The recently developed ‘Carbon-dioxide Brayton cycle test loop facility’ will
[A] Help generate clean energy from future power plants
[B] Result in reduction of emissions from Diesel engines
[C] Provide access to real-time in-formation on air quality for any location across India
[D] Permit for extended durations of human space flight
Correct Answer: A [Help generate clean energy from future power plants]
Indian scientists have developed a super critical carbon dioxide Brayton test loop facility that would help generate clean energy from future power plants including solar thermal. This next generation technology loop was developed indigenously by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. This is India’s first test-bed for next-generation, efficient, compact, waterless super critical carbon dioxide Brayton cycle test loop for power generation.The new generation high efficiency power plants with closed cycle CO2 as the working fluid have the potential to replace steam based nuclear and thermal power plants, thus reducing the carbon foot print significantly.
India is NOT a participant in which one of the following international scientific endeavours?
[A] Global Monitoring for Environment and Security
[B] Thirty Meter Telescope
[C] Mission Innovation for Clean Energy
[D] LIGO Gravitational Wave detec-tion
Correct Answer: A [Global Monitoring for Environment and Security]
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme will provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security. It is headed by the European Commission (EC) in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).
PRATYUSH’ and ‘MIHIR’ seen recently in the news are
[A] The military and commercial versions of CSIR-National Aero-space Laboratories’ Light Transport Aircraft
[B] High Performance Computers
[C] Climate-resistant rice plant varieties
[D] Low-cost indigenous medical implants
Correct Answer: B [High Performance Computers]
Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) is monitored by
[A] Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
[B] Ministry of Jal Shakti
[C] Prime Minister's Office
[D] None of these
Correct Answer: A [Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change]
As per the CRZ rules, the coastal areas of creeks, seas, bays, rivers and backwaters that get affected by tides up to 500 metres from the high tide line (HTL) and the land area between the low tide line (LTL) and the high tide line are declared as coastal regulation zone (CRZ).
Consider the following statements about AT1 or Additional Tier-1 bonds:
1.An AT1 bond owner receives an interest payment as long as the bond is held, viz. these bonds have no maturity date
2.These are considered to be high-risk, high-yield investments
3.Banks in India have issued such bonds to enable them to comply with Ba-sel III norms
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
[A] 1 and 2 only
[B] 3 only
[C] 1, 2 and 3
[D] None of the above
Correct Answer: C [1, 2 and 3]
Additional Tier 1 bonds do not have a maturity date and are perpetual in nature. These debt instruments offer higher returns to investors but they also carry a higher risk. Additional Tier 1 bonds or AT1 bonds are back in the news with a clutch of banks rushing to raise funds by tapping this market.