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IAS Questions for Prelims: 2 August 2017

Aug 2, 2017 13:15 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 2 August 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 2 August 2017

    The IAS aspirants should study current affairs based IAS question for Prelims Exam on regular basis. As per the recent pattern of asking questions in IAS Prelims Exam, the current affairs section needs to be more focus from the IAS aspirants. A better preparation of current affairs will have an upper hand for IAS aspirants when it comes to scoring in the IAS Prelims Exam.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Recently, the Government of India has extended the loans to entrepreneurs under Stand UP India Scheme. Consider the following statements regarding the Stand UP India Scheme:
    1. The total number of entrepreneurs who have been extended loan facility under the Stand Up India Scheme in 2016 was 21735 and the total amount sanctioned was Rs. 4747.95 crore.
    2. The Stand Up India Scheme is designed to facilitate at least 2 bank loans (one loan to SC or ST and one to Woman entrepreneur) per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks for setting up greenfield enterprises.

    Which of the following statements is true?
    a. Only 1
    b. 1 and 2
    c. Only 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The total number of entrepreneurs who have been extended loan facility under the Stand Up India Scheme in 2016 was 21735 and the total amount sanctioned was Rs. 4747.95 crore. The percentage wise break up was Scheduled Caste (SC) - 15.05%, Scheduled Tribe (ST) - 4.28% and Women - 80.67%.

    The Stand Up India Scheme is designed to facilitate at least 2 bank loans (one loan to SC or ST and one to Woman entrepreneur) per bank branch of Scheduled Commercial Banks for setting up greenfield enterprises. Under the Scheme, State-wise target has not been specified.

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    2. Recently, the Government has extended loans to women entrepreneurs by various Member Lending Institutions (MLIs) under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY). Consider the following statements regarding the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana:
    1. To encourage further coverage of women entrepreneurs, the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd. (MUDRA) extends a rebate of 0.25% on its refinance interest rate for PMMY loans given by MLIs.
    2. 76% of the borrowers under PMMY are women entrepreneurs.
    3. The Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) is a scheme launched by the Union Government on April 8, 2015, for providing loans up to Rs. 10 lakh (around US$15,000) to the non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises.

    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:

    As on 21 July 2017, about 6.28 crore loans have been extended to women entrepreneurs by various Member Lending Institutions (MLIs) under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY). 76% of the borrowers under PMMY are women entrepreneurs. MLIs extend PMMY loans as per criteria and parameters determined by them. To encourage further coverage of women entrepreneurs, the Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency Ltd. (MUDRA) extends a rebate of 0.25% on its refinance interest rate for PMMY loans given by MLIs such as Micro Finance Institutions to women borrowers.

    The Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) was launched on April 8, 2015, for providing loans up to Rs. 10 lakh (around US$15,000) to the non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises. Under PMMY, all banks viz. Public Sector Banks, Private Sector Banks, Regional Rural Banks (RRBs), State Cooperative Banks, Urban Co-operative Banks, Foreign Banks and Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs)/Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) - are required to lend to non-farm sector income generating activities below Rs.10 lakh.  These loans are classified as MUDRA loans under PMMY.

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    3. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is going to launch the Intensified Mission Indradhanush. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. Under Intensified Mission Indradhanush, greater focus will be given in rural areas which were one of the gaps of Mission Indradhanush.
    2. Every district identified for Intensified Mission Indradhanush will be monitored by partners through an identified nodal person for each district.
    3. A distinctive feature of Intensified Mission Indradhanush is that greater focus is being given on convergence with other ministries/departments especially women and child development, Panchayati Raj, urban development, youth affairs, NCC etc.

    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: b

    Explanation:

    With the aim of accelerating the full immunization coverage and provide greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunization coverage, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has drawn up an aggressive action plan to achieve the target by 2018. According to the plan, States will conduct Intensified Mission Indradhanush drives for 7 working days from the 7th day of every month starting from 7th October 2017 for four consecutive months excluding Sundays, holidays and Routine Immunization days. A total of 118 districts, 17 urban areas and 52 districts of North East states will be targeted under Intensified Mission Indradhanush.

    Under Intensified Mission Indradhanush, greater focus will be given in urban areas which were one of the gaps of Mission Indradhanush. This will be done through mapping of all underserved population in urban areas and need-based deployment of ANMs for providing vaccination services in these areas. Mobility support to field staff for deployment to such areas in urban as well as rural areas will be provided.

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    4. Six-foot statue found at Angkor Wat site of which of the following country?
    a. India
    b. Afghanistan
    c. Cambodia
    d. Singapore

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Archaeologists at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple complex studying the site of a hospital from eight to nine centuries ago say they have found a large statue in their excavations.
    The government agency that oversees the complex, the Apsara Authority, said on its website that the statue measuring six feet and three inches in height and 23 inches in width was discovered on Sunday by its team, working with experts from Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. It is one of the largest statues from the era to be unearthed in recent years.

    Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to the 15th centuries. Large numbers of architectural and religious artefacts have been looted from there and sold overseas, while others were buried for safekeeping during a civil war in the 1970s.

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    5. Slumdog Millionaire actor Frieda Pinto has partnered with an initiative to promote a global awareness movement to save tigers from extinction. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The Project CAT- Conserving Acres for Tigers aimed at raising awareness to preserve the habitats of the declining number of the wild tigers.
    2. By conserving nearly a million acres of protected land on the border of India and Bhutan, the collaboration aims to ensure a healthy habitat for future generations of tigers.
    3. The Discovery Channel collaborated with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) will leverage its vast creative resources and unmatched global distribution platform of linear, digital and social media channels through tiger conservation content.
    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:

    Slumdog Millionaire actor Frieda Pinto has partnered with an initiative to promote a global awareness movement to save tigers from extinction.

    Frieda will promote 'Project CAT: Conserving Acres for Tigers', aimed at raising awareness to preserve the habitats of the declining number of the wild tigers. She has joined hands with Discovery Channel, which has collaborated with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

    The initiative is aimed at doubling the wild tiger numbers by the year 2022. By conserving nearly a million acres of protected land on the border of India and Bhutan, the collaboration aims to ensure a healthy habitat for future generations of tigers.

    Discovery will leverage its vast creative resources and unmatched global distribution platform of linear, digital and social media channels through tiger conservation content.
    Animal Planet Channel will host a six-hour block of tiger themed shows from Saturday and is also creating an online Tigerpedia for the people who are interested in the conservation effort.

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