Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Jan 29, 2016

1)   Which rapidly declining bird was recently found in Chhattisgarh?

a. Lesser Adjutant Stork
b. Great Indian Bustard
c. Hoopoe
d. Indian Swallow
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lesser Adjutant Stork

A bird viewed as rapidly declining- the Lesser Adjutant Stork- during a complete survey on birds found in state conducted by NGO Conservation Core Society for Wildlife and Bilaspur University shows that the atmosphere is perfect for endangered species as well as migratory birds. This bird was sighted at Marwahi forest division of Bilaspur district. University has also sent the proposal for initiation of conservation of 400 species of birds of the 1300 found in Chhattisgarh. Presence of Lesser Adjutant indicates the climate in the state is perfect for breeding and habitation of birds and they can easily adapt to it.

2)   What is a Voxie?

a. Adding voice to selfie
b. Adding music to selfie
c. Adding color to selfie
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Adding voice to selfie

Adding voices to selfies makes them voxies and people have been shouting, murmuring or laughing to create this type of selfie. When actress Priyanka Chopra used a voxie to thank her fans for winning People’s Choice Award or the speaking poster of Wazir was released by Amitabh Bachchan, the trend of creating voxies was born. For creating a Voxie, user can use VoxWeb camera for taking photo and add close to 11 seconds of audio. These are speaking pictures.

3)   31 nations signed the MCAA to boost transparency in functioning of multinational enterprises through automatic exchange of country-by-country reports via tax administrators?

a. Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement
b. Multiple Competent Authority Agreement
c. Multiple Computer Authority Agreement
d. Multilateral Cooperation Authority Agreement
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement

31 nations on 27th January 2016 have signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for boosting transparency un functioning of multinational enterprises through automatic exchange of country by country reports by tax administrators. Signing of the agreement marks a shift towards implementation of OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project.

4)   Commemorative coins were released on Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai on his ________ birth anniversary.

a. 124th
b. 125th
c. 126th
d. 127th
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 125th

PM Shri Narendra Modi has remembered Punjab Kesari Lala Lajpat Rai on his 125th birth anniversary. RBI has issued Rs. 150 and Rs. 10 coins for commemorating the birth anniversary of India’s constitutional experts. On the design details, the obverse of the coin will bear the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar in the centre with the legend 'Satyamev Jayate' inscribed below, flanked on the left periphery with the word 'Bharat' in Devnagri script. And on the right periphery with the word 'India' in English and it shall also bear the Rupee symbol and denominational value ’10’. Dr. Mahesh Sharma released the commemorative coins whereby the one of Rs 150 is made of Quaternary alloy with diameter of 44 mm and weight of 35 grams and the Circulation coin of Rs 10 is made of bi-metallic material with diameter of 27 mm and weight of 7.71 grams. Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai from 28th January 2015 to 28th January 2016.

5)   Which lawyer has won the Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016?

a. Henri Tiphagne
b. Henri Smith
c. Henry Tiphagne
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Henri Tiphagne

Indian activist and lawyer Henri Tiphagne has won the Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016 and he will be honored for his exceptional commitment to human rights. Cash award is being conferred by Amnesty Germany’s foundation, Stiftung Menschenrechte, Förderstiftung Amnesty.

6)   Which veteran wildlife film maker has won the V Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award?

a. Naresh Bedi
b. Lokesh Bedi
c. Rajesh Bedi
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Naresh Bedi

At the inaugural ceremony of the MIFF 2016, veteran wildlife film maker Naresh Bedi has won the V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award. The award comprising a trophy, shawl and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs (Rs 500,000) is instituted after legendary film maker V Shantaram, who was head of the Films Division in the past. He has made several movies such as Cherubs of the Mist which showcase the beauty and richness of wildlife.

7)   Stockholm will be the first city in the world to get which mobile network?

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


Stockholm, Sweden’s capital has become the first city in the world to get ultra high speed 5G mobile network by 2018, as Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera, and Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson will jointly roll out 5G network at Stockholm and Tallinn, which is in Estonia. Stockholm and Tallinn are two of the most connected cities in the world and now we’ll take them to the next level.

8)   Which civil servant became the first to scale the Mount Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica?

a. Aparajita Kumar
b. Suneeta Kumar
c. Gayatri Kumar
d. Aparna Kumar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Aparna Kumar

Aparna Kumar, a UP cadre IPS officer has become India’s first civil servant to scale the highest peak in the Antarctica, Mount Vinson Massif. The tricolor and flag of the Uttar Pradesh Police Service on Mount Vinson Massif was hoisted by her. She emerged from the Antarctic expedition on 5th January 2016. She has scaled 5 of 7 summits which are considered most challenging for the world. During the month of March 2015, she was conferred the Rani Lakshmi Bai Puraskar by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for her achievements and for being a role model to women.

9)   What is the Hummingbird in Peru’s Nasca lines World Heritage Site?

a. Areas of cracks in the site
b. Area of disturbance in the site
c. Area of punctures in the site
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Area of disturbance in the site

Within the 10 minute overflights, an airborne NASA radar has located areas of disturbance in Nasca Lines World Heritage Site in Peru. Data can be obtained to catalogue the 1000 year old designs drawn on the ground in and around the site for the first time. This is a fresh tool for protecting fragile constructions from careless human and natural disturbances such as floods. A shape referred to as the Hummingbird is visible above the left of the scale line below a road that cis diagonally from the right edge of the image to the centre.

10)   Google program has beaten humans in which complex Chinese game indicating a milestone for artificial intelligence?

a. Go
b. AlphaGo
c. Tic Tac Toe
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


A Google computer program has beaten the human champion Fan Hui, 5 games to nil at a Chinese game of Go, in what is largely seen as a milestone for artificial intelligence. First game mastered by the computer was nought and crosses in the 1950s. During the 1990s, IBM’s Deep Blue computer famously beat Garry Kasparov at chess.

11)   India’s voting rights have increased from 2.3% to which percent?

a. 2.6
b. 2.7
c. 2.8
d. 2.9
Answer  Explanation 


Emerging and developing economies have attained more influence in the governance architecture of the IMF. The voting rights have increased to 2.6% from the current 2.3%. China’s voting rights have increased from 3.8 percent to 6 percent as per the new division. Two other countries which gain from the reforms are Russia and Brazil. Close to 6 percent of the quota shares will shift to emerging and developing nations from US and EU nations. Combined quotas or what the capital countries contribute increases to USD 659 billion from USD 329 billion. IMF reforms were agreed by 188 members in the year 2010 in the aftermath of the international financial meltdown.

12)   India test fired surface to air Akash missile from which complex of the ITR at Odisha?

a. Chandipur
b. Maianpuri
c. Solapur
d. Nagpur
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Chandipur

India on 28th January 2010 test fired the indigenously built surface to air Akash missile from complex 3 of the Integrated Test Range at Odisha’s Chandipur. This comprises part of the user trial mission.The Akash (sky) is a mid-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system and was developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. It is also involved in deploying Nag, Agni and Trishul missiles as well as Prithvi ballistic missile.

13)   Astronomers in UK, US and Australia have discovered the widest planet system comprising which planet in a huge orbit around the star TYC 9486-927-1.

a. 2 Mass J2127
b. 2 Mass J2126
c. 3 Mass J2126
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2 Mass J2126

The planet 2MASS J2126 is about 1 trillion kilometres from its parent star, or about 7000 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun. This takes around 900,000 years to complete a single revolution of the parent star. TYC 9486-927-1 and 2MASS J2126 are moving through space together and are both about 104 light years from the Sun. The planet found in the infrared sky survey is a member of the 45 million year old group of stars and brown dwarfs known as the Tucana Horologium Association.