Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Feb 16, 2016

1)   DoT has permitted the sharing of active telecom infrastructure. What does this type of infrastructure include?

a. Feeder cable
b. Antenna
c. Transmission Systems
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Department of Telecom has permitted sharing of active infrastructure such as transmission systems, feeder cable and antenna allowing TSP to attain lower costs and lead to faster rollout of networks. Earlier, only passive infrastructure such as towers were permitted to be shared. Active infrastructure will be restricted to antenna, feeder cable, radio access network, Node B and transmission system only.

2)   Which company has appointed Rajesh Rudraradhya as the VP and Head of Engineering?

a. Nike
b. Hike
c. Spike
d. Strike
Answer  Explanation 


India based Hike Messenger has indicated that Rajesh Rudraradhya has been appointed as vice president and head of engineering. He spent 15 years in Silicon Valley and has previously worked for HP and Google. He has also worked with Motorola. He will report to Hike CEO and Founder Kavin Bharti Mittal and help scale up engineering team and product development.

3)   Which film on conservation won the Golden Beaver Best Film Award in the institutional category at the 6th National Science Film Festival and Competition in Mumbai?

a. Nagaland is changing, However…
b. Nagaland is changing, Alas…
c. Nagaland is changing, But…
d. Mizoram is changing, But…
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Nagaland is changing, But…

Film has received technical excellence award for best sound design at a Vigyan Prasar festival announced by DST. The director of this movie produced by the Nagaland State Forest Department in 2015 is Gurmeet Sapal. Film was made in technical partnership with New Delhi’s TERI.

4)   What does IndIGO stand for?

a. Indian Initiative in Gravitational Wave Observations
b. International Initiative in Gravitational Wave Observations
c. Independent Initiative in Gravitational Wave Observations
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Indian Initiative in Gravitational Wave Observations

Ever since the detection of gravitational waves since their prediction in 1916 by Albert Einstein, IndIGO has been in news. This Indian Initiative in Gravitational Wave Observation has been set up for providing India the ability to excel in gravitational wave astronomy. This is one of the largest scientific projects of independent India. The waves were detected using the facilities at the existing three LIGO detectors that are located in Livingston, Louisiana and Hanford, Washington of the USA. The prime project under IndIGO is the LIGO India or Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory India.

5)   Which renowned Indologist has won the prestigious Israel Prize for his breakthrough studies in fields like religion and philosophy?

a. Shaul Shaked
b. David Shulman
c. Axel Michaels
d. Rajiv Malhotra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: David Shulman

Education Minister N. Bennet announced that prize committee headed by professor Shaul Shaked had selected internationally renowned expert David Shulman as the winner of the Israel Prize this year. Shulman is also well versed in numerous Indian languages such as Tamil and Sanskrit. The 67 year old is also known for his leftist leanings. The Israel Prize has been given to the professor for his research into the literature and culture of southern India. Israel Prize is considered the highest honour of the country and it is presented on their Independence Day each year.

6)   Which ex Israeli PM became the first to be jailed?

a. Ariel Sharon
b. Ehud Olmert
c. Ehud Barak
d. Benjamin Netanyahu
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ehud Olmert

Israeli former PM Ehud Olmert has started serving a 19 month prison sentence for bribery as well as justice obstruction. He is the first Israeli premier to be imprisoned and capping a years-long legal saga that forced him to resign in 2009 amid the last serious round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Olmert was convicted in March 2014.

7)   Who has been given extension as SEBI Chairman till March 2017?

a. Arundhati Bhattacharya
b. Raghuram Rajan
c. UK Sinha
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


UK Sinha will remain the SEBI chairman till March 2017 with the government on 15th February extending his term by a single year. Sinha’s current term was to end on February 17th. His extension was approved by the Cabinet Appointments Committee headed by Indian PM Narendra Modi. SEBI has implemented numerous capital market reforms during Sinha’s turn as SEBI Chairman.

8)   Where has Jharkhand’s first Mega Food Park been established?

a. Ranchi
b. Dumka
c. Bokaro
d. Dhanbad
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ranchi

In order to give an impetus to Food Processing Sector in Jharkhand, the first Mega Food Park in the State promoted by M/s. Jharkhand Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. at Village Getalsud, District Ranchi has been set up. It was inaugurated by Minister Harsmirat Kaur Badal who informed the Mega Food Park has been set up with the project cost of Rs. 114.73 crore in an area of 51.50 Acres. The park will have facilities of Multi Chamber Cold Storage, Dry Warehouse, Vegetable Dehydration Line, modern Quality Control& Testing Laboratory and other processing facilities for fruits & vegetables. It will provide direct and indirect employment to about 6000 people and benefit about 25,000-30,000 farmers within its catchment area.

9)   Who has been appointed as the new VC of DU?

a. Yogesh Kumar Tyagi
b. Rameshwar Nath Kaul Bamezai
c. Hemchand Gupta
d. Bidyut Chakraborty
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Yogesh Kumar Tyagi

South Asian University professor Yogesh Kumar Tyagi has been appointed as the new Vice Chancellor of DU following his selection by Indian president Shri Pranab Mukherjee from a panel of 4 persons. Apart from law professor Tyagi, other names in the panel included JNU professor Rameshwar Nath Kaul Bamezai, former IIT professor and UPSC member Hemchand Gupta and Bidyut Chakraborty, a professor in the DU political science department.

10)   Dr. Villas Tonapi has been appointed director of IIMR. What does IIMR stand for?

a. Indian Institute of Meteorological Research
b. Indian Institute of Musical Research
c. Indian Institute of Manufacturing Research
d. Indian Institute of Millets Research.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Indian Institute of Millets Research.

Dr Villas A Tonapi has been appointed as the Director of Indian Institute of Millets Research/IIMR at Rajendranagar. Currently, he is Principal Scientist at Seed and Technology Centre of IIMR. He earlier served as the Head of the Division of Seed Science and Technology at IARI. Holding a PhD from Tamil Nadu Agriculture University and post doctorate from University of Queensland Australia, with over 50 published papers to his credit.

11)   Which country celebrated its National Day on February 16, 2016?

a. Slovenia
b. Siberia
c. Tanzania
d. Lithuania
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Lithuania

President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended greetings and felicitations to Government and Republic of Lithuania on the eve of their national day on February 16, 2016. The President of the Republic of Lithuania is Her Excellency Ms. Dalia Grybauskaite. Recently, a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in Lithuania. Both countries share close links.