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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 6 April 2017

Apr 6, 2017 13:01 IST

Current Affairs QuizStudy the important current affairs quizzes given in this article cover the topics of greater importance nationally and internationally as well. Such questions based on important events are very useful for IAS Exam. Read and check your progress.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017- 4th April 2017

1. Recently, the Union Government of India has signed a MoU with Australia on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine. Consider the following statements regarding main areas of cooperation under the MoU with Australia:
I. Communicable diseases such as Malaria and TB
II. Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases
III. To set up Pharmaceuticals manufacturing unit in India

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
a. Only I
b. I and II
c. II and III
d. All of the above

Answer: b

Explanation:

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the MoU between India and Australia on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine.

The main areas of cooperation include the following:

• Communicable diseases such as Malaria and TB;

• Mental Health and Non-Communicable Diseases;

• Anti-Microbial Resistance and responding to public health emergencies;

• Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, vaccines and medical devices;

• Digital Health;

• Tobacco Control; and

• Any other area of cooperation decided mutually between the two countries.

The MoU will involve cooperation through joint initiatives in the Health Sector and strengthen bilateral ties between India and Australia.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- March 2017

2. Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY). It was established in 2012 to address:
a. the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category workers going abroad for employment to ECR countries.
b. the social security-related issues of senior citizens of the country.
c. the social security-related issues of tribal population of the country.
d. the social security-related issues of backward caste, schedule caste and schedule tribes of the country

Answer: a

Explanation:

Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) which was set up in 2012 to address the social security-related issues of the Emigration Check Required (ECR)-category workers going abroad for employment to ECR countries.

The subscription under the MGPSY was very low and no new subscription was received for more than a year. Closure of the scheme will, therefore, obviates the avoidable recurring administrative and record-keeping expenditure.

Current Affairs Quizzes of February 2017

3. Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the Collaboration Agreement to support the Belmont Forum Secretariat. Consider the following statements regarding the Belmont Forum Secretariat:
I. The Belmont Forum, created in 2009, is a high-level group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils.
II. It provides an opportunity to identify study and deliver international environmental research priorities, for the society, in an accelerated way through trans¬national research collaboration between natural and social scientists and alignment of international resources.

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:

Recently, the Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of the Collaborative Agreement with French National Research Agency (ANR), France for supporting the Belmont Forum Secretariat from January 2015 to December 2017 at a total estimated expenditure of Euro 40,000. The Cabinet also approved continued financial support to Belmont Forum Secretariat beyond 2017.

The Belmont Forum, created in 2009, is a high-level group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils. It provides an opportunity to identify study and deliver international environmental research priorities, for the society, in an accelerated way through trans­national research collaboration between natural and social scientists and alignment of international resources

India is a member of Belmont Forum, besides Australia, Brazil, Canada, European Commission, France, Germany, Japan, Netherland, South Africa, UK and USA etc. Ministry of Earth Science (MoES) represents India in the Belmont Forum since 2012.

In order to coordinate the activities of the Belmont, a Secretariat is hosted by one of the Belmont forum members on a rotational basis. ANR, France is hosting the Secretariat from January 2015 to December 2017. Expenditure for hosting the Secretariat will be borne by Belmont Forum member countries in-kind or cash contribution.

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

4. Recently, the Ministry of Culture through National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an Autonomous Organisation under the Ministry of Culture have set up Science Cities in Kolkata and Lucknow. Consider the following statements regarding the Science Cities Scheme:
I. The Science Cities Scheme provides for setting up of Science Cities in all the states of the country is subject to availability of funds for this purpose.
II. States desirous of setting up a Science City under the Science Cities Scheme have to provide land, share the cost of setting up of facilities and corpus for upkeep and maintenance and meet other commitments as per norms of the Scheme.
III. The objectives for establishing a Science City is to portray the growth of science and technology and their applications in industry and human welfare.

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
a. Only I
b. I and II
c. II and III
d. All of the above

Answer: d

Explanation:

Recently, the Science City and the Regional Science City in Kolkata and Lucknow respectively have been set up by Ministry of Culture through National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an Autonomous Organisation under the Ministry of Culture.

In addition, Pushpa Gujral Science City at Kapurthala, Punjab and Gujarat Science City at Ahmadabad, Gujarat have been set up by Council of Pushpa Gujral Science City, Punjab and Gujarat Council of Science City, Gujarat respectively with financial assistance from the Ministry of Culture.

The Science Cities Scheme provides for setting up of Science Cities in all the states of the country is subject to availability of funds for this purpose. States desirous of setting up a Science City under the Science Cities Scheme have to provide land, share the cost of setting up of facilities and corpus for upkeep and maintenance and meet other commitments as per norms of the Scheme.

The objectives for establishing a Science City, inter alia include:

• To portray the growth of science and technology and their applications in industry and human welfare.

• To popularise and to enhance understanding of science and technology in cities, urban and rural areas for the benefit of students and for the common man.

Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

5. Recently, a suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria’s northern Idlib province killed hundredths of people. Which of the following chemical gas was used in the attack?
a. Sarin
b. Phosgene
c. Benzyl bromide
d. Chloromethyl

Answer: a

Explanation:

In a recent incident of Chemical weapon attack that has killed hundreds of people in Syria. Such chemical attacks have been done since the start of Syria’s civil war, with the U.N. blaming three attacks on the Syrian government and a fourth on the Islamic State group.

A 'Doctors Without Borders’ medical team that examined a number of victims in a hospital near the border with Turkey said the symptoms are consistent with exposure to a neurotoxic agent at least two different chemical agents. The U.S.’s early assessment is that it involved the use of chlorine and sarin gases in the recent attack.
The evidence of sarin gas attack was found earlier attacks on 19 March 2013 during which the Syrian government and opposition trade accusations over a gas attack that killed some 26 people, including more than a dozen government soldiers, in the town of Khan al—Assal in northern Syria. A U.N. investigation later finds that sarin nerve gas was used, but does not identify a culprit.

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