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International Current Affairs Quiz - January 2017

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1. Global Passport Index 2017 released by financial advisory firm Arton Capital. It ranks countries based on the number of nations their citizens can visit without a visa or on arrival visa.

  1. India ranked low at _________ position with visa-free score of 46.
  2. Top 2 - Germany (1st), Singapore (2nd).
  3. Afghanistan’s is least powerful passport. China and Pakistan were ranked 58th and 94th respectively.
78th
87th
50th
58th
None of These


2. 13th Chitwan Elephant Festival held at Chitwan National Park in Kathmandu (_______) ?

Bhutan
Myanmar
Nepal
Bangladesh
None of These


3. 30 More countries applied for joining China-sponsored Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), apart from existing 57 founding members. AIIB was established in 2015 with headquarters in Beijing (China). ________ is the largest shareholder with 26.6% voting shares. India is second largest shareholder with 7.5% followed by Russia 5.93% and Germany with 4.5% ?

USA
UAE
Russia
China
None of These


4. A baby has been born using a new type of 3 person IVF to a couple in ______________. Doctors used a method called‚ pronuclear transfer. This is world’s second modern three-parent baby, second to a child earlier created using a slightly different method in Mexico.‚  ?

USA
Russia
UK
Spain
Ukraine


5. American It Firm __________ launched world’s first laptop that charges wirelessly -‚ Latitude 7285. It is embedded with wireless receiving coil based on magnetic resonance technology ?

Microsoft
IBM
Dell
Google
None of These


6. An International meeting on Syrian settlement held in the Astana (capital of ______________). During This Meet - Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed on establishment of a trilateral mechanism to jointly monitor ceasefire between Syrian regime and rebels. ?

Kazakhstan
Syria
Turkey
Iran
None of These


7. Annual‚ Surya Namaskar Yajna OR Health for Humanity Yogathon was recognised in _______'s House of Representative on occasion of its 10th anniversary ?

UK
USA
Russia
Finland
None of These


8. Ant Financial, ___________ e-commerce Firm Alibaba’s financial arm acquired American money-transfer major MoneyGram for $880 million ?

Chinese
Indian
Russian
French
None of These


9 Business process management company WNS acquired ________ - based Denali Sourcing Services for $40 million ?

USA
UK
Russia
Spain
None of These


10. ______________ built world’s biggest solar park‚ - Longyangxia Dam Solar Park‚ in western province of Qinghai. It covers area of over 27 square km and has capacity to produce 850 MW of power ?

France
Spain
Russia
China
None of These


11. ___________ commissioned its 31st Type 056 class corvette stealth warship named‚ CNS Ezhou ?

Japan
Russia
Vietnam
China
None of These


12. _____________ enhanced naval patrols in disputed Sankakus islands (Diaoyu islands) under administrative control of Japan in East China Sea. It could anger Japan as both countries doggedly trying to enforce the claims over these uninhabited islands, that are strategically well located and may contain oil reserves. ?

Vietnam
China
Myanmar
Philippines
None of These


13. ______________ handed over 2 ships to Pakistan Navy - Hingol and Basol, to safeguard strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the ambitious CPEC Corridor. ____________ will also provide two more ships to Pakistan Navy which have been named‚ Zhob and Dasht ?

Chile
Chad
Columbia
Sudan
China


14. ______________ is setting up world’s highest altitude gravitational wave observatory‚ Ngari No.1,‚ to detect and gather precise data on primordial gravitational waves in Northern Hemisphere. It will be operational by 2021 ?

China
Japan
Myanmar
Chile
None of These


15. __________ launched its first Direct freight train to London (Britain). It will travel approx 12000 KMs in about 18 days, passing through 6 Nations ?

Russia
USA
India
China
None of These


16. ________ successfully launched first commercial mission using updated version of low-cost‚ Kuaizhou-1A‚ rocket, launching 3 satellites - JL-1, CubeSats XY-S1 and Caton - 1 ?

Russia
Bolivia
China
Nigeria
None of These


17. __________’s Navy commissioned sophisticated electronic reconnaissance ship CNS Kaiyangxing or Mizar (hull code 856) ?

Poland
China
Japan
Vietnam
None of These


18. Consulate General of India in ______ announced‚ Diplomats Cricket Championship Cup‚ promote harmonious relationship among diplomatic missions of __________ ?

Australia
UAE
England
Kuwait
None of These


19. Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2016 by Berlin (Germany) based Transparency International -

  1. India has been ranked _______ out of 176 countries, Shared with China, Brazil and Belarus.
  2. Top 5 - Denmark and New Zealand (1st, Score -90), Finland (3), Sweden (4), Switzerland (5)
  3. Bottom 5 - Somalia (179th), South Sudan (178th), North Korea (177th), Syria (176th), Yemen (175th)
  4. BRICS - Brazil (79), Russia (131), China (79), South Africa (64)
  5. Neighbours - Pakistan (116), Nepal (131), Sri Lanka (95), Bangladesh (145)
59th
69th
89th
79th
None of These


20. _____________ became first country to appoint a special‚ digital ambassador‚ to work on building ties with the global tech giants ?

Denmark
Poland
Australia
Kuwait
None of These

 

21. __________ taken over from Thailand as chair of Group of 77 (G77) countries of United Nations for 2017 ?

Ecuador
Kuwait
Paraguay
Uruguay
None of These


22. Europe’s first underwater art museum, Museo Atlantico (Atlantic Museum) opened for public in Canary Island in ____________ ?

Russia
Spain
Norway
Switzerland
None of These


23. _______ became first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income of 560 euros (USD 587 approx) ?

France
Poland
Spain
Finland
None of These


24. First __________ satellite -‚ Aoba Velox-III‚ launched into space from International Space Station (ISS), as a joint project between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) ?

Myanmar
Vietnam
China
Japan
Singapore


25. Government approved India’s full membership of International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council. It involves payment of annual contribution of US $ 5,00,000 to the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), _________.

Australia
Russia
South Korea
Spain
None of These


26. Government approved MOUs -

  1. With Portugal and Kenya for cooperation in Agriculture and allied sectors.
  2. With Uruguay for Cooperation in Customs Matters.
  3. With USA for cooperation in field of cyber Security (India-CERT and USA-CERT) and collaborate in development in third world countries.
  4. Approved holding negotiations for Trade Agreement with _____________ on trade in goods, services and investment.
  5. With Sri Lanka to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems in Rin Jaffna District at a cost of 300 million Sri Lankan Rupees.
  6. With Serbia for cooperation in Information Technology and Electronics.
  7. With Russia for cooperation in Youth matters.
  8. With Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for cooperation in outer space exploration.
  9. With Vietnam for cooperation In cyber security.
  10. MSME Cooperation with 21 Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member Countries.‚ 
Peru
Poland
Switzerland
Russia
None of These


27. Government imposed an anti-dumping duty on imports of _________ and its products from Nepal‚  and Bangladesh‚ for 5 years, to protect domestic industry ?

Cotton
Jute
Silk
Milk
None of These


28. HSBC Expat survey 2016 ranked India __________ in terms of offering highest average annual salary to expatriates (Foreign Workers) of $145057 (Approx 7.8 Lac / Month). List was topped by Switzerland followed by Hong Kong ?

4th
5th
3rd
8th
None of These


29. Inclusive Development Index (IDI) 2017 in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Inclusive Growth and Development Report’ -

  1. India ranked _________ among 79 developing countries.
  2. Top 5 developing economies - Lithuania (1st), Azerbaijan (2nd), Hungary (3rd), Poland (4th), Romania (5th).
  3. Top 5 advance economies - Norway (1st), Luxembourg (2nd), Switzerland (3th), Iceland (4th) and Denmark (5th)
  4. BRICS - Russia (13th), China (30th) and Brazil (30th), South Africa (70).
  5. Neighbours - China (15th), Nepal (27th), Bangladesh (36th) and Pakistan (52nd).
45th
40th
70th
50th
60th


30. India and ___________ signed‚ White Shipping agreement‚ to enable information sharing on maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in Indian Ocean Region (IOR), during second Joint dialogue on maritime cooperation for IOR in New Delhi ?

Russia
Israel
France
Spain
None of These


31. India and Middle Asian Nation _________ signed Protocol to amend Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) to avoid Taxation Issues ?

Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Kyrgyzstan
Kazakhstan
None of These


32. India partnered with ___________________ Experts (led by University of Birmingham) for‚ ASAP-Delhi (An Integrated Study of Air Pollutant Sources in Delhi)‚ Project to address air pollution issues in Delhi ?

USA
UK
Russia
Spain
None of These


33. India ranked ___________ in list of‚ Eight Great Powers of 2017‚ list by‚ The American Interest magazine.‚ List is topped by USA, Followed by China, Japan, Russia and Germany as top 5 in same order. Iran is 7th and Israel is ranked 8th ?

6th
5th
4th
8th
None of These


34. India rejected an EU and ______________ proposed agreement that aims to incorporate a contentious Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism at World Trade Organisation (WTO) level.

  1. Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism permits companies to drag governments to international arbitration without exhausting the local remedies and It also allows them to claim huge amounts as compensation citing losses due to reasons including policy changes and Others.
  2. India held that only after all local options have been exhausted for settling disputes between a corporate and a government, then the issues can be taken up in international arbitration tribunals.
USA
UK
France
China
Canada


35. India's ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) won rights to bid for oil and gas development projects in _________ ?

USA
Iran
Russia
Spain
None of These


36. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and ______ Space agency (CNES) signed agreement in satellite launch technology. Agreement also signed for equipping Axiom Research Lab’s lunar rover with two latest-generation CASPEX micro-cameras, developed by CNES in partnership with French firm 3DPlus.

French
Russian
German
Spanish
None of These


37. _______________ is building world’s tallest solar tower to harness solar energy as part of its ambitious‚ Ashalim‚ project. Centrepiece of this solar tower will be 250 m tall and will be encircled by 50,000 mirrors, known as heliostats ?

UK
USA
Vietnam
South Korea
Israel


38. _______________'s upgraded ballistic missile shield Arrow-3 system has become operational, jointly developed by _______ Aerospace Industries and USA firm Boeing ?

Israel
Vietnam
Japan
India
None of These


39. ____________ Signed Agreements with Australia and Indonesia, to enhance Defence ties ?

USA
Japan
Brazil
UK
None of These


40. ___________ successfully launched its first military communications satellite - Kirameki-2 ?

China
South Korea
Vietnam
Myanmar
Japan


41. ___________ PM Shinzo Abe signed 1-trillion yen ($8.7 billion) aid package to Philippines over next 5 years ?

Chinese
Japanese
Vietnamese
Spanish
None of These


42. Jones Lang LaSalle’s City Momentum Index (CMI) Released, tracking speed of change of a city’s economy and commercial real estate market. ___________ is named most dynamic city in the world.

Delhi
Bengaluru
Ahmedabad
Chennai
None of These


43. ______________ will lauch 2 missions - Lucy and Psyche to explore early Solar System.

  1. Lucy - It has been named for a critical hominin fossil set found in Ethiopia in 1974. It will be launched in 2021 and involves sending a robotic spacecraft to study Jupiter’s so-called Trojan asteroids.
  2. Psyche - It will explore a huge, one-of-a-kind metal asteroid 16 Psyche. It will be launched in 2023. Most asteroids are rocky or icy but 16 Psyche is thought to be mostly of iron and nickel, like Earth’s core
NASA
ESA
ISRO
ROSCOMOS
None of These


44. ____________ launched a 10 year plan to cut reliance on vegetable imports from India and boost domestic production. It imports around 25,000 metric tonnes of vegetables worth INR 5000 Crores every year from India ?

Bhutan
Sri Lanka
Bangladesh
Myanmar
Nepal


45. __________ ’s Supreme Court allowed government to go ahead with crucial Constitution amendment bill to accommodate demands of Madhesi and ethnic groups ?

Bhutan
Nepal
Bangladesh
India
None of These


46. ________ became first country in world to switch off FM radio network as its Parliament approved shifting to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) ?

Norway
Sweden
Finland
Poland
None of These


47. Over 3.5 lakh people from __________ have set up new world record for singing national anthem, breaking previous record of 2.5 Lakh people singing national anthem in Bangladesh in 2014 ?

Punjab
Rajasthan
Goa
Maharashtra
Gujarat


48. ________ conducted first successful test of‚ Ababeel‚ surface-to-surface medium range ballistic missile with Range 2200 KMs, using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology and it also test-fired its first Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM) Babur-3.

?

Pakistan
Bangladesh
Myanmar
South Korea
None of These


49. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.(POWERGRID) signed MOU with __________ Water & Electricity Authority ?

Singapore
Abu Dhabi
Bangkok
New York City
None of These


50. ______________ banned sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015 as part of its part of a tough anti-tobacco strategy, being first country to completely phase out tobacco ?

India
USA
UK
Spain
Russia


51. __________ increased India’s annual Haj quota by 34,500. It is biggest hike in nearly three decades. With this, size of India’s Haj quota increased from 1,36,020 to 1,70,520. ?

Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
Jordan
Israel
None of These


52. Scientists named 3 diseases as the next potential global health emergency threat - MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), Lassa fever and Nipah virus. CEPI (_____________________) has committed 460 million dollars to speed up vaccine development for these diseases.

Combination for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Coalition for Ecological Preparedness Innovations
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations
Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Ingredients
None of These


53. Scientists officially named a new endangered species of __________ as‚ Neopalpa‚ donaldtrumpi,‚ found in parts of Southern California and Baja, Mexico ?

Lizard
Fish
Tiger
Moth
None of These


54. Seven More countries - Lithuania, Gabon, Hungary, Indonesia, Malta, Mauritius and Russia signed Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for Country-by-Country Reporting (CbC MCAA), taking number of Total signatories to 57.

  1. CbC MCAA is a tax co-operation agreement to enable automatic sharing of country-by-country information. This exchange of information is facilitated as part of Action 13 of BEPS (___________________) Action Plan adopted by OECD and G20 countries in 2013.
Base Erosion and Prototype Shifting
Base Erosion and Public Shifting
Base Erosion and Purity Shifting
Base Economy and Profit Shifting
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting


55. Social network __________ will introduce new tools in Germany to combat spread of fabricated news stories (fake news). ?

Google Plus
Linkedin
Facebook
Twitter
None of These


56. Talent competitiveness Index list 2017 released, measuring ability of countries to compete for talent. The index is produced by global business school INSEAD in partnership with Adecco Group and Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) of Singapore.

  1. India ranked _______________ among 118 countries in List.
  2. Top 5 Countries - Switzerland (1st), Singapore (2nd), United Kingdom (3rd), United States (4th), Sweden (5th).
  3. BRICS - China (54th), Russia (56th), South Africa (67th) and Brazil (81st).
  4. Neighbours - Pakistan (111), Bangladesh (113), Sri Lanka (82).
  5. Bottom 5 Nations - Tanzania (114), Mozambique (115), Zimbabwe (116), Burkina Faso (117), Madagascar (118)
92nd
29th
37th
82nd
None of These


57. Tech Firm ___________ named as most innovative company of 2016 by Boston Consulting Group’s annual list of corporate innovators for 11th consecutive year. Google ranked second while electric carmaker Tesla is ranked third ?

Facebook
Apple
Microsoft
TCS
None of These


58. Tech Firm ___________ accquired AppDynamics for USD 3.7 billion (approx 24400 Crores). Both the companies are USA Based ?

Cisco
Facebook
Alphabet
Microsoft
None of These


59. ___________ Parliament passed constitutional reform bill to strengthen powers of President. After being accepted by people through a referendum, It will enable President to issue decrees, declare emergency rule, appoint ministers and top state officials and dissolve Parliament. It will also allow incumbent President Tayyip Erdogan to stay in office until 2029 ?

Turkish
Iran
Kuwait
Iraq
None of These


60. U.S. healthcare Firm Johnson & Johnson buys Switzerland based bio-pharmaceutical firm‚ Actelion‚ for ________ billion ?

$40
$20
$10
$30
None of These


61. US fast-food Chain ___________’ sold its China and Hong Kong businesses for $2.08 billion to‚ Citic, a Chinese Firm ?

KFC
Subway
Burger King
McDonald
None of These


62. USA President __________ formally pulled Out USA from Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a mega trade deal of 12 Pacific Rim countries - Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, US and Vietnam.

  1. TPP was set up by Previous USA Prez Barack Obama, aimed to bind US allies against growing Chinese economic impact by easing flow of goods, services and investments among member countries.
Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Vladimir Putin
Ami Bera
None of These


63. USA President Donald Trump signed executive order to ban travel of people from 7 Muslim-majority countries in USA for 90 days - Iraq, Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Syria.

  1. He also suspended US Refugee Admissions Programme for 120 days and indefinitely barred entry of refugees from ___________________.
  2. Admission of Refugees in 2017 is cut to 50000, less than previously planned figure of 110000.
Libya
Yemen
Iraq
Iran
Syria


64. USA President Donald Trump signed order to build a 2000 Miles wall along US border with _________ and crack down on US cities that shield illegal immigrants ?

Mexico
Canada
Brazil
Argentina
None of These


65. ___________ based‚ SpaceX‚ successfully launched constellation of 10 satellites into orbit on board of its two stage Falcon 9 Rocket from California, as part of Virginia-based Iridium’s project‚ McLean ?

Russia
UK
France
USA
None of These


66. USA lifted 20-year old trade and financial sanctions on ____________ ?

Russia
Spain
Sudan
France
None of These


67. __________ military launched Geo-3 satellite mounted with Atlas V rocket into space to monitor possible missile attacks from space ?

Russia
USA
Spain
France
None of These


68. __________ unveiled 12-point plan to leave European Union for implementing Brexit deal within 2 years. ?

Poland
UK
France
Germany
None of These


69. United Nation Security Council (UNSC) approved resolution expressing full support to ___________’s new President Adama Barrow. Longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh refused to step down after loosing December 2016 presidential elections. It has deepened political crisis in _______.

Niger
Chad
Nigeria
Gambia
None of These


70. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared _______ as‚ International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development ?

2017
2016
2018
2015
None of These


71. ____________ released 12th Global Risks Report 2017. As per report, most significant long-term risks worldwide in 2017 are - Extreme weather, Involuntary migration, Major natural catastrophe, Large terrorist attacks and Massive data fraud / theft ?

World Economic Forum
World Bank
IMF
ADB
None of These


72. World’s first Gender Literature Festival will be held in ________ in April 2017 ?

Pune
Patna
Nashik
Bhubaneswar
None of These


73. XCMG, __________ Based construction machinery company will invest 150 million in India for setting up new manufacturing unit. ?

France
Russia
Japan
China
None of These


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