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IAS Questions for Prelims: 29 September 2017

Sep 29, 2017 13:06 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 29 September 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 29 September 2017

    IAS questions provided in this article will help IAS aspirants to gain momentum during IAS preparation. To focus more on the current affairs for IAS Exam is the need of the hour and it has to be prepared enthusiastically before IAS Prelims Exam 2018.

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    1. Recently, the Government of India signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018. Consider the following statements regarding this letter of intent:
    1. Through this letter, the cooperation between India and Norway will continue to be aligned with the development goals of the Indian Government as outlined in its National Health Policy 2017 for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
    2. The cooperation will continue to focus on innovative, catalytic and strategic support, taking the Indian Government’s Intensification Plan for Accelerated Maternal and Child Survival in India as the starting point.
    3. The Governments of Norway and India had agreed in 2006 to collaborate towards achieving MDG 4 to reduce child mortality based on commitments made by the two Prime Ministers.

    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:

    Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India signed a Letter of Intent with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Norway to extend the cooperation within health sector through the Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI) for a period of three years starting from 2018 in New Delhi recently. C K Mishra, Secretary (HFW) and His Excellency, Mr. Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, Ambassador of Norway signed this Letter of Intent.  Manoj Jhalani, Additional Secretary & Mission Director (AS&MD), Ms. Vandana Gurnani, JS (RCH), Dr. Tore Godal, Special Adviser to Prime Minister of Norway, Dr Maha-noor Khan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway were also present during the signing ceremony.

    The Governments of Norway and India had agreed in 2006 to collaborate towards achieving MDG 4 to reduce child mortality based on commitments made by the two Prime Ministers. The partnership was based on India's health initiative, the National Health Mission (NHM), and aimed at facilitating rapid scale-up of quality child and maternal health services in four high focus states - Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The main activities in Phase I (2006-2012) were home-based new born care (HBNC), Yashoda through State health system, establishing Sick Newborn Care Units (SNCU), techno-managerial support, and providing strategic support for immunization and Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives.

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    2. Recently, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a part of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has started supporting which of the following Central Government's Programme?
    a. Make in India
    b. National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)
    c. Digital India
    d. National Rural Health Mission

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Satyapal Singh today urged officials of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) and Survey of India to work in an integrated manner and make optimal use of latest geo-spatial technologies to rejuvenate river Ganga. The Minister reiterated that all steps to clean Ganga must be taken up and executed in a time-bound manner.

    National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), which is a part of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been supporting NMCG to use geospatial technology for water quality monitoring, hydrological monitoring and evaluation, geomorphological monitoring and evaluation, bioresources monitoring and evaluation, comprehensive geospatial database, develop mobile application for enabling community participation and to co-ordinate necessary linkages with other agencies. The support is aimed at achieving the objective of monitoring of pollution in river Ganga. NMCG also strives to achieve GIS mapping of the entire Ganga river basin for effective execution and decision-making.

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    3. Recently, the Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing a MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The MoU will help in capacity building of Afghanistan National Police and improve the security apparatus in the region.
    2. India and Afghanistan have already signed an "Agreement on strategic partnership" between the two countries in October 2011.

    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:

    The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing a MoU between India and Afghanistan on Technical Cooperation on Police Training and Development.

    The MoU will help in capacity building of Afghanistan National Police and improve the security apparatus in the region. It has been approved for a period of 5 years from the date of signing the MoU and shall be extended for a further period of 5 years on the condition that is not further changes and or revision.

    India and Afghanistan have already signed an "Agreement on strategic partnership" between the two countries in October 2011. A meeting was held between delegates of the Ministry of Interior Affairs, Afghanistan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Afghanistan and officials of the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D), MHA at New Delhi in October 2016 and Afghanistan delegates expressed their desire for assistance from India in the field of Police training, police development, law enforcement, strengthening the rule of law in Afghanistan and building sustainable long-term cooperation. In order to take this cooperation forward, this MoU has been jointly agreed through diplomatic channels.

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    4. Recently, the Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The MoU will promote bilateral relationship between India and Belarus and it is envisaged to enhance the economic and commercial cooperation between the two sides in oil and natural gas sector.
    2. Under the MoU, both sides will work towards establishing cooperation in the areas of upstream and downstream activities, capacity building, technology transfer, enhanced oil recovery and development of mature fields in India.
    3. The MoU was signed on 12th September 2017 during the visit of President of Belarus to India.

    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 Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Belarus in the oil and gas sector. The MoU was signed on 12th September 2017 during the visit of President of Belarus to India.

    The MoU will promote bilateral relationship between India and Belarus and it is envisaged to enhance the economic and commercial cooperation between the two sides in oil and natural gas sector. Under the MoU, both sides will work towards establishing cooperation in the areas of upstream and downstream activities, capacity building, technology transfer, enhanced oil recovery and development of mature fields in India. The MoU shall remain in force for three years for the day of its signing.

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    5. Recently, the Union Cabinet has approved the signing and ratification of the Bilateral Investment Treaty on investment with which of the following countries?
    a. USA
    b. Belarus
    c. Turkey
    d. Israel

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing and ratification of the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) between the India and Belarus on Investments. The Treaty is likely to increase investment flows between the two countries. The agreement is expected to improve the confidence of the investors resulting in an increase in FDI and Overseas Director Investment (ODI) opportunities and this will have a positive impact on employment generation.

    The signing and ratification of a BIT between the two countries will work as a strategic initiative as Belarus is the member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). India has already initiated the BIT text with the Kyrgyz Republic and is in talks with the Russian Federation for a new BIT, based on the Model BIT text.

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