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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 9 May 2017

May 9, 2017 18:24 IST
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Current affair is the fundamental section of the IAS prelims exam and holds immense importance to qualify it. Current affairs and issues on the latest economic and social structure of the nation form the core part of the IAS exam. In IAS prelims exam, practising MCQ questions based on current affairs should be given priority.

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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. Recently, the workers of Bandapani Tea Garden, West Bengal have formed a cooperative society and obtained government registration in a bid to run the garden themselves. Consider the following statements regarding Co-operative Societies in our constitution:

1) The 97th Constitutional Amendment Act gave a constitutional status to co-operative societies.

2) The right to form co-operative societies is a fundamental right.

3) The “co-operative societies” is a subject enumerated in the Union list.

Which of the above statements is true?

a. Only 1
b. 1 and 2
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: b

Explanation:

The 97th Constitutional Amendment Act of 2011 gave a constitutional status and protection to co-operative societies. Meanwhile, it also made the following three changes in the constitution:

• It made the right to form co-operative societies a fundamental right (Article 191)
• It included a new Directive Principle of State Policy on promotion of co-operative societies (Article 43-B2)
• It added a new Part IX-B in the Constitution which is entitled “The Co-operative Societies” (Articles 243-ZH to 243-ZT)

The “co-operative societies” is a subject enumerated in Entry 32 of the state list of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution and the state legislatures have accordingly enacted legislations on co-operative societies.

The state legislature may make provisions for the incorporation, regulation and winding-up of co-operative societies based on the principles of voluntary formation, democratic member control, member economic participation and autonomous functioning.

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2. Which of the following statement is correct regarding the term,” Molecule Disarib”, recently seen in the news?

a. It works by binding itself to a protein called BCL2, which suppresses the death of cancerous cells.
b. It is used as a GSLV propellant fuel enhancer.
c. It is used in the newly developed ROTA virus vaccine.
d. None of the above

Answer: a

Explanation:

Molecule Disarib is a novel small molecule designed and synthesised by Indian researchers which have shown promise in the targeted killing of cancer cells. The molecule (Disarib) works by binding itself to a protein called BCL2, which suppresses the death of cancerous cells. While BCL2 protein is produced in excess in cancer cells, its expression is almost undetectable in normal cells. Hence, Disarib targets and kills only cancer cells while sparing normal cells.

Inside a cell, there is always a balance between proteins that promote cell death (apoptosis) and those that suppress cell death. When the proteins BAX and BAK that promote cell death get bound to BCL2, cell death is suppressed and cancer cells are able to live longer.

Disarib is able to disrupt the binding of BCL2 and apoptosis-causing BAK protein. This action induced the death of cancer cells.

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3. Consider the following statements regarding the recently launched South Asian satellite:

1) The South Asia Satellite is a geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite.

2) The satellite provides crucial information on KU-band broadcasting opportunities.

3) It is also equipped with remote sensing state of the art technology.

Which of the above statements is true?

a. Only 1
b. 1 and 2
c. 2 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: d

Explanation:

The South Asia Satellite (GSAT-9) is a geosynchronous communications and meteorology satellite by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region.

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka are the users of the multi-dimensional facilities provided by the satellite.

The satellite provides crucial information on telemedicine, the-education, banking and television KU-band broadcasting opportunities. It is also equipped with remote sensing state of the art technology which enables the real-time data weather condition and helps in observations of the geology of the South Asian nations.

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4. Consider the following statements regarding the Swachh Survekshan 2017:

1) The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) started the “Swachh Survekshan” survey ranking of cities on cleanliness.

2) The performance evaluation of the Swachh survekshan is conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI) which is an autonomous body established by Government of India.

3) Mysore is the cleanest city in India according to Swachh Survekshan 2017.

Which of the above statements is true?

a. 1 and 3
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 2
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: c

Explanation:

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) started the “Swachh Survekshan” survey, a ranking of cities on cleanliness and other aspects of urban sanitation. The performance evaluation of the Swachh survekshan is conducted by Quality Council of India (QCI), an autonomous body established by Government of India in 1997 for Quality assurance in all spheres of activities including Governance.

Cities are the engines of growth and urban India contributes to about 70% of country’s GDP. For cities to continue their contribution and provide quality of life to citizens, urban cleanliness is of central importance. Indore is the cleanest city in India according to Swachh Survekshan 2017.

5. In which country is the “Men only Island or Okinoshima”, recently seen in news located?

a. China
b. Taiwan
c. North Korea
d. Japan

Answer: d

Explanation:

Okinoshima in south-western Japan only allows men to visit for religious reasons and visitors are not allowed to bring back any souvenirs to the mainland. It has been recommended for World Heritage status by an advisory panel.

The home to the Munakata Taisha Okitsumiya shrine, which honours a goddess of the sea, Okinoshima was the site of rituals for the safety of ships, and successful exchanges with the people of the Korean Peninsula and China between the fourth and ninth centuries.

Religious taboos still persist on the island, and - as well as the ban on women - male visitors are first required to strip naked and perform a cleansing ritual, and must never disclose the details of their trip.

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