Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Jan 28, 2016

1)   India has overtaken Thailand to become the world’s largest exporter of which grain?

a. Rice
b. Jowar
c. Bajra
d. Maize
Answer  Explanation 


India has overtaken Thailand as the largest rice exporter in the world. It is the world’s largest rice exporter in 2015, shipping 10.23 MT according to a top Thai rice exporters body Thai Rice Exporters Association. Thailand has exported 9.8 MT of rice in 2015 down 10.8% Y-O-Y. They attributed downturn to global economy contraction with high rice demand and Thailand ended up second position in terms of overall exports. Vietnam won the third position globally while China was the leading importer of rice.

2)   Railways signed MoU with which two state governments for forming JVs?

a. AP, Kerala
b. Karnataka, Kerala
c. TN, Kerala
d. TN, Karnataka
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: AP, Kerala

Railways has signed an MoU with AP and Kerala for project execution. MoUs were signed with Kerala and AP governments for forming JV companies for faster implementation of rail projects in states. JV companies will have 51% stake of respective state governments and 49% stake of the railways. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at the MoU signing ceremony indicated growing demand for numerous railway lines in many states.

3)   MIT and TISS collaborated with Tata Trust to launch CLIx. What does it stand for?

a. Connected Learning Inquiry
b. Connected Learning Initiative
c. Connected Learning Institute
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Connected Learning Initiative

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tata Institute of Social Sciences connected with the Tata Trust to launch CLIx (Connected Learning Initiative) for alleviating learning experience for secondary school students through effective use of ICT. While the first phase encompasses 1000 state run schools across 4 states, it will expand to other states soon. Initially, the focus will be on Hindi, English and Telugu content for subjects such as English Science and Maths. Such online learning technologies can transform education.

4)   US headquartered Cognizant Technology Solutions has announced the acquisition of which company?

a. KBASE Technologies
b. KBACE Technologies
c. KBATE Technologies
d. KBAKE Technologies
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ANSWER: KBACE Technologies

Cognizant Technology Solutions headquartered in the US announced the acquisition of privately held KBACE Technologies, specialising in cloud strategy, integration and implementation. This is one of the largest reference bases of Oracle Cloud App customers across the world. It is a leading Oracle Cloud partner. Acquisition strengthens and empowers the digital capabilities of this IT company.

5)   Kellton Tech has acquired which enterprise that is a cloud and analytics services provider?

a. Bokanyi Consulting
b. Bocanyi Consulting
c. Bajonayi Consulting
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Bokanyi Consulting

Kellton Tech, a Hyderavad based firm has acquired Houston based enterprise Bokanyi Consulting which is a cloud and analytics services provider. This purchase has been carried out through internal accruals. Bokanyi, which offers a suite of analytics solutions and specialises in SAP HANA implementations, clocked revenue of about $8 million last year and catered to customers across 12 nations.

6)   HCL Technologies has acquired which UK based company?

a. P2C
b. P2P
c. P2T
d. P2J
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HCL Technologies Limited, India’s 4th largest software services firm has acquired UK based Point to Point Limited and Point to Point Products Ltd jointly referred as P2P for USD 11 million. Deal also includes contingent payments subject to specific financial milestones.

7)   Rata Tata has provided funding to which of the following startups?

a. Dogspot
b. Cashkaro
c. Tracxn
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: All of the above

Teabox, the international speciality tea company, is the latest to received funding from Ratan Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons. This is the 4th start-up in 2016 to receive the attention of Tata, after Tracxn, Dogspot and Cashkaro.

8)   Denmark has remained at first position at which Transparency International index?

a. Consumer Perceptions Index
b. Customer’s Perceptual Index
c. Corruption Perceptions Index
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Corruption Perceptions Index

Denmark remained atop Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index in the second consecutive year when it was perceived as the least corrupt nation in the world scoring 91 points of 100 while North Korea and Somalia remained at the bottom with a score of 8. US rose to 16th spot with 75as score, tying with Austria.

9)   Which well known journalist associated with TOI passed away on 28th January 2016?

a. Arindam Sengupta
b. Arindam Gupta
c. Arindam Sen
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Arindam Sengupta

Arindam Sengupta, the managing editor of TOI succumbed to cancer after a brief and brave battle against the disease. He was 61 years old at the time of his death.

10)   Which of the following is a newly launched job and employment portal for people with visual, hearing, speech, loco motor and mild-intellectual disabilities in India?

d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 


A job portal for persons with disabilities has been launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Launching the portal, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot said the Government has given very high priority to skill training programme for Persons with Disabilities and has a target for skilling five lakh persons in next 3 years. The skill training will be provided by a network of 200 clusters of “Training Partners with financial assistance of government. A time bound action plan has been prepared for this purpose, the Government will also pursue private sector for providing them job after the training, he said.