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IAS Questions for Prelims: 15 September 2017

Sep 15, 2017 13:01 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 15 September 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 15 September 2017

    IAS questions based on the current happenings will give a boost to the IAS preparation if an IAS aspirant continues to practice such questions on daily basis. This will help IAS aspirants to enhance their analytical ability and to develop more relevant perspective required to crack the IAS Exam.  Go through the IAS question and take maximum benefit out of it.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Recently, Indian Government has started ‘Operation Insaaniyat’ which is related to:
    a. Myanmar refugees living in India
    b. Humanitarian Assistance to Bangladesh on account of influx of refugees
    c. Rescue of Indian citizens in war-torn Middle East region
    d. Provide relief fund to flood affected regions of Bihar and Assam

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    A humanitarian crisis arose in Bangladesh due to the heavy influx of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar. The government of India has decided to assist Bangladesh in this crisis by sending relief material. The Indian Air Force was tasked to airlift the relief material from India to Bangladesh. One C-17 Globemaster strategic heavy lift cargo aircraft was positioned at short notice at Delhi on 13 Sep 17 to airlift 55 Tons of relief material to Chittagong, Bangladesh. This aircraft was loaded overnight with relief material consisting of critical daily necessities viz., rice, pulses, sugar, salt, cooking oil, ready to eat meals, mosquito nets etc.

    The C-17 carrying relief material departed early morning on 14 Sep 17 and routed via Kolkata to pick up additional load. The material was delivered at Chittagong, Bangladesh at 1245 hours on 14 Sep 17. One more C-17 is scheduled to airlift additional relief material to Bangladesh. The Indian Air Force rose to the challenge and played a pivotal role to further strengthen the close ties of friendship between India and Bangladesh.

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    2. Recently, the Ministry of Rural Development has issued a note on MGNREGA. Consider the following statements regarding changes in the MGNREGA scheme in the last few years:
    1. Use of ICT tools, space technology, focus on improving livelihood resource base of people, provision of diversified livelihood opportunities through convergent programme implementation are some of the major features of changes brought in programme management.
    2. In order to optimize public investments, the adequate focus is also being laid on the convergence of MGNREGS with other schemes and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) is one such example.
    3. The Ministry had set up a Committee under the Chairmanship of Additional Secretary with representatives of relevant Central Ministries and five State Governments to examine the issue of Alignment of MGNREGA Wages with Minimum Agricultural Wages.

    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:

    Implementation of MGNREGA Scheme has seen major changes in the last two years.  Use of ICT tools, space technology, focus on improving livelihood resource base of people, provision of diversified livelihood opportunities through convergent programme implementation are some of the major features of changes brought in programme management. High budget allocations to meet the objectives of the Act and strengthening of monitoring system have been ensured. A measure like electronic fund management system (eFMS), Aadhaar seeding, Geo tagging of assets and strengthening of Social Audit System are some steps towards bringing in more transparency and accountability in the programme implementation. Emphasis on proper work file maintenance, setting up of Citizen Information Boards as part of Janta Information Systems is some of the other measures.

    To ensure that MGNREGA workers receive their wages on time, National Electronic Fund Management System (NeFMS) has been put in place. Almost 96% of wages are being paid directly to the beneficiaries’ bank accounts. Additionally, intense monitoring and fixing accountability for delays in payments has shown a significant result in the current financial year. Around 85% of the wages are being paid to the workers in time.

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    3. Recently, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has signed a MoU with Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for Automatic and Regular Exchange of Information. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. Taking forward the initiative launched by the Government of India to curb the menace of shell companies, money laundering and black money in the country.
    2. The information shared will pertain to both Indian corporates as well as foreign corporates operating in India.

    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:

    Taking forward the initiative launched by the Government of India to curb the menace of shell companies, money laundering and black money in the country and prevent misuse of corporate structure by shell companies for various illegal purposes, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) have now concluded a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for data exchange, on 6th September, 2017.

    The MoU will facilitate the sharing of data and information between CBDT and MCA on an automatic and regular basis. It will enable sharing of specific information such as Permanent Account Number (PAN) data in respect of corporates, Income Tax returns (ITRs) of corporates, financial statements filed with the Registrar by corporates, returns of allotment of shares, audit reports and statements of financial transactions (SFT) received from banks relating to corporates. The MoU will ensure that both MCA and CBDT have seamless PAN-CIN (Corporate Identity Number) and PAN-DIN (Director Identity Number) linkage for regulatory purposes. The information shared will pertain to both Indian corporates as well as foreign corporates operating in India. In addition to the regular exchange of data, CBDT and MCA will also exchange with each other, on request, any information available in their respective databases, for the purpose of carrying out scrutiny, inspection, investigation and prosecution.

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    4. Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), is running a nation-wide campaign सेल स्टील – गाँव की ओर (SAIL steel – Gaon ki ore) which is aimed at boosting steel consumption in country. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The Gaon ki ore campaign is designed to familiarize end users at the Grass-root level, especially of rural areas, with innovative usage of SAIL steel and its applications and advantages in construction, household equipment, agriculture etc.
    2. Through engagement activities, the audience is informed how using SAIL steel can increase durability, life, safety and longevity of any construction and product.
    3. Through this nation-wide campaign initiated at Nalbari, Assam, SAIL aims to cover more than 100 locations by the end of this year and within months of its inception around twenty workshops have already been conducted in various states.

    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:

    Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) is running a nation-wide campaign सेल स्टील – गाँव की ओर (SAIL steel – Gaon ki ore) which is aimed at boosting steel consumption in the country. This has started to reflect positively on the dealer sales numbers, which recorded an 18% jump in the month of August 2017 over CPLY selling 91,000 tonnes of steel in the month. SAIL targets to sell 1 Million Tonnes steel through its dealer network this financial year and aim at doubling it in next three financial years, as per the directions from Steel Minister Birender Singh to SAIL to go for smart marketing.

    Through this nation-wide campaign initiated at Nalbari, Assam, SAIL aims to cover more than 100 locations by the end of this year and within months of its inception around twenty workshops have already been conducted in various states. This new age marketing campaign strategically aims to develop a stronger link with consumers through direct engagement. All workshops of the campaign are designed to the participants about SAIL’s production process, product range, applications and advantages and the interactive sessions are conducted in local language for easier connect with the audience. SAIL Earth-Quake Resistant (EQR) TMT Rebars received special attention of the audience who were keen to know regarding the bendability of the EQR and its higher resistance to earthquakes.

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    5. Recently, an unprecedented nationwide campaign on Swachhta is taking place. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The objective of the campaign is to mobilise people and reinforce the “Jan Aandolan” for sanitation to contribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a Clean India.
    2. Swachhta Hi Seva campaign will see large scale mobilisation of people from all walks of life to undertake shramdaan for cleanliness and construction of toilets and to make their environments free from open defecation.
    3. The campaign is scheduled to be launched by President of India on the 15th of September 2017 from village Ishwarigunj in Kanpur that has attained the status of open free defecation status.

    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 objective of the campaign is to mobilise people and reinforce the “Jan Aandolan” for sanitation to contribute to Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a Clean India. Swachhta Hi Seva campaign will see large scale mobilisation of people from all walks of life to undertake shramdaan for cleanliness and construction of toilets and to make their environments free from open defecation. There will be targeted cleaning of public and tourist places. The participation will range from the President of India to the common citizen and would involve Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, legislators celebrities and top officials. Celebrities, faith leaders, corporate honchos etc. are being mobilised to spearhead the campaign in their respective areas of influence.

    The campaign is scheduled to be launched by President of India on the 15th of September 2017 from village Ishwarigunj in Kanpur that has attained the status of open free defecation status. The President would administer nation-wide “Swachhta Hi Seva” pledge thereby initiating parallel action in all the 250,000 plus Gram Panchayats and cities in India.

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