IAS Prelims 2016 Corner #6

While we renew our pitch to join  NSG, the crash in Sinai exposes the vulnerabilities that we have to live with! Here is set 6 for you to brush up on current affairs with a little bit of geography thrown in.

#1. Despite substantial thorium reserves, Indian Nuclear Programme is largely uranium-centric because

(a) thorium cannot sustain a chain reaction on its own unlike uranium

(b) India wants to preserve its thorium reserves for future exigencies

(c) energy efficiency in thorium based reactors is much less compared to uranium based reactors

(d) thorium based reactors are known to be more prone to meltdown compared to uranium based reactors

#2. Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a multinational body concerned with reducing nuclear proliferation. Which of the following is/are among the member countries of NSG?

1. Ireland

2. Mongolia

3. Japan

4. Norway

Select the correct alternative using the codes given below.

(a) 2, 3 and 4 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

#3. In case of India, the monetary policy of the country is decided by the

(a) the chief of the central bank in consultation with a committee headed by a government representative

(b) the Central government in consultation with the central bank

(c) the chief of the central bank advised by a technical committee

(d) the Central government in consultation with State Finance Ministries

#4. Consider the following statements:

1. The first Indi-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) was held in Addis Ababa.

2. The theme of the recently concluded IAFS was ‘Partnering the Resourceful Africa’.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#5. Sinai Peninsula, recently in news, is a region in

(a) Southern Africa

(b) North-Western Africa

(c) Central Africa

(d) North-Eastern Africa

#6. Wassenaar Arrangement is a term generally used in connection with

(a) bilateral trade agreements between regional groupings

(b) control of use of chemical agents in war-torn regions

(c) arresting the trade in parts of endangered wildlife

(d) export control for conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies

#7. Which of the following pairs is/are not correctly matched?

1. Garhjat Hills : Western India

2. Mikir Hills : North-Eastern India

3.  Mahadeo Hills : Central India

4. Satmala Hills : Eastern India

Select the correct alternative using the codes given below.

(a) 2 and 3 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 1 and 4 only

(d) 3 and 4 only

Answer Key:

#1. (a)

#2. (c)

#3. (c)

#4. (d)

#5. (d)

#6. (d)

#7. (c)

 

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