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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 10 March 2017

Mar 10, 2017 11:58 IST

    Current Affairs Quiz

    Current affairs quiz play a major role in both the IAS Prelims exam and IAS Mains exam. The IAS aspirants have to be very discerning while preparing for IAS Exam. The IAS aspirants must go for the genuine sources of current affairs study resources. Here, we have provided current affairs quizzes based on the recent events in India and around the world.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims- 9th March 2017

    1. Recently, the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed by Lok Sabha. Consider the following statements regarding the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016:
    I. Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which inter-alia includes increasing maternity benefit to woman covered under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 from 12 weeks to 26 weeks up to two surviving children in order to allow the mother to take care of the child.
    II. The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha on 11th August, 2016.
    III. These changes will have major impact on the health, well-being and growth of the future generation in the Country.

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

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Recently, the Lok Sabha has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 which inter-alia includes increasing maternity benefit to woman covered under the Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 from 12 weeks to 26 weeks up to two surviving children in order to allow the mother to take care of the child during his/her most formative stage, providing maternity benefit of 12 weeks to Commissioning mother and Adopting mother, facilitate “work from home” to a mother with mutual consent of the employee and the employer, making mandatory in respect of establishment having fifty or more employees , to have the facility of crèche either individually or as a shared common facility within such distance as may be prescribed by rules & also to allow four visits to the crèche by the woman daily, including the interval for rest allowed to her and every establishment to intimate in writing and electronically to every woman at the time of her initial appointment about the benefits available under the Act.

    The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha on 11th August, 2016. These changes will have major impact on the health, well-being and growth of the future generation in the Country. It will have positive impact on women’s participation in labour force and will improve the work- life balance of the women workers. The Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Act, 2016 will come into the force only after the President’s assent.

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    2. Recently, Indian and Belgium have signed protocol amending the India-Belgium Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and Protocol. Consider the following statements regarding the India-Belgium Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and Protocol:
    I. The Protocol will broaden the scope of the existing framework of exchange of tax related information.
    II. This in turn will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance between the two countries and will also enable mutual assistance in collection of taxes.

    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:

    Recently, India and Belgium have signed a Protocol amending the existing Agreement and Protocol between the two countries for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income today in New Delhi. The Protocol was signed by Sushil Chandra, Chairman Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on behalf of India and Mr. Jan Luykx, Ambassador of Belgium to India, on behalf of Belgium.

    The Protocol will broaden the scope of the existing framework of exchange of tax related information. This in turn will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance between the two countries and will also enable mutual assistance in collection of taxes. Fighting the menace of Black Money stashed in offshore accounts has been a key priority area for the Government. To further this goal, India has either signed or amended international agreements, declarations or conventions for the Avoidance of Double Taxation & Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income and for the Exchange of Information with Switzerland, Mauritius, Cyprus, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan, Singapore and Austria during the financial year 2016-17.

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    3. Recently, there is a change in ‘No-Detention Policy’ under the Section 16 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009: Consider the following statements regarding this:
    I. The RTE Act, 2009 that ‘No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education’.
    II. As per the change suggested if a child fails then allow the child an opportunity to improve and should be given an opportunity to sit for another exam, if the child is unable to pass the exam in the second chance, then detain the child.  

    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:

    Section 16 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 stipulates that ‘No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education’. Thus, the policy covers elementary stage of schooling covering classes 1 to 8.

    In pursuance of the decision taken in the CABE Committee meeting held on 19.8.2016, another Sub-Committee under the Chairpersonship of Prof. Vasudev Devnani, Minister of Education, Government of Rajasthan was constituted on 26.10.2015 inter-alia, to review the feedback received from States/UTs on the ‘No-Detention’ policy. The recommendations of the Committee are as under:

    (i) There should be an examination at Class 5. It should be left to the States and UTs to decide whether this exam will be at the school, block, District or State Level.

    (ii) If a child fails then allow the child an opportunity to improve. There should be additional instruction provided to children and the child should be given an opportunity to sit for another exam. If the child is unable to pass the exam in the second chance, then detain the child.

    (iii) At Classes 6 and 7, there should be a school based exam for students.

    (iv) At Class 8, there should be an external exam. In case the child fails, the child should be given additional instruction and then appear for an improvement exam. If the child is unable to pass the exam in the second chance, then detain the child. The matter regarding amendment to Section 16 of the RTE Act, 2009 is under the active consideration of this Ministry.

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    4. Recently, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has set up committee on various aspects of education. Which of the following recommendations under the theme of ‘Promote English and Science in school education’ of School Education Sector provided?
    a. English to be a compulsory subject in schools from standard 6 onwards.
    b. At least one English medium school in every block
    c. Science education facility to be ensured in a radius of 5 kilometres
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    One of the terms of reference of the group of Secretaries was formed to look into ‘Education and Social Development’, is to develop full proof mechanisms for eliminating parking of funds under various schemes. The Group of Secretaries made the following recommendation under the theme of ‘Promote English and Science in school education’ of School Education Sector:

    (i) English to be a compulsory subject in schools from standard 6 onwards;

    (ii) At least one English medium school in every block;

    (iii) Science education facility to be ensured in a radius of 5 kilometres.

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    5. Recently, the various Inter Regional Power Transmission projects sanctioned under the Power System Development Fund (PSDF) scheme of Ministry of Power. Consider the following statements regarding the Power System Development Fund (PSDF) scheme:
    I. 57 Inter Regional Power Transmission projects worth Rs.7, 268 crores sanctioned under the Power System Development Fund (PSDF) scheme.
    II. PSDF can be utilized, inter alia, for creating necessary transmission systems of strategic importance based on operational feedback by Load Dispatch Centres for relieving congestion in Inter-State Transmission Systems (ISTS) and intra-state system which are incidental to the ISTS.
    III. This fund can also be utilized for Renovation & Modernization of transmission and distribution systems for relieving congestion

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

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    As per the data from Ministry of Power that as of now, 57 projects have been sanctioned under the Power System Development Fund (PSDF) scheme, at the cost of Rs.7268 Crores. PSDF can be utilized, inter alia, for creating necessary transmission systems of strategic importance based on operational feedback by Load Dispatch Centres for relieving congestion in Inter-State Transmission Systems (ISTS) and intra-state system which are incidental to the ISTS. This fund can also be utilized for Renovation & Modernization of transmission and distribution systems for relieving congestion.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2017

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