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Current Affairs MCQs May 2020
Written by CSS Times

Who has signed an order to regulate social media platforms?
(a) Donald Trump
(b) Tsai Ing-wen
(c) Angela Merkel
(d) Kim Jong Un
Answer: (a)

Explanation: President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed – in theory – to make it easier to sue social media companies such as Twitter, days after the site placed a fact check label on two of his tweets. While the order calls for changes in regulations that shield social media companies from legal liability, the Trump administration cannot do that on its own. Those changes can only be made by independent agencies and, ultimately, the courts.

Which among the following nations has banned Hezbollah and designated it a terrorist organisation?
(a) France
(b) Denmark
(c) Switzerland
(d) Germany
Answer: (d)

Explanation: Germany has banned all Iran-backed Hezbollah activity on its soil and designated it a terrorist organization. Israel and the United States had been pushing Germany to ban the organisation. Germany had previously distinguished between Hezbollah’s political arm and its military units, which have fought alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s army in Syria. Last December (2019) , Germany’s parliament approved a motion urging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to ban all activities by Hezbollah on German soil, citing its “terrorist activities” especially in Syria.

According to the Global Report on Internal Displacement, GRID 2020, how many people were displaced in 2019?
(a) 2 Million
(b) 5 Million
(c) 3 Million
(d) 4 Million
Answer: (b)

Explanation: The Global Report on Internal Displacement (GRID 2020) has been released by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC). The centre is a part of the Norwegian Refugee Council. Globally, around 4 million people faced new internal displacements because of conflicts and disasters in about 145 countries in 2019.
Nearly three-quarters of the global displacements, accounting for 24.9 million of the total, were triggered by disasters in 2019. Out of these, about 95 per cent took place due to weather hazards like storms and floods.
A majority of conflict displacements took place due to armed conflict; communal violence accounted for significant portion of the global total of 8.5 million displacements.
Disaster displacement was recorded in low and high-income countries
Most of the disaster displacements were triggered by tropical storms and monsoon rains in South Asia and East Asia and Pacific.
Bangladesh, China, India and the Philippines each recorded more than four million displacements in 2019.
Conflict continued unabated in countries such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Syria. Violence increased sharply in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
Natural disasters in Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen forced many people, already displaced by conflict, to flee for the second time.

International donors has announced how much grant and loan to Pakistan within next fiscal year?
(a) $3b
(b) $5b
(c) $9b
(d) $11b
Answer: (b)

Explanation: The World Bank is ramping up its support to provide over $2 billion in new financing and up to $1 billion in repurposing of existing funds to Pakistan over the next 15-months.Repurposing of one billion dollar also include $130 million in grant funding. These funds will support Pakistan’s strong and quick recovery from COVID-19 crisis. An important part of the efforts focus around prioritizing resources to restore employment and livelihoods for the portion of the population worst affected by the crisis, like the labourers and daily wage earners, through an ambitious public works program.
The IMF has already approved and disbursed US$1.386 billion under its Rapid Financing Instrument. While there are commitments of US$12.545 million from the European Union and financing support from the Islamic Development Bank of US$500 million in oil financing and US$150 million for mitigating COVID 19 impact.

Who has been appointed as Pakistan’s 2nd female Principal Information Officer in Press Information Department (PID) Islamabad?
(a) Mrs Rizwan Khan
(b) Shahera Shahid
(c) Beygum Shahnawaz
(d) Mrs Khuda Bukhsh
Answer: (b)
Explanation: Press Secretary to Prime Minister Shahera Shahid has appointed as the new Principal Information Officer (PIO) at the Press Information Department (PID). Shahid, a BPS-21 officer of the Information Group, was notified against her now-former post in August last year. Previously, she has headed the Directorate of Electronic Media and Publications (DEMP) and Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC).

Which among the following days is celebrated twice a year?
(a) World Freedom Day
(b) International Human Space Flight Day
(c) International Astronomy Day
(d) Zero Discrimination Day
Answer: (c)
Explanation: International Astronomy Day is celebrated twice a year — one in autumn and another in spring. The Astronomy Day 2020 is celebrated on May 2. The world will celebrate the next Astronomy Day on September 26.
On this day, museums, societies, astronomical institutions and planetariums organise seminars, workshops and other fun-filled activities to spread awareness about the world of astronomy.
According to, in 1973, Doug Berger, president of the Astronomical Association of Northern California, had organised the celebration of first Astronomy Day. The idea behind observing the day is to create awareness and educate people about the beautiful universe.

Pakistan lost its top rank in ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings to which nation on May 1, 2020?
(a) New Zealand
(b) Australia
(c) England
(d) South Africa
Answer: (b)

Explanation: Pakistan have lost their top spot in an annual update of International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 International (T20I) rankings. Australia have taken over top spots from Pakistan and India in T20I and Test rankings respectively while England continue to lead in One-day Internationals (ODI) after the updated carried out on Friday.In the latest update, that rates all matches played since May 2019 at 100 per cent and those of the previous two years at 50 per cent, Australia (116) have taken over from India as the top ranked side in the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings with New Zealand (115) remaining in second place. India are now third with 114 points.South Africa have suffered the biggest rating fall of eight points, which sees them drop below Sri Lanka into sixth place. They had won three series in the period culled, while they have lost eight of their nine Tests since February 2019, playing against Sri Lanka, India and England.India still lead the ICC World Test Championship, a league comprising six series played by each of the top nine Test sides.

Muhammad Bilal Jamil and Syed Ali Abbas Haider two graduates from which University launched Pakistan’s first real-time online shopping search engine?
(a) NUST
(b) Ghulam Ishaq Khan University
(c) Information Technology University
Answer: (b)

Explanation: Graduates of Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) – Muhammad Bilal Jamil and Syed Ali Abbas Haider – have been the spotlight of digital media for the last couple of weeks because of their incredible, yet most desideratum service of easing online shopping on digital media by developing Pakistan’s biggest real-time online shopping search engine, to facilitate shopping on stream, sitting at home, safely, cautiously, avoiding any public contact at this time of adversity, where we all are bound within our four margin peripheries.
In this catastrophic COVID-19 circs, these two engineers from GIKI, worked their fingers to the bone, day and night to bring this service to your tables to make shopping as easy as falling off a log.

When was the World Press Freedom Day observed?
(a) May 2nd
(b) May 3rd
(c) May 4th
(d) May 1st
Answer: (b)

Explanation: The World Press Freedom Day is observed on 3rd May, every year. Origin and Purpose: The day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) General Conference. Since then, 3rd May, the anniversary of the Declaration of Windhoek is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. The day acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom.
Pakistan has fallen three points on the World Press Freedom Index since 2019. The Index published by Reporters Without Borders, looks at various factors to assign an overall score, relating to the freedom of the press, each year. In 2019 Pakistan ranked 143 out of 180 countries, while this year it ranked 145.

Which country will launch its first Arktika-M satellite to monitor the Arctic climate by the end of 2020?
(a) US

(b) Japan
(c) Russia
(d) China
Answer: (c)

Explanation: Russia is planning to launch a satellite called Arktika-M at the end of the year to monitor the Arctic climate and environment. Russia’s Arktika-M remote-sensing and emergency communications satellites aim to gather meteorological data in the polar regions, which will allow for improved weather forecasts and enable scientists to study climate change better. The satellite was initially scheduled to launch in 2019 but was delayed to 2020. As of now, the number one Arktika-M spacecraft has been developed and is undergoing radio-electronic testing … the launch is planned for the end of 2020,” Kolmykov was quoted as saying, adding that the second Arktika-M satellite is still under development and will be launched in 2023.

An international commission named USCIRF, which was seen in news recently, is headquartered in which city?
(a) Glasgow
(b) Washington D.C
(c) Sofia
(d) Prague
Answer: (b)

Explanation: USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission, dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. The USCIRF is also an advisory body to the US Congress. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. It is Headquartered at Washington DC. Recently, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has downgraded India to the lowest ranking of “Countries of Particular Concern” (CPC) in its 2020 report on religious freedom.

Who was recently awarded the commemorative World War II medal by Russia?
(a) Xi Jinping
(b) Kim Jong-un
(c) Alexander Van der Bellen
(d) Andrzej Duda
Answer: (b)

Explanation: The Russian embassy in North Korea on May 5 announced that Kim Jong Un has been awarded commemorative World War II medal by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The North Korean leader was awarded the medal for preserving the memories of Soviet Union soldiers who died in North Korean territory during the war.
The event marked the 75th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany during World War II which took place from 1939 to 1945.
About World War II:
World War II was the global war that started in 1939 and lasted till 1945. The majority of the world countries formed two opposing military alliances which were named the Allies and the Axis.
Known as the deadliest conflict in human history, the second world war marked 70 to 85 million fatalities. The war also included genocide, massacres, premeditated death from disease and starvation, strategic bombing by making the use of nuclear weapons in the war.

Which country has claimed to develop the first potential vaccine candidate that neutralised the virus in human cells?
(a) Germany
(b) South Korea
(c) Italy
(d) Spain
Answer: (c)

Explanation: Italian researchers claim to have developed the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, which is likely to work on humans. An Italian firm, Takis, is developing the vaccine. The potential coronavirus vaccine neutralised the virus in human cells for the first time.
The Italian firm stated that according to the Spallanzani Hospital, they are the first in the world so far to have demonstrated neutralisation of the coronavirus through a vaccine. The human trials for the same will begin soon. The researchers first experimented with the vaccine on mice that had successfully developed antibodies to block the virus from infecting their cells. The researchers observed that the five vaccine candidates generated a large number of antibodies, and selected two that showed the best results. According to the researchers, this makes their vaccine effective for generating functional antibodies against the “spike” protein, especially in the lung cells, which are the most vulnerable to coronavirus.
Italy’s total confirmed coronavirus cases have gone up to 232,664 as of May 30, which includes 155,633 recoveries and 33,340 fatalities.

Where is the headquarters of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) located?
(a) New York
(b) Antwerp
(c) The Hague
(d) Munich
Answer: (a)

Explanation: UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. It was established as a trust fund in 1967 and began operations in 1969. In 1987, it was officially renamed the United Nations Population Fund. However, the original abbreviation, UNFPA (United Nations Fund for Population Activities), was retained. The mandate of UNFPA is established by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UNFPA is a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly. UNFPA is entirely supported by voluntary contributions of donor governments, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, and foundations and individuals, NOT by the United Nations regular budget. UNFPA works directly to tackle Sustainable Development Goal 3 on health, Goal 4 on education and Goal 5 on gender equality.

US pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences “is negotiating long-term voluntary licenses with several generic drugmakers in which the following countries?
(a) South Korea-Japan
(b) Malaysia-Singapore
(c) Pakistan-India
(d) Indonesia-Taiwan
Answer: (c)

Explanation: Ferozsons Laboratories announced that its subsidiary BF Biosciences Ltd (BFBL) has signed a non-exclusive license agreement with Gilead Sciences Inc for manufacturing and selling remdesivir — an experimental antiviral drug that is being used to treat coronavirus patients. In a notice to the Pakistan Stock Exchange, the company said that Gilead had signed non-exclusive voluntary license agreements with five South Asian manufacturers, including Hetero Drugs, Jubilant Life, Cipla, Mylan and BFBL, to “manufacture remdesivir for distribution in 127 countries”. A clinical trial of the drug in the United States showed that patients recovered about 30 per cent faster than those on a placebo, in the first proof of successful treatment against the new disease.

What is the name of Iran’s new currency?
(a) Roman
(b) Sian
(c) Toman
(d) Bron
Answer: (c)

Explanation: The Government of Iran recently takes a decision of changing the name of its currency to a “Toman”. Under the bill, Iran national currency is going to be changed from the rial to the Toman, which is adequate to 10,000 rials. The idea of removing four zeros has been floated since 2008 but gained strength after 2018 when U.S. President Donald Trump exited Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions because the rial lost quite 60% of its value. Iran’s weak currency and high inflation have led to sporadic street protests since late 2017.

Which among the following countries assured to give foreign firms equal access to government support policies?
(a) Russia
(b) China
(c) US
(d) France
Answer: (b)

Explanation: The Chinese government has assured that the foreign firms will get equal access to government support policies, including those on land and tax cuts. The nation’s commerce ministry made the announcement on May 7, 2020. The Ministry’s comments came in response to concerns raised by the American Chamber of Commerce in China, which listed out hurdles to a truly level playing field for the US firms in China. The Ministry further stated that China’s foreign trade still faces huge downward pressure with unprecedented risks and challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak, despite signs of slight recovery in its April trade figures.

Which nation has re-opened its mosques for public prayers?
(a) Pakistan
(b) India
(c) Malaysia
(d) Bangladesh
Answer: (d)

Explanation: Bangladesh lifted a month-long ban on mass gatherings and prayers in mosques on May 8, 2020, while urging people to maintain strict “health guidelines” to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Bangladesh adopted strict social distancing measures in early April following the coronavirus outbreak, including a ban on religious gatherings and joint prayers in mosques, with Friday prayers limited to a maximum of 12 people. Similar restrictions were imposed on special taraweeh prayers offered during Ramadan.

As per the recent statement of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the ozone hole over which region has depleted significantly?
(A) Pacific region
(B) Arctic region
(C) Antarcti region
(D) Atlantic region
Answer: (b)

Explanation: Depletion of the ozone layer, ¬the shield that protects life on Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation, reached an unprecedented level over large parts of the Arctic this spring. This phenomenon was caused by the continuing presence of ozone¬-depleting substances in the atmosphere and a very cold winter in the stratosphere (the layer of the atmosphere between around 10 km and round 50 km altitude). The last time similarly strong ozone depletion was observed over the Arctic was during spring 2011, and ozone depletion in 2020 was even stronger, according to WMO’s Global Atmosphere Watch ozone observing stations, NASA and the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service implemented by ECMWF.
The ozone hole closed in April with an increase in stratospheric temperatures which culminated in an influx of ozone-rich air from the lower atmosphere.
The depletion would have been even worse if it had not been for a successful international agreement called the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This led to a phaseout of substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). But they remain in the atmosphere for several decades and their concentrations are still high enough to cause severe ozone destruction.
“The Arctic stratosphere continues to be vulnerable to ozone-depleting substances linked to human activities,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “The degree of ozone loss experienced in any particular winter depends on the meteorological conditions. The 2020 ozone loss shows that we have to remain vigilant and maintain continuous observations,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

What is the new official name of the NASA’s Mars Helicopter?
(A) Intelligence
(B) Ingenuity
(C) Brilliance
(D) Endeavor
Answer: (b)

Explanation: Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA’s Mars Helicopter officially has received a new name: Ingenuity. As a technology demonstration, Ingenuity is a high-risk, high-reward experiment. The helicopter will ride to Mars attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover, which is preparing for launch in July or August. For several months following the rover’s landing, Ingenuity will remain encapsulated in a protective cover to shield it from debris during entry, descent and landing. When the timing in the rover mission is right, Ingenuity will be deployed to stand and operate on its own on the surface of the Red Planet. If the 4-pound (2-kilogram), solar-powered craft — a combination of specially designed components and off-the-shelf parts — survives the cold Martian nights during its pre-flight checkout, the team will proceed with testing.
If successful during its 30-Martian-day (31-Earth-day) experimental flight test window, the small craft will prove that powered flight can be achieved at Mars, enabling future Mars missions to better utilize second-generation helicopters to add an aerial dimension to their explorations.

When is World Thalassemia Day observed?
(a) May 8th
(b) May 7th
(c) May 9th
(d) May 6th
Answer: (a)

Explanation: World Thalassemia Day Celebration is done every Month of 8TH May for making the people become aware of the Thalassemia Disease in the World. There are many types of diseases that are spread in the World. Many Doctors are not been able to catch many of the Diseases after proper checking for the Disease to know.
In World Thalassemia Day people comes together to know about all the preventive measures, cure and also to avoid it’s spread from one person to another. There is almost 19 percent of the people who are the Thalassemia carrier in the Country of Saudi Arabia. World Thalassemia Day makes the people come across every idea and plans to remove and cure the Thalassemia Disease of the World.
Thalassemia disease is a type of Blood Disorder with an autosomal recessive Blood problem by which people suffer a lot from one generation to the next generation. It is a type of Disorder by which the Blood of the people gets weak and also destroys the Red Blood Cells. It makes the negative effects of the Hemoglobin Formation in the body causing mild anemia. It makes the people get every type of problem like Bone weakness, illnesses of the Cardiovascular, Iron overload, Liver, Bones, Forehead, Cheeks and Spleen Enlargement, Jaundice, Puberty deletion, etc.
There is 3.4 percent of the people are suffering from the Disease of Thalassemia and also almost 7000 to 10000 Children every year in India are suffering from Thalassemia Disease. There are many types of Thalassemia such as Beta Thalassemia, Delta Thalassemia and Thalassemia of Alpha. There is also a Mixture of many Hemoglobinopathies like Hemoglobin S, E, D and C. Thalassemia is found in many 1 to 2 years of Children’s. There are many Mild Thalassemia that cannot be diagnosed without the help of the Blood test of the CBC. Thalassemia is also treated by the Transfusion of the Blood, Vitamins Supplement of the B Group, Blood as well as Therapy of the Blood Chelation. For maintaining the normal Haemoglobin level and also RBC’s which are Healthy.

When does the UN mark “Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War?
(a) May 6-7
(b) April 29-30
(c) May 8-9
(d) May 1-2
Answer: (c)

Explanation: Every year during May 8-9, the United Nations marks the Time of Remembrance and reconciliation for those who lost their lives during Second World War. This is being marked as the historic event paved way for the establishment of the United Nations. Also, the day pays tribute to all the victims of Second World War.
• The time of remembrance and reconciliation was designated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) by resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004. On 2 March 2010, UNGA passed resolution 64/257 and designated 8-9 May as the day to honour the victims of the Second World War.
• It also encouraged its Member States, NGOs and individuals to honour the victims of WWII. UNGA plans to make every effort to settle all disputes by peaceful means in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and in such a manner that international peace and security are not endangered.
United Nations (UN):
After WWII, the United Nations was created as a body to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order. UN was established on 24 October 1945. It replaced the ineffective League of Nations that was disbanded in 1946 after WWII following its failure in preventing the conflict.

‘COVID-19 and the world of work’ is the title of the report, recently released by which international organisation?
(A) United Nations
(B) International Labour Organisation
(C) World Bank
(D) World Economic Forum
Answer: (b)

Explanation: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) in its report titled ‘ILO Monitor 2nd edition: COVID-19 and the world of work’, describes the coronavirus pandemic as “the worst global crisis since World War II”.
Key Highlights
• Worldwide, two billion people work in the informal sector (mostly in emerging and developing economies) and are particularly at risk, the report said, adding that the COVID-19 crisis is already affecting tens of millions of informal workers.
• “Workers and businesses are facing catastrophe, in both developed and developing economies. We have to move fast, decisively, and together. The right, urgent, measures, could make the difference between survival and collapse,” ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said.
• In India, Nigeria and Brazil, the number of workers in the informal economy affected by the lockdown and other containment measures is substantial.
• The report said the disruption to the world’s economies caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to wipe out 6.7% of working hours globally in the second quarter of this year – the equivalent of 195 million jobs

• Large reductions are foreseen in the Arab States (8.1%, equivalent to 5 million full-time workers), Europe (7.8%, or 12 million full-time workers) and Asia and the Pacific (7.2%, 125 million full-time workers).
• The eventual increase in global unemployment during 2020 will depend substantially on future developments and policy measures.
• There is a high risk that the end-of-year figure will be significantly higher than the initial ILO projection of 25 million, it said. More than four out of five people (81%) in the global workforce of 3.3 billion are currently affected by full or partial workplace closures, the report further added.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been elected as the head of which of the following forum?
(a). Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum
(b). Global Future Council of Anti-Corruption
(c). SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum
(d). Anti-Bribery & Corruption Forum
Answer: (c)

Explanation: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has been elected as the head of Saarc Anti-Corruption Forum. NAB’s performance is lauded by SAARC countries, national and international organisations like Transparency International (TI), World Economic Forum (WEF), Pildat and Mishal Pakistan. NAB has established its own research academy for the capacity building of investigation officers (IOs) on modern lines. Moreover, it has also established a forensic science laboratory at its Rawalpindi office for scrutinising of documents, analysing fingerprints and digital data. NAB has also established an anti-money laundering cell in its headquarters.

Who has been appointed as the deputy chairman of the Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority (NAPHDA)?
(a) Brigadier Manzur Malik
(b) Major General Amer Aslam Khan
(c) Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi
(d) Lt Gen (Retd) Anwar Ali Haider
Answer: (b)

Explanation: The Federal government has appointed Major General Amer Aslam Khan as Deputy Chairman Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority. It said that appointment was on a secondment basis, on standard terms and conditions, under Section 12 of the NAPHDA Act, 2020, with immediate effect.

Which province reported its first successful recovery from the passive immunisation therapy of a coronavirus patient?
(a) Sindh
(b) Punjab
(c) Balochistan
(d) KPK
Answer: (a)

Explanation: Sindh on May 11, 2020 reported its first successful recovery from the passive immunisation therapy of a coronavirus patient. The treatment had been approved earlier in March. “The first patient to recover from the coronavirus with the use of passive immunisation therapy has been sent home,” the head of the National Institute of Blood Disease & Bone Marrow Transplantation (NIBD & BMT) and hematologist, Dr Tahir Shamsi, said. Dr Shamsi explained that the patient was administered plasma on April 30 and completely recovered on May 8. The patient’s second test of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, came out negative, he added. More than 12 patients are currently being treated by the use of passive immunisation therapy, said the hematologist.

Which nation has said that it will oppose US’s attempt to extend arms embargo on Iran?
(a) China
(b) Saudi Arabia
(c) Russia
(d) UK
Answer: (c)

Explanation: Russia’s UN ambassador said that Moscow will oppose any attempts by the United States to extend the arms embargo on Iran and reimpose UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Vassily Nebenzia’s comments on May 12 made clear that the United States will have difficulty extending the embargo past its expiration in October through the UN Security Council, where Russia has veto power. The United States is seeking to indefinitely extend the UN embargo on conventional arms sales, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the United States will use all means available to achieve that goal. A draft UN resolution that has circulated among diplomats would strike the expiration of the arms embargo from the council resolution that endorsed the 2015 nuclear deal between six major powers and Iran, according to U.S. officials and UN diplomats.

Which among the following companies have permitted work from home to its employees for an indefinite period?
(a) WhatsApp
(b) Facebook
(c) Twitter
(d) Google
Answer: (c)

Explanation: Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter in a companywide email, announced that employees of the company are now allowed to work from home permanently or for as long as they wish. This move from Twitter comes after tech giants like Google and Facebook extended their work from home policies into the year 2021. Amazon also extended its Work from Home policy until at least October of this year amidst the COVID 19 pandemic.

Which country is the Chair of the 5 membered BRICS bloc, for the year 2020?
(a) China
(b) Russia
(c) Brazil
(d) India
Answer: (b)

Explanation: For the year 2020, Russia is the Chair of the BRICS bloc, which has 5 members namely Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Recently, Russia chaired the BRICS Foreign Ministers meeting on coronavirus, conducted through video conferencing. The representatives discussed on the significance of joint vaccine production and strategic partnerships within the BRICS.

Where is the headquarters of IEA located?
(a) Vienna
(b) Paris
(c) Rome
(d) Abu Dhabi
Answer: (b)

Explanation: The International Energy Agency (IEA), which has its headquarters in Paris, was set up as an autonomous agency in 1974 by member countries of the OECD in response to the mid-1970s oil crisis.

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