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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 19 May 2017

May 19, 2017 12:58 IST
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Current Affairs Quiz 17 May

Current affairs can play a substantial role for the IAS aspirants to get selected in IAS Exam. Specifically, the current affairs dominate in the every stage of IAS Exam. In IAS Prelims a large number of questions can be found associated with the recent happening in India and around the world. Based on the same pattern of IAS Exam, here, we created current affairs quizzes which are very important for IAS preparation.

1.'KARAVALI KARUNYA' was recently in news related to:
a.A mission to restrain the agitators in Jammu and Kashmir
b.An annual joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise
c.A retaliation mission against moist
d.A mission to rescue Indian nationals from Syria

Answer: b

Explanation:

The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise involving multiple agencies and being conducted by Indian Navy’s Western Nava Command commenced at Naval Station Karwar on May 18, 2017, with an inaugural session. Named as "KARAVALI KARUNYA", the exercise, which involves both professional exchange and actual disaster response mechanisms is set on a Tsunami disaster scenario and will continue till 20 May 2017.

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2.Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the agreement between India and Tajikistan on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters. Consider the following statements regarding this agreement:
I.The Agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for the prevention and investigation of Customs offences.
II.The Agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries.

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 Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing and ratifying, an Agreement between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters.

The Agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for the prevention and investigation of Customs offences. The Agreement is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries.

The Agreement would provide a legal framework for sharing of information and intelligence between the Customs authorities of the two countries and help in the proper application of Customs laws, prevention and investigation of Customs offences and the facilitation of legitimate trade. The Agreement takes care of Indian Customs' concerns and requirements, particularly in the area of exchange of information on the correctness of the Customs value declared the origin of goods and the tariff classification of the goods traded between the two countries.

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3.Recently, the negotiations on the proposed Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) in Criminal Matters have been held with which of the following countries?
a.Belgium
b.Brazil
c.UK
d.South Africa

Answer: a

Explanation:

The negotiations on the proposed Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) in Criminal Matters between India and Belgium were held on 18 May 2017.

The Belgium delegation was led by Mr Steven Limbourg, General Counsellor & Head of the Directorate-III Criminal Law of the Directorate General Legislation, Fundamental Rights & Freedoms, FPS Justice, while the Indian delegation was led by Bipin Mallick, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs.

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4.Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission for accelerating discovery research to early development for biopharmaceuticals - "Innovate in India empowering biotech entrepreneurs & accelerating inclusive innovation" to be funded by the Government of India. Consider the following statements regarding the Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission:
I.The key focus areas of the program would aid in preparing India's technological and product development capabilities in the biopharmaceutical sector to a level that it is globally competitive over the next 10-15 years.
II.Total project cost to be funded by Government of India is Rs. 1500 crore for five years and the 50% cost for the Mission Programme will be arranged through the World Bank loan.
III.For the implementation, a Programme Management Unit will be set up at BIRAC which will work as an operational and functional arm that oversees and monitors program implementation and progress.

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 Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission for accelerating discovery research to early development for biopharmaceuticals - "Innovate in India (13) empowering biotech entrepreneurs & accelerating inclusive innovation" to be funded by the Government of India. The Mission will be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) - a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology (DBT).

The Mission Program would be a Pan-India program. The key focus areas of the program would aid in preparing India's technological and product development capabilities in the biopharmaceutical sector to a level that it is globally competitive over the next 10-15 years and will transform the health standards of India's population through affordable product development.

Total project cost to be funded by Government of India is Rs. 1500 crore for five years. 50% cost for the Mission Programme will be arranged through the World Bank loan. For the implementation, a Programme Management Unit will be set up at BIRAC which will work as an operational and functional arm that oversees and monitors program implementation and progress.

The Mission will focus on Development of specific products - vaccines, biotherapeutics, medical devices and diagnostics; establishment of shared infrastructure and facilities; building and strengthening domain specific knowledge and management skills; creating and enhancing technology transfer capabilities in public and private sector.

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5.Recently, the Cabinet has given its approval for construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR). Consider the following statements regarding India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors:
I.This Project will bring about substantial economies of scale and maximise cost and time efficiencies by adopting fleet mode for execution.
II.The Cabinet’s decision reflects the Government’s commitment to prioritise the use of clean power in India’s energy mix, as part of low-carbon growth strategy and to ensure long-term base load requirement for the nation’s industrialisation.

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:

In a significant decision to fast-track India’s domestic nuclear power programme, and give a push to country’s nuclear industry, the Union Cabinet chaired has given its approval for construction of 10 units of India’s indigenous Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR). The total installed capacity of the Plants will be 7000 MW. The 10 PHWR project will result in a significant augmentation of nuclear power generation capacity.

India has current installed nuclear power capacity of 6780 MW from 22 operational plants. Another 6700 MWs of nuclear power is expected to come on-stream by 2021-22 through projects presently under construction. As the government marks three years of its nation and people-centric governance, in a first of its kind project for India’s nuclear power sector, the ten new units will come up in the fleet mode as a fully home-grown initiative. It would be one of the flagship “Make in India” projects in this sector.

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