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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2018: 20 June 2017

Jun 20, 2017 17:37 IST

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    Online IAS preparation has become a common practice among the IAS aspirants. For aspirants who are more techno-friendly and love to study online for IAS Exam, we are continuously providing IAS study material for them. Here, in this article, we have provided sets of current affairs quizzes which are completely based on current events.

    Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

    1. The Ministry of Commerce & Industry launched the Startup India Virtual Hub. Consider the following statements regarding the Startup India Virtual Hub:
    I. The Startup India Virtual Hub is an online platform for all stakeholders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India to discover, connect and engage with each other.
    II. It will streamline the lifecycle of existing and potential startups, helping them access the right resources at the right time.

    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:
    Recently, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has launched the Startup India Virtual Hub, an online platform for all stakeholders of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India to discover, connect and engage with each other. The Startup India Virtual Hub is an effort to create a marketplace where all the stakeholders can interact, exchange knowledge, and enable each other to grow. It will streamline the lifecycle of existing and potential startups, helping them access the right resources at the right time. The Ministry has also announced a new initiative, wherein a Startup exchange program amongst the SAARC nations would be organised.

    The Virtual Hub is a dynamic & interactive platform that will facilitate learning & development, networking, mentorship, funding, etc. for startups. The basic principle behind developing this platform is to aggregate different offerings of the ecosystem and enable discovery by the right audience. Startup India Hub has partnered with various organisations to on-board entrepreneurs & investors, as well as builds knowledge modules.

    2. Which Indian River has become the second largest river biggest carrier of plastic waste?
    a. Yamuna
    b. Ganga
    c. Krishna
    d. Brahmaputra

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    A new study finds that the Ganga is the world’s second biggest riverine contributor to plastic pollution in the oceans, discharging 1, 20,000 tonnes annually. This quantity is exceeded only by the Yangtze in China, which transports 3, 30,000 tonnes, says a paper published in the latest edition of the journal Nature Communications.

    Every year, the world’s rivers deposit between 1.15 and 2.41 million tonnes of plastic waste into the ocean: grocery bags and shampoo bottles, plastic straws and micro plastics make their way into the sea via riverine systems, hugely impacting marine life.

    ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

    3. NASA Scientists have discovered the hottest known planet located 650 light years from Earth:
    a. KELT-9
    b. TRAPPIST-1
    c. KOI7711
    d. TRAPPIST-11

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    scientists have discovered the hottest known planet located 650 light years from Earth, which is warmer than most stars in the universe and sports a giant, glowing gas tail like a comet.

    The Jupiter-like planet orbits a massive star KELT-9 every day and a half, researchers said. With a day-side temperature peaking at 4,326 degree Celsius, the newly discovered exoplanet, designated KELT-9b, is hotter than most stars and only 926 degree Celsius cooler than our Sun. The gas giant 2.8 times more massive than Jupiter but only half as dense, because the extreme radiation from its host star has caused its atmosphere to puff up like a balloon.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2017: May 2017

    4. Recently, a research student at the Delhi University has reported the discovery of four new species of burrowing frogs belong to the genus:
    a. Rana
    b. Anuran
    c. Fejervarya
    d. Eleutherodactylus

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Opening another window into the fascinating world of amphibian diversity in the Western Ghats, a research student, Sonali Garg at the Delhi University has reported the discovery of four new species of burrowing frogs. The finding, published in the international journal Zootaxa, is the result of five years of extensive explorations in the Western Ghats forests. The four new species belong to the genus Fejervarya, but unlike other members of the family, they possess the ability to burrow.

    The first of the new species, Manoharan’s Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya manoharani), was discovered from the Agasthyamala hills in South Kerala and is named after T.M. Manoharan, former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, in recognition of his conservation efforts. The Kadar Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya kadar) was collected from the Vazhachal forests and named after the Kadar tribe that was at the forefront of the agitation against the Athiripilly hydel project. The CEPF Burrowing Frog (Fejervarya cepfi) was found in Amboli, a popular hill station in Maharashtra and is named after the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund which had contributed to the preservation of biodiversity in the Western Ghats.

    5. Which of the following states of India is known as the “Tiger State of India”?
    a. Odisha
    b. Karnataka
    c. West Bengal
    d. Gujarat

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Karnataka is poised to fortify its position as the “Tiger State of India” with major reserves indicating an increase in the tiger population as per the annual census completed recently.
    The State has five tiger reserves. Bandipur has reported 136 tigers, Nagarahole 91 and Bhadra 26. There are 58 tigers in the BRT Tiger Reserve. Preliminary estimates in the Anshi Dandeli reserve are being processed.

    This is estimated to be a significant increase. For instance, at Nagarahole, 91 tigers were identified by their unique stripes through the camera trap method adopted for intensive monitoring of the source population. In 2015-16, the park had 81 Tigers while their population was pegged at 72 in 2014-15.

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