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IAS Questions for Prelims: 13 October 2017

Oct 13, 2017 14:53 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 13 October 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 13 October 2017

    In this article, we have covered important policies and issues of national and international importance through quiz format. Such questions created specifically for the IAS Prelims Exam 2018 but it will also help IAS aspirants to get summarised information about the important topics which are relevant for IAS Mains Exam.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. India has a “serious” hunger problem and ranks 100 among 119 developing countries. Consider the following statements regarding the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017:
    1. India’s poor performance brings to the fore the disturbing reality of the country’s stubbornly high proportions of malnourished children—more than one-fifth of Indian children under five weigh too little for their height and over a third are too short for their age.
    2. As per the report, India’s poor score is one of the main factors pushing South Asia to the category of the worst performing region on the GHI scale this year.
    3. India ranked behind the neighbour countries- Pakistan and Nepal.

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

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    India has a “serious” hunger problem and ranks 100 among 119 developing countries, lagging behind countries such as North Korea and Iraq, said the global hunger index report released recently. With a global hunger index (GHI) score of 31.4, India is at the high end of the “serious” category, the report said, adding, “given that three-quarters of South Asia’s population reside in India, the situation in that country strongly influences South Asia’s regional score.”

    As per the report, data from the report showed that India’s rank (100) was lower than all its neighbours—Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Bangladesh (88), Sri Lanka (84) and China (29)—except Pakistan (106). Even North Korea (93) and Iraq (78) fared better in hunger parameters and GHI rankings.

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    2. Recently, the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2017 has been released by which of the following international organisation?
    a. World Economic Forum (WEF)
    b. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
    c. World Bank
    d. UNICEF

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    India ranks a low 100th out of 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index (GHI) released Thursday. On the GHI severity scale, India is at the high end of the “serious” category, owing mainly to the fact that one in every five children under age 5 is “wasted” (low weight for height).

    The GHI captures the multidimensional nature of hunger based on four indicators —undernourishment (share of the population with insufficient calorific intake), under-5 child wasting, under-5 child stunting (low height for age), and under-5 child mortality. The data analysed for each country to arrive at the 2017 GHI score pertains to the period 2012-16. The 2017 GHI has been jointly published by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Concern Worldwide, and Welthungerhilfe.

    IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: August 2017

    3. India’s first Sewage Treatment Plant under Hybrid Annuity Mode to come up in which of the following cities?
    a. Haridwar
    b. Varanasi
    c. Both a and b
    d. Ahmadabad

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Recently, an agreement for Hybrid Annuity mode (HAM) based STPs for Haridwar and Varanasi signed which is considered a major step forward in realizing the dream of Nirmal Ganga for the first time ever in India that Hybrid Annuity-based PPP mode is being applied in sewerage sector. Under this agreement, the maintenance of the project will be the responsibility of the concessionaire for which there will be performance based phased manner of payment. This would ensure continued performance of the sewage infrastructure assets created due to better accountability, ownership and optimal performance.

    While the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari on the occasion of signing of a tripartite agreement between National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and the state level executing agencies Uttarakhand Pey Jal Nigam and Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam, with concessionaires for setting up of India’s first Sewage Treatment Plants under Hybrid Annuity mode, at Haridwar and Varanasi.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: July 2017

    4. Recently, the Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Belarus for cooperation in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET). Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. This is for the first time MoU for cooperation in the area of vocational education, training and skill development has been signed with the Eurasian country.
    2. Belarus has a large concentration of industries, mainly into manufacturing and heavy industries, which draw their strength from available skilled manpower and a highly developed skill training system.
    3. Cooperation between two countries in identified areas would be implemented through establishing institutional partnerships between Republican Institute for Vocational Education" (RIPO) , an apex institution for the development of Belarusian vocational education system and Directorate General of Training for transfer of technology in VET delivery & its sustainability.

    Which of the following 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 Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding between India and Belarus for cooperation in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET).  The MoU was signed on 12th September 2017 during the State visit of H.E. Mr. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus to India.

    This is for the first time MoU for cooperation in the area of vocational education, training and skill development has been signed with the Eurasian country. Belarus has a large concentration of industries, mainly into manufacturing and heavy industries, which draw their strength from available skilled manpower and a highly developed skill training system. The transfer of knowledge of their skilling methodology will immensely help in our initiatives like "Make in India" and "Skill India". This MoU would pave the way for the systematic transfer of their expertise and know how in skilling the manpower, especially in the manufacturing sector.

    IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: June 2017

    5. Recently, the Cabinet approves the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Kuwait. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The MoU is likely to promote further development of economic links and cooperation between the two regulators and aims at creating conditions for an effective development of securities markets in the two countries.
    2. It would also contribute towards strengthening the information sharing framework between the two.

    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 Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) with Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Kuwait for mutual co-operation and technical assistance.

    The MoU is likely to promote further development of economic links and cooperation between the two regulators and aims at creating conditions for an effective development of securities markets in the two countries. It would also contribute towards strengthening the information sharing framework between the two. It is expected to add value to overseas mutual cooperation and regulation activities of SEBI and CMA, Kuwait.

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