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Exercise :: National - Latest Current Affairs

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1. 

What is the position of India in World Press Freedom Index 2019?

A. 82
B. 108
C. 125
D. 140

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Norway is ranked first in the World Press Freedom Index 2019 for the third year running while Finland (up two places) has taken second place from the Netherlands (down one at 4th). India dropped two places to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the global press freedom index analysis. Violence against journalists - including police violence, attacks by Maoist fighters and reprisals by criminal groups or corrupt politicians - is one of the most striking characteristics of the current state of press freedom in India.

2. 

According to World Bank's Migration and Development Brief, Which country tops as the world's top recipient of remittances in 2018?

A. India
B. China
C. Philippines
D. Mexico

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

According to World Bank's Migration and Development Brief; with the Indian diaspora sending 79$ billion back to their home country, India retained its position as the world's top recipient of remittances in 2018. India followed by China: 67$ billion, Mexico: 36$ billion; Philippines: 34$ billion and Egypt: 29$ billion.

3. 

Recently, this country evacuates peacekeeping CRPF contingent from Libya.

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

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

India evacuated its entire contingent of 15 CRPF personnel from Tripoli after the situation suddenly worsened in Libya. The CRPF contingent was deployed as a peacekeeping force in Tripoli. The military conflict in Libya escalated after forces of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar launched an air strike yesterday in an area in Tripoli and the government vowed a major counteroffensive. The United Nations called for a two-hour truce to allow evacuations of civilians and the wounded. Rivalries between Haftar and the government threaten to plunge the country into a civil war. Indian Ambassador in Tunisia has the concurrent charge of Libya.

4. 

What is the sovereign rating of India as per the credit rating agency Fitch?

A. AAA-
B. AAA+
C. BBB+
D. BBB-

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Fitch Rating affirms India's sovereign rating at the lowest investment grade of BBB-with a stable outlook. The growth rate of India forecasted by Fitch is 6.8% in financial year 2019-20 and 7.1% in FY 2020-21.According to Fitch, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) regulations has been eased and there is reduction in red tape but still there are some difficulties in doing business in India due to which India's rating is not upgraded. Since 2006, this is the 13th year in a row that India is getting "BBB" ranking from Fitch. On August 1, 2006, Fitch had upgraded the India's rating from "BB+" to "BBB".

5. 

US approved to sell 24 'Romeo' Seahawk helicopters to India for __________.

A. 2.8 Billion
B. 3.1 Billion
C. 1.2 Billion
D. 2.6 billion

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 'Romeo' Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of $2.6 billion. The Lockheed Martin-built helicopters are designed for hunting submarines, targeting ships, and conducting search-and-rescue operations at sea. It is considered the world's most advanced maritime helicopter. The helicopters are currently deployed with the US Navy. These helicopters would replenish India's aging fleet of British-made Sea King helicopters.