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IAS Questions for Prelims: 17 November 2017

Nov 17, 2017 14:22 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 17 November 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 17 November 2017

    IAS questions provided in this article will help IAS aspirants to develop a specific perspective regarding the issues covered in the questions. We have covered important events and developments undertaken by the Government of India in a recent time.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of the National Anti-profiteering Authority under GST. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The National Anti-profiteering Authority will be an apex body which is mandated to ensure that the benefits of the reduction in GST rates on goods or services are passed on to the ultimate consumers by way of a reduction in prices.
    2. The "anti-profiteering" measures enshrined in the GST law provide an institutional mechanism to ensure that the full benefits of input tax credits and reduced GST rates on the supply of goods or services flow to the consumers.

    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:

    In the last few days, it has been seen that the Government has tried to revise the GST rates, which pave the way for the immediate establishment of this apex body. The apex body is mandated to ensure that the benefits of the reduction in GST rates on goods or services are passed on to the ultimate consumers by way of a reduction in prices.

    The GST law is enshrined with the "anti-profiteering" measures to be provided through an institutional mechanism so that the consumers can get the full benefits of input tax credits and reduced GST rates on the supply of goods or services.  For this reason, the institutional framework under the GST law comprises the NAA, a Standing Committee, Screening Committees in every State and the Directorate General of Safeguards in the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) to establish. The apex body like NAA will work towards strengthening confidence among consumers as they reap the benefits of the recent reduction in GST rates, in particular, and of GST, in general.

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    2. Recently, India has been apprised an agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation for mutual benefit in the areas of science, technology and agriculture with which of the following country?
    a. Russia
    b. Belarus
    c. Kazakhstan
    d. Italy

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Recently, the Union Cabinet has been apprised of the Agreement with Belarus on Scientific and Technological Cooperation for mutual benefit in the areas of science, technology, agriculture, etc. In the agreement the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) and the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) of both the country involved.

    The Agreement was exchanged during the visit of Belarus President H.E. Mr. Alexander Lukashenko on 12th September 2017 at New Delhi. The major aim of the Agreement is identifying, assessing, developing and commercializing globally competitive technologies from India and Belarus. It will also provide support institutions in both countries by way of research, technology transfers, exchange of visits and joint workshops leading to scientific and economic benefit.

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    3. Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of sub-schemes under Umbrella Scheme “Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)” for the period till November 2018. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The sub-schemes under the Umbrella Scheme “Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) are Anganwadi Services, Scheme for Adolescent Girls, Child Protection Service and National Crèche Scheme.
    2. Anganwadi Services (ICDS) aims at holistic development of children under the age of six years and its beneficiaries are children of this age group and Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers.
    3. The National Creche Scheme aims at providing a safe place for mothers to leave their children while they are at work, and thus, is a measure for empowering women as it enables them to take up employment.

    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 Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for continuation of sub-schemes under the Umbrella Scheme “Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)” like Anganwadi Services, Scheme for Adolescent Girls, Child Protection Services and National Crèche Scheme from 1 April 2017 to 30 November 2018 with an outlay of over Rs.41,000 crore.

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    4. Consider the following statements regarding India's commitment to Climate Change with reference to the Conference Of Parties (COP):
    1. India pledged to reduce the intensity of its greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP by 15% from 2005 levels by 2020 in Copenhagen in 2009.
    2. According to the Paris Agreement, India committed to 33-35% cut in emissions intensity per unit of growth from the same base year by 2030.

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

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    In the Copenhagen Summit, it was drafted by the United States, China, India, Brazil and South Africa. It was recognised that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of the present day and that actions should be taken to keep Earth's Average temperature increases to below 2 °C. The document is not legally binding, and does not contain any legally binding commitments for reducing CO2 emissions.

    India’s progress in reducing the intensity of its greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP by 20-25% from 2005 levels by 2020, based on the commitment made in Copenhagen in 2009 is recommendable. Meanwhile, during the Paris Agreement, India drafted ambitious targets as a 33-35% cut in emissions intensity per unit of growth from the same base year by 2030.

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    5. India’s first mega coastal economic zone (CEZ) is being scheduled to be created on which port?
    a. Mumbai Port
    b. Chennai Port
    c. Jawaharlal Nehru Port
    d. Cochin Port

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    To generate more jobs in the manufacturing sector within the country the government is making infrastructure development as its core element. Recently, the government has planned to set up India’s first mega coastal economic zone (CEZ) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Maharashtra as part of a plan to develop 14 such industrial clusters to generate jobs.

    About 45 companies across telecom, auto and IT sectors will soon bid for 200 hectares of land to set up manufacturing units in the zone. The plan envisages a total investment of Rs 15,000 crore in the first phase and the creation of more than 1.5 lakh jobs. The idea is to attract large firms interested in serving the export markets as they would bring with them technology, capital, good management and links to the world markets.

    The Union Cabinet had last year approved setting up of 14 mega CEZs under the National Perspective Plan of the Sagarmala Programme, with an aim to promote development of industrial clusters around ports, encourage port-led development, reduce logistics cost and time for the movement of cargo, enhance global competitiveness of India’s manufacturing sector and create hubs of job creation.

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