Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Feb 21, 2016

1)   Government will map 1.5 lakh bridges through an integrated IBMS system. What does IBMS stand for?

a. Integrated Bridge Management System
b. Indian Bridge Management System
c. India Bridge Management System
d. Integrated Boat Management System
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Integrated Bridge Management System

GoI will be mapping 1.5 lakh bridges through an integrated system called IBMS. This stands for Integrated Bridge Management System. When completely operational, it will be the largest such system across the globe. Around 46,645 bridges have been digitally mapped by Germany. IBMS has mapped close to 50,000 bridges and culverts numbering 1.5 lakh in the nation. System that is an initiative under the Make in India drive will have smallest details of culverts and bridges and address safety as well as security concerns. IDEC Engineers have been appointed as project consultant for this and the system will contain data such as national identity number, latitude and longitude classifications and SES.

2)   Who has authored the best selling historical novel “The Name of the Rose”?

a. Umberto Mazzini
b. Umberto Verdici
c. Umberto Eco
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Umberto Eco

Italian author Umberto Eco who was known for his famous and best selling historical novel “The Name of the Rose” passed away on 19th February 2016. He had authored a wide range of books and was famous for penning medieval thriller “The Name of the Rose” which was made into a Sean Connery movie. Born in 1932 at a town east of Turin, Alessandria, he received a philosophy degree from the University of Turin in the 1950s. He was the first processor of semiotics at University of Bologna at 1971. He also lectured and studied at top institutions like Oxford and Columbia. 23 institutions have awarded him honorary degrees by the year 2000. Recent works by the late author include “From the Tree to the Labyrinth” and “Turning Back the Clock”.

3)   Which famous Odia singer who was conferred with Odisha State Film Award for best playback singer twice has passed away in New Delhi on 20th February?

a. Barun Mishra
b. Krishna Behuria
c. Shakti Mishra
d. Bhubaneswari Mishra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bhubaneswari Mishra

Well known Odia singer Bhubaneswari Mishra has died in New Delhi following a cardiac arrest at 67. She was popular as a classical and playback singer both. She began her career with the song
Tiki Mora Naa Ti’ for the mythological Odia movie Krushna Sudama in the 1970s. Mishra was also conferred with the Odisha State Film Award for best female playback singer for two years in 1979 and 1980.

4)   Who has attained the fastest Test century to break a record previously held by Viv Richards and Misbah Ul Haq?

a. MS Dhoni
b. Virat Kohli
c. Shane Warne
d. Brendon McCullum
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum has blasted the fastest Test century, a 54 ball effort which broke a record help by Misbah Ul Haq and Vivian Richards, in his 101st (final) Test match. McCullum’s efforts were two balls higher than the previous 56 ball century scored by Richards and equalled by Misbah Ul Haq.

5)   Who has been appointed as the IMF MD for a second 5 year term?

a. Janet Yellan
b. Hillary Clinton
c. Christine Lagarde
d. Angela Merkel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde has been re appointed as the IMF MD for the second 5 year term after an uncontested election. 60 year old Lagarde will serve as a IMF MD for another 5 year term beginning July 5th, 2016. Board’s decision was taken by consensus. Lagarde replaced Dominique Strauss Kahn. Prior to her IMF appointment, she worked as a well known anti trust and labour lawyer.

6)   Who has been named as the new chairman of the Empowered Committee of State FMs on GST?

a. Sumesh Mitra
b. Amit Mitra
c. Prodipto Mitra
d. K. M. Mani
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Amit Mitra

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra was named the new chairman of the Empowered Committee of State FMs on GST to succeed Kerala FM K.M. Mani who resigned in November over corruption charges. Mitra has been Secretary General of FICCI before joining TMC in WB and becoming a political leader in 2011.

7)   JAXA has launched astronomy satellite ASTRO-H from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. What does JAXA stand for?

a. Japanese Aerospace Examination Agency
b. Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency
c. Japanese Aerial Exploration Agency
d. Japanese Aviation Exploration AgencyASTRO-H Mission launched by JAXA
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency

Japanese Aerospace Examination Agency has launched the ASTRO-H satellite onboard the H-IIA rocket known previously as NeXT or New X Ray Telescope. Mission involved a 2700 kg satellite equipped with 4 telescopes and a total of six detectors. It can study hard as well as soft x rays and gamma rays. Astronomy mission has been launched for studying x-rays from black holes and galaxy clusters. JAXA has partnered NASA, ESA, Canadian Space Agency, Netherlands Institute for Space Research and Japanese, European and US universities for this initiative.

8)   Fiji is experiencing a ferocious cyclone in February 2016. What is its name?

a. William
b. Winston
c. Wilhelm
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Winston

This cyclone tore through the Pacific Island chain prompting a national curfew and month long state of disaster. Speeds from the cyclone were estimated at 177 miles per hour and cyclone was tracked across northern coast of main island, Viti Levu. Though not directly in the cyclone’s path. Fiji’s capital Suva was experiencing high winds. Government has also declared a state of national disaster for 30 full days.

9)   Which Pluto moon has a subsurface ocean frozen long ago and expanding the surface of the natural satellite causing massive fractures?

a. Nix
b. Hydra
c. Styx
d. Charon
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Charon

Pluto’s largest moon Charon had a subsurface ocean frozen long ago and expanded, pushing the surface of the natural satellite and stretching it, causing massive fractures. Side of Pluto’s moon is viewed by New Horizon and has a system of pull apart tectonic faults expressed as ridges, scarps and valleys reaching more than 6.5 km deep. Outer layer of Charon is water ice whereby the layer was kept warm when Charon was young by heat generated by radioactive elements decay as well as the own internal heat formation of Charon. Scientists have opined that Charon could have enough warmth to cause water ice to melt, creating a subsurface ocean. As Charon cooled over time, ocean will be freezing and expanding lifting the outermost layers of the moon and creating a massive chasm.

10)   Aditya Birla Nuvo has incorpoated a new JV called Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd with which company?

a. Vodafone
b. Bharti Airtel
c. Idea Cellular
d. Aircel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Idea Cellular

Aditya Birla Nuvo, one of 11 entities receiving in principle approvals for setting up a payments bank from RBI has incorporated a new subsidiary for the same purpose. The 51:49 JV between Aditya Birla Nuvo and Idea Cellular is called Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd. Aditya Birla Nuvo owns 23.26% in Idea Cellular which is its telecom subsidiary.

What is a payments bank?

As per RBI norms, payment bank can accept deposits equalling INR 1 lakh from individual customers as well as issue ATM and debit cards and offer payment and remittance services besides acting as distributor of simple financial products. Payment banks cannot carry out lending activities. Mobile telephone companies are specifically mentioned as existing business entities which can apply to set up payments banks.

11)   How many agreements have been signed between India and Nepal following the visit of Nepali PM KP Sharma Oli to New Delhi in the 2nd week of February 2016?

a. 6
b. 7
c. 8
d. 9
Answer  Explanation 


Apart from the MoUs, the prime ministers of the two countries inaugurated the power transmission from Muzaffarpur (India) to Dhalkebar (Nepal). Other list of agreements include the following:

  • MoU on utilization of US$ 250 million Grant component of GOI’s Assistance package for Post-earthquake reconstruction assistance
  • MoU on strengthening of road infrastructure in the Terai area of Nepal
  • MoU between Nepal Academy of Music and Drama and Sangeet Natak Academy
  • Letters of Exchange on Transit Routes
  • Letters of Exchange on Rail Transport
  • Inauguration of Muzaffarpur-Dhalkebar transmission line
  • Establishment of Eminent Persons Group (EPG)

12)   Special Status will be given to which EU nation?

a. Germany
b. Italy
c. Spain
d. UK
Answer  Explanation 


David Cameron has announced that deal has been reached to give UK special status in the EU. Deal gives Britain special status within the EU and provides impetus for tough new restrictions on access to UK welfare system for EU migrants. The new deal also provides a 7 year emergency stoppage of in work benefits for EU migrant workers and cuts in child benefit for children residing overseas.

13)   Dr. Harsh Vardhan has just released the system/s for the detection of adulteration and analysis of Milk developed by CSRI-CEERI. What is it/are they called?

a. Ksheer Scanner
b. Ksheer Analyser
c. Ksheer Tester
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

The Central Electronics Engineering Research Institute has developed a technology called Ksheer Scanner for tackling health hazards due to milk adulteration. India ranks number 1 for milk production and contributes a total of 18% of the world’s milk. It is estimated that 60% of this milk is contained. Ksheer Scanner detects the above identified adulterants in milk and is a low cost portable system with user friendly features. It can detect contaminants in a given sample in just 45 seconds at the cost of 50p. Apart from this CSIR-CEERI has also developed the Ksheer Analyser, Ksheer Tester and Ksheer Scanner Plus.

14)   Which two NE states celebrated their Statehood Day on 20th February?

a. Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram
b. Assam, Sikkim
c. Meghalaya, Nagaland
d. Mizoram, Manipur
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram

Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram on their statehood day i.e 20th February 2016. Arunachal Pradesh known as the Land of the Rising Sun has celebrated what is its 27th statehood day, having been formed in 1986-1987. Mizoram is the other NE state which celebrated statehood on this day as well.

15)   What are other names for Pangolins?

a. Anteaters
b. Trenggling
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Both of the above

Pangolins are also known as anteaters or trenggling and are in danger of extinction due to illegal trade and poaching. A division of WWF India, TRAFFIC India, stressed on the eve of World Pangolin Day that one needs to save these creatures facing extinction in India. 2 of 8 species of Pangolin ( 4 in Asia and Africa each) are from India namely Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata and Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla. Pangolins are the world’s most trafficked animal and conservation groups from across the world are trying to save this burrowing mammal.