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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 17 February 2017

Feb 17, 2017 12:30 IST

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    The Importance of Current Affairs in ias exam is immense. Aspirants should study in depth to understand the significance of current affairs for UPSC.

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    1. Consider the following statements regarding the Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS II) which will be flagged off soon:

    1) Science Express intends to contribute towards increasing understanding of the science of climate change, the observed and anticipated impacts.
    2) The SECAS II is a unique collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Railways and Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC).
    3) Science Express has become the second largest most visited mobile science exhibition.

    Which of the above statements is correct?

    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1,2 and 3
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS II) will be flagged off from Safdarjung Railway station in Delhi.  Science Express, redesigned as SECAS, intends to contribute towards increasing understanding of the science of climate change, the observed and anticipated impacts, and different possible responses. Science Express has become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition.  It has six entries in the Limca Book of Records.

    The exhibition will convey a message about Climate Change and will also be a good opportunity to generate a dialogue and discussion. The state-of-the-art exhibition on board the SECAS aims to create awareness among various sections of society, as to how climate change can be combated through mitigation and adaptation.

    The SECAS II is a unique collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Railways and Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC). MoEFCC has asked Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to extend support in the endeavour.

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    2. What is the objective of the much in news portal, "TAMRA"?

    a. To speed up mining activity in India
    b. To facilitate all mine stakeholders to track the status of their clearances.
    c. To highlight the additional resources generated through e-auction.
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    TAMRA was created with an aim to speed up mining activity in India and facilitated all stakeholders to track the status of clearances linked to mining blocks for getting mines to reach till operationalisation for the same. Salient features of TAMRA are as follows:

    • It covers block-wise, mineral-wise and state-wise information of the mines to be auctioned.
    • It will also monitor various statutory clearances and highlight the additional resources generated through e-auction.
    • TAMRA platform will help in enhancing transparency and accountability in mining.
    • In the case of delay in obtaining any clearances, TAMRA will send triggers to the concerned authority. These triggers will help the authority to take the remedial steps immediately.
    • The triggers generated by TAMRA will also be sent to the ministry of mines, which will allow the ministry to expedite clearances in case the timelines set against each of the statutory clearances are not met.

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    3. Recently, a MoU was signed between Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Sasta Sahitya Mandal for Joint Publication of books. Consider the following statements regarding Sasta Sahitya Mandal:

    1) Sasta Sahitya Mandal is a Trust established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1925.
    2) Sasta Sahitya Mandal is mandated to promote, develop and publish high class literature in Gujarati.

    Which of the above statements is correct?

    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both 1 and 3
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Publications Division, a Media Unit under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Sasta Sahitya Mandal (SSM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint publication of books on heroes of freedom struggle, cultural leaders and other eminent personalities who worked towards Nation development.

    The agreement is a joint initiative between the two organisations to sensitise the young generation about India’s rich and diverse culture and history. It would promote the availability of good literature for the people on diverse topics.

    SSM is a Trust established by Mahatma Gandhi in 1925 and mandated to promote, develop and publish high-class literature in Hindi and to make it available to the public at affordable prices.

    Since its inception, SSM has brought out more than 2500 titles on Indian culture, heritage, Indian epics, & stories and has created a huge corpus of children literature to infuse in them the values of life and love for the nation and humanity.

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    4. The issue of triple talaq is in news recently. Consider the following statements regarding constitutional provisions and recent judgments under Article 13:

    I. A judicial declaration from a Constitution Bench under Article 13 that personal laws are liable to comply with the fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution would bring religious law, even un-codified practices, under judicial review.
    II. The Bombay High Court in State of Bombay versus Narasu Appa Mali had held that personal law is not ‘law’ under Article 13.
    III. As per the one of the judgment said that the phrase ‘customs and usages’ in Article 13 does not include personal laws of various religions.

    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:

    A Constitution Bench is set to hear the question whether triple talaq and polygamy violates the fundamental rights of Muslim women for which the Supreme Court said it has to examine if these personal law practices are the "fundamental traits" of the minority religion.

    In this context, the Centre’s question as to “whether personal law is ‘law’ under Article 13 of the Constitution?” is significant. Article 13, for one, is so inclusive in its ambit that the term ‘law’ in the constitutional provision includes anything from an “ordinance, order, by-law, rule, regulation, notification and even customs and usages” passed or made by the Legislature or any other “competent authority”.

    The Bombay High Court in State of Bombay versus Narasu Appa Mali had held that personal law is not ‘law’ under Article 13. The court had observed that reformation of personal laws is best left to the legislature as "chosen representatives of the people" and not the judiciary. It said the phrase ‘customs and usages’ in Article 13 does not include personal laws of various religions. It held that Article 44 (Uniform Civil Code) acquiesced the existence of varied personal laws. This 1951 judgment was never challenged in the Supreme Court.

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    5. Recently, the sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Indian Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy. Consider the following statements regarding Tarini:

    I. The Indian Navy’s second ocean going sailboat Tarini will be inducted at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool on evening of 18 February 2017.
    II. INSV Tarini carries a suite of six sails including a Main sail, Head sails (Genoa and stay sails), Downwind sails and Storm sail.

    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 second ocean going sailboat Tarini will be inducted at a ceremony scheduled to be held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool on evening of 18 February 2017.  INSV Tarini is a sloop built by M/s Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd at Divar, Goa. The sail boat Tarini is being inducted into the Navy and is slated to be the platform for First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe expedition of the Indian Navy.

    In order to promote ocean sailing activities and to encourage women empowerment, the Indian Navy conceptualized the idea of the First Indian All Women Circumnavigation of the Globe. These officers have done basic sail training courses at INWTC Mumbai followed by Navigation, Seamanship, Communication and Meteorology courses at various naval training schools at Kochi. After completion of theoretical courses, the officers sailed INSV Mhadei to Vizag for the International Fleet Review 2016 and thereafter to Mauritius and back.

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