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

Nov 22, 2016 12:54 IST

    An IAS Prelims aspirant should be able to anticipate questions that might be asked from the Current Affairs events and issues. UPSC IAS Preparation is not a one day job; it requires deep sense of endurance coupled with the ability to understand the highlighting theme of the exam. It is very important for aspirants to develop a sense of perception towards the current issues that how questions can be asked from a particular issue? Or how a present ongoing issue relates to the current social and political scenario in the country?
    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.

    CURRENT ISSUES AND EVENTS

    1. Recently, National Skill Development Agency has signed a MoU with British Council to Collaborate for Joint Research in Skills Sector. Consider the following statements regarding National Skill Development Agency:

    1) National Skill Development Agency is a Statutory Body.
    2) National Skill Development Agency is a part of Ministry of Human Resource Development.

    Choose the incorrect statements:

    a. Only 2
    b. Only 1
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) is an autonomous body created with the mandate to co-ordinate and harmonizes the skill development activities in the country. It is part of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) and registered as a Society under the Society's Registration Act 1860.

    The NSDA takes all possible steps to meet skilling targets as envisaged in the 12th Five Year Plan and beyond; Coordinate and harmonize the approach to skill development among various Central Ministries/Departments, State Governments, the NSDC and the private sector; Anchor and operationalize the NSQF to ensure that quality and standards meet sector specific requirements and act as the nodal agency for State Skill Development Missions.

    2. The huge Ken-Betwa river interlinking project still awaits the forest clearances, in this regard consider the following statements regarding the project:

    1) Ken-Betwa interlinking is supposed to be destructive for the Panna Tiger Reserve which is situated on the Betwa River.
    2) Ken and Betwa rivers are tributaries of Yamuna.
    3) Ken-Betwa will be the first river interlinking in India.

    Choose the correct statements:

    a. Only 2
    b. Only 1
    c. Both 1 and 3
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The Ken River is one of the major rivers of the Bundelkhand region of central India. Ken and Betwa both are the tributaries of the Yamuna and flows through two states, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The Panna Tiger Reserve is home to 30 tigers, and the River Ken serves as its lifeline.

    A canal will siphon off water from the River Ken to River Betwa and dam across the Ken inside the tiger reserve will submerge a part of Panna's forests, destroying tiger habitat. First linking was completed of rivers Krishna and Godavari.

    3. India has been demanding expansion of UNSC and its inclusion as permanent member in it for a long time now. Which of the following statements regarding India’s position in the United Nations is true?

    a. India is not one of the founding members of the United Nations.
    b. India has never been a part of the United Nations Security Council.
    c. The United Nations Security Council has only five permanent members.
    d. All of the above.

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The United Nations Security is composed of 15 Members with five permanent members namely China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.

    India was among the founding members of United Nations and has been a member of United Nations Security Council for 7 terms. India is the third largest contributor of troops to United Nations Peacekeeping missions and now India has over 8,500 peacekeepers in the field, more than twice as many as the United Nation’s five big powers combined.

    CURRENT AFFAIR QUIZ NOVEMBER QUESTIONS IV

    4. Recently, Chinese ships have opened a new trade route via Gwadar port in Pakistan. Consider the following statements regarding the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor:

    1) China–Pakistan Economic Corridor is considered to be an extension of China's ambitious One Belt, One Road initiative.
    2) Gwadar is envisaged to be the link for China's to Maritime Silk Road project as it opens in the Persian Gulf.

    Choose the correct statements:

    a. Only 2
    b. Only 1
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Gwadar Port is a prominent feature in the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and is considered to be a crucial link between the ambitious One Belt, One Road and Maritime Silk Road projects. It is a warm-water, deep-sea port situated on the Arabian Sea at Gwadar in Pakistan. China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) aims to facilitate trade along a Land route that connects Kashgar and Gwadar, through the construction of a network of highways, railways, and pipelines.

    5. Which of the following statements is true regarding the “Hunar Haat” recently seen in news?

    a. Hunar Haat is organized under scheme USTTAD (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development)
    b. Hunar Haat is organized under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
    c. Both (a) and (b)
    d. None of the above.

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Hunar Haat or Skill Haat is aimed at promoting and supporting artisans from Minority communities and providing them domestic as well as international market for display and sell of their products. It is an amazing gathering of artisans from every corner from 26 states and Union Territories of the country. The exhibition is being organized under scheme “USTTAD” (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) of Ministry of Minority Affairs.

    6. According to Government of India, 272 products  have been registered as geographical indications since 2003.Consider the following statements regarding the GI in India:

    1) Under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, geographical indications are covered as an element of intellectual property rights.
    2) Geographical Indications are also covered under the WTOs Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement.
    3) Basmati Rice was the first product from India to get the GI Tag.

    Choose the correct statements:

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

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Under Geographical Indication Tag, a product is identified as an item manufactured or produced in a particular region. It enjoys the specific reputation which is attributable to that geographical region. Under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, geographical indications are covered as an element of intellectual property rights (IPRs). They are also covered under the WTOs Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement.

    India’s Geographical Indications of Goods Act has come into force with effect in 2003 and Darjeeling tea became the first GI tagged product in India. The other famous goods which carry GI tag include Basmati rice, Chanderi Fabric, Mysore Silk, Kullu Shawl, Kangra Tea, Thanjavur Paintings, Allahabad Surkha, Farrukhabad Prints, Lucknow Zardozi and Kashmir Walnut Wood Carving.

    7. Which of the following statement is correct regarding the Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI)?

    a. It is an Industry driven institutional mechanism under the Ministry of Mines.
    b. Its aim is to facilitate joint collaborative research projects in the iron & steel sector in India.
    c. SRTMI will be governed and administered by a Governing Body headed by the Prime Minister.
    d. All of the above

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Ministry of Steel is facilitating an Industry driven institutional mechanism namely Steel Research & Technology Mission of India (SRTMI), to facilitate joint collaborative research projects in the iron & steel sector in India.

    SRTMI is an industry driven initiative which has been setup as a Registered Society wherein Ministry of Steel is a facilitator. It will be governed and administered by a Governing Body comprising the steel CEOs, Domain Experts and a representative of Ministry of Steel.

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