Through this article, we have provided current affairs quizzes for the preparation of IAS Prelims Exam 2018. The given current affairs questions are very important for IAS Prelims Exam and also the questions have the same pattern of UPSC IAS Prelims Exam.
1. Recently, the Mission Privar Vikash has been launched. Consider the following statements regarding the Mission Privar Vikash:
1. Mission Parivar Vikas will focus on 146 high fertility districts in 7 states with high Total Fertility Rate (TFR).
2. Under this, specifically targeted initiatives shall be taken for population stabilisation through better service delivery.
3. Mission Parivar Vikas is a new initiative conceived with a strategic focus on improving access through the provision of services, promotional schemes, commodity security, capacity building, enabling environment and intensive monitoring.
Which of the above statements is true?
a. 1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3
Mission Parivar Vikas will focus on 146 high fertility districts in 7 states with high TFR. Under this, specifically targeted initiatives shall be taken for population stabilisation through better service delivery. The Mission Parivar Vikas is a new initiative conceived by the Ministry with a strategic focus on improving access through the provision of services, promotional schemes, commodity security, capacity building, enabling environment and intensive monitoring. The Ministry of Health has decided to hold saas-bahu sammelans in the country’s 146 districts where the total fertility rate (TFR) has remained stubborn. This idea, if effectively implemented, can play a role in reducing the TFR in the problem districts, mostly located in the cow belt of UP, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, besides isolated districts in tribal areas. Contrary to popular perception, women who live with their parents-in-law are likely to have more children than women who have to arrange child care support. The government has rightly honed in on the correlation between the intensive grandparent's child care and the fertility rate.
2. Recently, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribe (NCST) has decided to take action on the objectionable video films and pictures of Aboriginal Tribes uploaded on social media. Which of the following tribes are protected as Aboriginal Tribes?
Choose the correct code:
a. 1, 2 and 3
b. 1, 2 and 4
c. 1, 3 and 4
d. All of the above
The National Commission for Scheduled Tribe (NCST) has initiated action on cognizance of objectionable video films and pictures of protected Jarava and other tribal communities of the Andaman Islands on YouTube social media platform.
As per provisions of Andaman and Nicobar Island (Protection of Aboriginal Tribes) Regulation, 1956 (PAT), the Andamanese, Jarawas, Onges, Sentinelese, Nicobarese and Shom Pens have been identified as “aboriginal tribes”. The total population of the tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is about 28077. Out of these five tribal communities have a population of below 500.
The PAT contains the provisions of protection of these communities from the outside interference. Penalty provisions for promoting tourism through advertisement relating to aboriginal tribes have also been included.
Whoever entering these areas in contravention of the notification under section 7 (which prohibits entry into reserve areas) for taking photographs or making videos shall be punishable with imprisonment up to three years.
3. Recently, the Government has submitted a proposal for availing the loan in line with the mandate of the Government to double farmer’s income in next five years. Consider the following statements regarding milk production in India:
1. India ranks first among the world’s milk producing Nations since 1998 and has the largest bovine population in the World.
2. Milk production in India during the period 1950-51 to 2014-15, has increased from 17 million tonnes to 146.31 million tonnes.
3. The government has therefore submitted a proposal for availing loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency for ‘Dairying through Cooperatives-National Dairy Infrastructure Plan’’ in line with the mandate of Government to double farmers' income in next five years.
Which of the above statements is true?
a. 1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3
India ranks first among the world’s milk producing Nations since 1998 and has the largest bovine population in the World. Milk production in India during the period 1950-51 to 2014-15, has increased from 17 million tonnes to 146.31 million tonnes. The milk production during 2015-16 is 155.49 million tonnes. About 54% of the milk produced in the country are surplus for marketing in the domestic market, of which only 20.5% is procured/processed by the organized sector being equal, shared by Cooperatives and Private dairy organizations.
Government has therefore submitted a proposal for availing loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency for ‘Dairying through Cooperatives-National Dairy Infrastructure Plan’’ in line with the mandate of Government to double farmers' income in next five years. The total outlay of the proposal is Rs 20,057 crores. The proposal primarily aims to cover additional 1.28 lakh villages, 121.83 lakh additional milk producers, setting up of 1.05 Lakh bulk milk coolers at village level, creating 524.20 lakh Kg milk per day capacity of milk chilling and creation of milk & milk product processing infrastructure of 76.5 lakh Kg per day capacity. Besides, the programme will modify/expand old milk and milk product plants created 20-30 years ago under Operation Flood and also create milk & milk products plants for value added products which will benefit 160 lakh existing farmers. The fund will be routed through the National Dairy Development Board for the development of the dairy sector. The proposal has been forwarded by the Department of Economic Affairs to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
4. Which city has been declared as India’s first World Heritage City?
a. The walled city of Ahmadabad
b. The walled city of old Delhi
c. The walled palace of Udaipur
d. Fatepur Sikri city
The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO made the announcement recently that the Walled City of Ahmadabad, founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the 15th century, has been declared India’s first World Heritage City.
The walled city of Ahmadabad on the eastern banks of Sabarmati River presents a rich architectural heritage from the sultanate period, notably the Bhadra citadel, the walls and gates of the Fort city and numerous mosques and tombs, as well as important Hindu and Jain temples of later periods.
The 5.5 km walled city area with an approximate population of four lakh, living in a century-old wooden residence is regarded as a living heritage. The UNESCO had preferred Ahmadabad over Delhi and Mumbai.
It has now joined the privileged club of heritage cities like Paris, Cairo, Edinburgh and two cities in the subcontinent, Bhaktpur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka.
5. Recently, the Exercise Malabar Commenced in Bay of Bengal/ North Indian Ocean, which is a joint exercise of India with which of the following countries?
d. Both a and b
Naval co-operation between India, US and Japan epitomises the strong and resilient relationship between the three democracies. The MALABAR series of exercises, initiated in 1992 between the Indian and US Navies, has steadily grown in scope, complexity and participates in a multifaceted exercise with the participation of Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF).
The 21st edition of the exercise, MALABAR-17 will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal from 10 to 17 July 2017. The primary aim of this exercise is to increase interoperability amongst the three navies as well as develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope of MALABAR-17 includes wide-ranging professional interactions during the Harbour Phase at Chennai from 10 to 13 July 2017 and a diverse range of operational activities at sea during the Sea Phase from 14 to 17 July 17. The thrust of exercises at sea this year would be on Aircraft Carrier operations, Air Defence, Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Surface Warfare, Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS), Search and Rescue, Joint Manoeuvres and Tactical procedures. In addition, officials from the three countries will be flown onboard the ships at sea on 15 July 2017.
The Indian Navy will be represented by the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya with its air wing, guided missile destroyer Ranvir, indigenous stealth frigates Shivalik and Sahyadri, indigenous ASW corvette Kamorta, missile corvettes Kora and Kirpan, one Sindhughosh class submarine, fleet tanker INS Jyoti and Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft P8I.