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Sweden commits record $370 million of aid to UN World Food Programme

Sweden

Question: Recently Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement of worth-
(a) USD320 million
(b) USD 325 million
(c) USD 350 million
(d) USD 370 million
Answer: (d)
Related Facts:

  • On February 2nd, 2018, Sweden and the United Nations World Food Programme signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement of 370 million US dollar.
  • The contribution for the period 2018-2021 is the biggest ever made by a donor within a WFP Strategic Partnership Agreement.
  • Sweden is the largest donor country in the world food program.
  • 90 per cent of government funding to WFP (World Food Program) is earmarked for specific operations or activities.
  • Capital of Sweden is Stockholm and currency is Swedish Krona.

Reference:
http://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/sweden-commits-record-370m-of-aid-to-un-world-food-programme/1048546/

World's longest underwater cave system discovered in Mexico by divers

World’s longest underwater cave system

Question- In which of the following countries the world’s largest flooded cave has been discovered by a group of divers recently?
(a) Spain
(b) Indonesia
(c) Mexico
(d) China
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts:

  • In January 2018, the world’s longest submerged tunnel was discovered by a group of divers in Mexico.
  • The length of this tunnel is 347 km is.
  • According toScientists, information about the ancient Maya civilization can be gathered in areas surrounding Mexico through this discovery.
  • TheGreat Maya Aquifer Project (GAM) team committed to studying the mysterious waters of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula spent years exploring the caves of Sac Actun and Dos Ojos in Tulum.
  • The cave system is known as Sac Actun.
  • Initially, the length of this tunnel was measured 263 km, but after connecting Dos Ojos to the series of submerged tunnels located in Tulum, it became about 347 km long.
  • According toscientists, this tunnel is 12 thousand years old.
  • A tomb has been found in this tunnel in which human bones are stored.
  • The discovery will illuminate the stories and rituals of the Mayan civilization prior to be in the possession of Spain.

Reference:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/17/worlds-longest-underwater-cave-system-discovered-mexico-divers-gran-acuifero-maya
https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/divers-mexico-cave/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/central-america/mexico/articles/divers-identify-world-largest-underground-cave-network-in-mexico-yucatan-peninsula/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-5278335/Worlds-longest-underwater-cave-discovered-Mexico.html

vedic science centre in banaras hindu university

Vedic Vigyan Kendra (Vedic Science Centre)

Question: Recently, the decision was taken to set up a Vedic Science Center in the premises of the University of Uttar Pradesh, which is a charity department?
(a) Lucknow University
(b) Kashi Hindu University
(c) Agra University (Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University)
(d) Awadh University (Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Awadh University)
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On January 23rd, 2018, it was decided to establish a Vedic Science Center in the premises of the Kashi Hindu University by the Uttar Pradesh Charity Department.
  • This center will be teaching-study of Vedic literature and knowledge-science, Vedic tradition etc.
  • 803.83 lakhs has been approved by the Expenditure Finance Committee for setting up this center.
  • Central Public Works Department has been designated manufacturing unit for construction of Vedic Science Center.

Reference:             
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/vedas-evolution-into-science-203405
http://www.indianvoice24.com/approval-of-uttar-pradesh-cabinet-for-establishment-of-vedic-science-center-in-bhu-2412018/
https://www.livehindustan.com/uttar-pradesh/lucknow/story-vedic-center-will-open-in-bhu-1765186.html

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