Current Affairs Questions & Answers - July 13, 2016

1)   Index of Industrial Production for May was at the upside of what percent against a decline of -0.8 percent in April?

a. 1.3
b. 1.4
c. 1.5
d. 1.2
Answer  Explanation 


Index of Industrial Production for May rose on an upside coming at 1.2 percent against a decline of -0.8 percent in April.

  • This has been the best figure since February 2016.
  • Four of the previous six months have seen a contraction.
  • Contraction declined to 2.2 percent for the month in question.
  • Consumer Price Index for June was flat at 5.77 percent as against 5.76 percent in May.
  • Food inflation rose to 7.79 percent in the previous month

2)   Fertiliser industry overall volumes rose by what percent to 58.2 MT in 2015-2016 despite back to back droughts in the previous two years, according to rating agency ICRA?

a. 7
b. 6
c. 5
d. 4
Answer  Explanation 


Fertiliser industry’s overall volume rose 7 percent to 58.2 million tonnes in 2015-2016 despite back to back droughts in the previous two years, according to rating agency ICRA

  • Overall volume for fertiliser industry during 2014-2015 stood at 54.1 MT
  • ICRA fertiliser industry report “Fertiliser Volumes, Price Trends and Green Vision” made this announcement.
  • Volume growth during FY16 has been driven by low opening inventory levels compared with the previous years and low base effect was supported by moderate growth in the domestic production of urea and higher import for non urea fertilisers.
  • Higher volume growth has led to rising systemic inventory levels on March 2016
  • Domestic production of urea witnessed 8 percent growth during FY2016 driven by positive change initiatives at policy level by the government.
  • This includes the New Urea Policy 2015 and the Gas Pooling Policy

3)   India will lend Kenya USD 45 million to promote which industry?

a. Auto
b. Textile
c. Manufacturing
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Textile

India will lend Kenya USD 45 million to help develop a textile factory and other smaller industries, according to leaders of both the nations.

  • On a four nation tour of Africa, this is part of the policy push of the African nation to become an international player.
  • Kenya’s current president is Kenyatta Uhuru
  • USD 30 million of the funds will be used to revive Rift Valley Textiles Factory which went out of business in 2000.

4)   Scientists have discovered a bizarre Frankenstein galaxy formed from parts of other galaxies. What is its name?

a. UGC 1381
b. UGC 1382
c. UGC 1383
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Scientists have uncovered a bizarre Frankenstein galaxy formed from parts of other galaxies some 250 million light years away.

  • The new study showcases the secret of UGC 1382, a galaxy once thought to be old, small and typical.
  • Scientists using data from NASA telescopes and other observatories have discovered the galaxy is 10 times bigger than earlier thought.
  • Unlike most galaxies, its insides are younger than its outsides.
  • The rare galaxy formed is able to survive as it has been located in a small neighbourhood of the universe which is relatively isolated.

5)   Goibibo has entered into a partnership with which hotel chain in Asia?

a. OYO
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


GoIbibo, one of the largest online hotel booking groups has entered into a partnership with virtual hotel chain in Asia ( the biggest in this continent) NIDA Rooms.

  • Deal will allow Goibibo traveler to customise holidays by selecting from over 3500 hotel rooms in Asia from NIDA Rooms.
  • NIDA Rooms CEO Kaneswaran Anili indicated they were pleased to be the partner of GoIbibo as more hotel options are provided for Indian travellers to stay in SE Asia.
  • Value for money is a key ingredient integrating NIDA Rooms with Goibibo in a constructive way.
  • NIDA Rooms has 35000 hotel partnerships with 800 hotels in Malaysia, over 1500 hotels in Thailand, over 1000 hotels in Indonesia and over 200 hotels in Philippines.

6)   Twitter is set to livestream which online news coverage, making it the first for the social media outlet?

a. NBC
b. CBS
c. ABC
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Twitter has indicated that it will lifestream CBS news online coverage of Republican and Democratic conventions later this month for the social media outlet.

  • People will be able to watch videos of the convention on mobile devices and desktops in the form of political tweets.
  • Twitter’s foray into video is a major step taken by this social media outlet.

7)   VAT dealer tax evasion is being checked by Punjab government through the launch of which scheme?

a. Aapka Tax Scheme
b. Apna Tax Scheme
c. Hamara Tax Scheme
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Apna Tax Scheme

To check evasion by VAT Dealers such as shopkeepers, retailers and businessmen and create more transparency, Punjab government has started the Apna Tax Scheme under which mobile application Apna Tax has been launched which is compatible for both iOS and Android enabled mobile phones.

  • Through this scheme and mobile app, the department wants to connect directly with all customers.
  • All the customer needs to do is upload the copy of the bill using the mobile app Apna Tax and once the bill is submitted through the app, the customer will become eligible for cash prize announced after a lucky draw.

8)   Hockey India has named whom as the new captain of the national team for the Rio Olympics?

a. PR Sreejesh
b. Sardar Singh
c. PR Singh
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: PR Sreejesh

In a significant decision, Hockey India has named senior goalkeeper PR Sreejesh as the captain of the national team for the Rio Olympics.

  • Long time skipper Sardar Singh has been removed from the post.
  • Sreejesh was rewarded after the team ended up with a silver medal at the 6 nation Champion Trophy hockey tournament in London.
  • SV Sunil has been named the vice captain

9)   New orchid discovered in recent times named after the devil’s head in its heart is called __________.

a. Telipogen diabolicus
b. Felipogen diabolicus
c. Nelipohen diabolicus
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Telipogen diabolicus

A colourful orchid species which has a devil’s head in its heart and therefore called Telipogen diabolical was discovered.

  • It was discovered by Marta Kolanowska and Dariusz Szlachetko, both affiliated with the University of Gdansk, Poland, together with Ramiro Medina Trejo of Colombia,
  • The new orchid grows a stem measuring between 5.5-9 cm in height.
  • The orchid is assigned as a Critically Endangered species in the IUCN Red List.

10)   Pomegranates have a precursor to which molecule which acts as an anti-ageing trigger?

a. Urolithin A
b. Uromithin A
c. Urobithin A
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Urolithin A

Pomegranates are said to be good for health and now scientists have discovered that it has a substance transformed by microbes in the gut into an effective anti-ageing trigger.

  • Pomegranates have a precursor to the molecule called urolithin A.
  • While this precursor on reaching the digestive system, has an ability to transform into urolithin A which prevents the breakdown of mitochondria in the cells.
  • It is the only known molecule that can relaunch the mitochondrial clean up process known as mitophagy.

11)   Which NASA camera abroad a Deep Space Climate Observatory  satellite captured a view of the moon as it moved from the sun lit side of the earth?

a. Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera
b. Earth Polychronic Imaging Camera
c. Early Polychromatic Imaging Camera
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera

In what is the second time in the year, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite captured an amazing view of the moon as it moved in front of the sun lit side of the earth.

  • The images were captured by NASA’s EPIC or Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera, a four megapixel CCD Camera and telescope of the DSCOVR satellite orbiting 1 million miles from earth.
  • EPIC maintains a constant view of the fully illuminated Earth as it rotates, providing scientific observations of ozone, vegetation, cloud height and aerosols in the atmosphere.
  • The EPIC camera is providing a series of Earth images allowing study of daily variations over the entire globe.

12)   The Hague has ruled in favour of which country in the South China Sea dispute?

a. China
b. Indonesia
c. Phillipines
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Phillipines

SCS is a busy international waterway and one of the main arteries of global economy and trade.

  • China has claimed more than 85 percent of it
  • Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands has ruled that China’s claim of historical rights over the South China Sea has no legal basis.
  • The case against China was started by Philippines.
  • PCA organises arbitration tribunals between member countries in the event of issues.

13)   Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s coalition and allies won how many seats in the upper house of the Parliament on 10th July?

a. 1/3
b. 2/3
c. 3/4
d. 4/5
Answer  Explanation 


Japanese PM Shinzo Abe seeking to allay concerns he would move from fixing a fragile economy to revising a pacifist constitution after the big election win, said that changing the charter would not be easy.

  • Abe’s coalition and allies won two-thirds of the seats in Parliament’s upper house in a Sunday election.
  • That victory, with the ruling bloc's two-thirds majority in the lower house, opens the door to revising the constitution for the first time since its adoption.

14)   Which bank that started banking operations in October 2015 will acquire Grama Vidiyal, a Tiruchi based micro finance institution?

d. WB
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


IDFC Bank, which started banking operations only in October last year, will be acquiring Grama Vidiyal, a Tiruchi-headquartered microfinance institute, in an all cash deal.

  • The value of the transaction, however, was not disclosed.
  • The MFI will also be a subsidiary for the business correspondent operations of the business.
  • This marks the first acquisition of an MFI by a bank in this industry.

15)   Which minister/s resigned from the Union CoM?

a. Najma Heptullah
b. Gowdara Maillkarjunappa Siddeshwara
c. None of the above
d. Both a and b
e. All the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

Union ministers Najma Heptullah and Gowdara Mallikarjunappa Siddeshwara on 12th July resigned from the Union council of ministers. Their resignations were accepted by the President.

  • Minister of state Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has been given independent charge of ministry of minority affairs.
  • Babul Supriyo, who was earlier minister of state for urban development, has now been given the charge of the ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises.
  • The reshuffle saw the induction of 19 new faces in the ministry and key changes in portfolios of several ministers.

16)   Union Government appointed whom as the full time chairman of Oil India Ltd?

a. Utpal Bora
b. Shashank Bora
c. Arun Bora
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Utpal Bora

Union Government in July 2016 appointed Utpal Bora as the full time chairman of Oil India Limited.

  • His appointment was recommended by a three member committee headed by Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha.
  • Committee was formed after PESB did not suggest a suitable name for the position.
  • DoPT also announced the appointment of D Rajkumar as the head of Bharat Petroleum.
  • Rajkumar will take charge on or after October 1, 2016 after retirement of BPCL’s chief S Vadarajan in September 2016.

17)   Who has been appointed as the State Party president ahead of the UP assembly elections?

a. Nirmal Khatri
b. Raj Babbar
c. Ghulam Nabi Azad
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Raj Babbar

Ahead of the Assembly elections in UP next year, the Congress on 12th July 2016 appointed actor and senior party leader Raj Babbar as the State Party president replacing Nirmal Khatri who will now chair the screening committee.

  • The party has not announced the CM candidate yet, saying the name would emerge during the campaign.

18)   Who has been appointed as the acting governor of AP?

a. Tathagata Sen
b. Tathagata Bhattacharya
c. Tathagata Roy
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tathagata Roy

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has sworn in as the acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, in the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Itanagar.

  • With this he becomes 18th Governor to be sworn in as Governor of this Himalayan State.
  • He has been given the additional charge of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • With this, Mr.Roy will discharge the function of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh during the absence on leave of Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa.

19)   Research of prehistoric megaliths and tools show Khasi tribe has lived in this state since ______ BCE.

a. 1200
b. 1240
c. 1230
d. 1250
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1200

A new study of pre-historic megaliths and tools indicate that Meghalaya’s Khasi drive has been residing in the state since 1200 BCE.

  • The study was conducted on the megaliths and tools discovered in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district.
  • A megalith is a large stone that forms part of a prehistoric monument.
  • The excavation at Lummawbuh is the first one of a Neolithic site in Meghalaya.

20)   President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended greetings to which people on the eve of their national day on July 13, 2016?

a. Montenegro
b. Montana
c. Morocco
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Montenegro

President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended greetings to the government and people of Montenegro on the eve of their national day.

  • The current president of the Republic of Montenegro is Mr. Filip Vujanovic.
  • The national day is celebrated on July 13, 2016.

21)   Which Marine Commandos Unit has been commissioned in the Naval base at Bheemunipatanam?

a. INS Karma
b. INS Karna
c. INS Arjuna
d. INS Bheem
Answer  Explanation 


Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff commissioned the Marine Commandos Unit as ‘INS Karna’ in a solemn ceremony held at the Naval Base at Bheemunipatanam on 12 July 2016.

  • MARCOS are a special op force of international repute.
  • Special Forces have conducted numerous independent missions of direct action, surveillance and reconnaissance as well as recovery operations.
  • The commissioning of INS Karna, has added a new base to the Special Forces of the Indian Navy as they deploy to safeguard the nation’s vast maritime interests.