Daily : October 27, 2017

The Passport Index 2017

Global Passport Power Rank-2017

Question: India has been ranked 74th with 51 visa free score in the Global Passport Power Rank -2017 released in October, 2017. Who is the first place in this list?
(a) Germany
(b) Singapore
(c) Sweden
(d) South Korea
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • Global Passport Power Rank -2017 was released by global Financial Advisory firm Aarton Capital on October 24, 2017.
  • Singapore has the world’s “most powerful” passport followed by Germany second, Sweden and South Korea in third place respectively.
  • India, which was listed 78th, last year, has improved its ranking, figuring at 74th position with a visa-free score of 51.
  • Coming in at last place on the list is Afghanistan, ranked 93 with a score of 22, followed by Pakistan and Iraq at 92 with a score of 26, Syria at 91, having a score of 29 and Somalia at 90 with a score 34.
  • The status of other countries in this list is: China (66th place), Nepal and Sri Lanka (88th place), Myanmar (83th place), United State of America (6th position) and Russia (40th position)
  • The index ranks national passports by the cross-border access they bring, assigning a “visa-free score” according to the number of countries a passport holder can visit visa-free or with visa on arrival.

Reference:
https://www.passportindex.org/byRank.php
https://www.passportindex.org/byHistoric.php
http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/global-passport-index-singapore/index.html

30th edition of CORPAT

Bi-lateral Naval Exercise between India and Indonesia

Question: At which of the following places Bi-lateral naval exercise CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) between India and Indonesia will be held in October 2017?
(a) India
(b) China
(c) Indonesia
(d) Myanmar
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • From 24 October – 05 November 2017, the 30th edition of CORPAT (Coordinated Patrol) and 3rd Bilateral exercise between the Indian Navy and the Indonesian Navy.
  • In pursuance with India’s ‘Act East Policy’, Indian Naval Ship Sukanya under the command of Commander SA Deodhar, NM has been reached at Belawan Indonesia to participate in the execise.
  • The exercise is aimed to foster closer maritime ties with countries located on the rim of the Indian Ocean.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=171888
http://www.firstpost.com/world/indian-naval-ship-ins-sukanya-reaches-indonesia-for-corpat-joint-maritime-exercise-4174413.html

The Special Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH, Shri Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha hosting the 1st Meeting of the BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine, in New Delhi on October 24, 2017.

First Meeting of BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine

Question: AYUSH Ministry of Government of India organized the first meeting of the BIMSTEC Task Force on traditional medicine. Which of the following countries is not included in BIMSTEC?
(a) Nepal
(b) Bhutan
(c) Bangladesh
(d) China
Answer: (d)
Related Facts:

  • On October 25th, 2017, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India hosted First Meeting of BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine on 24-25 October, 2017 at Parvasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.
  • The Meeting was inaugurated on 24 October 2017 by Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH.
  • The Meeting discussed the following important agenda-
  • Implementation of Strategies of BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicines (BITFM);
  • Priority Areas for technical and research collaboration among the Member States on Traditional Medicine;
  • Regional strategy on the protection of Genetic Resource associated with Traditional Medicine Knowledge and Intellectual Property Rights and develops a work plan;
  • Human Resource Development and Capacity Building among the BIMSTEC Member States;
  • New Initiative, proposals and programmes for cooperation on Traditional Medicine among the BIMSTEC Task Force on Traditional Medicine.
  • The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an International Organisation involving a group of countries in the South Asia and South East Asia namely, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

Reference:
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=171936
http://www.uniindia.com/bimstec-forum-provides-platform-for-fostering-of-traditional-medicine/india/news/1027604.html

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