Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 30 March 2017

Mar 30, 2017 12:20 IST

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Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam 2017: 29 March 2017

1. Recently, the government has extended demand incentives worth Rs 127.77 crore for purchase of over 1.11 lakh electric and hybrid vehicles under the FAME-India scheme. Consider the following statements regarding the FAME-India scheme:
I. The FAME India Scheme for promoting hybrid and electric mobility vehicles.
II. Under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid and) Electric Vehicles (FAME-India) Scheme of the Government, demand incentives are being extended to all vehicle segments i.e. 2 – Wheelers, 3-Wheeler Auto, Passenger 4-Wheeler Vehicles, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses.
III. The scheme has 4 focus areas i.e. Technology development, Demand Creation, Pilot Projects and Charging Infrastructure.

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
a. Only I
b. I and II
c. II and III
d. All of the above

Answer: d

Explanation:

Recently, the government has extended demand incentives worth Rs 127.77 crore for purchase of over 1.11 lakh electric and hybrid vehicles under the FAME-India scheme. Under FAME-India scheme of the government, Department of Heavy Industry has extended demand incentives at Rs 127.77 crore for purchase of 1,11,897 electric/hybrid vehicles since inception of the scheme on 1 April, 2015 till February, 2017. The FAME-India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (hybrid &) Electric vehicles in India) scheme is proposed to be implemented over a period of 6 years, till 2020, wherein it is intended to support the hybrid/electric vehicles market development and its manufacturing eco-system to achieve self-sustenance at the end of the stipulated period.

The scheme has four focus areas, technology development, demand creation, pilot projects and charging infrastructure.

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2. Government has reviewed the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme to make it more effective and the revised NCLP Guidelines issued in this regard have come into force with effect from 1st April 2016. Consider the following statements regarding the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme:
I. Under the revised Guidelines the Special Training Centres (STCs) for rehabilitation of child labour have been aligned in line with RTE Act; the target group has been expanded to all working children below the age of 14 years and to adolescents (14-18 years) working in hazardous occupations and processes.
II. Under the revised Guidelines the Special Training Centres (STCs) the procedure for setting up of Project Societies and opening of STCs has been simplified.

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
a. Only I
b. Only II
c. Both I and II
d. Neither I nor II

Answer: c

Explanation:

Recently, the Government has reviewed the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme to make it more effective and the revised NCLP Guidelines issued in this regard have come into force with effect from 1st April 2016. Under the revised guidelines the Special Training Centres (STCs) for rehabilitation of child labour have been aligned in line with RTE Act; the target group has been expanded to all working children below the age of 14 years and to adolescents (14-18 years) working in hazardous occupations and processes; the procedure for setting up of Project Societies and opening of STCs has been simplified; payment of stipend to the children is made on modular basis for a minimum of three months through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT); the budget of Project Societies/STCs and rate of honorarium for volunteers/staff has been enhanced; procedure for conducting survey has been simplified; Monitoring mechanism has been strengthened at National, State and District level etc. At present the scheme is sanctioned in 280 Districts of 21 States in the country.

The Rehabilitation of Bonded Labour, 2016 Scheme would also be implemented through the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Societies in existence. Creation of additional NCLP Societies is a continuous process depending upon the need thereof.

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3. Scientists of National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) organising the world’s first nanocar race in which of the following countries of the world?
a. India
b. France
c. USA
d. UK

Answer: b

Explanation:

Scientists are organising the world’s first nano-car race next month in France, where tiny molecular machines will compete against each other over a minuscule racecourse made of gold atoms. The international molecule-car race is being organised by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in France.

The vehicles, which consist of a few hundred atoms, will be powered by minute electrical pulses during the 36 hours of the race, in which they must navigate a racecourse made of gold atoms, measuring a maximum of 100 nanometres in length.

They will square off beneath the four tips of a unique microscope located at CNRS’s CEMES research centre in Toulouse. The race is first and foremost a scientific and technological challenge.

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4. Recently, the Supreme Court has put a freeze on the sale of Bharat Stage-III fuel compliant vehicles. Consider the following statements regarding the Bharat Stage norms:
1) The standards and the timeline for implementation are set by the Central Pollution Control Board under the Ministry of Environment & Forests and climate change.
2) Bharat stage emission standards regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engine equipment.
3) Bharat stage emission standards are not based on the European regulations.

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

Answer: c

Explanation:

The Bharat Stage standards and the timeline for implementation are set by the Central Pollution Control Board under the Ministry of Environment & Forests and climate change.
Bharat stage emission standards' are emission standards instituted by the Government of India to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engine equipment, including motor vehicles.

Exposure to air pollution can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, which is estimated to be the cause for 6.2 lakh early deaths in 2010, and the health cost of air pollution in India has been assessed at 3% of its GDP.

The standards, based on European regulations were first introduced in 2000. Progressively stringent norms have been rolled out since then. All new vehicles manufactured after the implementation of the norms have to be compliant with the regulations.

Since October 2010, Bharat Stage (BS) III norms have been enforced across the country. In 13 major cities, Bharat Stage IV emission norms have been in place since April 2010. In 2016, the Indian government announced that the country would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020.

5. The Hindu New Year is celebrated in different parts of the country with different traditional festivities. Which of the following festivals is correctly matched their following states?
1) Manipuris: Sajibu Cheiraoba
2) Maharashtra: Yugadi
3) Sindhis: Cheti Chand

Choose the correct code:
a. 1 and 3
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 2
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: a

Explanation:

The Hindu New Year is celebrated in different parts of the country with different traditional festivities. For example, Chaitra Sukladi, Navroz, Ugadi, Navareh, Gudi Padava and Chetti Chand are the same festivals in different names in different parts of the country. Even outside India, the hindus of Hindus of Bali and Indonesia also celebrate their new year on the same day as Nyepi.

Some of the names of the festivals are as follows:

Manipuris: Sajibu Cheiraoba

Maharashtra: Gudi Padwa

Karnataka: Yugadi

Sindhis: Cheti Chand

Andhra Pradesh and Telangana: Ugadi

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