Explanation: Pakistan has been selected as the President of Asia and Pacific (ASPAC) group in Unesco for the period from January to December 2020. As the ASPAC chair, Pakistan will constructively engage with the member states in order to strengthen Unesco to foster better understanding for global peace and stability
Explanation: Hormuz Peace Initiative was recently held in Tehran. The initiative aimed at stabilizing one of world's busiest shipping lanes, the Strait of Hormuz amidst US-Iran tensions. It was attended by leading trade partners of Iran namely China, Oman, India and Afghanistan.
B. Indian Navy
C. Indian Air Force
D. Naval Guard
Explanation: Amid the deteriorating security situation in the Middle East, the Indian Navy said on January 9 it continues to maintain its presence in the Gulf region as part of its 'Operation Sankalp' initiated earlier this year to ensure security of its sea-borne trade and the safety of Indian Flag Merchant Vessels transiting through the region.
B. Rohinton Mistry
C. Jasbinder Bilan
D. Shashi Tharoor
Explanation: Jasbinder Bilan has won the UK based Costa Children's Award 2019. She has won the award for her debut novel 'Asha and the Spirit Bird'. She will receive 5,000 pounds as prize money associated with the award.
B. Norbert Hofer
C. Sebastian Kurz
D. Heinz Christian Strache
Explanation: Sebastian Kurz is the chancellor of Austria since January 2020, previously holding this position from December 2017 to May 2019. In addition, Kurz has been the chairman of the Austrian People's Party since May 2017. Kurz was born and raised in Meidling, Vienna. Wikipedia
Born: August 27, 1986 (age 33 years), Vienna, Austria
Height: 1.86 m
Partner: Susanne Thier
Party: Austrian People's Party
Education: GRG 12 Erlgasse (1996–2004), University of Vienna
Parents: Josef Kurz, Elisabeth Kurz
Explanation: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, founded after the Iranian Revolution on 22 April 1979 by order of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Wikipedia Founded: May 5, 1979, Iran Motto: "Prepare against them whatever you are able of power."; (وَأَعِدُّوا لَهُمْ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ مِنْ قُوَّةٍ); (Heraldry slogan) Size: ~250,000 Engagements: Iran–Iraq War, Iran–PJAK conflict, Syrian civil war, MORE Subsidiaries: Khatam-al Anbiya Construction Headquarters, MORE Founders: Ruhollah Khomeini, Mohsen Sazegara
B. Eoin Morgan
C. Jason holder
D. Darren sammy
B. Rs 6bn
C. Rs 7bn
D. Rs 8bn
Explanation: The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of World Bank has rendered almost $6 billion (Rs950 billion) award against Pakistan in Reko Diq case.The arbitration case started in July 2012 with the constitution of the tribunal, and the final award announcement had been awaited since last year. On Friday, the tribunal concluded the case in 700-page verdict awarding a massive $4 billion in penalty and around $2 billion in interest and the expenditure incurred on the case by the TCC. Since this is the largest award in the history of the tribunal, Pakistan now faces a serious threat of assets seizure abroad.