1. Identify the countries which are part of Quad grouping?
(a) India (b) US (c) Australia (d) Japan. The foreign ministers of the Quad countries – India, US, Australia and Japan - met on the sidelines of the UNGA meeting on 27th September 2019. The group is seen as a regional counterweight to China and has only met at the Joint or Assistant Secretary level since 2017. The latest meeting is seen as an upgrade by at least three levels. The Ministers met to discuss cooperation on counter-terrorism, mentoring, assistance in disaster relief, airtime security, cooperation, development, finance and cybersecurity efforts etc.
2. Identify the place where the seat of European Court of Justice is located?
Luxembourg. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is the highest court in the European Union in matters of European Union law, established in 1952. The Court of Justice of the European Union, which has its seat in Luxembourg, consists of two courts: the Court of Justice and the General Court (created in 1988).
3. ‘Duqm’ which was recently hit by ‘Hikka cyclone’ is located in?
Oman. The Cyclone Hikka is found over the region near about 490 km west-southwest of Veraval (Gujarat), 520 km south-southwest of Karachi (Pakistan) and 710 km east-southeast of Masirah (Oman). Hikka hit the Oman coast, south of Masirah, close to Duqm, which is a port and a refinery. The name Hikka has been given by the Maldives.
4. Identify the country where the headquarters of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is located?
Madrid, Spain. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is the United Nations Specialised Agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It was established in 1975 with headquarters in Madrid, Spain. UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts.
5. The military exercise ‘Khaan Quest’ is conducted by which country?
Mongolia. Recently, the Mongolian President during his visit to India emphasized not only the expansion of strategic partnerships but also the conversion of a strategic relationship into the spiritual brotherhood. He stressed on broadening the scope of India and Mongolia regular military exercises named “Nomadic Elephant” and “Khaan Quest”. The year 2020 will mark the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Mongolia.