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IAS Questions for Prelims: 22 August 2017

Aug 22, 2017 12:35 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 22 August 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 22 August 2017

    Current affairs importance in the IAS prelims is increasing exponentially every year and hence special emphasis should be given for preparing current affairs for the IAS prelims 2018. Practising MCQ questions based on current affairs should be an indispensable activity while preparing for the IAS prelims 2018.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    Here, we have provided some important mock questions on the latest happenings. 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 newly developed surgical robot, versius:

    1) Versius is the world’s largest surgical robot.
    2) It mimics the human arm and can be used to carry out a wide range of laparoscopic procedures.

    Which of the above statements is true?

    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    British scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot which could transform everyday operations. A team of 100 scientists and engineers have used low-cost technology originally developed for mobile phones and space industries to create the first robotic arm specifically designed to carry out keyhole surgery. The robot is controlled by a surgeon at a console guided by a 3D screen in the operating theatre.

    The robot, called Versius, mimics the human arm and can be used to carry out a wide range of laparoscopic procedures – including hernia repairs, colorectal operations, and prostate and ear, nose and throat surgery – in which a series of small incisions are made to circumvent the need for traditional open surgery. This reduces complications and pain after surgery and speeds up recovery times for patients.

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    2. The cabinet recently reviewed the progress of key schemes related to the agriculture sector. Consider the following statements regarding the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana schemes:

    1) The objective is to provide insurance coverage and financial support to the farmers in the event of failure of any of the notified crop as a result of natural calamities, pests & diseases.
    2) There will be a uniform premium of only 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops.
    3) In case of annual commercial and horticultural crops, the premium to be paid by farmers will be only 3%.

    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: a

    Explanation:

    The PMFBY will replace the existing two schemes National Agricultural Insurance Scheme as well as the Modified NAIS. The objectives are to provide insurance coverage and financial support to the farmers in the event of failure of any of the notified crop as a result of natural calamities, pests & diseases and to stabilise the income of farmers to ensure their continuance in farming.

    There will be a uniform premium of only 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops and 1.5% for all Rabi crops. In case of annual commercial and horticultural crops, the premium to be paid by farmers will be only 5%. The premium rates to be paid by farmers are very low and balanced premium will be paid by the Government to provide the full insured amount to the farmers against crop loss on account of natural calamities.

    3. To develop Ghantasala village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh as one of the prime Buddhist tourist spots, the government has envisaged the construction of 70- ft statue of Buddha. What will be the landmark posture of the Buddha to be constructed here?

    a. Abhay Mudra
    b. Bhumisparsa
    c. Mahaparimirvana
    d. Parinirvana

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    To develop Ghantasala village in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh as one of the prime Buddhist tourist spots in the State, the government have envisaged the construction of 70- ft statue of Buddha. A two-storied structure in Buddhist architecture resembling a pedestal with a 100-ft wide and 70-ft high Buddha in the Mahaparinirvana posture will be a major highlight.

    The new facility will be themed on the Mahaparinirvana of the Buddha. In Buddhism, Mahaparinirvana means the ultimate state — everlasting, highest peace and happiness — entered by an Awakened Being (Buddha).

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    4. Recently, India’s exclusive rights to explore polymetallic nodules from central Indian Ocean seabed basin extended by five years. Consider the following statements regarding this:

    1) India is the first country to have received the status of a pioneer investor in 1987 and was allocated an exclusive area in Central Indian Ocean Basin by United Nations (UN) for exploration and utilization of Nodules.
    2) India is implementing a long-term programme on exploration and utilization of Polymetallic Nodules through Ministry of Earth Sciences.
    3) The rights are over 75000 sq. km of area in international waters allocated by International Seabed Authority for developmental activities for polymetallic nodules.

    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:

    India’s exclusive rights to explore polymetallic nodules from the seabed in Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB) have been extended by five years. These rights are over 75000 sq. km of area in international waters allocated by International Seabed Authority for developmental activities for polymetallic nodules. The estimated polymetallic nodule resource potential is 380 million tonnes, containing 4.7 million tonnes of nickel, 4.29 million tonnes of copper and 0.55 million tonnes of cobalt and 92.59 million tonnes of manganese. This has been approved unanimously in the 23rd session of International Seabed Authority (ISA).

    India is the first country to have received the status of a pioneer investor in 1987 and was allocated an exclusive area in Central Indian Ocean Basin by United Nations (UN) for exploration and utilization of nodules. India is one among the top 8-countries/ contractors and is implementing a long-term programme on exploration and utilization of Polymetallic Nodules through Ministry of Earth Sciences. This includes survey and exploration, environmental studies, technology development in mining and extractive metallurgy, in which significant contributions have been made.

    5. Recently, Andaman and Nicobar Islands have commissioned IN LCU L52 into the Indian Navy. Consider the following statements regarding the LCU MK-IV ship:

    1. LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with the primary role to transport and deploys Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore.
    2. IN LCU L52 is the second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy.
    3. These ships would be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be deployed for multirole activities from distant islands.

    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:

    Recently the IN LCU L52 ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy today at Port Blair. IN LCU L52 is the second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class to be inducted into the Indian Navy. The ship has been indigenously designed. The commissioning of L-52 is yet another manifestation of the potential of the country’s indigenous design and shipbuilding capability.

    LCU MK-IV ship is an amphibious ship with the primary role to transport and deploys Main Battle Tanks, Armoured Vehicles, troops and equipment from ship to shore. These ships would be based in the Andaman and Nicobar Command and can be deployed for multirole activities like beaching operations, search and rescue, disaster relief operations, supply and replenishment and evacuation from distant islands.

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