1. Recently ‘West Bank ’ is a conflicted territory between which two countries?
1(a) Israel and 1(b) Palestine. West Bank is a landlocked territory in West Asia. It also contains a significant section of the western dead sea.The United States has declared that it does not consider Israeli settlements on the West Bank a violation of international law. Even the USA considered the West Bank settlements as illegitimate since 1978. However in 2016, the US did not veto a resolution that called for an end to Israeli settlements.
2. Maritime exercise ‘Za’ir-Al-Bahr’ is conducted between?
2(a) India and 2(b) Qatar. The bilateral maritime exercise Za’ir-Al-Bahr (Roar of the Sea) is conducted between India and Qatar. The exercise helps to strengthen cooperation and enhance interoperability between the two navies. It majorly focuses on the fight against terrorism, maritime piracy, and maritime security.
3. ‘Uighurs ethnic group’ which was recently seen in news is found in?
Xinjiang region, China. Uighur is a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic group. They are primarily confined in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang and is one of the largest Muslim group in that region. According to the United Nations experts and activists, at least 1 million Uighurs and members of other largely Muslim minority groups have been detained in camps in Xinjiang.
4. Identify the landlocked country of South America which is part of Andean Community (CAN)?
Bolivia. Bolivia is officially known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia. It is a landlocked country located in western-central South America. The capital of Bolivia is Sucre while the seat of government and financial centre is located in La Paz. Bolivia is a member of the free trade bloc known as Andean Community (CAN) along with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
5. ‘Khuzestan’ which was recently seen in news for discovery of oil field is located in?
Iran. Iran has discovered a new oil field in its southwestern province of Khuzestan. The field covers 2,400 square kilometres and contains over 50 billion barrels of crude. The new oil field could become Iran’s second-largest field after one containing 65 billion barrels in Ahvaz (capital of Khuzestan Province).