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IAS Questions for Prelims: 17 August 2017

Aug 17, 2017 13:46 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 17 August 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 17 August 2017

    Current affairs based IAS questions given in this article are very important for IAS Prelims Exam 2017 and it will also help IAS aspirants to prepare for IAS Mains Exam. Given multiple choice questions have been explained well and it will give a complete insight of the events happened in the month of July 2017.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Which of the following is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew?
    a. INSV Tarini
    b. INS Arihant
    c. INS Vikramaditya
    d. INS Sahyadri

    Answer: a

    Explanation:
    Six women officers of the Indian Navy, who are due to circumnavigate the globe on the sailing vessel, INSV Tarini, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew. They will begin their voyage later this month from Goa and expect to return to Goa in March 2018, after completing the circumnavigation. The expedition has been titled Navika Sagar Parikrama. The Parikrama will be covered in five legs, with stop-overs at 4 ports: Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa).

    INSV Tarini is a 55-foot sailing vessel, which has been built indigenously and was inducted in the Indian Navy earlier this year.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: July 2017

    2. Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the completion of balance works of North Koel Reservoir Project located in which of the following states?
    a. Odisha
    b. Gujarat
    c. Jharkhand
    d. Madhya Pradesh

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi today has given its approval to the proposal to complete the balance works of the North Koel Reservoir Project in Jharkhand and Bihar at an estimated expenditure of Rs.1622.27 crore to be incurred during three financial years from the start of the project.

    The Cabinet also approved storage of water in dam restricted at a lower level than envisaged earlier to reduce the submergence and to protect Betla National Park and Palamau Tiger Reserve.

    The project is situated on North Koel River which is a tributary of Sone River finally joining the river Ganga.  The North Koel Reservoir is located in the most backward tribal areas in Palamau and Garhwa districts of Jharkhand State. The construction was originally started in the year 1972 and continued till 1993 when it was stopped by the Forest Department, Govt. of Bihar. Since then, the work on the dam is at a standstill.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: June 2017

    3. Recently, India has signed Global Environment Facility (GEF) Grant Agreement with the World Bank for “Ecosystems Service Improvement Project”. Consider the following statements regarding the Ecosystems Service Improvement Project:
    1. The objective of the Project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Departments of Forestry and Community Organisations to enhance forest ecosystem services and improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities in Central Indian Highlands.
    2. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) will implement the Project in the States of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh through Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education under the National Mission for Green India.
    3. The size of Project is USD 24.64 million which entirely will be financed by the World Bank out of its GEF Trust Fund.

    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:

    A Grant Agreement from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the World Bank of USD 24.64 million for “Ecosystem Service Improvement Project” was signed recently. The size of Project is USD 24.64 million which entirely will be financed by the World Bank out of its GEF Trust Fund. The project’s duration is 05 years.

    Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) will implement the Project in the States of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh through Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education under the National Mission for Green India. The objective of the Project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Departments of Forestry and Community Organisations to enhance forest ecosystem services and improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities in Central Indian Highlands.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

    4. Consider the following statements regarding the Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and appliances for All (UJALA) scheme:
    1. UJALA Scheme was launched in 2015 replacing the "Bachat Lamp Yojana".
    2. The scheme was announced as "Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP)" urging the people to use LED bulbs.

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

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances (UJALA) was launched by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 5 January 2015, replacing the "Bachat Lamp Yojana". Within 1 year of its launch, 9 crore LED bulbs were sold in the country.

    Currently, over 23 crore LED bulbs, over 16.7 lakh LED tube lights and over 6.3 lakh energy efficient fans have been distributed and 19.7 lakh LED street lights have already been replaced in the country. This is leading to an annual energy savings of more than 2,996 crores kWh and resulting in avoidance of over 6,030 MW of peak demand. Through the scheme the estimated cumulative cost reduction in bills of consumers, annually is INR 11,867 crores and is leading to reduction of 2.42 crore tonnes of CO2 every year.
    The scheme was announced as "Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP)" on 5 January 2015, urging the people to use LED bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs, tube lights and CFL bulbs as they are more efficient, long lasting and economical in their life cycle duration.

    ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

    5. Recently, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern about India’s plans to deport Rohingya refugees. Consider the following stateemnts regareding the Rohingya refugees:
    1. The Rohingya people are a Muslim minority group residing in the Rakhine state, formerly known as Arakan.
    2. The Rohingya people are considered “stateless entities”, as the Myanmar government has been refusing to recognise them as one of the ethnic groups of the country.
    3. The Rohingya people are regarded as mere refugees from China.

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

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The Rohingya people are a Muslim minority group residing in the Rakhine state, formerly known as Arakan. The Rohingya people are considered “stateless entities”, as the Myanmar government has been refusing to recognise them as one of the ethnic groups of the country. For this reason, the Rohingya people lack legal protection from the Government of Myanmar, are regarded as mere refugees from Bangladesh, and face strong hostility in the country and often described as one of the most persecuted people on earth.

    The 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis refers to the mass migration of thousands of Rohingya people from Myanmar (also known as Burma) and Bangladesh in 2015, collectively dubbed "boat people" by international media. Nearly all who fled travelled to Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand by rickety boats via the waters of the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea.

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