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International Current Affairs Quiz - March 2017

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1. 11th Earth Hour observed across world on ____________ 2017, to take a global call on climate change. Cities worldwide turned their lights off from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time ?

Mar 25
Mar 2
Mar 5
Mar 15
None of These


2. 2017 Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countries -

  1. Top 3 - _________ (1st), Iceland (2), Switzerland (3).
Norway
Poland
Italy
France
None of These


3. __________ India -UAE conference on globalization held at Dubai, organized by All India Management Association (AIMA) ?

4th
3rd
1st
2nd
None of These


4. According to Financial Times, _____________’s banking system has overtaken eurozone to become world’s largest by assets; valued at $33 trillion. It is larger as compared to $31 trillion of Eurozone, $16 trillion of US and $7 trillion of Japan ?

Russia
Germany
France
India
China


5. According to Transparency International (TI) -

  1. ____________ has highest bribery rate among 16 Asia-Pacific countries - 69 %, followed by Vietnam (65%), Thailand 41% and Pakistan 40%. China reported a much lower 26%.
  2. Japan had lowest bribery rate at 0.2%.
Nepal
Bangladesh
India
Sri Lanka
None of These


6. According to _______________ report‚ Inheriting a sustainable world: Atlas on children’s health and the environment, polluted environment kills around 1.7 million children a year ?

World Health Organisation
World Bank
IMF
Asian Development Bank
None of These


7. According to recently released GSM Association report, ___________ will lead the world in smart phone adoption with a net addition of 3.5 Crore connections in 2016 - 20 ?

China
India
Russia
USA
None of These


8. ____________ Government permitted medicinal use of marijuana (Cannabis), most commonly used illegal drug in the world. Cannabis and its cannabinoids can be used to treat disease or improve symptoms ?

Argentina
Columbia
Cambodia
Chile
None of These


9. As per Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), ____________ is most expensive city in world while Almaty (Kazakhstan) is cheapest city to live in. 4 Indian cities - Bangalore (3rd), Chennai (6th), Mumbai (7th) and New Delhi (10th) are among 10 cheapest cities in world ?

Singapore
New York
London
Paris
None of These


10. As per Sydney - based Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA), India is now ____________ largest aviation market globally in terms of domestic passenger traffic, with 10 Crore domestic air passenger traffic in 2016.

6th
5th
4th
3rd
None of These


11. Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved total 9 projects costing $2.42 billion as part of Operational Plan (OP) 2016-2025 of 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 ?

South Asia Subregional Economic Committee
South Asia Subregional Ecological Cooperation
South Asia Social Economic Cooperation
South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation
None of These


12. ____________ declared March 25 as Genocide Day, remembering day of atrocities carried out by Pakistani Army in night of March 25, 1971 (Operation Searchlight) ?

Sri Lanka
Bangladesh
Nepal
Myanmar
None of These


13. Best CEOs list by American financial magazine Barron’s -

  1. India's ___________________ Managing Director Aditya Puri ranked 23rd. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella got the fifth spot in the list.
  2. Top three - Mary Barra of General Motors, Gary Dickerson of Applied Materials and Stephen Hemsley.
ICICI Bank
Yes Bank
Kotak Mahindra Bank
Infosys Technologies
HDFC Bank


14. Bharti Airtel and Millicom International Cellular SA signed agreement to combine operations in African Nation __________ ?

Ghana
Egypt
Sudan
South Africa
None of These


15. Britain __________ process for leaving European Union (EU) by 2019, becoming first country to depart from 60 years old European Union ?

France
Switzerland
Poland
Britain
None of These


16. _____________ Parliament passed motion hailing that Gilgit-Baltistan region is a constitutional part of India's Jammu & Kashmir. It condemned Pakistan’s announcement declaring Gilgit-Baltistan as its frontier ?

American
Russian
British
Swiss
None of These


17. China and ____________ signed MoU worth about $65 billion, to enhance co-operation in several fields ?

Pakistan
Saudi Arabia
North Korea
USA
None of These


18. _______________ hiked its military spending by 7 % to approx $152 billion, approx thrice of India's Defence Budget (53 Billion USD). ?

USA
China
Russia
Japan
None of These


19. _______________ will build its first national underwater observatory in disputed South China Sea (SCS), to keep check on underwater physical, chemical, and geological dynamics ?

Japan
USA
Russia
China
None of These


20. Conference on India - ___________ Bilateral Cooperation in Agriculture & Allied Sectors held in New Delhi ?

Poland
Switzerland
Russia
France
None of These


21. Cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ held in Cairo (_____________) ?

Egypt
Denmark
Russia
France
None of These


22. Cyclone Debbie has hit _____________’s Northeast Coast and New Zealand ?

UK
Australia
Russia
Spain
None of These


23. Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India (DFCCIL) signed agreement with Monash University's Institute of Railway Technology (________________), To support future research and technology development in railway infrastructure in India. SRESTHA (Special Railway Establishment for Strategic Technology & Holistic Advancement) will be guided by them ?

Russia
USA
Britain
Australia
None of These


24. Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and GIFT City (_________________) signed MoU to increase cooperation and collaboration between the two financial centres ?

Bihar
Assam
West Bengal
Rajasthan
Gujarat


25. _____________ (Central America) became first country to ban metals mining ?

Nigeria
Niger
EI Salvador
Canada
None of These


26. Engineering and scientific society SAEINDIA will organize 37th edition of FISITA World Automotive Congress in October 2018 in ____________ ?

Chennai
Ahmedabad
Delhi
Jaipur
None of These


27. ___________ launched Sentinel-2B satellite, fifth of Sentinel Earth observation satellites part of Copernicus observation program.

  1. Sentinel-2B satellite is part of satellites system that monitors Earth. It will join its twin Sentinel-2A, which has been in orbit since 2015.
  2. Two satellites will orbit 786 km above Earth, on opposite sides of planet. They will take high-resolution, colour and infrared images for a wide array of environmental initiatives, including crop forecasting and monitoring natural disasters.
NASA
European Space Agency
IRSO
ROSCOMOS
None of These


28.Large European bank ______________ appointed Mark Tucker as its chairman. ?

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Banco Santander
HSBC Holdings Plc
Lloyds Banking Group
None of These


29. Finance Ministry approved 3rd Protocol amending India-________ Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA), to check tax and fiscal evasion ?

China
Russia
Vietnam
Myanmar
Singapore


30. First ___________ India Conference hosted by Asia Society Texas Centre in Houston (USA), with theme‚ Make in India -The Inside Story ?

New York
Chicago
Houston
Washington DC
None of These


31. Forbes World's Billionaires List 2017 (2043 Billionaires, total welath increased to USD 7.67 trillion) -

  1. Top three in the list are Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and ______________.
  2. US has most billionaires (565), followed by China (319), Germany (114) and India (101). India crossed 100 billionaires for first time.
  3. Mukesh Ambani is still richest Indian with $23 Billion USD Net worth (Globally 33rd).
Mark Zuckerberg
Amancia Ortega
Charles Koch
Jeff Bezos
None of These


32. Fortune World’s 50 Greatest Leaders‚ 2017 -

  1. ______________’s Chairman‚ Arundhati Bhattacharya‚ has been‚ ranked 26 and while Indian-origin physician‚ Raj Panjabi (founder of Last Mile Health) is placed 28th.
  2. Top 5 - Theo Epstein (President of Baseball Operations at Chicago Cubs), Jack Ma (Alibaba Group Chairman), Pope Francis (First Latin American pope), Melinda Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-chair), Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO).
ICICI Bank
SBI
Yes Bank
HDFC Bank
None of These


33. France based Aircraft maker Airbus will set up its Asia’s first training facility for pilots and maintenance engineers in _______________ ?

New Delhi
Bengaluru
Jaipur
Ahmedabad
None of These


34. Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) signed time-swap deal with ___________ trader Gunvor to sell some of its US‚ Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Aim is to ease burden of GAIL's costly foreign LNG supplies ?

American
Russian
Spanish
German
Swiss


35. German Development Bank (KfW) and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) signed loan agreement for ___________ million to enhance energy efficiency in India. KfW also signed a funding deal of š500,000 with Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) ?

š100
š200
š300
š500
None of These


36. Global Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI) report by World Economic Forum (WEF) -

  1. India ranked ____________ among 127 countries.
  2. Top 5 - Switzerland (1), Norway (2), Sweden (3), Denmark (4) and France (5).
  3. Bottom 5 - Bahrain (127), Yemen (126), Labanon (125), Benin (124), Eritrea (123)
  4. Neighbours - Pakistan (101), Bangladesh (104), Nepal (113), Sri Lanka (59)
  5. BRICS - Brazil (30), Russia (48), China (95), South Africa (76)
87th
77th
97th
107th
None of These


37. Government approved Agreement on Oil Storage and Management between Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Ltd (ISPRL) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) of UAE. ADNOC will fill up 5,860,000 million barrels of crude oil at ISPRL storage facility at Mangalore (________________) ?

Assam
Andhra Pradesh
Telangana
Kerala
Karnataka


38. Government approved MoU between Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-ln) and ________ Homeland Security Department, for cooperation in field of Cyber Security ?

USA
Russia
France
Spain
None of These


39. Government approved a new Air Services Agreement with Serbia and revised Air services agreement with __________ ?

Thailand
Malaysia
Indonesia
Singapore
None of These


40. Government approved ratification of 2 conventions of ___________________ concerned with Child Labour - Minimum Age Convention (No 138) and Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention (No 182) ?

New Development Bank
Asian Development Bank
IMF
World Bank
International Labour Organization


41. Government approved renewal of MoU between India's Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and College of Banking and Financial Studies (______________) ?

Kuwait
Oman
Iraq
Iran
None of These


42. India and ____________ signed Protocol amending existing Agreement and Protocol between two countries for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income ?

Poland
Belgium
Sudan
Swaziland
None of These


43. India and ______________ finalised Social Security Agreement (SSA) and will come in force by 2018. It will be the first such agreement between BRICS countries. It will exempt detached workers of two countries from making social security contribution in either country, as long as they were making such contributions in their own respective nations ?

Brazil
Russia
China
South Africa
None of These


44. India and __________ signed agreement to renew supply of petroleum from India for 5 years (till 2022) ?

Bhutan
Bangladesh
Myanmar
Sri Lanka
Nepal


45. India and ___________ decided to work on redesigning Miyar Hydroelectric project, during Indus Water Treaty talks held in Islamabad ?

Bangladesh
Pakistan
China
Nepal
None of These


46. India and Russia signed 2 long-term support agreements for Sukhoi Su-30MKI combat aircraft fleet, during 1st India-Russia Military Industrial Conference in _________ ?

New Delhi
Jaipur
Chennai
Tripura
None of These


47. India and several South East Asian nations signed World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Call To end Tuberculosis (TB) by _________ ?

2028
2024
2020
2025
2030


48. India will supply 60 MW power from its ONGC-Tripura power (OTPC’s) Palatana plant to ____________, in addition to 500 MW power being supplied to Bangladesh from december 2013 onwards.

Bangladesh
Nepal
Bhutan
Sri Lanka
None of These


49. Indian Navy will set up meteorological facilities and impart training to __________ Navy ?

Nepal
Myanmar
Bangladesh
Afghanistan
None of These


50. Indian Software services firm __________ acquired US-based healthcare information technology consulting company CJS Solutions Group for $110 million ?

L & T Infotech
INFOSYS
WIPRO
HCL
Tech Mahindra


51. India’s tallest national flag measuring 360 feet hoisted at Attari-Wagah joint checkpost in _____________. It broke earlier record of national flag hoisted in Ranchi which is 293 feet high ?

Punjab
Haryana
Gujarat
Rajasthan
None of These


52. Intense Tropical Cyclone _________ hits east african nation‚ Madagascar ?

Debbie
Hudhud
Enawo
Nepartak
None of These


53. Iran’s advanced S-300 air defence system became operational, which was delivered by __________ after Iran’s July 2015 nuclear deal with P5+1 nations. Iran also recently tested Hormuz 2 Ballistic Missile with 300 KMs Range ?

France
UK
USA
Russia
None of These


54. Japan launched new satellite to track land and maritime movements in ____________, after its alleged ballistic missile tests ?

USA
India
South Korea
China
North Korea


55. _____________ and US navies conducted joint exercises in East China Sea, aimed at issuing a warning against nuclear-armed North Korea ?

Indian
Chinese
Japanese
Vietnamese
None of These


56. __________ (State of USA) recognised 16 March as Indian-American Appreciation Day. ?

Kansas
California
Florida
Texas
None of These


57. Korean Firm‚ Hyundai‚ signed deal to invest upto 3 billion euros in a major _____________ oil project.‚  ?

Indian
Iranian
Nepali
Japanese
None of These


58. _______________ canceled Visa-free travel permit to North Koreans. It has been done after murder of Kim Jong Nam, brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Kuala Lumpur Airport ?

Malaysia
Thailand
Indonesia
Singapore
None of These


59. Mercer’s Quality of Living index rankings 2017 -

  1. Overall Living Quality -
    1. Hyderabad (Telangana) named best Indian city in terms of quality of living, for 3rd consecutive time.
    2. Top 5 Cities - Vienna (1), Zurich (2), Auckland (3), Munich (4), Vancouver (5).
    3. Highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79).
  2. City infrastructure rankings -
    1. ___________________ topped the list followed by Frankfurt and Munich both in 2nd place.
    2. Baghdad (230) and Port au Prince (231) ranked at the bottom for city infrastructure.
    3. Indian cities - Mumbai ranked highest at 141, followed by Kolkata (149) and Pune (151).
Singapore
London
Venis
Paris
None of These


60. Nepal Investment Summit concluded in Kathmandu, attended by ___________ Arun Jaitley of India's Behalf ?

Home Affairs
External Affairs
Defence Minister
Finance Minister
None of These


61. New MOUs Approved -

  1. With Indonesia and the Kyrgyzstan for cooperation in Youth and Sports Matters.
  2. With Bangladesh on Aids to Navigation (AtoNs) and Establishing Border Haats.
  3. India's Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (Mussoorie) and ________________________'s Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) for capacity building.
  4. Indian Railways and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for cooperation in environmental conservation.
  5. With United Arab Emirates in field of providing Energy Efficiency Services.
  6. With Portugal on Renewable Energy and IT & E.
  7. With United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), to provide technical support to Ministry of Panchayati Raj in strengthening capacities of governance institutions.
New Zealand
Nigeria
Niger
Namibia
None of These


62. _______________ recognised Whanganui River revered by Maori Tribe as a "legal person” status, making river have its own legal identity with all rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person. River is known as Te Awa Tupua by Maori tribe. It is first ever such move in world ?

USA
New Zealand
Australia
UK
None of These


63. Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Act of 2017 introduced in ______________ House of Representatives by Congressman Ted Poe, aimed at declaring Pakistan as a terrorist sponsor nations ?

United Nations
Spain
Russia
UK
USA


64. ____________ government approved merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) with its northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ?

Pakistan
Afghanistan
Iran
Iraq
None of These


65. ______________ is building fence at high stress points across its 2400 KM long Border with Afghanistan, known as Durand Line. ?

India
China
Iraq
Pakistan
None of These


66. ____________ will conduct its first national census in 19 years and overall 6th population census, to be completed by May 25, 2017 ?

Sri Lanka
Afghanistan
Pakistan
Iran
None of These


67. __________ will collaborate with networking firm Cisco to build world’s largest All-IP Digital Services Platform. ?

Idea
Reliance Jio
Vodafone
Airtel
None of These


68. Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution, aiming to impose sanctions on _____________ over chemical weapons use ?

Iraq
Syria
Iran
Pakistan
None of These


69. __________’s Constitutional court ousted country’s President Park-Geun-hye (removed from office) ?

China
USA
Japan
South Korea
None of These


70. __________ government instituted a military draft for men and women, to tackle deteriorating security environment ?

Sweden
Poland
Switzerland
Germany
None of These


71. ____________ troops backed by Russian jets recaptured historic city of Palmyra from Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). On the other hand, Taliban captured crucial city of Sangin in Afghanistan ?

Syrian
Iraq
Iran
Turkey
None of These


72. __________'s Jiratchaya Sirimongkol Nawin won Miss International Queen 2016 (12th edition of beauty pageant for Transgender women) ?

Indonesia
Thailand
Malaysia
Iraq
None of These


73. Times Higher Education’s (THE) Best Small Universities-2017 (Under 5000 Students) global rankings -

  1. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) ________________ ranked 8th, becoming only Indian university to feature in top 10. It is also the second-highest ranked Asian University.
  2. list was topped by California Institute of Technology (USA).
New Delhi
Chennai
Jaipur
Bengaluru
None of These


74. To eliminate payment through cheques or drafts, American Express launched‚ BIP (___________________) electronic payment platform linked to corporate card. BIP card will help organizations and their vendors by reducing processing cost and offering extended payment terms compared to traditional invoice payments ?

Buyer Internal Payments
Buyer Initial Payments
Bought Initiated Payments
Before Initiated Payments
Buyer Initiated Payments


75. To encourage women participation in workforce, ____________ for the first time launched a Girl’s Council ?

Iran
Iraq
Saudi Arabia
Kuwait
None of These


76. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres proposed to shut down 13 year old UN peacekeeping mission in _____________ (MINUSTAH) by October 2017, as the United States is planning major funding cuts to the United Nations. MINUSTAH ?

Haiti
Columbia
Yemen
Syria
None of These


77. US Federal Reserve (Chaired by Janet Yellen) raised its benchmark interest rate by _____________ for 3rd third time in a decade (now raised to range of 0.75% to 1%).?

0.65%
0.45%
0.25%
0.85%
None of These


78. US President _____________ signed NASA Transition Authorization Act, authorising $19.5 billion funding for NASA programmes in 2018 and Mars Exploration Programmes. He also signed new executive order to reinstate a ban on immigration from six nations - Libya, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. Iraq, which was included in previous ban, is now excluded from list ?

Vladimir Putin
Dan Coats
Rex Tillersen
Donald Trump
None of These


79. US State of ___________ became first state to file a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on 6 Muslim majority countries ?

Kansas
New York
California
Texas
Hawaii


80. US based e commerce Firm Amazon entered __________ by acquiring Souq.com for approx 700 Million USD ?

India
UK
UAE
Russia
None of These


81. _____________ launched classified satellite NROL - 79 of National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), as a national security payload satellite ?

USA
UK
Russia
Spain
None of These


82. USA Based Firm _______________ accquired Israeli driverless technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion, largest ever acquisition of an Israel tech company and also biggest purchase of a company focused on autonomous driving sector ?

Google
Intel
Microsoft
Facebook
None of These


83. _____________ based SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched EchoStar 23 communications satellite ?

USA
UK
Germany
Israel
None of These


84. USA's Senate approveed Montenegro as ______________ member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization). So far, 25 other NATO members have ratified Montenegro’s accession as NATO Member. Spain and Netherlands are yet to do so ?

29th
26th
28th
32nd
None of These


85. United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) granted ___________ 2 year extension it sought to probe into alleged war crimes committed during the three-decade long civil war that ended in 2009 ?

Yemen
Iraq
Jordan
Sri Lanka
None of These


86. Women in Politics Map 2017 by Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women -

  1. Top 5 - _____________ (61.3 %), Bolivia (53.1 %), Cuba (48.9 %), Icepand (47.6 %), Nicargua (45.7 %)
  2. Bottom 3 - Yemen & Vanuatu & Qatar (All 190th with 0 women in parliament), Oman (189th), Solomon Islands (188th)
  3. India's Rank is 148 in List, with 11 % Particpation of women in Parliament.
  4. BRICS - Brazil (154th), Russia (129th), China (74th), South Africa (10th)
  5. Neighbours - Pakistan (89th), Sri Lanka (179th), Bangladesh (91th), Nepal (48th)
USA
Russia
Uganda
Rwanda
None of These


87. World Bank announced ______ billion USD financing for sub-Saharan Africa over next three years (2017-2019) ?

75
57
67
87
None of These


88. World’s Most Ethical Companies 2017 by American think tank Ethisphere Institute‚ -

  1. US based _________________ top the list for 8th straight year. ‚  ‚ 
  2. Indian companies Tata Steel and Wipro are been named in the list.
Microsoft
Exxon Mobil
Google
Facebook
Ford Motor Company




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