UPSC IAS 2021: UPSC will conduct the IAS Civil Services Prelims 2021 exam on 27th June 2021 for the recruitment of candidates in theCivil Services of India. Going by this exam trend of the past few years, it is highly expected that this year as well, the IAS Prelims GS Paper I might contain questions on current events. Considering this, we have compiled below the important current affairs questions. Go through the questions and answers and test your knowledge of the current happenings of April 2021.
Ques 1: Consider the following statements regarding Praapti Portal:
- It is a web portal launched in 2018 by the Ministry of Power
- The portal was launched for rural citizens to apply for electricity connections.
Which of the given statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2
‘Praapti’ stands for Payment ratification and analysis in power procurement for bringing transparency in invoicing of generators. The power distribution companies are able to clear the invoices and reply to claims raised by the generators on this portal.
Ques 2: Recently, India's first disk-footed bat was discovered in which of the states?
A team of scientists have discovered India's first bat species with disk-shaped sticky feet in Meghalaya. With this discovery, the number of flying mammal in India rose to 130, out of which 66 are found in the Indian state of Meghalaya.
The breakthrough discovery was made by a team of scientists led by Dr. Uttam Saika from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Shillong and scientists from a few European natural history museums while sampling a bamboo patch in July 2020. The specialized bamboo dwelling bat species, Eudiscopus denticulus, was recorded in Meghalaya's Lailad village adjacent to Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary, about 1000 km westwards of its known habitat in Myanmar.
Ques 3: Gyanvapi Mosque, recently seen in the news is located at:
On 8 April 2021, a civil court in Uttar Pradesh directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to conduct a survey at the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi to find out whether it was built on the ruins of the temple or not.
The court also directed the UP Government to bear the cost of the survey, having two members of the minority community. The petition was opposed by the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid (AIM), the Gyanvapi Mosque Management Committee.
Ques 4: Which of the following is not considered as an intellectual property?
(d) Trade Agreement
The five major types of intellectual property are:
Goodwill is the intangible property and classified as intellectual property and the transfer of the same would fall within section 65(105)(zzr) of the Finance Act, 1994.
Ques 5: Which one of the following countries participated in the Prarambh Startup International Summit held recently?
- Sri Lanks
Select the correct code:
(a) 1, 2 and 3 only
(b) 2, 4 and 5 only
(c) 3 and 4 only
(d) 1, 2 and 4 only
The Prarambh Startup International Summit involved the participation of BIMSTEC (Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri lanka, Thailand) nations in the first ever conclave.
The two day summit marked the fifth anniversary of Startup India Initiative.
It also comes as a follow-up of the announcement made by Prime Minister Modi at the fourth BIMSTEC Summit held in Kathmandu.
The two-day summit marked the fifth anniversary of the Startup India initiative More than 25 countries participated in the summit. The largest confluence organized by the government since the launch of the Startup India initiative. Read more
Ques 6: Bihar becomes the first Indian state to have two green energy towns. Which are these two cities?
(a) Gaya and Patna
(b) Rajgir and Bodh Gaya
(c) Buxar and Muzzaffarpur
(d) Darbhanga and Motihari
Rajgir and Bodh Gaya are set to be India's first fully green energy towns. The towns would begin getting solar energy through one of its kind renewable energy projects from 2023.
Ques 7: Recently seen in news, SUPACE Portal is related to:
(a) AI driven research portal launched by Supreme Court of India
(b) Village and Digital Connect drive to transform the tribal ecosystem
(c) Payment ratification and analysis in power procurement Portal
(d) A newsletter launched by Ministry for Science and Technology
On April 6, 2021, the Supreme Court of India launched the first AI driven research portal, Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Court's Efficiency (SUPACE). It was launched by Justice SA Bobde in presence of Justice Nageswara Rao.
Ques 8: Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) recently launched the ROPAX Jetty Project in which Indian state?
(d) Tamil Nadu
The Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) has given the approval for the sanction of Rs. 50.30 crores for the development of an all-weather ROPAX Jetty Project on river Dhamra in the Indian state of Odisha under the Sagarmala initiative on 16 April 2021.
1- The ROPAX (Roll-on/Roll-off Passenger) Jetty and allied infrastructure will connect Kaninali in Bhadrak district & Talachua in Kendrapara district, Odisha.
2- The project will include construction of the ROPAX Jetty at Kaninali and Talachua, utility infrastructures such as parking area development, navigational aids and dredging.
Ques 9: What was India’s recent ranking in the International Intellectual Property Index 2021?
IPR are the rights that are given to persons over the creations of their minds. They give the creator an exclusive right over the use of their creation for a defined time period. The rights of the authors of literary and artistic works like books and paintings are protected through copyrights. These are valid for 50 years only.
India has been ranked 40 among the 53 economies on the 9th IP Index.
Ques 10: Which would be the world’s first country to have World's First Ship Tunnel in 2022?