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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 28 April 2017

Apr 28, 2017 15:38 IST

    Current Affairs Quiz

    IAS aspirants should ignore to practice the current affairs quizzes before IAS Prelims Exam. In IAS Prelims Exam, the possibility of asking current affairs based questions is always high. So, in order to score better in IAS Prelims, the given current quizzes are very important.

    Current Affairs Weekly Quiz for IAS Prelims Exam- 15 to 21 April 2017

    1. Recently, India has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues. One of the two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ in which India has been elected including other 12 members?
    a. Committee for Programme and Coordination
    b. Committee for the United Nations Population Award
    c. Committee on Contributions
    d. Investment Committee

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Recently, India along with 12 other members has been elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). India garnered the most number of votes in the Asian group, with 49 out of 50 members of ECOSOC voting in its favour. The 13 members including India elected for 3-year terms, beginning January 2018, include Pakistan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Iran, Japan, Bulgaria, Moldova, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, the United Kingdom and the United States. The CPC is the main subsidiary organ of the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly for planning, programming and coordination.

    India, along with 19 other nations, was also elected by acclamation to the International Narcotics Control Board for a four-year term beginning January next year.
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    2. Recently, NITI Aayog, the think tank of the Government has released its vision document 2031-31 that envisages a new India. Consider the following statements regarding the vision document:
    I. It envisages that every Indian will have houses with toilets, vehicles and power in next 15 years, i.e. by 2032.
    II. It says that the per capita income would go up by three-fold to Rs 3.14 lakh in 2031-32 from Rs 1.06 lakh in 2015-16.
    III. It also talks about India where the gross domestic product or whose economy would rise from Rs 137 lakh crore level in 2015-16 to Rs 469 lakh crore in 2031-32.

    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 vision Document, Strategy and Action Agenda beyond 12th Five Year Plan replacing the Five Year Plans beyond 31st March 2017. NITI Aayog is in the process of preparing the 15-year vision document keeping in view the social goals set and/ or proposed for a period of 15 years; A 7-year strategy document spanning 2017-18 to 2023-24 to convert the longer-term vision into implementable policy and action as a part of a “National Development Agenda” is also being worked upon.

    The 3-year Action Agenda for 2017-18 to 2019-20, aligned to the predictability of financial resources during the 14th Finance Commission Award period, has been completed and will be submitted to the Prime Minister on April 23rd at the 3rd Governing Council Meeting.

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    3. Under the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) over 21 lakh, conventional street lights have been replaced with LED street lights across the country. Consider the following statements regarding the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP):
    I. The Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) was launched in 1000 cities on 5th January 2015 to convert conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights.
    II. Under Street Light National Programme (SLNP), Government aims to replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights.
    III. The Scheme is being implemented in 23 States and Union Territories Annual energy savings of 295 million units.

    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:

    Under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) over 21 lakh, conventional street lights have been replaced with LED street lights across the country. The newly installed lights have led to brighter streets, feeling of enhanced safety and security among the residents and motorists. Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India is the implementing agency for SLNP.

    The installation of LED street lights has resulted in Annual energy savings of 295 million unit kWh, avoided capacity of over 73 MW and reduction of 2.3 lakh tonnes of CO2 annually. The project has been implemented across 23 states and union territories. The lighting level on roads has increased significantly after the replacement.
    Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi had launched the National Programme in 100 cities on 5th January 2015 to convert conventional street and domestic lights with energy efficient LED lights. Under Street Light National Programme (SLNP), Government aims to replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights.

    ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

    4. Which of the following premier institutes of India has found the molecular mechanism by which vitamin C impedes and even kills Mycobacterium smegmatis, a non-pathogenic bacterium that belongs to the same genus as the TB-causing mycobacteria?
    a. IISc Bengaluru
    b. IIT Bombay
    c. AIIMS Delhi
    d. None of the above

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    That vitamin C, an anti-oxidant agent, boosts and strengthens immunity is well known. Its ability to speed-up recovery from tuberculosis and impede the TB causing bacteria from causing disease, and even kill the bacteria in culture at high concentration are also known. Now, a study by a team of researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru has found the molecular mechanism by which vitamin C impedes and even kills Mycobacterium smegmatis, a non-pathogenic bacterium that belongs to the same genus as the TB-causing mycobacteria. The results were published in the journal FEMS Microbiology Letters.

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    5. The process of bio-fortification has been in news recently. Consider the following statements regarding the bio-fortification:
    I. The bio-fortification is the process of growing crops to increase nutrition value from the seed on.
    II. It is the process same as the ‘fortified’ foods that have micronutrients added to them during processing.
    III. Crops can be bio-fortified through selective breeding or genetic engineering.

    Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
    a. Only I
    b. I and III
    c. II and III
    d. All of the above

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    If we look back in the 60s, the Green Revolution changed the way we looked at food, both in terms of growing and eating. The focus was simply this— to increase production of staples so no one would go hungry.

    Today, most of us do get enough to eat, in terms of calories, but we still may not be getting our essential micronutrients, such as iron and zinc. In other words, our focus has shifted from quantity to quality. This ‘hidden hunger’, a term used to describe dietary micronutrient deficiencies, must be taken care of. The answer, find researchers, is bio-fortification.

    Simply put, bio-fortification is the process of growing crops to increase nutrition value from the seed on. It’s not the same as ‘fortified’ foods that have micronutrients added to them during processing. Crops can be bio-fortified through selective breeding or genetic engineering. In India, bio-fortification is done exclusively through selective breeding. Though bio-fortified foods are not available off the shelf just yet, it’s really the next big thing in nutrition to look out for.

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