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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 17 May 2017

May 17, 2017 14:50 IST
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Current Affairs Quiz 17 May

Current affair is one of the scoring sections of UPSC IAS Exam. An IAS aspirant should make their strategy for IAS preparation in a way that the current affairs can be studied on a daily basis. Here, we are continuously providing current affairs quiz for IAS Exam so that no important topic could be missed out during the course of IAS preparation.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam- 6 to 12 May 2017

1. For skills development of youth in coastal areas, the Ministry of Shipping signed a MoU with the Ministry of Rural Development. Consider the following statements regarding the MoU signed for the convergence of the Ministry’ prestigious project Sagaramala and Ministry of Rural Development’s flagship programme Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU GKY):
I. The primary goal of the Skills and Livelihoods in Sagarmala is to meet the exact skill needs of industries in the port and the maritime sector.
II. The Skills and Livelihoods in Sagarmala will provide the coastal communities right skills for better opportunities emanating from the large scale impact of Sagarmala projects.

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:

For skills development of youth in coastal areas, the Ministry of Shipping signed a MoU with the Ministry of Rural Development in New Delhi today. The MoU is for convergence of the Ministry’ prestigious project Sagaramala and Ministry of Rural Development’s flagship programme Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU GKY).

The primary goal of the Skills and Livelihoods in Sagarmala is to meet the exact skill needs of industries in the port and maritime sector and provide the coastal communities right skills for better opportunities emanating from the large scale impact of Sagarmala projects. It is expected that the close involvement of the coastal communities in Sagarmala will make them contributors in the economic development and will ensure the inclusive growth of the coastal districts of the country.

DDU-GKY is currently being implemented in 28 states and has over 654 training centres in 522 projects, in partnership with over 261 training partners conducting training across 39 sectors, and over 329 job-roles. So far a total of 4.54 lakh candidates have been skilled and 2.31 lakh candidates provided jobs.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- March 2017

2. In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East Policy’, which of the following Indian Naval Ships are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean?
a. INS Shivalik
b. INS Jyoti
c. INS Sahyadri
d. Both a and b

Answer: d

Explanation:

In pursuance of India’s ‘Act East Policy’, Indian Naval Ships Shivalik and Jyoti are on an overseas deployment to the South East Asia and Southern Indian Ocean. The ships would be on a port visit to Kuantan from May 14 to May 19, 2017.

The visit of the Indian Naval Ships seeks to underscore India’s peaceful presence and solidarity with friendly and harmonious countries towards ensuring good order in the maritime domain and to strengthen existing bonds between India and Malaysia. The two countries share a rich history and a strategic relationship. A number of bilateral agreements exist between the two countries in various spheres.

Current Affairs Quizzes of February 2017

3. Recently, India has implemented the expansion of India-Chile PTA. Consider the following statements regarding the India-Chile PTA:
I. India and Chile had earlier signed a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) on March 8, 2006, which came into force with effect from August 2007.
II. Chile is the fourth largest trading partner of India in LAC region after Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina.
III. The expanded PTA has a wider coverage wherein Chile has offered concessions to India on 1798 tariff lines with Margin of Preference (MoP) ranging from 30%-100% and India has offered concessions to Chile on 1031 tariff lines at 8-digit level with MoP ranging from 10%-100%.

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:

India and Chile have entered into another milestone in their trade relations as an agreement on the expansion of India-Chile PTA which was signed on 6th September 2016 is finally being implemented on 16th May 2017. The Union Cabinet had approved the expansion of PTA in April 2016.

The expanded PTA would immensely benefit both sides as a wide array of concessions has been offered by both sides on a number of tariff lines which will facilitate more two-way trade. India and Chile had earlier signed a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) on March 8, 2006, which came into force with effect from August 2007. The original PTA had a limited number of tariff lines wherein both sides had extended tariff concessions to each other. India’s offer list to Chile consisted of only 178 tariff lines whereas Chile’s offer list to India contained 296 tariff lines at the 8-digit level.

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

4. Recently which of the following Indian Naval Ships has completed the hydrographic surveys in Sri Lanka?
a. INS Darshak
b. INS Tarkash
c. INS Satpura
d. INS Shakti

Answer: a

Explanation:

INS Darshak of the Eastern Naval Command which has been on a two-month deployment to Sri Lanka has successfully completed surveys of Weligama Bay and Southern coast of Sri Lanka. The result of the surveys was formally handed over by Captain Peush Pawsey, Commanding Officer, INS Darshak to Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne, the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, in a ceremony held in Colombo on 12 May 17.

The survey operations were undertaken in three phases and ship also visited Colombo and Galle harbour. The ship and ship’s survey motor boats fitted with multi-beam systems were extensively deployed and the hydrographic survey data for more than 7000 nautical miles was collected. Ship’s integral Chetak helicopter also participated in the operations.
INS Darshak has the unique distinction of having surveyed in Mauritius, Seychelles, Myanmar, Mozambique and Tanzania in the last few years. The successful completion of the maiden Joint Hydrographic survey with Sri Lanka Navy marks a new beginning in the bilateral relations.

Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

5. Recently, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) under Universal Immunization Programme (UIP). Consider the following statement regarding the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV):
I. PCV protects children against severe forms of the pneumococcal disease, such as pneumonia and meningitis.
II. Currently, the vaccine is being rolled out to approximately 21 lakh children in all the states of the country in the first phase.

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
a. Only I
b. Only II
c. I and II
d. None of the above

Answer: a

Explanation:

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) under Universal Immunization Programme (UIP). PCV protects children against severe forms of the pneumococcal diseases, such as pneumonia and meningitis. Currently, the vaccine is being rolled out to approximately 21 lakh children in Himachal Pradesh and parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the first phase. This will be followed by the introduction in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan next year, and eventually, be expanded to the country in a phased manner.

Pneumococcal disease is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable deaths in children under five years of age globally and in India. India accounts for nearly 20% of global pneumonia deaths in this age group. In 2010, pneumococcal pneumonia accounted for approximately 16% of all severe pneumonia cases and 30% of pneumonia-related deaths in children under- five years of age in India. Introducing PCV, therefore, will substantially reduce disease burden in the country.

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