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IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims: 13 December 2017

Dec 13, 2017 18:46 IST
    IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims 13 December 2017
    IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims 13 December 2017

    IAS preparation needs a consistent study of current affairs because of rising significance of current affairs in IAS Exam. Either in IAS Prelims Exam or in IAS Mains Exam, questions based on current issues dominate the question papers of UPSC IAS Exam.

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    Here, for IAS preparation, we have provided IAS preparation questions based on the important current issues which will help IAS aspirants to develop various dimensions required for cracking the IAS Exam.

    1. Recently, a MoU was signed between Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) 12 December 2017 for facilitating the supply of sand for highways construction work. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The MoU aims to fill this gap by facilitating the availability of sand for these concessionaires.
    2. DCI intends to do dredging operations at locations in South East Asia, generating large volumes of sand.
    3. As per the MoU, business intermediaries will ship and store this sand at various ports in India and market it in India.

    Which of the above statement is true?
    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    A MoU was signed on 12 December 2017 between Dredging Corporation of India (DCI) and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for facilitating the supply of sand for highways construction work. Concessionaires working on highways projects have been facing a shortage of sand at many sites. The MoU aims to fill this gap by facilitating the availability of sand for these concessionaires.

    DCI intends to do dredging operations at locations in South East Asia, generating large volumes of sand. This dredging will be done for the purpose of obtaining sand. As per the MoU, business intermediaries will ship and store this sand at various ports in India and market it in India. NHAI will facilitate the process by displaying the availability of sand at various stockyards at the ports.

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    2. Consider the following statements regarding the BPO Promotion Schemes:
    1. The schemes provide special incentives of up to Rs. 1 lakh per seat in the form of Viability Gap Funding (VGF).
    2. The scheme provides special incentives for employment to women and Divyang, setting up operations in towns other than capital towns, generating employment beyond the target and promoting local entrepreneurship.

    Which of the above statement is true?
    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    From 2014 onwards, the Government has decided to spread IT jobs across small towns of India earlier which were limited to only metro cities. The government has launched BPO Promotion Schemes to ensure digital service delivery to the common people as well as to create new opportunities in the digital economy. Schemes such as BPO Promotion and Common Services Centres have helped us create digital inclusion and equitable growth.

    The schemes provide special incentives of up to Rs. 1 lakh per seat in the form of Viability Gap Funding (VGF). Disbursement of financial support under these schemes is directly linked with employment generation. These schemes provide special incentives for employment to women and Divyang, setting up operations in towns other than capital towns, generating employment beyond the target and promoting local entrepreneurship. There are also special provisions for the Himalayan states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. A total of 48,300 seats under India BPO Promotion Scheme and 5000 seats under North East BPO Promotion Scheme have been distributed across different states in proportion to their populations.

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    3. Consider the following statements regarding the meteor shower:
    1. Rocks and dust particles from space that are about to collide with Earth's atmosphere are called meteoroids and when that enter and streak through the atmosphere are called meteors.
    2. The meteor shower associated with 3200 Phaethon peaks around the second week of December every year and are quite numerous.
    3. The geminid meteor shower is so named because the meteors appear to originate from the constellation of Gemini in the night sky.

    Which of the above statement is true?
    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    When rocks and dust particles from space that are about to collide with the atmosphere of the earth are called meteoroids and when that enter and streak through the atmosphere are called meteors.

    Usually, when comets, which are chunks of ice with a lot of dust, come close to the sun, the ice melts and the dust and rocks are left behind along the orbit of the comet. If Earth, in its yearly motion around the Sun happens to pass through such a debris trail, they enter the Earth’s atmosphere with considerable speed and due to friction in the atmosphere, burns up and give rise to not only a single bright streak in the sky but numerous meteors, called a meteor shower.

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    4. Which of the following premier institute of India has taken the first step towards creating a bioengineered liver model that might help patients with liver problems?
    a. IIT Guwahati
    b. IIT Bombay
    c. IISC Bengaluru
    d. AIIMS Delhi

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Guwahati have taken the first step towards creating a bioengineered liver model that might help patients with liver problems. This development follows the success of a team led by Prof. Biman Mandal at the institute’s Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering in successfully creating a bioartificial pancreas model grown within a 3-D silk scaffold

    The silk scaffold is capable of supporting growth, distribution as well as sustaining the functionality of liver cells. The researchers tested scaffolds made of mulberry and non-mulberry silk fibroins and a blend of the two silk varieties in Petri dishes in the lab and in animal models.

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    5. Hemis National Park located in which of the following places in India?
    a. Ahmadabad
    b. Ladakh
    c. Guwahati
    d. Chhattisgarh

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Hemis National Park, known for its snow leopards located at the high altitudes of eastern Ladakh region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Hemis National Park is also known for having the highest density of snow leopards of any protected area in the world. It is the only national park in India north of the Himalayas, the largest notified protected area in India (and thus the largest national park of India), and is the second largest contiguous protected area after the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and surrounding protected areas. The park is home to a number of species of endangered mammals including the snow leopard. Hemis National Park is India's only protected area inside the Palearctic ecozone, outside the Changthang Wildlife Sanctuary northeast of Hemis, and the proposed Tso Lhamo Cold Desert Conservation Area in North Sikkim.

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