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


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.


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.


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.


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