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Exercise :: National - Latest Current Affairs

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1. 

With which country India agreed to boost cooperation in counter-terrorism and cybersecurity?

A. Spain
B. Italy
C. Germany
D. Paris

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

India and Italy agreed to boost cooperation in counter-terrorism and cybersecurity as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met the top Italian leadership and discussed steps to revitalise bilateral ties. It was the first major political exchange between the two countries. Ms. Swaraj is there on the first leg of her seven-day tour of four European countries.

2. 

Which country has launched the world's first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics?

A. South Korea
B. Ukraine
C. India
D. Turkey

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

The world's first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on June 20, 2018. It is a joint venture of the Regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University. This is a centre of excellence which will use forensics for humanitarian services. The purpose of this Centre is to provide service to the nation and to the entire world when the need arises. The launch of the Centre was followed by an International Symposium on Humanitarian Forensics.

3. 

This country set to launch $240 million retaliatory tariffs on US imports.

A. Indonesia
B. Afghanistan
C. India
D. Nepal

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

India would introduce retaliatory tariffs worth $240 million soon on a revised list of 30 items imported from the United States to counter United States move to increase duties on Indian steel and aluminium. This move has been made at a time when India is planning to negotiate a "trade package" with the United States to ease tensions between both the countries. In the revised list, India has reduced the proposed maximum additional duties from 100% (on walnuts) to 50% (on Harley-Davidson). India had asked the US government to exempt it from its 25% tax on steel and 10% on aluminium imposed by US President Donald Trump on the basis of national security.

4. 

India rank __________ in the Global Environment Performance Index 2018.

A. 155
B. 148
C. 132
D. 177

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

India stands 177th at the bottom of the Global Environment Performance Index (EPI) rankings. In 2016, the country had ranked 141 out of 180 countries. In 2018, according to the State of India's Environment (SoE) 2018 in Figures, it has slipped to the 177th position. India scored 5.75 out of 100 in air quality. The Top 3 countries on the list are: 1. Switzerland, 2. France, and 3. Denmark.

5. 

India and __________ agreed to hold comprehensive talks to address trade and economic issues.

A. US
B. Iraq
C. Germany
D. Norway

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

India and the US have agreed to hold comprehensive talks to address trade and economic issues. The decision in this regard was taken during a series of meetings, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu had with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Mr Suresh Prabhu was on a two-day visit to the US.