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International :

Instrument In Support Of Trade Exchanges

Consider the following given statements about the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX):

  1. INSTEX was established by France, Germany and the United Kingdom in January 2019, to allow European entities to maintain trade with Iran.
  2. The Paris-based INSTEX functions as a clearing house allowing Iran to continue to sell oil and import other products or services in exchange.

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Power Of Siberia

Recently, in collaboration with which of the following given countries, Russia inaugurated cross border gas pipeline named Power of Siberia?


G20

On 1st December, 2019, Saudi Arabia became the first Arab nation to take over the G20 Presidency. Consider the following statements about the G20:

  1. The G20 is an informal group of 19 countries and the European Union, with representatives of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
  2. It was formed in 1999, in the wake of the Asian financial crisis, to unite finance ministers and central bankers from the world’s largest established and emerging economies.

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International Organisation For Migration

As per International Organisation for Migration’s (IOM) latest report, ‘Global Migration Report 2020’, India continues to be the largest country of origin of international migrants with a 17.5 million-strong diaspora across the world.Consider the following statements about the IOM:

  1. Established in 1952, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partner.
  2. IOM works in the three broad areas of migration management: Migration and Development; Facilitating Migration and Regulating Migration.

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Sumatran Rhino

Recently, with the death of the last known specimen, the Sumatran Rhino is now officially extinct in Malaysia. Consider the following statements about the Sumatran Rhino:

  1. The Sumatran Rhino is the biggest of the rhinoceros species and the only rhino with two horns in Asia.
  2. Sumatran Rhino have been placed in the list of Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Budapest Convention

Consider the following statements about the Budapest Convention:

  1. It is the first international treaty seeking to address Internet and computer crime (cybercrime) by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques, and increasing cooperation among nations.
  2. It was opened for signature in Budapest, on 23 November 2001 and it entered into force on 1 July 2004.

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Kimberley Process

The plenary meeting of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) is being hosted by India from 18-22 November, 2019 in India.Consider the following given statements about the Kimberley Process:

  1. The Kimberley Process is a multilateral trade regime established in 2003 with the goal of preventing the flow of conflict diamonds.
  2. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) imposes extensive requirement son its members to enable them to certify shipments of rough diamonds as ‘conflict-free' and prevent conflict diamonds from entering the legitimate trade.
  3. India is one of the founder members of Kimberley Process Certification Scheme and is the Chair of Kimberley Process for the year 2019.

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Asia Pacific Rural And Agricultural Credit Association

Recently, the 6th World Congress on Rural and Agricultural Finance was organised by NABARD in association with the Asia Pacific Rural and Agricultural Credit Association (APRACA). Consider the following given statements about the APRACA:

  1. It was launched during the first General Assembly Meeting held in New Delhi, India in 1977.
  2. The General Secretariat of APRACA was established at the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO-RAP) premises in Bangkok, Thailand.

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International Treaty On Plant Genetic Resources For Food And Agriculture

Consider the following given statements about the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA):

  1. The Treaty was adopted by the Thirty-First Session of the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on 3rd November 2001.
  2. It facilitates access to the genetic materials of the 64 crops in the Multilateral System for research, breeding and training for food and agriculture.

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Uranium Enrichment

Recently, Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow plant located near Tehran.Consider the following given statements about the uranium enrichment process:

  1. Uranium needs to be in a solid form for enrichment due to the varying chemical and physical properties the different isotopes (U-235 and U-238).
  2. Enriched uranium is produced by feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges to separate out the most suitable isotope for nuclear fission, called U-235.

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