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International Current Affairs Quiz - April 2017

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1. 1st‚ India Indonesia Energy Forum‚ held in Jakarta (_______________).‚ It was attended by Piyush Goyal (Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines) ?

Indonesia
Malaysia
Thailand
Myanmar
None of These


2. 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index -

  1. Top 5 - USA, Germany, China, UK and Canada
  2. India has jumped one spot to ___________ rank.
7th
9th
8th
10th
None of These


3. 2017 BRICS Film Festival will be held in ___________ (China) in June 2017. Note that First BRICS Film Festival was held in Delhi in September 2016 ?

Tianjin
Beijing
Guangzhou
Chengdu
None of These


4. 2017 Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) by World Economic Forum (WEF) -

  1. India ranked ____________ among 136 economies.
  2. Top 5 - Spain (1st), France (2nd), Germany (3rd), Japan (4th), United Kingdom (5th).
  3. Bottom 5 - Mauritania (132), Congo (133), Burundi (134), Burundi (135), Yemen (136).
  4. BRICS - Brazil (27), Russia (43), China (15), South Africa (53)
  5. Neighbours - Nepal (103), Pakistan (124), Bangladesh (125), Sri Lanka (64)
10th
20th
30th
25th
40th


5. A freight train connecting __________________ with China arrived in Ganzhou an inland city in Jiangxi province, carrying goods from Moscow and travelling over 7,000 kms ?

Spain
France
Russia
Germany
None of These


6. A global alliance of tech industries and academic organisations launched _________ - million initiative with name‚ The News Integrity Initiative,‚ to combat spread of‚ fake news‚ and improve public understanding of journalism and promote news literacy ?

$14
$1
$4
$10
None of These


7. A new museum opened in __________________, to show‚ beauty of Polar Landscapes‚ of Arctic and Antarctic Region. It has been designed by‚ Jean Christopher Victor ?

Spain
France
Germany
Netherlands
None of These


8. A set of four rare stamps, featuring Mahatma Gandhi has been sold for 5 lakh pounds at an auction in ____________. It is highest price ever paid for Indian Stamps ?

UK
USA
Russia
Spain
None of These


9. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) -

  1. India is now world’s _________ largest military spender spending at $55.9 billion in 2016.
  2. Top 4 are - US ($611 billion), China ($215 billion), Russia ($69.2 billion), Saudi Arabia ($63.7 billion).
  3. Globally, Defence expenditure has been 2.2 % of GDP in 2016.
5th
6th
7th
9th
None of These


10. As per Government, number of centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) has been reduced from 66 to _____________, from 2016-17 onwards.

  1. Core schemes - Fund - sharing pattern between Centre and states is 60:40 for general states and 90:10 for Northeastern and 3 Himalayan states,
  2. Core-of-core Schemes - These are fully funded by Centre. Includes MGNREGA, National Social Assistance Plan and National Programme for Persons with Disabilities.
  3. Optional Schemes - These are for social protection and social inclusion, with fund-sharing pattern of 50:50 for general states and 80:20 for Northeastern and hilly states.
54
44
34
28
None of These


11. ______________ abolished‚ 457 Visa Programme‚ used by thousands of temporary foreign workers (Mainly Indians), to address growing unemployment ?

USA
UK
Germany
Australia
None of These


12. ___________ PM Malcolm Turnbull announced changes to Citizenship laws, unveiling tighter requirements for new applicants. New conditions are

  1. Applicants for obtaining citizenship must be permanent residents for at least 4 years(up from 1 year currently).
  2. Applicants must be committed to embrace‚ Nation's values, which largely focuse on not getting included in any Criminal activity.
  3. Applicants have to pass a standalone English test which will focus heavily on respect for women and children.
  4. An applicant can fail the citizenship test for maximum 3 Times.
  5. This has been announced after recent scrapping of the 457 visa program for foreign workers, which was used majorly by Indians.
British
Australian
American
Spanish
None of These


13. ___________ became first country to open an honorary consulate office in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) in Gandhinagar (Gujarat) ?

Poland
Germany
France
Spain
Belgium


14. Bengaluru- Based Maini Precision Products (MPP) and Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (__________) signed multimillion dollar contract for structural machined parts and sub-assemblies for a major aircraft programme ?

UK
USA
Russia
Spain
None of These


15. _________ and Iran signed first agreement on the reconfiguration of Iran's Arak reactor ?

Afghanistan
Jordan
Russia
China
None of These


16. China docked its first cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-1 with Tiangong-2 space lab. It is a major step towards China’s ambition of establishing a permanently manned space station by __________, meant to stay in orbit for at least 10 years ?

2032
2042
2022
2028
None of These


17. __________ launched its first indigenously built aircraft carrier as‚ Type 001A, as its second aircraft carrier after‚ Liaoning ?

Japan
China
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


18. ___________ President Xi Jinping announced restructure of People’s Liberation Army (PLA). It is second major restructure by President Xi after September 2015 reforms when he reducted number of military personnel by 300,000. As per new structure, PLA will have 84 units to be placed under 15 agencies. It will place greater emphasis on new capabilities including cyberspace, electronic and information warfare ?

Japanse
Chinese
Burmese
Israeli
None of These


19. Cuba and ___________ signed agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties after huge period of 37 years ?

Columbia
China
Mongolia
Morocco
None of These


20. Despite India rolling out National IPR Policy in 2017, ________________ Trade Representative’s Office has again placed India on ‘priority watch’ list in this year’s Special 301 report ?

USA
UK
Russia
France
None of These


21. Doping violation report 2015 by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) -

  1. Top Doping Violation Nations - ____________ (176), Italy (129),‚ India‚ (117 Violations).
Russia
China
USA
UK
None of These


22. __________ became first city in world to have its own Microsoft-designed font. The font will have typeface both in Latin and Arabic script and will be made available in 23 languages ?

New York City
Dubai
London
Paris
None of These


23. EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey 2017 about corruption in business -

  1. India ranks ___________ among 41 surveyed countries in bribery and corrupt practices in businesses.
  2. Top 5 - Ukraine, Cyprus, Greece, Slovakia, Croatia
29th
18th
6th
9th
None of These


24. FMCG major Britannia Industries signed MoU with ______________’s cakes and confectionery major Chipita, to explore certain business opportunities ?

France
Russia
Spain
Germany
Greece


25. Facebook launched its digital assistant named 'M' for ____________ users of its Messenger application. M uses artificial intelligence and suggests relevant actions to help manage conversations ?

UK
Russia
USA
Spain
None of These


26. Final stage of world’s largest solar plant Noor Ouarzazate has been inaugurated by Mohammed VI, King of __________________. It is based on photovoltaic (PV) technology and has area over 137 hectares. It is scheduled to start operating in 2018 and it is expected to generate 582 megawatts ?

Morocco
China
Russia
Spain
None of These


27. First rail freight service from _______________ to China departed from Essex, to travel over 7,500 miles to reach Yiwu (China). It is part of China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative that aims to revive ancient Silk Road trading routes with West ?

USA
United Kingdom
Russia
Spain
None of These


28. Five Madhesi parties in _____________ united to form a new party named -‚ Rastriya Janata Party ?

Bangladesh
Myanmar
Nepal
Sri Lanka
None of These


29. ___________ government announced closing country’s oldest nuclear plant at Fessenheim (near border with Germany) ?

Spain
Poland
Switzerland
Belarus
French


30. ____________ Government approved package of security measures that aims at preventing extremist attacks. It Included partial ban on full-face burqa, the Islamic veil ?

Poland
France
Germany
Spain
None of These


31. ______________ became first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member country to launch a self-contained cyber command unit‚ Cyber and Information Space Command, designed to shield IT and weapons systems from growing attacks ?

France
Spain
Russia
Germany
None of These


32. Government approved MOU for Establishment of‚ Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Grid Interconnection,‚ to be signed among member states of BIMSTEC at the upcoming 3rd BIMSTEC Energy Ministers’ Meeting to be held in _________________.

  1. MoU provides framework for implementation of grid interconnections for electricity trade to promote rational and optimal power transmission in BIMSTEC region.
  2. BIMSTEC is an international organisation of 7 countries from South and South East Asia - India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Thailand and Myanmar.
India
Nepal
Bangladesh
Sri Lanka
None of These


33. Government approved Protocol amending Convention between India and ____________ for avoidance of double taxation ?

Portugal
Poland
France
Germany
None of These


34. Government approved signing Collaborative Agreement with _____________ National Research Agency for supporting Belmont Forum Secretariat from January 2015 to December 2017, at expenditure of 40,000 Euros.

  1. Belmont Forum is a high level group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research and international science councils, established in 2009.
  2. Belmon Secretariat is hosted by one of Belmont forum member on rotational basis. France is hosting it from January 2015 to December 2017.
Russia
Spain
Poland
Germany
French


35. Government approved signing Framework of Understanding (FoU) on Cooperation in Hydrocarbon Sector with ________________ ?

Russia
Bangladesh
Sri Lanka
Nepal
None of These


36. _____________ became first country to neutralise gender pay gap, by making it mandatory for public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to Male and Female employees ?

Iceland
Switzerland
Spain
Russia
None of These


37. India Joined new ______________ Members Group -‚ Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health‚ that aims to improve the quality of care for new mothers and babies ?

15
3
5
7
9


38. India and Australia signed 6 agreements on occasion of Australian PM _____________ visiting India. MOUs are -

  1. Health and Medicine, Environment & Climate & Wildlife, Promotion and Development of Cooperation in Civil Aviation Security, Combatting International Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime. Implementation arrangement between ISRO and Geoscience Australia on Cooperation in Earth Observation and Satellite Navigation.
  2. Additionally, India-Australia Sports Partnership (IASP) has been launched for cooperation in 4 areas - athlete and coach training and development, sport science, sport governance and integrity, and grassroots participation. Victoria University and University of Canberra will help India establish a Highly Efficient National Sports University.
Malcolm Turnbull
Theresa May
Angela Merkel
Rex Tillerson
None of These


39. India and Bangladesh signed 22 agreements during Visit of Bangladesh PM Shiekh Hasina to India -

  1. India announced concessional Line of Credit (LoC) of ____________ billion to Bangladesh for projects in priority sectors. Moreover, $500 million Credit will also be given to Bangladesh for defence purchases.
  2. MoUs Include areas such as Defence, Judicial Sector, Mass Media, Cyber Security, Aids to Navigation, Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and Nuclear Energy, Information Technology and Electronics, Establishing Border Haats across border, Regulation of Motor Vehicle Passenger Traffic (Khulna-Kolkata route). Scientific Cooperation in Earth Sciences for Research and Development
$2.5
$4.5
$1.5
$5.5
None of These


40. India and ______________ signed MoU for Defence Industry Co-operation in Shipbuilding ?

Japan
Afghanistan
Russia
China
South Korea


41. India contributed USD ___________ to UN Election‚ Assistance Division to help other countries to hold elections and develop their electoral systems. It is 2nd time (first in 2012) that india has made such a contribution to UN Election‚ Assistance Division ?

2.25 Million
.25 Million
5.25 Million
1.25 Million
None of These


42. India has become world’s second largest LPG importer, replacing Japan as 2nd and _____________ being world’s top LNG importer.

  1. LPG imports in India increased 23% during 2016-2017 to about 11 million tonnes, owing to 2 government schemes providing free gas connections. From May 2016, government is providing free cooking gas connections to women from extremely poor households under Ujjawala Yojana.
  2. It is aimed at reducing use of polluting fuels such as wood and dried cow dung that cause 1.3 million premature annual deaths in India.
  3. India has set a target of increasing LPG usage to cover 80% of households by March 2019. Demand for fuel is expected to touch 35 million tonnes by 2031-32 in India.
Japan
China
Spain
Russia
None of These


43. Indian Ambassador to ____________ Manjeev Singh Puri inaugurated cultural programme‚ Colours of Northern & Southern States of India‚ in Kathmandu ?

Nepal
Bangladesh
Sri Lanka
Myanmar
None of These


44. Indian Person‚ _____________ won top prize at a global challenge for an open-source tool that enables users to interactively view UN General Assembly resolutions and gain a deeper understanding of voting patterns ?

Asha Ram Sihag
C.K. Mishra
Swashpawan Singh
Anuj Kumar Bishnoi
Abdulqadir Rashik‚ 


45. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch its‚ South Asia Satellite‚ on 5 May 2017, to benefit countries in South Asia. It wll be launched onboard GSLV-09.

  1. Earlier, satellite was named‚ SAARC Satellite‚ but its name was changed to South Asia Satellite when _____________ was dropped from list of nations taking part in project.
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Myanmar
Nepal
None of These


46. International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that global economy will grow at ____________ in 2017, up from 3.1 % in 2016, and 3.6% in 2018 ?

3.5%
3.3%
3.7%
4.0%
None of These


47. ____________ Government approved first West Bank settlement in 2 decades, to be built near existing settlement of Shilo. ?

UAE
Spain
Russia
Kuwait
Israel


48. ______________ officially recognized bitcoin and digital currencies as legal money from April 2017 Onwards. It will help in integration of digital currency into legal banking system through regulatory scrutiny ?

Japan
China
Mauritius
USA
None of These


49. ____________ opened its honorary consulate in Chennai, to cover states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. 2017 marks 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and _____________ ?

Uzbekistan
Kazakhstan
Turkmenistan
Russia
None of These


50. _____________ launched its first satellite - Mongol Sat-I, in partnership with‚ Asia Broadcast‚ Satellite (ABS). It is a 1227 Megahertz satellite.‚  ?

Myanmar
Vietnam
Bhutan
Nepal
Mongolia‚ 


51. _____________ became 7th‚ member of SASEC South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program of Asian Development Bank (ADB).

  1. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved total 9 projects costing $2.42 billion as part of Operational Plan (OP) 2016-2025 of South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program, with ADB financing of $1.43 billion. Out of these, 2 Economic Corridors and 1 Road Bridge worth $1.2 billion are to be in India.
Myanmar
Nepal
Bhutan
Sri Lanka
None of These


52. National Aeronautics and Space administration (NASA) launched its football stadium sized and heavy lift Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) from Wanaka (_________________). It will float at 33.5 km above ground in Southern Hemisphere’s mid-latitude band, to observe broad swath of Earth’s atmosphere to detect UV fluorescence from deep space cosmic rays ?

USA
Russia
New Zealand
UK
None of These


53. New MOUs Approved -

  1. Australia - Healthcare and Medicine.
  2. Bangladesh - Audio Visual Co-Production, Mass Media, Passenger cruise services on the coastal and protocol routes, Judicial sector. An MOU for fairway development on two stretches also signed. Stretches are Ashuganj-Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara river and Sirajganj-Daikhawa stretch of Jamuna river.
  3. France - Technical Cooperation in Civil Aviation
  4. Italy - Technical cooperation in railway sector.
  5. Georgia - Air Services.
  6. ______________ - Justice Sector.
  7. Russia - Science and Technology Sector.
Spain
Poland
Switzerland
Tunisia
None of These


54. Pakistan leased operations of its strategic Gwadar port to ___________ Overseas Port Holding Company for 40 years, on a revenue sharing basis(91% share of revenue to go to COPHC) .

  1. Gwadar Port is deep-sea port situated on the Arabian Sea at Gwadar in Balochistan province of Pakistan, located at mouth of Persian Gulf just outside strategically important Strait of Hormuz.‚  It features as southern Pakistan hub of $57 billion CPEC plan.
Germany
Russia
UK
USA
China


55. ____________ President Rodrigo Duterte won 2017’s Time Magazine’s Readers Readers Poll of 100 most influential people in world ?

Russia
Poland
Philippines
Spain
None of These


56. RBI signed MoU on‚ Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information with Royal Monetary Authority of‚ __________ ?

Bhutan
UK
Germany
Portugal
None of These


57. Report by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), 2016 -

  1. India’s travel and tourism sector ranks __________ in terms of its total contribution to country’s Gross Domestic product (GDP). India's Tourism sector Generated USD 208.9 billion in 2016 (9.6% of India’s GDP).
  2. Top 3 - USA, China and Germany.
9th
7th
13th
15th
None of These


58. Reserve Bank of India‚ signed MoU on‚ Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information‚ with‚ Bank of ___________ ?

Guyana
Nigeria
Niger
Spain
None of These


59._______________’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed new Constitution of the country into a law, to pave way for elections that would bring country back from military to democratic rule ?

Thailand
Malaysia
Indonesia
Spain
None of These


60. Time Magazine released annual list of 100 most influential people of 2017. This year's list includes 2 Indians - PM Narendra Modi and _________ founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma ?

Infosys
Flipkart
HCL
Paytm
None of These


61. ___________ President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won referendum on granting him more political powers. Features of New constitution are -

  1. Next presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on 3 November 2019.
  2. It provides for a five year tenure and maximum of two terms for the President.
  3. President may appoint top public officials, including ministers, vice-presidents.
  4. Prime minister's Role will be scrapped.
  5. President may intervene in judiciary and will decide whether or not to impose an emergency.
Russian
Finnish
Irish
Turkish
None of These


62. UNESCO will screen Rahul V. Chittella’s short film‚ Azaad‚ during World Press Freedom Day event to be held from May 1-4 in Jakarta (Indonesia). Movie is about the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his son.

  1. World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on __________ by UNESCO. 2017 Theme is‚ Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies.
May 20
May 3
May 13
June 3
None of These


63. US President Donald Trump introduced biggest tax reform plan in history of USA -

  1. Income tax rates have been slashed from 39.6% to ________________. Number of tax brackets is expected to be brought down to 3 from 7.
  2. Proposes 15% corporate tax rate which is a sharp drop from existing 35%.
  3. Move to a territorial tax system that provides relief to both small and large businesses.
  4. It is proposed to repeal estate tax, alternative minimum tax.
  5. However, only Congress is empowered to make major changes to USA tax laws.
15%
20%
30%
25%
35%


64. US-based travel reviewer TripAdvisor presented 2017 World's Best Destination Award to ___________'s resort island of‚ Bali. Bali became the first Asian destination to earn the title ?

Indonesia
Thailand
Malaysia
Vietnam
None of These


65. USA Prez Donald Trump signed executive order to Tighten norms of ___________ visa programme, used to bring high-skilled foreign workers to USA. It is aimed at fulfilling his campaign that pledges to put‚ America First ?

H-6B
H-3B
H-2B
H-1B
None of These


66. USA Used GBU-43 (Nicknamed as MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb‚ or‚ Mother of All Bombs‚ )) on an ISIS complex in Afghanistan. GBU-43 is said to be largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in battlefield. MOAB caused huge losses to ISIS in terms of Terrorist Headcount and system of tunnels and caves used by Them.

  1. MOAB is although not the largest Nun Nuclear Bomb ever made. In 2007, _________________ Tested‚ Aviation Thermobaric Bomb of Increased Power,‚ nicknamed‚ Father of All Bombs. It had 4 times more impact than MOAB.
China
Germany
Russia
Spain
None of These


67. USA and _________ agreed to pursue a ‘100-day plan’ aimed at reducing Bilateral trade deficit ?

Japan
China
Spain
France
None of These


68. World Health Organization (WHO) report‚ Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017‚ stated that approx __________ billion people are currently use water contaminated in any form ?

.5
2
1
3
None of These


69. World Health Organization will test first malaria vaccine in real world setting in 2018 in African nations - Kenya, Ghana and _______________. The‚ RTS,S‚ vaccine (also known as Mosquirix) was produced by GlaxoSmithKline in 1987. In 2015, vaccine received approval from European Medicines Agency (EMA).

  1. This vaccine targets liver phase of malaria parasite’s life cycle as parasite multiplies inside liver after getting introduced.
South Africa
Sudan
Nigeria
Malawi
None of These


70. World Immunization Week 2017 observed across the globe between 24 April - 30 April 2017 with theme‚ ______________. ?

VaccinesWork
VaccinesWeak
VaccinationMust
VaccinationHour
None of These


71. World Trade Organization has set up a panel to resolve dispute between _____________ and India over‚ imposition‚ of safeguard import duty on iron and steel products.

Japan
China
Russia
Thailand
None of These





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