1. Locate the country which recently quit China’s 17+1 cooperation forum with central and eastern Europe?
Lithuania. Recently, Lithuania quit China’s 17+1 cooperation forum with central and eastern Europe, by calling it “divisive”, now it is 16+1. The 17+1 (China and Central and Eastern Europe Countries) initiative is a China-led format founded in 2012 in Budapest with an aim to expand cooperation between Beijing and the CEE (Central and Eastern Europe) member countries, with investments and trade for the development of the CEE region. The initiative includes twelve EU member states and five Balkan states — Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
2. Locate the country which recently offered to host the Conference of Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC?
United Arab Emirates. Recently, the United Arab Emirates announced an offer to host the 28th session of Conference of Parties (COP 28) to the UNFCCC in Abu Dhabi in 2023. COP 26 was postponed in 2020 and will take place in Glasgow, UK in November 2021.
3. The 'Farzad-B Gas Field' recently seen in the news is located in?
Persian Gulf (Iran). 'Farzad-B Gas Field' is located in Persian Gulf (Iran). It has gas reserves of more than 19 trillion cubic feet.bONGC has invested approximately USD 100 million. The contract for exploration of the field was signed in 2002 by Indian consortium comprising ONGC Videsh, Indian Oil Corporation and Oil India. The contract expired in 2009 after declaration of commerciality of the field, based on the gas discovery.
4. The 'Al-Aqsa Mosque' that was recently seen in the news due to an attack, is located in?
Jerusalem. Recently, Israeli armed forces attacked Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Haram esh-Sharif in Jerusalem, ahead of a march by Zionist nationalists commemorating Israel’s capture of the eastern half of the city in 1967. Al-Aqsa Mosque is one of the holiest structures in the Islamic faith. It sits inside a 35-acre site known by Muslims as Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, and by Jews as the Temple Mount. The site is part of the Old City of Jerusalem, sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has classified the Old City of Jerusalem and its walls as a World Heritage Site.
5. The 'Himadri' is India's permanent research station in the Arctic region, is located in?
NyAlesund, Svalbard Area (Norway). India’s engagement with the Arctic dates back to 1920 with the signing of the Svalbard Treaty in Paris. Since July 2008, India has had a permanent research station in the Arctic called Himadri at NyAlesund, Svalbard Area in Norway. India received the ‘Observer’ country status in the Arctic Council in 2013 and is one among the 13 countries across the world, including China, to have that position which was again renewed in 2018.