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Exercise :: International - Latest Current Affairs

  • International - Latest Current Affairs
1. 

Which country has declared National Vesak week from May 15 to 21, 2019?

A. Nepal
B. India
C. Pakistan
D. Sri Lanka

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Sri Lanka declared National Vesak week from May 15 to 21, 2019 to mark the celebrations of one of the most important events of Buddhists all over the world. The Festival held at the Thotagama Ranpath Viiharaya in Galle, Sri Lanka under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Day of Vesak commemorates the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha (or Lord Buddha) and it is celebrated on the day of May (Vaishakha) that has the full Moon (known as Purnima). Means this year it day coincided with May 18.The objective of this year's festival is to create a society of wise Buddhists making the village temple as the centre of spiritual development in order to realize the sustainable goals of development.During the festival, different programs will be held centering the Vihara and the Buddha Sasana Ministry will allocate 50 million rupees for the developmental activities of 200 Dhamma schools and 85 temples.

2. 

India ranked __________ in Kids Right Index.

A. 117
B. 121
C. 98
D. 152

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

The annual global index named Kids Right Index has ranked countries on the basis of how much they are involved and equipped to improve child rights. India ranked 117th out of 181 countries. Iceland topped the ranking followed by Portugal. Kids Rights Index is an initiative started by Kids Right Foundation with Erasmus University, Rotterdam. It is based on Right to Life, Right to Education, Right to Health, Right to Protection.

3. 

The lawmakers of which nation amended the penal code to introduce life sentence without parole?

A. Georgia
B. Serbia
C. Armenia
D. Poland

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

The Serbian lawmakers on May 21, 2019 amended the penal code to introduce a life sentence without parole, despite concerns voiced by the Council of Europe. Until now, the maximum sentence in Serbia, which seeks to join the European Union, was 40 years in prison.

4. 

Facebook Registers New Fintech Firm in __________.

A. Switzerland
B. Swedan
C. Norway
D. Germany

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

Social media giant Facebook has apparently formed a new financial tech firm, Libra Networks LLC, in Geneva, Switzerland. Libra Networks was registered in Geneva by Facebook Global Holdings II LLC. Facebook registered the trademark "Libra" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office back in June, which was reportedly part of its secretive in-house crypto project.

5. 

Which of the following country launched the Gold card visa scheme for expatriates?

A. Germany
B. UK
C. India
D. UAE

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

The UAE has launched a Golden Card visa scheme, a permanent residency scheme, for expatriates. The announcement was made by the country's Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The scheme is open to investors and exceptional talents such as doctors, engineers, scientists, students and artists as it will grant permanent residency. The scheme will attract greater foreign investment and stimulate the local economy, making it more efficient and attractive for investors. It will also increase the UAE's competitiveness and reaffirms the country's position as a global incubator. It aims to attract wealthy individuals and exceptional talents, a move that could attract more Indian professionals and businessmen to the Gulf nation. The benefits of the permanent residency also include the spouse and children of the cardholder to ensure cohesive social ties.