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IAS Questions for Prelims: 3 August 2017

Aug 3, 2017 12:25 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 3 August 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 3 August 2017

    Current affairs and static knowledge of core subjects like history, geography, polity, both are equally important during IAS prelims preparation. During IAS prelims preparation, practising MCQ questions based on current affairs becomes an indispensable activity.

    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. Recently the Ministry of minority affairs launched the “jiyo parsi phase 2”. Consider the following statements regarding the jiyo Parsi scheme:

    1) “Jiyo Parsi” scheme is to reverse the declining trend of Parsi population.
    2) The scheme has two components that are the medical assistance and Advocacy/counselling.
    3) The jiyo Parsi scheme has been unsuccessful so far.

    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 Minority Affairs ministry recently launched the “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2” and it was stated that Parsi community has an immense contribution to nation building and the Parsi community has been a “role model” for other communities for its culture and traditions. The Parsi community has given so many great people who have been “architects of nation building”. But the declining population of Parsi community in India is a matter of concern.

     “Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-1” was initiated in 2013 for containing the declining trend of population of the Parsi community. The main objective of the “Jiyo Parsi” scheme is to reverse the declining trend of Parsi population by adopting a scientific protocol and structured interventions, stabilize their population and increase the population of Parsis in India.

    Ministry of Minority Affairs’ scheme has two components: Medical Assistance and Advocacy/Counseling. The scheme has been successful. 101 babies have been born in Parsi community through “Jiyo Parsi” scheme.

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    2. Consider the following statements regarding the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), often seen in news:

    1) National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is a quasi-judicial body.
    2) It was established under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of 2016.
    3) Once the NCLT admits a case for initiating corporate insolvency resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of 2016, the case cannot be withdrawn even if the parties have decided to settle.

    Which of the following statements is true?

    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) is a quasi-judicial body and it was established under the Companies Act, 2013 and is a successor body of the Company Law Board.
    NCLT will have the same powers as assigned to the erstwhile Company Law Board, Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) and powers related to winding up of companies.

    The setting up of NCLT as a specialized institution for corporate justice is based on the recommendations of the Justice Eradi Committee on Law Relating to Insolvency and Winding up of Companies.

    Recently, the Supreme Court, using its extraordinary constitutional powers, has allowed two companies to withdraw from insolvency proceedings and settle their loan dispute despite the case having been admitted by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT).

    It should be noted here that once the NCLT admits a case for initiating corporate insolvency resolution process under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of 2016, the case cannot be withdrawn even if the parties have decided to settle.

    3. Recently, the Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among India and various BRICs countries for establishment of the BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP). Consider the following statements regarding this:

    1) During the 7th BRICS Summit held on 9thJuly 2015 at Ufa in Russia, Prime Minister Modi proposed to establish BRICS Agriculture Research Centre.
    2) The Centre will promote sustainable agricultural development and poverty alleviation through strategic cooperation in agriculture to provide food security in the BRICS member countries.
    3) BRICS-ARP will be the natural global platform for science-led agriculture-based sustainable development for addressing the issues of world hunger, under-nutrition, poverty and inequality.

    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:

    During the 7th BRICS Summit held on 9thJuly 2015 at Ufa in Russia, Prime Minister Modi proposed to establish BRICS Agriculture Research Centre which will be a gift to the entire world. The Centre will promote sustainable agricultural development and poverty alleviation through strategic cooperation in agriculture to provide food security in the BRICS member countries.

    In order to further intensify cooperation among BRICS countries in agricultural research policy, science and technology, innovation and capacity building, including technologies for small holder farming in the BRICS countries, an MoU on establishment of the Agricultural Research Platform was signed by the foreign Ministers of BRICS countries in the 8th BRICS Summit held at Goa.

    BRICS-ARP will be the natural global platform for science-led agriculture-based sustainable development for addressing the issues of world hunger, under-nutrition, poverty and inequality, particularly between farmers' and non-farmers' income, and enhancing agricultural trade, bio-security and climate resilient agriculture.

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    4. Recently, the Government has launched a scheme namely ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping and Roadmap'. Consider the following statements regarding this:

    1) The ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping and Roadmap’ has been launched with the main objectives of talent hunt as well as collection of database of artists, artisans and various art forms across the country.
    2) The objective of the Mission is to applaud new talent and protect all age group of artists by organizing activities under ‘National Cultural Awareness Programme’ from Block level to National level.

    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 has launched a scheme namely ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping and Roadmap’ with the main objectives of talent hunt as well as collection of database of artists, artisans and various art forms across the country.

    The objective of the Mission is not only to collect the database of artists, artisans and various art forms, but also to applaud new talent and protect all age group of artists by organizing activities under ‘National Cultural Awareness Programme’ from Block level to National level.

    5. Recently, the government has asked the think-tank Niti Aayog to study the automobile standards developed in China to use methanol as an alternative fuel. Consider the following statements regarding methanol as an alternative fuel:

    1) Methanol is a clean-burning fuel that produces fewer smog-causing emissions such as sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
    2) Methanol is most commonly produced on a commercial scale from coal.
    3) Methanol economy will help India use its vast reserves of coal while driving import substitution.

    Which of the above statements is true?

    a. 1 and 2
    b. 1 and 3
    c. 2 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Methanol may be made from hydrocarbon or renewable resources, in particular, natural gas and biomass respectively. It can also be synthesized from CO2 (carbon dioxide) and hydrogen. Methanol economy will help India use its vast reserves of coal while driving import substitution. Research in converting carbon dioxide to methanol is promising and can be a game-changer for methanol economy. India imports methanol from Saudi Arabia and Iran at present.

    Methanol is an alternative fuel for internal combustion and other engines, either in combination with gasoline or directly ("neat"). In the U.S., methanol fuel has received less attention than ethanol fuel as an alternative to petroleum-based fuels. In general, ethanol is less toxic and has higher energy density, although methanol is less expensive to produce sustainably and is a less expensive way to reduce the carbon footprint. However, for optimizing engine performance, fuel availability, toxicity and political advantage, a blend of ethanol, methanol and petroleum are likely to be preferable to using any of these individual substances alone.

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