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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2018: 30 June 2017

Jun 30, 2017 19:18 IST
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IAS Prelims exam is a very unpredictable exam where questions from both current affairs and subject basics are asked. But in the last 2 years, the trend of asking questions has shifted more towards current affairs and hence MCQS based on current happenings should be practised daily. Here, we provide Current Affair quiz based on the recent happenings of May 2017 for IAS Prelims 2017.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

1. Recently, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has released “MIS Report on Export Promotion Schemes 2017” of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) to mark the birth anniversary of which of the following imminent personalities of India?

a. Mahatma Gandhi

b. PC Mahalanobis

c. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel

d. Lala Lajpat Rai

Answer: b

Explanation:

On the occasion of the 11th ‘Statistics Day’ celebration on 29th June 2017 to mark the birth anniversary of late Professor Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, the Father of Indian Statistics, in recognition of his valuable contribution in the fields of statistics and economic planning, Mrs Rita Teaotia, Commerce Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, released the “MIS Report on Export Promotion Schemes 2017” of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in the presence of DG and other senior officers of the Department of Commerce.

The Report is an initiative taken by Statistics Division of DGFT as part of the monitoring and evaluation of the Foreign Trade Policy (2015-20). The publication contains up-to-date information on key parameters under various export promotion schemes in the form of data tables, visual displays and data analysis. It provides All India, Zone-wise and Regional Authority wise information on Import Export Codes (IECs) issued, Authorisations/Scrips issued and their CIF and FOB values under various export promotion schemes for the period 2014-15 to 2016-17. The Report also provides RA wise and Sector (Product group) wise information on the number of Authorisations issued and FOB and Duty saved/CIF values under Advance Authorisation and EPCG Schemes of FTP. The Report also exhibits the status of RA wise Export Obligation fixed, fulfilled, pending etc under these schemes.

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2. Recently, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions has launched new training programme ‘COMMIT’ for State Government officials. Consider the following statements regarding this:

I. The objective of this training programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen-centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on a day-to-day basis.

II. COMMIT will be launched in 6 States of Assam, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal initially on a pilot basis during the current financial year 2017-18.

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 Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space has launched a new training programme Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials, here today. The objective of this training programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen-centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on a day-to-day basis.

The COMMIT will be launched in 6 States of Assam, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal initially on a pilot basis during the current financial year 2017-18 and within next year it is expected to cover all India level. He said that the COMMIT has been designed in such a way that it allows translating the content in local/regional languages.

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3. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Energy Services Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Consider the following statements regarding the EESL:

I. EESL is working towards promoting energy efficiency in all sectors and is implementing the world’s largest energy-efficiency portfolio (worth £5.6bn over a period of 3 years), marking a 20-fold growth.

II. So far, EESL has retrofitted over 23 crores LED bulbs and 20 crores smart LED streetlights across India through self-sustaining commercial models.

III. EESL aims to leverage this implementation experience and exploit the new opportunities overseas to diversify its portfolio.

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:

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of Ministry of Power, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Energy Services Company, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to implement energy efficiency programmes and scale-up demand-side measures in the Gulf country.

EESL is working towards promoting energy efficiency in all sectors and is implementing the world’s largest energy-efficiency portfolio (worth £5.6bn over a period of 3 years), marking a 20-fold growth. So far, EESL has retrofitted over 23 crores LED bulbs and 20 crores smart LED streetlights across India through self-sustaining commercial models. In a short span, EESL has retrofitted energy efficient appliances in nearly 30 buildings and has a strong pipeline of covering 1500 more buildings. EESL has pioneered innovative business approaches to successfully roll-out large-scale programmes that allow for incentive alignment across the value chain and rapidly drive transformative impact. EESL aims to leverage this implementation experience and exploit the new opportunities overseas to diversify its portfolio. As of now, EESL has begun its operations in UK, South Asia and South-East Asia.

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4. The government recently appointed Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Jyoti as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). Consider the following statements regarding the CEC tenure and removal:

1) Chief Election Commissioner cannot be removed from his office except in the same manner and on the same grounds as a judge of the Supreme Court.

2) He can be removed either on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.

3) He holds office for a term of 5 years.

Which of the following statements is true?

a. 1 and 2

b. 2 and 3

c. 1 and 3

d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: a

Explanation:

The Election Commission shall consist of the chief election commissioner and number of other election commissioners, if any, as the President may from time to time fix. The appointment of the chief election commissioner and other election commissioners shall be made by the president. They hold office for a term of six years or until they attain the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

The chief election commissioner is provided with the security of tenure. He cannot be removed from his office except in the same manner and on the same grounds as a judge of the Supreme Court. In other words, he can be removed by the president on the basis of a resolution passed to that effect by both the Houses of Parliament with the special majority, either on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity.

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5. Which of the following statements best describe the objective of recently launched ‘COMMIT’ programme?

a. To make public service as a part of e- governance.

b. To improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials.

c. To improve the process of selection of civil servants.

d. All of the above.

Answer: b

Explanation:

The government launched a new training programme Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials recently. The objective of this training programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.

The COMMIT programme, developed by DoPT in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will supplement the existing 12-Day ITP launched in 2014-15 for newly recruited state Government officials to develop in them Generic & Domain specific competencies.

The modules on soft skills will be delivered as e-Modules & through face-to-face training and the domain modules will be covered through e-Modules only. The programme will be implemented through State Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs).

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