Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Jan 13, 2016

1)   Which actor has been conferred with the honourable Cecil B DeMille award honouring contributions to the entertainment world at the 2016 Golden Globes?

a. Robin Williams
b. Tom Hanks
c. Denzel Washington
d. Harrison Ford
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ANSWER: Denzel Washington

American actor Denzel Washington has been conferred with the honourable Cecil B. DeMille award that honours extraordinary contributions in the field of the entertainment world. This is the 2016 Golden Globes award ceremony. The 61 year old actor, philanthropist, director and producer is remembered for his work in movies like the Pelican Brief and Malcolm X.

2)   Which Russian grandmaster has died of a suspected stroke on 12th January 2015?

a. Gary Kasparov
b. Ivan Bukavshin
c. Vladmir Kramnik
d. Lev Arburt
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ANSWER: Ivan Bukavshin

Russia’s 20 year old chess master Ivan Bukavshin has died of a suspected stoke on 12th January 2016, according to Russian Chess Federation. Bukavshin has been the grandmaster in 2011 and has won the Russian Cup the previous year.

3)   Who died recently was the first woman to compete in which world championship?

a. Formula One Grand Prix
b. Spanish Grand Prix
c. Italian Grand Prix
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Formula One Grand Prix

Maria Teresa de Filippis, first woman to compete in the world championship Formula One grand prix, has passed away at the age of 89. Italian started three grand prix races in a privately entered Maserati 250F has finished in the best place of the 10th in Spa-Francorchamps in 1958. De Filippis founded the Maserati Club and was the president of the former drivers’ association.

4)   India’s public research institutions have developed a low eruct acid mustard variety called by which name?

a. Pusa Mustard-30
b. Pusa Mustard-40
c. Pusa Mustard-50
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Pusa Mustard-30

Indian public research institutions - Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Indian Agricultural Research Institute have developed a low erucic acid mustard variety namely Pusa Mustard-30, PM-30 will not only benefit health but increase productivity. As compared to the normal mustard varieties which possess more than 40% of the harmful erucic acid , PM-30 possesses close to 2% of the erucic acid using conventional breeding method. This is the first of its kind effort under ICAR-IARI as per the PPP mode for launching indigenously developed health value product with improved oil quality.

5)   On which important date has National Youth Day been celebrated?

a. Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda
b. Birth anniversary of Ramakrishna Paramhansa
c. Birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

National Youth Day was celebrated on the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Several sensitisation and other initiatives were launched.

6)   Which first vascular surgery was performed in India recently by doctors?

a. Vascular surgery within the kidney
b. Vascular surgery within the pancreas
c. Vascular surgery within the womb
d. Vascular surgery within the throat
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ANSWER: Vascular surgery within the womb

Country’s first vascular surgery within the womb was performed by doctors at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science department of maternal and reproductive health. Doctors blocked the blood supply for giant tumor over the placenta that caused anaemia in the baby apart from enlarging her heart. Head, maternal and reproductive department has discussed this method called percutaneous embolization of a giant placental chorioangioma. The case relates to a seven month pregnant woman named Vandana whose belly was bigger than expected. The process was done over a 4 mm spot for 15 seconds to deal with the problem.

7)   BHEL commissioned a 520 MW coal based thermal power unit in which state?

a. Andhra Pradesh
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Maharashtra
d. Uttar Pradesh
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ANSWER: Andhra Pradesh

State run Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited has commissioned a 520 MW coal based thermal power in Andhra Pradesh. Unit has been commissioned on the Vizag Thermal Power Project of the Hinduja National Power Company Limited, Vishakapatnam. The thermal power project is being executed by BHEL on engineering, procurement, and construction basis. Project was severely impacted by the Hudhud cyclone in 2014 which is under construction.

8)   International Cricket Council has announced a partnership with which leading international provider of money transfer series?

a. CashGram
b. MoneyLimited
c. MoneyGram
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: MoneyGram

International Cricket Council announced a partnership with MoneyGram International, a leading provider of money transfer services as the event partner in the 8 year deal from 2016-2023. ICC and MoneyGram have recently completed a partnership of 5 years. This began with the ICC World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 and concluded with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. In the present 8 year cycle, alliance reaches greater heights as ICC will stage close to 17 tournaments. This includes 6 majors- two ICC World Twenty20 tournaments, two editions of the ICC Champions Trophy and two ICC Cricket World Cups.

9)   Ministry of WCD has tied up with which e-commerce website to launch a brand called “Women of India”?

a. eBay
b. Jabong
c. Snapdeal
d. Myntra
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Providing lady entrepreneurs an international platform for products, GoI has tied up with e-commerce website eBay. WCD plans to launch a brand called “Women of India” for online promotion of goods made by lady entrepreneurs. eBay has made the marketing of products in concessional rates possible and an MoU will be signed next month. As per this initiative, women will be trained in pricing and design for opening e-shops on e-Bay.

10)   SC has banned which festival in Tamil Nadu?

a. Jallikattu
b. Onam
c. Pongal
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Jallikattu

NDA government on January 7th had issued a notice asking the allowance of Jallikattu and bullock cart racing in Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and TN. Ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK in TN have welcomed the move that has lifted the ban but SC has now enforced the ann on Jallikattu and bullock cart racing, two harvest season traditional sports. These festivals have not been celebrated for the past 4 years.

11)   Apex court has made the suggestion for the first time for which punishment for child rapists?

a. Capital punishment
b. Chemical castration
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Chemical castration

Stating child rape cases are "atrocious, inconceivable and cruel crimes", the Supreme Court on 11th January favoured tougher punishment for offenders but said it was for Parliament to consider harsher measures, including chemical castration.SC Women Lawyers Association send a plea asking for chemical castration of child rapists to which the bench responded with unequivocal stand on harsher punishment. Chemical castration involves the administration of antiandrogen drugs which reduce sex drive, compulsive sexual fantasies and capacity for sexual arousal. Bench also indicated that rape of toddlers or girls between the ages of 2 to 10 stood at different footing than rape of minor girls and separate provision needs to be made by the Parliament to deal with child rape cases.

12)   India’s IIP for November contracted how much while CPI for December rose to 5.6%?

a. 3.1%
b. 3.2%
c. 3.3%
d. 3.4%
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ANSWER: 3.2%

India’s Index of Industrial Production for the month of November has fallen by 3.2% as against 9.8% in October while CPI has risen for the month of December to 5.6% compared to 5.41 percent for November. As per the CNBC TV 18 poll, CPI has come to around 5.5% while consensus was expecting IIP to come down to levels of 1.8 to 2 percent.