CD Test Series Students – Get ready for the Current Affairs Test on 28th

Dear students,

What do you need to do to solve CA questions?

  • Stay up to date with daily news – YES. In fact, we recommend that you read from our FREE android app daily to get the top 10-15 news items relevant for UPSC – Click here to download.
  • Read the news for September and October
  • Read Yojana for September and October
  • And Tikdams! The art of reading the finer details of a question

Tikdams are not just guesses. They involve using your knowledge to make connections, instead of just using the facts you remember to tick the correct option. Click here to see they have been used to solve previous years UPSC questions.

Here are some questions from the upcoming test – 

Q.5) Cauvery river water dispute has been frequently in the news. Consider following statements in this regard.

1.The Interstate River Water Disputes Act was enacted under Article 262 of Constitution of India

2.Article 262 provides a role for Central government in adjudicating conflicts surrounding inter-state rivers that arise among the states.

3.Regulation and development of inter-State rivers is included in states jurisdiction under state list.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct? 

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Ans. (a)

Explanation: The Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956 (IRWD Act) is an Act enacted under Article 262 of Constitution of India on the eve of reorganization of states on linguistic basis to resolve the water disputes that would arise in the use, control and distribution of an interstate river or river valley.

Article 262 of the Indian Constitution provides a role for the Central government in adjudicating conflicts surrounding inter-state rivers that arise among the state/regional governments.

Tikdams: When inter-state rivers involves more than two states (riparian states), then how could one state have control over it? That’s why it comes under Union list, so river-disputes can also be solved by Centre and Parliament.

Titbits: River waters use / harnessing is included in states jurisdiction (entry 17 of state list, Schedule 7 of Indian Constitution). Union government can make laws on regulation and development of inter-State rivers and river valleys when expedient in the public interest (entry 56 of union list, Schedule 7 of Indian Constitution).

Whenever the riparian states are not able to reach amicable agreements on their own in sharing of an interstate river waters, section 4 of IRWD Act provides dispute resolution process in the form of a Tribunal. The tribunal shall not only adjudicate but also investigate the matters referred to it by the central government and forward a report setting out the facts with its decisions.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cauvery-row-supreme-court-tells-karnataka-to-release-water-centre-to-form-cauvery-board/article9168361.ece

 

Q.37) Consider the following statements about ‘India’s research stations across world’.

1.India presently has two research stations at Antarctica namely ‘Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’

2.Indian Arctic station ‘Himadri’ is located on Spitsbergen Island, Norway since 2008.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct? 

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Ans. (c)

Explanation: Indian Arctic station ‘Himadri’ is located at Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen Island, Norway and has served as a hub of Indian scientific investigations since 2008.

India presently has two research stations at Antarctica namely ‘Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’.

New station ‘Bharati’ has just been constructed and established in March, 2013. At both the stations, research and investigations are undertaken to understand the polar processes and phenomenon.

Source: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=151379

 

Q.91) Which of the following are members of Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC).

1.Bangladesh

2.Pakistan

3.India

4.China

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 4 only

Ans. (a)

Explanation: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is an international organization founded in 1969 consisting of 57 member states, with a collective population of over 1.6 billion as of 2008.

Titbits: The organisation states that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and works to “safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony”. The OIC has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union.

Tikdams: This is an organisation of Islamic countries, hence we can eliminate India and China.

Source: http://www.livemint.com/Politics/Ee84kLhbyP5NJ9mFnMzkKO/Will-Sushmas-speech-at-the-UNGA-give-fresh-push-to-antiter.html

 

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