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

Jan 30, 2017 14:45 IST

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    Current affairs section is one of the important sections of IAS Prelims Exam and it needs practice on daily basis. Everyday practice of current affairs quizzes must be an essential part of civils preparation. Here, in this article, we have provided list of current affair quizzes quite important for IAS Prelims Exam preparation.

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    1. In which of the following places in India, the two new species of songbird named as Sholicola and Montecincla respectively have been found?
    a. Western Ghat
    b. Eastern Ghat
    c. Andaman and Nicobar
    d. Lakshadweep

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    In the Western Ghats, the fragmented forests of the highest ranges have divulged a secret that is music to the ears of naturalists. Researchers exploring these “sky islands” have designated two new endemic genera and a new species of songbird. The research published in the latest issue of BMC Evolutionary Biology was undertaken by V. V. Robin; Sushma Reddy; C .K. Vishnudas; Pooja Gupta; Frank E. Rheindt; Daniel M. Hooper and Uma Ramakrishnan.

    The research team has designated two new genera, the Western Ghats short-wings as Sholicola (closely related to flycatchers) and the laughing thrushes as Montecincla (closely related to babblers). The newly described Sholicola Ashambuensis is confined to the Agasthyar Malai mountain ranges. The species in the Montecincla genera include Montecincla jerdoni, Montecincla cachinnans, Montecincla fairbanki and Montecincla meridionalis belongs to Montecincla genus. Sholicola major and Sholicola albiventris belongs to Sholicola genus.

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    2. Scientists of which of the following premier institutes of India are likely to unveil a computerised model that can forecast the impact of climate change on the Indian monsoon until 2100?
    a. IIT Kanpur
    b. Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)
    c. IIT Kharagpur
    d. Indian Institute of Science

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Scientists of Pune based the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) are likely to unveil in December a computerised model that can forecast the impact of climate change on the Indian monsoon until 2100.

    The computerised model is significant because it is the first time India will be submitting a home-grown assessment to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a body convened by the United Nations and highly influential to policymakers and governments on the risks posed by climate change. A test version of the model is already available on websites of research groups affiliated to the IPCC.

    The IPCC summarises projections from such models, developed by scientists from around the world, to report on the level of consensus, among scientists, of the extent to which specific pollutants and gases — from carbon dioxide to particulate matter — interfere with weather patterns and ocean temperatures.

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    3. India ranks 76 among 168 countries in latest Corruption Perception Index 2016 released by Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI). Consider the following statements regarding Corruption Perception Index 2016:
    I. India shares its rank along with six other countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Thailand, Tunisia and Zambia.
    II. China fared worse than India and Brazil at rank 83 with a score of 37.
    III. While Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland and Sweden — topped the chart with their clean public sectors as in previous years, strife-torn or repressive states — Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia — form the bottom rung of the CPI ladder.

    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:

    Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based corruption watchdog has put India at rank 76 out of 168 countries in its latest Corruption Perception Index.
    India’s 2015 corruption perception score remains the same as last year’s – 38/100 – showing lack of improvement. India shares its rank along with six other countries: Brazil, Burkina Faso, Thailand, Tunisia and Zambia. China fared worse than India and Brazil at rank 83 with a score of 37. TI has also noted that Pakistan is the only country among the SAARC countries, to have improved its score this year, though its rank remains poor at 117.

    Major scandals such as the one in Brazil’s state oil giant Petrobras involving massive kick-backs have resulted in the country's rankings plunging sharply this year. Graft allegations surrounding Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has also been cited as an instance of why that country scored poorly at 50 over its last year’s score of 52.

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    4. Many activists are opposing the much in news Yettinahole diversion project. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    I. Yettinahole River is a tributary of River Cauvery.
    II. The Karnataka state cabinet decided to implement the Yettinahole project.

    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: b

    Explanation:

    The Yettinahole project envisages pumping about 24 tmc ft of water from Yettinahole, a tributary of River Netravathi. It involves construction of dams and reservoir, pumping of water, flowing of water with gravitational force and finally filling of lakes. As per the project, 24 tmc ft of water from Yettinahole and a couple of other tributaries of Netravathi River will be drawn by constructing minor dams.

    The project envisages diverting the water to drought prone Chikkaballapur, Kolur, Tumkur and Bangalore rural districts. The Yettinahole Project has come in for very strong opposition from environmental groups.

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    5. Consider the following statements regarding the much in news word,” TROPEX 17”?
    I. TROPEX 17 is the Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise.
    II. This exercise is aimed at testing combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard.

    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:

    The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX) is a month long exercise which has ships and aircraft of both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands, as also assets from the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard exercising together.

    TROPEX 17 assumes special significance in the backdrop of the current security scenario. The exercise is aimed at testing combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard. It will also strengthen inter-operability and joint operations in a complex environment.

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