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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 12 May 2017

May 12, 2017 12:43 IST
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Current Affairs Quiz

In this current affairs quiz article, we have provided important IAS questions based on the crucial events of national and international importance. Try to solve and hence, check your level of IAS preparation.

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

1. Recently, the Prime Minister has reviewed the performance of key infrastructure sectors. Consider the following statements regarding the performance of key infrastructure sector:
I. The recently launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has benefited 1.98 crore BPL households so far.
II. The rural electrification programme is proceeding swiftly, with over 13,000 villages electrified out of a total of 18,452, and is on track for completion within the targeted 1000 days.
III. Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, over 32 lakh houses have been completed in rural areas in FY17.

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:

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on 9th May 2017, reviewed the progress of key infrastructure sectors including petroleum and natural gas, power, renewable energy and housing. The review meeting, which came soon after the review of connectivity-related infrastructure sectors in the last week of April, lasted for about three hours and was attended by top officials from PMO, NITI Aayog and all infrastructure Ministries of the Government of India.

• The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana has benefited 1.98 crore BPL households so far.

• The contribution of gas to the primary energy mix has risen to 8%. 81 cities are being covered under City Gas Distribution networks.

• The rural electrification programme is proceeding swiftly, with over 13,000 villages electrified out of a total of 18,452, and is on track for completion within the targeted 1000 days.

• Over 22 lakh rural BPL households were electrified in 2016-17, and over 40 crore LED bulbs were distributed in the same period.

• The total inter-regional transmission capacity has been significantly enhanced, with 41 GigaWatts transmission capacity being added from May 2014 to April 2017.

• The total renewable generation capacity has crossed 57 GigaWatts, with an increase of 24.5% being registered in the last fiscal year.

• The capacity addition in solar energy in FY17 was the highest-ever, at 81%.

• Solar and wind tariffs have now achieved grid parity, with rates well below 4 rupees per Kilowatt-Hour.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- March 2017

2. Recently, one of the reputed US based international media houses in the latest issue of its publication ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ has listed the river cruise on which of the following Indian rivers as one of the ‘six river cruises to take in 2017’?
a. Ganga
b. Brahmaputra
c. Krishna
d. Godavari

Answer: a

Explanation:

A reputed US based international media house in the latest issue of its publication ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ has listed the river cruise on Ganga as one of the ‘six river cruises to take in 2017’. The media house has placed the luxury cruise vessel Ganges Voyager II which sails on the Ganga from Kolkata to Varanasi, in the league of cruises on Mekong and Yangtze in China, Amazon in South America, the Volga in Russia and Irrawaddy in Myanmar. Conde Nast’s endorsement of Ganga as a cruise destination is a shot in the arm for river tourism in the country.

The Inland Waterways Authority of India facilitates cruise operations on NW-1 (river Ganga) from Kolkata to Varanasi in collaboration with private cruise operators. The facilities provided by IWAI include navigation aids including night navigation facility, embarking and disembarking at designated locations, facilitating expeditious crossing of Farakka Navigation Lock, pilotage, and assistance in distress.

Current Affairs Quizzes of February 2017

3. The SMARTGRAM initiative of Rashtrapati Bhavan was inaugurated for five villages of Haryana by the President of India on July 2, 2016. Now, some initiatives also have been taken this year. Consider the following statements regarding the SMARTGRAM initiative:
I. On May 1, 2017, it was approved that the initiative be extended to 100 villages in the vicinity of the initially selected five villages of Haryana.
II. A large number of projects have been undertaken in the initially selected five villages of Haryana under the SMARTGRAM initiative in the fields of agriculture, skill development, energy, education, heath, employment generation, developing entrepreneurship etc.

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:

The SMARTGRAM initiative of Rashtrapati Bhavan was inaugurated for five villages of Haryana i.e. Tajnagar, Dhaula, Alipur, Harchandpur and Rojka Meo by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on July 2, 2016. On May 1, 2017, it was approved that the initiative be extended to 100 villages in the vicinity of the initially selected five villages of Haryana. A meeting with people’s representative from 100 villages now included under the SMARTGRAM initiative and selected stakeholders on the expansion of SMARTGRAM initiative was taken by the Secretary to the President, Omita Paul at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The aim of the meeting was to sensitise them on the initiative and discuss plans for implementation of various programmes in these villages.

A large number of projects have been undertaken in the initially selected five villages of Haryana under the SMARTGRAM initiative in the fields of agriculture, skill development, energy, education, heath, employment generation, developing entrepreneurship etc. These initiatives have generated a lot of enthusiasm in the nearby areas. Therefore, this initiative was extended to 95 more villages in the vicinity of the earlier selected five villages taking the total number of villages under the SMARTGRAM initiative to 100.

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4. A unique underground water management structure of the Mughal era known as the ‘Khooni Bhandara,’ is eyeing the tag of UNESCO world heritage site located in which of the following states of India?
a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Rajasthan
d. Haryana

Answer: b

Explanation:

A unique underground water management structure of the Mughal era in Madhya Pradesh, known as the ‘Khooni Bhandara,’ is eyeing the tag of UNESCO world heritage site. A proposal in this regard will be sent to the Union government.

Khooni Bhandara is a network of Kundis (well-like structures), which are interconnected through an underground tunnel. The system ensured a smooth course of water from the first to the last Kundi, based on the law of gravity.

An iron stairs or rope is used to go down in the tunnel through these well-like structures. These structures were developed during the Mughal era for water supply. The structure, also a popular tourist spot is still functional and serves high-quality drinking water to a portion of Burhanpur.

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5. Four postgraduate students of which of the following country have developed a ‘lunar palace’ on earth in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days?
a. India
b. USA
c. China
d. Japan

Answer: c

Explanation:

Chinese students will live in a laboratory simulating a lunar-like environment for up to 200 days as Beijing prepares for its long-term goal of putting humans on the moon. Four postgraduate students from the capital’s astronautics research university Beihang entered the 160-square-metre (1,720-square-foot) cabin — dubbed the “Yuegong-1”, or “Lunar Palace”.

The volunteers will live in the sealed lab to simulate a long-term, self-contained space mission with no input from the outside world, Xinhua, a news agency said. Human waste will be treated with a bio-fermentation process, and experimental crops and vegetables are grown with the help of food and waste by-products.

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