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IAS Questions for Prelims: 14 November 2017

Nov 14, 2017 13:22 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 14 November 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 14 November 2017

    IAS questions based on the current affairs should essentially be prepared on a daily basis before IAS Prelims Exam 2018. For the convenience of IAS aspirants, we are continuously creating and providing IAS questions based on the current events happening in India and around the world. Go through it and practice well before IAS Prelims Exam 2018.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. A Curtain Raiser Event for the Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held in Bonn, Germany recently. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The ISA was jointly launched on 30 November 2015 by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and then-President of France, H.E. François Hollande, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) at Paris, France.
    2. The ISA is a treaty-based alliance of 121 prospective solar-rich Member Nations, situated fully or partially between the Tropics and aims at accelerating development and deployment of solar energy globally.
    3. 44 countries have already signed the ISA treaty, and many more are set to join.

    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:

    A Curtain Raiser Event for the Founding Ceremony of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held in Bonn, Germany on 13 November 2017.

    The ISA was jointly launched on 30 November 2015 by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and then-President of France, H.E. François Hollande, on the sidelines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) at Paris, France. The ISA is a treaty-based alliance of 121 prospective solar-rich Member Nations, situated fully or partially between the Tropics and aims at accelerating development and deployment of solar energy globally.

    IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: September 2017

    2. Recently, the largest ever survey, National Achievement Survey (NAS) conducted successfully. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. NAS was conducted for all the Classes up to 10 in government and government-aided schools.
    2. The survey tools used multiple test booklets with 45 questions in Classes III and V related to language, mathematics and 60 questions in Class VIII in Mathematics, Language, Sciences and Social Sciences.
    3. The competency-based test questions developed to reflect the Learning Outcomes developed by the NCERT which were recently incorporated in the Right to Education Act (RTE) by the Government of India.

    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: b

    Explanation:

    The National Achievement Survey (NAS) has been the largest ever national assessment survey in the country and is amongst the largest in the world, was conducted throughout the country today. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the NAS is a transparent and credible exercise done under third-party verification. It was conducted for the Classes 3, 5 and 8 in government and government-aided schools. The survey tools used multiple test booklets with 45 questions in Classes III and V related to language, mathematics and 60 questions in Class VIII in Mathematics, Language, Sciences and Social Sciences. The competency-based test questions developed to reflect the Learning Outcomes developed by the NCERT which were recently incorporated in the Right to Education Act (RTE) by the Government of India. Along with the test items, questionnaires pertaining to students, teachers and schools were also used.

    The learning levels of more than 25 lakhs students from 1,10,000 across 700 districts in all 36 States/UTs were assessed. More than 1.75 lakhs trained Field Investigators from outside the government education system were engaged to conduct the learning assessment in the country. To ensure the fairness of the survey, a monitoring team was constituted which consisted of observers from inter-ministerial departments drawn from the State Governments, National and State Observers from Education Departments and multi-lateral organizations. This monitoring team observed the implementation of the survey in all the districts, on the Day of Assessment.

    IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: August 2017

    3. Recently, the Inland Waterways Authority of India has pushed for early completion of Jal Marg Vikas Project on Ganga. Consider the following statements regarding the Jal Marg Vikas Project:
    1. The Jal Marg Vikas Project seeks to facilitate plying of vessels with a capacity of 1500-2000 tons in the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of the River Ganga.
    2. The objective of this is to ensure adherence to timelines and budgeted costs of the project and full compliance with the other stated guidelines.

    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 Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has awarded a contract to a reputed consultant for technical support services for the Multi-Modal Terminal at Haldia and new Navigation Lock at Farakka. These projects are part of the Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) on National Waterway -I (River Ganga), being implemented with the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs. 5369 Crore. The objective of this is to ensure adherence to timelines and budgeted costs of the project and full compliance with the other stated guidelines.

    The consultants will ensure efficient management of the two EPC contracts awarded by IWAI under the JMVP. They will provide comprehensive project technical support, including day to day supervision, proof checking of design, quality and safety parameters and coordination and management with all stakeholders. The Contractor will also monitor the implementation of Environment Management Plan and Social Impact Management Plan.

    The Jal Marg Vikas Project seeks to facilitate plying of vessels with a capacity of 1500-2000 tons in the Haldia-Varanasi stretch of the River Ganga. The major works being taken up under JMVP are the development of fairway, Multi-Modal Terminals, strengthening of the river navigation system, conservancy works, modern River Information System (RIS), Digital Global Positioning System (DGPS), night navigation facilities, modern methods of channel marking etc.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: July 2017

    4. Recently, the Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing the Joint Interpretative Declaration (JID) between India and Colombia regarding the existing Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments between India and Colombia. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The JID would impart clarity to the interpretation of the existing Agreement as it includes interpretative notes to be jointly adopted for many clauses.
    2. Joint Interpretative Declarations/Statements in general play an important supplementary role in strengthening the investment treaty regime.
    3. Such pro-active approach by partners can foster a more predictable and coherent reading of treaty terms by arbitration tribunals.

    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 Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing the Joint Interpretative Declaration (JID) between India and Colombia regarding the existing Agreement for the Promotion and Protection of Investments between India and Colombia signed on November 10, 2009.

    The JID would impart clarity to the interpretation of the existing Agreement as it includes interpretative notes to be jointly adopted for many clauses, including, the definition of investor, definition of investment, Fair and Equitable Treatment (FET), National Treatment (NT) and Most Favoured Nation (MFN) treatment, expropriation, Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision and Denial of Benefits.

    Joint Interpretative Declarations/Statements in general play an important supplementary role in strengthening the investment treaty regime. With increasing Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) disputes, issuance of such statements is likely to have strong persuasive value before arbitration tribunals. Such pro-active approach by partners can foster a more predictable and coherent reading of treaty terms by arbitration tribunals.

    IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: June 2017

    5. Which of the following premier institutes in India has developed a novel drug-delivery system that releases a commonly used pain killer (diclofenac sodium) at the target site in a controlled fashion?
    a. Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
    b. IIT Hyderabad
    c. National Institute of Cancer Prevention And Research, Noida
    d. IIT Bombay

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad have developed a novel drug-delivery system that releases a commonly used pain killer (diclofenac sodium) at the target site in a controlled fashion such that there is a constant release of the drug for as long as 12 hours. The drug has a low half-life of one-two hours and so constant release for up to 12 hours becomes particularly significant.

    In normal circumstances, the drug gets metabolised very quickly, thereby requiring frequent dosing to maintain the desired therapeutic levels. The fluctuation of the drug plasma level is one reason why the medicine cases adverse effects.

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