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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2018: 5 July 2017

Jul 5, 2017 16:11 IST
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Current Affairs Quiz 17 May

Current affairs based on the important events should be prepared with a great emphasis and high spirit during IAS preparation. A sincere study of current affairs will be beneficial for both the stages of IAS Exam i.e., IAS Prelims and IAS Mains Exam. So, the IAS aspirants should keep practising the current affairs quizzes on daily basis during IAS Preparation. Here, we have provided current affairs quizzes based on the important events happened during the first week of the month of July 2017.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

1. Recently, India has signed $220 Million Loan Agreement with which of the following international organisations for improving road connectivity and transport efficiency on state highways of Rajasthan?
a. World Bank
b. Asian Development Bank
c. BRICS Bank
d. International Monetary Fund

Answer: b

Explanation:

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $220 million loan for improving connectivity as well as transport efficiency and safety on State Highways of Rajasthan.

The loan is the first tranche of the $500 million Rajasthan State Highways Investment Program, approved by ADB Board in May this year that will upgrade about 2,000 kilometres of state highways and major district roads to two-lane or intermediate-lane standards to meet road safety requirements.

The first tranche loan will improve about 1,000 kilometres of State Highways and major district roads. It will have a 25-year term, including a grace period of 8 years, and carry an annual interest rate determined in accordance with ADB’s London interbank offered rate-based (LIBOR) lending facility. The total cost of the project is $1.415 billion, with the government contributing $465 million and $450 million coming from the private sector and other concessionaries.

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2. Recently, Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) was successfully flight tested from ITR Chandipur, off the Odisha Coast by which of the following organisations?
a. DRDO
b. ISRO
c. BARC
d. IGCAR

Answer: a

Explanation:

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) was successfully flight tested from ITR Chandipur, off the Odisha Coast on July 3, 2017. All the technologies and subsystems incorporated in the missile have performed well, meeting all the mission requirements. All the Radars, Electro-Optical Systems, Telemetry Systems and other stations have tracked the Missile and monitored all the Parameters. The Missile test met all the objectives.

The maiden test of the missile, which is equipped with the all-weather suitable weapon system, was conducted on June 4, where some of the important parameters were validated. The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed it in the class of the Surface-to-Air Akash weapon system and several versions have been produced by the public sector Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL).

The short-range missile with the capability to engage multiple targets has been jointly developed by the DRDO and public sector Bharat Electronics Ltd. The missile was launched from ITR Chandipur, off the Odisha Coast at 11.30 hrs. All the technologies and subsystems incorporated in the missile have performed well, meeting all the mission requirements, the DRDO stated in a press release.

The QRSAM is the first of the indigenous, canister-based, high-speed missile. The mobile air defence system has the ability to destroy targets like fighter jets, missiles of short range and cruise missiles. It can engage targets from a range of 5 km to 30 km, say defence experts.

The uniqueness of the QRSAM is that the weapon system can be deployed in harsh environments, is easily transportable and can carry nuclear or biological payloads. In addition, it is equipped with night vision devices and a sophisticated navigation system that makes it’s `kill capability’ very high.

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3. Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding GSAT-7 Rukmini?
a. Rukmini was the first military communication satellite developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the Indian Defence forces.
b. Rukmini is the last of ISRO’s seven fourth-generation satellites.
c. With the help of this multi-band military communication satellite, also known as Rukmini, the Indian Navy can virtually expand its blue-water capabilities and minimise reliance on other foreign satellites which provide Intel to its ships.
d. All of the above

Answer: d

Explanation:

Weighing nearly 2,650 kg, Rukmini was the first military communication satellite developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the Indian Defence forces, with the Indian Navy being the primary user. Built on September 29, 2013, Rukmini is also the last of ISRO’s seven fourth-generation satellites which has at least a 2,000 nautical mile footprint over the IOR. Rukmini was launched early on August 30, 2013, atop an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Kourou in French Guiana. This gave India a major push in maritime security.

With the help of this multi-band military communication satellite, also known as Rukmini, the Indian Navy can virtually expand its blue-water capabilities and minimise reliance on other foreign satellites which provide Intel to its ships.

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4. Recently, the regional centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here has made a major breakthrough by undertaking mass scale seed production of Indian Pompano for the first time in the world. Consider the following statements regarding the Indian pompano:
I. Indian pompano (Trachinotus Mookalee) is a marine fish belonging to the family Carangidae that contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.
II. The species is distributed in the Indo-West Pacific region and present in 15 countries of the Asian continent but in India, it is reported from both the west and east coasts.
III. It has sporadic occurrences in bays and lagoons, and the adult fish prefers shallow coastal waters with rocky areas.

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 regional centre of ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here has made a major breakthrough by undertaking mass scale seed production of Indian Pompano for the first time in the world.

Indian pompano (Trachinotus Mookalee) is a marine fish belonging to the family Carangidae. It is low in landing from the wild. It contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. It is sold in the domestic market at ₹200 to ₹300 per kg.

The species is distributed in the Indo-West Pacific region and present in 15 countries of the Asian continent. In India, it is reported from both the west and east coasts.
It has sporadic occurrences in bays and lagoons, and the adult fish prefers shallow coastal waters with rocky areas.

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5. Recently, a native of Tirupati and 'Lead Technician' has launched the Kalam satellite. Consider the following statements regarding this:
I. K. Yagna Sai native of Tirupati was part of the six-member team from Chennai-based Space Kidz India that designed KALAMsat, which was launched by NASA at Wallops, Virginia, on June 22.
II. K. Yagna Sai native of Tirupati, was part of the six-member team from Chennai-based Space Kidz India that designed KALAMsat, which was launched by ISRO at Sriharikota, Banglore, on June 22.
III. The satellite contained a temperature and humidity sensor, a barometric pressure sensor and a ‘Nano Geiger-Muller counter’ to measure radiation in the outer space.

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:

K. Yagna Sai’s childhood ambition was to become a pilot, but his determination helped him in designing a satellite and sending it into the outer space.

A native of Tirupati, Sai was part of the six-member team from Chennai-based Space Kidz India that designed KALAMsat, which was launched by NASA at Wallops, Virginia, on June 22. A B. Tech final year student at Hindustan University, Chennai, Sai was the ‘Lead Technician’ in the team that designed the satellite termed as world’s lightest (weighing a mere 64 gm) and also the first 3D-printed.

The satellite contained a temperature and humidity sensor, a barometric pressure sensor and a ‘Nano Geiger-Muller counter’ to measure radiation in the outer space. KALAM Sat’, a Femto category satellite named after former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, was one of the 86,000 entries received from across the globe, and the only one from India, for a contest conducted by IDOODLE and Colorado Space Grand Consortium, in partnership with NASA. It was a 3.8 cm cube satellite, made of reinforced carbon fibre polymer. This was the only satellite among the 70 cubes sent by the NASA rocket, while the other entries were experimental samples, say blood, chewing gum etc. to study their behaviour in space.

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