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Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 04 March 2017

Q.1- Which of the following statements are correct regarding western ghats?

1. It runs across four states
2. Due to steep slope, western ghats are useful site for Hydroelectricity
3. Lion-tailed Macaque is endemic to western ghats only
A. 1, 2
B. 1, 3
C. 2, 3
D. All

Q.2- Which among the following countries is largest producer of cotton?

A. Australia
B. China
C. USA
D. India

Q.3- Which of the following statements are correct regarding Pradhan MantrifasalBimayojana?

1. Uniform premium of 2% has to be paid by the farmers for all types of crop.
2. There is no upper limit on Government subsidy.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both
D. None.
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 Answer 1-C,2-D,3-B

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 03 March 2017

Q.1- Which of the following is/are correct regarding Indus water treaty?

1. This treaty between India and Pakistan was brokered by United Nations
2. It was signed by Smt. Indira Gandhi from Indian side
3. Control of three eastern rivers — the Beas, the Ravi and the Sutlej — was given to India
A. 1, 2 only
B. 2,3 only
C. 1,3 only
D. 3 only

Q.2- Which of the following is correct regarding United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees?

1. It was established in 1945 along with UN
2. Headquarters of UNHCR is in Geneva
3. The UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981
A. 1,2
B. 2,3
C. 1.3
D. All

Q.3- Which of the following country does not touch Mediterranean sea?

A. Turkey
B. Greece
C. Bulgaria
D. France.
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Answer 1-D,2-B,3-C

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams – 01 March 2017

Q.1- Consider the following statements and mark the correct answer regarding IIP.

a) Base year for IIP is 2010-11;
b) IIP is released by CSO;
c) Core sector makes 38 percent of the IIP;
A) a, b
B) b, c
C) c only
D) c, a

Q.2- Which of the following is correct regarding Indian meteorological department?

1. Mr. H. F. Blanford was first appointed Meteorological Reporter
2. IMD was setup in 1875
3. Presently it provided village level rain forecast
A. 1,2 only
B. 1,3 only
C. 2,3 only
D. All

Q.3- India's ranking in the 'Ease of Doing Business Index' is sometimes seen in the news. Which of the following has declared that ranking?

(a) Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
(b) World Economic Forum
(c) World Bank
(d) World Trade Organization (WTO).
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 Answer 1-B,2-A,3-C

Smallholder farmers are on the front lines of climate change' (downtoearth,)

A large part of the world’s food is produced by smallholder farmers, but they have remained economically disadvantaged. What are the reasons for this?

It is a tragic irony that smallholders grow much of the developing world’s food but often go hungry themselves. They have long been left out of the mainstream of economic growth, development, and government policies because until the 2006 food crisis in the Horn of Africa, governments did not give priority to agriculture as the engine of economic growth. Smallholders need access to water and land, rural finance, markets and credit and information about prices. They also need an enabling policy environment, a supportive infrastructure and incentives to make business competitive.

While it is critical to end marginalisation, it is also important to realise that smallholders are not waiting for handouts. . There is no great secret about what it takes or what has held smallholders back so far. With what we know today about agricultural tran…

Six years on, authorities clueless about Fukushima (downtoearth,)

Even six years after the Fukushima Daiichi plant suffered a triple meltdown after a huge tsunami struck the north-east coast of Japan, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) which operated the plant and is now responsible for its decommissioning, says it is "clueless" about the situation inside the damaged reactors.

Huge quantities of melted nuclear fuel are believed to have accumulated at the bottom of the reactors' containment vessels. But dangerously high radiation has prevented engineers from gauging the state of the fuel deposits. Tepco recently sent a purpose-built robot into the containment vessel of reactor No. 2, but the mission was aborted after it suffered a technical snag due to high radiation. Tepco says a level of 530 sieverts an hour has been recorded inside the vessel. This far exceeds the previous high of 73 sieverts per hour recorded at the reactor following the March 2011 disaster. At this level, a person could die from the briefest of exposures.

In…

Allowing for a sibling (Hindu.)

How the Chinese took advantage of the easing of the one-child policy would ascertain the two-child policy’s impact

This January, China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) announced that there were 17.86 million births in 2016, a 7.9% increase from 2015 when the country’s controversial one-child policy came to an end. About 45% of babies were born to families that already had one child, it said. The NHFPC also anticipates a baby boom, estimating the number of births annually to be between 17 and 20 million by 2020.

In February, the NHFPC said the government was contemplating incentives to parents so that they would not be deterred by the economic burdens that would result from having a second baby. Providing maternity and paternity leave and provisions for parents to attend to sick children are among the proposals.

The two claims may seem contradictory, but they are not. The confusion can be ascribed largely to the relegation in reportage, over the decades, of the…