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1. 

Which country offers $1 million aid to Tonga?

A. India
B. Saudi Arabia
C. Pakistan
D. Indonesia

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

India has contributed USD 1 million for the rehabilitation works in Tonga, after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita. United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation has stated that, the Tonga Government will identify the rehabilitation projects to be supported by the India-UN Development Partnership Fund. India has allocated USD 500,000 in the India-UN Development Partnership Fund for rehabilitation purpose and USD 500,000 will be given for immediate relief assistance. The India-UN Development Partnership Fund is led and supported by Indian Government. It is managed by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation.

2. 

India and this country's IDRC signed an MoU to usher the 'Programme Based Research Support' in addressing current and future global and local developmental challenges>

A. Russia
B. Canada
C. Iran
D. Israel

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Canada's IDRC to usher the 'Programme Based Research Support' in addressing current and future global and local developmental challenges was signed. During the last five years (2012-17), 96 research projects worth CAD 51 million were funded by the IDRC in India. A MoU signed between Shri S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary (Bilateral Cooperation), Department of Economic Affairs and Dr.Jean Lebel, the President of IDRC, Canada.

3. 

India ranked __________ place in the Corruption Perception Index for 2017.

A. 29th
B. 81st
C. 70th
D. 56th

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

In the Corruption Perception Index for 2017, India was ranked at the 81st place with a score of 40. Among the neighbouring countries, Pakistan was ranked at the 117th place with a score of 32, Bangladesh at 143th (score of 28), Myanmar at 130th (score 30) and Sri Lanka 91st (score 38). India has been ranked worse than China and Bhutan in terms of 'corruption perception', but fares better than its other neighbours including Pakistan and Bangladesh, as per a global list released by graft watchdog Transperency International. New Zealand and Denmark have topped the list, while Syria, South Sudan and Somalia have been ranked the lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.

4. 

What is the position of India in terms of neonatal mortality rate according to a report by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)?

A. 32nd
B. 28th
C. 15th
D. 12th

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

According to a report by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), India has ranked 12th among 52 lower middle-income countries in terms of neonatal mortality rate. Neonatal Mortality Rate in India is 25.4/1000 live births. With nearly 640000 newborn deaths each year, India accounts for a quarter of the global burden of neonatal deaths of 2.6 million babies. Neonatal Mortality Rate in India is 25.4/1000 live births. With nearly 640000 newborn deaths each year, India accounts for a quarter of the global burden of neonatal deaths of 2.6 million babies. 57% of neonatal deaths in India occur in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. As these states account for 46% of all births, it can be inferred that States with the highest birth rates have higher newborn deaths.

5. 

With which country India join hands for research projects on Water Quality Research and Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment?

A. US
B. UK
C. Germany
D. France

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

The UK- India Joint research projects on Water Quality Research and Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment were launched in New Delhi. The Water Quality Research programme has eight projects and Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment programme has four projects, with a total joint investment of up to 15 million British Pound.