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IAS Preparation: Questions for Prelims 18 January 2018

Jan 18, 2018 16:27 IST
    IAS Preparation: Questions for Prelims 18 January 2018
    IAS Preparation: Questions for Prelims 18 January 2018

    UPSC IAS Prelims Exam 2018 to be held in June 2018. So, the IAS aspirants should maintain the momentum of studying various topics for IAS Exam as well as they should practicing more number of current affairs quizzes for IAS Exam. Here we have provided current affairs quizzes best for IAS Prelims Exam 2018.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Consider the following statements related to International Solar Alliance (ISA) that was in the news recently.
    1) It is India’s first treaty-based international and intergovernmental organization headquartered in India.
    2) It as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries.
    3) Its headquarters is located in Mumbai.

    Which of the above statements is/are correct?
    a) 1 and 2 only
    b) 2 and 3 only
    c) 1 and 3 only
    d) 1, 2 and 3

    Answer. a

    Explanation:

    The International Solar Alliance (ISA) was in the news in January 2018 as the ISA hosted a two day event ‘International Solar Alliance Forum’ at the Future World Energy Summit (WFES) at Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for dissemination of information about ISA and its activities and programmes.

    Delivering the keynote address on the occasion, the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh congratulated ISA for organising the ISA Forum as its first overseas outreach activity. The minister also announced a USD 350 million Solar Development Fund for financing solar energy projects across the country.

    About International Solar Alliance

    • It as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries.

    • Its major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 GW of solar generation capacity and mobilisation of investment of over USD 1000 billion into solar energy by 2030.

    • As an action-oriented organisation, the ISA brings together countries with rich solar potential to aggregate global demand, thereby reducing prices through bulk purchase, facilitating the deployment of existing solar technologies at scale, and promoting collaborative solar research and development and capacity building.

    • When the ISA Framework Agreement entered into force on December 6th, 2017, ISA formally became a de-jure treaty-based International Intergovernmental Organization.

    • Its headquarters is located at Gurugram in India.

    • As of now, the ISA Framework Agreement has been signed by 48 countries. Till now, 19 of these 48 countries deposited the instruments of ratification with the Ministry of External Affairs.

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    2. Consider the following statements related to the Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) that was in the news recently.
    1) It was launched by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development in November 2015.
    2) It brings together foreign and Indian faculties to teach an academic course to students selected from the world’s leading academic institutions.

    Which of the above statements is/are correct?
    a) 1 only
    b) 2 only
    c) Both 1 and 2
    d) Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer. c

    Explanation:

    The Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) was in the news in January 2018 as the NITI Aayog has inaugurated the first GIAN course on sustainable urban planning using remote sensing and Geographic information system (GIS). The courses were launched at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur’s outreach centre in Noida.
    The course will provide latest remote sensing and GIS skills, which will enable them to manage the rapidly changing urban environment of Indian cities.

    About GIAN

    • It was launched by the Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) in November 2015.

    • It seeks to enlarge and deepen the interface of India’s institutions of higher learning and globally recognised institutions of academic eminence.

    • As part of the GIAN, faculty from highly rated institutions abroad will visit India, interact and partner with their counterparts and with students, and deliver specialised courses.

    • From abroad, faculty from 38 countries are presently scheduled to deliver courses, including the USA, the UK, Germany, Australia, Israel, etc.

    • The courses vary in duration from 1 week to 3 weeks depending on the subject and are free for students from the host institution. The courses are available on nominal charges for others as well.

    • Live webcasting will allow students across the country to get access to high quality educational content. To encourage and make possible continued access to course content and delivery, it would be placed on the website of the concerned institution.

    • These lectures would be made available later to the students across the country through the SWAYAM, the Massive open online courses (MOOCs) platform and the National Digital Library.

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    3. On 18 January 2018, India successfully test fired Agni-V ballistic missile. Against this backdrop, consider the following statements.
    1) It is India’s first Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile.
    2) It has a strike range of over 5,000 km.

    Which of the above statements is/are true?
    a) 1 only
    b) 2 only
    c) Both 1 and 2
    d) Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer. c

    Explanation:

    About Agni-V missile

    • It is a three-stage propellant missile with nuclear warhead carrying capacity of more than one tonne.

    • It is capable of striking a target more than 5000 kilometers.

    • It is about 17 meters long and 2 meter wide and has a launch weight of around 50 tonnes.

    • It is developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as part of its Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP).

    • Missiles are generally classified on the basis of their type, launch mode, range, propulsion, warhead and guidance system. On the basis of type, there are two kinds of missiles – ballistic and cruise.

    Ballistic vs Cruise missile

    • While a ballistic missile has a ballistic (arc-like) trajectory  over most of its flight path, a cruise missile can fly in a relatively straight line. A cruise missile also has maneuverable capacity.

    • While a ballistic missile travels at higher altitudes, a cruise missile travels at lower altitudes.

    • While ballistic missiles are used to reach long distances, a cruise missile is used for short distances.

    • While Prithvi, Agni and Dhanush ballistic missiles are currently operational in the Indian defence forces, BRAHMOS is the only known versatile supersonic cruise missile system which is in service.

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    4. Currently, the Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on an official visit to India to strengthen relations with New Delhi. Against this backdrop, consider the following statements related to India-Israel bilateral relations.
    1) The surface-to-air Barak-8 missile has been jointly developed by India and Israel.
    2) Next to Russia, Israel is India’s second largest arms supplier between 2012 and 2016.

    Which of the above statements is/are correct?
    a) 1 only
    b) 2 only
    c) Both 1 and 2
    d) Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer. a

    Explanation:

    The Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on a 6-day official visit to India. With this, he has become the second Israeli Prime Minister to visit India. The previous visit was by Ariel Sharon in 2003.

    About Barak-8 missile

    • It is a medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM). The missile has been under development by the Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) of DRDO in partnership with the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI).

    • Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi Functional Surveillance and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.

    • The missile, along with MF-STAR, will provide the users with the capability to neutralise any aerial threats.

    • These missiles will be produced at the Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) in Hyderabad.

    • After the completion of the user’s trials, it would be inducted in all the three Services once the user’s trials are completed.

    • As per the Sweden-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India relied largely on Russia for its defence needs between 2012 and 2016. In this period, India’s 68% of defence imports were from Russia, 14% from the USA and 7.2% from Israel.

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    5. It is between these two States, the Mahadayi river has become a bone of contention recently.

    a) Goa and Karnataka
    b) Maharashtra and Gujarat
    c) Andhra Pradesh and Telangana
    d) Tamil Nadu and Kerala

    Answer. a

    Explanation:

    Recently, the Mahadayi river has become a bone of contention as the Karnataka seeks to divert water from tributaries of the river through the Kalasa-Bhanduri Nala project towards the parched Malaprabha river basin. The move is strongly opposed by Goa.

    About Mahadayi river

    It is described as the lifeline of Goa. The 80-km-long river rises from the forests of the Western Ghats at Devgaon in northern Karnataka. The major part of the river lies in Goa as flows a distance of 52 kilometers.

    In 2002, on the request of Goa, the Union Government has constituted the Mahadayi River Water Disputes Tribunal for adjudication of disputes relating to the river. The tribunal is expected to pronounce its final award in February 2018.

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