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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: November 2016 Questions I

Nov 2, 2016 13:07 IST

    Current affairs should be tackled keeping in mind the utility in UPSC IAS prelims and Mains Exam. Any serious aspirants should be able to categorize the relevant current topics for the Exam point of view and doing so is only possible if current affairs are revised frequently.
    We will continue to provide the current affairs questions for IAS Prelims 2017 to help you gain a better perception of how questions can be asked in the examination. UPSC IAS prelims preparation requires a deep consolidation and fundamental knowledge of the current happenings.

    CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ FOR OCTOBER 2016

    Q1. Recently, the Government of India has amended rule 23 of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961. On a pilot basis, e-postal ballot system has been introduced by for service voters consisting of:

    a. armed police forces of the Union
    b. armed forces of a State serving outside that State
    c. Those employed under the Government of India in a post outside India.
    d. All of the above forces personnel.

    Answer: d

    Explanation:


    The Government has amended rule 23 of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 enabling service voters, including armed forces personnel, to cast their vote in elections through e-postal ballot.
    Under this system a blank postal ballot paper would be transmitted to them electronically. The armed forces personnel serving in remote and border areas would be greatly benefitted since the present system of two-way transmission of ballot paper by the postal services has not been able to meet the expectations of the service voters.

    However, on a pilot basis, e-postal ballot system has been introduced for service voters consisting of
    (a) Armed police forces of the Union;
    (b) Other forces subject to the provisions of the Army Act, 1950;
    (c) Armed forces of a State serving outside that State; and
    (d) Those employed under the Government of India in a post outside India.


    Q2. Consider the following statements regarding the recently launched “Urja Ganga project”?

    1. The main objective is to provide piped cooking gas to all the residents of Varanasi within two years.
    2. Seven East India cities including Varanasi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be the major beneficiaries of the project.

    Choose the correct statements:

    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. None of the above.

    Answer: c

    Explanation:


    Key features of Urja Ganga:


    I.  The main aim of Urja Ganga project is to provide pipe line along overall Varanasi to provide cooking gas to the residents of Varanasi within next two years.
    II. The Pipeline will cost worth Rs. 51,000 crores and will be 1,500 km covered long gas pipeline along with gas stations at various locations.
    III.Urja Ganga project would also enable the availability of about 5 Lakh LPG gas cylinders to the rural population in next 5 years.
    IV. Construction of 20 CNG stations is also the part of project.
    V.  20 Lakh is the estimated number of households which will get the piped gas connection under the Urja Ganga project in Eastern region of India.
    VI. Seven East India cities including Varanasi, Patna, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack will be the major beneficiaries of the project.
    VII.Government has also planned to develop 25 industrial clusters in these 5 states using the gas from this pipeline.
    VIII.A total of 2540 km long natural gas pipeline would be laid under the project in 5 states.

    CURRENT AFFAIR EVENTS AND ANALYSIS


    Q3. Consider the following statements regarding the first National Tribal Carnival recently inaugurated:

    I.  It has been organized by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals.
    II. According to census 2011, Mizoram has the largest proportion of scheduled tribal population in India.

    Choose the correct the statements:

    a.  Only I
    b.  Only II
    c.  Both I and II
    d. None of the above.

    Answer: b

    Explanation:


    The first National Tribal carnival has been organized by Ministry of Tribal Affairs to promote a sense of inclusiveness amongst the tribals. The carnival showcases and promotes various facets of tribal culture on a large scale.
    The underlying idea is to preserve and promote various facets of the tribal life relating to culture, tradition, customs and their skills and to expose it to the general public with a view to utilizing the potential for overall holistic development of the Scheduled Tribes.

    Census 2011: Scheduled Tribes Population

    State with highest proportion of Scheduled Tribes 

     

    Mizoram ( 94.5 % )

     

    State with lowest proportion of Scheduled Tribes  

     

    Goa (0.04 %)

    UT with highest proportion of Scheduled Tribes     

     

    Lakshadweep (94.5 %)

    UT with lowest proportion of Scheduled Tribes       

     

    A & N Islands (8.3 %)


    Q4. India has moved one rank up to the 130th position in the Ease of doing business ranking for 2017. Which organization releases this index?

    a. World bank
    b. World trade organization
    c. International Monetary fund
    d. World Economic Forum

    Answer: a

    Explanation:


    The ease of doing business index is created by the World Bank Group. The ease of doing business index is meant to measure regulations directly affecting businesses.
    A nation's ranking on the index is based on the average of 10 sub indices:
    1. Starting a business – Procedures, time, cost and minimum capital to open a new business
    2. Dealing with construction permits – Procedures, time and cost to build a warehouse
    3. Getting electricity – procedures, time and cost required for a business to obtain a permanent electricity connection for a newly constructed warehouse
    4. Registering property – Procedures, time and cost to register commercial real estate
    5. Getting credit – Strength of legal rights index, depth of credit information index
    6. Protecting investors – Indices on the extent of disclosure, extent of director liability and ease of shareholder suits
    7. Paying taxes – Number of taxes paid, hours per year spent preparing tax returns and total tax payable as share of gross profit
    8. Trading across borders – Number of documents, cost and time necessary to export and import
    9. Enforcing contracts – Procedures, time and cost to enforce a debt contract
    10.Resolving insolvency – The time, cost and recovery rate (%) under bankruptcy proceeding.


    Q5. The World Economic Forum has placed India at 87 in 2016 Global Gender Gap Report. Which of the following indices is not a parity index for this report?

    a.Educational attainment
    b.Political empowerment
    c. Health and survival
    d. Human Poverty Index

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The Global Gender Gap report examines four overall areas of inequality between men and women in economies around the globe:
    1. Economic participation and opportunity – outcomes on salaries, participation levels and access to high-skilled employment
    2. Educational attainment – outcomes on access to basic and higher level education
    3. Political empowerment – outcomes on representation in decision-making structures
    4. Health and survival – outcomes on life expectancy and sex ratio.

    Most of the variables used to create the index are indicators from international organizations, such as the International Labour Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Health Organization.

    However, The Human Poverty Index was an indication of the standard of living in a country, developed by the United Nations to complement the Human Development Index but in 2010 it was supplanted by the UN's Multidimensional Poverty Index.

    Q6. Which of the following are correctly matched Joint Military Exercise by India:

    a. India and Sri Lanka – Mitra Shakti
    b. India and Seychelles- LAMITYE
    c. India and Vietnam- Maitree
    d. Both (a) and (b)

    Answer: d

    Explanation:


    List of recent army and military exercises by India:

    Partner Country

    Exercise Name

    United States                     

     

    Yudh Abhyas

    United kingdom                    

     

    Ajeya Warrior

    Mongolia                 

     

    Nomadic Elephant

    China            

     

    Hand In Hand

    Sri Lanka                     

     

    Mitra Shakti

     

    Thailand                   

     

    Maitree

    Russia                       

     

    Indra

     

     

    Kazakhstan                

     

    Khanjar

    Nepal            

     

    Surya Kiran

    Maldives                     

     

    Ex Ekuverin

    Seychelles                   

    LAMITYE

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