Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Aug 06, 2016

1)   Private sector lender IDFC Bank has appointed whom on its board as independent director?

a. Anand Sinha
b. R. Gandhi
c. H. Khan
d. Vinod Rai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anand Sinha

Private sector lender IDFC Bank has appointed former RBI Deputy Governor Anand Sinha on its board as independent director, according to the lender on 5th August 2016.

  • Sinha will replace former CAG Vinod Rai appointed w.e.f August 1, 2016.
  • Rai was appointed chairman of the Banks Board Bureau as well so resigned as director of IDFC Bank to prevent conflict of interest.
  • He was a nominee director representing the IDFC Ltd on the board of IDFC Bank.
  • IDFC has also received approvals from RBI to start operations as a universal bank on April 2014.
  • Following this, the erstwhile infrastructure financier’s loans were transferred to IDFC Bank.
  • IDFC Bank commenced operations from October 2015.
  • Rai was appointed as BBB Chairman by the government on 28th February 2016 and Sinha joined the RBI in July 1976.

2)   Who has sworn in as deputy CM of Gujarat on 7th August, 2016?

a. Vijay Rupani
b. Nitin Patel
c. Anandiben Patel
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Nitin Patel

Vijay Rupani will take over as the new CM of Gujarat while Nitin Patel will be the deputy CM of Gujarat. Oath taking ceremony took place on 7th August 2016.

  • Rupani was picked for the state’s top job by party MLAs.
  • The meeting saw the participation of BJP President Amit Shah and senior leader Nitin Gadkari.
  • Vijay Rupani was the state president of BJP and minister for transport, water supply, labour and employment in Anandiben’s cabinet.
  • He was elected for the first time in 2014 winning the Rajkot West seat.

3)   How many patients are there in the country for one doctor, according to minister of state for health?

a. 894
b. 895
c. 893
d. 896
Answer  Explanation 


There is one doctor for every 893 patients in the country, if allopathic doctors and those practicing Ayurveda, Unani and Homoepathy streams are considered together, as per LS announcement.

  • Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste indicated there were 9.59 lakh registered allopathic doctors in the country and 6.77 lakh Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy doctors.
  • With 80 percent availability of doctors, it is estimated that close to 7.67 lakh (allopathic) doctors may be actually available for service.
  • This gives a doctor to population ratio of 1:1681.
  • In case allopathic and AUH streams are considered together, it gives a doctor population ratio of 1:893.
  • As per the Indian Medical Council Act 1956, only practitioners enrolled in state medical register can practice medicine.

4)   Which government has been seized by a fierce debate #PalletsOfCash?

a. UK
b. US
c. EU
d. German
Answer  Explanation 


Fierce debate has been initiated about #PalletsOfCash delivered to Iran on an unmarked cargo plane

  • US government in January sent USD 1.7 billion to Iran to settle a decades old financial disputes over an arms deal.
  • Payment was announced on the same day that the nuclear deal with Iran was completed and Tehran released 4 detained Americans.
  • Republicans called a payment a ransom for a rogue state.

5)   Who has been named the Prime Minister of Tunisia on 3rd August 2016?

a. Beji Caid Essebsi
b. Habib Essid
c. Youssef Chahed
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Youssef Chahed

Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi on 3rd August 2016 named Youssef Chahed as the PM of the nation

  • Chahed’s appointment followed the ousting of Habib Essid in a vote of no confidence due to the way he handled economic reforms and security.
  • Chahed was earlier minister for local affairs of Tunisia and agricultural sciences specialist and academic who has taught in France and Tunisia.
  • Youssef Chahed was initially a professor and part of the Nidaa Tounes secular party. Nidaa Tounes and Islamist Ennahda party formed part of the ruling coalition.

6)   DK Gayen on August 4, 2016 assumed charge of GM of which railway?

a. Central Railway
b. Eastern Railway
c. Central Easy Railway
d. East Central Railway
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: East Central Railway

DK Gayen was on 4th August 2016 assumed charge of General Manager of East Central Railway headquartered in Hajipur, Bihar.

  • Gayen succeeded Rajeev Mishra, GM of Eastern Railways who has holding additional charge of ECR.
  • Gayen is a 1979 batch Indian Railway Services for Mechanical Engineers officer and earlier worked as Chief Mechanical Engineer of South Eastern Railway at Kolkata.
  • ECR or East Central Railway is one of the 16 railway zones in India and is headquartered at Hajipur apart from 5 divisions- Danapur, Dhanbad, Mughalsarai, Sonepur and Samastipur.

7)   International Olympic Committee on 3rd August 2016 added how many new sports for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?

a. 4
b. 5
c. 6
d. 7
Answer  Explanation 


International Olympic Committee on 3rd August 2016 added 5 new sports to the programme for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

  • Sports to be added will be basketball, softball, karate, skateboard, climbing sports and surfing in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • Decision was taken by the 129th IOC session held in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Games proposed the new sports in response to the new flexibility provided by Olympic Agenda 2020.
  • Tokyo 2020, the first Organising Committee also took advantage of this charge.
  • Inclusion of new sports will add 18 events and 474 athletes.

8)   Noted sports promoter and founder chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, ________ was elected an individual member of the IOC on 4th August 2016.

a. Nita Ambani
b. Mukesh Ambani
c. Anil Ambani
d. Tina Ambani
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Nita Ambani

Noted sports promoter and founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation, Nita Ambani was elected as an individual member of the International Olympic Committee on 4th August 2016

  • She was elected by IOC members at the 129th session of the world body in Rio de Janeiro.
  • She became the first Indian woman to join the prestigious body governing the Olympic sports in the world.
  • Nita is the owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team franchise and founder of Indian Super League Football tournament.
  • Sir Dorabji Tata was the first person to represent India in the IOC.
  • Raja Randhir Singh is currently an honorary member after serving the body from 2000-2014.
  • Apart from Nita, 7 IOC members were elected at the 129th IOC Session ahead of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 namely:

  • 1. Sari Essayah
    2. Ivo Ferriani
    3. Luis Moreno
    4. Auvita Rapilla
    5. Anant Singh
    6. Tricia Smith
    7. Karl Stoss

  • Besides this, two vice presidents were also elected on the executive board namely Juan Antonio Samaranch and Ugur Edener.

9)   In the first expansion of the cabinet, AP CM Pema Khandu expanded his cabinet by including how many ministers?

a. 11
b. 13
c. 12
d. 10
Answer  Explanation 


In the first expansion of the cabinet, the CM of the State of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu expanded his cabinet by including 10 ministers including former speaker Nabam Rebia

  • Governor Tathagata Roy administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed ministers.
  • The newly-inducted ministers are Tanga Byaling, Rajesh Tacho, Nabam Rebia, Honchun Ngandam, Wangki Lowang, Kamlung Mossang, Tapang Taloh, Kumar Waii, Takam Pario and Jomde Kena.
  • Khandu is the CM of the NE state while Chowna Mein is the Deputy CM.

10)   Ministry of Communications unveiled a Commemorative Postage Stamp for which games?

a. Asian Games
b. Rio Olympic Games
c. London Olympic Games
d. Tokyo Olympic Games
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rio Olympic Games

Ministry of Communication launched the commemorative postage stamps on Rio Olympic Games saying that the unique initiative will motivate Indian athletes and sportspersons

  • Issuing stamps on wrestling, badminton, shooting and boxing the Department of Post has hoped to rekindle the spirit of patriotism.
  • Record number of players are participating from India in the Rio Games this year.

11)   Which nation celebrated its National Day on August 6, 2016?

a. Bolivia
b. Belgium
c. Bahamas
d. Brazil
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bolivia

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee extended greetings and felicitations government and people of Plurinational Republic of Bolivia on the eve of their National Day (August 6, 2016)

  • The current president of the Republic of Bolivia is Juan Evo Morales Ayma.
  • The two countries share warm bilateral ties.

12)   Which nation celebrated its National Day on August 7, 2016?

a. Republic of Tanzania
b. Republic of Cote d’Ivoire
c. Republic of Ghana
d. Republic of Madagascar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Republic of Cote d’Ivoire

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee extended greetings to the government and people of Republic of Cote d’Ivoire on their national day.

  • Their national day is held on August 8, 2016.
  • The current president of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire was Alassane Ouattara.
  • President Mukherjee visited the nation on a State visit in 2016.

13)   Where will the National Defence University be set up in New Delhi/NCR?

a. Udyog Vihar
b. IFFCO Chowk
c. Manesar
d. Begumpur
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Manesar

The National Defence University, first conceived in 1967 was later recommended by the Kargil Review Committee and GoM in 2000

  • Land for setting up the Defence University was acquired at Manesar in Gurgaon district in 2012.
  • INDU or Indian National Defence University will soon be established; the draft Indian National University Bill 2015 is going online on portal and MoD website for six weeks for public consultations.
  • Bill aims to establish a world class autonomous institute of National Importance under Ministry of Defence.

14)   For Independence Day, army will be conducting Know Your Army Mela with what theme?

a. Indian Army: Know Our Might
b. Indian Army: Strength and Might
c. Indian Army: Courage and Might
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Indian Army: Know Our Might

As part of the Independence Day celebrations, Indian army will be conducting “Know Your Army Mela” based on the theme Indian Army: Know Our Might

  • The mela will be held from 12-13 August 2016 at Central Vehicle Depot, Delhi Cantonment from 9 in the morning to 5 in the evening.
  • General public will be able to see military equipment, demonstrations and screening of motivational movies.

15)   Marking Curiosity Rovers 4th anniversary since landing on Mars, NASA has launched a new mobile game called _________.

a. Mars Craft
b. Mars Rover
c. Red Planet Rover
d. Red Planet Craft
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mars Rover

To mark Curiosity Rover’s 4th anniversary since landing on Mars, NASA has launched a mobile game called Mars Rover where users can explore the terrain of the planet while balancing the rover and going through Mars.

  • In the previous four years, Curiosity has returned more than 128,000 images and fired its laser more than 362,000 times.
  • Curiosity landed inside the Mars Gale Crater on August 6, 2012.
  • The rover examined the ancient habitable environment of the Red Planet.

16)   Three Dhanush guns have been added to the Indian Army in June 2016. It has a ______ range than BOFORS Gun.

a. Lower
b. Same
c. Higher
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Higher


  • Three Dhanush guns have been added to the Indian Army in June 2016 for use. Special features of Dhanush guns include 8 km more range than BOFORS Gun, modified double baffle muzzle brake and modified loading trough to accommodate Bi Modular Charge System
  • Electronic Suite will include Enhanced Tactical Computer, Inertial Navigation System, Muzzle Velocity Radar and Automatic Gun Sighting System for enhanced accuracy and auto laying of the gun.