Category: Daily Quiz


1. Which of the following statements is/are correct? 

  1. DNA carries the genetic information that gets passed down through generations.
  2. It is made up of 4 types of nucleotides which help in the connection of the 2 strands of the DNA.
  3. DNA and RNA differ in only one nitrogenous base.



2. In ancient Indian Buddhist monasteries, a ceremony called Pavarana used to be held. It was the:


3. How many of the following cities can never experience the sun directly overhead? 

  1. Delhi
  2. Chennai
  3. Imphal
  4. Bangalore
  5. Raipur



4. Consider the following statements with respect to Breach of Privilege: 

  1. The powers, privileges and immunities of either House of the Indian Parliament and of its Members and committees are laid down in Article 105 of the Constitution.
  2. A member of the House can raise a question involving a breach of privilege with the consent of the whip of the Political Party.
  3. A person found guilty of breach of privileges or contempt can be reprimanded, warned or sent to prison.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


5. Rapid Security Forces’, recently seen in news, is related to which amongst the following countries?


6. Consider the following with regard to Gangetic Dolphin:

  1. Gangetic Dolphin is a freshwater dolphin found in the Ganga and Brahmaputra River systems of India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
  2. It is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  3. They are generally blind and hunt using echolocation techniques.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


7. Consider the following with regard to Eco Sensitive Zones:

  1. They are declared under the Environmental (Protection) Act, 1972.
  2. They are a 10 km area around an Ecologically sensitive area Like National Park and can’t be extended beyond 10 kms.

Which of the statements given above is /are not correct?


8. Consider the following with regard to Pushkaralu Festival:

  1. The festival is celebrated every 12 years.
  2. The festival starts with the movement of Planet Jupiter from one zodiac to another.
  3. During the festival, devotees go and take a dip in different holy rivers.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


9. Consider the following with regard to rademark:

  1. Trademark is a logo used by a company. It is governed by the Patents Act, 1970
  2. Every ten years, trademark must be renewed as they expire.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


10. Consider the following:

  1. India is a signatory to Convention on Supplementary Compensation (CSC) but it hasn’t rectified the treaty yet.
  2. India’s Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act provides the damage to be equally compensated by the operator and the government.
  3. India’s CLNDT provides the operator to seek recourse from the supplier in the event that supplies are found to have patent defects.

Which of the statements given above is/are not correct?



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Odisha reports 542 forest fires in last 7 days, highest in India

Why in News?

  • Forest fires continued to remain unabated in Odisha after the state recorded 542 such cases in the last seven days making it the highest among all states in the country.

What is Wildfire?

  • Also called forest, bush or vegetation fire, can be described as any uncontrolled and non-prescribed combustion or burning of plants in a natural setting such as a forest, grassland, brush land or tundra, which consumes the natural fuels and spreads based on environmental conditions (e.g., wind, topography).
  • Wildfires can be incited by human actions, such as land clearing, extreme drought or in rare cases by lightning.
  • There are three conditions that need to be present in order for a wildfire to burn: fuel, oxygen, and a heat source.

Human-induced Climate Change:

  • Increases in greenhouse gases resulting from human activities have led to a net effect of warming of the climate system leading to direct impacts including increased air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global average sea level.
  • The increases in greenhouse gases can be attributed to fossil fuel use, land-use change, etc.

Types of a forest fire:

  • Surface fire: Spread along the surface litter (leaves, twigs, dry grasses) on the forest floor.
  • Ground fire: Fires in the subsurface organic fuels, such as duff layers under forest stands, burn underneath and are often ignited by surface fires.
  • Crown fire: A crown fire is one in which the crown of trees and shrubs burn, often sustained by a surface fire.

Factors causing Forestfire:

  • Climate change increases the frequency and severity of fire weather around the world.
  • Increased fire weather from climate change amplifies fire risk where fuels remain available.
  • Fire weather is a combination of conditions that set the stage for the rapid spread of wildfires.
  • High temperature
  • Low Relative humidity
  • Strong sustained winds (> 20 mph) carry oxygen and spread flames.
  • Poor land and forest management also contributes to the wildfires, however, it does not alone account for the recent increases in the extent and severity of the wildfires globally.
  • Factors Identified by the IPCC: The Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in 2013, identified a few factors that could influence the way wildfires play out. These include:
  • Global increase in average temperatures.
  • Global increases in the frequency, intensity and extent of heatwaves (breaching of historically extreme temperature thresholds).
  • Regional increases in the frequency, duration and intensity of droughts.


  • Forest fires have become an issue of global concern. In many countries, wildfires are burning larger areas, and fire seasons are growing longer due to global warming.
  • Australia previously battled its largest bushfire on record, while parts of the Arctic, the Amazon and central Asia have also experienced unusually severe fires.
  • Wildfires in Western USA (California) are another example.
  • Globally, forest fires release billions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, while hundreds of thousands of people are believed to die due to illnesses caused by exposure to smoke from forest fires and other landscape fires.