In IAS Prelims Preparation, current affairs should be given precedence as it is the most dynamic and crucial part of the prelims question paper. Current affairs play a major role in deciphering the IAS Prelims exam questions as most of the questions are derived from current happenings.
We will continue to provide the current affairs questions for IAS Prelims 2017 to help you gain a better insight of how questions can be asked in the examination.
1. What is the objective of ‘UDAN’ scheme, recently seen in the news?
a. To stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism
b. To generate more funds by CSR
c. To stimulate cultural growth in the state of Jammu and Kashmir
d. None of the above
The government of India recently flagged off the first regional flights under the Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme. The three inaugural flights were launched in the sectors of Shimla-Delhi, Kadapa-Hyderabad and Nanded-Hyderabad. UDAN is the first-of-its-kind scheme globally to stimulate regional connectivity through a market-based mechanism.
The UDAN Scheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in 2016. Airfare for a 1-hour journey of approximately 500 kilometres on a fixed wing aircraft or for a 30-minute journey on a helicopter would be capped at Rs 2,500.
The Airports Authority of India has approved 27 proposals which will see 27 currently served airports, 12 currently underserved airports and 31 currently unserved airports (for a total of 70 airports) connected. As many as 22 states and two Union Territories will be connected through these 27 proposals.
The airline companies chosen are Airline Allied Services (Alliance Air), SpiceJet, Turbo Megha Airways, Air Deccan and Air Odisha. The seating capacity of airlines under the scheme will range from 19 to 78, and 50 percent of the seats in every flight will have a fare cap of Rs 2,500 per seat per hour.
2. Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to forge collaboration on skills and CSR. Consider the following statements in this regard CRS:
1) Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) is a unique Public Private Partnership in India, working under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.
2) The National Skill Development Corporation, (NSDC) is an autonomous organisation working under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
3) IICA aims at providing astute and credible intellectual leadership in corporate regulation, governance and running sustainable businesses.
Which of the above statements is true?
a. 1 and 2
b. Only 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3
Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) is an autonomous organisation working under the aegis of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. It was set up as the premier organisation that aims at providing astute and credible intellectual leadership in corporate regulation, governance and running sustainable businesses. IICA is a capacity development and service delivery institute.
The National Skill Development Corporation, (NSDC) is a unique Public Private Partnership in India, working under the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. It aims to promote skill development by catalysing the creation of large, quality, for-profit the vocational institutions. NSDC provides funding to build scalable, for-profit vocational training initiatives. Its mandate is also to enable support systems such as quality assurance, information systems and train the trainer academies either directly or through partnerships.
3. Recently, the Government revamps jobs on compassionate engagement scheme offered to the dependent family members of Gramin Dak Sevak. Consider the following statements regarding the scheme:
1) A GDS who dies in harness, the dependents of such GDS will benefit from a liberalized and time bound procedure for engagement on compassionate grounds.
2) The new scheme of compassionate engagement will provide greater relief to the members of the family of the deceased GDS who belong to weaker and poorer sections of the society and are thrown into penury and hardship.
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
Department of Posts has revamped the existing compassionate engagement scheme offered to the dependent family members of Gramin Dak Sevak. A GDS who dies in harness, the dependents of such GDS will benefit from a liberalized and time bound procedure for engagement on compassionate grounds. Henceforth, any death of a Gramin Dak Sevak while on engagement would be compensated by a compassionate engagement to a dependent family member irrespective of the circumstances or indigence.
Upper age limit of the applicant has been relaxed wherever found necessary. Thus the new scheme of compassionate engagement provides great relief to the members of the family of the deceased GDS who belong to weaker and poorer sections of the society and are thrown into penury and hardship.
4. North-east India's largest Information Technology (IT) hub was inaugurated in which state?
b. Arunachal Pradesh
Recently, Northeast India's sixth and largest Information Technology (IT) hub was inaugurated in the Tripura state to boost employment and e-governance besides to export software technology. This IT hub would help to create employment opportunities for the IT educated youths and to further extend the e-governance to the door step of people.
This IT hub would help India to export software technology as this globally standard IT hub would provide much needed impetus to the upcoming IT and IT services based industries creating huge job opportunities. Tripura last year got the award from the central government for its performance in IT and e-governance. Many e-governance based facilities and services already extended up to gram panchayat level in Tripura.
The new IT hub, ready-to-use incubation space would be available for start-up companies, aspiring entrepreneurs, Indian and multi-national companies as per their requirements.
5. Recently, Supreme Court called the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act as an eminently workable piece of legislation. Consider the following statements regarding the Lokpal and Lokayukta:
a. The Lokpal Act requires a public servant to declare his assets and liabilities, and that of his spouse and dependent children.
b. Maharashtra was the first state to introduce Lokayukta
c. Both (a) and (b)
d. None of the above
The Lokpal Act is an anti-corruption Act of Indian Parliament in India which seeks to provide for the establishment of the institution of Lokpal to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connecting them.
The Lokpal Act requires a public servant to declare his assets and liabilities, and that of his spouse and dependent children. Such declarations must be made to the competent authority within 30 days of entering the office. Further, the public servant must file an annual return of such assets and liabilities by July 31st of every year. The Lokpal Act also mandates statements of such declarations be published on the website of the relevant Ministry by August 31 of that year.
The new Bill replaces these provisions to state that a public servant will be required to declare his assets and liabilities. However, the form and manner of making such a declaration will be prescribed by the central government.