Events of National and international importance

  • 1. Name the Indian javelin thrower who became the first-ever Indian to win a gold medal at the Asian Games.
   A.) Rajesh Bind
   B.) Neeraj Chopra
   C.) Devendra Jhajharia
   D.) Kashinath Naik

Answer: Option 'B'

Neeraj Chopra became the first-ever Indian javelin thrower to win a gold medal at the Asian Games. The 20-year-old junior world record holder hurled the javelin to a distance of 88.06m to bag the Asiad gold.

  • 2. Germany approves USD 8 billion rail and road tunnel link to which of the following country?
   A.) Britain
   B.) Denmark
   C.) Swedan
   D.) Italy

Answer: Option 'B'

German authorities gave their approval to an US$8 billion (6.30 billion pounds) rail and road tunnel linking Denmark and Germany, despite environmental objections. It is part-funded by the European Union. The 19 km (11.8 mile) Fehmarnbelt link, connecting the Danish island of Lolland to the island of Fehmarn on the German side, was due to be completed in 2024.

  • 3. The scientists from this country launched a Telescope to detect cosmic X-rays.
   A.) India
   B.) China
   C.) Japan
   D.) US

Answer: Option 'D'

US scientists have successfully launched a telescope from Antarctica that analyses X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes, and other exotic celestial bodies. The name of the telescope is 'X-Calibur' instrument. It is carried by a helium balloon and will reach an altitude of 130,000 feet. Neutron stars are objects of very small radius.

  • 4. Which country ranked first as per the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)?
   A.) Sweden
   B.) Ireland
   C.) Iran
   D.) Mexico

Answer: Option 'A'

Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) reported that Sweden has been named the first best performing country in the CCPI 2019 list. CCPI evaluates the climate protection performance of 60 countries, responsible for over 90% of global energy-related CO2 emissions. Morocco has been named second. Morocco, the North African country significantly increased the share of renewables over the past five years and increased new renewable energy capacity. Lithuania is in the third position in CCPI 2019. The bottom five in the list are Saudi Arabia, U.S., Iran, South Korea, and Taiwan. With the connection of the world's largest solar plant to the grid, Morocco is on track for achieving its target of 42% installed renewable energy capacities by 2020.

  • 5. The Union Cabinet approved a MoU between India and this country on Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security.
   A.) Britain
   B.) Denmark
   C.) Morocco
   D.) Iran

Answer: Option 'C'

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved an MoU between India and Morocco on Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security. It also approved an Apprised of Progress under NHM and Decisions of Empowered Programme Committee and Mission Steering Group of NHM. Proposal to allot land to Chandigarh Housing Board for construction of apartments for 3930 allottees under Self-Financing Housing Scheme for UT Employees.

  • 6. Which football team have been awarded the Legion of Honour in the New Year's honours list?
   A.) France
   B.) US
   C.) Brazil
   D.) Denmark

Answer: Option 'A'

France's football team which last year defeated Croatia to win the World Cup were awarded the Legion of Honour, France's highest award for "exceptional service" to the nation, in the New Year's honors list. The football World Cup 2018 at Russia was France's second World Cup title, after the 1998 World Cup. Each of the 23 players of the French football team, including star strikers Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, received France's top medal for their part in beating Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow.

  • 7. Name the Arab country which has withdrawn its membership from OPEC, recently.
   A.) Qatar
   B.) Kuwait
   C.) Dubai
   D.) Egypt

Answer: Option 'A'

Qatar has withdrawn its membership from Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). The country had sent an official notification to the OPEC expressing its wish to pull out and to focus on its liquefied natural gas production in December. Qatar has been in OPEC for 57 years. The decision came amid the ongoing diplomatic and economic blockade imposed on the country by its Persian Gulf neighbours and several Arab states.

  • 8. Which country announced 2019 as the 'Year of Active Investment and Social Development' in the backdrop of proposed investments from India to boost its economy?
   A.) Uzbekistan
   B.) Kazakhstan
   C.) Tajikistan
   D.) Azerbaijan

Answer: Option 'A'

The President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev announced 2019 as the 'Year of Active Investment and Social Development' in the backdrop of proposed investments from India to boost economy of the Central Asian country, in his annual address to the Parliament. The President stated that concrete measures will be taken on creating an open economy, radically improving the business environment and investment climate and reducing the state presence in the economy. He stressed that investment was the driver of economy, new technologies, advanced experience and highly qualified specialists come with investments into all sectors and regions. Uzbekistan has invited India for making large scale investments across sectors in Uzbekistan taking advantage of economic reforms and SEZs. The president informed that in 2018, Uzbekistan implemented 76 thousand projects worth 21 trillion Uzbek soums (UZS) and 1 billion USD.

  • 9. Which two countries quits UNESCO, recently?
   A.) Denmark and Chile
   B.) United States and Israel
   C.) Albania and Bahrain
   D.) Nepal and German

Answer: Option 'B'

The United States and Israel officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the close of 2018. The countries had announced their decisions in 2017 of withdrawing from the agency, accusing it of bias against Israel. America has demanded fundamental reform in UNESCO, which was co-founded by it after World War II to foster peace. Israel joined the agency in 1949. It is best known for its World Heritage program, which designates cultural sites and aims to preserve traditions.

  • 10. The cabinet of which country approved an issuance of "Panda Bonds" in Chinese Currency recently?
   A.) Bangladesh
   B.) Afghanistan
   C.) Pakistan
   D.) Iran

Answer: Option 'C'

Pakistan Cabinet approved the issuance of Pakistan's one-of-its-kind Panda Bonds after a meeting presided by Prime Minister Imran Khan. The approval for issuance of bonds in the capital markets of China was given effect to the delay issuance of US dollar dominated Euro bonds worth 3 billion dollars. Finance Minister, Asad Umar told the interest rate may range above 5.5% but the final price would be determined only at the time of launching the bond. The size, tenure and pricing would be determined on the basis of market response. The bonds will help the government diversify the investor base of capital market issuance and provide a source of raising Renminbi, the Chinese Currency.