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IAS Questions for Prelims: 15 November 2017

Nov 15, 2017 12:54 IST
IAS Questions for Prelims 15 November 2017
IAS Questions for Prelims 15 November 2017

IAS Exam is one of the toughest exams in the country because it needs consistent IAS preparation throughout the year. An IAS aspirant has to study current affairs on a daily basis because the question papers of the IAS Prelims Exam and IAS Mains Exam are mainly dominated by the topics of current affairs.

IAS Prelims Exam Guide

1. Recently, the Government of India has launched the BHARAT-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) managed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund targeting an initial amount of about Rs.8,000 crore. Consider the following statements regarding this:
1. The strength of this ETF lies in the specially created Index S&P BSE BHARAT-22 INDEX.
2. In this ETF, the Retirement Fund has been made a separate category of Investors and in case of spill-over, an additional portion will be allocated giving preference to retail and retirement funds.
3. The Fund is expected to benefit long-term and retail investors by providing an opportunity for participation in equity stocks of the Government run companies and earn stable returns.

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: d

Explanation:

The Government of India launched today the BHARAT-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) managed by ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund targeting an initial amount of about Rs.8,000 crore. This New Fund Offer is open until November 17, 2017. The Units of the Scheme will be allotted 25% to each category of investors. In this ETF, the Retirement Fund has been made a separate category of Investors. In case of spill-over, an additional portion will be allocated giving preference to retail and retirement funds. There is a 3% discount across the board.

The strength of this ETF lies in the specially created Index S&P BSE BHARAT-22 INDEX. This Index is a unique blend of shares of key CPSEs, Public Sector Banks (PSBs) and also the Government-owned shares in blue-chip private companies like Larsen & Tubro (L&T), Axis Bank and ITC. The shares of the Government companies represent 6 core sectors of the economy - Finance, Industry, Energy, Utilities, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Basic Materials. This combination makes the Index broad-based and diversified. The Sector and Stock exposure limits help in risk management and reduction of concentration, providing stability to the Index. The strength of the Index has been demonstrated in its performance from the time of its launch in August 2017 wherein it has out-performed the NIFTY-50 and Sensex.

IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: September 2017

2. Recently, the Government has launched the National Power Portal (NPP) – a centralized platform for the collation and dissemination of Indian power sector information. Consider the following statements regarding NPP:
1. NPP is a centralised system for Indian Power Sector which facilitates online data capture/ input (daily, monthly, annually) from generation, transmission and distribution utilities in the country and disseminate Power Sector Information (operational, capacity, demand, supply, consumption etc.) through various analysed reports, graphs, statistics for generation, transmission and distribution at all India.
2. NPP is integrated with associated systems of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and other major utilities and would serve as single authentic source of power sector information to apex bodies, utilities for the purpose of analysis, planning, monitoring as well as for public users.

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:

NPP is a centralised system for Indian Power Sector which facilitates online data capture/ input (daily, monthly, annually) from generation, transmission and distribution utilities in the country and disseminate Power Sector Information (operational, capacity, demand, supply, consumption etc.) through various analysed reports, graphs, statistics for generation, transmission and distribution at all India, region, state level for central, state and private sector.

The NPP Dashboard has been designed and developed to disseminate analyzed information about the sector through GIS enabled navigation and visualization chart windows on capacity, generation, transmission, distribution at national, state, DISCOM, town, feeder level and scheme based funding to states. The system also facilitates various types of statutory reports required to be published regularly. The Dashboard would also act as the single point interface for all Power Sector Apps launched previously by the Ministry, like TARANG, UJALA, VIDYUT PRAVAH, GARV, URJA, MERIT.

NPP is integrated with associated systems of Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Power Finance Corporation (PFC), Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and other major utilities and would serve as single authentic source of power sector information to apex bodies, utilities for the purpose of analysis, planning, monitoring as well as for public users. The system is available 24x7 and ensures effective and timely collection of data. It standardized data parameters and formats for seamless exchange of data between NPP and respective systems at utilities.

IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: August 2017

3. India and Canada opened a new chapter in their bilateral relationship with the start of a two-day India-Canada Technology Summit in New Delhi 14 November 2017. Consider the following statements regarding this:
1. A new call for joint projects under the Indo-Canadian Industrial R&D programme was also announced on this occasion.
2. The new phase of India Canada - IMPACTS program between DST and NSERC, Canada, was announced to promote multidisciplinary research partnerships aimed to deliver practical solutions through application of science and technology.
3. The themes for the Technology Summit highlight a broad range of research and innovations areas where India and Canada have common interests.

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: b

Explanation:

A new call for joint projects under the Indo-Canadian Industrial R&D programme was also announced on this occasion. Industry-led joint R&D projects that have significant potential for commercialisation leading to product or process development in the areas of advanced manufacturing, clean technologies, smart cities and food and agro-technologies will be supported by DST from India and the National Research Council of Canada.

The two Ministers also announced a new mobility based student internship program that will foster research and industrial linkages by promoting cross-border cooperation under the support of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) of DST and MITACS of Canada. The new phase of India Canada - IMPACTS program between DST and NSERC, Canada, was announced to promote multidisciplinary research partnerships aimed to deliver practical solutions through application of science and technology.

The themes for the Technology Summit highlight a broad range of research and innovations areas where India and Canada have common interests. These cover, Advanced Manufacturing, Intelligent Transport Systems, Aviation, and Infrastructure, Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences, Agricultural Technology, Clean Energy & Clean Technologies. A particular focus of the Summit is highlighting the role of women in science and business as well as promoting the start-up and incubator communities in India and Canada. The Canadian and Indian companies for the Tech Summit include world-class innovators and technologies that have potential to forge new knowledge-market-economy connect at the bilateral level. Sixty smart technologies were also showcased as a part of the exhibition.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: July 2017

4. Recently, the Indian scientists of which of the following organisation have discovered the way to repair damaged neurons.
a. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
b. National Brain Research Centre, Gurugram
c. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
d. IIT Bombay

Answer: b

Explanation:

Researchers at the National Brain Research Centre in Gurugram have experimentally demonstrated how neurons which are injured or damaged can be functionally restored by fusion of the severed axons. Neurons can break during accidental injury and day-to-day stress-induced injury. Carpel tunnel syndrome is a typical case of peripheral nerve damage arising from several severed axons. While we might not realise the damage to a few neurons in the skin, neuronal injury on a larger scale can lead to loss of senses or in the case of the spinal cord injury even locomotion.

Neuronal damage arises when the axons are severed into distal and proximal fragments. While fusion of these fragments has been observed, the functional significance has not been clear till now. Experiments carried out on Caenorhabditis elegans by a team led by Dr. Anindya Ghosh-Roy from NBRC has now shown how the touch sensation of the worms is restored when the proximal part of the axon fuses with the distal part of the axon. The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: June 2017

5. Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has presented Awards to winners of ‘Drawing and Painting Competition on Accessible India Campaign'. The 'Accessible India Campaign' campaign is associated with:
a. For creating universal accessibility in the built environment, public transportation and Information & Communication Technology eco-system.
b. For creating universal accessibility in the financial system of India.
c. For creating universal accessibility in the social schemes and allocated subsidy provided in the social schemes.
d. For creating universal accessibility in Indian Judicial system.

Answer: a

Explanation:

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) is running the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) for creating universal accessibility in the built environment, public transportation and Information & Communication Technology eco-system. The Campaign was launched by the Prime Minister on 3rd December 2015 on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Prime Minister had desired that the campaign is made a mass movement by involving citizens and sensitizing the society towards disability and the need for accessibility. In continuation to various sensitization campaigns run by the DEPwD, “Drawing and Painting Competition” was the latest chapter in the efforts to reach out to the young minds.

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