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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 3 April 2017

Apr 3, 2017 15:07 IST

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A good insight on the latest current affairs can really help IAS aspirants to scale up their score in the IAS prelims exam. Most of the MCQs asked in the IAS prelims exam are derived from the current affair of news of last one year. So, IAS aspirants should always try to practice as many MCQS as possible.

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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. Consider the following statements regarding the RASHTRIYA VAYOSHRI YOJANA:

I. Recently, the Government has distributed aid to senior citizens during National Launch of “RASHTRIYA VAYOSHRI YOJANA” of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

II. The Scheme aims at providing aid and assistance to senior citizens belonging to BPL category and suffering from any of the age-related disability.

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: b

Explanation:

Recently, the Government has distributed aid and assisted living devices distributed to senior citizens during National Launch of “RASHTRIYA VAYOSHRI YOJANA” of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

The devices will help the Senior Citizens to overcome their age-related physical impairment and to lead a dignified and productive life with minimal dependence on caregivers or other members of the family.

Under the Scheme, the following Aid and Assisted-Living Devices will be provided to eligible elderly beneficiary senior citizens, depending upon their physical impairment:

• Walking sticks
• Elbow crutches
• Walkers/Crutches
• Hearing Aid
• Wheelchair
• Artificial Dentures  
• Spectacles

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2. Recently, the Government has launched the comprehensive scheme PowerTex India for the development of which of the following?

a. Power and Electricity
b. Power-loom Sector
c. Women Justice and Empowerment
d. Health Sector

Answer: b

Explanation:

The Government has launched PowerTex India which is a comprehensive scheme for power-loom sector development. The power-loom sector alone employs over 44 lakh people and Bhiwandi will be known for a resurgence in Power-loom sector where the scheme has been launched.

The comprehensive scheme has the following components:

• In-situ Upgradation of Plain Power-looms
• Group Workshed Scheme (GWS)
• Yarn Bank Scheme
• Common Facility Centre (CFC)
• Pradhan Mantri Credit Scheme for Power-loom Weavers
• Solar Energy Scheme for Power-looms

3. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for ratification of the two fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization, namely, Minimum Age Convention and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention. Consider the following statements in this regard:

1) India is a founder member of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

2) Minimum Age Convention is concerned with the minimum age for admission to employment.

3) Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention which is concerned with the prohibition and immediate action for the elimination of the Child Labour under the age of 10 yrs old children.

Which of the above statement is true?

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

Answer: a

Explanation:

India is a founder member of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which came into existence in 1919. At present, the ILO has 187 members. The principal means of action in the ILO is the setting up of International standards in the form of Conventions, Recommendations and Protocol. India has so far ratified 45 Conventions, out of which 42 are in force. Out of these 4 is Fundamental or Core Conventions.

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for ratification of the two fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization, namely, Minimum Age Convention (No 138) concerning the minimum age for admission to employment and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (No 182) concerning the prohibition and immediate action for elimination of the worst forms of Child Labour.

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4. Which tiger reserve had become the first in India to get an official mascot as Barasingha?

a. Bandhavgarh tiger reserve
b. Panna tiger reserve
c. Kanha tiger reserve
d. None of the above

Answer: c

Explanation:

Kanha has become the first tiger reserve in India to officially introduce a mascot “Bhoorsingh the Barasingha” to present the hard ground swamp deer as the spirit of the reserve and spread awareness to save it from possible extinction. Barasingha, or swamp deer, is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.

The Kanha tiger reserve, spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts, is the only place in the world where the species exists. This will help to create a unique identity for Kanha, which not only makes it look distinct but also helps spread awareness and allows the younger generation to connect with all wildlife.

5. The Government of India has approved the fixation of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for the year 2017-18. Consider the following statements in this regard:

1) The government has been implementing Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Policy for decontrolled Phosphatic and Potassic P&K fertilisers.

2) The subsidy on Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilisers includes nutrients like Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), Potash (K) and Humus (H).

3) These rates are determined taking into account the international and domestic prices of P&K fertilisers, exchange rate, inventory level in the country.

Which of the above statement is true?

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

Answer: b

Explanation:

The government has been implementing Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) Policy for decontrolled P&K fertilisers. Under this policy, the subsidy on Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilizers is announced by the Government on an annual basis for each nutrient, i.e., Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), Potash (K) and Sulphur (S) on per kg basis which is converted into subsidy per tonne depending upon the nutrient content in each grade of the fertilizers.

These rates are determined taking into account the international and domestic prices of P&K fertilisers, exchange rate, inventory level in the country etc.

This is in continuation with the reforms being undertaken in the fertiliser sector over the past two and a half years, including DBT for subsidy payment, neem coating of Urea, reduction in MRP of P&K fertilisers to promote balanced use of nutrients, removal of minimum production criteria for manufacturers of Single Super Phosphate (SSP).

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