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1. Sohail Mahmood on August 18, 2017 was appointed as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to _______.
[A] Turkey
[B] China
[C] USA
[D] India
[E] Saudi Arabia

Answer: D. India

Explanation:

Sohail Mahmood has assumed the charge of Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India in New Delhi. One of the senior-most officers of the Pakistan Foreign Service, he succeeds career diplomat Abdul Basit, who served as the country's envoy for 4 years. He has wide experience in the diplomatic service having served in various Pakistan missions abroad including Washington and New York.
2. USA on August 18, 2017 signed an agreement with which country to boost defence ties?
[A] Germany
[B] UK
[C] Japan
[D] Iraq
[E] Italy

Answer: C. Japan

Explanation:

The US and Japan have agreed to advance their multilateral security and defence cooperation with countries like India, South Korea and Australia, amidst China's growing assertiveness in the Asia Pacific region. Cooperation with other nations will help in employing diplomatic & economic pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear & ballistic missile program. Officials have encouraged China to take decisive measures to urge North Korea to change its course of action.
3. The Aurora Solar Energy Project is being constructed in which country?
[A] Egypt
[B] Australia
[C] Oman
[D] Brazil
[E] Honduras

Answer: B. Australia

Explanation:

The Aurora Solar Energy Project is being constructed in Australia. It will be built in Port Augusta. Aurora will be able to power an estimated 90,000 homes and generate 495 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, which equates to about 5 percent of South Australia's energy needs. The molten salts provide 1,100 MW of energy storage, giving the power station up to eight hours of full load storage, meaning it can operate with a consistent output 24 hours a day.
4. Name the Australian city which has been declared the most liveable city in the world by the Economist’s annual global liveability survey published on August 16, 2017.
[A] Sydney
[B] Adelaide
[C] Perth
[D] Melbourne
[E] Brisbane

Answer: D. Melbourne

Explanation:

Melbourne has been declared the most liveable city in the world for the seventh year running by the Economist’s annual global liveability survey, while Sydney remains in 11th place. The annual survey assesses 140 cities and ranks them according to their stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. 
5. Nepal on August 15, 2017 signed three agreements with which country to boost energy, economic ties?
[A] India
[B] Saudi Arabia
[C] China
[D] UK
[E] Bangladesh

Answer: C. China

Explanation:

Nepal and China signed three pacts to further boost their ties in power and energy sectors and undertake a feasibility study to excavate natural gas and petroleum in the Himalayan country, including in the southern Terai plains. The agreements cover three different domains - economic and technological cooperation, China-aid oil and gas resources survey project and framework agreement on promotion of investment and economic cooperation.

6. Ashgabat Agreement was established in the year _______.
[A] 2010
[B] 2012
[C] 2016
[D] 2011
[E] 2014

Answer: D. 2011

Explanation:

Ashgabat Agreement was established in the year 2011. The Ashgabat agreement is a Multimodal transport agreement between Oman, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Pakistan for creating an international transport and transit corridor facilitating transportation of goods between Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. On August 14, 2017 India and Turkmenistan discussed ways to establish a transport transit corridor between Iran, Oman and Turkmenistan. In 2016, the Indian government decided to accede to the Ashgabat Agreement, a move that would enable the country to utilise this existing transport and transit corridor to facilitate trade and commercial interaction with the Eurasian region. India would become party to the agreement after consent from the founding members.
7. Which country will host the 2017 G-7 interior ministers summit on security?
[A] Germany
[B] Italy
[C] France
[D] Hungary
[E] Spain

Answer: B. Italy

Explanation:

Italy will host a summit of Group of Seven interior ministers centered on security issues in the fall.Italy currently holds the rotating helm of the G-7 industrialized nations. The Group of 7 (G7) is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also represented within the G7. 
8. Members of the Indian diaspora in ______ on August 15, 2017 took part in the in the first-ever Freedom Run to mark India’s 70th Independence Day 
15 अगस्त, 2017 को ______ में भारतीय डायस्पोरा के सदस्य भारत के 70वे स्वतंत्रता दिवस को चिह्नित करने के लिए पहली बार स्वतंत्रता की दौड़ में शामिल हुए। 
[A] USA
[B] Australia
[C] UK
[D] Spain
[E] New Zealand

Answer: C. UK

Explanation:

Hundreds of members of the Indian diaspora in the UK took part in the first-ever Freedom Run to mark India’s 70th Independence Day with the one-mile journey beginning from the historic Parliament Square. The runners, sporting ‘India@70’ T-shirts and waving tricolour glow sticks, kick-started a one-mile journey from the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the historic square in the heart of the British capital to India Place at the Indian High Commission in London. The event, organised by the Indian High Commission in London, was aimed at bringing together the Indian community from across Britain to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and is likely to become an annual feature to mark Independence Day.
9. Which country on August 15, 2017 released a limited edition silver coin on Lord Krishna?
15 अगस्त 2017 को किस देश ने भगवान कृष्ण पर एक सीमित संस्करण चांदी का सिक्का जारी किया?
[A] Morocco
[B] Ghana
[C] Madagascar
[D] Swaziland
[E] Chad

Answer: E. Chad

Explanation:

A limited edition silver coin on Lord Krishna will be released on Janmashtami on August 15 by the Republic of Chad in commemoration of the 5,244th birth anniversary of the Hindu God. This full-dimensional 3D coin weighs 100 grams and has been made of pure silver, numismatist Alok K Goyal. Minted in Switzerland, the coin has been packed in an air tight dome shaped capsule and is of a partially enamel hue.
10. World Health Organisation (WHO) on August 13, 2017 declared _____ as polio free.
13 अगस्त 2017 को विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन (WHO) ने  _____ को पोलियो मुक्त घोषित किया।
[A] Pakistan
[B] Afghanistan
[C] Iran
[D] Somalia
[E] Uganda

Answer: D. Somalia

Explanation:

The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) said it had not recorded any case of polio disease in Somalia in the last three years, declaring the country polio free. The WHO said the country recorded the last case of polio in 2014 in the central part of the country but has since then remained free of the paralyzing disease.

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