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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 14 March 2017

Mar 14, 2017 12:19 IST

    Current Affairs Quiz

    Current affairs quiz with the explanation play an important role in both the IAS Prelims exam and IAS Mains exam. The IAS aspirants have to be very eagle-eyed while doing preparation for IAS Exam. The IAS aspirants must go for the reliable sources of current affairs study materials. Here, we have provided current affairs quizzes with explanations based on the recent events in India and around the world.

    Current Affairs for IAS Exam- 1st to 10th March 2017

    1. Recognising the potential and possibilities in the fisheries sector, Government of India has envisaged a program named ‘Blue Revolution’ to unlock the country’s latent potential through an integrated approach. Consider the following statements regarding the 'Blue Revolution':
    I. The Blue Revolution, in its scope and reach, focuses on creating an enabling environment for an integrated and holistic development and management of fisheries for the socio-economic development of the fishers and fish farmers.
    II. Greater emphasis will be on infrastructure with an equally strong focus on management and conservation of the resources through technology transfer to increase the income of the fishers and fish farmers.

    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:

    Recognising the potential and possibilities in the fisheries sector, Government of India has envisaged a program named ‘’Blue Revolution’’ to unlock the country’s latent potential through an integrated approach. The Blue Revolution, in its scope and reach, focuses on creating an enabling environment for an integrated and holistic development and management of fisheries for the socio-economic development of the fishers and fish farmers. Thrust areas have been identified for enhancing fisheries production from 10.79 mmt (2014-15) to 15 mmt in 2020-21.

    Greater emphasis will be on infrastructure with an equally strong focus on management and conservation of the resources through technology transfer to increase the income of the fishers and fish farmers. Productivity enhancement shall also be achieved through employing the best global innovations and integration of various production oriented activities such as production of quality fish seeds, Cost effective feed and adoption of technology etc.

    A complete set of Current Affairs Quizzes- February 2017

    2. Recently, the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 has been passed by the Lok Sabha. Consider the following statements regarding the Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016:
    I. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, the arrest of vessels and related issues.
    II. It also aims to replace archaic the laws which are hindering efficient governance.
    III. The Bill confers admiralty jurisdiction on High Courts located in coastal states of India and this jurisdiction extends up to territorial waters.

    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:

    The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha recently. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, the arrest of vessels and related issues. It also aims to replace the archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance. The Bill confers admiralty jurisdiction on High Courts located in coastal states of India and this jurisdiction extends up to territorial waters.

    The Bill was introduced during the winter session of Parliament which came up for discussion in the Lok Sabha recently. The Bill provides for prioritisation of maritime claims and maritime liens while providing protection to owners, charterers, operators, crew members and seafarers at the same time. During the course of the discussion, thirteen members presented their views and raised various questions also. The Bill was then passed by the House.

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    3. Recently, the Central Government has established the Banana Research Centre in which of the following districts of Bihar?
    a. Vaishali
    b. Muzaffarpur
    c. Katihar
    d. Darbhanga

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Union Agriculture and Farmer's Welfare Ministry has laid the foundation stone of the Banana Research Centre at Gorole, Vaishali, Bihar Centre. The Government has established this Banana Research Centre to fulfil the aspirations of the banana growers of Vaishali. Banana Research Centre, Vaishali falls under Garole area and because of the ecological conditions of Garole, it has been selected for the establishment of this centre.

    India holds number one position in the world in the area of banana production and stands at number three in acreages which is 13 per cent of the entire acreage and 33 per cent of the total production. Among the states, Maharashtra is the largest producer followed by Tamil Nadu. The productivity of Maharashtra is 65.7 ton/ha, which is more than the average national production of 34.1 ton/ha. Banana is grown in Bihar in around 27.2 thousand hectares, production is around 550 thousand tons and average productivity is 20.0 ton/ha, which is very less than the national average.

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    4. With the objective of fostering a culture of good governance, the National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NFCG) has accredited forty-seven premier Indian Institutions/Organizations as National Centres for Corporate Governance. Consider the following statements regarding the National Centres for Corporate Governance:
    I. These centres conduct seminars, workshops conferences, directors’ orientation programmes etc. for promoting good corporate governance practices and also carry out research work in this field.
    II. More than 250 events have been organized and 30 research works completed under the aegis of NFCG, besides publication of compendium on the corporate sector and inclusive growth.

    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:

    With the objective of fostering a culture of good governance, the National Foundation for Corporate Governance (NFCG) has accredited forty-seven premier Indian Institutions/Organizations as National Centres for Corporate Governance. These centres conduct seminars, workshops conferences, directors’ orientation programmes etc. for promoting good corporate governance practices and also carry out research work in this field. More than 250 events have been organized and 30 research works completed under the aegis of NFCG, besides publication of compendium on the corporate sector and inclusive growth. The research report of the foundation, which include subject such as the role of independent directors, CSR, corporate governance in the energy sector, reforms in banking sector etc. have also been hosted on its website for the benefit of the Stakeholders.

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    5. Recently, the Ministry of AYUSH has set-up which of the following autonomous Research Councils?
    a. Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS)
    b. Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH)
    c. Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM)
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Recently, the Ministry of AYUSH has set-up five autonomous Research Councils, namely, Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) and Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) as apex bodies for formulation, coordination, development and promotion of research activities in traditional medicine systems for various diseases. A total of 82 institutes are functioning under these councils.

    A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between CCRS and Dr. MGR Medical University, Tamil Nadu has been signed on 13th February 2017 to develop new collaborative research programme of mutual interest and benefit.

    National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH is implementing the cultivation programme towards promotion of medicinal plants cultivation throughout the country since 2008-09 under Centrally Sponsored Scheme of “National Mission on Medicinal Plants” and “National AYUSH Mission (NAM)” since 2015-16. The scheme is primarily aimed at supporting the market-driven cultivation of medicinal plants on private land with backward linkages through an establishment of nurseries for the supply of quality planting material, and forward linkages for post-harvest management viz. collection, storage, primary processing, marketing infrastructure etc. The cultivation of medicinal plants is supported by providing the subsidy to farmers through the identified implementing agency of concerned states.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2017

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