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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 2 June 2017

Jun 2, 2017 14:14 IST

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    Current affairs have become an immensely important for IAS Exam. As per the ongoing pattern of IAS Exam, it seeks an analytical approach from the IAS aspirants while attempting questions in IAS Mains Exam and in order to write more attractive answers, the IAS aspirants should not forget to write some recent based case studies. Here, we have provided current affairs quizzes based on the recent events, important for IAS Prelims Exam.

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    1. Recently, which of the following space agency has announced the red-hot mission to be launched in summer 2018?
    a. ISRO
    b. NASA
    c. ESA
    d. JAXA

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year. The space agency announced the red-hot mission on May 31, 2017, at the University of Chicago. Scheduled to launch in summer 2018, the Solar Probe Plus will fly within 6.4 million km of the sun’s surface right into the solar atmosphere. It will be subjected to brutal heat and radiation like no other man-made structure before.

    The purpose is to study the sun’s outer atmosphere and better understand how stars like ours work.

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    2. Recently, the US has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord. Consider the following statements regarding the Paris Agreement:
    I. The objective of the Paris Agreement is to prevent an increase in the global average temperature and keep it well below 3°C.
    II. The Agreement, considered a landmark move forward, was adopted on December 12, 2015, by 195 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), replacing its predecessor Kyoto Protocol.
    III. The Agreement was finally ratified on November 4, 2016.

    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: c

    Explanation:

    President Donald Trump proclaimed Thursday he was withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, a sweeping step that fulfils a campaign promise while acutely dampening global efforts to curb global warming. Speaking from the White House, Trump said he was open to renegotiating aspects of the agreement, which was inked under his predecessor and which all nations except two have signed onto.

    The objective of the Paris Agreement is to prevent an increase in the global average temperature, and keep it well below 2°C. The Agreement, considered a landmark move forward, was adopted on December 12, 2015 by 195 Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), replacing its predecessor Kyoto Protocol. The Agreement was finally ratified on November 4, 2016.

    This is not the first time that U.S. is opting out of an international climate agreement. It pulled out of the Kyoto Protocol saying that emerging economies do not have quantified emission targets.

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    3. Which of the following countries has the highest per capita emission of CO2?
    a. USA
    b. China
    c. Russia
    d. India

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The U.S. is responsible for 21% of the current carbon stock in the atmosphere. It is currently the second largest polluter in the world and has the highest per capita emissions.
    Under its climate action plan, the U.S. had pledged to reduce its emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025. On the 1990 baseline, the U.S. will cut emissions by 13-15% by 2025 and 23-27% by 2030. In comparison, the EU-28 will reduce 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

    In its federal budget, the U.S. has announced that there will be no further funding to IPCC and UNFCCC. It has also vowed not to fulfil its support commitment of $2 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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    4. Recently, Indian has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Army. Consider the following statements regarding the Prithvi-II missile:
    I. The Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is trusted by liquid propulsion twin engines.
    II. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target with precision and accuracy.

    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:

    India on 2nd June 2017 has successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha as part of a user trial by the Army.
    The trial of the surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was carried out from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here at around 9.50 am.

    The Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is trusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target with precision and accuracy.

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    5. NITI Ayog, The National Institution for Transforming India, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015. Consider the following statements regarding the highlights of initiatives under NITI Aayog:
    I. NITI Aayog has developed the first ever ‘Agriculture Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index’ to sensitise states about the need to undertake reforms in the three key areas of Agriculture Market Reforms, Land Lease Reforms and Forestry on Private Land (Felling and Transit of Trees).
    II. As per NITI Aayog’s index, Maharashtra ranks highest in the implementation of various agricultural reforms.
    III. A committee chaired by Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog recommended scrapping of the Medical Council of Indi and suggested a new body for regulating medical education.

    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:

    NITI Ayog, The National Institution for Transforming India, was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015. NITI Ayog has emerged as the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Government of India fostering the spirit of cooperative federalism. Ever since its inception, the institution has taken a series of initiatives aimed at giving a push to the economy and transforming the lives of millions across the country.

    NITI Aayog has developed the first ever ‘Agriculture Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index’ to sensitise states about the need to undertake reforms in the three key areas of Agriculture Market Reforms, Land Lease Reforms and Forestry on Private Land (Felling and Transit of Trees). The index carries a score with a minimum value “0” implying no reforms and maximum value “100” implying complete reforms in the selected areas.

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