Current Affairs Questions & Answers - July 22, 2016

1)   Haryana Government has decided to establish hi-tech cyber forensic lab in which area/district?

a. Gurgaon
b. Mewat
c. Jind
d. Kamal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gurgaon

Haryana Government has taken the decision to establish a hi-tech cyber forensic lab equipped with high end tools in the premises of Haryana Police, Gurgaon.

  • It has also taken the decision to establish a hi-tech training facility in these premises for advanced level training of police officers from state police forces.
  • The government wants to monitor social media through the lab.
  • MoU in this regard would soon be signed between National Technical Research Organisation, New Delhi and Haryana Police.

2)   What does NISAR stand for in the context of ISRO-NASA collaborations?

a. NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Remote
b. NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar
c. NASA-ISRO Symbiotic Aperture Radar
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar

Indian space agency ISRO and USA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the NASA are working jointly on the development of Dual Frequency (L and S Band) Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging Satellite.

  • It can be used for numerous applications including natural resources, monitoring and mapping.
  • Joint mission is expected to yield results by 2021.
  • Called NISAR or NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar, the satellite will also be used for estimation of agricultural biomass across the crop cycle, assessment of soil moisture, monitoring of floods and oil slicks as well as coastal erosion and variation of winds in coastal waters as well as assessment of mangroves and surface deformation studies.

3)   A new species of Gecko has been discovered in Chattisgarh. What is it called?

a. Eublepharis Datpuranesis
b. Eublepharis Satpuraensis
c. Eublepharis Himalayanensis
d. Eublepharis Sahyadriensis
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Eublepharis Satpuraensis

A new species of Gecko called Eublepharis Satpuraensis has been discovered for the first time in Chattisgarh’s rich biodiverse forest at Kawardha district’s Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • The population of the new species is dense and indicates that further conservation is possible in this ecosystem.
  • This gecko species was earlier found in only MP.
  • It was spotted during tiger census conducted on the hills of Satpuda range.

4)   India’s second largest software exporter, Infosys has witnessed another exit. Which executives quit the IT major in July 2016?

a. Samson David
b. Anup Upadhyay
c. Vasudeva Nayak
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: All of the above

The second largest software exporter in India, Infosys has witnessed another exit as global immigration head Vasudeva Nayak resigned on 20th July 2016.

  • This is the third top level departure after the exits of Samson David and Anup Upadhyay.
  • This exit comes at a time when the USD 150 billion IT industry is tracking the critical issue of immigration in the US election year.
  • Infosys has also reported below par numbers, forcing investors to punish the stock.

5)   Researchers from the lab of which social media major have developed new technology that can make light based wireless communication possible?

a. Twitter
b. Pinterest
c. Instagram
d. FB
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Researchers from Facebook Connectivity Lab have developed a new technology that can make light based wireless communication a reality in the years ahead.

  • This new technology can pave the way for fast optical wireless networks that can deliver internet service to isolated places.
  • Light based wireless communication is also known as free space optical communications.
  • It offers a promising way to bring internet to areas where optical fibres and cell towers can be challenging to deploy in a cost effective manner.

6)   Which country has joined hands with China to launch the first joint patrolling of the border?

a. Pakistan
b. Afghanistan
c. Bangladesh
d. India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pakistan

China and Pakistan border troops have launched joint patrolling of the border and connecting PoK with Xinjiang province amidst reports that over 100 Uighurs have fled the region to join IS.

  • President Xi asked Chinese Muslims to practice their religion as part of the Chinese society and direction.
  • This marks the first time China-Pakistan commence joint patrolling in recent years.
  • Uighurs are Muslim Turkic speaking ethnic minority that hail from Xinjiang in China.
  • Work is also underway for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor connecting the countries through rail, pipelines and optical cable network and highways.
  • Xinjiang will be linked to Pakistan’s Gwadar post through this.

7)   Who became the first person to complete the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot in July 2016?

a. Michelle Kakkad
b. Michelle Kakade
c. Anushka Kakade
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Michelle Kakade

Pune’s Michelle Kakade has secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first person to complete the Indian Golden Quadrilateral on foot.

  • She is a 47 year old resident of the city and took 193 days, one hour and 9 minutes to complete the journey between 21 October 2015 and 1 May, 2016.
  • She is also in the Guinness World Records for covering 5968.4 km of Golden Quadrilateral connecting 4 major metros of the country.

8)   Which former RS member and Congress leader passed away on 21st July 2016?

a. Ghulam Nabi Azad
b. Tariq Anwar
c. Faiz Mohammed Khan
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Faiz Mohammed Khan

The former RS member and Congress leader Faiz Mohammed Khan popularly known as FM Khan has died on 21st July 2016.

  • He is survived by a wife and 3 daughters.
  • He entered politics in 1960s during the anti-Hindi agitation.
  • He was a member of the Congress under Indira Gandhi.
  • General Secretary of State Youth Congress before becoming a member of the Legislative Council in 1974.
  • He was a two time RS MP elected in 1976 and 1982.
  • He is also the former IOA Vice President.

9)   Government has launched a website on _________ India

a. Changing
b. Transforming
c. Transitioning
d. Improving
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Transforming

Government has launched a website on Transforming India by the Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice.

  • The website will yield information in user friendly format enabling citizens to view content in the form of infographics, performance dashboard, e-books, videos, daily news corner and engage with the content by comments and sharing the content through social media.
  • Website is aimed at promoting accountability in critical national initiatives.
  • Website acts as a repository of information on major decisions and policies.
  • Key facets of the website promote accountability in major national initiatives acts as a repository of major polices and decisions and provides central platform for transformational changes.

10)   Geneticists decoded the DNA of more than ______ years old fossil barley in a cave near the Dead Sea in Israel.

a. 5000
b. 5500
c. 6000
d. 6500
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 6000

Geneticists were able to extract and decode the DNA of the oldest beans in the history of mankind fossil barley placed more than 6000 years ago within a cave near the Dead Sea in Israel.

  • This suggests domestication of barley in the fertile crescent was a long time before the advent of Bible
  • All the artifacts including stems and seeds of the plants buried in the soil at the bottom well preserved and existed 6200-5800 thousand years ago i the beginning of the copper age or in terms of biblical myths even prior to the floods.
  • The gene antediluvian barley was earlier believed to be akin to the DNA of wild species of cereals.

11)   PM Shri Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated which checkpost through video conferencing?

a. Petrapole Integrated Check Post
b. Petrapola Integrated Check Post
c. Petrapole Initiated Check Post
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Petrapole Integrated Check Post

Indian PM Shri Narendra Modi and PM of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Petrapole Integrated Check Post through video conferencing.

  • Pentrapole- Benapole is an important land border crossing for Indian Bangladesh trade.
  • More than 50 percent of the trade between the two countries passes through this border crossing
  • Trade is worth more than INR 15000 crore and takes place through Petrapole ICP more than all other Indian land ports and land custom stations placed together.
  • Around 15 lakh people and 150,000 tricks crossed the border crossing each year according to estimates.
  • Petrapole ICP will be the second ICP on the India-Bangladesh border after the Agartala ICP in Agartala (India)- Akhaura (Bangladesh) land border.
  • It will be the biggest land port in South Asia.
  • Commissioning of the petrapole ICP will foster greater economic integration and connectivity between India and Bangladesh.

12)   NHAI has rolled out cashless payment mechanism on fee places at National Highways. What is it called?

a. FASTpay
b. FASTcash
c. FASTag
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


National Highways Authority of India has rolled out a cashless payment system FASTag at fee plazas on national highways.

  • It offers near non stop movement of vehicles through fee plazas and convenience of cashless payment of toll fee with nationwide interoperable Electronic Fee Collection Service.
  • As per the joint study report 2011-2012 carried out by Transport Corp of India and IIM Kolkata estimated annual cost of delay to Indian economy was INR 27000 crore each year.
  • FASTag is operational on 335 fee plazas on national highways across the nation and saves time, cash and fuel.

13)   Ministry of Shipping has organised a Coastal Economic Zones workshop under which programme in July 2016?

a. Sagarmala
b. Sagarmanthan
c. Sagarpath
d. Sagarjanak
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Sagarmala

To provide a boost to the Make in India initiative and promote port led industrialisation, Ministry of Shipping organised a workshop on Coastal Economic Zones or CEZs under the Sagarmala programme in New Delhi.

  • Workshop focused on 14 coastal economic zones identified under the National Perspective Plan of the Sagarmala.
  • Workshop apprised participants that CEZs will be aligned to relevant ports in the maritime states and will house Coastal Economic Units for setting up manufacturing facilities.
  • The CEZs have been conceptualised as spatial economic regions extending 300-500 km of coastline and 200-300 km inland from the coast.
  • CEZ will be an agglomeration of coastal districts within the State.

14)   RBI will be monitoring banks on issues pertaining to customer rights in which areas?

a. Right to privacy
b. Right to fair treatment and transparency
c. Right to suitability
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: All of the above

RBI will start monitoring banks in 5 areas pertaining to customer rights. The areas on which the regulator will be conducting surveys and supervision at various banks are - right to privacy, right to fair treatment & transparency, fair and honest dealing, right to suitability and right to grievance redress & compensation.

  • The apex bank has asked banks to have board approved plans in place by June 30.
  • Charter of customer rights was also placed by the RBI in the public domain sometime back.

15)   LS on 21st July 2016 passed which bill for promoting quality education for all?

a. National Institutes of Technology, Science and Research Amendment Bill 2016
b. National Institutes of Technology, Social Science and Research Amendment Bill 2016
c. National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research Amendment Bill 2016
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research Amendment Bill 2016

LS on 21st July passed the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research Amendment Bill 2016 with new HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar asserting the need for quality education for all.

  • The Modi Government has also voiced its commitment to ensure Sabko Shiksha or Acchi Shiksha ( Education for All and Quality Education).
  • For promoting research in technical fields, a separate funding of INR 1000 crore has been made available.
  • The bill, later passed by voice vote, seeks to establish the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Andhra Pradesh as an institute of national importance under the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (NITSER) Act, 2007.

16)   Which IAS officer has been appointed CEO of UIDAI?

a. AB Pandey
b. AP Pandey
c. ABP Pandey
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Senior IAS officer A B P Pandey was on 21st July appointed as the chief executive officer of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), mandated to issue Aadhaar numbers.

  • He is a 1984 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre.
  • He is the first CEO of UIDAI formed in January 2009.
  • He has been involved with UIDAI since September 2010

17)   Which leading FMCG firm has tied up with DRDO to promote cultivation of high altitude medicinal plants in Ladakh?

a. Himalaya
b. Ranbaxy
c. Sun Pharma
d. Dabur
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Leading Ayurveda FMCG company Dabur has partnered DRDO to promote sustainable cultivation of high altitude medicinal plants in Ladakh.

  • Dabur signed the pact with Defence Institute of High Altitude Research Leh under which both organisations will educate farmers and promote livelihood in the cold desert areas.
  • DRDO comes under the ambit of the MoD
  • It was established in 1958.

18)   Which fish has been accorded the State fish status in Telangana?

a. Murrel
b. Channa Striatus
c. Hilsa
d. Both a and b
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

Telangana state has declared Murrel or Channa Striatus as the state fish and the seventh state icon for the government for different species.

  • Other icons include Blue Jay (State Bird), Tanner’s Cassia (State Flower), Mango (State Fruit), Prosopis Cineraria (State Tree), Kabbadi (State Sport) and deer (State Animal).
  • The government also issued guidelines to regulate aquatic fish culture like Tilapia to conserver the indigenous diversity in Telangana water bodies.