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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 22 February 2017

Feb 22, 2017 12:20 IST

    Current Affairs Quiz

    By wasting no time the IAS aspirants should gear up for the upcoming IAS Prelims Exam 2017. Here, we have provided a current affairs quiz for the preparation IAS Prelims Exam.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 21 February 2017

    1. Recently, India has sanctioned an amount of USD 340 million to which of the following country?
    a. Afghanistan
    b. Nepal
    c. Syria
    d. Israel

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Recently, India has sanctioned a soft loan of USD 340 million to Nepal. The loan amount will be used in developing various infrastructure development programmes in Nepal. Suresh Prabhu was in Kathmandu, Nepal to attend the 'Nepal Infrastructure Summit 2017'. While delivering the keynote address at the summit, Suresh Prabhu said Infrastructure is a pre-requisite for development. Under this programme, Mahalaki Bridge and 15 roads will be constructed in various parts of Nepal. On the occasion of this handing over ceremony, Suresh Prabhu expressed India’s commitment to strengthen infrastructure in Nepal.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017- 20th February 2017

    2. Recently, India has signed an agreement with Japan on enhancing railway safety in the Indian Railways. Consider the following statements regarding the Memorandum of Cooperation between India and Japan:
    I. India signed an agreement with Japan last week on enhancing railway safety in the Indian Railways with focus on railway track and rolling stock safety.
    II. The areas of cooperation include rail inspection, rail wielding and providing automatic railway track safety inspection, maintenance of rolling stock.

    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:

    India signed an agreement with Japan last week on enhancing railway safety in the Indian Railways with focus on railway track and rolling stock safety. The Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between Railway Board Chairman and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan Vice-Minister.

    The areas of cooperation include rail inspection, rail wielding and providing automatic railway track safety inspection, maintenance of rolling stock and “any other relevant railway safety matters jointly determined by both sides” with the aim to prevent major rail accidents.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims Exam 2017- February Week 3

    3. Consider the following statements regarding the NITI Aayog’s two incentive schemes for digital payment:
    I. It has been 2 years from the launch of NITI Aayog’s two incentive schemes – Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana to promote digital payments.
    II. The initiative to make Digital Payments a mass movement in India through the two schemes has made headway across the country with more and more people adopting digital transactions.
    III. According to the latest figures released by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), nearly 10 lakh consumers and merchants have been disbursed over Rs.153.5 crore as reward money till 20th February, 2017.

    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: c

    Explanation:

    It has been 58 days since the launch of NITI Aayog’s two incentive schemes – Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana to promote digital payments and the public response has been quite encouraging. The initiative to make Digital Payments a mass movement in India through the two schemes has made headway across the country with more and more people adopting digital transactions.

    According to the latest figures released by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), which has been executing the schemes, nearly 10 lakh consumers and merchants have been disbursed over Rs.153.5 crore as reward money till 20th February, 2017.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims Exam 2017- February Week 2

    4. The government has approved construction of more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). Consider the following statements:
    I. PMAY (Urban) will provide central assistance for rehabilitation of existing slum dwellers using land as a resource and Credit Linked Subsidy.
    II. PMAY (Urban) is implemented under the Ministry of Urban Development.

    Which of the above statements is correct?
    a. Only I
    b. Only II
    c. Both I and II
    d. Neither I nor II

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation approved construction of 90,095 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) with an investment and central assistance. The Mission will be implemented during 2015-2022 and will provide central assistance to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and other implementing agencies through States/UTs for:

    • In-situ Rehabilitation of existing slum dwellers using land as a resource through private participation
    • Credit Linked Subsidy
    • Affordable Housing in Partnership
    • Subsidy for Beneficiary-led individual house construction/enhancement.

    Credit linked subsidy component will be implemented as a Central Sector Scheme while other three components will be implemented as Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).

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    5. Recently, scientists have used the soybean to make the world’s strongest material graphene commercially more viable. Consider the following characteristics of graphene:
    a. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick.
    b. The thin composition and high conductivity of graphene means it is used in applications ranging from miniaturised electronics to biomedical devices.
    c. The uses of graphene ranges from improving battery performance in energy devices, to cheaper solar panels.
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick. Its thin composition and high conductivity means it is used in applications ranging from miniaturised electronics to biomedical devices.

    These properties also enable thinner wire connections; providing extensive benefits for computers, solar panels, batteries, sensors and other devices. The potential applications of graphene include water filtration and purification, renewable energy, sensors, personalised healthcare and medicine, to name a few.

    Graphene has excellent electronic, mechanical, thermal and optical properties as well. Its uses range from improving battery performance in energy devices, to cheaper solar panels.

    Complete study material of Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2017

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