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Current Affairs Quiz – 8


1. ‘Swachh Survekshan – Grameen 2018’ by the Ministry of Drinking-water and Sanitation, is a nationwide survey to rank all states and districts on cleanliness levels. Consider the following sentences :

I. The survey focuses only on rural areas to rank states and districts.
II. The exercise is done solely on the basis of strong quantitative evaluation.

Identify the statements that are correct.

a. I only
b. II only
c. Both I and II
d. Neither I nor II

Answer: a
• The ‘SS-G 2018’ a rural cleanliness programme, to rank all states and districts of rural India on the basis of qualitative and quantitative evaluation.
• The rankings will take a set of comprehensive cleanliness parameters into account. The criteria include a survey of public places, citizens’ perspective of cleanliness, their recommendations and data from Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
• A combination of citizen feedback and direct observation of public areas will be used to arrive at the rankings.
• Swachh Survekshan- Grameen (SS-G) and Swachh Bharat Mission – Gramin is being implemented by Ministry of Drinking-water and Sanitation.
Swachh Bharat Mission –Urban is implemented by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

2. The INSPIRE Award – MANAK is being revamped by the Department of Science & Technology and National Innovation Foundation-India. Identify the statement which is not correct regarding the aim/objective of the award.

a. To motivate students, in the age group of 10-15 years.
b. To attract young students to study science and pursue research career.
c. To motivate the youth to strive for excellence in their respective fields by recognising and rewarding the outstanding work done by them.
d. To help build a critical human resource pool for strengthening, expand science and technology system and increase the research & development base.

Answer: c
• Option c- is the aim of National Young Leaders Awards (NYLA) by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
• All the rest options are few of the aims and objectives of INSPIRE Award – MANAK.

3. India is on talks with Russia for the purchase of S-400 Triumf systems. Which among the following is a correct statement?

a. It is a supersonic-cruise missile.
b. It is an air-defence missile system.
c. It is an Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS).
d. It is a small, twin-engine Russian utility helicopter.

Answer: b
• India and Russia have reportedly concluded price negotiations for the procurement of 5 regiments of Russian-made S-400 Triumf Advanced Air Defense Systems.
BrahMos is the supersonic cruise missile jointly developed by India and Russia.
DRDO NETRA AEW&CS (Airborne Early Warning and Control System) is a project of DRDO to develop an airborne early warning and control system for the Indian Air Force.
• India is procuring and co-producing 200 Kamov Ka-226T light twin-engine helicopters from Russia for the Indian Army and Indian Air Force.

4. The death of eight Black Rhinos has been in news recently. Identify the wrong statement.

I. Black Rhinos are the smaller of the two African rhino species, other being the One-horned Rhino.
II. It is listed as critically endangered by IUCN.

Choose the correct code:

a. I only
b. II only
c. Both I and II
d. Neither I nor II

Answer: a
• The black rhinoceros or hook-lipped rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) is native to eastern and southern Africa including Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
• The other African rhinoceros is the white rhinoceros.
• The Indian rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) is native to the Indian subcontinent. It is as also called the greater one-horned rhinoceros and great Indian rhinoceros. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

5. The Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) is being implemented with support of the World Bank, to develop the National Waterway 1 (NW-1).
Consider the following statements.

I. National Waterway – 1 passes through the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
II. The project will contribute in bringing down the logistics cost in the country.

Identify the correct statements:

a. I only
b. II only
c. Both I and II
d. Neither I nor II

Answer: c
Inland Waterways Authority of India, Ministry of Shipping is the implementing agency for Centres Jal Marg Vikas Project.


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