Weekly Current Affairs (15th to 21st March 2021) Part - 2 Current Affairs Notes | EduRev

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Important News – India

1. India’s first dedicated Express Cargo Terminal exclusively for export and import of international couriers has been launched in which airport ______ Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
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➢ The 2 lakh square feet built to suit facility terminal will be operated by Express Industry Council of India
➢ It has a dedicated space for customs offices with direct access to both Landside and Airside wing
➢ It will enable ease of doing business and reduce transaction time and cost for the shipper.

2. India’s first centralised air-conditioned (AC) railway terminal has been built in which city  ______ Bengaluru.
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➢ It is named after ‘Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya’, one of the foremost civil engineers, and set to become operational soon.
➢ It has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 314 crore.
➢ Byappanahalli terminal is the 3rd coach terminal and is equipped with all the modern facilities and is aimed to offer an airport-like aura to the passengers.

3. 4th Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in which city of India ______ Kozhikode, Kerala.
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➢ It has been organized from 12 to 19 March 2021
➢ GAF is the largest Ayurvedic event ever held anywhere across the world and witness the largest gathering of experts, stakeholders, and business explorers from Ayurveda.

4. According to the 'World Air Quality Report, 2020', prepared by Swiss organisation, IQAir, how many cities from India are among the 30 most polluted cities in the world  ______ 22.
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➢ Delhi being ranked as the most polluted capital city globally.
➢ The report, however, shows that Delhi's air quality improved by approximately 15 per cent from 2019 to 2020.
➢ Delhi ranked as the 10th most polluted city and the top polluted capital city in the world.

5. According to the 'World Air Quality Report, 2020', prepared by Swiss organisation, which is India’s most polluted city and the second most polluted city in the world  ______ Ghaziabad.
Note:
➢ Delhi being ranked as the most polluted capital city globally.
➢ The report, however, shows that Delhi's air quality improved by approximately 15 per cent from 2019 to 2020.

6. What is Delhi’s rank in the 'World Air Quality Report, 2020', prepared by Swiss organisation, among the among the 30 most polluted cities in the world ______ 10th.
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➢ Delhi being ranked as the most polluted capital city globally.
➢ The report, however, shows that Delhi's air quality improved by approximately 15 per cent from 2019 to 2020.
➢ Delhi ranked as the 10th most polluted city and the top polluted capital city in the world.

7. With which healthcare provider the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) to change and improve health care innovations & outcomes in India ______ Aster DM Healthcare.
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➢ Aster Digital Health Incubator (ADHI), a unit of Aster DM Healthcare Group will also support AIM’s initiatives such as Atal Incubation Centers (AICs), Established Incubation Centres (EICs), Atal Community Innovation Centres (ACICs) & Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs).
➢ Aster will provide access to Aster Clinical Simulation Lab, Aster Federated Learning Data bank for Artificial Intelligence (AI) healthcare research, ADHI, Aster Digital Health Centre of Excellence, and other facilities to startups under various AIM initiatives.

8. Prime minister Narendra Modi held a virtual summit with his counterpart Sana Marin, the prime minister of which country ______ Finland.
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➢ India & Finland had announced a new partnership in the fields of ICT, Mobile Technology, Digital Education clean energy investment and evolution of 6G.
➢ Both sides noted that Digital Domain was one of the promising sectors for an intensive India-Finland partnership.

9. NITI Aayog has partnered with which cloud computing web service provider to train students on the fundamentals of cloud computing through Atal Tinkering Labs ______ Amazon Web Services.
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➢ A statement of intent (SoI) was signed between Niti Aayog and Amazon Internet Services Private Limited (AISPL), which undertakes the resale and marketing of AWS Cloud services in India, to roll out the project.
➢ The education and tools will establish a strong foundation in cloud computing for students of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs) across India, while the support of AWS EdStart for startups will accelerate their productisation and potential commercialization.

10. What is India’s rank in the UN World Happiness Report 2021 released by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network ______ 139th.
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➢ Finland was once again crowned as the world's happiest country.
➢ In 2019, India was ranked 140th.
➢ Denmark ranked 2nd, followed by Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands.
➢ Afghanistan was classed as the world's unhappiest nation this year.

11. Which public sector undertakings has unveiled the GRAM UJALA programme under which high-quality energy-efficient LED bulbs will be given for Rs 10 per piece in certain villages of five states in the first phase ______ Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.
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➢ Under the programme, high-quality energy-efficient LED bulbs will be given for Rs 10 per piece in certain villages of five states in the first phase.
➢ The programme will be financed entirely through carbon credits and will be the first such programme in India.

12. Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd function under administrative control of which ministry with which Labour Bureau has inked an agreement for providing technical and manpower support for conducting all India surveys, including on migrant workers  ______ Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
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➢ The surveys to be undertaken by the Bureau will be integrated with the technology provided by the BECIL.
➢ It will substantially reduce the time taken for completion of surveys by at least 30-40%
➢ BECIL is an enterprise under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Important News – State

1. Which state government has launched a three-day-long ‘Kalanamak rice festival’ under one district – one product scheme of the state government ______ Uttara Pradesh.
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➢ To promote the production, processing, packaging, and branding of Kalanamak Rice, the UP Government has declared the rice as the One District One Product (ODOP) of Siddharth Nagar in 2018.
➢ It is one of the finest varieties of aromatic rice that are grown in India, Kalanamak is also called Buddha Rice.

2. Which state ranked first in the state wise distribution of High Net-worth Individual (HNI) households in accordance with ‘Wealth Report 2020’ released by Hurun India ______  Maharashtra.
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➢ Based on the report there are 4.12 lakh dollar-millionaire households / affluent households in India with a networth of at least Rs 7 crore.
➢ Maharashtra is the highest Gross/Net State Domestic Product (GSDP) Generating state in India with growth rate of about 13.16% and it is contributing around 16 % of national GDP

3. 850 MW Ratle Hydro-Electric Project (HEP) is being built in which state/union territories  ______ Jammu and Kashmir.
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➢ The authorised capital of the JVC is Rs 1,600 crore with initial paid-up capital of Rs 100 crore.
➢ Out of the paid-up capital, J&K State Power Development Corporation Ltd (JKSPDCL) will contribute Rs 49 crore as initial equity.
➢ The MoU to execute the project was signed between the Government of J&K, JKSPDCL and NHPC on 3rd January 2021.

4. Which state government announced to launch Universal Health Scheme (UHS) called “Mukhya Mantri Chiranjeevi Yojana ______ Rajasthan.
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➢ The scheme will be launched on May 1, 2021.
➢ In his budget speech Gehlot had announced UHS with Rs 3,500 crore in the upcoming financial year wherein cashless health services up to Rs 5 lakh will be provided to all families in the state.

5. Which state government has launched the ‘Mission Gramodaya’ under which housing facilities will be provided in rural areas along with basic and fundamental infrastructure  ______ Madhya Pradesh.
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➢ The mission was launched by the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
➢ Under the Gramodaya mission, besides providing housing facilities in rural areas, basic and fundamental infrastructure will also be expanded.

6. Which state government has launched the SAAMAR (Strategic Action for Alleviation of Malnutrition and Anemia Reduction) campaign to fight with malnutrition ______  Jharkhand.
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➢ Aim of the campaign is to identify anaemic women and malnourished children and converge various departments to effectively deal with the problem in a state.
➢ The state govt. runs various schemes under Child Development Schemes, National Nutrition Mission among others to deal with the situation.

Important News – World

1. According to Jones Lang LaSalle’s Human Performance Indicator (HPI) Index, which country ranked highest in workplace satisfaction at 98 percent ______ India.
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➢ As per the report, India leads other Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries with 81 per cent of high performers practising flexible working, including flexible hours and work-from-home.
➢ The Key Factors impacting workplace satisfaction in high performers are wider range of sophisticated workplaces and technologies.

2. Which country becomes India’s 2nd Biggest Oil Supplier in February 2021 ______  USA.
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➢ India’s imports from America increased to 48% to a record 545, 300 BPD in February, 2021 accounting for 14% of India’s overall imports last month
➢ Saudi Arabia slipped to No.4 Position for the 1st time since January 2006.
➢ Nigeria rose to 3rd Position and UAE slipped to 5th Position.

3. Which is the world’s most polluted city, as per the 'World Air Quality Report, 2020', prepared by Swiss organisation, among the among the 30 most polluted cities in the world  ______ Xinjiang.
Note:

➢ Delhi being ranked as the most polluted capital city globally.
➢ The report, however, shows that Delhi's air quality improved by approximately 15 per cent from 2019 to 2020.
➢ Delhi ranked as the 10th most polluted city and the top polluted capital city in the world.

4. World Energy Transitions Outlook report was published by which organization  ______ International Renewable Energy Agency.
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➢ Previewed at the virtual Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD 2021) the report proposes energy transition solutions for the narrow pathway available to contain the rise of temperature to 1.5°C and halt global warming.

5. Which country has joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) after signing the amended ISA Framework Agreement ______ Italy.
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➢ The new ISA Framework Agreement came into force on January 8, 2021.
➢ Under the new amended framework, the membership of ISA is open to all member states of the United Nations. Previously, it was open to countries that were partially or entirely located within the Tropics.

6. At present, how many countries have signed and ratified the ISA Framework Agreement  ______ 73.
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➢ Under the new amended framework, the membership of ISA is open to all member states of the United Nations. Previously, it was open to countries that were partially or entirely located within the Tropics.
➢ The signed copies of the agreement were received by an additional secretary (ER) as representative of MEA. MEA is the depositary of the ISA Framework Agreement.
➢ It is an alliance of over 121 countries.

7. Accepting India’s invitation, the European Union (EU) has officially on-boarded as a member of the CDRI, what does ‘R’ stand for in CDRI ______ Resilient.
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➢ Launched in 2019 by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi at the UN Climate Change Summit, the CDRI is an international collaborative platform involving the public and private sector, aiming to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development.

8. Which country ranked first in the UN World Happiness Report 2021 released by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network ______ Finland.
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➢ UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network released the World Happiness Report 2021.
➢ Denmark ranked 2nd, followed by Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands.
➢ The ranking is based on GDP per person, healthy life expectancy and the opinions of residents.

9. Which country ranked as unhappiest country in the UN World Happiness Report 2021 released by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network  ______ Afghanistan.
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➢ UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network released the World Happiness Report 2021.
➢ Finland was once again crowned as the world's happiest country.
➢ India has been ranked 139 out of 149 countries.
➢ In 2019, India was ranked 140th.

Honor & Awards

1. What edition of the annual Grammy Awards was held in 2021 ______ 63rd.

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➢ The 2021 Grammy awards recognized the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the eligibility year, between September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.
➢ The award is presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the American music industry.
➢ Beyonce received the most nominations with nine, as well as the most awards with four.

2. Who has been honoured with a nomination for the International Woman of Courage (IWOC) Award by the U.S. Consulate ______ Gowsalya Shankar.
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➢ Gowsalya Shankar is Tamil Nadu-based anti-caste activist and human rights defender
➢ The IWOC Award Certificate of Nomination was handed over to her by U.S. Consul General in Chennai Judith Ravin at an event ‘Courageous Women Inspire a Better World’ held in the city.

3. In how many languages the annual Sahitya Akademi Awards 2021 is announced  ______ 20.
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➢ Seven books of poetry, four of the novel, Five short stories, two plays, and one each of memoirs and epic poetry in 20 Indian languages.
➢ The awards for Malayalam, Nepali, Odia and Rajasthani will be announced later.
➢ Sahitya Akademi Award is a literary honour in India.

Sports News

1. According to announcement made by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) the Asian Boxing Championship will be held in which city of India ______ New Delhi.
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➢ This will be the 1st boxing tournament in Asia in 2021, acting towards evaluating boxers’ readiness for the Olympic games.
➢ For the 1st time in the tournament’s history both men & women fought in the same championship.

2. Cricketer Gary Wilson announced retirement from International Cricket. He belongs to which country ______ Ireland.
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➢ Currently, he is all set to take over the role of Head Coach and Pathway Manager for North West Warriors.
➢ Gary Wilson made his International Debut in 2005 for Ireland, and represented the side 292 times.
➢ He is the 2nd Highest wicket-taker for Ireland with 160 catches & 33 stumping’s.
➢ In his 16 yearlong cricketing career, he scored 5,959 runs for Ireland, with 1 century and 30 fifties.

3. Kamalpreet Kaur associated with which sports who broke the 9 year old National record and qualified for Tokyo Olympics ______ Discus throw.
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➢ The 25-year-old Kaur, who had also won gold in the 2019 edition of the championships, dramatically heaved the discus to 65.06m in her first throw to the surprise of the sizeable crowd at the NIS.
➢ She eclipsed the nine-year-old earlier national record of 64.76m which was in the name of Olympian and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Krishna Poonia.

4. Cricketers Mohammad Naveed and Shaiman Anwar Butt banned for 8 years from all form of cricket, by the International Cricket Council, the belongs to which country  ______ UAE.
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➢ The banned for trying to fix matches during the T20 World Cup qualifiers in 2019.
➢ The ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal had found them guilty of breaching the Anti-Corruption Code in January 2021.

5. Who becomes the first cricketer to score 3000 runs in Men’s Twenty20 Internationals  ______ Virat Kohli.
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➢ Kohli’s knock of 73 runs, which came off 49 balls, also helped India to level the five-match T20I series.
➢ He also became the third captain in international cricket to score 12000 runs as a captain. He joined legendary captains Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith in the elite list.

6. Name the Indian sprinter who beat national record holder Dutee Chand to win women’s 100m sprint final in the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships in Patiala  ______ S Dhanalakshmi.
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➢ The 22-year-old Dhanalakshmi of Tamil Nadu clocked 11.39 seconds to become the fastest woman of the championships.
➢ Odisha-based Dutee clocked 11.58 seconds to be placed in second place.

7. Name the Indian shooter who won the first gold medal for India in the Women’s 10M Air Pistol final of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup ______  Yashaswini Deswal.
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➢ Deswal accumulated 238.8 points to lead in her category. Another Indian shooter Manu Bhaker won a silver medal with 236.7 points.
➢ World number one shooter Divyansh Singh Panwar clinched the bronze medal in 10m Air Rifle (men’s category) and opened India’s medal account in the competition.

Books and Authors

1. Who has authored the book titled “Prince with a Paintbrush: The Story of Raja Ravi Varma” ______ Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan.
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➢ Published under Westland's 'Red Panda' imprint, it aims to inspire young readers to learn about the famed artist and how he made his entry and mark in the art world.
➢ Srinivasan has earlier authored children’s books like “Indi-Alphabet” and “How Many Lines in a Limerick?”

2. Who has authored the book titled “My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future”  ______ Indra Nooyi.
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➢ The book is set to be published by Portfolio books on September 28. The book will feature both the personal and professional life of Indra Nooyi.
➢ The book features the life of Indra Nooyi from her childhood in India to her life at Yale University as an immigrant to her life as a person of colour in the elite corporate world.

3. Who has authored the novel titled “Undertow” ______ Jahnavi Barua.
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➢ The book was published by Penguin Viking.
➢ The book portrays the story of Loya, a 25-year-old who is on a journey to discover herself.
➢ Loya leaves her home in Bengaluru and sets off to Assam to study Asian elephants (Elephas Maximus) and to connect with her grandfather Torun Ram Goswami.

4. Who has authored the book titled “Gandhi in Bombay’’ ______ Usha Thakkar & Sandhya Mehta.
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➢ The Indiatourism Mumbai, Regional Office of Ministry of Tourism in the Western Region organized an online book reading session of “Gandhi in Bombay’’ by the authors Dr.Usha Thakkar and Sandhya Mehta , as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations.
➢ Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (India @ 75) is a series of events to be organised by the Government of India to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Usha Thakkar and Sandhya MehtaIndia’s Independence

5. Who has authored the book titled “The Pain-Free Mindset: 7 Steps to Taking Control and Overcoming Chronic Pain” ______ Dr. Deepak Ravindran.
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➢ The book was published by Vermillion, an imprint of Penguin.
➢ This is the first book by a medical physician in the UK in the past 15 years to provide an overview that new scientific advances in understanding the nervous system will support us in overcoming pain.

6. Who has authored the book titled “Full Spectrum: India’s Wars 1972-2020” ______  Arjun Subramaniam.
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➢ It is his second book and it explores the trials and tribulations, successes and failures of India’s armed forces in the post-1971 period
➢ It is covering major operation that the armed forces have participated including insurgencies in the north-east, terrorism and proxy wars in Jammu and Kashmir, separatist violence in Punjab, the IPKF intervention in Sri Lanka.

Science and Defence

1. What is the name of the sounding rocket which was launched by ISRO in March 2021 to study attitudinal variations in the neutral winds and plasma dynamics ______ RH-560.
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➢ RH-560 will study attitudinal variations in neutral winds and plasma dynamics
➢ ISRO has developed series of sounding rockets known as ‘Rohini series’. Among them RH-200, RH-300 and RH-560 are the important ones.

2. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has signed an MoU with which institution for setting up a Space Technology Incubation Centre (S-TIC) ______ National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela.
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➢ The MoU was signed after ISRO agreed to set up a Space Technology Incubation Centre(S-TIC) at NIT Rourkela.
➢ This collaboration with ISRO will open up new opportunities for research and development as well as space startups.

3. The researcher of which IIT built the ‘Energy Swaraj Yatra’ bus that runs on solar energy and has a complete work-cumresidential unit ______ IIT Bombay.
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➢ An ‘Energy Swaraj Yatra’ bus has been built by Dr Chetan Singh Solanki, Prof. IIT Bombay.
➢ The bus runs on solar energy and has a complete work-cum-residential unit.
➢ Mr Solanki has been travelling on it to raise awareness about the use of solar power.
➢ The Energy Swaraj Yatra began in 2020 and will continue till 2030.

4. ‘Pabbi-Antiterror-2021’ is a joint anti-terrorism exercise of which grouping of countries  ______ SCO.
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➢ The decision to hold the joint exercise "Pabbi-Antiterror-2021" was announced during the 36th meeting of the Council of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
➢ At the meeting, representatives of the SCO member states also approved the draft program of cooperation for 2022-2024 to counter-terrorism, separatism and extremism.

5. Which countries are the participants in the Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise, a major naval exercise ______ USA, France, Belgium and Japan.
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➢ The Group Arabian Sea Warfare Exercise will see ships from the four countries conduct drills in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman.
➢ Ships involved include the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, as well as the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island.

6. According to a study released by defence website ‘Military Direct’ has the strongest military force in the world ______ China.
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➢ The USA, despite their enormous military budgets, comes in 2nd place with 74 points, followed by Russia with 69, India at 61 and then France with 58. The UK just about makes the Top 10, coming in 9th place with a score of 43.
➢ China has the strongest military in the world, scoring 82 out of 100 points in the index.

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