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IAS Questions for Prelims: 7 September 2017

Sep 7, 2017 14:36 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 7 September 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 7 September 2017

    Current affairs importance in the IAS prelims is increasing exponentially every year and hence special emphasis should be given for preparing current affairs for the IAS prelims 2018. Practising MCQ questions based on current affairs should be an indispensable activity while preparing for the IAS prelims 2018.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Recently, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in one of the States of which of the following countries?
    a. Malaysia
    b. Myanmar
    c. China
    d. Nepal

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in the State of Melaka, Malaysia recently. The Scheme was launched by Chief Minister of Melaka Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Hj. Idris Bin Hj. Haron. In due course of time, the successful Indian model of UJALA scheme has become a sought-after example for the different nations of the world and will now be implemented in Melaka to extend programme benefits to people of the region.

    Under this scheme, each household in Melaka will get 10 high-quality 9-watt LED bulbs at a cost of only RM 10, which is a special price and is almost half of what in begin offered in the market. The distribution of these LED bulbs will take place from 28 numbers of Japerun in the region. These Japerun are a unique community welfare and engagement centres, which are situated across the Melakan State. Under the extensive and ever-expanding idea of UJALA, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) plans to distribute about 1 million 9W LED bulbs, which will replace 18W CFLs. The initiative will have the logistical assistance and facilitation support from Green Growth Asia, which is a not for profit organization. The price of each bulb will be way lesser than the global average price of the LED bulbs, which still swings between 3-5 USD. Notably, each bulb that is being provided by EESL under the UJALA scheme in Melaka comes with a 3-year free replacement warranty against any technical defects. These bulbs sent from India will be of leading brands and manufacturers like Osram, Philips along with other companies of repute.

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    2. Recently, the Universal Drug Sensitivity Test policy has been launched to detect the TB bacterium by which of the following organisation?
    a. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
    b. WHO
    c. UNICEF
    d. None of the above

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The new policy called the Universal Drug Sensitivity Test, which was formalised earlier this month, will be implemented using a molecular diagnostic test called GeneXpert, a US-developed technology tool being used worldwide since 2010. It can detect the TB bacterium as well check for resistance to rifampicin, one of the standard key TB drugs, within 90 minutes. Conventional tests take at least a day or more and require well-trained personnel for similar results.

    States that will first see this policy being implemented include Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand. These, however, are not the States with the highest tuberculosis burden. “The States are expected to implement this intervention for patients diagnosed as on 1st August or later,” says a letter signed by Sunil Khaparde, who heads India’s National TB Control Programme.

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    3. As a part of labour law reforms, the Government has undertaken the exercise of rationalisation of the 38 Labour Acts by framing 4 labour codes viz Code on Wages, Code on Industrial Relations, Code on Social Security and Code on occupational safety, health and working conditions. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The Code on Wages Bill 2017 has been introduced in Lok Sabha on 10.08.2017 and it subsumes 4 existing Laws, viz. the Minimum Wages Act, 1948; the Payment of Wages Act, 1936; the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965; and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.
    2. At present, the provisions of the Minimum Wages Act and the Payment of Wages Act do not cover a substantial number of workers, as the applicability of both these Acts is restricted to the Scheduled Employments/Establishments.
    3. The proposed payment of wages through cheque or digital/ electronic mode would not only promote digitization but also extend wage and social security to the worker.

    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:

    As part of labour law reforms, the Government has undertaken the exercise of rationalisation of the 38 Labour Acts by framing 4 labour codes viz Code on Wages, Code on Industrial Relations, Code on Social Security and Code on occupational safety, health and working conditions.

    The Code on Wages Bill 2017 has been introduced in Lok Sabha on 10.08.2017 and it subsumes 4 existing Laws, viz. the Minimum Wages Act, 1948; the Payment of Wages Act, 1936; the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965; and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976. After the enactment of the Code on Wages, all these four Acts will get repealed. The Codification of the Labour Laws will remove the multiplicity of definitions and authorities leading to ease of compliance without compromising wage security and social security to the workers.

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    4. In the recent summit of BRICS countries in China, the leaders of BRICS countries have signed four documents on Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation, Innovation, Customs Cooperation and MOU with Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. BRICS Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation was signed.
    2. BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation (2017-2020) was signed.
    3. Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation was signed.

    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:

    Four documents, including on economic and trade cooperation, were signed by the BRICS countries on Monday with an aim to deepen commercial ties among the grouping's members. The following four documents have been signed by the BRICS countries:

    • BRICS Action Agenda on Economic and Trade Cooperation

    • BRICS Action Plan for Innovation Cooperation (2017-2020)

    • Strategic Framework of BRICS Customs Cooperation

    • Memorandum of Understanding between the BRICS Business Council and the New Development Bank on Strategic Cooperation

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    5. How many Indian states are bordered with Myanmar?
    a. 3
    b. 4
    c. 5
    d. 6

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The India–Myanmar barrier is a border barrier that India is constructing to seal its 1,624-kilometer (1,009 mi)-long border with Burma. Four Northeast Indian states share the border with Burma: Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur.

    India-Myanmar border has the Free Movement Regime (FMR) which allows the tribes living along the border to travel 16-km across the boundary without visa restrictions. There are over 250 villages with over 300,000 people living within 10 km of the border who frequently cross the border through 150 small and large, formal and informal, border crossings.

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