atiyah (89), the noted British mathematician has passed away in United Kingdom on 11th January 2019. He was best known for his co-development of a branch of mathematics called topological K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem. His research also involved deep insights relating to mathematical concepts known as "vector bundles". Sir Michael was also a recipient of the Abel Prize (2004) and Fields Medal (1966), and was the former president of the Royal Society in London. He was one of the foremost mathematicians whose work encompassed topology and geometry, and worked with several Indian mathematicians such as Indian-American mathematician Harish-Chandra and Vijay Kumar Patodi, during his career.


Which is the least improved district in the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme?

A. Hailakandi, Assam
B. Kiphire, Nagaland
C. Pakur, Jharkhand
D. Koraput, Odisha

Answer: Option C


Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant released the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme. Pakur, Jharkhand least improved district in the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme. The ranking shows the incremental progress achieved by 111 aspirational districts (out of 115) during June 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018, across six key development sectors. Three aspirational districts from West Bengal did not participate, while one district of Kerala could not take part because of floods. The 6 developmental sectors are: Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion, Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.


Name the declaration that was signed for agricultural and rural development, at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China.

A. Shanghai Declaration
B. Changsha Declaration
C. South-South Declaration
D. South Asian Declaration

Answer: Option B


Over 20 countries committed to the Changsha Declaration at the end of a forum on international development cooperation in Changsha, China. 26 countries and 11 international organisations including Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Health Organisation (WHO) signed the Changsha Declaration. The Changsha Declaration focuses on agricultural and rural development. It aims to eliminate poverty and hunger. It aims to enhance the efforts towards South-South Cooperation, an initiative for eliminating hunger and malnutrition through mutual sharing and exchange of good practices, resources, and know-how between countries of the global south.


The Punjab government has banned this chemical compound which is consider as a Group 2A cancer-causing material.

A. Dicamba
B. Glyphosate
C. Atrazine
D. Chlorpyrifos

Answer: Option B


The Punjab government has banned the sale of glyphosate. Glyphosate is a herbicide which is extensively used in the State to control a wide variety of weeds in almost all the crops. The chemical has been observed to be a Group 2A cancer-causing material. This chemical is also known for causing other health problems and has the potential to damage human DNA.


World's oldest intact shipwreck found in __________.

A. Red Sea
B. Black Sea
C. Arabian Sea
D. Mediterranean Sea

Answer: Option B


An ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years found virtually intact at the bottom of the Black Sea. The vessel is one of more than 60 shipwrecks including Roman ships and a 17th-century Cossack raiding fleet identified by the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project. The ship, which is lying on its side with its mast and rudders intact, was dated back to 400 BC -- a time when the Black Sea was a trading hub filled with Greek colonies.