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IAS Questions for Prelims: 16 November 2017

Nov 16, 2017 18:20 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 16 November 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 16 November 2017

    Current events play the pivotal role in the IAS preparation as many questions in the IAS prelims as well as IAS mains is asked from the current happenings and latest news. Specifically, solving the MCQs based on the current events helps the student to better understand the topics and score good marks in the IAS prelims exam.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    Here, we have provided some important mock questions on the latest happenings that affect the country. We will continue to provide the current affairs questions for IAS Prelims 2018 to help you gain a better insight of how questions can be asked in the examination.

    1. Consider the following statements regarding the recently concluded ASEAN Summit 2017:

    1) The 10 ASEAN countries account for about 11% of India’s global trade.
    2) India has joined the ASEAN “plus six” to discuss the RCEP free trade agreement.
    3) ASEAN+3 include China, Japan and India.

    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:

    The ASEAN summit 2017 was recently held from 10 to 14 November 2017 in the Philippines and the ASEAN Summit 2018 will be held in Singapore. The 25th year Commemorative Summit to be held in Delhi in January 2018, with ASEAN leaders also expected to attend Republic Day festivities. The ASEAN Summit is a semi-annual meeting held by the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in relation to the economic, and cultural development of Southeast Asian countries.

    The 10 ASEAN countries account for about 11% of India’s global trade. For the past few years, India has joined the ASEAN “plus six”, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, to discuss the RCEP free trade agreement. The league of ASEAN is currently connected with other countries who aimed to participate in the missions and visions of the league. Apparently, the league is conducting annual meetings with other countries in an organisation collectively known as the ASEAN dialogue partners. ASEAN +3 adds China, Japan and South Korea.

    ASEAN leaders hold a conference together with foreign ministers of the ASEAN Regional Forum. Leaders of 3 ASEAN Dialogue Partners (also known as ASEAN+3) namely China, Japan and South Korea hold a meeting with the ASEAN leaders. And a separate meeting is set for leaders of 2 ASEAN Dialogue Partners (also known as ASEAN+CER) namely Australia and New Zealand.

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    2. Recently, which African country's military has seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals”:

    a) Libya
    b) Egypt
    c) Zimbabwe
    d) Rwanda

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Recently, the elements of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces seized control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and other areas of the city. They issued a statement saying that they would only return to normal after they had dealt with the "criminals" around President responsible for the socio-economic problems of Zimbabwe.

    The Venezuela Coup that took place in the month of March was termed as "self- coup" where the Supreme Court took over the legislative powers from the parliamentary authority. It can also be termed as the dissolution of powers and destructing the distribution of powers when it comes to sharing between the executive, legislative and executive.

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    3. Consider the following statements regarding Birsa Munda whose birth anniversary of was recently observed on the November 15th:

    1) The state of Jharkhand was created on Birsa Munda birth anniversary in 2000.
    2) He is also known as ‘Dharti Abba’ or the Earth Father.
    3) He was a spearhead behind the Millenarian movement that arose in the Bihar and Jharkhand belt.

    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:

    Birsa Munda was an Indian tribal freedom fighter, religious leader, and folk hero who belonged to the Munda tribe. He spearheaded an Indian tribal religious Millenarian that arose in the tribal belt of modern-day Bihar and Jharkhand in the late 19th century, during the British Raj, thereby making him an important figure in the history of the Indian independence movement. His achievements are even more remarkable for having been accomplished before the age of 25. His portrait hangs in the Central Hall of the Indian parliament, the only tribal leader to have been so honoured.

    Birsa Munda's slogan threatening the British Raj—“Let the kingdom of the queen be ended and our kingdom is established” is remembered today in areas of Orissa, Bihar, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh.

    4. Recently, the Government of India has been making concerted efforts to reduce vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Consider the following statements regarding this:

    1. India has followed the regulatory pathway for fuel quality and vehicle emissions standards termed as Bharat Stage (BS).
    2. With the launch of BS-IV grade fuel, a new era of clean transportation fuels has begun which will benefit all citizens of our country by substantially reducing pollution levels.

    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 Government of India has been making concerted efforts to reduce vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency with an aim to reduce the carbon footprints and keep a healthy environment. India has followed the regulatory pathway for fuel quality and vehicle emissions standards termed as Bharat Stage (BS).

    With the launch of BS-IV grade fuel, a new era of clean transportation fuels has begun which will benefit all citizens of our country by substantially reducing pollution levels. Migration to BS-IV grade fuels shows India’s resolve to cut down emissions.

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    5. Across India, there are 101 elephant corridors have been mapped to date. The Highest number of corridors is located in which of the following states of India?

    a. Tamil Nadu
    b. West Bengal
    c. Assam
    d. Kerala

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    ‘Right of Passage’ study report authored by experts and published by the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) in collaboration with Project Elephant and the U.K.-based NGO Elephant Family, identifies and records details pertaining to 101 elephant corridors across India.

    Of these 101 corridors, 28 are located in south India, 25 in central India, 23 in north-eastern India, 14 in northern West Bengal and 11 in north-western India. In terms of their functionality or usage by elephants, almost 70% of the 101 corridors are regularly used, 25% are occasionally used, and 6% rarely. Almost all elephant corridors in south India (93%) and northern West Bengal (86%) are regularly used; 66% of corridors are regularly used in north-eastern India.

    Thus, the highest number of corridors is located in northern West Bengal, which has one corridor for every 150 sq. km. of available elephant habitat, resulting in heightened human-animal conflict and an average of 48-50 human deaths every year. This is followed by north-western India, which has one corridor for every 500 sq. km. of available elephant habitat. Central India comes next with one corridor for every 840 sq. km.

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