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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: December 2016 Questions IV

Dec 16, 2016 12:37 IST

    Online IAS preparation has become favourite practice among IAS aspirants. For aspirants who are more techno-friendly, we are continuously providing IAS study material for them. Here, in this article we have provided sets of Current Affairs questions which are completely based on current events.

    1. Consider the following statements regarding Lucky Grahak Yojana:
    I. The scheme is launched by NITi Ayog to give cash awards to consumers who utilize digital payment instruments for personal consumption expenditures.
    II. The scheme specially focuses on bringing the poor, lower middle class and small businesses into the digital payment fold.
    III. It has been decided that National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) shall be the implementing agency for this scheme.

    Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
    a. Only I
    b. I and II
    c. I and III
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The primary aim of the scheme is to incentivize digital transactions so that electronic payments are adopted by all sections of the society, especially the poor and the middle class. It has been designed keeping in mind all sections of the society and their usage patterns.
    Lucky Grahak Yojana [Consumers]:
    (i) Daily reward of Rs 1000 to be given to 15,000 lucky Consumers for a period of 100 days;
    (ii) Weekly prizes worth Rs 1 lakh, Rs 10,000 and Rs. 5000 for Consumers who use the alternate modes of digital Payments

    This will include all forms of transactions viz. UPI, USSD, AEPS and RuPay Cards but will for the time being exclude transactions through Private Credit Cards and Digital Wallets.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: December 2016 Questions III

    2. Consider the following statements regarding Digi-धन Vyapar Yojana:
    I. Prizes for Merchants for all digital transactions conducted at Merchant establishments.
    II. Weekly prizes worth Rs. 50,000, Rs 5,000 and Rs. 2,500.

    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:

    The scheme specially focuses on bringing the poor, lower middle class and small businesses into the digital payment fold. It has been decided that National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) shall be the implementing agency for this scheme. It would be useful to reiterate that NPCI is a not for profit company which is charged with a responsibility of guiding India towards being a cashless society.

    The scheme will become operational with the first draw on 25th December, 2016 (as a Christmas gift to the nation) leading up to a Mega Draw on Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti on 14th April 2017.

    3. With which of the following international organisations the government of India has signed an agreement for constructing a new bridge across river Ganga:
    a. International Monetary Fund
    b. Asian Development Bank
    c. World Bank
    d. New Development Bank BRICS

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    An agreement has been signed between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of India for constructing a new bridge across river Ganga, for an amount of 500 Million Dollars, to improve connectivity between North and South Bihar. So far, the State Government has incurred an amount of Rs.177 crore on pre-construction activities.

    The newly constructed bridges on Ganga would serve as an alternative to the existing one and be linked to the National Highway network in the country. The project will include building of embankments, viaducts and toll facilities also.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: December 2016 Questions II

    4. Consider the following statements regarding open skies agreement as per the NCAP 2016:
    I. India renegotiated traffic rights with Oman increasing the entitlements with 6,258 seats effective from summer 2017 as the existing entitlements were nearly exhausted.
    II. India agreed with Saudi Arabia to increase the capacity by 8000 seats per week from IATA season when Indian carrier’s utilization reaches 80%.
    III. Open Skies Agreement allows unlimited number of flights to six metro airports namely Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai, was signed with six countries namely Jamaica, Guyana, Czech Republic,   Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka.

    Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
    a. Only I
    b. I and II
    c. I and III
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The International Civil Aviation Negotiations (ICAN) 2016 was held in Nassau recently from 5th to 9th December, 2016. The Conference was attended by 106 countries out of ICAO membership of 191 countries. India held negotiations with 17 countries and “Memorandum of Understanding” was signed with 12 countries.

    As per NCAP 2016 Open Skies agreement which allows unlimited number of flights to six metro airports namely Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai, was signed with six countries namely Jamaica, Guyana, Czech Republic,   Finland, Spain and Sri Lanka. The new arrangement will encourage connectivity and passenger travel between India and these countries.

    5. The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing Memorandum of Understanding between India and Kyrgyzstan for strengthening cooperation in the field of Tourism. Consider the following statements regarding K and central Asian countries:
    1) Kyrgyzstan is a not the part of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries.
    2) Kyrgyzstan is bordered by the Caspian Sea and hence important for natural gas resources.
    3) Kyrgyzstan supports India’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

    Choose the correct statements:
    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Only 3
    d. None of the above

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The Commonwealth of Independent States is a regional organization formed during the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Nine out of the 15 former Soviet Republics are member states namely- Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and two are associate members that are Ukraine and Turkmenistan.

    Kyrgyzstan is a part of CIS countries and is bordered by countries like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.  India and Kyrgyzstan have enjoyed a strong diplomatic and long economic relationship. And hence, Kyrgyzstan supports India’s full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

    The main objectives of the Memorandum of Understanding on tourism is to expand bilateral cooperation in the tourism sector, to exchange information and data related to tourism and to encourage cooperation between tourism stakeholders including Hotels and Tour operators.

    6. India took part in the INDRA NAVY 2016 bilateral maritime exercise with which country?
    a. India and Sri Lanka
    b. India and Russia
    c. India and Nepal
    d. India and Bangladesh

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    INDRA NAVY is a bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian and Russian navies aimed at increasing inter-operability amongst the two navies and develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations.

    The scope of the exercise includes wide-ranging professional interactions in harbor phase and a diverse canvas of operational activities across a spectrum of maritime operations at sea which improves the strategic relationship between the two countries.

    It was initiated in 2003 and from there; the exercise has matured over the years with increase in scope, complexity of operations and level of participation. The 9th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy has begun in the Bay of Bengal recently.

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