1) Which country has signed an MoU with India for cooperation in the fields of Zebu Cattle Genomics and Assisted Reproductive Technologies?
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Brazil for cooperation in the fields of Zebu Cattle Genomics and Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
The MoU was signed in October, 2016.
The MoU will strengthen the existing friendly relations between India and Brazil.
It will promote development of Genomics and Assistant Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) in Cattle through joint activities to be implemented through mutually agreed procedures.
An implementation committee shall be created with an equal number of representatives of each party for the purpose of regularly determining the activities.
Also on the anvil are developing work plans and subsequently their evaluation.
It will be done through joint projects in the fields of Productivity Improvement of cattle and buffaloes, for the purpose of broadening the existing knowledge base on sustainable dairy development and institutional strengthening.
The MoU would promote and facilitate scientific cooperation and setting up of genomic selection programme in Zebu Cattle through
a. application of genomic in Zebu Cattle and their crosses and buffaloes
b. application of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in cattle and buffaloes
c. capacity building in genomic and assisted reproductive technology
d. Related research and development in Genomics and ART in accordance with the respective laws and regulations of the two countries and is covered under Rule 7 (d) (i) of the Second Schedule of the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961.
2) MoU has been approved between India and a foreign nation for which fund on 30th Aug, 2017?
a. India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)
b. India-Jordan Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)
c. India-Egypt Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)
d. India-Ethiopia Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)
ANSWER: India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel.
This is on “India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)”.
The MoU was concluded in July, 2017
India and Israel will make a contribution of four million US Dollars each for the Fund, both equivalent amount, annually for five years.
The Innovation Fund will be governed by a joint Board which will consist of four members from each country.
The MoU envisages promotion of bilateral Industrial R&D and Innovation cooperation in the fields of science and technology by extending support to joint projects for innovative or technology-driven new or improved products, services or processes.
Such projects will lead to affordable technological innovations in focus areas of mutual interest such as water, agriculture, energy and digital technologies.
Institutional support in building up consortia including private industry, enterprises and R&D institutions from India and Israel will be enabled through these collaborative projects.
The activities supported by the Joint Fund would increase the techno-economic collaboration between the two countries by investing in jointly developed technology projects and collaborations based on technological innovation.
3) Which of the following countries signed an MoU on cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration with ECI?
d. Both a and c
e. All the above
ANSWER: Both a and c
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal of the Election Commission of India to enter into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration.
This is with the Election Management Bodies of other countries/International Agencies.
These are as follows:
i. The National Electoral Council of Ecuador;
ii. The Central Election Commission of Albania;
iii. The Election Commission of Bhutan;
iv. The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan;
v. The National Independent Electoral Commission of Guinea;
vi. The Union Election Commission of Myanmar; and
vii. The India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA).
These MoUs contain standard articles/clauses which broadly express promotion of cooperation in exchange of knowledge and experience in the field of organizational and technical development of electoral process.
Also important is support in exchanging information, institutional strengthening and capacity building, training of personnel, holding regular consultations etc.
These MoUs would promote bilateral cooperation, aimed at building technical assistance / capacity support for the said Election Management Bodies.
Cooperation with ECI: Background
- The Election Commission has been participating in promoting cooperation in the field of election matters and electoral processes across the world with certain foreign countries and agencies.
- This is by adopting the mode of MoU signed by the concerned parties.
- The Election Commission, a constitutional body, conducts the largest electoral exercise in the world.
- It is the responsibility of the Election Commission to organize free and fair election in the country of about 85 crore voters with diverse socio-political and economic backgrounds.
- In recently years, the role being played by the Election Commission ensures greater participation of people in political affairs.
India, today, is considered as the world’s largest democratic country.
- The success of democracy in India has attracted the attention of almost every political system around the world.
4) Union Cabinet has given an approval for ordinance to amend which GST legislation?
a. Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act 2017
b. Goods and Services Tax (Assistance to States) Act 2017
c. Goods and Services Tax (Support to States) Act 2017
d. Goods and Services Tax (Legislation for States) Act 2017
ANSWER: Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act 2017
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the proposal of the Finance Ministry to promulgate an ordinance to suitably amend the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act, 2017.
The approval would allow to increase the maximum rate at which the Compensation Cess can be levied from 15% to 25% on:
a. motor vehicles for transport of not more than thirteen persons, including the driver [falling under sub-headings 870210, 8702 20, 8702 30 or 8702 90]; and
b. motor vehicles falling under headings 8703.
The GST Council, in its meeting held in August 2017, taking into consideration the fact that post introduction of GST, the total incidence on motor vehicles [GST+ Compensation Cess] has come down vis-a-vis pre-GST total tax, incidence.
It had recommended increase in the maximum rate at which Compensation Cess can be levied on motor vehicles falling under headings 8702 and 8703 from 15% to 25%.
The issue regarding the increase in effective rate of Compensation Cess on motor vehicles will be examined by the GST Council in due course.
5) Centre approved 100% strategic sale of which company on 30th Aug 2017?
a. Central Electronics Limited
b. Bharat Electronics Limited
c. Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited
d. Indian Oil and Gas Corporation
ANSWER: Central Electronics Limited
The Centre has approved a 100% strategic sale along with transfer of management control of Central Electronics Ltd (CEL).
Incorporated in 1974, CEL is under the administrative control of Ministry of Science and Technology.
The CPSE is wholly owned by the government and has a net worth of ₹50.34 crore as on March 2017.
The Government of India (GoI) has ‘in-principle’ decided to disinvest its 100 per cent equity in Central Electronics Ltd through strategic sale with transfer of management control.
The government plans to engage an advisor from a consulting firm, investment banker or a merchant banker or a financial institution, for providing advisory services and managing the disinvestment process.
It is also looking to appoint a legal firm for advising on the strategic sale.
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Israel on “India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)”. The MoU was concluded in July, 2017
India and Israel will make a contribution of four million US Dollars each for the Fund, both equivalent amount, annually for five years. The Innovation Fund will be governed by a joint Board which will consist of four members from each country.
6) NITI Aayog has issued a __________ index to check delay in trial and arrest pendency of cases.
a. Judicial performance index
b. Judicial action index
c. Judicial pendency index
d. Judicial trial index
ANSWER: Judicial performance index
The Niti Aayog has suggested introduction of a ‘judicial performance index’ to check delay in trial and address the issue of pendency of cases.
Asserting that corruption cases get held up in the judicial system inordinately, the policy think-tank has also recommended putting a time-limit for processing them.
In its draft three-year action agenda (for 2017-18 to 2019-20), the Aayog has suggested several judicial reforms.
This is including increasing the use of information and communication technology, and streamlining judicial appointments.
The draft was circulated among the Niti Aayog’s Governing Council members (consisting of chief ministers of all states and others) on April 23.
It takes eight years to finalise a major vigilance case from the date of occurrence of irregularity and underlined the need to speed up decision - making process in corruption cases.
The judicial system is another avenue where corruption cases get held up. Delays in obtaining justice encourage the corrupt and discourage those who are honest.
Beyond the larger reforms in the justice system to reduce pendency, special courts set up to try corruption cases should be strengthened and time limits to process corruption cases should be introduced.
The report has also suggested introduction of a ‘judicial performance index’.
Such an index could be established to help high courts and high court chief justices keep a track of performance and process improvement at the district courts and subordinate levels for reducing delay.
This would require fixing non-mandatory timeframes for different types of cases as broad guidelines to benchmark when a case has been delayed, it said.
7) India and which country have issued a commemorative set of postage stamps on upcoming Diwali festival in Sept 2017?
b. Cote d'Ivoire
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was informed today that India and Canada have mutually agreed to jointly issue a set of two Commemorative Postage Stamps on India-Canada: Joint Issue on the theme “Diwali”.
The joint stamps will be released on 21st September, 2017.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has already been signed between Department of Posts and Canada Post for this joint issue.
India and Canada have a longstanding close relationship, based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, equality for all and rule of law.
Strong people-to-people contacts and the presence of a large Indian Diaspora in Canada provide a strong foundation for the relationship.
In this joint issue, the theme “Diwali” has been selected as it is a cultural theme for both the countries and also considering the large presence of Indian Diaspora in Canada.