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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 6 March 2017

Mar 6, 2017 12:00 IST

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    The Importance of Current Affairs in the ias prelims exam examination is gaining momentum as most of the questions are inspired from the current scenario of the country. The Current Affairs section of the IAS Prelims Exam holds great significance in the new ias pattern question paper.

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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. Here, we cover important issues from the most authentic sources like PIB and PTI.

    We will continue to provide the current affairs questions for IAS Prelims 2017 to help you gain a better perception of how questions can be asked in the examination.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2017: February 2017

    1. One of the world’s largest nesting grounds of Olive Ridley sea turtles are getting destroyed due to shrinking coastal space. Consider the following statements regarding the Olive Ridley sea turtles engendered status:

    1) Olive Ridley sea turtle has found a place in Schedule – I of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 (amended 1991).
    2) The sea turtle is protected under the ‘Migratory Species Convention’ but not CITES (Convention of International Trade on Wildlife Flora and Fauna).
    3) All the species of sea turtles in the coastal water of Odisha are listed as “endangered” as per IUCN Red Data Book.

    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: c

    Explanation:

    Olive Ridley sea turtle has found a place in Schedule – I of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 (amended 1991). All the species of sea turtles in the coastal water of Odisha are listed as “endangered” as per IUCN Red Data Book.
    The sea turtle is protected under the ‘Migratory Species Convention’ and CITES (Convention on International Trade on Wildlife Flora and Fauna). India is a signatory nation to all these conventions.

    Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary is a marine wildlife sanctuary located in Odisha is very famous for its nesting beach for olive ridley sea turtles. It is the one of world’s most important nesting beach for turtles. The ‘Homing’ characteristics of the Ridley sea turtles make them more prone to a mass casualty.

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    2. Recently, World Wildlife Day was celebrated on 3rd March with the theme of “Listen to the Young Voices.” The United Nations proclaimed the day of signature of the CITES convention, as UN World Wildlife Day. Consider the following statements regarding the CITES Convention:

    1) The focus of the convention is solely on the protection of species.
    2) It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species.
    3) Wild species are categorised in Appendices I to III which often reflects species threat status on the Red List of the IUCN.

    Which of the statements is correct?

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

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) works primarily through a system of classification and licensing. Wild species are categorised in Appendices I to III. This often reflects species’ threat status on the Red List of the IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species first created in 1964.

    The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international regulatory treaty between 182 member states. It was formed in 1973 and regulates the international trade in over 35,000 wild species of plants and animals.

    The focus of the convention is not solely on the protection of species. It also promotes controlled trade that is not detrimental to the sustainability of wild species. It has become the best-known conservation convention in the world.

    Appendix I prohibit trade in species classified as highly endangered. Appendix II allows trade under very specific conditions. This requires exporting countries obtain a permit, but not the importing country. Appendix III species require only a certificate of origin to be traded.

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    3. Kurukh, an endangered tribal language is set to get a new lease of life or revitalised in the Indian state of West Bengal. Consider the following statements regarding the Kurukh Language:

    1) Kurukh is a tribal language of the Dravidian family,
    2) It is spoken by the Oraon tribal community.
    3) The language is marked as being in a vulnerable state in UNESCO’s list of endangered languages.

    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:

    Kurukh is a member of the North Dravidian subfamily of Dravidian languages with Tolong Siki script, spoken by some 1.8 million people of the Oraon tribes of the Chota Nagpur plateau of east-central India. It is closely related to Sauria Paharia and Kumarbhag Paharia, which are often together referred to as Malto.

    The language is marked as being in a “vulnerable” state in UNESCO’s list of endangered languages. Jharkhand has recognised Kurukh as a language. West Bengal government is taking steps for the recognition of the Kurukh language of the Oraon community who live in Dooars. The language was given official status in the State last month.

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    4. A bilateral meeting was recently held in New Delhi between India and Canada focussed on expanding bilateral trade and investment between the Countries. Consider the following statements regarding the India-Canada trade and investment relations:

    I. Both the countries agreed to expedite the conclusion of Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) and Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).
    II. Both the countries agreed that the present trade which is in the range of $ 8 billion is much below its potential and there is a need to conclude CEPA in a time bound manner for ensuring higher levels of trade in goods and services.

    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:

    A bilateral meeting was recently held on 3rd February 2017 in New Delhi between visiting Canadian Minister of International Trade, Mr François-Philippe Champagne and Commerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. The two Ministers carried forward the discussion from the bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of World Economic Forum at Davos in January 2017. The discussion focussed on expanding bilateral trade and investment between the Countries. Both the Ministers agreed to expedite the conclusion of Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) and Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA).

    Both the Ministers agreed that the present trade which is in the range of $ 8 billion is much below its potential and there is a need to conclude CEPA in a time bound manner for ensuring higher levels of trade in goods and services. They directed the respective Chief Negotiators on both sides to agree on a timeline and conclude it as per the agreed timeline.

    Current Issues and Events

    5. The work on the disputed Shahpur Kandi Dam is about to resume. Consider the following statements regarding the Shahpur Kandi Dam:

    I. The project was being built at an estimated cost of Rs. 2285.81 crore (April 2008 price level) and is included in the Scheme of National Projects by Government of India.
    II. The construction of Shahpur Kandi project was taken up in May 1999 but later halted in 2014 due to the dispute between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
    III. The 55.5 high Shahpur Kandi dam, located in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

    Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

    a. Only I
    b. I and II
    c. I and III
    d. All of the above

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    In a major step today towards utilisation of India’s rights on Eastern Rivers of Indus basin, the mediation efforts of Ministry of Water Resources, RD&GR persuaded the States of J&K and Punjab to reach an agreement to resume works on Shahpur Kandi Dam project in Punjab/ J&K.

    The project was being built with an estimated cost of Rs. 2285.81 crore (April, 2008 price level) and is included in the Scheme of National Projects by Government of India. Under the scheme, MoWR, RD&GR provides central assistance at 90% of the balance cost of works component of irrigation and water supply. Both the States agreed that other issues will be referred to Arbitration mechanism provided in the agreement signed between two states of 1979 without affecting the progress of work.

    It was unanimously agreed that the work on the Shahpur Kandi Dam Project would resume as soon both the State Governments formally approve the agreed decisions. The 55.5 high Shahpur Kandi dam, located in Gurdaspur district of Punjab, will help in providing irrigation facility to 5000 hectares of land in Punjab and 32173 hectares in J&K besides generation of 206 MW power.

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