Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2018: 14 July 2017

Jul 14, 2017 12:47 IST

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Current affairs have a significant role in IAS Exam and it should be prepared with more emphasis. Here, in this article, we have provided current affairs quizzes which are created from events happened in this months, very useful for IAS Prelims Exam 2018.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2018- April 2017

1. The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to set up India’s first TISC in which of the following state?
a. Punjab
b. Gujarat
c. Maharashtra
d. Haryana

Answer: a

Explanation:

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology in New Delhi today to establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre, Punjab, under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.

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.

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).

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

2. Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for up gradation and widening of 65 kms of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur. Consider the following statements regarding this:
1. The project is being developed with ADB's loan assistance under the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Investment Program (Tranche 2) which aims at up gradation of road infrastructure in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India (BBIN) in order to improve the regional connectivity among BBIN nations.
2. The project corridor is also a part of the Asian Highway No. 01 (AH01) and acts as India's Gateway to the East.
3. Besides socio-economic development, the project will also lead to a reduction in average travel time along the project road by nearly 40%.

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: c

Explanation:

The Cabinet Committee on Economic has given its approval for up gradation and widening of 65 kms of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur at a cost of Rs. 1630.29 crores.
Manipur is a landlocked state with almost 90% of the area under difficult terrain presently has only road transport as a means of mass transport system within the state. Hence the development of the road infrastructure is of paramount importance to improve connectivity and progress of the State and to ensure that the administrative set up reaches the isolated and remote habitats. The project will improve connectivity between Imphal with the eastern part of the state. Based on the existing and projected traffic requirements the NH-39 will be widened to 4 lanes between Lilong village and Wanginj village, while the stretch between Wanginj village to Khongkhang will be upgraded to 2 lane with a paved shoulder.

The project is being developed with ADB's loan assistance under the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Investment Program which aims at up gradation of road infrastructure in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India (BBIN) in order to improve the regional connectivity among BBIN nations. The project corridor is also a part of the Asian Highway No. 01 (AH01) and acts as India's Gateway to the East. Thus trade, commerce and tourism in the region will get a boost.

Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

3. Recently, the Indian astronomers discover a super cluster of galaxies which they named as the:
a. Cosmos
b. Saraswati
c. Andromeda
d. Ganga

Answer: b

Explanation:

A team of Indian Pune-based Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) astronomers has discovered an extremely large supercluster of galaxies —— as big as 20 million billion suns — which they have named Saraswati.

This is one of the largest known structures in the neighbourhood of the universe, 4,000 million light-years away from Earth and roughly more than 10 billion years old, IUCAA said. Its mass extends over the scale of 600 million light years. Scientists of this institute were also involved in the path-breaking discovery of gravitational waves last year.
A cluster could roughly have galaxies ranging from 1000 to 10,000. A super cluster could have clusters ranging from 40 to 43.

Current Affairs Quizzes 2016 for IAS Prelims 2018

4. The union cabinet has recently approved the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Investment Program. Consider the following statements regarding SASEC:
1. The South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program brings together Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
2. Asian Development Bank (ADB) serves as the Secretariat for the SASEC member countries.

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

Answer: b

Explanation:

The South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Program was set up in 2001 for bringing together Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka in a project-based partnership to promote regional prosperity by improving cross-border connectivity, boosting trade among member countries, and strengthening regional economic cooperation.

Since 2001, SASEC countries have implemented regional projects in the energy, transport, trade facilitation, economic corridor development, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors. The Manila, Philippines-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) serves as the Secretariat for the SASEC member countries.

Union Budget 2017 Questions for IAS Exam

5. Consider the following statements regarding the cryptocurrencies:
1. Bitcoin became the first decentralised cryptocurrency.
2. There are already 3 major Bitcoin exchanges in India like Zebpay, Coinsecure and Unocoin.

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

Answer: c

Explanation:

Cryptocurrencies are a digital asset designed to work as a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of additional units of the currency. Bitcoin became the first decentralised cryptocurrency in 2009. Since then, numerous cryptocurrencies have been created. These are frequently called altcoins, as a blend of bitcoin alternative.

Cryptocurrency, and especially bitcoin is nothing new in India, and there are already 3 major bitcoin exchanges: Zebpay, Coinsecure and Unocoin. The growth of cryptocurrency in India had been growing steadily, just like in most parts of the world, up until the end of last year.

Current Affairs Quizzes 2016 for IAS Prelims 2018

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