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Current Affairs Quiz , 16 Nov 2018

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1) Consider the following statements about the Himalayan State Regional Council

I) It was constituted recently by the Ministry of Home Affairs
II) The council will also act as the nodal agency for sustainable development in the Himalayan region which has 6 States

Identify the correct option from below

a) Only I
b) Only II
c) Both I & II
d) Neither I nor II


Answer: d
• Niti Ayog constitutes Himalayan State Regional Council.
• In a bid to ensure sustainable development of the Himalayan region, NITI Aayog constituted the Himalayan State Regional Council.
• The council, which will be chaired by VK Saraswat, Member, NITI Aayog, will consist of Chief Secretaries of the 12 Himalayan States as well as secretaries of central ministries, among others.
• It will review and implement identified action points based on the reports of five working groups.
• The Council will also act as the nodal agency for sustainable development in the Himalayan region which has 12 States, including Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
• Five working groups have been tasked to prepare a roadmap for revival of springs in Himalayas for water security, monitor tourism sector standards and strengthen skill & entrepreneurship with focus on identified priority sectors.


2) Consider the following statements about East Asia Summit, 2018

I) It was recently held in Singapore
II) It is a regional forum which consists of 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian regions

Select the correct option from the choices below

a) Only I
b) Only II
c) Both I & II
d) Neither I nor II


Answer: a
• East Asia summit has been recently held in Singapore.
East Asia summit:
• The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a regional forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian regions, based on the ASEAN Plus Six mechanism.
• Membership expanded to 18 countries including Russia and the United States at the Sixth EAS in 2011.
• Since its establishment, ASEAN has held the central role and leadership in the forum.
• EAS meetings are held after the annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings, and plays an important role in the regional architecture of Asia-Pacific.
• The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
• Why recent summit is important to India?
• Boost to Look East and Act East policies:
• It presented an occasion for Indian Prime Minister to share his views personally with the leaders of the EAS countries.
• India has been a founding member of the East Asia Summit ever since the first summit was held in 2005.
• Summit will be a major boost to Look East and Act East policies.
• On the backdrop of Doklam stalemate:
• Second, this year’s summit marked the first time that India met the heads of state of the EAS countries since the Doklam stalemate happened.
• Celebrating 25 years of dialogue partnership:
• India and ASEAN are celebrating 25 years of their dialogue partnership.
• The two have come a long way ever since India became a sectoral dialogue partner of ASEAN way back in 1992.
• On the backdrop of Quad meetings:
• The recent meeting of officials from the United States, Japan, India, and Australia on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Manila means that these countries are now less coy about making their choices, unlike in the past.
• The “Quad” meeting was also a reaffirmation of the changed realities in the region, which has been marked by the meteoric rise of China and a marked disinterest from the United States in being a part of multilateral arrangements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


3) Consider the following statements

I) Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific (NEDAC) was set up in 1991 by FAO, ILO and International Cooperative Alliance (ICA)
II) It encompasses a mix of government and non-government organizations created for synergizing policies and programmes
III) It sensitises governments on the role of agricultural cooperatives in promoting agricultural and rural development to ensure rural food and livelihood security

Select the correct code from below

a) Only I & II
b) Only I & III
c) Only III
d) I, I & III


Answer: d
• Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific (NEDAC) sets agenda for Cooperatives to cooperatives trade.
• The Inaugural session of the General assembly of Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and Pacific in New Delhi.
• The general assembly of 22 prominent cooperative organizations from eight countries unanimously decided on C2C (Cooperatives to cooperatives trade) and capacity development to meet challenges of climate change as transformative cooperatives.
Network for Development of Agricultural Cooperatives in Asia and the Pacific (NEDAC):
• NEDAC was set up in 1991 by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
• It is a unique organization encompassing mix of Government and non-Government organizations created for synergizing policies and programmes of government and cooperative institutions at country level.
• NEDAC sensitises Governments in the region on the role of agricultural cooperatives in promoting agricultural and rural development to ensure rural food and livelihood security for millions of people in Asia and Pacific.


4) Consider the following statements about Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)

I) It is a centrally sponsored scheme aimed at providing basic civic amenities like water supply, sewerage, parks etc
II) One of its purposes is to reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport

Choose the correct option from below

a) Only I
b) Only II
c) Both I & II
d) Neither I nor II


Answer: c
• Government of India has launched the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) with the aim of providing basic civic amenities like water supply, sewerage, urban transport, parks as to improve the quality of life for all especially for the poor and disadvantaged.
• The focus of the mission is on infrastructure creation that has a direct link to provision of better services to the citizens.
• The purpose of AMRUT mission is to:
o Ensure that every household has access to a tap with assured supply of water and a sewerage connection.
o Increase the amenity value of cities by developing greenery and well maintained open spaces e.g. parks
o Reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorized transport e.g. walking and cycling.
• It is a centrally sponsored scheme. The project fund is divided among States/ UT’s in an equitable formula in which 50:50 weightages is being given to the urban population of each state/ UT and number of statutory towns.


5) Consider the following statements

I) In line with digital initiatives, Indian railways has for the first time completely digitized the complaint management system
II) “Rail Madad” is an app that aims to expedite and streamline employee grievance redressal

Choose the correct option from below

a) Only I
b) Only II
c) Both I & II
d) Neither I nor II


Answer: a
• In line with digital initiatives of the government of India, Indian railways has for the first time completely digitized the Complaint management system.
• A new App “Rail Madad” an app to expedite and streamline passenger grievance redressal was launched recently.
RPGRAMS (Railway Passenger Grievance Redressal and Management System), has been developed by Northern railway and comprises many novel features including Rail Madad.
RPGRAMS integrates all the passenger complaints received from multiple modes on a single platform analyses them holistically and generates various types of management reports which enable the top management to continuously monitor the pace of grievance redressal as well as evaluate the performance of field units/ rains/ stations on various parameters.
• It also identifies weal/ deficient areas and laggard trains/ stations for undertaking focussed corrective actions.


 

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