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IAS Questions for Prelims: 28 July 2017

Jul 28, 2017 12:45 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 28 July 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 28 July 2017

    IAS questions based on the current affairs of national and international importance have been provided in this article. The IAS aspirants should keep practicing such questions during IAS preparation and it will help to score well in IAS Prelims Exams.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. India all set to access resources under the Green Climate Fund for Finance Climate Action. Consider the following statements regarding the Green Climate Fund:
    1. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is one of the operating entities under the financial mechanism set up under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to provide support to developing countries in combating climate change.
    2. India has nominated a total of five direct access entities for accreditation by the GCF.
    3. The signing of AMA between GCF and NABARD is an essential first step for accessing the GCF resources to help safeguard the lives, property and livelihoods of millions of people against climate change impact.

    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 Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has said that India is committed to the cause of Climate Change. Delivering the keynote address on the occasion of the signing of the Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) between Green Climate Fund (GCF) and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).

    The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is one of the operating entities under the financial mechanism set up under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to provide support to developing countries in combating climate change, with resources to be generated from funding by developed country Parties and various other public and private sources. It supports both climate change adaptation and mitigation projects in developing countries.

    So far, one project from India on “Installation of Ground Water Recharge System” in Odisha has recently been approved by the GCF for $34 million. Another proposal on coastal areas has already been submitted to the GCF Secretariat and several more projects are in the pipeline.

    India has nominated a total of five direct access entities for accreditation by the GCF. Two of these from the public sector and three from the private sector for accreditation by the GCF. The public sector entities are NABARD and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI). The private sector entities nominated are YES Bank, IDFC Bank and IL&FS Environmental Services. So far, NABARD and SIDBI have been accredited by the GCF.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: June 2017

    2. For the development of the internal infrastructure of solar parks has been planned by Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) under the aegis of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. Which of the following international organisation is providing lost cost financing regarding this?
    a. World Bank
    b. Asian Development Bank
    c. International Monetary Fund
    d. BRICS Bank

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    World Bank financing of USD 100 Million for the development of the internal infrastructure of solar parks has been planned by Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) under the aegis of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. The World Bank loan is proposed to flow to the interested Solar Power Park Developers (SPPDs) through IREDA.
    In addition, the World Bank is providing low-cost financing to rooftop solar developers under a $625 million Programme for Results (PforR) to be routed through the State Bank of India. These programmes will increase the availability of debt financing, de-risk commercial, financial flows, and build capacity across the solar PV industry to significantly expand the programme of rooftop solar PV across India. The first 100 MW of solar rooftop financing under this loan has just been approved, the Minister added.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

    3. Recently, the Government has been Biofuel Scheme. Consider the following statements regarding this scheme:
    1. The Government is implementing the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme under which, Oil Marketing Companies sell ethanol blended petrol with the percentage of ethanol up to 10% as per BIS specifications, depending upon its availability.
    2. In order to improve the availability of ethanol, the Government on 10 April 2014 introduced the administered price mechanism for procurement of ethanol under EBP Programme.
    3. The Government also allowed procurement of ethanol produced from the cellulosic and lignocellulosic feedstock, including petrochemical route.

    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:

    For the development of Biofuels, a National Policy on Biofuels has been announced in the year 2009. The Government is implementing the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme under which, Oil Marketing Companies sell ethanol blended petrol with the percentage of ethanol up to 10% as per BIS specifications, depending upon its availability. In order to improve the availability of ethanol, the Government on April 10, 2014 introduced the administered price mechanism for procurement of ethanol under EBP Programme. The Government also allowed procurement of ethanol produced from the cellulosic and lignocellulosic feedstock, including petrochemical route.

    The Minister further stated that to encourage production of Biodiesel in the country, the Government announced the Biodiesel Purchase Policy in October 2005, which became effective from 1st January 2006. The Government has permitted the direct sale of Biodiesel (B-100) for blending with High-Speed Diesel to all consumers, in accordance with the specified blending limits and the standards specified by the Bureau of Indian Standards

    Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2018- April 2017

    4. The government of India has set up a dedicated fund called Nirbhaya Fund for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security of women in the country. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. Nirbhaya Fund was set up with a corpus of Rs. 1000 Cr. During 2013-14 further an amount of Rs 1000 Cr. was provided in 2014-15 and for the financial years 2016-17 and 2017-18, an amount of Rs. 550 cr. (each financial year) was provided under the Nirbhaya Fund.
    2. Under the Nirbhaya fund, 22 proposals on women’s safety and security from Central Ministries and State Governments amounting to Rs.2209.19 Crores have been appraised and recommended by the Empowered Committee as on 21 July 2017.

    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 government of India has set up a dedicated fund called Nirbhaya Fund for implementation of initiatives aimed at enhancing the safety and security of women in the country. As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Women and Child Development is the nodal authority for appraisal of the schemes/proposals received under Nirbhaya Fund. Also, Ministry of Finance has set up an Empowered Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development for appraising and approving various schemes/project proposals proposed to be funded from the Nirbhaya Fund. The concerned Ministries take up the sanction and implementation of the schemes/proposals so appraised as they do for their other schemes/projects.

    Nirbhaya Fund was set up with a corpus of Rs. 1000 Cr. during 2013-14. Further, an amount of Rs 1000 Cr. was provided in 2014-15 and for the financial years 2016-17 and 2017-18, an amount of Rs. 550 cr. (each financial year) was provided under the Nirbhaya Fund.  The corpus transferred to the Public Account for the Nirbhaya fund up to 2017-18 is Rs. 3100 Cr.

    Under the Nirbhaya fund, 22 proposals on women’s safety and security from Central Ministries and State Governments amounting to Rs.2209.19 Crores have been appraised and recommended by the Empowered Committee as on 21 July 2017.

    ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

    5. Which of the following country to build its first Mars simulation base?
    a. India
    b. China
    c. USA
    d. Russia

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    China plans to build its first Mars simulation base on the Tibetan plateau in the country’s northwest as it aims to send the first mission to the red planet by 2020 to catch-up with the US, India and Russia.

    An agreement to build a “Mars village” at Haixi prefecture in Qinghai province, a part of the Tibetan plateau located next to Tibet Autonomous Region was signed yesterday. The region on the Qinghai-Tibet plateau is known for its sharp ridges and mounds of rock—known as yardangs—formed over the centuries by wind erosion.

    China aims to launch a Mars probe around 2020 to carry out orbiting and roving exploration, followed by a second mission that would include a collection of surface samples from the red planet, according to an official white paper ‘China’s Space Activities in 2016’.

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