BPG, China, Myanmar, Pakistan - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   Where has the world's biggest automated container terminal been set up?

a. Shenzen
b. Shanghai
c. Sichuan
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shanghai

China started trial operations of world's biggest automated container terminal at Yangshan Deep Water Port in Shanghai, the country's commercial hub.

The terminal is located at south of Donghai Bridge, phase 4 of Yangshan Port and covers 2.23 million square metres and has a 2,350-metre shoreline.

The automated management system is also used at port to maintain safety and efficiency.

Key Facts

  • The project uses automated handling equipment designed and manufactured in China. The machinery used in loading and unloading, including bridge crane, automated guided vehicle (AGV) and rail-mounted gantry crane, are all made in China by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company.
  • Initially, automated terminal will have capacity to handle 4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and later it will be expanded to 6.3 million TEUs at later stage.
  • The automated terminal not only increases the port's handling efficiency, but also reduces carbon emissions by up to 10%.

2)   China held an intergovernmental meeting in Asia-Pacific region for highlighting the plight of which individuals?

a. Disabled
b. Mentally Ill
c. Cancer patients
d. HIV patients
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Disabled

The High Level Inter-Governmental Mid-Point review meeting of Asia and Pacific Decade for Persons with Disabilities, 2013-2022 was held in Beijing, China.

A number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region had participated in it. Indian delegation was led by Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot.

The meeting was organised by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in cooperation with China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF).

Its main objective was to review progress made by member States during Decade at mid-point in 2017 with regard to Incheon Strategy to make right real for persons with disabilities in Asia and Pacific.

It also discussed future policy action for building disabilities-inclusive societies in region, bearing in mind synergies between 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Incheon Strategy.

It also finalised declaration to address gaps and challenges in empowerment and inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The Incheon Strategy provides Asian and Pacific region and world with first set of regionally agreed disability-inclusive development goals. It has been developed over more than two years of consultations with governments and civil society stakeholders.

3)   The first India-Myanmar Bilateral Military Exercise 2017 (IMBAX 2017) was held in which NE state?

a. Nagaland
b. Misoram
c. Assam
d. Meghalaya
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Meghalaya

The first India-Myanmar Bilateral Military Exercise 2017 (IMBAX 2017) was held at Joint Warfare Centre at the Umroi Joint Training Node in Meghalaya.

It is first of its kind military training exercise between India and Myanmar on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO). It was conducted by Army’s RED HORNS DIVISION under aegis of GAJRAJ CORPS.

The Indo-Myanmar joint Army Exercise is a positive step in the bilateral relations between the two neighbouring nations, the statement said.

The conduct of such exercises in future will not only enable mutual capacity enhancement, but will assist in building strong bonds of friendship and cooperation between India and Myanmar, it added.

Meghalaya: Know More

  • Meghalaya is a state in Northeast India. The name means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit.
  • The population of Meghalaya as of 2016 is estimated to be 3,211,474.
  • Meghalaya covers an area of approximately 22,430 square kilometers, with a length to breadth ratio of about 3:1.
  • The state is bounded to the south by the Bangladeshi divisions of Mymensingh and Sylhet, to the west by the Bangladeshi division of Rangpur, and to the north and east by India's State of Assam. The capital of Meghalaya is Shillong.
  • During the British rule of India, the British imperial authorities nicknamed it the "Scotland of the East".
  • Meghalaya was previously part of Assam, but on 21 January 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills became the new state of Meghalaya.
  • English is the official language of Meghalaya. The other principal languages spoken include Khasi, Pnar, Hajong, Tiwa (lalung), Rabha, Garo and Biate.

4)   China launched its first freight train to which western destination in Jan 2016?

a. London
b. Frankfurt
c. Paris
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: London

The PRC or People's Republic of China launched its first freight train to London (UK) with the aim to improve trade ties and strengthen connectivity with Britain and Western Europe.

The train departed from Yiwu West Railway station in eastern Zhejiang province of China. It will travel for 18 days over 12,000 km before reaching London.

The train will also pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France, before reaching London.

It is carrying goods produced in Yiwu. London is the 15th city in European region added to China-Europe freight train services.

Success of the train will give impetus to China's One Belt and One Road Initiative, an infrastructure and trade network connecting Asia with Africa and EU along ancient trade routes.

One Belt and One Road Initiative: Know More

  • Also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt
  • Called the Belt and Road, One Belt, One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative
  • It is a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
  • The initiative is a development strategy and framework put in place by Chinese leader XI Jingping
  • It focuses on connectivity and cooperation between China and Eurasia.
  • Comprises two components namely Silk Road Economic Belt (land based) and Maritime Silk Road (ocean going).
  • It was unveiled in Sept and Oct 2013 (SREB and MSR respectively).

5)   China is set to launch a new cruise ship in SCS islands from where to which point?

a. Sanya to Yongle
b. Xisha to Yongle
c. Sanya to Xisha
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sanya to Yongle

China is all set to launch a new cruise ship in the disputed South China Sea's islands in Dec 2016 to promote tourism, media report indicated on 9th Dec.

Nanhai Zhi Meng, the new cruise ship with a capacity of 893 people, will start its maiden voyage in late December.

It will conduct the cruise from Sanya to the Yongle Islands which are administered by China's newly-built city in the South China Sea called Sansha in Hainan province.

The cruise ship, owned by the Nanhai Cruises company, has finished a trial voyage

The trip will take four days, mainly visiting the islands of Yinyu, Quanfu and Yagong in the Xisha (Paracel) Islands, the report said.

The ship is scheduled to make the voyage 4-6 times each month.

SCS Dispute

  • The Paracel Islands also claimed by Vietnam.
  • These are a cluster of islets, sandbanks and reefs southeast of Hainan Island.
  • They are famous for their unusual scenery and ecosystem.
  • Sansha city on Yongxing, one of the Xisha islands, was founded in July 2012 by China.
  • City envisages tourism as its economic engine and administers three island groups i.e. Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha.
  • Along with these are surrounding SCS waters.
  • Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan are the other disputants in SCS region.

6)   Who has been elected as Myanmar’s first non military president since army took over power in 1962 coup?

a. Aung Sang Su Kyi
b. Htin Kyaw
c. Henry Ban Thio
d. Myint Swe
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Htin Kyaw

Myanmar’s parliament has elected its first non military president to the post since the army took over in a coup in the 1960s. Kyaw was nominated by the National Lague for Democracy party last week an voted into the presidency by parliament. Suu Kyi barred from the presidency because she has sons who are foreign nationals, has made it clear she is “above the president” and Kyaw will act as a proxy.

7)   China has launched first self-propelled floating dock in the world. What is it called?

a. Zinxhan No.1
b. Liuyuan No.1
c. DunHuang No.1
d. Huachuan No. 1
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Huachuan No. 1

This dock called Huachan No.1 enables the navy to return damaged ships to fighting capability in short time and was designed for being taken into combat zones. Dock can handle cruisers, submarines and destroyers but not aircraft carriers. This low cost technology is extremely innovative.

8)   Which is the first parliament to run on solar power completely?

a. Pakistan
b. India
c. Denmark
d. UAE
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pakistan


  • The Pakistan parliament became the first in the world to completely run on solar power.
  • The venture is supported by China with $55 million funding.

9)   Which landmark bill was recently approved unanimously by the Pakistani parliamentary panel?

a. Hindu Succession Bill
b. Hindu Property Bill
c. Hindu Marriage Bill
d. Hindu Legal Bill
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hindu Marriage Bill

For the first time in decades, the Hindu minority community in Pakistan will have a marriage law. The parliamentary panel has approved the Hindu Marriage Bill. National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved the final draft of the bill. 5 Hindu lawmakers were specially invited for this draft. After making amendments in that minimum age of marriage is 18 and law is applicable for the whole nation, the bill was unanimously adopted by the committee.

10)   New thrush species found in eastern Himalayas is named after

a. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
b. Dr. Salim Ali
c. APJ Abdul Kalam
d. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr. Salim Ali

An international team of scientists have described a new species of the thrush in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China. The species was distinguished by its musical song. The Himalayan Forest Thrush (Zoothera salimalii) is common in the eastern Himalaya range but was overlooked till now because of its similarity in appearance to the plain-backed thrush, now renamed as Alpine thrush. This is the first Indian bird to be named after late Dr. Salim Ali, who was closely associated with Bombay Natural History Society as researcher, honorary secretary and president. The bird has been named after him in recognition of his huge contribution to the development of modern Indian ornithology and wildlife conservation. The Himalayan Forest Thrush is only the fourth new bird species described from India by modern ornithologists since Independence. What first caught the attention of the scientists was the fact that the ones found in forests (Himalayan forest thrush) had a rather musical song, whereas those found in the same region on bare rocky habitats above the tree-line (Alpine thrush) had a much harsher, scratchier and unmusical song. A third species called Sichuan forest thrush is present in , said scientists.

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