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

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1. DRDO has developed four indigenous sonar systems that will boost its underwater surveillance capability. Which of the following characteristics of the sonar is true?

a. ABHAY is for large platform systems like Deep Waters.
b. NACS determines the ex-situ performance of the SONAR systems.
c. AIDSS is used to indicate that a submarine is in distress and enable quick rescue.
d. All of the above

Answer: c


ABHAY is an advanced Active-cum-Passive integrated SONAR system designed and developed for the smaller platforms such as shallow water crafts and coastal surveillance/patrol vessels.

HUMSA-UG has been designed for upgrading the existing HUMSA SONAR system of the Indian Naval platforms and AIDSS is a distress SONAR is an Emergency Sound Signalling Device which is used to indicate that a submarine is in distress and enable quick rescue and salvage.

NACS on the other hand will determine the in-situ performance of the SONAR systems which are used to find the frequency-dependent 3-D transmission and reception characteristics of the SONAR. It is also used to measure the magnitude and phase characteristics of the SONAR transmission and reception electronics and the transducers.

2. Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) has estimated a drop of 7 percent in sugar output in India. Consider the following statements regarding the sugar industry in India:

1) India is world’s second largest sugar producer after Brazil.
2) Maharasthra is the biggest sugar producing Indian State.
3) Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) decides the national sugar prices.

Choose the correct answer:

a. Only 1
b. 1 and 3
c. 1 and 2
d. All of the above

Answer: c


Sugar industry is an important agro based industry that impacts rural livelihoods of many farmers and workers directly employed in sugar mills. India is the second largest producer of sugar in the world after Brazil and is also the largest consumer.

Under the ‘Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP)’ for sugarcane, the cane price announced by the Central Government is decided on the basis of the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) after consulting the State Governments and associations of sugar industry. The pricing may depend on following factors:

• Cost of production of sugarcane
• Return to the growers from alternative crops and the general trend of prices of agricultural commodities
• Availability of sugar to consumers at a fair price
• Price at which sugar produced from sugarcane is sold by sugar producers
• Recovery of sugar from sugarcane


3. The Supreme Court has refused to lift the ban on jallikattu as pleaded by the State government. Consider the following statements regarding Jallikuttu: 

1) Jallikuttu is a part of Pongal celebration in Tamil Naidu.
2) To protect wildlife and have compassion for living creatures is a DPSP in Indian Constitution.
3) Jallikuttu is a bull taming sport.

Choose the correct answer:

a. Only 1
b. 1 and 3
c. 1 and 2
d. All of the above

Answer: b


Jallikattu is a bull taming event held in Tamil Nadu as a part of Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. Bulls are bred specifically by people of the village for the event and a temple bull is like the head of all cattle in a village. After the event, tamed weak bulls are used for domestic activities and agriculture; meanwhile the untamable strong bulls are used for breeding the cows.

According to Article 51A, to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures shall be the Fundamental duty of every citizen of India.

4. China’s supercomputer ‘Sunway TaihuLight’ has topped the list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Consider the following facts about supercomputing in India:

1) PARAM 8000 is considered India's first supercomputer.
2) SahasraT by Indian Institute of Science has topped the rank among Indian supercomputers.

Choose the correct answer:

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Neither 1 nor 2
d. All of the above

Answer: d


Supercomputers play an important role in the field of computational science, and are used for a wide range of computationally intensive tasks in various fields, including quantum mechanics, weather forecasting, climate research, oil and gas exploration, molecular modeling and physical simulations.

India's supercomputer program was started in late 1980s.PARAM 8000 is considered India's first supercomputer. It was indigenously built in 1991 by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing. India has 9 systems on the Top500 list of world’s fastest supercomputers and SahasraT by Indian Institute of Science has topped the rank among Indian supercomputers.

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5. Hand-in-Hand is India’s joint military exercise with which country?

a. India and Nepal
b. India and China
c. India and Sri Lanka
d. India and Pakistan

Answer: b


Recently, the sixth meeting on hand in hand 2016 exercise was held at Pune. The basic objective of the training is enhancing confidence and trust between the two armies which may be called upon to grapple with anti terrorism operations under the UN mandate. The conduct of Joint Military Exercises is also an important step to uphold the values of Peace, Prosperity and Stability in the region.

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6.The Government of India has recently announced a committee under Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. Consider the following statement about the committee:

1) The committee has to form a strategy to accelerate the process of transforming India into a cashless economy.
2) The committee will identify and operationalise in the earliest possible time frame user-friendly digital payment options in all sectors of the economy.
3) The committee will execute an action plan on advocacy, awareness and handholding efforts among public, micro enterprises and other stakeholders.

Select the correct answer from the following codes:

a. 1 and 2 only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 only
d. All of these

Answer: a


The Union Government has recently announced the formation of new committee to form a strategy to accelerate the process of transforming India into a cashless economy.

The other members of the committee are the Secretary of the Department of Financial Services, Secretary of Department Of Industrial Policy & Promotion and Secretary of Department of Investment and Public Asset Management, Secretaries of the IT and Rural Development Ministries, Managing Director of the National Payments Corporation of India and the Chairman of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

The task of the committee is to identify various obstructions affecting access of digital payments. The committee was constituted following a directive from the Prime Minister’s Office to back up the demonetization move.


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