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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2018: 29 June 2017

Jun 29, 2017 18:11 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.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

1. Recently, India has signed a MoU on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India with which of the following countries?
a. Iran
b. Israel
c. USA
d. Poland

Answer: b

Explanation:

Recently, the Union Cabinet in its meeting has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on National Campaign for Water Conservation in India.

This will benefit the country in conserving water for future generations. The two countries shall work to enhance cooperation at the national, regional and international level to design, implement and monitor a professionally-designed National Water Conservation Campaign in India. The Ministries agree to jointly work on the water conservation campaign to achieve the following objectives:

• Put water conservation on the national agenda in India

• Encouraging every citizen to save water in everyday life

• Generating awareness about water

• Promoting Re-use, Recharge and Recycling of water

• Development of digital tools such as websites, mobile applications on the subject of water conservation.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2018- April 2017

2. Recently, the Ministry of Science and Technology has launched an Innovate in India mission. Consider the following statements regarding the Innovate in India mission:
I. The Mission will provide a holistic and integrated approach to strengthen and support the entire product development value chain for accelerating the research leads to product development.
II. The program stands unique in its approach as it becomes a cradle to innovate, co-create and co-facilitate scientific discoveries and offers young entrepreneurs an avenue to engage with the best in the industry.
III. Currently, India has only 2.8% share in the global biopharmaceutical market, the program would elevate this to 5% resulting in an additional business opportunity of 16 Billion USD.

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 Mission will provide a holistic and integrated approach to strengthen and support the entire product development value chain for accelerating the research leads to product development. This will help not only in immediate product development addressing public health needs, but will also help to create an ecosystem which will facilitate the development of a continuous pipeline of products.

The Mission to be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology will bring together expertise from national and international corridors to provide strategic guidance and direction to move promising solutions through the product development value chain. The program thereby stands unique in its approach as it becomes a cradle to innovate, co-create and co-facilitate scientific discoveries and offers young entrepreneurs an avenue to engage with the best in the industry.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- March 2017

3. After launching of GSAT-17 became India’s third communication satellite to successfully reach orbit in the past two months. Consider the following statements regarding this:
I. GSAT-17 was launched today in the early morning hours from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (Sriharikota), Andhra Pradesh.
II. GSAT-17 was launched today in the early morning hours using the European Ariane 5 Launch Vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.
III. The 3477 kg GSAT-17 carries communication payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band for providing various services to the country.

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:

Today, GSAT-17 became India’s third communication satellite to successfully reach orbit in the past two months. GSAT-17 was launched in the early morning hours using the European Ariane 5 Launch Vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana. The 3477 kg GSAT-17 carries communication payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band for providing various services to the country. The satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite-based search and rescue services.

After its lift-off at 0245 hrs (2:45 am) IST and a flight lasting about 39 minutes, GSAT-17 separated from the Ariane 5 upper stage in an elliptical Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) with a perigee (nearest point to Earth) of 249 km and an apogee (farthest point to Earth) of 35,920 km, inclined at an angle of 3 degrees to the equator.
ISRO's Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-17 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle. Preliminary health checks of the satellite revealed its normal functioning.

In the coming days, orbit raising manoeuvres will be performed to place a GSAT-17 satellite in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator) by using the satellite’s propulsion system in steps.

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4. Recently, the Netherlands has backed India’s entry into the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group). Consider the following statements regarding the NSG:
1) NSG is a group of nuclear supplier countries that seek to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials that can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons.
2) Initially the NSG had seven participating governments namely, Canada, West Germany, France, Japan, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Which of the following statements is true?
a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: c

Explanation:

Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of nuclear supplier countries that seek to prevent nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of materials, equipment and technology that can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons. The NSG was founded in response to the Indian nuclear test in May 1974. The test demonstrated that certain non-weapons specific nuclear technology could be readily turned to weapons development.

Initially the NSG had seven participating governments that were Canada, West Germany, France, Japan, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 1976-77, participation was expanded to fifteen. Twelve more nations joined up to 1990. As of 2017 the NSG has 48 participating governments. The NSG Chair for 2017-2018 is Switzerland.

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5. Which of the following statements best describe the objective of GeneXpert, recently seen in the news?
1) It is a new molecular test for TB and
2) It is a new molecular test for HIV virus.
3) It tests for resistance to the drug Rifampicin.

Choose the correct code:
a. 1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: c

Explanation:

The Genexpert test is a new molecular test for TB which diagnoses TB by detecting the presence of TB bacteria, as well as testing for resistance to the drug Rifampicin.

Some organisations have claimed that the Genexpert test is going to revolutionise the diagnosis and care of people with TB. The test is a molecular test which detects the DNA in TB bacteria. It uses a sputum sample and can give a result in less than 2 hours. It can also detect the genetic mutations associated with resistance to the drug Rifampicin.

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