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Current Affairs Quiz , 29 Oct 2018

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1) Consider the following statements from the Inland Waterways Authority of India.

I) It is a statutory authority in charge of the waterways in India.
II) It primarily undertakes projects for development and maintenance of IWT infrastructure on national waterways through grant received from Ministry of Shipping.

Select the correct option from the codes below

a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 & 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2


Answer: c
• The country’s first container movement on inland waterways vessel post-independence scheduled from Kolkata would start with a consignment of the PepsiCo.
• Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) will transport container cargo belonging to the food and beverage giant PepsiCo (India) from Kolkata to Varanasi on river Ganga.
• This would be the country’s first container movement on inland vessel post-independence, and a milestone moment in the history of India’s IWT sector.
• Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) is the statutory authority in charge of the waterways in India.
• Its headquarters is located in Noida, UP.
• The authority primarily undertakes projects for development and maintenance of IWT infrastructure on national waterways through grant received from Ministry of Shipping.


2) Consider the following statements about Mega Food Parks

I) India’s first Mega Food Park is located in the state of Maharashtra
II) State Government, State Government entities and Cooperatives are required to form a separate SPV for implementation of Mega Food Park project.

Choose the correct option from below

a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 & 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2


Answer: d
• Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated the first Mega Food Park in Gujarat.
• The Scheme of Mega Food Park aims at providing a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers so as to ensure maximizing value addition, minimizing wastage, increasing farmers’ income and creating employment opportunities particularly in rural sector.
• The Mega Food Park Scheme is based on “Cluster” approach and envisages creation of state of art support infrastructure in a well-defined agri / horticultural zone for setting up of modern food processing units in the industrial plots provided in the park with well-established supply chain.
• Mega food parks typically consist of supply chain infrastructure including collection centers, primary processing centers, central processing centers, cold chain and around 30-35 fully developed plots for entrepreneurs to set up food processing units.
• The Mega Food Park project is implemented by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which is a Body Corporate registered under the Companies Act.
• State Government, State Government entities and Cooperatives are not required to form a separate SPV for implementation of Mega Food Park project.


3) Consider the following statements related to Pulikat Lake.

I) It is located entirely within the state of Andhra Pradesh
II) It is the second largest brackish water lagoon in India after Chilika Lake

Choose the correct statement from the options below

a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 & 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2


Answer: b
• Pulicat Lagoon is the second largest brackish water lagoon in India, after Chilika Lake.
o The Lagoon is one the three important wetlands to attract North-East Monsoon rain clouds during October to December season to Tamil Nadu.
o The lagoon comprises the following regions :
• Pulicat Lake (Tamil Nadu-TN & Andhra Pradesh-AP).
• Marshy/Wetland Land Region (AP).
• Venadu Reserve Forest (AP).
• Pernadu Reserve Forest (AP).
• The lagoon was cut across in the middle the Sriharikota Link Road, which divided the water body into lake and marshy land.
• The barrier island of Sriharikota separates the lake from the Bay of Bengal and is home to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.


4) Consider the following statements about the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission

I) India is a non-statutory, quasi-judicial commission in India which was set up in 1988
II) The commission is headed by a sitting or retired judge of the Supreme Court of India.

Choose the correct options from the codes below

a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 & 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2


Answer: b
• Department of Consumer Affairs & NCDRC had recently organized a conference to review functioning of State Commissions and District Fora.
• The Conference is being held to discuss the issues relating to the functioning of the Consumer Fora such as pendency of case and filling up of vacancies in the post of President and Members of the Commissions.
• The Conference is being held at a crucial time, when the Government has introduced a new Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 in the Lok Sabha repealing the Consumer Protection Act of 1986 with substantial changes for meeting the emerging challenges faced by consumers in the new markets.
• The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), India is a quasi-judicial commission in India which was set up in 1988 under the Consumer Protection Act of 1986.
• The commission is headed by a sitting or retired judge of the Supreme Court of India.


5) Consider the following statements regarding “Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS)” Scheme.

I) It was launched by the Ministry of Human Resource Development
II) Its main objective is to identify and fund research proposals in social sciences with maximum impact on the governance and society

Choose the correct option from the codes below:

a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 & 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2


Answer: c
• Union HRD Ministry has launched the web portal of IMPRESS scheme with an aim to build a research ecosystem in educational institutions.
• The objective of Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS) is to identify and fund research proposals in social sciences with maximum impact on the governance and society.
• It will provide an opportunity for social science researchers in any institution in the country which includes all universities (central and state) and also a few private institutions meeting the requirement.
• The scheme will focus on broad thematic areas such as state and democracy, urban transformation; media, culture and society; employment, skills and rural transformation; governance; innovation and public policy; macro-trade and economic policy and social media and technology.
• Under IMPRESS, 1,500 research projects will be awarded for two years to support social science research in the higher educational institutions.
• The Indian Council of Social Science and Research (ICSSR) will be the project implementing agency.


 

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