Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Dec 08, 2015

1)   As per provisional data, India has exported __________ lakh tonnes of iron ore in the first seven months of fiscal 2015-2016.

a. 10.74
b. 10.75
c. 10.76
d. 10.77
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 10.75

India has exported 10.75 lakh tons iron ore in April to October has per provision data released by the Ministry of Steel and mines. Conservation of iron ore resources is also imperative. Close to 74.90 lakh tonnes of iron ore had been exported in FY2014-2015. Currently, ad valorem duty of 30% is levied w.e.f December 12, 2011 on export of all grades of iron ore except low grades carrying duty of more than 10% while iron ore pellets have export duty of 5%.

2)   Which scheme has been launched under which 10 African countries have committed to restore 31 million hectares of degraded and deforested land, under a new push to make 100 million hectares productive again by 2030?

a. AFR200
b. AFR100
c. AFR50
d. AFR300
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


AFR100 scheme launched will be backed by USD 1 billion from WB and additional funds from Germany as well as USD 545 in private sector investment. Forest landscape restoration will result from rise in agricultural yields in rural communities to diversify livelihood. Countries taking part in this scheme include Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Rwanda, Togo and Uganda.Implementing those pledges starting in 2020 would reduce Africa's annual emissions by 36 percent, or 0.25 percent of global emissions, according to the World Resources Institute.

3)   Which country has issued the first ever red alert for smog on 7th December 2015 urging schools to close and invoking restrictions on factories and traffic that will keep half of the city's vehicles off the roads?

a. China
b. Japan
c. India
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The red alert which is the most serious warning on a 4 tier system adopted in recent times was announced on 7th December 2015. Authorities have forecasted more than 3 consecutive days of severe smog. Reading of PM 2.5 rose to 300 micrograms per cubic meter on this day.

4)   APSSDC and which business group have joined hands to skill youth in areas such as cybersecurity and data analytics?

d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) and National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) have joined hands to skill youth in areas like cybersecurity and data analytics. Around 36 institutions across AP will be partnering the initiative and have nominated faculty members for the program. IT security market is pegged at USD 77 billion worldwide in 2015 and growing at a rate of 8% each year. Demand for security workforce is to rise globally to 6 million by 2019, up from 4 million currently, with projected shortfall of 1.5 million.

5)   In a major breakthrough, Columbia Engineering researchers have harnessed the _________ machinery of living systems to power integrated circuits.

a. Molecular
b. Cellular
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Molecular

They worked towards integrating a conventional solid-state complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit with an artificial lipid bilayer membrane containing adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-powered ion pumps.Within living systems, ATP is used to transport energy from where it is generated to where it is consumed in the cell. The innovation has opened the door for new artificial systems containing biological and solid state components.

6)   NIIT has entered into an educational partnership with which IT major on 7th December 2015?

a. HP
b. Infosys
c. Wipro
d. TCS
Answer  Explanation 


They have entered into strategic partnership to offer 'Post Graduate Certificate Program' in software testing that enable learners to apply key testing skills and practices using HP tools. Software apps, especially on cloud serve numerous end users. As per NASSCOM, the software testing outsourcing market is expected to grow from $30 billion in 2010 to $50 billion in 2020 worldwide and India is expected to be the biggest gainers.

7)   IDFC has inked a pact with which IT services major for core banking solutions on 7th December 2015?

a. TCS
b. Infosys
c. Cognizant
d. HP
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


IDFC Bank has inked a pact with IT services major Tata Consultancy Services to use TCS BaNCS for its core banking solutions. Around 23 branches will be powered by this core banking solution. TCS has deployed more than 300 similar projects across the globe.