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IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims: 26 March 2018

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Current affairs quizzes will provide a way to the preparation of current affairs topics for IAS Exam. Here, we have provided current affairs quizzes based on the important topics of the recent time. Go through it and practice it well before IAS Exam.

1. Recently, the Union has approved the North East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS). Consider the following statements regarding this:
1. Under the scheme, a number of exclusive incentives will be available to new industrial units being set up in any of the eight states.
2. An important provision provided in the scheme is the Central Capital Investment Incentive for Access to Credit (CCIIAC), as per which, 30% of the investment in the industrial plant and machinery with an upper limit of Rs. 5 crore will be provided as the incentive amount per unit.
3. The Central Comprehensive Insurance  Incentive (CCII) which will provide for reimbursement of 100% insurance premium on insurance of building and Industrial plant & machinery for 5 years from the date of commencement and commercial production by the Unit.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a. 1 only
b. 1 and 2
c. 2 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: d

Explanation:
Under the scheme, Special incentives for new Industrial units in Northeast, a number of exclusive incentives will be available to new industrial units being set up in any of the eight states. An important provision provided in the scheme is the Central Capital Investment Incentive for Access to Credit (CCIIAC), as per which, 30% of the investment in the industrial plant and machinery with an upper limit of Rs. 5 crore will be provided as the incentive amount per unit. In addition, he said, Central Interest Incentive (CII) will be available to the tune of 3% on working capital credit advanced by eligible Banks/Financial Institutions for first 5 years from the commencement of commercial production by the Unit.

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2. Consider the following statements regarding the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana:
1. Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India to alleviate rural poverty.
2. The programme aims to organize the rural poor women into their own institutions like Self Help Groups and their federations, Producers’ Collectives etc. and also ensure their financial inclusion and livelihoods support.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: c

Explanation:

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India to alleviate rural poverty. The programme aims to organize the rural poor women into their own institutions like Self Help Groups and their federations, Producers’ Collectives etc. and also ensure their financial inclusion and livelihoods support. Since its launch in 2011, the Mission has spread to 4456 Blocks of 584 Districts, across 29 States and 5 Union Territories. Women from 4.7 crore of the poorest and marginalized families have been mobilized into 39.9 lakh Self Help Groups, which have been federated into 2.20 lakh Village Organizations and 19,000 Cluster Level Federations. Women’s Self-Help Groups have now accessed Rs.151,000 crores of funds from banks. The Mission has succeeded in identifying and working with more than 33 lakh women farmers, to increase the productivity of farms and promote diversified livelihoods, especially by promoting entrepreneurship.

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3. ISRO–BHEL Tie up for the Production of Space Grade Lithium-Ion Cells. Consider the following statements regarding this:
1. ISRO uses Li-Ion batteries as power sources for satellite and launches vehicle applications due to their high energy density, reliability and long cycle life.
2. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) of ISRO at Thiruvananthapuram has successfully developed the technology to produce space grade Li-ion cell.
3. This Li-ion cell Technology Transfer will enable BHEL to produce space grade Li-Ion cells which can meet the country’s space programme requirements.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a. 1 only
b. 1 and 2
c. 2 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: d

Explanation:

ISRO has entered into a Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), which is one of the country’s leading PSUs, to transfer the technology for the manufacture of space grade Li-Ion cells. The TTA was signed at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru on 22 March 2018.

ISRO uses Li-Ion batteries as power sources for satellite and launches vehicle applications due to their high energy density, reliability and long cycle life. Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) of ISRO at Thiruvananthapuram has successfully developed the technology to produce space grade Li-ion cell, demonstrated the performance of the cell under various testing conditions and established its cycle life characteristics in accelerated mode. These cells are currently being used for various satellite and launch vehicle applications.

This Li-ion cell Technology Transfer will enable BHEL to produce space grade Li-Ion cells which can meet the country’s space programme requirements. This technology can also be adopted to cater to the Li-Ion cell requirement for other national needs.

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4. Recently, the Bio-medical Waste Management Rules Amended to Protect Human Health. Consider the following statements regarding this:
1. Recent amendments will improve compliance and strengthen the implementation of environmentally sound management of biomedical waste in India.
2. Operators of common bio-medical waste treatment and disposal facilities shall establish barcoding and global positioning system for handling of bio-medical waste in accordance with guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board by March 27, 2019.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: c

Explanation:

Salient features of Bio-Medical Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2018 are as follows:

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5. Consider the following statements regarding Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY):
1. PMJJBY offers a renewable one-year term life cover of Rupees Two Lakh to all subscribing bank account holders in the age group of 18 to 50 years.
2. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) was launched on 9th May 2015.
3. The Scheme offered/administered through both Public and Private Sector Insurance companies, in a tie-up with scheduled commercial banks, Regional Rural Banks and Cooperative Banks.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a. 1 only
b. 1 and 2
c. 2 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: d

Explanation:

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) were launched on 9th May 2015. The coverage period under these Schemes is 1st June of each year to 31st May of the subsequent year. These Schemes are offered/administered through both Public and Private Sector Insurance companies, in a tie-up with scheduled commercial banks, Regional Rural Banks and Cooperative Banks.

PMJJBY offers a renewable one-year term life cover of Rupees Two Lakh to all subscribing bank account holders in the age group of 18 to 50 years, covering death due to any reason, for a premium of Rs.330/- per annum per subscriber, to be auto-debited from subscriber’s bank account. Similarly, PMSBY offers a renewable one-year accidental death cum disability cover to all subscribing bank account holders in the age group of 18 to 70 years for a premium of Rs.12/- per annum per subscriber to be auto-debited from subscriber’s bank account. The scheme provides a cover of Rs. 2 Lakh for accidental death or total permanent disability and Rs One Lakh in case of permanent partial disability.

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