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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: January 2017 Questions IX

Jan 23, 2017 12:14 IST

    Current Affairs Quiz

    The importance of current affairs in IAS Prelims Exam has been evident from the last year IAS Prelims Exam 2016. So, IAS aspirants have to study current affairs on a daily basis. Here, in this article, we have provided a list of current affair quizzes quite important for IAS Prelims Exam preparation.

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    1. Karang, a small lake island has became first cashless island in India belongs to which of the following states of India?
    a. Kerala
    b. Tamil Nadu
    c. Manipur
    d. Odisha

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Karang, a small lake island in Manipur has become India’s first cashless island recently. The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology have declared the island as the country’s first cashless island under its Digital India programme. M Harekrishna, Deputy Commissioner of Bishnupur district, confirmed that the island fulfilled the Union Government’s necessary criteria to be declared as cashless island. The campaign to make the island cashless was held from 9 January to 12 January 2017. Karang Island Boat Association and Panthoibi Khoyol Standard Association extended help in holding campaigns on cashless transactions. At present, most of the families residing in Karang go for cashless transactions. As of now, 400 beneficiaries, 16 merchants, including six motor boat service providers, have registered themselves. Earlier in 2015, Akodara, a village in Gujarat, had attained the unique status to be India’s first digital village.

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    2. ISRO to launch record 103 satellites at one go in February, 2017. Consider the following statements regarding ISRO’s record launch of satellite at one go:
    I. India’s space agency ISRO will launch a record 103 satellites — all but three of them foreign — at one go on a single rocket in the first week of February in what will be a major feat not attempted by any country.
    II. The highest number of satellites launched in a single mission is 37, a record that Russia set in 2014. The US space agency NASA launched 29.
    III. The satellite will be 100 micro-small satellites, which will be launched using a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle)-C37.

    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 India looks to grab a larger segment of the lucrative commercial space market, 100 of the 103 satellites set for launch by ISRO’s workhorse rocket PSLV-C37 in February from from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh belong to foreign nations, including the US and Germany.

    India’s space agency ISRO will launch a record 103 satellites — all but three of them foreign — at one go on a single rocket in the first week of February in what will be a major feat not attempted by any country. These will be 100 micro-small satellites, which will be launched using a PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle)-C37. The weight of the payload will be 1350 kgs, of which 500-600 kgs will be the satellite’s weight. The launch will be a major feat in country’s space history as no exercise on this scale has been attempted before. Last year ISRO launched record 20 satellites at one go.

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    3. Which of the following new plant species reported from Kerala?
    a. Phyllanthus balakrishnanii
    b. Isachne edamalayarensis
    c. Fimbristylis pokkudaniana
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    A team led by C.N.Sunil, Associate Professor, SNM College, Maliankara in Kerala, has published their findings in three international journals. One of the new species, named Phyllanthus balakrishnanii, was discovered from the rocky mountains of Shoolamudi hills, the highest peak in the Edamalayar forest range, Ernakulam. Belonging to the gooseberry family, the shrub is distinguished by its red warted fruits. The plant was named after N.P.Balakrishnan, former scientist, Botanical Survey of India, who conducted the detailed survey of the gooseberry group of plants in India.

    The second new species, Isachne edamalayarensis, was discovered from the marshy areas in the Variyam tribal colony in the Edamalayar forests and named after its habitat. The creeping perennial belongs to the grass family Poacaea. The finding has been reported in the Nordic Journal of Botany published from Sweden.
    The third new species, Fimbristylis pokkudaniana, belonging to the sedge family Cyperaceae was reported from Madayipara, a biodiversity- rich laterite area in Kannur. Growing upto 16 cm high and marked by dark brown inflorescence, the species was named after Pokkudan, an environmental activist known for his efforts to protect and propagate mangroves in North Kerala.

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    4. Recently, with which country did India signed the MOU on the Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency as per the provisions of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping?
    a. United Arab Emirates
    b. Kuwait
    c. Qatar
    d. Yemen

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates on the Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency.
    Some features of this MoU are as follows:

    • It will pave way for recognition of maritime education and training, certificates of competency, endorsements, training documentary evidence and medical fitness certificates for seafarers.
    • It will be recognised as issued by the Government of the other country in accordance with the provisions of the Convention, and cooperation between the two countries in training and management of seafarers.
    • It will ensure that the education, training and assessment of seafarers, as required by the STCW Convention, are administered and monitored in accordance with of the STCW Code.

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    5. Consider the following statements regarding the recently launched web portal ‘ShaGun’:
    I. ‘ShaGun’ has been launched under Ministry of Education.
    II. ‘ShaGun’ aims to capture and showcase innovations and progress in Elementary Education sector of India.
    III. ‘ShaGun’ involves continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

    Choose the correct statement(s):
    a. Only I
    b. I and II
    c. II and III
    d. All of the above

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The Ministry of Human Resource Development had launched a dedicated web portal ‘ShaGun’ for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. ShaGun has been coined from the words ‘Shala’ meaning Schools and ‘Gunvatta’ meaning Quality, has been developed with a twin track approach.

     ‘ShaGun’ aims to capture and showcase innovations and progress in Elementary Education sector of India by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

    • It is the Repository with an engaging interface that focuses on positive stories and developments in the field of School Education.
    • Secondly, it has an online monitoring module to measure state-level performance and progress against key educational indicators.

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