Current Affairs Quiz: December 17, 2021

current affairs quiz 2021

With which country did the Cabinet approve the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters?

[A] Switzerland
[B] USA
[C] Poland
[D] Russia

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Correct Answer: C [Poland]
Notes:
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the India-Poland Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.

The agreement will enhance the mutual legal assistance of both countries in the investigation and prosecution of crimes, including those related to terrorism. It will also increase India’s efficiency in dealing with criminal activities involving Poland.

Which country recently hosted the 8th Indian Ocean Dialogue?

[A] Sri Lanka
[B] Myanmar
[C] India
[D] Philippines

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Correct Answer: C [India]
Notes:
The 8th Indian Ocean Dialogue was hosted by the Ministry of External Affairs of India and the Indian Council of World Affairs.

The theme of this year’s edition was “Utilizing Digital Technologies for Health, Education, Development and Trade in Indian Ocean Rim Association Member States”. Delegates discussed the potential for IORA cooperation in health, education, trade and development.

Manohari Gold Tea seen in the news is associated with which state / UT?

[A] Kerala
[B] Assam
[C] Tamil Nadu
[D] West Bengal

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Correct Answer: B [Assam]
Notes:
Manohari Gold Tea, a rare variety of tea from Assam, has recently made history by selling at the Guwahati Tea Auction Center for Rs 1 lakh per kg.

The 2020 tea variety, which was auctioned at Rs 75,000 per kg, broke its own record. The North Eastern Tea Association plans to increase the production of such teas, and began to make different types of tea, such as white tea, green tea, and yellow tea.

Which Indian journalist was selected as the winner of the Columbia Journalism School 2022 Alumni Award?

[A] N Ram
[B] Raja Mohan
[C] Malini Parthasarathy
[D] Soli J. Sorabjee

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Correct Answer: C [Malini Parthasarathy]
Notes:
Malini Parthasarathy, Chairperson of The Hindu Group Publishing, is one of the four senior journalists selected as winners of the US-based Columbia Journalism School’s 2022 Alumni Award.

Other winners include Eric Marcus, founder and presenter of the “Making Gay History” podcast, American Jewish World Service, Stuart Shearer, and investigative journalist Thomas Meyer. Wendy Lu (Huffpost) and Mukhtar Ibrahim (Sahan Journal) jointly won the award for the first decade.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) panel asked which country should withdraw its sugar subsidy?

[A] Australia
[B] USA
[C] India
[D] China

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Correct Answer: C [India]
Notes:
The World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has asked India to withdraw subsidies under ‘Production Assistance, Buffer Stock, Marketing and Transportation Schemes’.

Australia, Brazil and Guatemala have filed complaints against India in the WTO in 2019 over policy actions in the sugar sector. The WTO asked India to comply with the obligations under the Agricultural Agreement and the SCM Agreement.

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