Top international Affairs MCQs
1.Which is the world’s first major city to celebrate the start of the 2020 New Year and new decade?
Correct Answer: B [Auckland]
Auckland in New Zealand has become the world’s first major city to celebrate the start of the 2020. Australia and New Zealand were followed by Europe, the Middle East and Asia to welcome the year 2020. The firework display in Sydney, Australia was put up despite the ongoing bushfire crisis.
2.Alejandro Giammattei was sworn in as the President of which Latin American country?
[C] El Salvador
[D] Costa Rica
Correct Answer: A [Guatemala]
Retired Surgeon, Alejandro Giammattei was recently sworn in as the President of the Central American Country, Guatemala. During the power transfer ceremony held at the Guatemala City, the outgoing President, Jimmy Morales handed over the presidential band to Giammattei.
Guatemala is one of the most populous and the poorest countries of the continent, with a very low Human Development index. Notorious for corruption, the country also finds place in the most violent nations of the planet.
3.Hassan Diab, who was seen in news recently, is the Prime Minister of which country?
Correct Answer: D [Lebanon]
Lebanon formed a new government recently under Prime Minister Hassan Diab amidst various economic and political crises. The country remained without an effective government, after the former Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri quit from his role in October 2019 under pressure from protests against state corruption and mismanagement.
The President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun nominated Hassan Diab as the new Prime Minister. Hassan Diab is a 60-year-old professor at the American University of Beirut, who heads a new cabinet of 20 members. The members were mostly backed by political parties while the protestors demanded a new government with independent technocrats.
4.The Global Consortium for Digital Currency Governance was recently announced by which organisation?
[A] World Bank
[B] World Economic Forum
[C] International Monetary Fund
[D] World Trade Organisation
Correct Answer: B [World Economic Forum]
The first Global Consortium which focussed on creating a framework for Governance of Digital Currencies was recently announced by the World Economic Forum. The announcement was made during the last day of the 50th annual meeting of WEF, held in Davos, Switzerland.
This initiative is the first-of-its-kind to create a global platform for financial institutions, government representatives and technical experts in the field. The consortium is announced with the objective of increasing access to the financial system through inclusive policies. The Governance of Digital currencies, including cryptocurrencies and stable-coins would also be focussed.
5.When is the International Customs Day (ICD) celebrated annually across the world?
[A] January 24
[B] January 25
[C] January 26
[D] January 27
Correct Answer: C [January 26]
The International Customs Day (ICD) is celebrated annually on 26 January across the world. It was introduced by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in 1983 to mark the anniversary of the formation of the Customs Co-operation Council.
This year the day is dedicated to the contribution of Customs towards a sustainable future and it is celebrated with the slogan “Customs fostering Sustainability for People, Prosperity and the Planet”. All members of WCO will celebrate the day and will showcase their efforts in the arena.
6.Britain’s Prince Charles has launched a new Children’s protection fund for which Asian country?
[A] Sri Lanka
Correct Answer: B [India]
The Prince of Britain, Charles has recently unveiled a new children’s protection fund for India. This fund is a part of the charity founded by him in 2007, the British Asian Trust. The trust was founded to fight poverty in South Asia.
Noted American singer Katy Perry was named as the ambassador of the new fund. The Protection fund will focus on reducing the exploitation of children by 50 per cent in India over 10 years. The Children’s Protection Fund will primarily cover child sexual abuse, child labour and trafficking. School safety nets are also proposed to be aet up through child-friendly village models.
7.When is the ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’ celebrated across the world?
[A] 10 February
[B] 11 February
[C] 12 February
[D] 13 February
Correct Answer: B [11 February]
The ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’ is celebrated across the world on 11 February. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution in 2015 and declared 11 February as the day of Women and Girls in Science. Since then, the day is celebrated annually.
The day is aimed to achieve complete gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and to encourage more women to take up their career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field.
8.Leo Varadkar, who recently tendered his resignation, was the Prime Minister of which country?
[C] The Netherlands
Correct Answer: B [Ireland]
The Prime Minister of Ireland Leo Varadkar recently tendered his resignation as Taoiseach, which means Prime minister in the country.
Though he submitted his resignation to the Irish President Michael Higgins, he continued to stay on as interim leader. As per the country’s constitution, the Taoiseach and the government will continue to carry on their duties until successors are appointed.
9.The recently announced ‘India-European Union Flagship Call’ is associated with which field?
[B] Artificial Intelligence
[D] Marine Technology
Correct Answer: A [Energy]
‘India-European Union Flagship Call on Integrated Local Energy Systems’ was recently announced at the India Smart Utility Week 2020. It was jointly announced by the Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST) and European Union Ambassador to India.
This collaboration between Indian and European Union will promote Clean Energy will strengthen their cooperation in energy research focussing renewable energy systems.
10.Which is the national slogan of Bangladesh, as per the order of the Bangladesh High Court?
[A] Jai Bangla
[B] Joy Bangla
[C] Hail Bangla
[D] Long Live Bangla
Correct Answer: B [Joy Bangla]
The High Court of Bangladesh has recently ruled that ‘Joy Bangla’ will be the national slogan of Bangladesh. The Court also asked the authorities to take appropriate steps to make all the people in constitutional posts, state officials, teachers and students use ‘Joy Bangla’.
The Court has asked the government to submit the compliance report within three months. ‘Joy Bangla’ was the main slogan during the liberation war of Bangladesh fought against Pakistan in 1971.