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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 14 April 2017

Apr 14, 2017 12:22 IST

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Current affairs and latest issues on the economic and social structure of the nation form the core of IAS exam. Most of the questions asked in the IAS prelims exam are deduced from the current affairs. Hence, to clear IAS prelims exam, a good understanding of the latest current affairs is needed. So, IAS aspirants should always try to practice as many MCQS as possible.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 13 April 2017

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. Recently, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in partnership with the World Bank Group released the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2017. Consider the following statements regarding the BRAP 2017:

I. The BRAP includes recommendations for reforms on regulatory processes, policies, practices and procedures spread across 12 reform areas.

II. BRAP 2017 also includes two new sectors i.e. Education and Agriculture.

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

a. Only I
b. Only II
c. Both I and II
d. Neither I nor II

Answer: a

Explanation:

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the World Bank Group, released the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2017 for implementation by States/UTs.

The BRAP includes 405 recommendations for reforms on regulatory processes, policies, practices and procedures spread across 12 reform areas that are:

• Labour regulation enablers;

• Contract enforcement;

• Registering property;

• Inspection reform enablers;

• Single window system;

• Land availability and allotment;

• Construction permit enablers;

• Environmental registration enablers;

• Obtaining utility permits; paying taxes;

• Access to information and

• Transparency enablers

• BRAP 2017 also includes two new sectors i.e. Healthcare and Hospitality.

This year there are 103 new set of reforms (out of 405) focusing on the central inspection system, online land allotment system, online single window system for granting construction permits, registration under Inter State Migrant Workmen (RE&CS) Act, 1979, approval for boiler manufacturer and boiler erector etc.

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

2. The Gender Parity Index specific to India in the formal sector to be announced soon. Consider the following statements regarding the Gender Parity Index:

I. The main aim of developing a Gender Parity Index is to evaluate gender diversity and empowerment of women in the formal sector and the progress made over the years.

II. The Index will serve as a framework for measuring gender parity and produce an overall score of an organisation and reflect it on the index.

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

a. Only I
b. Only II
c. Both I and II
d. Neither I nor II

Answer: c

Explanation:

The Gender Parity Index (GPI) specific to India in the formal sector to be announced during the 33rd Annual Session of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) to be held in New Delhi.

The main aim of developing a Gender Parity Index commissioned jointly by FLO and FICCI is to evaluate gender diversity and empowerment of women in the formal sector and the progress made over the years. The Index will serve as a framework for measuring gender parity and produce an overall score of an organisation and reflect it on the index.

3. Cab Safety measures for women recommended by the Ministry of Women and Child Development are included in the New Taxi Policy Guidelines. Consider the following statements in the recommendations included in the New Taxi Policy Guidelines:

1) The taxis should be mandatorily fitted with GPS panic devices.

2) The central locking system in the taxis should be allowed.

3) The driver's identification along with the photo and registration number of the vehicle should also be prominently displayed in the taxi.

Which of the above statements is true?

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

Answer: c

Explanation:

The safety measures, recommended by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, concerning the safety of women commuters availing of cab services have been included in the new Taxi Policy Guidelines.

The recommendations come in the background of numerous cases of sexual harassment of women in cabs being reported. The recommendations made by the WCD Minister have now been approved for inclusion in the regulatory guidelines.

Recommendations of WCD Ministry included in the New Taxi Policy Guidelines:

• The taxis should be mandatorily fitted with GPS panic devices.

• For the safety of women and child passengers, the central locking system in the taxis should not be allowed.

• The driver's identification along with the photo and registration number of the vehicle should also be prominently displayed in the taxi.

• Violation of the stipulated rules by the taxi operators/drivers should be strictly dealt in accordance with law.

• Sharing of the seat should be subject to the willingness of passengers.

Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

4. Which of the following Hindu new year and harvest festivals falls celebrated across the country:

1) Malayalis - Rongali Bihu

2) Tamilians - Puthandu

3) Punjabis - Baisakhi

Choose the correct code:

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

Answer: b

Explanation:

A harvest festival is an annual celebration which occurs around the time of the main harvest of a given region. Given regional differences in climates and crops, harvest festivals can be found at various times throughout the world.

Akhatrij: celebrated in West India, especially the Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa and Konkan regions

Nuakhai: celebrated in Odisha, to welcome the new rice of the season.

Bhogali Bihu: Assam, marks the end of harvesting season in mid-January

Chavang Kut: celebrated by the Kuki-chin group in Northeast India on 1 November

Deepoli Parba: celebrated by the Tuluva people from Karnataka/Kerala, India

Dree Festival: agricultural festival of the Apatanis of Ziro valley in Lower Subansiri District of Arunachal Pradesh, celebrated from 4 to 7 July

Gudhi Padwa: celebrated by the Marathi people of Maharashtra, Karnataka, India

Kanyarkali: agricultural festival of the Malayalee Moothan, Nair and Tharakan communities of Chittur and Alathur thaluks of Palakkad in Kerala, India

Lohri: North India, especially Punjab

Monti Fest: celebrated on 8 September; celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; in the Mangalorean Catholic community involves the blessing of Novem (new crops)

Nabanna: Bengal region, which comprises West Bengal, India, and Bangladesh

Onam and Vishu: agricultural festivals celebrated by Malayali people in Kerala, Chhattisgarh and other places

Current Affairs Quizzes 2016 for IAS Prelims 2017

5. The PSLV, with a near impeccable 37 successes in 39 flights is a clear leader in the category of rockets that lift small satellites. Which of the following statements is correct regarding the PSLV?

a. PSLV earned its title 'the Workhorse of ISRO' through consistently delivering various satellites to Low Earth Orbits.
b. PSLV has launched various satellites for historic missions like Chandrayaan-1 and Mars Orbiter Mission.
c. Both (a) and (b)
d. None of the above

Answer: c

Explanation:

The PSLV is one of the world's most reliable launch vehicles. It has been in service for over twenty years and has launched various satellites for historic missions like Chandrayaan-1, Mars Orbiter Mission, Space Capsule Recovery Experiment, Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) etc.

PSLV remains a favourite among various organisations as a launch service provider and has launched over 40 satellites for 19 countries. In 2008 it created a record for a number of satellites placed in orbit in one launch by launching 10 satellites into various Low Earth Orbits.

PSLV earned its title 'the Workhorse of ISRO' through consistently delivering various satellites to Low Earth Orbits, particularly the IRS series of satellites. Due to its unmatched reliability, PSLV has also been used to launch various satellites into Geosynchronous and Geostationary orbits, like satellites from the IRNSS constellation.

Current Affairs Quizzes 2016 for IAS Prelims 2017

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