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IAS Questions for Prelims: 8 December 2017

Dec 8, 2017 15:33 IST
    IAS Questions for Prelims 8 December 2017
    IAS Questions for Prelims 8 December 2017

    The IAS questions based on the current events of national and international importance will help IAS aspirants to gain momentum during IAS preparation. Here, we have provided IAS practice questions for IAS Prelims Exam and such questions can be asked in IAS Prelims Exam 2018.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Recently, the Government has decided to set up Border Protection Grid in Border States of India along with Bangladesh border. Which of the following Indian states are bordered with Bangladesh?
    a. Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal
    b. Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and West Bengal
    c. Assam, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and West Bengal
    d. Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    In an attempt to make the international borders secure, the Ministry of Home affairs underlined the need for securing the country’s borders and putting in place the systems to facilitate legitimate trade and commerce. Recently, the ministry has decided to set up Border Protection Grid in Border States along with the border of Bangladesh which will facilitate genuine trade and legitimate cross-border movement of people while curbing radicalization, illegal migration, and smuggling of cattle, fake Indian currency notes and drugs etc.

    The Indo-Bangladesh Border covering 5 states of India including Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal is 4096 km long. So far in 3006 km border security infrastructure of fence, roads, floodlights and border out posts (BOPs) are in place and works in the remaining 1090 km are yet to be started. Out of this, 684 km will be secured with a fence and the related infrastructure, and the balance 406 km with the non-physical barriers. Although the bulk of the infrastructure is in place or under construction, construction in some parts is yet to commence mainly due to land acquisition issues.

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    2. Recently, India and Cuba have signed a MoU for enhanced cooperation in the health sector. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. The objective of this MoU is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health.
    2. The MoU also includes Nutritional aspects of food intake, including malnutrition (over-nutrition and under-nutrition) in the light of the SDG2 and organization of nutritional services.

    Which of the above statement is true?
    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Recently, India and Cuba signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector. The objective of this MoU is to establish comprehensive inter-ministerial and inter-institutional cooperation between the two countries in the field of health by pooling technical, scientific, financial and human resources with the ultimate goal of upgrading the quality and reach of human, material and infrastructural resources involved in health care, medical education & training, and research in both countries.

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    3. Recently, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has updated red list classifying the different species. Which of the following categories not on the list of classifying the different species?
    a. EXTINCT IN THE WILD
    b. No CONCERN
    c. NEAR THREATENED
    d. Not EVALUATED

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on 4 December 2017 has released an updated red list classifying the different species.
    The following categories are:

    EXTINCT — the last individual in the species has died.

    EXTINCT IN THE WILD — it now lives only in captivity and not in its natural habitat.

    CRITICALLY ENDANGERED — facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

    ENDANGERED — facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

    VULNERABLE — facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

    NEAR THREATENED — likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

    LEAST CONCERN — it is widespread and abundant in the wild.

    DATA DEFICIENT — inadequate information.

    NOT EVALUATED — not yet been evaluated against the criteria.

    Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: July 2017

    4. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature upgraded the red list classifying the different species. Which of the following reptile species categorised as an extinct in the wild?
    a. whiptail-skink
    b. the blue-tailed skink
    c. Lister’s gecko
    d. All of the above

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) upgraded the Okarito kiwi and the Northern Brown kiwi from endangered to vulnerable thanks to New Zealand’s progress in controlling predators like stoats and cats.

    Two types of New Zealand kiwi birds are rare bright spots in a mostly grim assessment of global species at risk of extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature upgraded the Okarito kiwi and the Northern Brown kiwi from endangered to vulnerable thanks to New Zealand’s progress in controlling predators like stoats and cats.
    But the conservation group’s latest update on Tuesday mostly detailed grave threats to animals and plants due to loss of habitat and unsustainable farming and fisheries practices.

    It said three reptile species are now considered extinct in the wild. The whiptail-skink, the blue-tailed skink and Lister’s gecko from Australia’s Christmas Island all have mysteriously disappeared. The group said a disease or the arrival of an invasive species, the yellow crazy ant, might be to blame.

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    5. AIDS, a disease caused by a virus called HIV, alters the immune system, making it more vulnerable to infections and diseases. Consider the following statements regarding India's approach to tackling disease:
    1. India has over 2.1 million people living with HIV, the third largest number of people with HIV in the world.
    2. In an attempt to bridge this gap, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, earlier this year, launched the “Test and Treat Policy”.
    3. India’s National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) has brought down the incidence and mortality rates but only 43% of those affected with HIV have access to antiretroviral therapy (ART).

    Which of the above statement is true?
    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    In an attempt to bridge this gap, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, earlier this year, launched the “Test and Treat Policy”. Here, anyone who tests and is diagnosed as HIV positive will have access to ART treatment, irrespective of their immunity status or clinical stage of the disease. HIV disease management is expensive and a long-drawn process. What add to the trauma are the many myths around it. There are many misconceptions about this disease. You can get or transmit HIV only through specific activities. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through unsafe sexual behaviours and improper needle or syringe used. AIDS, a disease caused by a virus called HIV, alters the immune system, making it more vulnerable to infections and diseases. No effective cure currently exists, but with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled.

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