21 March 2017 | Prelims Daily with Previous Year Questions & Tikdams

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    Q.1) Which of the following is/are places where famous Buddhist Heritage sites located?
    1. Salihundam
    2. Sankaram
    3. Lepakshi
    4. Nagarjunakonda
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
    a) 1 and 4 only
    b) 2 only
    c) 3 and 4 only
    d) All of the above
    Ans. (d)
    Explanation:The Buddhist Heritage sites at Salihundam (Srikakulam district) and Sankaram near Anakapalle in Visakhapatnam district, in addition to Lepakshi (Anantapur district) and the Nagarjunakonda International Museum (Guntur district) are likely to find a place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), New Delhi, sought a proposal from its Hyderabad unit on March 17, for sending it to the Unesco World Heritage Centre for tentative listing.
    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/move-to-get-world-heritage-status-for-buddhist-sites/article17533703.ece


    Q.2) Consider the following pairs in regard with Tripitaka of Buddhism:
    1. Vinaya Pitaka : Collection of Buddha’s teachings
    2. Sutta Pitaka : Rules and regulations of monastic life
    3. Abhidhamma Pitaka: Philosophical interpretation of Buddhist doctrine.
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
    a) 1 and 2 only
    b) 3 only
    c) 2 and 3 only
    d) 1,2 and 3
    Ans. (b)
    Explanation: Tripitaka comprises the three main categories of texts that is the Buddhist canon. The three parts of the Pāli canon are not as contemporary as the traditional Buddhist account seems to suggest: the Sūtra Piṭaka is older than the Vinaya Piṭaka, and the Abhidharma Piṭaka represents scholastic developments originated at least two centuries after the other two parts of the canon. The Vinaya Piṭaka appears to have grown gradually as a commentary and justification of the monastic code (Prātimokṣa), which presupposes a transition from a community of wandering mendicants (the Sūtra Piṭaka period ) to a more sedentary monastic community (the Vinaya Piṭaka period).
    Titbits: Recently, Nava Nalanda Mahavihara, a deemed University, has recently published the entire Pali Tripitaka (texts or words of the Buddha) in 41 volumes in Devanagari script. also, University has opened the first ever Department of Buddhist Sciences in the world.
    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/pranab-mukherjee-at-nalanda-conclave/article17532695.ece


    Q.3) Which of the following is/are member states of ‘Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)’:
    1. Japan
    2. India
    3. US
    4. Sri Lanka
    5. Bangladesh
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
    a) 1,2 and 3 only
    b) 1 and 5 only
    c) 2,4 and 5 only
    d) All of the above
    Ans. (c)
    Explanation: It is the oldest preferential trade agreement between countries in the Asia-Pacific region, signed in 1975, previously known as the Bangkok Agreement. The current membership of APTA consists of six countries, namely, Bangladesh, China, India, Lao PDR, Republic of Korea, and Sri Lanka.
    Titbits: APTA’s key objective is to hasten economic development among the six participating states opting trade and investment liberalization measures that will contribute to intra-regional trade and economic strengthening through the coverage of merchandise goods and services, synchronized investment regime and free flow of technology transfer making all the Participating States to be in equally winsome situation.
    APTA is open to all members of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(UNESCAP), which serves as the APTA Secretariat.
    Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=159532


    Q.4) The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has introduced a revised grading pattern for Higher Educational Institutions on which of the following criteria:
    1. Curricular Aspects
    2. Teaching-learning and evaluation
    3. Research and extension
    4. Governance and Leadership
    5. Innovations practices
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
    a) 1,2 and 3 only
    b) 1 and 5 only
    c) 2,4 and 5 only
    d) All of the above
    Ans. (d)
    Explanation: The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has introduced a revised grading pattern with effect from 1st July 2016. The NAAC has identified the following seven criteria to serve as the basis for its assessment of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs):
    · Curricular Aspects
    · Teaching-learning and evaluation
    · Research, consultancy and extension
    · Infrastructure and learning resources
    · Student support and progression
    · Governance , Leadership and Management
    · Innovations and Best Practices
    As per the revised grading system, HEIs are awarded eight types of letter grades viz. A++, A+, A, B++, B+, B, C and D. HEIs with Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) ranging between 3.76 and 4.00 get the highest grade of accreditation i.e. ‘A++’ whereas, institutions with CGPA of 1.5 or less are not accredited.
    Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=159559


    Q.5) The 5-day Brahmaputra river festival titled ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ organised in
    a) Assam
    b) Arunachal Pradesh
    c) Manipur
    d) Delhi
    Ans. (a)
    Explanation: The five-day Brahmaputra river festival titled Namami Brahmaputra organised in Assam, will witness significant participation from China. According to the event organisers, described as the “biggest river festival of India,” various other countries such as Vietnam and Singapore are also attending. A team of delegates from China will take part in a trade seminar at the festival.
    Titbits: The Brahmaputra, 2,900 km long, is an international river with 918 km of it flowing in India, 1625 km in China and 337 km in Bangladesh.
    Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/china-to-take-part-in-brahmaputra-festival/article17532699.ece


    Q.6) Consider the following minerals
    1. Calcium
    2. Iron
    3. Sodium
    Which of the minerals given above is/are required by human body for the contraction of muscles?
    A. 1 only
    B. 2 and 3 only
    C. 1 and 3 only
    D. 1, 2 and 3
    Answer: Option D
    Explanation: Calcium: Calcium is essential for activating enzymes which cause muscle contraction.Iron:- Iron helps support continued muscle function by supporting energy production in your muscle cells, so that muscle fibers always have the energy they need to contract properly. Iron also helps muscles store oxygen to fuel muscle contractions, and promotes healthy circulation so that muscles can get additional oxygen from bloodstream. Sodium: One need sodium for muscle contraction because it balances potassium to maintain membrane potential.
    Source: NCERT – Science


    Q.7) Consider the following statements:
    The Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts
    1. consists of not more than 25 Members of the Lok Sabha
    2. scrutinizes appropriation finance accounts of Government
    3. of the Auditor examines the report Comptroller and General of India
    Which of the statements given a bove is / are correct?
    A. 1 only
    B. 2 and 3 only
    C. 3 only
    D. 1, 2 and 3
    Answer: Option B
    Statement 1 is wrong as it consists of 22 members (15 from Lok Sabha and 7 from Rajya Sabha)
    Source: M Laxmikant – Polity


    Q.8) Consider the following Bhakti Saints:
    1. Dadu Dayal
    2. Guru Nanak
    3. Tyagaraja
    Who among the above was/were preaching when the Lodi dynasty fell and Babur took over?
    A. 1 and 3
    B. 2 only
    C. 2 and 3
    D. 1 and 2
    Answer: Option B
    Explanation: Guru Nanak ( 1469 – 1539)Dadu Dayal (1544–1603)Kakarla Tyagabrahmam (1767 – 1847) Lodi dynasty fell and Badur took over: 1526
    Source: Medieval History – NCERT


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  • Profile photo of Deepak zangaruche Deepak zangaruche @deepak-zangaruche


  • Profile photo of Ishaan Ishaan @shaabaz-imam

    1-D(yes all can be taken as buddhist heritage sites and in news because archeological survey of india nominated them for World heritage sites
    3-C( BCIKLSM)
    5-A(at guwahati)

  • Profile photo of Saravanan N S Saravanan N S @saravanan-ns

    1-D. Sankaram ( also called Bojjanakonda) feature all three forms of Buddhism – Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajryana. Govt plans to get UNESCO World heritage status for sankaram.
    2-B.Vinayapittaka- Upali , Sutta pitaka- Ananda
    3-C. APTA signed in 1975. Also called Bangkok agreement.Others- China, Laos, Republic of Korea.
    4-D . HQ-Bengaluru. Also,Infrastructure and learning resources and Student subject and progression- Other Criteria
    7-B PAC- 22 member ( 15- LS + 7-RS )
    8-B. Danudayal – from Gujarat and contemporary of Akbar.


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