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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 2 March 2017

Mar 2, 2017 11:34 IST

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    Ias aspirants should work towards simplifying the current issues and bring out the conceptual clarity on important issues. This can only be achieved by practising current affairs based MCQs and questions every day. The Current Affairs section of the IAS Prelims Exam holds great significance in the new ias pattern question paper.

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    1. Recently, Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) evaluated major cities to highlight urban governance. Consider the following statements regarding this:

    1) The ASICS report is designed to help city leaders pinpoint issues in urban governance in their cities and help them chalk out a reform roadmap to make them more livable.
    2) The survey found that the 21 cities generate just 37% of the amount they spend on average.
    3) Pune has topped the list on urban governance.

    Which of the above statements is correct?

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

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The ASICS report is designed to help city leaders pinpoint issues in urban governance in their cities and help them chalk out a reform roadmap to make them more livable. The City-Systems framework comprises four distinct but inter-related components urban planning and design, urban capacities and resources; empowered and legitimate political representation and transparency, accountability and participation.

    Thiruvananthapuram is the first place. Pune is ranked second, while Kolkata retains its third slot. The survey found that the 21 cities generate just 37% of the amount they spend on average, with Patna raising only 17% on its own. Only Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune generate over 50% of the amount they spend from their own revenue.

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    2. The Madras high court directed the Tamil Nadu to eradicate seemai karuvelam trees (prosopis juliflora) in the state. Consider the following reasons why seemai trees are being eradicated:

    1) Prosopis juliflora has become an invasive weed.
    2) The seemai karuvelam trees that sucks a lot of water has invaded into water bodies.
    3) The seemai karuvelam trees emit more oxygen.
    4) Such trees roots change the ground water poisonous.

    Which of the above statements is true?

    a. 1 and 3
    b. 1, 2 and 4
    c. 1, 3 and 4
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The Madras high court directed the Tamil Nadu to eradicate seemai karuvelam trees (prosopis juliflora) in the state.
    Acacia Nilotica or Acacia Arabica, the biological name for Karuvelam trees are to be eradicated because it absorbs as much as four litres of water to produce one kg of biomass. The species is also known to germinate very fast and it spreads easily as a weed.

    It never shelters birds because they produce less oxygen but emits more carbon dioxide. It also affects soil nutrients. It makes it the surrounding drought. If there is no rain it starts absorbing underground water & if there is no underground water they absorb the humidity from the air surrounding it. Moreover, its roots change the ground water poisonous.

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    3. Consider the following statements regarding the much in news bilateral exercise called Al Nagah-II:

    1) Al Nagah-II 2017a 14-day joint defence exercise between India and Oman
    2) The aim of the exercise is to build and promote bilateral naval relations and enhance interoperability.

    Which of the above statements is true?

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

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    In an effort to build bilateral military-to-military relations and skills, a 14-day joint defence exercise 'Al-Nagah-II' between the armies of India and Oman will begin in Himachal Pradesh. This is the second joint military exercise between the two countries which have a history of extensive cooperation in the defence arena. The participating troops for this exercise have been drawn from one infantry battalion each from the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman.

    The aim of the exercise is to build and promote bilateral Army-to-Army relations and enhance interoperability while exchanging skills and experiences between the Indian Army and the Royal Army of Oman. The aim is also to qualitatively enhance knowledge of each other's military procedures thus increasing the scope for interoperability and better responsiveness to a common threat.

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    4. An interceptor missile Advanced Area Defence (AAD) has been successfully launched by which of the following organisation of India?

    a. Indian Space Research Organisation
    b. Defence Research and Development Organization
    c. Indian Institute Space Science and Technology
    d. Department of Space

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    DRDO conducted the successful launch of the interceptor missile Advanced Area Defence (AAD) at 1015 hrs today from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. The endo-atmospheric missile, capable of intercepting incoming targets at an altitude of 15 to 25 kms successfully destroyed the incoming missile. All the mission objectives were successfully met.

    The weapon system radars tracked the target and provided the initial guidance to the interceptor which could precisely home on to the target and destroyed it in endo-atmospheric layer. The complete event including the engagement and destruction was tracked by a number of electro-optical tracking systems using infrared imagery.

    Radars and telemetry stations tracked the target and the interceptor till the destruction of the target. The launch has proved the Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) prowess of the country.

    5. Which of the following states has decided to celebrate the festival Namami Brahmaputra?

    a. Sikkim
    b. Assam
    c. West Bengal
    d. Arunachal Pradesh

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Recently, the Chief Minister of Assam has announced that the Namami Brahmaputra Festival will be organised in the first week of April 2017. Namami Brahmaputra, which means “Obeisance to the Brahmaputra”, will showcase the beauty and glory of the mighty river and the land it flows through. It will also help to highlight Assam’s potential in the global platform, bringing economic opportunities and development, Chief Minister Sonowal said.

    The festival will promote the Brahmaputra as a tourist attraction. The Brahmaputra that is the lifeline of Assam is the strength of the economy and Namami Brahmaputra will promote it in a bigger way. There are more than 2,300 islands in the river and visitors will have the unique experience of seeing them first-hand.

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