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IAS Questions for Prelims: 27 October 2017

Oct 27, 2017 15:04 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 27 October 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 27 October 2017

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    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Recently, the fossil of Fish-Lizard which lived likely between 165 and 90 million years ago found in which of the states of India?
    a. Jammu and Kashmir
    b. Gujarat
    c. Haryana
    d. Rajasthan

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    A near-complete Jurassic-era fossil of an intriguing animal that looks like a mashup of a dolphin and lizard has been unearthed in Kutch, Gujarat.

    Ichthyosaurs or ‘fish- lizards’ in Greek were large reptiles that lived at the same time as dinosaurs. While many ichthyosaur fossils have been found in North America and Europe, the fossil record in the Southern Hemisphere has mostly been limited to South America and Australia. The 5.5 metre-long skeleton is thought to belong to the Ophthalmosauridae family, which lived likely between 165 and 90 million years ago when the arid Kutch was a sea. The remains were found among fossils of ammonites and squid-like belemnites, and the way the creature’s teeth were worn out suggest it ate animals with thick, bony coverings, the team of scientists report in the October 25 edition of PLOS ONE.

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    2. An organic filter that allows only near-infrared (NIR) light to pass through has been developed by scientists of which of the following prestigious Institutions of India?
    a. IISC Banglore
    b. IIT Delhi
    c. NIIST Thiruvananthapuram
    d. ISRO

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    An organic filter that allows only near-infrared (NIR) light to pass through has been developed by scientists at the CSIR-National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST) based in Thiruvananthapuram. The new NIR filter can be used for night vision glasses, night photography, and will have applications in security and forensics such as identifying blood stains on a dark fabric.

    Currently available inorganic filters are expensive and brittle whereas organic filters are easy to process and flexible too. The filter was prepared by mixing a black dye (diketopyrrolopyrrole or DPP) having an amide group that helps the molecules to be in close contact with each other and interact, leading to changes in their optical properties.

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    3. Harvard scientists have developed a next-generation hybrid version of RoboBee that can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of the water, and land safely. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The RoboBee is 1,000 times lighter than any previous aerial-to-aquatic robot and could be used for numerous applications.
    2. This is the first micro-robot capable of repeatedly moving in and through complex environments.
    3. It can be used for search-and-rescue operations, environmental monitoring and biological studies.

    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:

    Harvard scientists have developed a next-generation hybrid version of RoboBee that can fly, dive into water, swim, propel itself back out of the water, and land safely.
    The RoboBee is 1,000 times lighter than any previous aerial-to-aquatic robot, and could be used for numerous applications, from search-and-rescue operations to environmental monitoring and biological studies, researchers said. “This is the first micro-robot capable of repeatedly moving in and through complex environments,” said Yufeng Chen, a former graduate student at the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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    4. Recently, which of the following countries become the first to withdraw from the International Criminal Court?
    a. Burundi
    b. Iran
    c. Kenya
    d. Pakistan

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Burundi will become the first country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. An ICC spokesman confirmed that the pullout takes effect on Friday, a year after the East African nation notified the United Nations Secretary-General of its intention to leave the court that prosecutes the world’s worst atrocities.

    Burundi is the only one of three African nations to go ahead with its withdrawal after making moves last year to leave amid accusations that the court focuses too much on the continent. South Africa’s withdrawal was revoked in March. Gambia’s new government reversed its withdrawal in February. The ICC says Burundi’s withdrawal doesn’t affect the preliminary examination of the country’s situation already underway by the court’s prosecutor. Burundi has faced deadly political turmoil since 2015 when the President sought another term.

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    5. Recently, India has signed a MoU with Sri Lanka to build 1200 houses in Hambantota. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The 1200 houses will be constructed through 50 model villages using Indian grant assistance of Rs 600 million.
    2. In May 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi committed another 10000 houses for beneficiaries in the plantation sector.
    3. The coastal city of Hambantota gained strategic significance after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa built a massive port and an airport with huge Chinese loans.

    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:

    The coastal city of Hambantota gained strategic significance after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa built a massive port and an airport with huge Chinese loans. In July 2017, Rajpaksa government sold majority stakes of the port to China to manage outstanding USD 8 billion debt it owes China. Local residents, including supporters of Rajapaksa, earlier protested the selling of national assets to foreign entities.  Earlier in October 2017, protesters clashed with the police outside the Indian consulate in Hambantota after media reported government’s move to lease out a nearby airport to India.

    India on 26 October 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka to build 1200 houses in Hambantota, a southern port city of Sri Lanka.
    The MoU was signed today by Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Sri Lanka's Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction W.K.K. Athukorala. The coastal city of Hambantota gained strategic significance after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa built a massive port and an airport with huge Chinese loans. In July 2017, Rajpaksa government sold majority stakes of the port to China to manage outstanding USD 8 billion debt it owes China. Local residents, including supporters of Rajapaksa, earlier protested the selling of national assets to foreign entities.

    Earlier in October 2017, protesters clashed with the police outside the Indian consulate in Hambantota after media reported government’s move to lease out a nearby airport to India. India on 26 October 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka to build 1200 houses in Hambantota, a southern port city of Sri Lanka. The MoU was signed today by Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Sri Lanka's Secretary to the Ministry of Housing and Construction W.K.K. Athukorala.

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