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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 10 May 2017

May 10, 2017 17:26 IST
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Current Affairs Quiz

Current Affair is an important section of UPSC IAS Exam and the study of current affairs is highly recommended by IAS toppers. In order to score better marks in IAS Prelims Exam, an IAS aspirant must have a better preparation of current affairs. Here, we are providing current affairs quizzes based on the recent topics of national and international importance.

Current Affairs Weekly Quiz for IAS Prelims Exam- 15 to 21 April 2017

1. Recently, the work on cleaning the Barapullah Drain under the Project “Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS HR) has been started. Consider the following statements regarding Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS):
I. The project will develop an innovative pilot-scale plant, suitable to cope with Indian conditions in a location specific manner.
II. The project Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS HR) is an Indo-US joint project funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India and NWO/STW, The Govt of USA.

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 project Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse (LOTUS HR) is an Indo-Netherlands joint project funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India and NWO/STW, The Govt of Netherlands. The project has stakeholders from both Academia and Industry from India and Netherlands. It is coordinated by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi with participation of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi and National Environment Research Institute, Nagpur from India while Technical University Delft is coordinating it from The Netherlands, with participation of Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department, UNESCO, Wageningen University and its Aquatic Ecology Department. There is also a commitment from industry, especially from The Netherlands, in terms of both cash and kind towards the project.

The project aims to demonstrate a novel holistic (waste) water management approach, that will produce clean water that can be reused for various proposes (e.g. industry, agriculture, construction etc.), while simultaneously recovering nutrients and energy from the urban waste water, thus converting drain into profitable mines. Special attention will be paid to pathogen removal and removing conventional and emerging pollutants.

The project will develop an innovative pilot-scale plant, suitable to cope with Indian conditions in a location specific manner. The final design of the pilot plant will be scalable and modular, to fit into the highly populated urban terrain.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- March 2017

2. The measurement of Liveability Index of cities to begin next month. Consider the following statements regarding the Liveability Index of cities:
I. The Liveability Standards of 140 cities including 53 cities with the population of one million and above and Smart Cities will be assessed.
II. Cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters relating to Governance, social infrastructure pertaining to education, health and safety and security, economic aspects and physical infrastructures like housing, open spaces, land use, energy and water availability, solid waste management, pollution etc.
III. The Ministry of Urban Development has come out with a detailed document on “Methodology for Collection and Computation of Liveability Standards in Cities” for the benefit of States and Cities.

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:

To start with, Liveability Standards of 140 cities including 53 cities with the population of one million and above and Smart Cities will be assessed. The Ministry has already invited bids for selecting the agency for carrying out the assessment based on the parameters evolved by the Ministry. The Ministry of Urban Development has come out with a detailed document on “Methodology for Collection and Computation of Liveability Standards in Cities” for the benefit of States and Cities.

Cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters relating to Governance, social infrastructure pertaining to education, health and safety and security, economic aspects and physical infrastructures like housing, open spaces, land use, energy and water availability, solid waste management, pollution etc. Cities will be ranked based on Liveability Index that would cover a total of 79 aspects.

Current Affairs Quizzes of February 2017

3. Recently, India has been unanimously elected to head UN-Habitat, the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme. Consider the following statements regarding the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme:
I. UN-Habitat promotes socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements across the world.
II. Since the UN-Habitat came into being in 1995, it is only the third time that India has been elected to lead this important organisation after 2007 and 2001.

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:

India has been unanimously elected as the President of the UN-Habitat, an organ of the United Nations’ Organisation (UNO) that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements across the world, after 10 years. UN-Habitat reports to the United Nations General Assembly.

Since the UN-Habitat came into being in 1978, it is only the third time that India has been elected to lead this important organisation after 2007 and 1988. As an inter-governmental policy-making and decision-making body, the Governing Council of UN-Habitat seeks to promote an integral and comprehensive approach to human settlements, assist the countries and regions in addressing human settlement problems and strengthen cooperation among all countries on the human settlement issue.

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4. Which of the following statements is correct regarding the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary recently seen in the news?
1) The Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) has started a project to rehabilitate Indian star tortoises seized from smugglers.
2) The CWS has become the only rehabilitation centre for star tortoises in the country.
3) The Western Ghats including all of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary is under consideration for selection as a World Heritage Site.

Choose the correct statements:
a. 1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: d

Explanation:

An ambitious project of the Kerala Forest Department at the Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) to rehabilitate Indian star tortoises seized from smugglers has turned into a major success. This makes the CWS the only rehabilitation centre for star tortoises in the country.

The CWS is the only place in Kerala where star tortoises are known to occur in the wild. The sanctuary is now a haven for at least 450 such tortoises seized from poachers in less than two years. The success of the programme is so overwhelming that the star tortoise has turned into an icon of the sanctuary.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) is one of twelve wildlife sanctuaries among the protected areas of Kerala. The Western Ghats, Anamalai Sub-Cluster, including all of Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.

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5. Recently, India is unanimously elected to head UN-Habitat, the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme. Consider the following statements regarding the UN-Habitat:
1) UN-Habitat is an organ of the United Nations Organisation (UNO) that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements across the world
2) UN-Habitat reports to the United Nations General Assembly.

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:

India has been unanimously elected as the President of the UN-Habitat, an organ of the United Nations’ Organisation (UNO) that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements across the world, after 10 years. UN-Habitat reports to the United Nations General Assembly.

The UN-Habitat came into being in 1978. It is only the third time that India has been elected to lead this important organisation after 2007 and 1988. It is an inter-governmental policy-making and decision-making body, the Governing Council of UN-Habitat seeks to promote an integral and comprehensive approach to human settlements, assist the countries and regions in addressing human settlement problems and strengthen cooperation among all countries on the human settlement issue.

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