Current Affairs September 27 2017 Questions And Answers:
1) Which state government launched Vision 2025 project for how citizens want their dream state to be in next 7 years?
c. Tamil Nadu
d. West Bengal
The Karnataka government launched ‘Vision-2025’ project aimed at evolving a draft policy for development of the state in next seven years by seeking the opinion of the public.
Under the project, the government would seek public opinion on how they want their dream state to be in the next seven years, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced.
Officials will collect the required information after discussing with public representatives and the general public.
They will then bring out a draft vision policy for the year 2025, portions of which would be incorporated in the manifesto of ruling Congress.
Launching the website ‘www.navakarnataka2025.in’,CM indicated this vision document will help the state decide the manifesto of their party.
Executive officer of the project, Renuka Chidambaram, and other officials will tour various parts of the southern state for three months starting from next month and speak to the masses and experts to gather public opinion to build a state of their dream.
Karnataka has started mid-day meal programme and free milk distribution programme to counter malnutrition.
Despite a drought situation for six successive years, migration in the drought-prone areas were almost nil because of the measures taken by the government.
Steps have been taken to improve the agriculture sector under the ‘Krishi Bhagya’ scheme.
Karnataka will face the Assembly elections early next year.
2) Which Lost City of Alexander’s has been discovered in Iraq?
a. Qalatga Darband
c. Alexandria Arachosia
d. Alexandria Ariana
ANSWER: Qalatga Darband
Archaeologists have discovered a city in Iraq, that is thought to have been founded by Alexander the Great, and is 2,000 years old.
Researchers at the British Museum in London used drones to find the remains of Qalatga Darband, a fortified settlement in northern Iraq, that went unrecorded in history.
It is early days, but scientists think it would have been a bustling city on a road from Iraq to Iran.
Statues of Greco – Roman deities and terracotta roof tiles show a strong Greek influence, indicating that its early residents were Alexander’s subjects and those of his successor, researchers said.
3) What rank does India occupy in the number of nuclear reactors installed at six, in the world?
India is third in the world in the number of nuclear reactors being installed, at six, while China is leading at 20, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017, released this month, shows.
The number of nuclear reactor units under construction is, however, declining globally for the fourth year in a row, from 68 reactors at the end of 2013 to 53 by mid-2017, the report says.
The latest report further reveals that most nuclear reactor constructions are behind schedule, with delays resulting in increase in project costs and delay in power generation.
There are 37 reactor constructions behind schedule, of which 19 reported further delays over the past year. In India itself, five out of the six reactors under construction are behind schedule.
Eight nuclear power projects have been under construction globally for a decade or more, of which three have been so for over 30 years.
Data gathered by the authors shows that global nuclear power generation increased by 1.4% in 2016 due to a 23% increase in China, though the share of nuclear energy in electricity generation stagnated at 10.5%.
By comparison, globally, wind power output grew by 16% and solar power by 30%. Wind power increased generation by 132 TWh (terawatt hours) or 3.8 times, and solar power by 77 TWh or 2.2 times more than nuclear power’s 35 TWh respectively.
Renewables represented 62% of global power generating capacity additions.
Russia and the U.S. shut down reactors in 2016, while Sweden and South Korea both closed their oldest units in the first half of 2017, the report notes.
The report also documents the financial crisis plaguing the industry. After the discovery of massive losses over its nuclear construction projects, Toshiba filed for bankruptcy of its U.S. subsidiary Westinghouse, the largest nuclear power builder in history.
AREVA has accumulated $12.3 billion in losses over the past six years.
4) INS Tarasa was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 26th Sept. It is which type of craft?
a. Water Jet Fast Attack Craft
b. Interceptor Boat
c. Missile launchpad
d. Both a and c
ANSWER: Water Jet Fast Attack Craft
MUMBAI: INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft intended for extended coastal and offshore surveillance and patrolling, was commissioned into the Indian Navy here on 26th Sept 2017.
Western Naval Command chief Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, commissioned the vessel.
The vessel, built in Kolkata, is of proven design with good endurance, low draught, high speed and manoeuvrability making her ideal for her primary role of extended coastal and offshore patrolling and surveillance.
Besides, the maiden voyage of the vessel from Kolkata to Mumbai in rough weather bore testimony to her seaworthiness.
It is the fourth and last of the Water Jet FACs built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata.
The first two – INS Tarmugli and INS Tihayu – were commissioned in 2016 and are based in Vishakhapatnam, and the third, INS Tillanchang, was commissioned in March this year and is based in Karwar.
These ships are an upgrade of the Car Nicobar Class FACs of the Indian Navy, which were also indigenously designed and built by GRSE, Kolkata.
INS Tarasa: Know More
INS Tarasa is 50 metres long, powered by three water jets which give it speed of over 35 knots (65 kmph), and is armed with a 30mm main gun and several light, medium and heavy machine guns.
It is commanded by Lt Commander Praveen Kumar.
Besides coastal and offshore surveillance, it is described as an ideal platform to render missions like EEZ Patrol, law enforcement, non-military missions like search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
5) The beta version of which mobile app was launched by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment?
a. Divyangjans Sarathi
b. Divyang Sarathi
c. Divyangjans Sankalp
d. Divyang Sankalp
ANSWER: Divyang Sarathi
Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launched the Beta version of ‘Divyang Sarathi’ – The accessible and comprehensive mobile application for easy dissemination of information to ‘Divyangjans’.
This mobile application is bound to empower the ‘Divyangjans’ by providing easier and convenient access of information to them as they can now understand all details pertaining to the schemes, scholarships, statutes, institutional support systems and other relevant and crucial information at the click of a button.
This mobile application aims at providing all relevant information pertaining to the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, including its various acts, rules, regulations and guidelines, schemes, information about the various outreach institutions, employment opportunities, and the disability market in an accessible format.
This application has been developed by the two Assistant Secretaries (Shri Anunaya Jha and Smt. B. Susheela) in the DEPwD.
Divyangjans: Know More
According to the Census 2011, there are over 2.68 crore ‘Divyangjans’ in India which constitute more than 2.2% of the population.
The mobile application ‘Divyang Sarathi’ is compliant with the principles of UNCRPD for Universal Access and the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.
The Act mandates that all information to be made available in an accessible form.
The application is also an integral part of the ICT component of the Accessible India Campaign launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 3rd December, 2015.
Divyang Sarathi: Know More
The unique features of the mobile application ‘Divyang Sarathi’ are its audio notes (text-to-voice conversion software) embedded in the application which converts the written information into an audio file as well as the adjustable font size which can be altered as per the user’s requirement.
The mobile application will certainly have a wide outreach as it has been developed bilingually i.e., the information is available in Hindi as well as English.
The application has been so developed that once downloaded, it can be accessed by any Android smartphone User who may or may not have access to the internet. The mobile app will be available for download on Google Playstore.
6) Web Portal of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority was launched with which system by Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution?
a. Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt System
b. e-NWR system
c. Electronic Navigation Warehouse Receipt System
d. Both a and b are the same
Answer Explanation Related Ques
ANSWER: Both a and b are the same
Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution today launched the Web Portal of Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority (WDRA) & “Electronic Negotiable Warehouse Receipt (e-NWR) System” in New Delhi.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion Shri Paswan lauded the initiatives taken by the WDRA in simplifying the Warehouse Registration Rules, digitizing the entire process of registration, monitoring and surveillance as well as creation and management of Negotiable Warehouse Receipts (NWRs) in electronic form through two repositories.
The e-NWRs would have no chances of any tempering, mutilation, fudging, loss or damage and with no possibility of any multiple financing.
Hence, these NWRs will not only facilitate an easy pledge financing by banks and other financial institutions but also smooth trading on various trading centres like commodity exchanges, electronic National Agriculture Markets (e-NAM) and other electronic platforms.
The e-NWRs will save expenditure in logistics as the stocks could be traded through multiple buyers without physical movement and can be even split for partial transfer or withdrawal.
These initiatives would revolutionise the marketing of agricultural commodities and help farmers realize better price for their produce which will be a step towards doubling the farmers’ income by 2022 as well as Digital India mission as envisaged by India’s PM.