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1.  A public health emergency has been declared in Oceania Nation ______________, amid recent polio outbreak (first in 18 years).

Papua New Guinea
Vanuatu
Tonga
Fiji
None of These


2. 12th Global Peace Index (GPI) 2018 by Ausralian Think Tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Rankng 163 Nations -

  1. Top 5 - _______________ (1), New Zealand (2), Austria (3), Portugal (4), Denmark (5)
  2. Bottom 5 - Syria (163), Afghanistan (162), South Sudan (161), Iraq (160), Somalia (159)
  3. Neighbours - Nepal (84), Pakistan (151), Sri Lanka (67), Bangladesh (93)
  4. BRICS - Brazil (106), Russia (154), India (136), China (112), South Africa (125)
  5. India improved as compared to 137th Rank in 2017 List.
Norway
Sweden
Iceland
Finland
None of These


3. 9th London Indian Film Festival (_________) -

  1. Actors Irrfan Khan and Manoj Bajpayee were honored by special Icon Awards in the event.
  2. Outstanding Achievement Award went to Actress Richa Chadha.
  3. Satyajit Ray Short Film Award worth GBP 1,000 went to Indo-German co-production “The Peanut Seller”.
  4. The LIFF will tour will tour Bimingham and Manchester in June - July 2018.
Spain
Russia
USA
UK
None of These


4. End of Childhood Index 2018 report by global child rights group named Save the Children.

  1. India ranked _______________ in list of 175 countries.
  2. Top 5 - Singapore (1), Slovenia (2), Norway (3), Sweden (4), Finland (5)
  3. Bottom 5 - Niger (175), Mali (174), Central African Republic (173), Chad (172), South Sudan (171)
73th
93th
103th
123th
113th


5. ASSOCHAM study on Electricals & Electronics Manufacturing in India -

  1. India recycles only 5% of its e-waste and is one of biggest contributors of e-waste (2 million tonnes per annum). E-waste includes discarded computer monitors, motherboards, Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT), Printed Circuit Board (PCB), mobile phones and chargers etc.
  2. Other top e-waste generator countries are China, US, Japan and Germany.
  3. In India, _______________ is at top in e-waste generation (19.8% ), followed by Tamil Nadu (13%), Uttar Pradesh (10.1%).
Gujarat
Odisha
Maharashtra
Jharkhand
None of These


6. According to FDI Report 2018 by FDI Intelligence (division of Financial Times Ltd.), ___________ surpassed India as top destination to attract Greenfield FDI investment ($87.4 billion FDI).

  1. Number of greenfield FDI projects in India during year fell sharply by 21% to 637.
USA
UK
Russia
Germany
None of These


7. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) -

  1. Total nuclear warheads with 9 nuclear countries are 14465, Out of which, 3750 are actually deployed.
  2. Top Holders are -
    1. _________________ - 6850
    2. USA - 6450
    3. France - 300
    4. China - 280
    5. Pakistan 140-150
    6. Britain - 215
    7. India - 130-140
    8. Israel - 80
    9. North Korea - 10-20
Germany
Russia
Spain
Sweden
None of These


8. According to a Mercer survey, _____________ is most expensive city in India to live in for expatriates as compared to Washington and Melbourne. Hong Kong is ranked as world’s costliest city to live in for expatriates, followed by Tokyo, Zurich, Singapore, and Seoul.

Mumbai
Delhi
Jaipur
Guwahati
None of These


9. According to a report titled Summer 2018 State of the Internet/ Security: Web Attack report, by Cloud delivery network provider Akamai Technologies, India is ranked ____________ in list of top 10 target countries for Web Application Attacks.

4th
2nd
3rd
5th
None of These


10. According to report by organization European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), _______________ observes lowest rate of traffic accidents in world (20 deaths per 10 lakh inhabitants).

Finland
Sweden
Spain
Norway
None of These


11. As per Future Development blog of World Bank’s Brookings Institute titled as The start of a new poverty narrative -

  1. India is no longer a nation having world’s largest poor population. _________________ has now overtaken India with largest number of extremely poor people at 87 million in early 2018.
  2. India is moving down in global poverty ranking. From 125 million poor people in 2016, India had just 73 million people in poorest of poor index as of May 2018.
  3. Approx 44 Indians are being taken out of poverty every minute, highest rate in world.
Bangladesh
Sudan
Congo
Nigeria
None of These


12. Asia’s first arbitration centre specialised in intellectual property, called International Arbitration Centre in Tokyo (IACT), will be opened in Tokyo (______________________) in September 2018. It will have around 12 arbitrators from various parts of the world, who would try to resolve disputes within a time period of 1 year. IACT would also handle disputes between non-Japanese companies if both parties agree.

China
Japan
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


13. BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands List 2018 -

  1. _________________ is only Indian brand in List, ranked 60th.
  2. Top 4 - Google (1), Apple (2), Amazon (3), Microsoft (4).
TCS
HCL
Wipro
Infosys
HDFC Bank


14. _____________ Parliament passed a historic bill legalizing recreational use of marijuana nationwide, becoming second country to do so.

Canadian
American
Russian
French
None of These


15. Chemical weapons watchdog Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has granted itself new powers to help identify those responsible for chemical attacks in _____________, as a proposal tabled by United Kingdom. Until now, OPCW was only able to say whether chemical weapons were used – but not who had used them.

Turkey
Iran
Iraq
Syria
None of These


16. _________ Updates -

  1. Approved first domestically developed, long-acting injectable HIV drug named Albuvirtide. It can block fusion of virus and host cell membranes, blocking HIV life cycle in earliest stage.
  2. Successfully launched new Earth observation satellite Gaofen-6. It will focus on agricultural resources research and disaster monitoring. Also, a scientific experiment satellite named Luojia-1 was sent into space.
  3. Will build a railway connecting western region of Tibet with Nepal, one of several bilateral deals signed during Nepali PM Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’s visit. It will connect Tibetan city of Xigaze with Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
Russia
Vietnam
China
Myanmar
None of These


17. Citi Bank is first to enroll as Payment Initiation Service Provider under ___________________’Open Banking regime, According to which the European Banks are required to share customer data with third party banks upon the customers’ approval.

USA
UK
Russia
Spain
None of These


18. ______________ banned wearing of face veils (burqa and niqab) in public places, a move that will criminalise Muslim women who choose to wear niqab or burqa. Netherlands Parliament also bannned full-face veils such as burqa and niqab in public places. Violation will result in a fine of nearly INR 32000.

Russia
Denmark
Spain
France
None of These


19. East African Nation _____________________'s parliament passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms. It imposes a 200 shilling ($0.05, £0.04) daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter, arguing that social media encouraged gossip.

France
Spain
Russia
Uganda
None of These


20. European Union Film Festival (EUFF) began in __________________ on 18th June at the Siri Fort Auditorium, With 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States. The festival will traverse through 11 cities in India till 31st August.

New Delhi
Jaipur
Mumbai
Guwahati
None of These


21. ________________ (FATF) placed Pakistan in its 'grey list' for its failure to check activities of terrorists operating from and within its territory, inlcuding failure to curb Terror Financing.

  1. This may hurt Pakistan's economy as well as its international standing and make it tough for it to receive international funding.
  2. FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.
Financial Action Task Force
Financial Activation Task Force
Financial Action Toll Force
Financial Activation Toll Force
None of These


22. ____________ will reintroduce compulsory national service for all 16-year-olds. Boys and girls would do a minimum of 1 month service in first phase which would focus on voluntary teaching and working with charities among others. 2nd phase will be voluntary and focus on areas linked to defence and security.

Israel
France
Russia
Spain
None of These


23. _____________ conglomerate Bayer completed its $63-billion takeover of US-based Monsanto to create world’s biggest agro-chemical and seed company.

Russian
French
Spanish
German
None of These


24. Global Real Estate Transparency Index (GRETI) 2018 by realty consultant JLL -

  1. India is ranked ______________ among 100 countries.
  2. Top 5 - UK (1st), Australia (2nd), United States (3rd), France (4th), Canada (5th)
  3. Bottom 5 - Venezuela (100), Libya (99), Senegal (98), Mozambique (97) and Ivory Coast (96).
  4. South Asia: Sri Lanka (66th position), Pakistan (75th).
45th
25th
23rd
15th
35th


25. Global financial services major Morgan Stanley reported that India will become a leader in shared mobility by _____________, caused by increasing amount of electric and autonomous vehicles being used. In 2017, 10% of total 257 million miles have been travelled by shared mobility and this trend would increase to 35% by ____________.

2035
2025
2030
2045
None of These


26. __________________ and Republic of Macedonia reached a historic agreement to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that kept Macedonia out of international institutions such as Nato and EU.

  1. Macedonia naming dispute is a political dispute over use of name "Macedonia" between two nations, formerly a region within Yugoslavia.
  2. Agreement says that Republic of Macedonia will be Known as Republic of Northern Macedonia, ending the naming dispute.
  3. Deal reached by two countries' prime ministers is expected to be signed by their foreign ministers soon. After that, Macedonia's parliament would vote on it, and if it approved, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov's signature would be needed. 
  4. However, Macedonian President Mr. Ivanov said that he will not sign the accord to change his country's name.
Greece
Russia
Spain
France
None of These


27. _____________ has been ranked as 5th biggest public company globally in 'consumer financial services category' on Forbes' list. American Express topped category, while Indiabulls Housing Finance is only other Indian company (at 13th place). In overall list topped by China's ICBC, HDFC took 321st place. There are a total of 58 Indian companies on the overall list of 2000 firms, with Reliance Industries (83rd) as Best in India.

ICICI Bank
HDFC
SBI
Axis Bank
None of These


28. India extended financial aid of INR 99 million (approx 10 Crores) to ______________ for construction of 2,700 shallow tube well (STWs) irrigation systems in 12 districts of southern Terai region to boost agricultural productivity. It is final payment for Maitri Irrigation Project, which has seen India release total 227.6 million.

Bagladesh
Myanmar
Nepal
Afghanistan
None of These


29. India pledged ____________ million for United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Near East. Besides, 19 other countries also made pledges for UNRWA at Pledging Conference for UNRWA in New York (US). Sweden pledged US $250 million over 3 years, $ 51 million and UAE $50 million.

  1. India also increased its grant to Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) new four-year investment cycle, known as GEF-7 from $12 million to $15 million. It was announced at GEF Council meet at Da Nang (Vietnam), and approved $4.1 billion replenishment of GEF-7.
$50
$35
$25
$15
$5


30. India received first shipment of its so far cheapest Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from ____________________ supplier Gazprom, priced USD 7 per million British Thermal Unit (mmBtu), which is around 1.5 USD cheaper from LNG imported from Qatar (India’s oldest and largest supplier of LNG).

  1. India is fourth largest importer of LNG, with import dependence 45% to 50 %.
German
Spanish
Russian
French
None of These


31. ________ Updates -

  1. will make strategically important Chabahar port operational by 2019, even as US reimposed sanctions on Iran after withdrawing itself from nuclear deal.
  2. will open four new air entry points to Nepal in eastern and western parts of country. Routes are - Kathmandu-Biratnagar-Dhaka, Kathmandu-Janakpur-Kolkata, Kathmandu-Janakpur-Patna in eastern Nepal, Kathmandu-Mahendranagar-Delhi (L626) in west.
  3. ICAI and South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) signed agreement to set up a framework for recognizing members easier and encourage mobility of professionals between both countries.

 

Bangladesh
Russia
Myanmar
India
None of These


32. International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) removed _________________ from its Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list. In 2013, ICAO enlisted it in SSC category as compliance to ICAO’s standard at that time stood only at 55 % out of standard 60 %.

Bangladesh
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Myanmar
None of These


33. International Monetory Fund (IMF) released its loan of $252 million to _________________, as part of a $1.5 billion deal.

Srilanka
Nepal
Bangladesh
Myanmar
None of These


34. _________________ Parliament ordered a full manual recount of country’s recent parliamentary election where 1.1 crore votes were cast, as a response to charges of electoral fraud. Elections were held last month for first time since defeat of Islamic State in country.

Syria
Iran
Turkey
UAE
Iraq


35. _____________ adopted an economic plan that will allow more foreign workers to work in country. This will help rapidly aging country to make up for its declining workforce. Under it, visa requirements will be relaxed in sectors facing severe labour shortages and will create new five-year visa category for non-professional foreign workers.

China
Japan
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


36. __________ acquired video discussion platform Flipgrid which is used by 20 million teachers and students across world.

Microsoft
Google
Facebook
TCS
None of These


37. Microsoft launched prototype of an underwater data centre off the coast of _______________________’s Orkney Islands, as part of Microsoft’s Project Natick. The capsule contains 864 servers and 27.6 Petabytes of storage, and has been placed 117 feet below ocean’s surface. It is designed to hold data for up to 5 years without maintenance.

Russia
Spain
France
Netherlands
Scotland


38. ______________ and UN agencies signed an agreement that could lead to return of some of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by country’s security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh.

Myanmar
Nepal
Laos
Cambodia
None of These


39. ONGC Videsh Ltd received the first equity oil cargo from Abu Dhabi's Lower Zakum oilfield, where it recently bought ____________ stake in. A shipload of Das blend crude oil reached New Mangalore port. Lower Zakum (LZ) oilfield produces 400000 barrels per day.

15 %
10 %
25 %
50 %
None of These


40. Passport Index 2018 by Henley and Partners -

  1. It analyzes 199 different passports across 227 destinations to list rankings annually.
  2. ______________ passport is named most powerful passport in world, granting visa-free access to 189 countries.
  3. Indian passport secured 76th rank in index with its holders getting visa-free access to 59 countries.
Russia
Chinese
American
French
Japanese


41. QS World Best Universities Ranking 2019 (Top 1000 Universities Listed) -

  1. Top 5 -
    1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (______________)
    2. Stanford University (USA)
    3. Harvard University (USA)
    4. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) (USA)
    5. Univesity of Oxford (UK)
  2. Indian Universities in List -
    1. 24 Indian Universities in 2018 List, up from 20 last year.
    2. IIT Bombay topped among Indian Universities in List (162nd Place), Followed by IISC Bengaluru (170), IIT Delhi (172), IIT Madras (264) and IIT Kanpur (283).
UK
USA
Russia
Spain
None of These


42. Rajnilanth Starrer Kaala become first Indian film to release in _____________. Note that Hollywood's Black Panther recently became first film to release in country in 35 years. It also recently gave away its first batch of driving licenses to women after decades long ban.

UAE
Saudi Arabia
Qatar
Kuwai
None of These


43. ____________ launched Glonass-M positioning satellite on board of Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, as part of GLONASS network GLONASS (Acronym for Global Navigation Satellite System) which provides real-time positioning data for surface, sea and airborne objects around globe, at accuracy reportedly at par with US Global Positioning System (GPS). With this, there are now total 26 Glonass satellites in orbit.

Russia
Spain
France
Germany
None of These


44. ____________ State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom)'s subsidiary Nikiret signed an agreement with Indian engineering services firm Core Energy Systems Pvt Ltd for promotion of its technical security equipment in India, to assist in India's Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) project.

American
French
Spanish
German
Russian


45. SAARC Development Fund (SDF) will launch SEDP (_________________) as part of its social window, aimed at building social enterprises by using mix of grants and concessional returnable capital. It intends to fund around 80 enterprises across 8 SAARC member states (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) annually.

Safety Enterprise Development Programme
Social Enterprise Development Programme
Social Enterprise Deployment Programme
Safety Enterprise Deployment Programme
None of These


46. ______________ Government established Ministry of Culture, separating it from Information Ministry, amid attempts to modernise the conservative kingdom.

Saudi Arabia
UAE
Russia
Germany
None of These


47. ______________ President Danny Faure said that joint project to develop naval base at Assumption Island in his country can not move forward. Seychelles will develop military facilities at the island on its own.

  1. Agreement was signed with India in 2015 to develop a naval facility at Assumption Island which would have given India strategic advantage in Indian Ocean Region (IOR), but the project had to be halted after growing political opposition. It was meant to India’s first Naval Base project overseas and had acquired significance after China had acquired its first African naval base in Djibouti (near Horn of Africa) in November 2014.
Nepal
Myanmar
China
Japan
Seychelles


48. ____________ President Bashar al-Assad will become 1st international head of State to travel to North Korea to meet North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, since he took over in 2011.

Syrian
Russia
Iraq
Iran
None of These


49. UK’s Prince William became first member of the royal family to visit _____________________ on an official visit. He also met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas which will mark first UK royal visit to West Bank.

Iran
Israel
Turkey
Japan
None of These


50. US State Department's 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report categorised ______________ as worst human trafficking nation for 16th consecutive year, citing use of forced labour. It is included in Tier 3 category, along with China, Russia and Iran.

Turkey
Spain
Iraq
Jordan
North Korea


51. __________ Updates -

  1. ________ and Cuba will permanently restore postal services after running a pilot program for 2 years, which was suspended in 1963.
  2. Announced its withdrawl from United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), accusing it of "chronic bias" against Israel. Recently, UNHRC blamed Israel for Gaza violence, and rejected USA demand to condemn Hamas (The palestinian Extremist Group).
  3. ____________ imposed stiff 25% tariff on US $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, accusing China of intellectual property (IP) theft and unfair trade practices. Tariffs will be applied in two waves, first to 818 Chinese goods worth $34 billion and in second wave it will apply to 284 goods worth another $16 billion. As a backfire action, China also imposed additional tariffs and duties on $50-billion worth of ________'s products.
  4. India also imposed higher import tariffs (ranging from 20 to 50%) on 30 goods from ___________, ranging from automobile components to agro products such as almonds, shrimps and chocolates. It is expected to rake in additional $240 million to India.
  5. _____________ unveiled world’s most powerful supercomputer called ‘Summit’, beating previous record-holder China’s Sunway TaihuLight. With a peak performance of 200,000 trillion calculations per second (200 petaflops), it is over twice as fast as Sunway TaihuLight, which is capable of 93,000 trillion calculations per second. Summit has 4,608 servers.
USA
UK
Russia
Spain
None of These


52. United Arab Emirates (UAE) flagship carrier Emirates Airline launched a joint project with US Crop One Holdings to build world’s largest vertical farming facility near _________________’s Al Maktoum International Airport, with investment of $40 million.

  1. Vertical farm facility will cover an area of 12,077 square metres with an output equivalent to 3.64 million square metres of farmland.
  2. It will harvest 2,700 kg of high-quality, herbicide and pesticide-free leafy greens daily, using 99 percent less water than outdoor fields.
Abu Dhabi
Qatar
Dubai
Sharjah
None of These


53. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) elected South Africa, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Germany and Belgium as non-permanent members of UN Security Council (UNSC). They will have __________ year term beginning January 1, 2019.

5
3
1
2
None of These


54. With Over 186000 Indian students studying in USA, India is 2nd highest sender of foreign students to US, next only to _________________.

Russia
UK
Spain
Germany
China


55. World Bank approved ____________ million to help Bangladesh achieve its education for all vision by improving primary education sector, under Quality Learning for All Program (QLEAP). Also, Pakistan and World Bank inked agreements worth $565 million to support projects in power and water sectors.

$500
$300
$700
$200
None of These


56. World Health Organisation (WHO) classified gaming addiction as mental health disorder in its ICD (____________). WHO defines gaming disorder as pattern of gaming behaviour characterized by impaired control over gaming, increased priority given to gaming over other activities.

International Classification of Diseases
International Combined Diseases
Internal Classification of Diseases
Internal Core Diseases
None of These


57. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) notified declaration submitted by India related to Article II and III of Appendix to Paris Act (1971) related to Berne (_____________) Convention for Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

  1. It will enable India to avail facilties provided for Article II and III of Appendix to Berne Convention during 10 years period that will expire, on October 10, 2024.
  2. India has been member of Berne Convention since April 1928 and has been submitting declaration as per Article II and III of Appendix from time to time.
  3. Berne Convention for Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Convention) is international copyright agreement that mandates equal treatment of copyrighted works by signatories, known as Berne Union. It was adopted in 1886 in Berne, Switzerland.
Germany
Switzerland
Russia
Sweden
None of These


58. World Reputation Rankings 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) -

  1. Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru (IISc Bangalore) is Only University in Global Top 100 (Ranked __________________).
  2. Top 5 - Harvard University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Stanford University (USA), University of Cambridge (UK) and University of Oxford (UK).
91
81
71
61
None of These


59. World's First third generation European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) reactor started working in Taishan (_________________).

  1. EPR is a third generation pressurised water reactor (PWR) design, developed mainly by Framatome and Électricité de France (EDF) in France, and Siemens in Germany. In Europe this reactor design was called European Pressurised Reactor, and internationalised name was Evolutionary Power Reactor. 2 EPR units under construction in Finland and France are both facing costly construction delays.
China
France
Germany
Finland
None of These




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