Current events should be read concurrently with the academic subjects like Indian polity, economics and Indian geography. Solving the MCQs based on the current events helps the student to better understand the topics in news.
Here, we have provided some important mock questions on the latest happenings that affect the country. 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 Home Affairs held the meeting of Island Development Agency (IDA) to review the concept development plans on islands. Consider the following statements regarding the IDA:
1) The Island Development Agency detailed master plans for the holistic development of 09 islands from Lakshadweep, Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar.
2) The development project is being steered by NITI Aayog.
3) The IDA was set up on June 01, 2017 following the Prime Minister’s review meeting for the holistic development of islands.
Which of the above statement is true?
a. 1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3
The Island Development Agency reviewed the concept development plans and detailed master plans for the holistic development of 09 islands (four in A&N Islands i.e. Smith, Ross, Long, Avis) and (five in Lakshadweep i.e. Minicoy, Bangaram, Thinnakara, Cheriyam, Suheli). The project is steered by NITI Aayog aims at promoting and implementing development based on a sustainable approach to building a thriving maritime economy of the project islands.
NITI Aayog was also asked to drive the formulation of PPP projects and proposed detailed guidelines boost private sector participation. The IDA was set up on June 01, 2017 following the Prime Minister’s review meeting for the holistic development of islands.
It was noted that site development potential reports have clearly mapped and delineated environmentally sensitive zones in the project islands and considering the unique maritime and territorial bio-diversity of the islands, enhanced connectivity has been recommended as one of the key priorities.
2. Which statement best describes the purpose of the term, "SHe- Box" which is often seen in the news?
1) It is an online complaint Management System for women working in only private organizations.
2) It is basically used to lodge complaints of sexual harassment at workplace.
Choose the correct code:
a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
The SHe-Box was launched in New Delhi today to ensure the effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act (the SH Act), 2013.
The new SHe-Box portal offers the facility of making online complaints of sexual harassment at the workplace to all women employees in the country including government and private employees. Those who have already filed a written complaint with the concerned Internal Complaint Committee (ICC) or Local Complaint Committee (LCC) constituted under the SH Act are also eligible to file their complaint through this portal.
SHe-Box portal is an effort to provide a speedier remedy to women facing sexual harassment at workplace. Once a complaint is submitted to the portal, it will be directly sent to the ICC/LCC of the concerned employer. Through this portal, WCD, as well as complainant, can monitor the progress of inquiry conducted by the ICC/LCC. This is a proactive step taken by MWCD in the wake of the worldwide social media campaign #MeToo.
3. Which of the following Indian cities has been included in the UNESCO Creative Cities List?
a. Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai
b. Jaipur, Varanasi and Chennai
c. Jaipur, Delhi and Chennai
d. All of the above
Chennai city has been included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical tradition. Jaipur and Varanasi are the other Indian cities that feature on the list. As many as 64 cities from 44 countries have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 116 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.
By joining the Network, cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civil society.
4. Recently, the fossils of oldest mammal ancestor discovered in which of the following country?
Scientists have discovered the remains of humankind’s oldest mammal ancestor — a tiny rat-like creature that lived 145 million years ago. The fossils of the nocturnal mammal were discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, by palaeontologists from the University of Portsmouth in the U.K. The animal is the earliest in the line that evolved into humans, and branched off into creatures as diverse as blue whales and pygmy shrews, according to a study published in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.
The new species has been named Durlstotherim newmani — after an amateur palaeontologist and pub owner Charlie Newman, who helped scientists, collect the new specimens. Researchers were sifting through small samples of earliest Cretaceous rocks when they unexpectedly found two teeth.
5. India’s Second Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) Established at Anna University, Chennai recently. Consider the following statements regarding India’s Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC):
1. WIPO’s Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based information services.
2. The objective of the TISC is to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India.
3. Over 500 TISCs operate worldwide and establishing a TISC in India will give the host institutions access to the global network.
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
Recently, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, has signed an Institutional agreement with Anna University to establish India’s second Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) at the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR), Anna University, Chennai, under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.
WIPO’s Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high-quality technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). CIPR has an experience of filing more than 185 Patents, 29 Trademarks, 39 Copyrights, 25 Industrial Design and has also assisted in filing 12 International Patent Applications. Anna University has been accredited with 6th rank among Universities, 8th rank among Engineering Colleges and 13th rank in the overall category in India, by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. CIPR has also organized IPR awareness programs as well as six certificate courses on IPR related subjects.
The objective of the TISC is to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation, thereby promoting entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development by establishing a network of TISCs in India. Over 500 TISCs operate worldwide and establishing a TISC in India will give the host institutions access to the global network. TISC will give an impetus to knowledge sharing, sharing of best practices among the TISCs, capacity building, generation and commercialization of Intellectual Properties.