Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Jan 26 & 27, 2016

1)   J. K. Rowling is the latest author to receive the PEN/ALLEN Foundation Literary Service Award. Who are some of the other winners of this award?

a. Toni Morrison
b. Salman Rushdie
c. Tim Stoppard
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has received the PEN ALLEN Foundation Literary Service Award. She will be receiving the award at the May 16th literary and human rights group annual spring gala. Previous winners of this award include Tim Stoppard, Salman Rushdie and Toni Morrison. PEN has awarded the honour to Rowling for free expression and her two charitable trusts Volant and Lumos. PEN will also honour CEO Michael Pietsch of Hachette Book Group, a US publisher of Rowling’s detective novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

2)   January 26 is celebrated as an important day for :

a. Australia
b. India
c. Statehood Day of Himachal Pradesh
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended greetings to people of Australia on the eve of their National Day which is January 26, 2016. PM Narendra Modi also greeted the people of India on National Voter’s Day and Republic Day, both of which fell on this day. Himachal Pradesh’s Statehood Day was also celebrated on this day.

3)   Padma Awards have been conferred each year in which categories?

a. Padma Shri
b. Padma Bhushan
c. Padma Vibhushan
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Padma Awards is one of the highest civilian awards of the nation. It has been conferred in three categories- Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri on 26th January 2016.
Padma Vibhushan Awardees

  • Ms. Yamini Krishnamurthi- Art- Classical dance
  • Shri Rajinikanth- Art-Cinema
  • Smt. Girija Devi- Art-Classical Vocal
  • Shri Ramoji Rao- Literature & Education-Journalism
  • Dr. Viswanathan Shanta- Medicine- Oncology
  • Shri Shri Ravi Shankar- Others-Spiritualism
  • Shri Jagmohan- Public Affairs
  • Dr.Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre- Science & Engineering
  • Shri Avinash Dixit- Literature & Education
  • Late Shri Dhiru Bhai Ambani (Posthumous)-Trade & Industry
Padma Bhushan
  • Shri Anupam Kher- Art-Cinema
  • Shri Udit Narayan Jha- Art-Playback Singing
  • Shri Ram V. Sutar- Art-Sculpture
  • Shri Heisnam Kanhailal- Art-Theatre
  • Shri Vinod Rai- Civil Service
  • Dr. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad- Literature & Education
  • Prof. N. S. Ramanuja Tatacharya- Literature & Education
  • Dr. Barjinder Singh Hamdard- Literature & Education - Journalism
  • Prof. D. Nageshwar Reddy- Medicine-Gastroenterology
  • Swami Tejomayananda- Other-Spiritualism
  • Shri Hafeez Contractor- Others-Architecture
  • Shri Ravindra Chandra Bhargava- Public Affairs
  • Dr.Venkata Rama Rao Alla- Science & Engineering
  • Ms. Saina Nehwal- Sports-Badminton
  • Ms. Sania Mirza-Sports-Tennis
  • Ms. Indu Jain- Trade & Industry
  • Late Swami Dayanand Sarawasati (Posthumous)- Others-Spiritualism
  • Shri Robert Black- Public Affairs
  • Shri Pallonji Shapoorji Mistry (NRI/PIO)- Trade & Industry
Padma Shri
  • Smt. Prathibha Prahlad-Art- Classical Dance
  • Shri Bhikhudan Gadhvi- Art- Folk Music
  • Shri Sribhas Chandra Supakar- Art- Textile Designing
  • Shri Ajay Devgan- Art-Cinema
  • Ms. Priyanka Chopra- Art-Cinema
  • Pt. Tulsidas Borkar- Art-Classical Music
  • Soma Ghosh- Art-Classical Vocal
  • Shri Nila Madhab Panda- Art-Film Direction and Production
  • Shri S.S. Rajamouli- Art-Film Direction and Production
  • Shri Madhur Bhandarkar- Art-Film Direction and Production
  • Prof. M. Venkatesh Kumar- Art-Folk Artist
  • Ms. Gulabi Sapera- Art-Folk Dance
  • Smt. Mamta Chandrakar- Art-Folk Music
  • Ms. Malini Awasthi- Art-Folk Music
  • Shri Jai Prakash Lekhiwal- Art-Miniature Painting
  • Shri K. Laxma Goud- Art-Painting
  • Shri Bhalchandra Dattatray Mondhe- Art-Photography
  • Shri Naresh Chander Lal- Art-Theatre & Cinema
  • Shri Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah- Literature & Education
  • Shri Prahlad Chandra Tasa- Literature & Education
  • Dr.Ravindra Nagar- Literature & Education
  • Shri Dahyabhai Shastri- Literature & Education
  • Dr.Santeshivara Bhyrappa- Literature & Education
  • Shri Haldar Nag- Literature & Education
  • Shri Kameshwaram Brahma- Literature & Education -Journalism
  • Prof. Pushpesh Pant- Literature & Education-Journalism
  • Shri Jawaharlal Kaul-Literature & Education-Journalism
  • Shri Ashok Malik-Literature &Education
  • Dr.Mannam Gopi Chand- Medicine-Cardio Thoracic Surgery
  • Prof. Ravi Kant- Medicine-Surgery
  • Prof. Ram Harsh Singh- Medicine- Ayurveda
  • Prof. Shiv Narain Kureel- Medicine- Paediatric Surgery
  • Dr.Sabya Sachi Sarkar- Medicine –Radiology
  • Dr. Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale- Medicine-Cardiac Surgery
  • Prof. T.K. Lahiri- Medicine-Cardio Thoracic Surgery
  • Dr. Praveen Chandra- Medicine-Cardiology
  • Prof. (Dr) Daljeet Singh Gambhir- Medicine-Cardiology
  • Dr.Chandrasekar Shesadri Thoguluva- Medicine-Gastroenterology
  • Dr. (Mrs.) Anil Kumari Malhotra- Medicine-Homeopathy
  • Prof. M.V. Padma Srivastava- Medicine-Neurology
  • Dr. Sudhir V. Shah- Medicine-Neurology
  • Dr. M. M. Joshi- Medicine-Ophthalmology
  • Prof. (Dr) John Ebnezar- Medicine-Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Dr. Nayudamma Yarlagadda- Medicine-Paediatric Surgery
  • Shri Simon Oraon- Other –Environment Conservation
  • Shri Imitiaz Qureshi- Other-Culinary
  • Shri Piyush Pandey- Others-Advertising & Communication
  • Shri Subhash Palekar- Others-Farming
  • Shri Ravinder Kumar Sinha- Others-Wildlife Conservation
  • Dr. H.R. Nagendra- Others-Yoga
  • Shri M. C. Mehta- Public Affairs
  • Shri M. N. Krishna Mani- Public Affairs
  • Shri Ujjwal Nikam- Public Affairs
  • Shri Tokheho Sema- Public Affairs
  • Dr. Satish Kumar- Science & Engineering
  • Dr.Mylswamy Annadurai- Science & Engineering
  • Prof. Dipankar Chatterji- Science & Engineering
  • Prof.(Dr.) Ganapati Dadasaheb Yadav- Science & Engineering
  • Smt. (Prof.) Veena Tandon- Science & Engineering
  • Shri Onkar Nath Srivastava- Science and Engineering
  • Ms. Sunita Krishnan- Social Work
  • Shri Ajoy Kumar Dutta-Social Work
  • Shri M. Pandit Dasa- Social Work
  • Shri P. P. Gopinathan Nair- Social Work
  • Smt. Madeleine Herman de Blic- Social Work
  • Shri Srinivasan Damal Kandalai- Social work
  • Shri Sudhakar Olwe- Social Work
  • Dr. T.V. Narayana-Social Work
  • Shri Arunachalam Murugantham- Social Work
  • Ms. Deepika Kumari- Sports-Archery
  • Shri Sushil Doshi- Sports-commentary
  • Shri Mahesh Sharma- Trade & Industry
  • Shri Saurabh Srivastava- Trade & Industry
  • Sh Dilip Sanghvi- Trade & Industry
  • Dr. Keki Hormusji Gharda- Trade & Industry
  • Late Shri Prakash Chand Surana (Posthumous)- Art -Classical Music
  • Late Shri Saeed Jaffrey(NRI/PIO/Posthumous)-Art-Cinema
  • Shri Michael Postel- Art-Archaeology
  • Shri Salman Amin Sal Khan (NRI/PIO)- Literature & Education
  • Smt. Hui Lan Zhang- Others-Yoga
  • Shri Predrag K. Nikic- Others-Yoga
  • Dr.Sundar Aditya Menon (NRI/PIO)- Social Work
  • Shri Ajaypal Singh Banga (NRI/PIO)- Trade & Industry

4)   Jeevan Raksha Padak comes under how many categories?

a. 2
b. 3
c. 4
d. 5
Answer  Explanation 


841 personnel have been awarded police medals on Republic Day. President’s Police Medals for Gallantry have been awarded to 3 personnel, police medals for gallantry to 121 personnel, President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service to 89 personnel and Police Medal for Meritorious Service to over 628 personnel.

President of India has approved conferring of Jeevan Raksha Padak series of awards-2015 including

  • Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak,
  • Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak and
  • Jeevan Raksha Padak.

5)   Which tennis star has been awarded the Padma Bhushan?

a. Sania Mirza
b. Shikha Uberoi
c. Vishika Chhettri
d. Ankita Bhambri
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Sania Mirza

Women have won this year’s Padma awards for sports with tennis star Sania Mirza and ace shuttler Saina Nehwal for receiving the nod for the Padma Bhushan while archery expert Deepika Kumari was chosen for Padma Shri on 26th January 2016.

6)   PM of India Shri Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande set out the foundation stone of ISA. What does ISA stand for?

a. International Sun Alliance
b. International Solar Alliance
c. Indian Solar Alliance
d. India Solar Alliance
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: International Solar Alliance

PM of India Shri Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande laid the foundation of the International Solar Alliance headquartered at Gwalpahari, Gurgaon. GoI has dedicated a 5 acre land in NISE for the ISA Headquarters and contributed INR 175 crore for ISA corpus fund and meeting expenditure for initial 5 years. ISA is part of the PM’s vision to initiate clean and affordable energy for creating a sustainable world.

7)   Which beach has become the first in India to have Wi-Fi connectivity?

a. Malpe beach
b. Karwar beach
c. Kumta beach
d. Trasi beach
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Malpe beach

Malpe beach in Udupi district is one of the top tourist attractions in southern Karnataka to become the first beach to have Wi-Fi connectivity in India. Facility will be available to tourists free of cost for 30 minutes during any time of the date of their visit. Udupi MLA Pramod Madhwaraj launched the 24/7 facility at a beach function previously. Duration of free Wi-Fi access will be extended later.

8)   India and France have expressed strong commitment for stalled negotiations for proposed FTA. The negotiations for the free trade pact have been upheld since May 2013 through BTIA. What does BTIA stand for?

a. Broad Based Trade and Investment Agreement
b. Broad based Trading and Investing Agreement
c. Bank based Trading and Investing Agreement
d. Bank based Trading and Investment Agreement
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Broad based Trading and Investing Agreement

India and France have expressed strong commitment for early resumption of stopped negotiations for proposed FTA between India and the EU. France and India are committed to bring about continuation of negotiations as quickly as possible. The free trade pact dubbed BTIA or Broad Based Trade and Investment Agreement. has been upheld since May 2013. Both sides failed to bridge substantial gaps on crucial issues.

9)   Which state has joined the UDAY scheme after inking an MoU with the Central Government?

a. Rajasthan
b. Bihar
c. Gujarat
d. Chattisgarh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Chattisgarh

Chattisgarh join the UDAY scheme after signing the MoU with the Central Government. Government of India Chattisgarh and power distribution firm CSPDCL has signed an MoU under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana for operational as well as financial turnaround of CSPDCL. UDAY was launched by the Central Government on November 20, 2015 to ensure distribution utilities break out of long standing chronic debt of close to INR 4.3 lakh crore. MoU will have considerable benefits for CSPDCL with Chattisgarh acquiring 75% of the outstanding debt of CSPDCL and the balance debt repriced or issued as State guaranteed DISCOM bonds at coupon rates along 3% less than average existing rate.

10)   A global team led by Indian American scientist has discovered 10 new genes associated with autoimmune disease lupus. What is lupus?

a. An kidney disorder
b. A cardiac disorder
c. A autoimmune disease
d. A liver disorder
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: A autoimmune disease

A global team led by Indian American scientist has found 10 new genes associated with autoimmune disease lupus that is a debilitating condition where the immune system of the body becomes unbalanced and attacks its own tissues. Scientist Swapan Nath and colleagues have analysed more than 17,000 human DNA samples from blood associated with volunteers in 4 nations- China , Malaysia, Japan and South Korea. Knowledge base for lupus genes has undergone significant advancement on account of this.

11)   Which famous figure associated with artificial intelligence recently passed away?

a. Marvin Minsky
b. Stuart Russel
c. Yann LeCunn
d. Yoshua Bengio
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Marvin Minsky

Marvin Minsky combined scientist’s thirst for knowledge with the quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence. He has passed away on January 24 at the age of 88. The cause of death was cerebral haemorrhage. Prior to the advent of the microprocessor and the supercomputer, Minsky a revered computer science educator in 1959 co founded MIT Artificial Intelligence Project called Artificial Intelligence Laboratory with college John McCarthy.

12)   Who has been awarded the country’s highest peacetime gallantry award on 26th January 2016?

a. Mohan Nath Goswami
b. Ulas Unnikrishnan
c. Ankit Kumar Mishra
d. Shivakumar. R
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mohan Nath Goswami

Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami of the Special Forces who was killed while taking part in end to end operations in J &K has received the Ashok Chakra posthumously. This country’s highest peacetime gallantry award was bestowed by President Pranab Mukherjee on his widow Bhavna Goswami on Republic Day. He not only eliminated terrorists but also assisted in evacuation of wounded colleagues before succumbing to his injuries.

13)   President of India has signed a proclamation under which article of the Constitution for imposing President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh?

a. 356(2)
b. 356(3)
c. 356(4)
d. 356(1)
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 356(1)

President of India has signed a Proclamation under A356(1) imposing President’s Rule in relation to the state of AP. The Legislative Assembly of the State in suspended animation w.e.f January 26 2016. Taking note of the constitutional breakdown occurring in the State of Arunachal Pradesh as reported by Governor of AP, the move was made.