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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 10 February 2017

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    UPSC IAS prelims preparation requires a deep consolidation and fundamental knowledge of the current happenings. IAS Questions are mostly related to the Current affairs of the social and economic developments in the country.

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    1. Being faceless, paperless and cashless is one of the professed role of Digital India. Consider the following statements regarding cashless India:

    1) e-Khareed Portal was created to provide a single point access to the information on procurement made across various Government of India Ministries and the line Departments.
    2) Kerala is the first Indian state to establish a Cashless System.
    Which of the above statements is correct?

    a. Only 1
    b. 1 and 2
    c. Only 2
    d. None of the above

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Cashless Transaction (India) refers to the Cashless India Campaign and e-Khareed Portal. The former brought about by the Digital India initiative and indirectly by the 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation in an effort to remove Indian black money. The latter brought about in 2012 to reduce corruption in India and increase transparency in Government procurement processes.

    e-Khareed / e-Procurement Portal was created to provide a single point access to the information on procurement made across various Government of India Ministries and the line Departments.

    Ministry for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution congratulated Gujarat on becoming the first state in the country for establishing the cashless distribution of food grain.

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    2. Arunachal Pradesh has become the first North Eastern state to implement e-cabinet in the country. Consider the following statements regarding the E-cabinet:

    1) The e-Cabinet solution facilitates the cabinet members to access the cabinet notes before the meeting.
    2) Once the state adopts the e-Cabinet system completely, the average length of the cabinet meetings will go down from 4-5 hours to just 30-90 minutes.
    3) It is implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

    Which of the above statements is true?

    a.    Only 1
    b.    1 and 2
    c.    3 and 1
    d.    1, 2 and 3

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Arunachal Pradesh became the first state in the northeast to implement an e-Cabinet solution for the state cabinet members. With the e-Cabinet solution, the Arunachal Pradesh Government plans to streamline its decision-making process.

    The e-Cabinet solution facilitates the cabinet members to access the cabinet notes before the meeting. Moreover, the entire business of the Cabinet can be conducted using the system.

    Once the state adopts the e-Cabinet system completely, the average length of the cabinet meetings will go down from 4-5 hours to just 30-90 minutes. It will also help the government to eliminate the need to print and deliver thousands of pages of documents.

    • The e-Cabinet solution is a multi-user secure solution that keeps relevant information organised and updated in real time. Therefore, it will provide the ministers with a clear overview of each item under discussion.
    • It is implemented by the department of Information Technology and Communication.
    • It will allow the ministers to arrange cabinet meetings, conduct them and review minutes, entirely without paper.
    • It will give remote access to the ministers to view Cabinet notes. With the help of the system, the notes can be circulated well in advance for proper analysis and feedback.

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    3. In Which Indian state has the first National Women’s Parliament inaugurated recently?

    a. Kerala
    b. Karnataka
    c. Andhra Pradesh
    d. Tamil Nadu

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    India’s first National Women’s Parliament (NWP) began on 10 February 2017 in Amravati, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh. The three-day conference, which is the first of its kind, is being organised by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. The theme of the conference is 'Empowering Women - Strengthening Democracy'.

    The major objective is to establish a connect between women from diverse backgrounds like politics, social sector, education, sports, industry, media, cinema, arts & culture, judiciary and students by providing them a platform for deliberations, discussions, debates, mentoring and for evolving reciprocal and continuing engagement of all women-centric issues and challenges.

    The platform of the National Women’s Parliament will enable and encourage the social, political and economic empowerment of women in all strata of the society.

    4. Ministry of Water Resources has announced setting up of a Committee of Secretaries to speed up the implementation of Namami Ganga Programme. Consider the following statements regarding the Namami Ganga Programme:

    1) The Namami Ganga program would be implemented by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and its state counterpart organisations.
    2) The program emphasis on improved coordination mechanisms between various Ministries/Agencies of Central and State governments.
    3) The programme also focuses on involving the States and grassroots level institutions such as Urban Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions in implementation.

    Which of the above statements is correct?

    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The government has announced setting up of a Committee of Secretaries to speed up the implementation of Namami Ganga Programme. The Committee will meet at least once in a fortnight.

     “Namami Ganga” Program integrates the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga River in a comprehensive manner. The program would be implemented by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and its state counterpart organisations i.e., State Program Management Groups (SPMGs). The program emphasis on improved coordination mechanisms between various Ministries/Agencies of Central and State governments.

    The programme also focuses on involving the States and grassroots level institutions such as Urban Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions in implementation.

    5. The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing a MoU between India and Senegal in the field of health and medicine. Which of the following countries does not surround Senegal?

    a. Mauritania
    b. Mali
    c. Guinea
    d. South Africa

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Senegal in the field of health and medicine.
    The main areas of cooperation facilitated by the MoU are integrated disease surveillance, medical research, emergency relief, hospital management, drugs and pharmaceutical products/hospital equipment, traditional medicine, aids control and any other areas of mutual interest

    Senegal is a country in West Africa and it is bordered by Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the south-east, and Guinea-Bissau to the south-west. Senegal also borders The Gambia, a country occupying a narrow sliver of land along the banks of the Gambia River, which separates Senegal's southern region of Casamance from the rest of the country. Senegal also shares a maritime border with Cape Verde. Senegal's economic and political capital is Dakar.

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