In order to check the level of preparation, the IAS aspirant should do the practice of a lot of questions before IAS Prelims Exam to be held on 18 June 2017. The practice of such current affairs questions will give an immense level of confidence which will enhance the chance of scoring well in IAS Prelims Exam.
1. Recently, which of the following ships of Indian Navy has been decommissioned?
a. INS Viraat
b. INS Vikramaditya
c. INS Shakti
d. INS Kolkata
A glorious era of INS Viraat being the flag ship of the Indian Navy came to an end on 7th March 2017. INS Viraat, the second Centaur-Class aircraft carrier in service which has spent 30 years in the Indian Navy and 27 years in the Royal Navy, was decommissioned on the day, in a solemn yet grand ceremony at Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. The decommissioning ceremony was attended by more than 1300 personnel who have served on board INS Viraat.
INS Viraat holds the world record as mentioned in the Guinness Book of records for being the longest serving warship of the world. The ship which was the centrepiece of the Navy, housed the fighters Sea Harriers of INAS 300, popularly called “White Tigers”, Anti Submarine aircraft Sea king Mk 42B - also known as “Harpoons” -, Sea King Mk 42 C and the SAR helicopter Chetak as an integral flight. The indigenous Advance Light Helicopters ‘Dhruv’ and the Russian twin rotor Kamov-31 have also operated from the ship. The Sea Harrier fleet was decommissioned at Goa on 11 May 2016.
2. Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the India's accession to the Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention). Consider the following statements regarding the Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets:
I. The Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets, 1975 (TIR Convention), is an international transit system under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
II. The convention is to facilitate the seamless movement of goods within and amongst the Parties to the Convention and at present there are 70 parties to the Convention, including the European Union.
III. The Convention will help Indian traders to have access to fast, easy, reliable and hassle free international system for movement of goods by road or multi- modal means across the territories of other contracting parties.
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
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for India's accession to the Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) and for completion of necessary procedures for ratification, for its entry into force. The Convention will help Indian traders to have access to fast, easy, reliable and hassle free international system for movement of goods by road or multi- modal means across the territories of other contracting parties.
After joining the convention, the need for inspection of goods at intermediate borders as well as physical escorts en route shall be obviated due to reciprocal recognition of customs controls. Customs clearance can take place at internal Customs locations thereby avoiding clearances at Border Crossing Points and ports that may often be congested. Movement under the TIR can be allowed by checking only the seals and the external conditions of the load compartment or the container thereby reducing border delays, transport and transaction cost thereby leading to increased competitiveness and growth for the trade and transport sectors.
3. With which of the following country, India has signed a definitive agreement on Oil Storage and Management?
The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for signing of the Definitive Agreement on Oil Storage and Management between Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Ltd (ISPRL) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) of UAE.
As per the Agreement, the ADNOC will fill up 0.81 MMT or 5,860,000 million barrels of crude oil at ISPRL storage facility at Mangalore, Karnataka. Out of the crude stored, some part will be used for commercial purpose of ADNOC, while a major part will be purely for strategic purposes. The signing of the Agreement will augment India's energy security. India and UAE are strategic partners. The investment by ADNOC is a major investment from UAE under the High Level Task Force on Investment (HLTFI) and the first investment by UAE in India in the energy sector.
4. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published its first ever list of antibiotic-resistant 12 families of bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health. Consider the following statements regarding the WHO list:
I. The list was part of efforts to address the problem of growing global resistance to antimicrobial medicines.
II. None of these 12 superbugs are present in India.
Which of the above statements is correct?
a. Only I
b. Only II
c. Both I and II
d. Neither I nor II
The World Health Organization for the first time has issued a list of the top 12 "priority pathogens." They're disease-causing bacteria that are increasingly resistant to antibiotics.
Yet the development of new antibiotics to treat them has slowed to a crawl. WHO considers its new list is an attempt to get Drug Company and public research labs to make it a priority to collaborate on new treatments for the bacteria that pose the greatest threat to human health.
Critical: The highest priority is research and development for three families of multidrug resistant bacteria, including E. coli, that often prove fatal in hospitals and nursing homes.
High priority: These are a grab bag of multidrug-resistant microbes including gonorrhea, staph infections and salmonella. They spread very easily and we don't have any other way of preventing them.
Medium: This category includes Haemophilus influenzae, which can cause a wide range of infections, particularly in children, and penicillin-resistant streptococcus bacteria.
5. The Lakkaram tank of Kakatiya period here has received a new lease of life under the Mission Kakatiya scheme. Consider the following statements regarding the Kakatiya dynasty:
I. The Kakatiya dynasty was a South Indian dynasty whose capital was Warangal.
II. The Koh-i-Noor Diamond was mined and first owned by the Kakatiya Dynasty.
III. The name ‘Mission Kakatiya’ is given in the remembrance and tribute to the Kakatiya rulers who developed large number of the irrigation tanks.
Which of the above statements is correct?
a. I and II
b. II and III
c. I and III
d. All of the above
The Kakatiya dynasty was a South Indian dynasty whose capital was Orugallu, now known as Warangal. It was eventually conquered by the Delhi Sultanate. The demise of Kakatiya dynasty resulted in confusion and anarchy under alien rulers for some time. Mission Kakatiya is the Telangana government’s flagship programme aimed at restoring minor irrigation sources like tanks and other water bodies to help small and marginal farmers. The name ‘Mission Kakatiya’ is given in the remembrance and tribute to the Kakatiya rulers who developed large number of the irrigation tanks.
The Koh-i-Noor Diamond, which is now among the jewels set in the British Crown, was mined and first owned by the Kakatiya Dynasty. Since the end of 13th Century and the early of 14th Century, Kakatiya Kingdom faced several attacks by the Delhi Sultanate. The attacks started under Alauddin Khilji’s rule and it is said that it is during this time that the Koh-i-Noor went into the hands of the Delhi Sultanate.