current-affairs-international
  • A
    Dev Patel (success)
    B
    Nimrat Kaur (success)
    C
    Gurinder Chadha (success)
    D
    Jasminder Singh (success)
    Answer.   Indian-origin British director Gurinder Chadha was honoured with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her immense contribution to British cinema. Chadha, whose films include Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, received the award from UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Jasminder Singh, OBE, Chairman and founder of Edwardian Hotels, Jagjeet Singh Sohal, a writer, broadcaster ad communications consultant, and Khalsa Aid founded in 1999, also received the Sikh Jewel Awards.
  • A
    General Sher Mohammad Karimi (success)
    B
    Abdul Fatah Younis (success)
    C
    General Abdul Rahman Al Banyan (success)
    D
    General (retd) Raheel Sharif (success)
    Answer.   Pakistan government agreed to allow former Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif to head a Saudi Arabia-led 39-nation Islamic military coalition formed to combat terrorism. Gen. Raheel retired as Army chief in November 2016 and was appointed as first Commander-in-Chief of Islamic Military Alliance (IMA) in January 2017. The IMA was formed by Saudi Arabia in December 2015 with a joint operations center in Riyadh.
  • A
    2005 (success)
    B
    2006 (success)
    C
    2007 (success)
    D
    2008 (success)
    Answer.   The lights were switched off around the world at 8:30 p.m. on March 25, 2017 to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, and to draw attention to climate change. The call for action for Earth Hour 2017 in India is ‘I am an Earth Hour Super Hero. Are you?’ It urges residents to take up the challenge by ‘Switching Off and Switching onto Solar Energy’. The initiative began in Australia in 2007 as a grass roots gesture by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia against man-made carbon dioxide emissions linked to a warming planet.
  • A
    Only I (success)
    B
    Only II (success)
    C
    Both I and II (success)
    D
    Neither I nor II (success)
    Answer.   The Statement I is wrong because the report is being published annually since 2013 by the Davos-based World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with Accenture Strategy.
  • A
    Resolution 2199 (success)
    B
    Resolution 2347 (success)
    C
    Resolution 2227 (success)
    D
    Resolution 1950 (success)
    Answer.   UN Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted the Resolution 2347 for the protection of heritage, which is the first ever resolution adopted by the UNSC with focus on Cultural heritage. Earlier in 2015, UNSC had adopted the Resolution 2199 prohibiting trade in cultural property from Iraq and Syria. 
  • A
    15 (success)
    B
    8 (success)
    C
    13 (success)
    D
    10 (success)
    Answer.   Indian para-athletes won 13 medals in the season-opening Fazaa International IPC International Athletics Grand Prix at the Dubai Club Stadium. The medals include 5 Gold, three of which have been won by Sundar Singh Gurjar. The women athletes also added to the Indian gold medal tally with a gold-silver finish in the women's wheelchair Shot Put F-55 category. Karamjyoti claimed the gold with 5.76 meter followed by Shatabdti Awasthi claiming the silver.
  • A
    Japan (success)
    B
    Kenya (success)
    C
    India (success)
    D
    Australia (success)
    Answer.   Kenya on March 23, 2017 launched mobile government bonds named “M-Akiba” meaning “mobile savings” in Swahili language. With this, it became the first nation in the world to sell government bonds via mobile phone. The aim of the move is to promote a culture of saving and allow anyone from teachers to shop owners to invest and fund infrastructure projects.  The bond was launched by the central bank governor Patrick Njoroge with a value of 150 million shillings (1.3 million euros or $1.4 million). Later in June 2017, it will launch mobile government bonds with a value of 5 billion shilling.
  • A
    Gear Up to End TB (success)
    B
    Stop TB, Use DOTS (success)
    C
    United to End TB (success)
    D
    Stop TB, Fight Poverty (success)
    Answer.   The World Health Organisation (WHO) observed the World Tuberculosis Day 2017 on March 24 with the theme “Unite to End TB”. Ending TB by 2030 is a target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the goal of the WHO End TB Strategy, which aims to reduce TB deaths by 90% and to cut new cases by 80% between 2015 and 2030, and to ensure that no TB-affected family faces catastrophic costs due to TB.
  • A
    Germany (success)
    B
    Britain (success)
    C
    Italy (success)
    D
    France (success)
    Answer.   The French mathematician Yves Meyer won the Abel Prize for the year 2017 for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets. Wavelets are brief, heartbeat-like oscillations that serve as building blocks of digital sound and image data. Abel Prize, also called the Nobel Prize of Math, was established on January 1, 2002 to recognize outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. The prize amount is 6 million Norwegian Kroner (about 750,000 Euro).
  • A
    Understand Cloud (success)
    B
    Climate Knowledge for Climate Action (success)
    C
    Weather and Climate: Engaging Youth (success)
    D
    Powering Our Future with Weather, Climate and Water (success)
    Answer.   The World Meteorological Day 2017 was observed across the world on March 23 with the theme “Understanding Cloud”. The theme highlights the importance of clouds and their pivotal role in weather climate and water. The Day organized every year by the Geneva-based World Meteorological Organization (WMO) celebrates the anniversary of the convention establishing the WMO in 1985.
  • A
    Germany (success)
    B
    Russia (success)
    C
    Austria (success)
    D
    France (success)
    Answer.   India’s special athletes won 18 medals so far in the ongoing 2017 Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. The medal tally includes 6 Gold, 4 Silver and 8 Bronze. India’s gold came from six special athletes for ‘Alpine skiing’ and ‘snowboarding’. Shamsher Singh won the silver medal at snow shoeing- form of hiking in the snow with special foot wear-100m race. 16-year old Jyoti Bala won the bronze medal for the same sport.
  • A
    $20 billion (success)
    B
    $19.5 billion (success)
    C
    $18 billion (success)
    D
    $20.5 billion (success)
    Answer.   The US President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that updates NASA's mission to add exploration of Mars and authorizes $19.5 billion in spending for the U.S. space agency for the fiscal year 2018. The law is known as the NASA Transition Authorization Act. It's the first time in seven years that there has been an authorization bill for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also known as NASA.
  • A
    Ajay Narayan Jha (success)
    B
    Dr Sharad Singh Negi (success)
    C
    Upendra Tripathy (success)
    D
    Laxman Singh Dangwall (success)
    Answer.   Upendra Tripathy has been appointed as the Interim Director General (IDG) of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on a full time basis. He is an IAS officer of Karnataka cadre and is a former Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. He was appointed jointly by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines and Segolene Royal, Minister for Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France. ISA was launched on November 30, 2015.
  • A
    Water the Bliss of Life (success)
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    Why Wastewater? (success)
    C
    Water Harvesting and Sustainable Development (success)
    D
    Water and Elimination of Poverty (success)
    Answer.   The World Water Day was observed across the world on March 22, 2017. The theme for the year 2017 is “Why Wastewater?” The theme highlights the need to reduce and reuse wastewater instead of wasting it. The day is observed annually since 1993 to raise awareness about taking action to tackle water crisis. The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030.
  • A
    Forests and Energy (success)
    B
    Forests and Empowerment of Women (success)
    C
    Forests: The Life (success)
    D
    Forests and Climate Change (success)
    Answer.   International Day of Forests was observed across the world on March 21, 2017. The theme for the year 2017 is “Forests and Energy”. The theme highlights the importance of wood energy in improving people's lives, powering sustainable development and mitigating climate change.