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IAS Questions for Prelims: 31 October 2017

Oct 31, 2017 15:31 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 31 October 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 31 October 2017

    The given IAS questions have been developed from the authentic study sources for IAS Exam like- The Hindu, PIB, Indian Express and other important sources. The IAS aspirants must study and practice such IAS questions based on current affairs on a daily basis so that no important issues left out of their IAS preparation.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Recently, the 11th Trade Policy Forum (TPF) Meeting between India and US was held in Washington D.C. on 26th October 2017. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The TPF serves as a robust platform that contributes towards promoting bilateral trade and investment between India and the US.
    2. During the TPF meeting, discussions were held on issues related to bilateral trade between the two countries, areas of mutual cooperation, market access in agriculture, non-agricultural goods and services and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

    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 11th Trade Policy Forum (TPF) Meeting was held in Washington D.C. on 26th October 2017. The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu had productive discussions with the United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer and his team in a cordial, friendly and positive manner. The Minister of Commerce and Industry noted that the TPF serves as a robust platform that contributes towards promoting bilateral trade and investment between India and the US. During the meeting, discussions were held on issues related to bilateral trade between the two countries, areas of mutual cooperation, market access in agriculture, non-agricultural goods and services and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

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    2. Recently, the Government of India and the World Bank has signed a $200 million loan agreement for the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The Project will support the Government of Assam to facilitate agri-business investments, increase agricultural productivity and market access, and enable small farm holders to produce crops that are resilient to recurrent floods or droughts in the state.
    2. The Project will be implemented in over 16 Districts of Assam and over 500,000 farming households will directly benefit from the Project.
    3. At least 30 percent women are expected to participate in project activities and specific focus will be given to women-led enterprises and their participation in the decision-making process of farmer producer organizations.

    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 Government of India and the World Bank today signed a $200 million Loan Agreement for the Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation Project. The Project will support the Government of Assam to facilitate agri-business investments, increase agricultural productivity and market access, and enable small farm holders to produce crops that are resilient to recurrent floods or droughts in the state.

    The Agreement for the Project was signed by Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India; Mr. Ravi Kota, Principal Secretary, Finance, Government of Assam, on behalf of the Government of Assam; and Mr. Hisham Abdo, Operations Manager, World Bank India, on behalf of the World Bank.

    The Project will be implemented in over 16 Districts of Assam. Over 500,000 farming households will directly benefit from the Project. At least 30 percent women are expected to participate in project activities. Specific focus will be given to women-led enterprises and their participation in the decision-making process of farmer producer organizations. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hisham Abdo, Operations Manager, World Bank said that the Government of Assam aims to double farm incomes in the State and transform the agricultural sector into a stable source of growth and economic development. He said that this project will serve as the nucleus to fulfil the State’s much larger vision of an agriculture-based rural transformation.

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    3. Recently, India and Italy have signed six MoUs to boost cooperation in key sectors, including energy and trade. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. They also called on all countries to work towards rooting out terrorist safe havens, their infrastructure and networks and halting cross-border movement of terrorists, a joint statement issued after the meeting said, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.
    2. Italy is India's fifth largest trading partner in the EU with a bilateral trade of USD 8.79 billion in 2016-17.
    3. The two sides agreed to strengthen the consultation mechanism through regular exchange of assessments and information, training and capacity building programmes in the sphere of counter-terrorism.

    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 and Italy today inked six pacts to boost cooperation in key sectors, including energy and trade, after detailed talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni on ways to strengthen ties and countering terrorism. They also called on all countries to work towards rooting out terrorist safe havens, their infrastructure and networks and halting cross-border movement of terrorists, a joint statement issued after the meeting said, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.

    Italy is India's fifth largest trading partner in the EU with a bilateral trade of USD 8.79 billion in 2016-17, as per official figures.  India's exports to Italy were at USD 4.90 billion, while its imports were at USD 3.89 billion, resulting in a trade imbalance of about USD 1 billion in favour of India. In the first four months of fiscal 2017-18, bilateral trade has reached USD 3.22 billion.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: July 2017

    4. According to the UN weather agency's annual flagship report, the concentration in the atmosphere of which of the following gases surged at a record high in 2016?
    a. Methane
    b. Carbon dioxide
    c. Nitrogen
    d. Oxygen

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said on Monday, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement. “Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016,” the World Meteorological Organization said.

    “Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400.00 ppm in 2015 because of a combination of human activities and a strong El Nino event,” it said. The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN weather agency's annual flagship report, tracks the continent of dangerous gasses in atmosphere in the post-industrial era (since 1750).

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    5. A new research published by The Lancet medical journal talks of the various ways in which climate change has started affecting the health of people across the planet. Consider the following statements regarding how climate change affects health and labour productivity:
    1. Due to climate change 46% increase in weather-related disasters since 2000.
    2. 87 percent of global cities that are in breach of WHO air pollution guidelines.
    3. The total number 4,18,000 of Indian workforce out of jobs in 2016 due to rising temperatures.

    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:

    Here is a look at the key numbers on how climate change affects health and labour productivity:

    A new research published by The Lancet medical journal talks of the various ways in which climate change has started affecting the health of people across the planet. ‘The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change’ report says China, Bangladesh, India, and Indonesia are the countries that have registered the highest number of deaths linked to air pollution. Here is a look at the key numbers on how climate change affects health and labour productivity:

    • 46 — The global increase percentage in weather-related disasters since 2000.
    • 50 — Number of years of gain in public health undermined due to anthropogenic climate change.
    • 87 — The percentage of global cities that are in breach of WHO air pollution guidelines.
    • 129 —Total economic loss in billion dollars due to weather events in 2016.
    • 5.3 — The average fall in productivity (in %) for rural labour globally since 2000, due to rising temperatures.
    • 9,20,000 — Number of people globally out of the workforce in 2016 due to rising temperatures.
    • 4,18,000 — Number of Indian workforce out of jobs in 2016 due to rising temperatures.
    • 1,000,000,000 — Number of people likely to migrate within 90 years, due to a rise in sea level caused by ice shelf collapse.

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