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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 22 June 2017

Jun 22, 2017 18:41 IST
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Current affairs forms the cornerstone of the IAS prelims exam preparation and the MCQs based on current affairs should be practised every day. Current affair is the most critical part of IAS prelims as well as IAS Mains Exam. Here, we cover important issues from the most authentic sources like PIB and PTI.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

1. Recently, the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has briefed about the achievement of last three years. Consider the following statements regarding the PRADHAN MANTRI KRISHI SINCHAYEE YOJANA (PMKSY):
I. Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) has been formulated with the vision of extending the coverage of irrigation ‘Har Khet ko pani’ and improving water use efficiency ‘More crop per drop' in a focused manner with an end to end solution on source creation, distribution, management, field application and extension activities.
II. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Hon’ble Prime Minister has accorded approval of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) in its meeting held on 1st July 2015.
III. PMKSY has been formulated amalgamating ongoing schemes viz. Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.

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:

Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation which has been launched in Mission mode. The scheme has been divided into 99 prioritised projects with different timelines. Total expected expenditure in the complete project shall be Rs 77595 Cr with a Central share of Rs 31342 Cr. Total irrigation potential utilisation after completion of the entire project is expected to be 76.03 Lakh Ha. Many projects which were at standstill such as Gosikhurd (2.5 Lakh Ha.) Maharashtra was streamlined and put on track for timely completion.

The government of India is committed to accord high priority to water conservation and its management. To this effect Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) has been formulated with the vision of extending the coverage of irrigation ‘Har Khet ko pani’ and improving water use efficiency ‘More crop per drop' in a focused manner with end to end solution on source creation, distribution, management, field application and extension activities. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister has accorded approval of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) in its meeting held on 1st July 2015.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2018- April 2017

2. Recently, India's PSLV to launch Cartosat-2 with 30 nano-satellites. Consider the following statements regarding this:
I. India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle will launch Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on June 23.
II. PSLV-C38 will launch the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together, weighing about 243 kg at lift-off, into a 505-km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit.
III. The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 Nano-satellites of India alone.

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: b

Explanation:

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle will launch Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on June 23, ISRO said today. PSLV-C38 will launch the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together, weighing about 243 kg at lift-off, into a 505-km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit, the space agency said.

The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 Nano-satellites from 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America besides a Nano-satellite from India.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said PSLV-C38 will be launched from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre on June 23 at 09.29 hrs. This will be the 40th flight of PSLV and the 17th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).

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3. The early onset of the monsoon has been accompanied by a rush of illnesses in Kerala. Which of the following diseases caused by bacteria?
a. Leptospirosis
b. Malaria
c. Dengue
d. Hapatitis

Answer: a

Explanation:

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease affecting humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans (a group of single-celled microorganisms) belonging to the Plasmodium type. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever, feeling tired, vomiting, and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizures, coma, or death. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. Symptoms typically begin three to fourteen days after infection. This may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash.  Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver tissue. Some people have no symptoms whereas others develop yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes, poor appetite, vomiting, tiredness, abdominal pain, or diarrhoea. Hepatitis may be temporary (acute) or long term (chronic) depending on whether it lasts for less than or more than six months.

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4. Bellandur Lake was in news recently located in which of the following states of India?
a. Odisha
b. Kerala
c. Karnataka
d. Andhra Pradesh

Answer: c

Explanation:

Bellandur Lake has now caught people’s attention for something other than its pathetic condition. An artwork — a simple message in Kannada etched on the mesh erected around the waterbody — is making passersby stop and take notice.

Noted artist Suresh Kumar G and his five-member team etched the message ‘Kereya Neerannu Oorige Chelli’ (spill the lake water into the city) on the chain link fence of Bellandur Lake on Sunday. The words are carved in cotton. The idea is to make the artwork resemble the froth from the lake and convey the message. The photographs and videos of the artwork are doing the rounds of social media. Before Varthur Lake, Bengaluru's Bellandur Lake has often been in news for catching fire--a fire was reported in a part of the lake as recently as May 7. While experts believed that pre-monsoon showers in the city were the reasons behind the toxic foaming in Varthur lake, oil and phosphorus on a lake surface usually cause the fire in lakes such as the Bellandur.

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5. One of the recent studies suggests that compounds found in grapes can kill colon cancer cells and may lead to novel treatments to prevent the deadly disease. The name of the compound is:
a. p35
b. Fisetin
c. Resveratrol
d. Flavonoids

Answer: c

Explanation:

Compounds found in grapes can kill colon cancer cells and may lead to novel treatments to prevent the deadly disease, according to scientists including those of Indian origin.
According to the researchers, cancer stem cells are capable of self-renewal, cellular differentiation and maintain their stem cell-like characteristics even after invasion and metastasis. The compounds called resveratrol, which is found in grape skins and seeds, could also eventually lead to treatments to help prevent colon cancer.

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