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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 6 June 2017

Jun 7, 2017 17:05 IST

    Current Affairs Quiz 17 May

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

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam: 20 to 26 May 2017

    1. Recently, India has signed a Loan Agreement of USD 39.2 Million with which of the following international institutions for the project “Assam Citizen Centric Service Delivery”?
    a. World Bank
    b. Asian Development Bank
    c. BRICS Bank
    d. African Development Bank

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    An agreement for IBRD Credit of USD 39.2 Million from World Bank for the project “Assam Citizen Centric Service Delivery” was signed here today. The loan agreement was signed by Shri Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary (MI), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr Hisham Abdo, Manager, Operations (India) on behalf of the World Bank. The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam, on behalf of Government of Assam, and the Country Director (India) on behalf of the World Bank.

    The programme size is USD 49 million, of which USD 39.2 million will be financed by the Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded-out of State Budget. The programme duration is 5 years.

    The objective of the project is to improve access to the delivery of selected public services in Assam. The Project seeks to enable citizens to access services under the RTPS Act in a timely, efficient, and accountable manner. The Project adopts an integrated approach to improving access and accountability.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- April 2017

    2. Recently, the Government has announced to implement India’s first Rural LED Street Lighting Project in which of the following states of India?
    a. Maharashtra
    b. Andhra Pradesh
    c. Karnataka
    d. Rajasthan

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The government of India, through the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the Ministry of Power, would be retrofitting 10 lakh conventional street lights with LED lights in Gram Panchayats of 7 districts in Andhra Pradesh. This is the first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP). In the first phase, the replacement will be undertaken in gram panchayats of the districts of Guntur, Prakasham, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Ananthapur and Chittoor.

    This replacement drive in rural areas will help the gram panchayats to cumulatively save approximately 147 million units of electricity annually and lead to a reduction of 12 crore tonnes of CO2. The entire upfront capital cost of this project is being funded by French Development Agency Agence Française de Développement (AFD). As part of the project, EESL would be carrying out the entire annual maintenance and warranty replacement in these gram panchayats for a period of 10 years.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- March 2017

    3. Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial are going to be organised from 6 to 8 June 2017. Consider the following statements regarding the Mission Innovation Mission:
    I. On 30th November 2015 leaders of 20 countries came together to launch Mission Innovation (MI), a landmark 5-year commitment to accelerate the pace of innovation and make clean energy widely affordable and accessible worldwide.
    II. MI now comprises 22 economies and the European Commission, representing the European Union, and collectively accounts for more than 80 percent of the world’s total public financing of clean energy R&D.
    III. India will be announcing two MI-centric Funding Opportunities in Smart Grid and Offgrid Access at the US $ 5 million each.

    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:

    An Indian delegation led by Dr Harsh Vardhan,  Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change will be participating in the Second Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial along with Senior Officials from the Ministry of Science & Technology, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Power.
    Eighteen months ago on 30th November 2015 leaders of 20 countries came together to launch Mission Innovation (MI), a landmark 5-year commitment to accelerate the pace of innovation and make clean energy widely affordable and accessible worldwide. MI now comprises 22 economies and the European Commission, representing the European Union, and collectively accounts for more than 80 percent of the world’s total public financing of clean energy R&D.

    There is a concerted effort by 22 Member countries and EU to enhance the pace of innovation and scale of transformation through this clean energy revolution launch to meet the requirement for economic, energy security and goals in a timely manner.

    ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

    4. Giving another major push to Namami Gange programme National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved projects worth Rs 1,900 crore for the creation of sewage treatment infrastructure in which of the following states?
    a. Uttar Pradesh
    b. Bihar
    c. UT of Delhi
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Giving another major push to Namami Gange programme National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved projects worth Rs 1,900 crore for the creation of sewage treatment infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and UT of Delhi. With the approval of these projects hundred percent sewage treatment facilities will be made available for Haridwar, Rishikesh, Vrindavan, Varanasi, Allahabad and NCT of Delhi. These projects were approved in the third meeting of the Executive Committee of NMCG held in New Delhi last month.

    A comprehensive project of interception, diversion and treatment of sewage in Naini, Phaphamau and Jhunsi sewerage zones of Allahabad at an estimated cost of Rs 767.59 crore has been approved. Apart from the construction of a 42 MLD (million litres per day) Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Naini, the project also encompasses building up of eight sewage pumping stations among other works. None of the three zones has any sewerage schemes or any sanctioned STPs as yet. These approved projects along with the existing ones would take care of sewage management of the core city of Allahabad bounded by rivers Ganga and Yamuna. The projects would also arrest flowing waste water of 18 drains into the rivers to ensure pollution free water for bathing at Sangam during Ardh Kumbh Mela 2019. With the approval of these projects 100% sewage treatment capacity can be achieved in Allahabad.

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    5. Recently, the scientists have discovered the hottest known planet KELT-9. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    I. KELT-9 is located 650 light years from Earth.
    II. KELT-9 is warmer than most stars in the universe and sports a giant, glowing gas tail like a comet.
    III. The Jupiter-like planet orbits a massive star KELT-9 every day and a half.

    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:

    Scientists have discovered the hottest known planet located 650 light years from Earth, which is warmer than most stars in the universe and sports a giant, glowing gas tail like a comet. The Jupiter-like planet orbits a massive star KELT-9 every day and a half, researchers said.

    With a day-side temperature peaking at 4,326 degree Celsius, the newly discovered exoplanet, designated KELT-9b, is hotter than most stars and only 926 degree Celsius cooler than our Sun. The ultraviolet radiation from the star it orbits is so brutal that the planet may be evaporating away under the intense glare, producing a glowing gas tail.

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