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International Current Affairs Quiz - May 2018

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1. North Korea extended its Clocks by __________________ Minutes, to synchronize its time zone with that south Korea, which was pulled back 30 minutes 3 years ago. Its a major step towards unification among 2 Koreas looking for peace.

30
60
10
120
None of These


2. 1st Asia Power Index _________________ Based Lowy Institute -

  1. Termed as giant of the future, India is ranked 4th out of 25 nations in Asia-Pacific region. As per Report, India trails behind in indicators of defence networks and economic relationships.
  2. A country's overall power is its weighted average across eight measures of power - economic resources, military capability, resilience, future trends, diplomatic influence, economic relationships, defence networks and cultural influence.
  3. USA, China And Japan are top 3. While Russia is at 5th Place.
USA
UK
Australia
Russia
None of These


3. 2018 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (25 Nations) -

  1. Top 5 - _____________ , Canada, Germany, UK, China.
  2. India is ranked at 11th, down from 8th Position in China.
Russia
Spain
France
USA
None of These


4. According to Clampdowns and Courage-South Asia Press Freedom Report 2017-18 by ____________ -

  1. India accounted for 82 out of 97 instances of Internet shutdown among South Asia between May 2017 and April 2018.
  2. Pakistan witnessed 12 while Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka reported just 1 instance each of internet shutdown.
UNDP
World Bank
WHO
UNICEF
UNESCO


5. According to report Indian Industry’s Inclusive Footprint in _____________ – Doing Business, Doing Good, released by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) -

  1. 140 Indian companies invested approx $4 billion in _____________________, creating nearly 18000 direct employment opportunities.
UK
USA
South Africa
Russia
None of These


6. Aditya Puri, managing director of __________ Bank is only Indian in Barron’s top 30 global CEO list 2018, Featuring for fourth consecutive year.

HDFC
ICICI
Axis
KMB
None of These


7. AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review -

  1. India is named _______________ wealthiest country in world, with total wealth of 8,230 billion dollars.
  2. USA is ranked top with total wealth of 62,584 Billion dollars, followed by China with wealth of 24,803 billion dollars and Japan (19,522 billion dollars).
7th
6th
9th
12th
None of These


8. As per Grant Thornton’s quarterly global business survey -

  1. India slipped to 6th position globally in business optimism index for first quarter of 2018.
  2. Top five - ____________, Finland, Indonesia, Netherlands and US.
Austria
Australia
USA
UK
None of These


9. As per a UN Report, Delhi will surpass Tokyo (________________) as most populous city in world by 2028.

Japan
China
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


10. Azerbaijan inaugurated a pipeline at Sangachal Terminal, creating first direct route to transport gas from one of world’s largest fields to Europe bypassing ___________________. Project is worth USD 40-billion. It consists of 3 linked pipelines that will bring gas from Azerbaijani Shah Deniz 2 field across Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Albania and Adriatic Sea to southern Italy.

France
Spain
USA
Russia
None of These


11. BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) will launch Americas Regional Office in ______________, to increase operational capabilities of NDB in Nation.

China
India
Russia
Brazil
None of These


12. Bangladesh’s first communication satellite ______________________ will be launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A. It will provide wide range of broadcast and communication services throughout Bangladesh. It is built by Thales Alenia Space, a Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer. It is named after Bangladesh’s Father of the Nation - Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Bangabhushan-1
Bangabandhu-1
Bangaratnam-1
BangaSat-1
None of These


13. Bilateral trade between India and China through Nathu La border (_____________________) has resumed, located at 14,200 feet.

Arunachal Pradesh
Meghalaya
Manipur
Assam
Sikkim


14.________________’s Navy Received its first unmanned autonomous minesweeping system, capable of operating from a land or ship-based control station.

Britain
Norway
France
Russia
None of These


15. Carribean Nation ______________ and China established diplomatic relations, amid China's growing influence. With this, It has broken 77-year alliance with Taiwan.

Guyana
Trinidad and Tobago
Jamaica
Dominican Republic
None of These


16. Central Bank of _______________________ raised interest rates by 300 basis points to fight inflationary pressures. Interest rates have been raised from 27.25 to 30.25 %, to prop up its ailing currency from sliding further against US dollar.

Brazil
Chad
Argentina
Peru
None of These


17. _________________ Updates -

  1. Built world's longest cross-sea bridge with length 55 KMs, connecting Hong Kong, Macau with mainland. It took 7 years to complete, is six lanes wide and comprises of of 4 tunnels and 4 artificial islands. It has cost approx 20 Billion USD.
    1. World's longest bridge is also in _________, known as Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, with 164.7 KM Length.
    2. It also aims to deliver its domestically developed AG600 by 2022, world’s largest amphibious aircraft.
  2. Launched a hyperspectral imaging satellite 'Gaofen-5' for comprehensive observation of atmosphere, including air pollution. It is first __________-developed satellite that can monitor air pollution.
  3. Launched a new communication satellite named APSTAR-6C. It will offer TV transmission, communication, Internet and multimedia services to customers in Asia-Pacific region.
  4. Its first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier known only as “Type 001A” started sea trials. Its name is speculated to be Shandong, after province of same name. It is approx 315 metres long, with displacement capacity of about 55,000 tonnes (70,000 loaded).
  5. e-Commerce giant Alibaba accquired Pakistan's Largest e-commerce firm Daraz.pk for $150 Million.
  6. Space startup OneSpace launched its OS-X rocket, with a 30 feet long satellite named Chongqing Liangjiang star.
Japan
China
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


18. ______________ Became first South American Nation to Join North Atlantic Treaty Organization as global partner. NATO reached partnership agreement with it in May 2017.

Peru
Colombia
Chad
Chile
None of These


19. Cyclonic Storm Sagar, the strongest tropical cyclone to ever make landfall in Somalia (____________________), and first named cyclone of 2018 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. It traversed entire Gulf of Aden, affected Yemen and made landfall over northwestern Somalia.

West Africa
North Africa
Southern Africa
East Africa
None of These


20. Democratic Republic of ____________ declared a new outbreak of Ebola in northwestern part, as 9th outbreak of Ebola since its discovery in 1976.

Congo
Sudan
Chile
Nigeria
None of These


21. European Union’s _____________________ (GDPR) brought into full effect, clarifying individual rights to personal data collected by companies for targeted advertising and other purposes.

  1. GDPR sets new rules for how companies manage and share personal data. Though rules apply only to citizens of European Union, global nature of internet means that nearly every online service will be affected.
  2. GDPR sets a higher than ever bar for obtaining personal data on the internet, higher seen before. Rules will also force companies that suffer data breaches to disclose them within 72 hours.
General Data Protection Regulation
General Dual Protection Regulation
General Data Privacy Regulation
Global Data Protection Regulation
None of These


22. _________________ Comunication Giant Nokia acquired California (USA) based Internet of Things (IoT) start up SpaceTime Insight.

Swedish
Finnish
Norweign
American
None of These


23. Forbes' World’s Most Powerful People 2018 List (75 People) -

  1. Top 5 - ____________________ President XI Jinping (1), Russian President Vladimir Putin (2), US President Donald Trump (3), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (4), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (5).
  2. 2 Indians named in list - PM Modi (9th) and Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani (32nd).
Russian
Vietnamese
Japanese
Chinese
None of These


24. Global Flight Pricing Report by Melbourne-based Rome2rio Low-cost carriers ________________ & Air India among top 5 cheapest airlines in world in providing international connectivity, ranked 2nd and 5th position. Air Asia X is named as cheapest airline in world.

Vistara
Jet Airways
GoAir
SpiceJet
IndiGo


25. Global Military Expenditure Report 2017 by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) -

  1. India surpassed ______________________ to become 5th largest military spender.
  2. Top five (Amount in Billion USD) - US (610), China (228), Saudi Arabia (69.4), Russia (66.3) and India (63.9).
Greece
Germany
France
Canada
None of These


26. Global Urban Air Pollution database released by World Health Organisation (WHO) -

  1. _____________ Indian cities named in list of world’s 20 most polluted cities in terms of particulate matter PM2.5 levels in 2016. These cities include Delhi, Varanasi, Kanpur, Faridabad, Gaya, Patna, Agra, Muzaffarpur, Srinagar, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Patiala and Jodhpur.
14
24
74
4
None of These


27. Google launched Android Things (codenamed _________________), a variant of Android operating system for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, aiming to enable IoT machines developers to be built faster, cheaper and more secure.

  1. Android Things is aimed to be used with low-power and memory constrained Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which are usually built from different microcontroller unit (MCU) platforms.
Wave
Brillo
Jellybean
Kitkat
None of These


28. Guatemala (Central America) and Paraguay (South America) moved their ________________ Embassy to Jerusalem, after USA recently moved its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Japanese
Chinese
Israeli
Russian
None of These


29. Healthcare Access and Quality Index Data for 195 countries from Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 by Lancet -

  1. India ranked __________________.
  2. Top five - Iceland (1), Norway (2), Netherlands (3), Luxembourg (4), Finland and Australia (5th rank each)
  3. Countries with lowest scores are Central African Republic (195), Somalia (194), Guinea-Bissau (193), Chad (192), and Afghanistan (191).
  4. China (48th), Sri Lanka (71st), Bangladesh (133rd), Nepal (149th), Pakistan (154th).
45th
155th
115th
125th
145th


30. IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative) and Indian Potash Ltd (IPL) acquired ___________________ stake in JPMC (Jordan Phosphate Mines Company), Jordan’s largest mining and chemical firm, for INR 900 crores.

27 %
47 %
37 %
57 %
None of These


31. IMD World Competitiveness Rankings (63 countries) -

  1. India rose one place to _________________. China is ranked 13th.
  2. Top 5 - US (1), Hong Kong (2), Singapore (3), Netherlands (4), Switzerland (5).
14th
34th
24th
44th
None of These


32. India and ______________ agreed on cooperation on exchange of information and other aspects to tackle smuggling of drugs in both countries.

Nepal
Sri Lanka
Myanmar
Bangladesh
None of These


33. India dragged _____________ to World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Dispute Settlement Mechanism over imposition of import duties on steel and aluminium.

  1. In March 2018, ______ levied 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminium imported from all countries except Canada and Mexico, sparking fears of global trade war.
USA
UK
Russia
Spain
None of These


34. India named 3rd largest solar market in world in 2017 behind China and ______________, in a Mercom Communications report. India had set up record 9.6 GW of solar installations in 2017, more than double 4.3 GW installed in 2016.

UK
Russia
Spain
Germany
USA


35. India sent ________________ its second relief consignment under Operation Insaniyat, on board INS Airavat, to help displaced Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar into __________ following military crackdown in violence-hit Rakhine state.

Nepal
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Sri Lanka
None of These


36. India, __________________________ and Sweden launched first-of-its-kind joint research programme on HIV/AIDS, aimed at harnessing complementary research strengths and diverse expertise of 3 nations to catalyze development of better tools to address epidemic of HIV.

Netherlands
Norway
Spain
Switzerland
None of These


37. India’s Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) bagged order for executing largest hydro power project in _____________, The 900 Megawatt Arun-3 hydro project placed by SJVN Arun-3 Power Development Company (SAPDC). Order is worth INR 536 Crores.

Afghanistan
Sri Lanka
Myanmar
Bangladesh
Nepal


38. India’s National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) established 2nd Digital Collaborative Opportunities Plaza (SIDCOP) platform in Guiyang (_______________), as India’s second IT corridor in China (1st in Dalian) to provide Indian IT firms access to Chinese software market.

China
Japan
Vietnam
Myanmar
None of These


39. ICBC (______________________________) launched China’s first India-dedicated publicly offered investment fund, named Industrial and Commercial Bank Credit Suisse India Market Fund with over $3.6 trillion in assets (largest in world ).

  1. It will invest in exchange-traded funds listed on more than 20 exchanges in Europe and US that are based on Indian market. It will invest in future of Indian economy and track distribution of industrial structure across Indian market.
  2. This fund opens way for Chinese investors and provided good tool for low-threshold investment in India. It is also regarded as significant to boost investments in India.
Industrial and Combined Bank of China
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Internal and Commercial Bank of China
International and Commercial Bank of China
None of These


40. _______________ People voted to end abortion ban, hailed as a quiet revolution in a very socially conservative country. Government proposed that law should be changed to allow unrestricted access to abortions up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Netherlands
Scotland
Denmark
Iceland
Ireland


41. ______________ withdrawn its bid for a non-permanent seat at UN Security Council (UNSC) for 2019-2020 term.

  1. UNSC has 5 permanent and 10 non-permanent members who are elected for a two-year term.
USA
Israel
Russia
India
None of These


42. _____________ Based Conglomerate Sony Corporation acquired London Based EMI Music Publishing, in a USD 1.9-billion deal. EMI is second-largest music publishing company by revenue. It will add over 2.1 million songs to Sony's huge list, which already owns 2.3 million copyrights.

China
Japan
Vietnam
Russia
None of These


43. _________________ presented draft UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution, proposing to set up an international protection mission for Palestinians, after recent killing of palestinians amid their anti Israel protests at Gaza Strip.

Kuwait
Palestine
Lebanon
Jordan
None of These


44. ______________ Government announced abolishing Goods and Services Tax (GST) by reducing it to 0%. New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad had promised to abolish 6% GST levy before his electoral victory.

Indonesia
Thailand
Japan
China
Malaysia


45. ____________ hosted its first ever Shanghai Cooperation Organisation-Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (SCO-RATS) legal experts meeting in Islamabad. Its Parliament passed a bill granting fundamental rights to transgenders and outlawing discrimination against them.

Afghanistan
Pakistan
Iran
Turkey
None of These


46. ____________ submitted instrument of accession to Chemical Weapons Convention to European Union (EU), world’s chemical weapons watchdog.

Palestine
Israel
Jordan
Kuwait
None of These


47. ______________ banned products from United Arab Emirates (UAE) , Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt; To protect safety of consumers by stopping trafficking of goods. These 4 nations has cut all diplomatic relations with Qatar amid suspected terror financing by ___________.

Israel
Kuwait
Lebanon
Oman
Qatar


48. Researchers from Institute of Archaeology of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and Peking University announced that Chinese civilization was born ___________ years ago and got matured 3800 years ago., after 15 years of state-funded work. First civilisation emerged in areas around Yellow, Yangtze and Western Liao rivers.

5800
6800
5000
7800
None of These


49. _______________ launched world’s First floating nuclear power unit into Baltic Sea, with 70-megawatt Capacity, named Akademik Lomonosov.

Spain
Russia
Germany
Finland
None of These


50. _____________ become first country to introduce a minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Alcoholic products here will cost minimum of 50 pence per unit.

Iceland
Ireland
Norway
Switzerland
Scotland


51. ____________ Academy, That organizes Nobel Prize in Literature announced that, Nobel Prize in literature will not be awarded this year due to sex-abuse allegations and other issues. It has been in stress due to #MeToo campaign since November 2017. Academy has been alleged of sexual misconduct by husband of one of its members.

Swedish
Norweign
Russia
Spain
None of These


52. _________ based data analytics company Cambridge Analytica announced to shut down its operations, after being caught in a massive data-harvesting scandal took away all of its customers. Approx 2 months ago, it was revealed that CA had illegally harvested data of over 87 million Facebook users and used it to manipulate voter behavior in 2016 US Presidential elections.

USA
Russia
UK
Spain
None of These


53. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (_____________________) announced to hold a climate summit in September 2019 in New York to review commitments of 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Considering effects of climate spreading all over the world. Earlier, Guterres appointed Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Action.

Finland
Russia
Spain
Portugal
None of These


54. ___________ Updates -

  1. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to create a faith-based initiative, which would recognize vital role of faith in American life. It would ensure that faith-based organizations have equal access to government funding and equal right to exercise their beliefs.
  2. State California’s economy surpassed UK to become world’s fifth largest, With GDP of $2.7 trillion, with UK and India as Next. California is only behind USA, China, Japan and Germany.
  3. Cancelled NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) programme, amid budget constraints and higher priorities within science budget. NASA’s CMS Programme costing $10 million per year was meant to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
  4. With Philippine Army, held Joint annual military exercise Balikatan.
  5. Software Firm Adobe acquired Magento for USD 1.68 billion. Magento works in B2B and B2C context and will help Adobe to compete with salesforce and provide functionality in e-commerce space.
  6. Pulled out of an international nuclear deal with Iran signed in 2015 by USA and 5 other Powers (UK, Russia, France, China, Germany and European Union).
    1. This could raise risk of conflict in Middle East, upset America’s European allies and bring uncertainty to global oil supplies.
    2. The deal eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for the country limiting its nuclear programme, seen by many as a way to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.
    3. Complained that agreement does not address Iran’s ballistic missile programme, its nuclear activities and nor its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria. It did not prevent Iran from cheating and continuing to pursue nuclear weapons, so it needs to be vanished and Tough Economic Sanctions are being put back on Iran.
  7. Renamed its oldest and largest stragically important military command Pacific Command (PACOM) to Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). It is responsible for all military activity in greater Pacific region. It has about 375,000 civilian and military personnel assigned, which also includes India. Renamed INDOPACOM will now extend its reach from Pacific Ocean to Indian Ocean Region.
  8. Withdrawn invitation to Chinese navy to participate in 2018 Rim of Pacific (RIMPAC) maritime exercise, amid China’s continued illegal militarisation of islands in disputed South China Sea. RIMPAC 2019 is 26th edition of this exercise. RIMPAC is world’s largest international maritime warfare exercise, held biennially near Honolulu, Hawaii (USA).
  9. Stanford University will assist Uttar Pradesh Government to combat chronic disease like Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).
Germany
Spain
Russia
UK
USA


55. ____________ adopted a new system of entry visas, under which it will issue long-term residency visas for up to 10 years to international investors and ‘exceptional talents’ including professionals and students. It will attract investors and increase economic competitiveness globally. It also allowed foreign investors to own 100% of its home businesses by end of 2018, up from 49% cap currently.

USA
Russia
UAE
Spain
None of These


56. United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) listed ______________ among top three sources for money laundering, other two being Nigeria and Russia. UK is prime destination for foreign corrupt and politically exposed people (PEPs) to launder money.

Pakistan
Bangladesh
Afghanistan
Iran
None of These


57. World Bank (WB) agreed to provide a grant to _______________ for meeting the basic needs of around one million Rohingyas who fled their homeland Myanmar.

Nepal
Bangladesh
India
Sri Lanka
None of These


58. World Health Organisation (WHO) published its first _______________, a catalogue of tests needed to diagnose most common diseases along with number of global priority diseases.

  1. It aims to address inability to access diagnostic services, keeping the away from correct treatment.
  2. The list contains 113 tests, out of which 58 are for detection of a wide range of common conditions and Remaining 55 tests are for detection of priority diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and human papillomavirus.
  3. WHO will update list on regular basis and will also issue call for applications to add categories to next edition.
  4. It will provide a uniform tool useful to all countries, to test and treat health complications better and use health funds more efficiently by concentrating on truly essential tests.
Essential Diagnostics List
Extreme Diagnostics List
Eccentric Diagnostics List
Essential Development List
None of These


59. World Health Organization (WHO) launched comprehensive plan to eliminate industrially-produced artificial trans fats from global food supply by 2023. WHO calls on governments to use 'REPLACE' action package to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from food supply. World Health Organization (WHO) also held an emergency meeting to discuss on outbreak of Ebola in Congo (________________).

Central Africa
Eastern Africa
Northern Africa
Western Africa
None of These


60. World Health Organization (WHO) validated ______________ for having eliminated trachoma, a contagious bacterial infection of eye. It makes ______ first country in WHO’s South-East Asia Region to defeat trachoma, world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.

Indonesia
Thailand
Malaysia
Nepal
None of These


61. __________________ launched a group messaging app called Squirrel, focussed on friends, family and work groups.

Microsoft
Fascebook
Google
Yahoo
None of These




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