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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 19 April 2017

Apr 19, 2017 13:04 IST

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In IAS prelims exam preparation, MCQs and questions based on current affairs should be given priority. Current affairs and issues on the economic and political structure of the nation form the central part of the IAS exam.

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We will continue to provide the current affairs questions for IAS Prelims 2017 to help you gain a better insight of how questions can be asked in the examination.

1. A recently released report called the Globalization Backlash claims that global integration has been good for economic development and poverty reduction. The 'Globalization Backlash' report is released by which of the following international organisation?

a. International Monetary Fund
b. World Bank
c. Asian Development Bank
d. BRICS Bank

Answer: b

Explanation:

The just released edition of the South Asia Economic Focus explores whether South Asian countries should worry about mounting protectionist pressures. This report, Globalization Backlash, claims that global integration has been good for economic development and poverty reduction, but finds that the region would be resilient to higher trade barriers in advanced economies.

South Asian economies also stand to gain from the observed recovery in advanced economies, which are their largest export markets. Possible protectionism in advanced economies should not deter export-oriented growth in South Asia, a region that could even benefit from the backlash against globalisation, a new World Bank report.

The report also confirms that South Asia remains the fastest-growing region in the world, gradually widening its lead relative to East Asia. Regional GDP growth is expected to rise from 6.7 percent in 2016 to 6.8 percent in 2017, and 7.1 percent in 2018.

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2. Recently, the Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider the plea seeking that anti-defection law is not applicable to an elected member of a House, who had been expelled by his party. Consider the following statements regarding the anti-defection law in India:

1) The anti-defection law or the 10th schedule of the Indian constitution was inserted by the 52nd Amendment in 1985.

2) A Member of Parliament or state legislature is deemed to have defected if he votes or abstains from voting in such House contrary to any direction issued by his political party or anyone authorised to do so, without obtaining prior permission

3) Nominated members who were not members of a party could choose to join a party anytime.

Which of the above statements is true?

a. 1 and 3
b. 1 and 2
c. 2 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: b

Explanation:

The anti-defection law or the 10th schedule of the Indian constitution was inserted by the 52nd Amendment in 1985. The grounds for disqualification are mentioned under Articles 102 (2) and 191 (2) for the Members of parliament and members of legislative assemblies respectively.

A Member of Parliament or state legislature is deemed to have defected:

• When the elected member voluntarily gives up his membership of a political party

• If he votes or abstains from voting in such House contrary to any direction issued by his political party or anyone authorised to do so, without obtaining prior permission

• Independent members would be disqualified if they joined a political party

• Nominated members who were not members of a party could choose to join a party within six months; after that period, they were treated as a party member or independent member

3. The wind power installations (windmills) in India have crossed the 5 Gigawatt mark, to reach 5,400 MW in 2016-17. Consider the following statements regarding the wind energy in India:

1) The Indian wind industry has existed only in Tamil Naidu as it is the windiest State.

2) India has the second biggest capacity for wind energy in the world.

3) The Wind accounts for 10% of India’s total power capacity.

Which of the above statements is true?

a. Only 1
b. 1 and 2
c. 2 and 3
d. 1 and 3

Answer: d

Explanation:

For the first time, wind power installations (windmills) reached 5,400 MW in 2016-17 in India. In the first-ever auctions of wind power capacity, the price at which windmill owners would sell electricity to companies that supply power to consumers fell to a record low as competitive forces were at play. Otherwise, wind power prices are fixed by the various state electricity regulatory commissions.

The Indian wind industry has been around since the late 1980s. For many years, it existed only in T.N., the windiest State. In the last decade, it spread to eight other States that have any wind potential and four other southern states, M.P., Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

India, with 32,280 MW, has the fourth biggest capacity in the world, after China, the U.S. and Germany. The national target is 60 GW by 2022. The Wind accounts for 10% of India’s total power capacity of 3.2 lakh MW; and 4% in terms of electricity produced.

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4. The Government of India launched the unique portal and mobile app of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) recently. Consider the following statements in this regard:

1) RUSA is the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

2) RUSA aims to provide strategic central funding to State Higher Education Departments and Institutions and achieve the broad objectives of access, equity and excellence.

Which of the above statements is true?

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: c

Explanation:

Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), launched in 2013 aims at providing strategic funding to eligible state higher educational institutions.

The central funding (in the ratio of 60:40 for general category States, 90:10 for special category states and 100% for union territories) norms are based and outcome dependent.

The funding to states is made on the basis of the critical appraisal of State Higher Education Plans, which would describe each state’s strategy to address issues of equity, access and excellence in higher education.

5. As a part of the Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment (OSD) to the Mediterranean Sea and the West Coast of Africa, which of the following Indian Naval Ships arrived at Souda Bay, Greece for a three-day visit recently?

a. INS Mumbai
b. INS Trishul
c. INS Tarkash
d. All of the above

Answer: d

Explanation:

As a part of the Indian Navy’s Overseas Deployment (OSD) to the Mediterranean Sea and the West Coast of Africa, four warships, namely Indian Naval Ships Mumbai, Trishul, Tarkash and Aditya, arrived at Souda Bay, Greece for a three-day visit yesterday.

The warships will engage with the Hellenic Navy during their stay in the country. Apart from professional interactions, a number of sports and social engagements are planned, which would go a long way in enhancing co-operation and understanding between the two navies.

The current visit seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and like-minded countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen the existing bonds between India and Greece.

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