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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2018: 3 July 2017

Jul 3, 2017 18:03 IST
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Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

1. Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation (SMAM) has been in the news recently. Consider the following statements regarding the objectives of the SMAM:
I. One of the objectives of Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation (SMAM) is for increasing the reach of farm mechanisation to small and marginal farmers and to the regions where the availability of farm power is low.
II. To promote ‘Custom Hiring Centres’ to offset the adverse economies of scale arising due to small landholding and the high cost of individual ownership.
III. To create hubs for hi-tech & high-value farm equipment.

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:

Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization (SMAM) was implemented 2014-15 under the National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology.

The Mission objectives are as follows:

(i) Increasing the reach of farm mechanisation to small and marginal farmers and in the regions where the availability of farm power is low;

(ii) Promoting ‘Custom Hiring Centres’ to offset the adverse economies of scale arising due to small landholding and high cost of individual ownership;

(iii) Creating hubs for hi-tech & high-value farm equipment;

(iv) Creating awareness among stakeholders through demonstration and capacity building activities;

(v) Ensuring performance testing and certification at designated testing centres located all over the country.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2018- April 2017

2. Recently, India has signed an MoU on Cooperation in Controlling Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, their Precursors and Chemicals and Drug Abuse with of the following countries?
a. USA
b. Thailand
c. Poland
d. Myanmar

Answer: b

Explanation:

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Thailand was signed in the presence of Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Minister of Justice of Thailand, Mr. Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana, on Cooperation in Controlling Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, their Precursors and Chemicals and Drug Abuse, here today. The MoU was signed by Dr. Rina Mitra, Special Secretary, MHA & DG, Narcotics Control Bureau and Mr. Sirinya Sitdhichai, Secretary General, Office of Narcotics Control Board, Thailand.

The MoU will enhance the mutual cooperation between India and Thailand in the regulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and combating drug trafficking. It will facilitate the exchange of information on new trends and modus operandi of drug traffickers, sharing the list of smugglers/syndicates in operation, sharing of best practices in the field of supply and demand reduction and help to provide mutual assistance & cooperation in the investigation of drug offences.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2018- March 2017

3. Goods and Services Tax (GST), a historic tax reform, came into effect on 1st July 2017. Consider the following statements regarding the GST:
I. GST will completely transform the Indirect Taxation landscape in the country involving both the Central and State levies.
II. The biggest tax reform since independence - GST - will pave the way for the realisation of the goal of One Nation - One Tax - One Market.
III. Under the GST regime, exports will be zero-rated in entirety, unlike the present system where a refund of some of the taxes does not take place due to the fragmented nature of indirect taxes between the Centre and the States.

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 biggest tax reform since independence - GST - will pave the way for realization of the goal of One Nation - One Tax - One Market. GST will benefit all the stakeholders namely industry, government and consumer. It will lower the cost of goods and services give a boost to the economy and make the products and services globally competitive, giving a major boost to ‘Make in India’ initiative. Under the GST regime, exports will be zero-rated in entirety unlike the present system where refund of some of the taxes does not take place due to the fragmented nature of indirect taxes between the Centre and the States. GST will make India a common market with common tax rates & procedures and remove economic barriers. GST is largely technology driven and will reduce the human interface to a great extent. GST is expected to improve ease of doing business in India.
In majority of supplies of goods, the tax incidence approved by the GST Council is much lower than the present combined indirect tax rates levied [on account of central excise duty rates / embedded central excise duty rates / service tax post-clearance embedding, VAT rates or weighted average VAT rates, cascading of VAT over excise duty and tax incidence on account of CST, Octroi, Entry Tax, etc.] by the Centre and State(s).

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

4. Recently, an impact assessment of Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana –National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) has been. Consider the following statements regarding the Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana –National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM):
I. The Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana –National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) was launched in June, 2015 with the objective to organize all rural poor households in the country and continuously nurture and support them till they come out of abject poverty.
II. This was sought to be achieved through universal social mobilization by organizing at least one-woman member from each rural poor household into Self Help Groups (SHGs) and federating the SHGs at various levels.

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:

The Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana –National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) was launched in June, 2011 with the objective to organize all rural poor households in the country and continuously nurture and support them till they come out of abject poverty. This was sought to be achieved through universal social mobilization by organizing at least one-woman member from each rural poor household into Self Help Groups (SHGs) and federating the SHGs at various levels, their training and capacity building, facilitating their micro-livelihoods plans, and enabling them to implement their livelihoods plans through accessing financial resources from their own institutions and the Banks.  All 29 states and 5 UTs [except New Delhi and Chandigarh] are currently implementing the Mission in 3,814 blocks across 556 districts. The Mission is expected to mobilize all rural poor households (about 9 crore) by 2024-25.

Keeping in view that the Mission had been under implementation for the past five years and that it had made significant progress, an assessment of the Mission was carried out.

Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

5. Which of the following National Parks in India considered as the house of large number of India’s estuarine or salt water crocodiles?
a. Bhitarkanika
b. Ranthambore National Park
c. Anamudi Shola National Park
d. Balphakram National Park

Answer: a

Explanation:

Bhitarkanika is said to house 70% of India’s estuarine or salt water crocodiles, the conservation of which was started over four decades ago in 1975. Back then, when the Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme focussed on saving crocodiles in Bhitarkanika, there were hardly three or four nests sighted in the area and the population of salt water crocodiles was estimated to be 95, including 34 adults. Now, the numbers have grown to 1,682.

Since 1977, salt water crocodile eggs have been collected and young crocodiles have been released in the creeks and the estuaries of Bhitarkanika. A decade ago, this practice was discontinued, allowing crocodiles to grow in their natural habitats.

The Bhitarkanika National Park is a place where the rivers Brahmani, Baitarni, Dhamra and Pathsala meet the Bay of Bengal. The mangrove wetland and a large number muddy creek provide perfect conditions for estuarine crocodiles to nest. Moreover, the nesting sites of crocodiles are located at places where tidal waves cannot wash away the eggs.

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