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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 29 March 2017

Mar 29, 2017 14:24 IST

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A good understanding of current affairs helps IAS aspirants in both IAS prelims as well IAS mains. Therefore, IAS aspirants should always try to solve as many MCQS as possible because questions based on current affairs are usually difficult to answer without practice.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 28 March 2017

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

1. Which of the following statements is true regarding the measures taken by the Government of India to avert importation risks of polio from neighbouring countries?

1) Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) has also been introduced in routine immunisation across the country.

2) Polio vaccination is being carried out for international travellers travelling from India to 8 identified countries.

3) Polio surveillance is maintained only in humans.

Choose the correct statements:

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

Answer: a

Explanation:

To avert the importation risks from neighbouring nations country is maintaining population immunity against poliovirus through following measures:

• Polio vaccination is being carried out for international travellers travelling from India to 8 identified countries and vice versa.

• In addition, Polio vaccination carried out for international travellers at land borders of India sharing with neighbouring countries.

• Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) has also been introduced in routine immunisation across the country to further boost the population immunity as additional protection against polio.

• Polio surveillance is maintained in both humans and in the environment to detect any importation of poliovirus as early as possible and respond quickly to mitigate the risk.

• Observing two National Immunisation Days (NID) and two sub-national polio immunisation rounds (SNID) every year, in addition to polio vaccination through routine immunisation.

Current Affairs Quizzes of February 2017

2. Consider the following statements regarding the often seen in news term, “Swachh Bharat Pakhwada”:

1) The Ministry of Urban Development has undertaken various activities under the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada campaign.

2) The activities taken up during this period included weeding out of old files, a drive for digitalization of files, disposal of all obsolete articles, renovation of rooms, toilets and providing pure and clean drinking water to all employees.

Which of the above statements is true?

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

Answer: b

Explanation:

To spread awareness on cleanliness as part of its ‘Swachhta Abhiyan’, the Ministry of Shipping celebrated the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada from 16th -31st March 2017 and has undertaken various activities under this campaign.

The Ministry of Shipping and all organisations under it had launched a year-long drive for cleanliness as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. The Swachh Bharat Pakhwada is a culmination of the year-long efforts of the Ministry, the ports and other organisations like DG Shipping, SCI, Dredging Corporation Of India, Cochin Shipyard Limited, Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships, to spread cleanliness at their premises.

The activities taken up during this period included weeding out of old files, a drive for digitalization of files, disposal of all obsolete articles, renovation of rooms, toilets and providing pure and clean drinking water to all employees.

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

3. The Government of India has recently approved the National Health Policy 2017. Which of the following statements describes the objective of this policy?

1) The Policy seeks to achieve and maintain elimination status of Leprosy by 2018, Kala-Azar by 2017 and Lymphatic Filariasis in endemic pockets by 2017.

2) The Policy seeks to achieve the global target of 2020 for HIV/AIDS i.e. - 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status.

3) The Policy seeks to achieve and maintain a cure rate of 85% in new sputum positive patients for TB.

Choose the correct statements:

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

Answer: d

Explanation:

The Government has approved the National Health Policy 2017. The Policy aims for the attainment of the highest possible level of health and well-being for all at all ages, through a preventive and promotive health care orientation.

The Policy seeks to move away from Sick- care to Wellness, with thrust on prevention and Health promotion. The Policy, inter alia, seeks to

• Reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases by 25% by 2025,

• Achieve global target of 2020 for HIV/AIDS i.e. - 90% of all people living with HIV know their HIV status, - 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV infection receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression,

• Achieve and maintain a cure rate of >85% in new sputum positive patients for TB and to reduce incidence of new cases to reach elimination status by 2025,

• Reduce prevalence of blindness to 0.25/1000 by 2025 and disease burden by one-third from current levels and

• Achieve and maintain elimination status of Leprosy by 2018, Kala-Azar by 2017 and Lymphatic Filariasis in endemic pockets by 2017.

Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

4. For the first time, India has become the net exporter of electricity from a net importer of electricity. India has exported around 5,798 Million Units to which of the following countries?

a. Nepal
b. Bangladesh
c. Myanmar
d. All of the above

Answer: d

Explanation:

As per Central Electricity Authority, the Designated Authority of Government of India for Cross Border Trade of Electricity, 1st time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to net exporter of electricity. During the current year, India has exported millions of electricity units to Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Export to Nepal and Bangladesh increased 2.5 and 2.8 times respectively in last three years.

Ever since the cross-border trade of electricity started in mid-Eighties, India has been importing power from Bhutan and marginally exporting to Nepal.

5. Recently, the Government of India has allocated an amount of Rs.500crore for the first time in the country under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission. The Rashtriya Gokul Mission aims:

a. To conserve and develop indigenous breeds in a focused and scientific manner
b. To conserve the forest cover in tribal regions of India
c. To conserve the breed of cow in the country
d. None of the above

Answer: a

Explanation:

The Government of India has initiated Rashtriya Gokul Mission in December 2014 exclusively for the development and conservation of indigenous breeds in a scientific and holistic manner with an allocation of Rs.500crore for the first time in the country. Gokul Grams are being established under the scheme which will function as centres for the development and protection of Indigenous Cattle breeds.

The “Rashtriya Gokul Mission” aims to conserve and develop indigenous breeds in a focused and scientific manner. Rashtriya Gokul Mission is a focussed project under National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development, with an outlay of Rs 500 crore during the 12th Five Year Plan.

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