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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 18 April 2017

Apr 18, 2017 11:50 IST

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    Current affairs quizzes provided in this write-up are best for IAS preparation and it covers important topics of national and international significance. Just go through the given the current affair quizzes and analyse your own level of IAS preparation.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam: 8 to 14 April 2017

    1. Consider the following statements regarding the Malabar exercises:
    1) Malabar is a trilateral exercise between India, USA and Australia.
    2) Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise includes the maritime interdiction operations Exercises.

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

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The annual Malabar series began in 1992 and includes diverse activities, ranging from fighter combat operations from aircraft carriers through Maritime Interdiction Operations Exercises.
    Exercise Malabar is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners. Originally a bilateral exercise between India and the United States, Japan became a permanent partner in 2015. Past non-permanent participants are Australia and Singapore.

    Besides interception and dissimilar air combat exercises, it featured surface and anti-submarine warfare, maritime interdiction and visit, board, search, and seizure operations to counter piracy and other non-state acts at sea.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2017- March 2017

    2. Recently, the Prime Minister of India has launched the projects related to SAUNI Yojana at Botad to divert one MAFt excess over flowing flood water of Narmada allocated to Saurashtra Region. Consider the following statements regarding the SAUNI Yojana:
    I. SAUNI project involves making pipe canals instead of the conventional open canals which has led to no acquisition of land for the project.
    II. The excess over flowing flood water of Narmada will be distributed to 115 reservoirs of eleven districts of Saurashtra through total 1126 km long four link pipelines benefitting 10,22,589 acre land.

    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:

    Saurashtra-Narmada Avataran Irrigation Yojana (SAUNI Yojana) has been launched to divert one MAFt excess over flowing flood water of Narmada allocated to Saurashtra Region. The excess over flowing flood water of Narmada will be distributed to 115 reservoirs of eleven districts of Saurashtra through total 1126 km long four link pipelines benefitting 10,22,589 acre land.

    The Prime Minister of India has dedicated to the nation, Phase-1 (Link 2) of the SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation) Yojana, at Botad. He also laid the Foundation Stone of Phase 2 (Link 2) of the SAUNI Yojana.

    Current Affairs Quizzes of February 2017

    3. Consider the following statements regarding the much in news terms, Khurki and Teenkathiya systems of indigo cultivation under the British raj in India:
    1) Under Khurki system, the British planters used to pay some money to the farmers (Raiyyat) by mortgaging their lands and houses and compelling them to sow indigo.
    2) Under the Teen Kahitya system, the teen katha land out of one bigha was reserved for indigo (Neel) farming.

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

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The Neeley Britishers had confiscated more than one lakh crore fertile lands and set up their kothis there. Farmers were being exploited and oppressed in different ways by Neeley Britishers under Khurki and Teenkathiya systems. Under Khurki system, the British planters used to pay some money to the farmers (Raiyyat) by mortgaging their lands and houses and compelling them to sow indigo. The British administration and Zamindar had established “Teen Kahitya” system under which teen katha land out of one bigha was reserved for indigo (Neel) farming.

    The farmers had to bear the cost of indigo farming and the British planters used to keep the yields without compensating the farmers. Not only this, they were even exploited through the various taxes levied on them. Thousands of landless labourers and poor farmers were forced to sow indigo instead of other crops.

    Before 1867, 5 kathiya land system was reserved for indigo farming. The farmers were forced to pay several taxes while delivering indigo into the factories such as Bapahi-Putahi, Marvah and Sagaura. Despite taxes, the factories used to play very low prices for the indigo and the farmers were never paid their dues in time.

    ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

    4. The ‘world’s largest single­site solar power project’ was in news recently located in which of the following cities of India?
    a. Bhopal
    b. Jaipur
    c. Lucknow
    d. Ahmadabad

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines presided over the signing of Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) between Delhi Metro Railways Corporation (DMRC) & Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company (MPPMC) with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited, the implementing agency for the ‘world’s largest single­site solar power project’, the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project (UMSPP, 750MW) in Bhopal today.

    The Rewa UMSPP becomes the first power project to conduct interstate sale of solar power to Delhi Metro. There would be huge savings to the Delhi Metro because of per unit cost of power reducing from over Rs. 4.50 to Rs. 3.30.

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    5. Recently, the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill has been passed by Parliament. Consider the following statements regarding the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill:
    I. The Bill seeks to prevent and control the spread of HIV and AIDS, prohibits discrimination against persons with HIV and AIDS, provides for informed consent and confidentiality with regard to their treatment, places obligations on establishments to safeguard their rights, and creates mechanisms for redressing their complaints.
    II. The Bill lists the various grounds on which discrimination against HIV positive persons and those living with them is prohibited.
    III. Every HIV infected or affected person below the age of 18 years has the right to reside in a shared household and enjoy the facilities of the household.

    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 Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on February 11, 2014 by the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad. The Bill seeks to prevent and control the spread of HIV and AIDS, prohibits discrimination against persons with HIV and AIDS, provides for informed consent and confidentiality with regard to their treatment, places obligations on establishments to safeguard their rights, and creates mechanisms for redressing their complaints.

    Prohibition of discrimination against HIV positive persons: The Bill lists the various grounds on which discrimination against HIV positive persons and those living with them is prohibited.  These include the denial, termination, discontinuation or unfair treatment with regard to:

    • employment,

    • educational establishments,

    • health care services,

    • residing or renting property,

    • standing for public or private office, and

    • provision of insurance (unless based on actuarial studies).

    The requirement for HIV testing as a pre-requisite for obtaining employment or accessing health care or education is also prohibited.

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