World in Focus (April-May 2016)

World in Focus

NATIONAL

Apr 18: Declaring the operation in Shawal area of North Waziristan – the last phase of Operation Zarb-i-Azb — successful, the Army started clearing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and other unexploded ordnance in the area.

Apr 20: SUPARCO and China Great Wall Industry Cooperation (CGWIC) signed a contract for the development and launch of Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) System.

Applications of Remote Sensing Technology
Some of the areas in which satellite remote sensing technology has been applied with varying degree of impact in Pakistan are as follows:

  • Agriculture
  • Disaster monitoring and mitigation
  • Surveying and urban planning
  • Water resource management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • National spatial data infrastructure
  • Infrastructure development planning and monitoring
  • Mineral exploration
  • Telecommunication
  • Coastal ecosystem monitoring

Apr 21: Six army officers including two serving generals were sacked by the Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sahrif. The allegations against the officers related to abuse of authority and illegally collecting wealth. The accusations pertained to their tenure at the Frontier Corpsin Balochistan.

Officers Sacked:

1. Lt Gen Obaidullah Khattak (Inspector-General Arms)
2. Maj Gen Ejaz Shahid
3. Brigadier Asad Shahzada
4. Brigadier Saifullah
5. Brigadier Amir
6. Col Haider

Apr 22: The IDA approved a credit of $50 million for Pakistan for procurement of vaccines for infectious diseases, including polio.

Apr 25: COAS Gen Raheel Sharif was awarded the most prestigious Jordanian medal of merit for “displaying remarkable courage in leading Pakistan Army in the face of multiple threats, especially the menace of terrorism and above all for his great efforts to promote peace and stability in the region”.

Apr 25: Twenty-six people died after consuming poisonous sweets in Layyah.

Apr 26: The Sindh provincial assembly amended the Sindh Local Government Act, 2013, increasing the local government seats reserved for women from 22% to 33%.

22nd ammendment bill 2016Apr 27: The government constituted a ‘National Ulema and Mashaikh Council’.

Structure

Chairman    Federal Minister for Religious Affairs    
Members
1. Minister of State for Religious Affairs,
2. Secretary Ministry of Religious Affairs
3. Provincial Ministers for Religious Affairs of four provinces
4. Ministers for Religious Affairs Gilgit-Baltistan
5. Ministers for Religious Affairs Azad Kashmir
6. 38 clerics and religious scholars

May 02: The SECP approved a new micro-insurance product under the SECP (Microinsurance) Rules, 2014 with the name “First Sehat Tahafuz Plan”, under which micro health (hospitalisation) coverage can be provided to low-income clients of a microfinance institution.

May 03: The government’s Haj Policy for 2016 suffered a setback when the Supreme Court restored the previous year’s quota of 50pc for private Haj tour operators, which had been reduced to 40pc this year.

May 03: Pakistan and China signed financing agreements valued at $4.2 billion for the construction of two main road projects of the eastern alignment of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

May 04: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) chairperson Marvi Memon said that the three-month stipend for women had been increased to Rs. 4,700.

May 05: The ADB released a special grant of Rs1.6 billion to the Punjab government for repair and reconstruction of the roads of the district which were damaged by flash floods in 2014.

May 06: NAB arrested Balochistan’s Secretary Finance, Mushtaq Ahmad Raisani, from his residence on corruption charges and seized over Rs.600 million jewellery and some important documents.

May 06: Mir Khalid Langove, the Adviser to Balochistan CM on Finance, resigned.

May 09: Names of 259 more Pakistanis with links to offshore companies surfaced in one of the world’s biggest-ever data leaks on an online searchable database made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

May 09: Continuing its anti-graft campaign, the NAB arrested Mohammad Ashraf Magsi, former chairman of the Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC), on charges of misuse of authority.

May 10: Former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s kidnapped son Ali Haider Gilani was recovered in a joint operation of Afghan and US forces from an Al Qaeda compound in Afghanistan’s Paktika province.

May 14: Six leading banks of the country emerged as winners in the first-ever banking awards in which awards were given in eight categories on the basis of performance and best practices at a ceremony held at the Mohatta Palace.

May 14: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved the establishment of the Citrus Development Board (CDB) to improve citrus orchards, processing management and exports.

May 14: Turkey agreed to modernise the Pakistan Air Force’s fleet of F-16s at a cost of $75 million.

Economy

April 28: Pakistan and Azerbaijan agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, gas and electricity besides introducing road and air connectivity.

May 12: The IMF agreed to disburse $510 million to Pakistan as the government met all performance targets in the third quarter of the current financial year.

Education

May 02: Pakistan Chairs in 14 different international universities, which are supposed to be instrumental for image building of the country, have been lying vacant for five to 10 years.
On the other hand, India’s all 300 Chairs in foreign universities are said to be filled.
The Pakistan Chairs called Urdu & Pakistan Studies Chair, Quaid-i-Azam Chair and Allama Iqbal Fellowship Chair exist in 14 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Turkey, Iran, Egypt, Kazakhstan and China.

Elections Transfers & Appointments

Apr 23: A Balochistan MPA Mir Amanullah Notezai was appointed as special assistant to the chief minister on excise and taxation.

May 05: The government appointed Muhammad Azam Saigol as chairman of the PIA.

May 05: The ADB’s Board of Governors unanimously elected Pakistan’s Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar as Vice Chairman of the Bank for year 2016-17.

May 05: The Prime Minister appointed Azhar Qayyum Nahara as Parliamentary Secretary for Water and Power while Mian Najeeb Uddin Awaisi was appointed for Ministry of Commerce.

May 05: Jawwad Cheema was appointed as the chief executive officer/managing director of Shell Pakistan Limited.

Sports

Apr. 16: Asim Qureshi and Raheela Kashif won the finals of the 52nd National Table Tennis Championship held in Multan.

Apr 18: Pakistan Army won the 13th National Women’s Softball Championship by defeating Sindh.

Apr 26: Punjab clinched the first edition of the Quaid-i-Azam Inter-Provincial Games played at the Pakistan Sport Complex.

Apr 26: Taimur Hassan became the Pakistan Amateur Golf Champion 2016 and Ghazala Yasmin won the ladies event.

April 27: Pakistan number one Aqeel Khan won the 35th Chief of the Air Staff Khyber Open Tennis Championship for a record 17th consecutive time.

May 02: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa won the Cool & Cool presents Haier Pakistan Cup one-day cricket tournament.

May 06: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) named Mickey Arthur of South Africa as the head coach of national cricket team.

May 06: Pakistan defeated India in final of the third edition of Asian Kabaddi Championship.

May 07: Wapda’s Farhan Mehboob clinched the 4th FMC International Squash Championship 2016.

May 10: Army retained the overall trophy in the National Taekwondo Championship.

May 15: Defending champions Pakistan retained the Asian Team Squash title beating Hong Kong in the final.

People in News

Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddique

April 27: Dr Zaheer Ahmed Siddique, 82-year-old poet and professor of Persian language donated his approximately Rs 140 million land and Rs 5 million lifetime cash savings to the Government College University, Lahore Endowment Fund Trust (GCU-EFT) for the scholarships of financially-challenged students.

Tabassum Adnan

April 29: Tabassum Adnan, a women rights activist from Swat valley, won the Nelson Mandela-Graca Machel Innovation Award 2016.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah

May 04: Senior puisne judge of the Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah was designated as founder member of the Global Institute of Judges for Environmental Justice.

Amanullah Khan Astori

Obituaries

Apr 17: Sardar Muhammad Muqeem Khan Khoso, MPA from PS-14 Jacobabad and the chieftain of the Khoso community died. He was 67 years.

Apr 22: A PTI minority lawmaker Sardar Soran Singh was shot dead.

April 30: One of the iconic figures in the history of leftist students’ politics in the country, Dr Rasheed Hasan Khan, died. He was 78.

May 02: Gilgit-Baltistan Minister for Forest Haji Muhammad Wakil, died.

May 08: Social activist Khurram Zaki was shot dead in Karachi.

INTERNATIONAL

Mullah Akhtar MansoorApr 17: Syria’s ruling Baath party and its allies won a majority of seats in parliamentary elections.

Apr 19: The Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for reporting on abuse in the seafood industry. Reuters and The New York Times shared the breaking news photography award for images of the European refugee crisis.

Apr 20: Europe became the world’s first region to wipe out malaria, with zero cases reported in 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced.

Apr 20: Fidel Castro bade farewell to Cuba’s Communist Party, only political party permitted to rule in the Republic of Cuba, urging his party members to fulfil his vision.

Apr 21: Chinese President Xi Jinping assumed direct control over the country’s powerful armed forces by becoming the commander in chief of the military’s Joint Operations Command Center.

Apr 21: The 146th anniversary of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, a famous Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist, was observed.

Apr 22: Over 170 world leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York to sign the Paris agreement on climate change.

Apr 23: North Korea conducted another test of its KN-11 (Polaris-1, or “Bukkeukseong-1″) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in the Sea of Japan.

Apr 24: Israel freed 12-year-old Palestinian Dima al-Wawi, the youngest female Palestinian sent to prison.

Apr 26: Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruled that Australia’s detention of asylum-seekers on Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) Manus Island is unconstitutional and illegal.

Apr 28: Russia’s new Vostochny cosmodrome hosted its first rocket launch, the Roscosmos space agency said.

Apr 28: Panama and the United States signed an agreement on sharing of back account information.

Apr 28: India activated ‘laser walls’ along the international border with Pakistan to thwart what it claims are intruders and terrorists crossing over.

Apr 29: South Sudan’s leaders formed a transitional coalition government bringing together politicians from the government and the armed opposition.
The new government is led by President Salva Kiir and former rebel leader Riek Machar.

Apr 30: Thousands of angry protesters stormed the Iraqi parliament building after lawmakers again failed to approve new ministers.

May 02: UN court ruled that India must allow an Italian marine detained in Delhi for more than four years to go home.

May 04: Researchers who helped detect gravitational waves for the first time, confirming part of Albert Einstein’s theory in a landmark moment in scientific history, will share a $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize, according to the prize’s selection committee.

May 05: Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed to conduct coordinated sea patrols and establish a hotline to combat piracy and kidnappings in waters bordering the three Southeast Asian nations.

May 06: An Indian court struck down a tough law that had banned the consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra, dealing a blow to right-wing Hindu groups.

May 06: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appointed Masoom Stanekzai as head of country’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS).

May 07: A delegation including three Nobel Prize laureates, Medicine prize winner Richard Roberts, economics prize winner Finn Kydland and chemistry prize winner Aaron Ciechanover, visited North Korea in an effort to promote scientific and educational exchange in the face of tightening United Nations sanctions on the country.

May 12: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended from office after the Senate voted to put her on trial for breaking budget laws.

May 13: Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group announced that its top military commander Mustafa Badreddine was killed in an explosion in the Syrian capital of Damascus.

May 15: The largest cruise ship in the world, Harmony of the Seas, set sail on its maiden voyage to the UK.
At 362 meters long, the 16-deck ship is bigger that the Eiffel Tower and holds the record for being the widest cruise ship ever built — boasting a 6,360-passenger capacity.

May 15: India successfully test-fired indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile. The interceptor is a 7.5-metre-long single-stage solid rocket-propelled guided missile equipped with a navigation system, a hi-tech computer and an electro-mechanical activator

Economy

Apr 16: The New Development Bank (NDB), a multilateral lender set up by the BRICS nations, approved its first set of loans valued at $811 million for renewable energy projects, one each in Brazil, India, China and South Africa.

May 04: The European Central Bank announced that it would no longer produce and issue 500 euro banknotes. The issuance of the €500 will be stopped around the end of 2018, when the €100 and €200 banknotes of the Europa series are planned to be introduced. The €500 banknote, like the other denominations of euro banknotes, will always retain its value and can be exchanged at the national central banks of the Eurosystem for an unlimited period of time.

Panama Paper Leakes

Elections & Appointments

Apr 20: The BCCI appointed media professional Rahul Johri as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Apr 25: Serbia’s pro-EU Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won a landslide victory in the country’s general election.

May 07: Saudi Arabia announced the ouster of Ali al-Naimi, its long-serving oil minister. He has been replaced by former Health Minister and Saudi Aramco board chairman Khaled al-Falih.

May 12: Former Indian cricket supremo Shashank Manohar became the first elected chairman of the International Cricket Council.

May 13: FIFA appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, a Senegalese United Nations official, as its first female and first non-European secretary general.

Sports

Apr 16: Australia clinched the Azlan Shah Cup, hammering India 4-0 in the final. Pakistan finished in fifth spot.

Apr 17: Rafael Nadal clinched his ninth Monte Carlo Masters title by defeating Gael Monfils.

Apr 18: Atsede Baysa of Ethopia won elite women’s division of the Boston Marathon.

Apr 19: World number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.

Apr 26: The ICC suspended the Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) in view of government interference in the board.

Apr 30: Nour El Sherbini became the first Egyptian woman to win the world squash championship after she defeated Laura Massaro of England.

May 08: Canelo Alvarez defended his World Boxing Council middleweight belt by knocking out Amir Khan.

May 08: Novak Djokovic claimed a record 29th Masters title when he defeated Andy Murray.

May 09: Michel Platini resigned as UEFA president after his appeal against a ban from football activities failed.

May 10: Shashank Manohar resigned as BCCI president in the lead up to the elections for ICC chairman.

May 15: Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic on clay for the first time to win the Italian Open title.

May 15: Dutch teenager Max Verstappen made Formula One history as the youngest race winner in Spanish Grand Prix.

May 11: A legendary cricket writer and commentator Winston Anthony Lloyd ‘Tony Cozier’ died at the age of 75.

Tony Cozier, a consummate, constant reporter of Caribbean cricket for more than five decades, was recognised by cricket followers around the world more by his voice than his appearance. A surprising number of devotees did not realise that he was a white Bajan – a native of Barbados – yet all were captivated by the unmistakable, lilting tones of his commentary, while his readers trusted his clear and forthright analysis of West Indies cricket through thick and thin.

May 13: World’s oldest person, Susannah Mushatt Jones, died at age 116.

People in News

Abdul Aziz al-Ghurair
Apr 20: Abdul Aziz al-Ghurair, a billionaire businessman from the UAE, launched the Arab world’s largest education fund, setting aside $1.14 billion (4.2 billion dirhams) in grants for underserved youth from the region. The Abdulla al-Ghurair Foundation for Education said it plans to provide scholarships for 15,000 Middle Eastern students over the next 10 years.

Riyad Mahrez
Apr 25: Leicester City’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez became the first African player to be named English football’s Player of the Year.

Jani
May 04: Facebook paid $10,000 to a 10-year-old boy, Jani, from Finland, for spotting a bug in Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform Instagram.

“He reported the bug by email, offered proof by deleting a message on one of Facebook’s test Instagram accounts and it was fixed in February. Facebook paid him the bug bounty in March,” the report added. “I would have been able to remove anyone, even Justin Bieber,” the report quoted Jani as saying.

Fawzia Mirza
May 05: Pakistani American Muslim Fawzia Mirza was awarded by the White House as a ‘Champion of Change through her arts.’

Daljinder Kaur
May 10: An Indian woman, Daljinder Kaur, gave birth at the age of 70 years. said she was not too old to become a first time mother, adding that her life was now complete.

The baby was conceived using the couple’s own egg and sperm and was now “healthy and hearty” after weighing just two kilogrammes (4.4 pounds) at birth on Apr 19, the National Fertility and Test Tube centre said.

Places in News

Worlds Largest Cruise Ship

Paris, France
Apr 21: The 17th International Oil Summit was held in Paris, France. The theme of the Conference was: “Restoring profitability to the oil industry amidst the current environment of costs and prices and after COP 21.”

The Hague, the Netherlands
Apr 23: The world’s first cafe using drone as server opened in a Dutch university named the Eindhoven University of Technology. The drone, nicknamed Blue Jay, flies to a table and hovers to take a client’s order.

Frankfurt, Germany
May 2-5: The 49th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank was held in Frankfurt, Germany.

Obituaries
Apr 19: Bill Campbell, one of the most influential background players in Silicon Valley, died at 75.
Apr 21: Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio and consummate showman, died. He was 57.

Apr 24: Papa Wemba, one of Africa’s greatest music stars, died after collapsing on stage during a festival in the Ivory Coast.

Apr 25:  Banharn Slipa-archa, a former prime minister of Thailand died. He was 83.

May 10: Bangladesh hanged Jamaat-i-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami for alleged war crimes committed during the 1971 war of independence.

MCQs

National

1. Shawal is located in ______ Agency.

(a) S. Waziristan    (b) N. Waziristan

(c) Kurram     (d) Orakzai

2. SUPARCO, which was established‎ on ‎September 16, 1961 as a committee and was later granted the status of a Commission in 1981, has its headquarters at ______.

(a) Islamabad    (b) Quetta

(c) Karachi    (d) Peshawar

3. Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sahrif, sacked six army officers including two serving generals on ______.

(a) April 18    (b) April 20

(c) April 21    (d) April 24

4. On Apr 23, Mir Amanullah Notezai was appointed as special assistant to CM Balochistan on ______.

(a) Finance & Revenues

(b) Excise & Taxation

(c) Religious Affairs

(d) Frontier Regions

5. COAS Gen Raheel Sharif was awarded the most prestigious Jordanian medal of merit on ______.

(a) April 23    (b) April 25

(c) April 27    (d) April 29

6. The incident of consuming poisonous sweets, which took the lives of nearly 30 people, occurred in ______ district of Punjab.

(a) Muzaffargarh    (b) Rajanpur

(c) D.G. Khan    (d) Layyah

7. On April 22, ______ signed the Paris climate agreement on behalf of Pakistan.

(a) Ch Nisar Ali Khan

(b) Nawaz Sharif

(c) Mushahidullah

(d) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

8. On Apr 27, the government constituted a ‘National Ulema and Mashaikh Council’ with Federal Minister for ______ as its chairman.

(a) Parliamentary Affairs

(b) Religious Affairs

(c) Inter-provincial Coordination

(d) Interior

9. On April 28, Pakistan and ______ agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, gas and electricity.

(a) Russia    (b) Tajikistan

(c) Azerbaijan    (d) Turkmenistan

10. The Pakistan Chairs called Urdu & Pakistan Studies Chair, Quaid-i-Azam Chair and Allama Iqbal Fellowship Chair exist in ______ countries.

(a) 14        (b) 16

(c) 19        (d) 23

11. The name of North West Frontier Province was changed to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in ______.

(a) 2009        (b) 2010

(c) 2011        (d) 2012

12. On Apr 26, Sindh increased the local government seats reserved for women from 22% to ______.

(a) 33%        (b) 40%

(c) 50%         (d) 55%

13. Grewia Asiatic is the biological name of ______.

(a) Peach    (b) Falsa

(c) Apricot    (d) Apple

14. Pakistan formed its first labour policy in ______, declaring May 1 an official holiday.

(a) 1956        (b) 1972

(c) 1974     (d) 1992

15. Pakistan became a member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in ______.

(a) 1947        (b) 1948

(c) 1956        (d) 1949

16. The last speaker of the United Punjab Legislative Assembly was ______.

(a) Khalifa Shuja-ud-Din

(b) S.P. Singha

(c) Sheikh Faiz Muhammad

(d) Sir Shahab-ud-Din

17. On May 03, Pakistan and ______ signed financing agreements valued at $4.2 billion for the construction of two main road projects of the eastern alignment of CPEC.

(a) Malaysia    (b) China

(c) Afghanistan    (d) Turkey

18. The incumbent chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) is ______.

(a) Marvi Memon    (b) Nafeesa Gohar

(c) Aliya Pervez     (d) Anisa Zeb Ali

19. On May 04, Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the ______ High Court was designated as founder member of the Global Institute of Judges for Environmental Justice.

(a) Balochistan    (b) Lahore

(c) Peshawar     (d) Sindh

20. On May 05, the government appointed ______ as chairman of PIA.

(a) Ghiasuddin Ahmed

(b) Muhammad Azam Saigol

(c) Rana Muhammad Imran

(d) Waqar Ahmed Siddiqui

21. On May 05, the ADB’s Board of Governors elected Ishaq Dar as ______ of the Bank for year 2016-17.

(a) Vice Chairman    (b) President

(c) Vice President    (d) CEO

22. Mushtaq Ahmad Raisani, who was arrested by NAB on May 06 on corruption charges, was ______ of Balochistan.

(a) Chief Secretary

(b) Secretary Finance

(c) Secretary Local Bodies

(d) Secretary Home

 23. Ali Haider Gilani, a son of former premier Yousuf Raza Gilani was recovered from Afghanistan’s ______ province.

(a) Paktia    (b) Kandahar

(c) Helmand     (d) Paktika

24. An agreement fixing the boundary between Burma and East Pakistan in the area of River Naaf was signed in ______.

(a) 1965        (b) 1966

(c) 1967        (d) 1968

25. The weight of Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is currently part of the British crown jewels, is ______.

(a) 90 Carats    (b) 95 Carats

(c) 102 Carats    (d) 105 carats

26. Montgomery is the old name of ______.

(a) Kasur    (b) Okara

(c) Sahiwal    (d) Sialkot

27. In terms of area, the smallest district of Punjab province is ______.

(a) Okara    (b) Lahore

(c) Narowal    (d) Nankana Sahib

International

1. The New Development Bank, a multilateral lender set up by the BRICS nations, is headquartered at ______.

(a) Pretoria    (b) ‎Shanghai‎

(c) Moscow    (d) Beijing

2. The political party to which current Syrian president Bashar al-Assad belongs is ______.

(a) Democratic Union Party

(b) Arab Socialist Union

(c) Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party    

(d) Arab Ba’ath Movement

3. The Associated Press (AP), an American news agency, is headquartered in ______.

(a) Phoenix    (b) New York City

(c) Tampa    (d) Chicago

4. On Apr 20, WHO announced that ______ had become the world’s first region to wipe out malaria.

(a) Europe    (b) North America

(c) Australia    (d) South America

5. The Communist Party of Cuba, only political party permitted to rule in Cuba, was founded by Fidel Castro in ______.

(a) 1948        (b) 1957

(c) 1965        (d) 1974

6. Famous Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin, was born in ______.

(a) 1835        (b) 1856

(c) 1870        (d) 1916

7. The 17th International Oil Summit was held in ______.

(a) New York    (b) Doha

(c) Jeddah    (d) Paris

8. The signing of the Paris agreement on climate change, which opened on April 21, will remain open for ______.

(a) 6 Months ‎    (b) 1 Year

(c) 24 Months    (d) 2 Years

9. On Apr 23, North Korea conducted a test of its ______ (Polaris-1, or “Bukkeukseong-1″) submarine-launched ballistic missile.

(a) Polaris-11    (b) R-21

(c) Sinpo 07    (d) KN-11

10. The Sea of Japan is bordered by Japan, North Korea, ______ and South Korea.

(a) Vietnam    (b) Russia

(c) USA        (d) China

11. On Apr 23, the world’s first cafe using drone as server opened in ______.

(a) Helsinki    (b) Vienna

(c) Brussels    (d) The Hague

12. The drone that works as a server in world’s first ‘drone’ cafe, is named ______.

(a) White Shark    (b) Blue Jay

(c) Waiter    (d) Big Man

13. Dima al-Wawi, the youngest female Palestinian sent to prison, is aged ______ years.

(a) 12        (b) 13

(c) 15        (d) 17

14. On Apr 25, pro-EU Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic won a landslide victory in the country’s general election.

(a) Macedonia’s     (b) Iceland’s

(c) Serbia’s    (d) Finland’s

15. On Apr 26, Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruled that ______ detention of asylum-seekers on its Manus Island is unconstitutional.

(a) France’s    (b) USA’s

(d) India’s     (d) Australia’s

16. Founded in 1992, the Roscosmos is the governmental body responsible for the space science program of ______.

(a) Israel        (b) Russia

(c) India        (d) Kazakhstan

17. On April 28, Panama and ______ signed an agreement on sharing of back account information.______.

(a) EU        (b) USA

(c) Pakistan    (d) India

18. Salva Kiir Mayardit is tghe president of ______.

(a) South Sudan    (b) Mauritius

(c) Serbia    (d) Germany

19. On May 05, Indonesia, ______ and the Philippines agreed to conduct coordinated sea patrols and establish a hotline to combat piracy and kidnappings

(a) Vietnam    (b) China

(c) Japan    (d) Malaysia

20. The parents of Sadiq Khan, the newly-elected mayor of London, hailed form ______, Pakistan.

(a) Peshawar    (b) Karachi

(c) Swat        (d) Quetta

21. On May 06, ______ was appointed as head of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS).

(a) Asadullah Khalid

(b) Rahmatullah Nabil

(c) Masoom Stanekzai

(d) Adib Fahim

22. On may 11, ______ became the first elected chairman of the International Cricket Council.

(a) Shashank Manohar

(b) Zaheer Abbas

(c) David Richardson

(d) Jarrod Kimber

23. “Great Sport Great Spirit” is the motto of ______.

(a) FIH        (b) FIFA

(c) ICC        (d) ITTF

24. Susannah Mushatt Jones, who died at the age of 116 years, 311 days, was the world’s oldest living person and the last living _____ born in the 19th century.

(a) Zimbabwean     (b) American

(c) Japanese    (d) S. African

25. Mustafa Badreddine, who was killed in an explosion in Damascus, was a ______ fighter.

(a) Al-Nasra    (b) ISIS

(c) Hezbollah    (d) Al-Qaeda

26. On May 13, FIFA appointed Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura of ______ as its first female and first non-European secretary general.

(a) Senegal    (b) Chad

(c) Kenya    (d) Nigeria

27. The largest cruise ship in the world is named______.

(a) Titanic

(b) Allure of the Seas

(c) Harmony of the Seas

(d) Quantum of the Seas

28. The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha was written by ______.

(a) Pablo Neruda

(b) Gabriel García Márquez

(c) Paulo Coelho

(d) Miguel de Cervantes

29. India’s incumbent chief justice is ______.

(a) Dipak Misra    (b) T.S. Thakur

(c) H.L.Dattu    (d) Anil R. Dave

30 Anzac Day commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on the Gallipoli peninsula on ______, 1915.

(a) April 22    (b) April 23

(c) April 24    (d) April 25

Sports

1. Pakistan Sport Complex is located in ______.

(a) Lahore     (b) Karachi

(c) Islamabad    (d) Peshawar

2. On Apr 16, ______ clinched the Azlan Shah Cup by defeating India in the final.

(a) Germany    (b) Australia

(c) Netherlands    (d) Malaysia

3. On Apr 18, ______ won the 13th National Women’s Softball Championship.

(a) Punjab    (b) Pakistan Army

(c) Balochistan    (d) WAPDA

4. On April 30, Nour El Sherbini became the first ______ woman to win the world squash championship.

(a) Indonesian     (b) Malaysian

(c) Lebanese    (d) Egyptian

5. On May 08, Novak Djokovic claimed a record 29th Masters title when he defeated ______.

(a) Gael Monfils    (b) Roger Federer

(c) Andy Murray    (d) Rafael Nadal

Obituaries

1. On Apr 21, ______ the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio and consummate showman, died.

(a) Afroman    (b) Paula Abdul

(c) Prince    (d) Oleta Adams

2. A PTI minority lawmaker Sardar Soran Singh was shot dead on ______.

(a) Apr 20    (b) Apr 20

(c) Apr 21    (d) Apr 22

3. Banharn Slipa-archa, a former prime minister of ______ died on Apr 25.

(a) Thailand    (b) Cambodia

(c) Bhutan        (d) Nepal

4. Bangladesh hanged Jamaat-i-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami on ______.

(a) May 10    (b) May 12

© May 14    (d) May 16

5. Legendary cricket commentator Winston Anthony Lloyd ‘Tony Cozier’ was a native of ______.

(a) England    (b) Australia’s

(c) Barbados    (d) S. Africa

6. On May 13, world’s oldest person, Susannah Mushatt Jones, died at the age of ______ years.

(a) 109         (b) 116

(c) 118        (d) 120

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