Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Feb 13, 2016

1)   Who have been chosen as the EY Entrepreneur of 2015?

a. Sachin and Binny Bansal
b. Vinita and Nilesh Gupta
c. Ajay and Swati Piramal
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Vinita and Nilesh Gupta


  • Vinita Gupta, CEO and Nilesh Gupta MD Lupin Ltd have been selected as EY Entrepreneurs of the year 2015. Former Vice Chairman, TCS F.C.Kohli won the lifetime achievement award.
  • Other winners include Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, One97 Communications Ltd. (Paytm)for Startups and Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO, Eicher Motors Ltd for business transformation. R. S. Agarwal, Executive Chairman, and R. S. Goenka, Whole-time Director, Emami Ltd won the award in the category of retail and consumer products. Meanwhile, Samir Mehta, Chairman,Torrent Pharma. Ltd won in the category of Life-sciences and Healthcare while
    Ramachandra N. Galla, Chairman, Amara Raja Batteries Ltd (Manufacturing), Krishnakumar Natarajan, CEO and MD, Mindtree Ltd (Services), Chandra Shekhar Ghosh, CMD, Bandhan Financial Services Ltd (Financial Services) and Romesh Sobti, MD and CEO, IndusInd Bank Ltd (Entrepreneurism) were selected as other winners by a 11 member panel led by Adi Godrej.

2)   Who has been named as La Liga’s Player of the Month for January 2016?

a. Diego Godin
b. Alberto Bueno
c. Borja Baston
d. Lionel Messi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has been named as the player of the month for January by La Liga, marking the first time the Barcelona player has received the award. He was recognised for scoring six times in five league games, including key goals at Malaga and at home to Atletico Madrid as Barca took control of the title race. 17 different players have been awarded this honour since it was launched in September 2013.

3)   Which festival will begin on showcasing as well as exploring the cultural heritage of India’s longest river on 14th February 2016?

a. Ganga Sanskriti Yatra
b. Brahmaputra Sanskriti Yatra
c. Mahanadi Sanskriti Yatra
d. Krishna Sanskriti Yatra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ganga Sanskriti Yatra

Ganga Sanskriti Yatra showing the cultural heritage of Ganga will commence at Gangotri on 14th February 2016 at 6:56 am (time of sunrise). Closing ceremony will held in Kapilmuni Ashram, Gangasagar, the summit of Ganga. The yatra aims to spread awareness about cultural diversity and heritage of the Ganga river basin as well as rejuvenation and protection. The festival is being organised from Gangotri to Gangasagar from 14 February to 13 March, 2016 in 262 different venues connecting with over 2.5 crore people. The main aim of the festival is to showcase art forms of Ganga basin deeply associated with the river such as kavi sampan, street plays, dance drama, folk theatre and poster campaigns. Ganga is the longest river in India stretching from Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal with over 400 million people living within the basin. Ganga flows through the following states- Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal under the EZCC.

4)   Inflation has reached a 17 month high recently. To which year has CSO revised the Base Year of the CPI?

a. 2011=100
b. 2010=100
c. 2012=100
d. 2013=100
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2012=100

CSO has revised the Base Year of the CPI from 2010=100 to 2012= 100 w.e.f January 2016. In addition to this, Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI) for all India Rural, Urban and Combined are also being released for January 2016. Inflation rates (on point to point basis i.e. January 2016 over January 2015), based on General Indices and CFPIs are given as follows: General Indices (Provisional) for the month of January 2016 for Rural, Urban and Combined are 128.1, 124.2 and 126.3 respectively. CFPI for Rural, Urban and Combined for the same month are 131.1, 131.0 and 131.1 respectively.

5)   AP government has inked a pact with USTDA for developing which city as a Smart City?

a. Vizag
b. Medak
c. Hyderabad
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


USTDA and the Andhra Pradesh government have inked pact to develop Vizag as a Smart City. The US Trade and Development Agency has inked an agreement with the AP government for developing infrastructure, data systems and communication in Vishakhpatnam for it to become a smart city.

6)   Which beach in Gujarat is set to become India’s first disabled friendly beach?

a. Mandvi Beach
b. Chorwad Beach
c. Somnath Beach
d. Tithal Beach
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tithal Beach

Tithal Beach in Valsad district in Gujarat is set to become India’s first disabled friendly beach in the nation. Preparations are on to leave open a 1 km stretch of the beach by June to have disabled friendly amenities and facilities. Construction on the beach spanning 3 km will be made in two phases for ensuring disabled friendly amenities.

7)   TERI Governing Council has appointed whom as the new chairman?

a. R.K.Pachauri
b. Ashok Chawla
c. Sunita Narain
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ashok Chawla

TERI’s Governing Council of TERI has appointed ex Union Finance Secretary and former CCI chairman Ashok Chawla as its chairman. Council has received criticism from media and women’s rights leaders for elevation of scientist R.K. Pachauri as executive vice chairman following indictment in a sexual harassment case. Recently, students graduating from TERI university in March 2016 have objected to accepting degrees from Pachauri who is the chancellor.

8)   First mega food park has been opened at which district of MP?

a. Khargone
b. Dewas
c. Chambal
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Khargone

To provide the impetus of the food processing sector in MP, first Mega Food Park within the state was set up at Village Panwa, Tehsil Kasarwad, District Khargone. A 2nd Mega Food Park has been sanctioned in the Dewas district of MP. Mega Food Park has been set up with the project cost of Rs.127.70 crore in an area of 53.78 acres. The park will have facilities of 3000 MT Cold Storage, 9000 MT Dry Warehouse, Instant Quick Freeze (IQF) 5 MT per hour, modern Quality Control lab and other processing facilities for fruits and vegetables. The Mega Food Park is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to about 6000 people and benefit about 25,000 to 30,000 farmers in its catchment area.

9)   Quick Estimates of IIP with base 2004-2005 have been calculated for the month of December 2015 using data compiled from how many source agencies?

a. 12
b. 13
c. 14
d. 15
Answer  Explanation 


CSO has released Quick Estimates of IIP or Index of Industrial Production with the base year of 2004-2005 for December 2015 compiled using the following 15 source agencies:

  • Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP);
  • Indian Bureau of Mines;
  • Central Electricity Authority;
  • Joint Plant Committee, Ministry of Steel;
  • Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas;
  • Office of Textile Commissioner;
  • Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals;
  • Directorate of Sugar & Vegetable Oils;
  • Department of Fertilisers;
  • Tea Board; Office of Jute Commissioner;
  • Office of Coal Controller;
  • Railway Board;
  • Office of Salt Commissioner and Coffee Board.
  • General Index for the month of December 2015 was pegged at 183.4 which is 1.3 percent lower as against December 2014. The Indices of Industrial Production for the Mining, Manufacturing and Electricity sectors for the month of December 2015 stand at 137.5, 192.0 and 183.2 respectively, with the corresponding growth rates of 2.9 percent. 10 of 22 industry groups in the manufacturing sector showed negative growth during the month of December 2015.

10)   Which is India’s lightest gun recently launched by state run arms factory?

a. Nirbheek
b. Nidar
c. Bahadur
d. Himmat
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


India’s lightest gun Nidar was recently launched by a state run arms factory. It weighs 250 grams and costs USD 513. Nirbheek is India’s first gun for women and costs INR 122,360 rupees. Nidar is made out of aluminium alloy which ensures it is light yet has strength similar to steel. Both Nirbhaya and Nirbheek are synonyms of Nirbhaya, the India’s press’s name for 23 year old Jyoti Singh, the victim of the December 2012 gangrape.

11)   Facebook India’s MD has just resigned from the post. Who is she/he?

a. Pathman Senathirajah,
b. Kirthiga Reddy
c. Anjana Reddy
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Kirthiga Reddy

Facebook India’s Managing Director Kirthiga Reddy has resigned from her post. She will exit in 6 to 12 months and return to the US. She was the first employee for Facebook in India and has been with the company for six years.

12)   Which lander has been on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko since November 12, 2014?

a. Rossetta
b. Juno
c. Cassini
d. Philae
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Philae

Since Rosetta has lost contact with Philae 7 months ago, it has been balancing science observations with comet landing finale even though the lander has remained quiet since July 2015. Insufficient light falling on Philae’s new home for charging its second battery is the reason this lander has fallen into hibernation.