IAS Questions for Prelims 12 September 2017

Sep 12, 2017 15:21 IST

IAS Questions for Prelims 12 September 2017
IAS Questions for Prelims 12 September 2017

IAS questions based on the current issues and happenings have much impact in UPSC IAS Exam and it should be meticulously prepared before the IAS Prelims Exam. Preparation of current affairs based quizzes also gives an edge to the preparation of IAS Mains Exam.

IAS Prelims Exam Guide

1. Recently, research collaboration between India and Switzerland on a new cement material that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the manufacturing process is set to take off into implementation. Consider the following statements regarding this:
1. The combination of the new method and the material properties effectively reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 30% as compared to the traditional way of manufacturing cement.
2. One way of mitigating the emissions factor is the use of Limestone Calcined Clay Cement or the LC3 technology.
3. Partners in this research are IIT Delhi, IIT Madras and TARA (Technology and Action for Rural Development).

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

Answer: c

Explanation:

Research collaboration between India and Switzerland on a new cement material that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the manufacturing process is set to take off into implementation.

The construction sector is a major contributor to global carbon dioxide emissions. Though this is known, it appears difficult to reduce the scale of construction, especially as it is a route to establishing more equitable conditions in developing countries like India. One way of mitigating the emissions factor is the use of Limestone Calcined Clay Cement or the LC3 technology.

Traditional processes that manufacture cement from clinker-limestone or clinker-calcined clay combinations are well known. LC3 affects a synergy between these processes. The combination of the new method and the material properties effectively reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 30% as compared to the traditional way of manufacturing cement. Research on this evolved over ten years in Karen Scrivener’s lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, in Switzerland. Partners in this research are IIT Delhi, IIT Madras and TARA (Technology and Action for Rural Development).

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: August 2017

2. Which of the following is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew?
a. INSV Tarini
b. INS Arihant
c. INS Chakra
d. INS Sindhugosh

Answer: a

Explanation:

Recently, the Minister of Defence has flagged-off Indian Naval Sailing Vessel Tarini (INSV Tarini) with an all women crew from the INS Mandovi boat pool, Goa on 10 September 2017. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew and shall attempt to circumnavigate the globe on Indian Navy’s sailing vessel INSV Tarini. The crew is expected to return to Goa in April 2018, on completion of the voyage. The expedition will be covered in five legs, with a stopover at 4 ports viz. Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands), and Cape Town (South Africa).

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: July 2017

3. Recently, the state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) is all set to become a Maharatna company. Consider the following statements regarding the eligibility for Maharatna status:
1. A firm should already be a listed Navratna firm.
2. A Navratna firm should have at least an average turnover of Rs 25,000 crore.
3. A Navratna firm should have an annual net profit after tax of at least Rs 5,000 crore.

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:

State-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) is all set to become a Maharatna company. The oil marketing company is at present a Navratna firm. The decision to elevate BPCL to Maharatna status was taken by a panel headed by the Cabinet secretary and an announcement to this effect is likely soon, according to official sources. Maharatna and Navaratna state-owned units operate in strategic fields such as coal, petroleum, steel, heavy engineering, power supply, telecommunications and transportation services. Under government rules, a firm is eligible for Maharatna status if it is already a listed Navratna firm, has an average turnover, net worth and annual net profit after tax of at least Rs 25,000 crore, Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 5,000 crore, respectively, in the last three years. Moreover, the company should have significant global operations.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: June 2017

4. Airports Authority of India will undertake construction of the Integrated Cargo Terminal at Imphal Airport after obtaining grant-in-aid under Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) of the Government. Consider the following statements regarding the benefit to be accrued from it:
1. The proposed Integrated Cargo Terminal is expected to give a boost to the export of handicrafts items and perishable cargo.
2. This will also help generate employment opportunities in the North Eastern region of the country, thereby fostering economic development of the region.
3. In addition to this, the EICT will help establish better connectivity with South & Southeast Asia and give a boost to trade between India and the ASEAN countries.

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:

Airports Authority of India will undertake construction of the Integrated Cargo Terminal at Imphal Airport after obtaining grant-in-aid under Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India. The Government of Manipur had planned to establish an Export Import Cargo Terminal (EICT) at Tulihal, Imphal Airport under the ASIDE Scheme of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.

The proposed Integrated Cargo Terminal is expected to give a boost to the export of handicrafts items and perishable cargo. This will also help generate employment opportunities in the North Eastern region of the country, thereby fostering economic development of the region. In addition to this, the EICT will help establish better connectivity with South & Southeast Asia and give a boost to trade between India and the ASEAN countries.

The estimated cost construction of the cargo terminal is Rs.16.20 crores. Out of this, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has sanctioned a grant of Rs.12.96 crores under TIES. The balance amount to construct will be met out of internal sources of AAI.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

5. Recently, India and Belarus have discussed issues pertaining to collaboration in Vocational education and Skill Development. Consider the following statements regarding this:
1. Various issues pertaining to collaboration between the two countries in the field of vocational education and skill development were discussed.
2. The assistance of Belarus will be invaluable in converting such institutions into centres of global excellence.

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

Answer: c

Explanation:

Minister of Education, Belarus, Mr Karpienka Ihar met the Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India, Dharmendra Pradhan here today. Various issues pertaining to collaboration between the two countries in the field of vocational education and skill development were discussed. The Minister of Belarus highlighted the expertise of his country in the field of vocational training, with special reference to the manufacturing sector. He also highlighted the training institutes which have been developed to impart training for maintenance and repair of Electronic Vehicles (EVs).

Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship highlighted the aspect of creating an Eco-system of trainers for which 50 existing institutes in India are being upgraded. The assistance of Belarus will be invaluable in converting such institutions into centres of global excellence. The meeting ended with the both sides promising to continue the cooperative approach in the field of vocational and technical education and leverage their areas of strength.

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