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IAS Questions for Prelims: 10 November 2017

Nov 10, 2017 14:24 IST
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    IAS Questions for Prelims 8 November 2017

    IAS Exam needs a comprehensive study of static as well as the dynamic sections of UPSC IAS Exam syllabus. The IAS aspirants must follow the prescribed authentic sources for IAS Exam like The Hindu, PIB, The Economic Times etc. Here, we have created the IAS questions from such authentic for IAS Exam will be much beneficial for IAS Prelims Exam 2018.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Consider the following statements regarding the new initiative SAATHI (Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Textile technologies to Help small Industries):
    1) It is a joint initiative by the Ministries of Power and Textiles.
    2) Under this initiative, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) would procure energy efficient Powerlooms, motors and Rapier kits in bulk and provide them to the small and medium Powerloom units at no upfront cost.

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

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The SAATHI initiative of the Government will be jointly implemented by EESL and the office of the Textile Commissioner on a pan-India basis. To kick-start the implementation, cluster-wise demonstration projects and workshops will be organized in key clusters such as Erode, Surat, Ichalkaranji, etc.

    Ministries of Power and Textiles have joined hands under a new initiative SAATHI (Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Textile technologies to Help small Industries). Under this initiative, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a public sector entity under the administrative control of Ministry of Power, would procure energy efficient Powerlooms, motors and Rapier kits in bulk and provide them to the small and medium Powerloom units at no upfront cost.

    The use of this efficient equipment would result in energy savings and cost savings to the unit owner and he would repay in instalments to EESL over a 4 to 5 year period.  This is the aggregation, bulk procurement and financing model that EESL has successfully deployed in several sectors like LED bulbs, Smart Meters and Electric Vehicles.

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    2. Consider the following statements regarding the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY):
    1. The overall objective of PMKKKY scheme is to implement various developmental and welfare programs in mining-affected areas.
    2. PMKKKY will be implemented by the District Mineral Foundations (DMFs).
    3. The Mines and Minerals Amendment Act of 2015 mandated the setting up of District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) in all districts in the country affected by mining-related operations.

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

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY) will be implemented by the District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) of the respective districts using the funds accruing to the DMF.

    The Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Amendment Act, 2015, mandated the setting up of District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) in all districts in the country affected by mining-related operations. The Central Government has notified the rates of contribution payable by miners to the DMFs.

    The overall objective of PMKKKY scheme includes:

    • to implement various developmental and welfare projects/programs in mining-affected areas, and these projects/ programs will be complementing the existing ongoing schemes/projects of State and Central Government;

    • to minimize/mitigate the adverse impacts, during and after mining, on the environment, health and socio-economics of people in mining districts; and

    • to ensure long-term sustainable livelihoods for the affected people in mining areas.

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    3. The talk of nanotechnology has been in news recently. Consider the following statements regarding the nanotechnology and its scope:
    1. Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers.
    2. The efficiency in the use of nanotechnology in the solar panel has already gone up to 46 % from 15 %, and it will climb to 50 % shortly.

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

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nanoscale, which is about 1 to 100 nanometers. Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.

    The ideas and concepts behind nanoscience and nanotechnology started with a talk entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” by physicist Richard Feynman at an American Physical Society meeting at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) on December 29, 1959, long before the term nanotechnology was used. In his talk, Feynman described a process in which scientists would be able to manipulate and control individual atoms and molecules. Over a decade later, in his explorations of ultraprecision machining, Professor Norio Taniguchi coined the term nanotechnology. It wasn't until 1981, with the development of the scanning tunnelling microscope that could "see" individual atoms that modern nanotechnology began.

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    4. Recently, which of the following Indian cities has been included in the list of UNESCO Creative Cities?
    a. Delhi
    b. Chennai
    c. Kolkata
    d. Mumbai

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Chennai was on 31 October 2017 included in the Creative Cities Network list of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)  for its rich musical tradition. With this, Chennai became the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list after Jaipur and Varanasi.

    UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova designated 64 cities from 44 countries as UNESCO Creative Cities. These cities join a network of UNESCO’s effort to promote innovation and creativity for a more sustainable and inclusive urban development.

    UNESCO Creative Cities Network List highlights its members’ creativity within seven fields:  Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. Presently, the list includes a total of 180 cities in 72 countries.

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    5. India has slipped in 'business optimism' index to the 7th position in the September quarter, from the 2nd slot in the previous three months. The business optimism' index is released by which of the following organisations/institutions?
    a. Grant Thornton
    b. International Finance Corporation
    c. IBRD
    d. International Monetary Fund

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    India has slipped in 'business optimism' index to the 7th position in the September quarter, from the 2nd slot in the previous three months, showing clear signs of lag in the economy, says a survey.

    Indonesia is at the top, followed by Finland (2nd), the Netherlands (3rd), Philippines (4th), Austria (5th) and Nigeria (6th), as per Grant Thornton's International Business Report (IBR). According to the quarterly global survey on business optimism, Indian businesses have expressed low confidence over revenue expectations in the next 12 months.
    They also saw a drastic fall in confidence for profitability with 54 per cent showing optimism as against 69 per cent in the last quarter.

    Other parameters like expectations of an increase in selling prices and exports have also suffered a slight fall in optimism in this quarter, the survey said.

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