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Exercise :: International - Latest Current Affairs

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Which country's government has recently enacted controversial law to accept foreign blue-collar workers?

A. Indonesia
B. South Korea
C. Germany
D. Japan

Answer: Option D


The Japanese government enacted a new law to bring more blue-collar foreign workers into the country, in a controversial move to address chronic labour shortages. Under the new law, Japan plans to bring in 345,000 foreign workers in construction, food services, nursing and other sectors for 5 years. The law will take effect in April 2019 and create two new visa categories. The first status allows foreign nationals with skills in sectors facing severe shortages to obtain five-year visas, which will not allow them to bring their families. The second status allows foreign workers in those fields who hold stronger qualifications and pass a more difficult Japanese language test will be able to obtain a visa that can be extended indefinitely, eventually leading to residency, and will be able to bring over family.


According to a study by Global Carbon Project, India ranks __________ highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world.

A. 4th
B. 6th
C. 8th
D. 10th

Answer: Option A


India is the fourth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 percent of global emissions in 2017, according to a study by Global Carbon Project on 06th December 2018. The top 10 emitters were China, the US, the EU, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. India's emissions look set to continue their strong growth by an average of 6.3 per cent in 2018, with growth across all fuels including coal (7.1 percent), oil (2.9 percent) and gas (6 percent). The Indian emissions were projected to grow 2 percent in 2017, compared to 6 per cent per year averaged over the previous decade, due to significant government interventions in the economy.


Which country launched the 1st Mission to Land on the far side of the Moon?

A. China
B. Russia
C. Canada

Answer: Option A


China launched the first-ever spacecraft, Chang'e 4, that will attempt landing on the far side of the Moon, which always shows the same face to Earth as it's close enough to be locked by the planet's gravitational field. The Chang'e-4 mission will see a static lander and rover touch down in Von K?rm?n crater, located on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth. The payload blasted off atop a Long March 3B rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center.


This country is planning to increase its green cover by building 20,000 national forest villages by 2020 in the country.

A. Malaysia
B. Germany
C. India
D. China

Answer: Option D


China is planning to increase its green cover by building 20,000 national forest villages by 2020 in the country. As the country has been facing the problem of severe pollution, it has spent over $100 billion on trees and its total forest cover area is almost 22%. Liu Dongsheng, Deputy Director of China's National Forestry and Grassland Administration said that the country will continue to enhance the ecological environment in villages across the country. It also plans to bring the green coverage rate in rural areas to 30%.


With which country, India signed Two MoUs in the Renewable Energy sector to enhance the technology and bring in power efficiency?

A. Turkey
B. Bangladesh
C. Sweden
D. Brazil

Answer: Option C


Sweden and India signed Two Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in the Renewable Energy sector to enhance the technology and bring in power efficiency. Among the two MoUs signed, the first was signed between Swedish firm Spowdi and EMVEE for setting up local manufacturing and assembly unit in Bangalore and the second MoU was inked between Swedish Neutral and Tata Power DDL for setting up pilot for earth fault protection in Delhi. The MoUs were signed on the sidelines of inauguration of the 'Sustainability by Sweden - Showroom India' themed as "Sustainability is Everybody's Business"by Swedish Energy, Agency Business Sweden and Embassy of Sweden under the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Programme. The India-Sweden Innovations' Accelerator (ISIA) programme is a part of intergovernmental cooperation between India and Sweden in the area of new and renewable energy technology.