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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 3 March 2017

Mar 3, 2017 11:51 IST

    Current Affairs Quiz

    The current affairs quizzes provided in this article have been created from the recent event published either by PIB or The Hindu newspaper. Both PIB and The Hindu newspaper   as the most authentic source of current affairs preparation for IAS Exam.

    Here, for the convenience of the IAS aspirants, we are continuously providing the current affairs quizzes on daily basis. Such current affairs quizzes are going to be very useful for the upcoming IAS Prelims Exam 2017.

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017- 2 March 2017

    1. The ‘Working Group on Migration’ set by the government of India has submitted its Report recently. Consider the following recommendations made by the committee:
    I. The Protocols of the Registrar General of India needs to be amended to enable caste-based enumeration of migrants so that they can avail the attendant benefits in the States to which migration takes place.
    II. Migrants should be enabled to avail benefits of Public Distribution System (PDS) in the Destination State by providing for inter-State operability of PDS.
    III. States should be encouraged to proactively eliminate the requirement of domicile status to prevent any discrimination in work and employment.

    Which of the above statements is correct?
    a. I and II
    b. II and III
    c. I and III
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The ‘Working Group on Migration’ set by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation 2015 who submitted their Report to the Government. The Working Group has recommendations as follows:
    • The Protocols of the Registrar General of India needs to be amended to enable caste-based enumeration of migrants so that they can avail the attendant benefits in the States to which migration takes place.
    • It also recommended that migrants should be enabled to avail benefits of Public Distribution System (PDS) in the Destination State by providing for inter-State operability of PDS.
    • States should be encouraged to proactively eliminate the requirement of domicile status to prevent any discrimination in work and employment.
    • States are also to be asked to include migrant children in the Annual Work Plans under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) to uphold their Right to Education.
    • The vast network of post offices needs to be made effective use of by reducing the cost of transfer of money to avoid informal remittances.
    • It also suggested that migrants should be enabled to open bank accounts by asking banks to adhere to RBI guidelines regarding Know Your Customer (KYC) norms and not insist on documents that were not required.
    • The Group suggested that the hugely underutilised Construction Workers Welfare Cess Fund should be used to promote rental housing, working Women Hostels etc., for the benefit of migrants.

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    2. Aleppo report of the Unites Nations accuses all sides of brutal war crimes. With which war is Aleppo report concerned with?
    a. Sri-Lankan Civil War
    b. Bangladesh Civil War
    c. Syrian Civil War
    d. Ukrainian Civil War

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The UN-established commission has issued a damning report on human rights violations in Syria's war-ravaged Aleppo, accusing both sides to the conflict of committing war crimes. The commission gathered evidence to confirm witness accounts that the Syrian and Russian governments used prohibited cluster munitions on civilians in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, suggesting the deliberate destruction of hospitals with repeated airstrikes, among other rights violations.

    Cluster munitions release smaller "bomblets" that cover a wider area than regular bombs and are criticised for causing damage beyond intended targets. Aleppo was once Syria’s largest city, with a population of about 2.3 million. It was also the country’s industrial and financial centre. The old city is a Unesco World Heritage site and was famous for its 13th Century citadel and 12th Century Great Mosque.

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    3. Recently, a maiden Anti-Ship Missile has been successfully conducted by:
    a. DRDO
    b. Indian Navy
    c. ISRO
    d. NARL

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Recently, the Indian Navy has successfully conducted the maiden firing of an Anti-Ship missile from the first of the indigenously built Kalvari class submarines, during a test firing in the Arabian Sea.

    The missile successfully hit a surface target at extended ranges during the trial firing, held this morning. This missile launch is a significant milestone, not only for the Kalvari, which is the first in a series of Scorpene class submarines being built in India, but also in enhancing the Indian Navy’s sub-surface warfare capability.
    All six Kalvari class submarines being built in India will be equipped with this anti-ship missile, which has a proven record in combat. These missiles will provide the submarines the ability to neutralise surface threats at extended ranges.

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    4. Recently, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over which of the following products for induction into the Indian Army?
    a. Weapon Locating Radar (WLR), SWATHI,
    b. NBC Recce vehicle
    c. NBC Drugs
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over three of its products for induction into the Indian Army. The products are namely (i) Weapon Locating Radar (WLR), SWATHI, (ii) NBC Recce vehicle and (iii) NBC Drugs. The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar who presided the function handed over the products to the Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on behalf of DRDO.

    The NBC Recce Vehicle Mk-I, is developed by Vehicles Research & Development Establishment (VRDE) for carrying out post event recce of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Contaminated areas. It is capable of collecting solid and liquid samples of biologically contaminated areas, mark the nuclear and chemical contamination zone and transfer the recce data speedily to support formations. On the successful development of NBC RV Mk-I in association with DL, Jodhpur, and the equipment was approved for induction into the Services.

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    5. Measles is highly infectious and is one of the major childhood killer diseases. Consider the following statements regarding the India's ambitious target of eliminating measles and controlling congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), caused by the rubella virus, by 2020:
    I. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “a single dose of rubella vaccine gives more than 95% long-lasting immunity.”
    II. All children aged nine months and 15 years will be administered a single dose of the combination vaccine.
    III. Of the 1, 34,000 measles deaths globally in 2015, an estimated 47,000 occurred in India.

    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:

    Buoyed by the elimination of polio six years ago and maternal and neonatal tetanus and yaws in 2016, India has set an ambitious target of eliminating measles and controlling congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), caused by the rubella virus, by 2020. While two doses of measles vaccine given at 9-12 months and 16-24 months have already been part of the national immunisation programme, it is the first time that the rubella vaccine has been included in the programme. Since the rubella vaccines will piggy-back on the measles elimination programme, there will be very little additional cost.

    Measles is highly infectious and is one of the major childhood killer diseases. Of the 1, 34,000 measles deaths globally in 2015, an estimated 47,000 occurred in India. The introduction of the second dose of the measles vaccine and an increase in vaccine coverage have led to a sharp decline in deaths in India — from an estimated 1,00,000 deaths in 2010 to 47,000 in 2015. Unlike measles, rubella is a mild viral infection that mainly occurs in children. But a woman infected with the rubella virus during the early stage of pregnancy has a 90% chance of transmitting it to the foetus. The virus can cause hearing impairments, eye and heart defects and brain damage in newborns, and even spontaneous abortion and foetal deaths. Of the 1, 10,000 children born with CRS every year globally, an estimated 40,000 cases occur in India alone.

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