सामयिक विषय: Miscellaneous

Waving flag of Armenia and India

Agreement between India and Armenia

Question: On cooperation and mutual assistance in which of the following sectors an Agreement between India and Armenia was signed on November 1st, 2017?
(a) Information Technology
(b) Agriculture
(c) Customs
(d) Air connectivity
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts:

  • On November 1st, 2017, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing and ratifying an Agreement between India and Armenia on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters.
  • The Agreement was signed on behalf of the two countries after it is approved by the respective Governments.
  • This Agreement shall enter into force on the first day of the second month after the Contracting Parties notify each other in through diplomatic channels, that the necessary national legal requirements for entry into force of this Agreement have been fulfilled.
  • The Agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for the prevention and investigation of Customs offences.
  • It is also expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded between the countries.

Reference:     
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=173130

Saudi Arabia movie theater ban lifted after 35 years

Removal of ban on movie theaters

Question: Which country has recently announced the removal of the ban from movie theaters?
(a) United Arab Emirates
(b) Qatar
(c) Saudi Arabia
(d) Egypt
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On December 11, 2017, the government of Saudi Arabia announced the removal of ban from movie theaters.
  • Movie theaters will open to the general people in this country after 35 years.
  • According to Saudi Arabia’s Culture and Information Minister, the theaters will be licensed to run the film in the next 90 days.
  • Cinema Houses should take care of the Sharia laws and the moral values of the country in film production.
  • It is known that Saudi Arabia is undergoing an economic overhaul under Vision 2030 and is taking some key steps to bring Saudi Arabia as a liberal economy in front of the world and to reduce its reliance on oil over the next decade.
  • Women were also given the right to drive for the first time in this line.

Reference:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/saudi-arabia-to-lift-35-year-ban-on-cinemas
http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/11/media/saudi-cinemas/index.html

'God of football' Diego Maradona unveils statue in Kolkata

Diego Maradona unveils statue

Question: Where did Argentine legend footballer Diego Maradona unveil his statue?
(a) La Plata
(b) Salta
(c) Kolkata
(d) Kochi
Answer: (c)
Related Facts:

  • On December 10th, 2017, Argentina’s legendary soccer player Diego Maradona came to India
  • He unveiled his statue in Kolkata.
  • During this visit, Maradona also played cricket match with Cricket icon Saurav Ganguly in Baroda’s ‘Diego Vs. Dada’ exhibition match.

Reference:
http://www.firstpost.com/sports/diego-maradona-unveils-12-feet-statue-of-himself-in-kolkata-says-hes-not-god-of-football-4254093.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/sports/maradona-unveils-statue-in-kolkata-says-i-am-not-god-of-football-2566904

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