IMPORTANT MCQs FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS
  1. The name of Pakistan’s ambassador to the US is Sherry Rehman
  2. Pakistan is a non permanent member of UN Security Council
  3. The US Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan is Marc Grossman
  4. OIC has been recently renamed as Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Previously it was Organisation of Islamic Conference.
  5. The US ambassador to Pakistan is Cameron Munter
  6. The current Chairman senate is Farooq H. Naek
  7. Pakistan leased out Shamsi airbase to UAE
  8. Abbotabad Operation was carried out on May 2 2011
  9. Abbotabad Commission is headed by Justice Javed Iqbal
  10. The President enjoys immunity from criminal proceedings Under Article 248 of the Constitution
  11. Leon Panetta is the US Defence Secretary
  12. A K Anthony is the current defence Minister of India
  13. S M Karishna is the minister of external affairs of India
  14. P Chidambram is the Home affairs Minister of India
  15. Pranab Mukharjee is the Finance Minister of India
  16. Hina Rabbani is Minister for foreign affairs
  17. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh is the Finance Minister of Pakistan
  18. Khursheed Shah is minister for the religious affairs
  19. Makhdoom Amin Fahim is the minister for trade
  20. Maula Bux Chandio is the law Minister
  21. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the current Secretary of the US
  22. Joe Biden is the US vice President
  23. Ekmelu din Ihsanoglu is the Secretary General of OIC
  24. Reko Diq contains copper and gold and is situated in District Chagai ( Balochistan)
  25. 2012 Olympics are going to be held in London
  26. Headquarters of Asian Development are situated (ADB) at Manilla ( Phillipines)
  27. Headquarters of OIC are situated at Jedda
  28. Headquarters of SCO are situated at Shanghai
  29. Headquarters of ECO are situated at Tehran
  30. The current secretary General of UN is Ban Ki Moon ( South Korea)
  31. Steve Jobs is the founder of apple I phone
  32. Pratibha Patil is the President of India
  33. Yingluck Shinawatra is the Prime Minister of Thailand
  34. Muhammad Hamid Ansari is the Vice President of India
  35. Yaseen Anwar is the current Governor of State Bank of Pakistan
  36. Transparency International is headquartered at Berlin (Germany)
  37. Lufthansa is the Airline of Germany
  38. Nabil-el Araby is the current secretary General of the Arab League. ( He is from Egypt)
  39. National Flower of Pakistan is Jasmine
  40. National Sport of Pakistan is Hockey.
  41. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate is Abdul Ghafoor Haideri.
  42. Markhor is the national animal of Pakistan.
  43. Arfa Karim, the youngest software engineer, belongs to Pakistan.
  44. RAW stands for research and analysis wing (intelligence agency of India).
  45. Mossad is the intelligence agency of Israel.
  46. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the head of state of Liberia. She is one of the three Noble Peace Prize winners for the year 2011.
  47. Chinese Premier is Wen Jiabao
  48. Hu Jintao is the President of China
  49. Abdullah Hussain Haroon is Pakistan’s permanent representative in the UN.
  50. World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into being in 1995
  51. David Cameroon is the Prime Minister of UK.
  52. Angelina Merkel is the German Chancellor.
  53. Christine Lagarde is the new head of IMF.
  54. Robert B. Zoellick is the head of World Bank.
  55. Headquarters of ECO are situated at Tehran.
  56. RCD was established in 1964.
  57. Ali Akbar Salehi is the Foreign Minister of Iran.
  58. Zalmai Rassoul is the foreign minister of Afghanistan.
  59. Last Presidential elections in Afghanistan were held in 2009.
  60. After Pashton , Tajik are the second largest ethnic group in Afghanistan. Hazara are the third largest group in Afghanistan.
  61. Headquarters of South Waziristan are at Wana during summer and Tank during Winter.
  62. Headquarters of North Waziristan are at Miramshah
  63. Headquarters of Khyber Agency are at Landi Kotal
  64. South Waziristan is the largest agency in size in FATA.
  65. FATA comprises of seven agencies.
  66. APP is the news agency of Pakistan whereas AP ( Associated Press) is the news agency of the US
  67. AFP is the news agency of France.
  68. Interfax is the news agency of Russia. It is the news agency of Ukraine also.
  69. Reuters is the news agency of UK.
  70. PTI is the news agency of India.
  71. Xinhua is the news agency of China
  72. Yonhap is the news agency of south Korea
  73. SPA is the news agency of Saudi Arabia.
  74. MFN stands for most favoured nation.
  75. SCO was established in 2001.
  76. G8, association of the richest and most developed countries of the world comprises of US, UK, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Russia, Japan. It has no formal structure.
  77. Scandinavian states are Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.
  78. TAPI stands for Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
  79. Bonn Conference was held in November 2011 to discuss post with drawl scenario in Afghanistan.
  80. Pakistan boycotted Bonn Conference because of NATO attack on Salala check post.
  81. Next Conference will be held in Chicago in May 2012.
  82. Mansoor Ijaz is an American national ( not Pakistani) who has ignited memogate controversy.
  83. Hussain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, had to resign as a result of memogate scandal.
  84. Rao Qamar Suleman is the current Air Chief Marshal of Pakistan
  85. Asif Sandila is the current Naval Chief of Pakistan
  86. Chairman NAB is Admiral Fasih Bukhari.
  87. PNS Mehran was attacked on 22 May 2011.
  88. South Sudan Became a Nation on July 9, 2011. South Sudan's capital is Juba. Salva Kiir, South Sudan's president, signs the interim Constitution
  89. Kvitova and Djokovic won Wimbledon Titles in 2011.
  90. Yoshiko Noda is the Prime Minister of Japan.
  91. Saudi Arabia has recently granted right to vote to women.
  92. Palestine became member of UNESCO on 31 October 2011.
  93. Mario Monti is the Prime minister of Italy. He has replaced Berlusconi.n
  94. Tahrir square is in Egypt.
  95. First ever elections were held in Tunis on 24 Oct 2011.
  96. On Oct 11, 2011, U.S. Attorney general Eric H. Holder announcedm from Washington that the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps paid assassins from a Mexican drug cartel $1.5 million to kill Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States.
  97. South Sudan is the 193rd member of the UN.
  98. George J Mitchell is President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East.

United Nations
  1. The United Nations was established on 24 Oct 1945.
  2. Official languages of UN are English, Russian, French,Chinese, Arabic,Spanish
  3. There are currently 193 member states.
  4. The first meetings of the General Assembly, with 51 nations represented, and the Security Council, took place in Westminster Central Hall in London in January 1946.
  5. Headquarters of UN are situated at international territory New York
  6. Headquarters of World Bank and IMF are situated at Washington
  7. Headquarters of FAO are situated at Rome
  8. Headquarters of UNESCO are situated at Paris
  9. Headquarters of UNICEF are situated at New York
  10. Headquarters of International Court of Justice are situated at The Hague (The Netherlands)
  11. Security Council consists of 15 members ( Five Permanent and Ten Non Permanent)
  12. The Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly, after being recommended by the Security Council.
  13. Veto Power is enjoyed by the Permanent members only
  14. Headquarters of IAEA are at Vienna
  15. Headquarters of ILO are at Geneva
  16. Headquarters of Universal Postal Union are at Bern (Switzerland)
  17. Headquarters of World Health Organisation are at Geneva
  18. Headquarters of UNHCR are at Geneva
  19. Ban Ki Moon is the Secretary General of UN . He is from South Korea.
  20. International Court of Justice comprises of 15 judges.
  21. Session of UN is held in September every year

Provinces/Territories
Punjab
Governor: Latif Khosa
Chief Ministers: Mian Shahbaz Shareef

Sindh
Governor: Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan
Chief Ministers: Qaim Ali Shah
PA Speaker : Nisar Ahmed Khuhro

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
Governor: Syed Masood Kausar
Chief Ministers: Ameer Haider Khan Hoti

Balochistan
Governor: Zulfikar Ali Magsi
Chief Ministers: Aslam Raisani

Gilgit-Baltistan
Governor: Pir Karam Ali Shah
Chief Ministers: Syed Mehdi Shah

Kashmir
Governor: Raja Zulqarnain Khan
Chief Ministers: Sardar Attique

Important Personalities
Bangladesh
President: Zillur Rahman
Prime Minister: Sheikh Hasina

Afghanistan
President: Hamid Karzai
Vice President : Mohammed Fahim and Karim Khalili



Russia
President: Dmitry Medvedev
Prime Minister: Vladimir Putin

Iran
Leader of Iran: Ali Khamenei
President: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
First Vice President: Mohammad-Reza Rahimi:

Iraq
President: Jalal Talabani
Prime Minister: Nouri al-Maliki

Israel
President : Shimon Peres
Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

United Kingdom
Monarch: Elizabeth II

France
President: Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP)
Prime Minister: François Fillon (UMP)

Germany
President : Christian Wulff (CDU
Chancellor: Anglina Merkal


Canada
Monarch: Elizabeth II
Governor General: David Johnston
Prime Minister: Stephen Harper

Organisations

SAARC

Secretariat: Kathmandu, Nepal
Official languages: English
Establishment: December 8, 1985
SAARC Secretariat was established in Kathmandu on 16 January 1987
Members: (8) Afghanistan , Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

ASEAN
• Secretariat: Jakarta, Indonesia
Official languages: English
Secretary-General: Surin Pitsuwan
Establishment
Bangkok Declaration: 8 August 1967
Charter signed on: 16 December 2008
Members: (10) Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore , Thailand, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.

OIC
Secretariat: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Official languages: Arabic, English, French
Establishment: September 25, 1969
Secretary-General : Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu (Turkish)
Members: 57 member states
• It changed its name from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference on 28 June 2011 and renamed as Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

ECO
Secretariat: Tehran, Iran
Official languages: English
Establishment: 1985
• successor organisation of Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD), founded in 1964, which ended activities in 1979.
Secretary-General: Yahya Maroofi (Afghani)
Members: 10 member states Iran, Pakistan, Turkey Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

SCO
Secretariat: Beijing, China
Official languages: Chinese and Russian
Establishment: 2001
Secretary-General: Muratbek Sansyzbayevich Imanaliyev
Members: (6 Members) China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
• successor organization Shanghai Five, founded in 1996; after the inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001, the members renamed the organisation.
Observers: (4 )Pakistan, India, Iran and Mongolia
Dialogue Partner: Belarus, Sri Lanka and Turkey
Guests: ASEAN, CIS and Turkmenistan


NOBEL PRIZES FOR 2011

Nobel peace prize 2011


Winners are Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakul Karman of Yemen for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

Nobel Literature prize 2011

Tomas Tranströmer for condensed translucent images which give us fresh access to reality.

Nobel Economics prize 2011

Thomas J. Sargent and Christopher A. Sims for their empirical research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy.

Nobel Physiology or Medicine prize 2011

Bruce Beutler, Jules A. Hoffmann and Ralph M. Steinman for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity.

Nobel Chemistry prize 2011

Dan Shechtman for the discovery of quasicrystals.

Nobel Physics prize 2011

Saul Perlmutter, Adam G. Riess & Brian P. Schmidt for his contributions to the discovery of the acceleration of the expansion of the universe.