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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 22 May 2017

May 22, 2017 13:10 IST
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Current Affairs Quiz 17 May

Current affairs and issues on the socio-economic structure of the nation form an important part of the IAS exam. In IAS preparation, current affairs quiz based on current events should be given priority. Hence, to clear the IAS Exam, a good analysis and practice of the latest current affairs are much needed.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam: 13 to 19 May 2017

1. A high-level Indian delegation is going to participate in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) to be held in Cancun, Mexico from May 22-26, 2017. Consider the following statements regarding the GPDRR:
I. GPDRR is a global forum for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and review of progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030 which was adopted in 2015.
II. This platform will mark the first opportunity since 2015 that global leaders and stakeholders in disaster risk reduction will meet for the international community to review global progress in the implementation of SFDRR.
III. It will also provide a platform for all stakeholders to galvanise their efforts in sustainable development and climate change adaptation, sharing experiences, discussing innovative solutions, and charting out the course for an integrated approach at the international, regional, national and local levels.

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:

A high-level Indian delegation is leaving today for participating in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) to be held in Cancun, Mexico from May 22-26, 2017. More than 5,000 delegates, including Heads of State, Ministers, CEOs, disaster experts, volunteers, representatives from science and technology sectors and academia are expected to gather in Cancun.

GPDRR is a global forum for strategic advice, coordination, partnership development and review of progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030 which was adopted at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. This will mark the first opportunity since 2015 that global leaders and stakeholders in disaster risk reduction will meet for the international community to review global progress in the implementation of SFDRR. It will also provide a platform for all stakeholders to galvanise their efforts in sustainable development and climate change adaptation, sharing experiences, discussing innovative solutions, and charting out the course for an integrated approach at the international, regional, national and local levels.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- April 2017

2. Recently, 13 countries have jointly supported commissioning of a study to define and structure a Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM) for solar power generation projects in solar-rich countries which is considered as a major step in the implementation of the Paris Declaration of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) adopted on 30 November 2015. Consider the following statements regarding the ISA Programme:
I. The International Solar Alliance is an initiative jointly launched by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France on 30 November 2015 at Paris.
II. Under the ISA, solar rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics are invited to share and aggregate data regarding their needs and objectives.

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:
Argentina, Burkina-Faso, Chad, France, India, Ivory Coast, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Sénégal, Uganda and Yemen have jointly supported commissioning of a study to define and structure a Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM) for solar power generation projects in solar-rich countries recently. This is a major step in the implementation of the Paris Declaration of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) adopted on 30 November 2015 and of the ISA Programme aimed at mobilising “Affordable finance at scale”. This instrument will dramatically lower the cost of finance for renewable energy and the overall price of electricity.

The International Solar Alliance is an initiative jointly launched by the Prime Minister of India and the President of France on 30 November 2015 at Paris, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the UN, on the side lines of COP21. Under the ISA, solar rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropics are invited to share and aggregate data regarding their needs and objectives; emulate successful practices; and set up common mechanisms and instruments, in order to address obstacles to deployment at the scale of solar energy.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- March 2017

3. Recently, the Chitale Committee recommends several measures for De-siltation of Ganga-recommends several measures for de-siltation of Ganga. Consider the following statements regarding the Chitale Committee:
I. The committee was constituted in July 2016 by the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to prepare guidelines for de-siltation of river Ganga from Bhimgauda (Uttar Pradesh) to Farakka (West Bengal).
II. The committee was asked to establish the difference between de-silting and sand mining and also to establish the need for de-silting for ecology and e-flow of the river Ganga.
III. The committee in its report says Local factors such as topography, river control structures, soil and water conservation measures, tree cover, and riparian land-use or land disturbance (for example agriculture, mining, etc.) can have a large impact on sediment loads in rivers.

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:

Chitale committee on De-siltation  of Ganga has recommended a slew of measures which include study of reach wise sediment transport processes along with establishing annual sediment budgets to guide de-silting activities, Preparation of annual reports (Sand registry) describing the previous de-silting/ dredging activity and a technical institute may be entrusted to conduct the sediment budget, morphological and flood routing studies that would examine and confirm the necessity of the de-silting of the reach under consideration.

The committee was constituted in July 2016 by the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to prepare guidelines for de-siltation of river Ganga from Bhimgauda (Uttarakhand) to Farakka (West Bengal). The committee in its report says erosion, sediment transport and siltation are very complex phenomena. It is impossible to apply a “one-size-fits-all‟ approach to sediment management and control because the issues involved are frequently very regionally-specific. Local factors such as topography, river control structures, soil and water conservation measures, tree cover, and riparian land-use or land disturbance (for example agriculture, mining, etc.) can have a large impact on sediment loads in rivers. River control structures (such as reservoirs), soil conservation measures and sediment control programmes can cause downstream sediment loads to decrease, while factors such as land disturbance (clearing of vegetation, for example) or agricultural practices can cause increased sediment loads.

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

4. Recently, the rank of India has improved in International Tourist Arrivals (ITAs). As per the latest UNWTO Barometer for March 2017, Rank of India in International Tourist Arrivals is:
a. 24
b. 40
c. 41
d. 50

Answer: a

Explanation:

As per the UNWTO definition, International Tourist Arrivals (ITAs) comprises two components namely Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) and Arrivals of Non-Resident Nationals. The UNWTO in its barometer ranks countries in terms of their ITAs. So far only the figures of FTAs were compiled in India. However, now India has started compiling the data arrivals of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), also.

The number of NRI arrivals during 2014 and 2015 were 5.43 million and 5.26 million, respectively. Accordingly, the numbers of ITAs in India during 2014 and 2015 were 13.11 million and 13.28 million, respectively. The data of ITAs, containing both the arrivals of NRIs and FTAs, is now as per International recommendations.

Due to this inclusion, India’s improved rank reflecting the true and comparable scenario has now been acknowledged by the UNWTO. As per the latest UNWTO Barometer for March 2017, Rank of India in International Tourist Arrivals in both 2014 and 2015 is 24 as against the previous rank of 41 and 40 in the year 2014 and 2015, respectively. With this inclusion, the share of India in the ITAs has also increased from 0.68% (based on FTAs) to 1.12% in the year 2015.

Earlier India’s rank in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI), 2017 had also shown 12 places jump from 2015. Rank of India in TTCI Report of 2017 was 40th as compared to 52nd in 2015, 65th in 2013 and 68th in 2011.

Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

5. 5 times more Villages electrified in 2016-17 under DDUGJY as compared to 2013-14. Consider the following statements regarding the rural electrification in India:
I. Under new DDUGJY, Government of India provides grant at the rate of 60% of project cost (85% for special category States).
II. More than 350 Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas (GVA) deployed in the field to monitor the progress of village electrification works.
III. The population criteria have been dispensed with and all Villages/hamlets without any population restriction are eligible under the scheme.

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 remaining rural electrification works of the erstwhile scheme have been subsumed into DDUGJY. The scheme outlay is Rs 43,033 Crores with Rs 33,453 Crores grant from Government of India. The overall outlay, with the subsumed rural electrification works, is Rs. 75,893 Crores including Grant of Rs. 63,027 Crores from Government of India.

Under new DDUGJY, Government of India provides grant at the rate of 60% of project cost (85% for special category States). Further, additional grant at the rate of 15% grant is provided (5% for the Special Category States) on the fulfilment of the prescribed milestones. Under this scheme, the new projects with an outlay of Rs. 42,553.17 Crores have been approved for 32 States/UTs including works of Feeder Separation (Rs 15572.99 Crores), System Strengthening & Connecting Rural Households (Rs 19706.59 Crores), Metering (Rs 3874.48 Crores), Village Electrification (Rs 2792.57 Crores) and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (Rs 398.54 Crores).

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