Current Affairs Questions & Answers - July 26, 2016

1)   What was the overall power deficit during April-June quarter this fiscal, according to Central Electricity Authority?

a. 0.9
b. 0.8
c. 0.7
d. 0.6
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Overall power deficit during the April-June quarter this fiscal was 0.9 percent while peak deficit was 2 percent.

  • Central Electricity Authority said the demand-supply gap of electricity had been brought to the lowest ever since 2.1 percent during 2015-2016.
  • It has further reduced to 0.9 percent during April-June 2016-2017.
  • As against an overall demand of 295.34 billion units in April-June, 292.82 billion units were supplied, a deficit of 0.9 percent.
  • Close to 149.97 billion units were supplied against the peak demand of 152.97 billion units.
  • This recorded a deficit of 2 percent in the time under review.

2)   EU’s first regulated bitcoin product began trading in which bourse(s)?

a. London Stock Exchange
b. Gibraltar Stock Exchange
c. Deutsche Böerse
d. Only b and c
e. All the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Only b and c

EU’s first regulated bitcoin product, an asset backed exchange traded instrument is set to invest exclusively in the digital currency and begin trading this week on Gibraltar Stock Exchange and Germany’s Deutsche Boerse.

  • Web based currency can be used to send cash instantly across the world, free of charge with no requirement for third party checks.
  • It is accepted by major online retailers and used in 200,000 daily transactions.
  • It has a highly volatile value peaking at more than USD 1200 in late 2013 before crashing after the collapse of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange.
  • Bitcoin ETI will be traded through regulated brokerages across Europe and settlement will be handled through Euroclear and Clearstream rather than shared ledger system blockchain.

3)   Swedish mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson parted ways with which senior executive on 25th July, 2016?

a. CEO
b. MD
c. Chairman
d. CMD
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Swedish mobile telecoms gear maker Ericsson has parted ways with CEO Hans Westberg on 25th July, 2016 following a series of bad results.

  • Vestberg came under fire for leadership and pay factors after weak results, though he has served longer than any of his three predecessors.
  • Ericsson shares went up 3 percent in 1230 GMT, losing 21 percent so far this year.
  • The removal of the CEO was taken as a positive step by the markets therefore.

4)   Who has been appointed COO of ITC Ltd w.e.f 25th July, 2016?

a. Sanjeev Singh
b. Sanjeev Mishra
c. Sanjiv Puri
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Sanjiv Puri

ITC Ltd Board has redesignated ED Sanjiv Puri as the COO of the company with immediate effect.

  • 53-year-old Puri was placed on ITC’s board in December 2015 in a move seen as part of Chairman YC Deveshwari’s succession planning.
  • Company announced the appointment of the IIT Kanpur alumnus who joined the company in the 1980s.
  • He was previously President of the FMCG businesses since 2014.

5)   Which e-classified player has acquired online hiring platform Hiree?

a. JustDial
b. AskLaila
c. HotFrog
d. Quikr
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


E-classified major Quikr has acquired online hiring platform Hiree as part of the aim to tap the white collar job market.

  • Hiree counts IT companies and startups among clients and will be merged with job vertical Quikr Jobs and operate out of the latter’s HQ, Quikr confirmed in a statement.
  • Combined entity will create a recruitment platform connecting 4 million active candidates with recruiters across the nation.
  • Quikr classified platforms is used by 30 million persons per month and is bagged by investors like eBay, Warburg Pincus and Tiger Global Management.

6)   Big data analytics company Teradata has announced the acquisition of which firm on 25th July, 2016?

a. Big Data Partnership
b. Big Data Group
c. Big Data Company
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Big Data Partnership

Big data analytics major Teradata has announced the acquisition of London based firm Big Data Partnership to broaden open source analytics services across international marketplaces such as Asia.

  • Big Data Partnership broadens the analytics services portfolio of the company.
  • Big Data Partnership has expertise in disruptive technologies such as Apache Hadoop and helps clients become data driven and data savvy through data science and latest big data technologies.
  • Company will now join Teradata’s Think Big consulting practice to accelerate its expansion of open source consulting services internationally.

7)   Verizon is purchasing which search engine major for USD 4.83 billion?

a. Microsoft
b. Yahoo
c. Google
d. AOL
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Verizon is purchasing search engine major Yahoo for USD 4.83 billion marking the close of an era for a company defining the internet.

  • This marks the second time in two years Verizon has broadened its digital reach.
  • It paid USD 4.4 billion for AOL in 2015.
  • It is the largest wireless carrier in the US and is NY based.
  • Others in the bidding processes were AT&T and Quicker Loans founder Dan Gilbert as well as buyout firms TPG and Vector Capital Management.

8)   Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC is partnering which computer major for launching Vive branded PCs?

a. IBM
b. HP
c. Microsoft
d. Apple
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Taiwanese smartphone marker HTC has partnered HP to launch Vive branded PCs.

  • HTC will acquire the PCs from HP and rebrand them.
  • HTC forayed into the VR segment with the launch of Vive headset in 2015.

9)   Which e-commerce startup has received funding from Infosys cofounder Nandan Nilenkani?

a. 10i
b. 20i
c. 25i
d. 30i
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani has invested in an e-commerce start up for the first time namely Bengaluru based 10i Commerce Services aimed at empowering traditional small retail stores with technology platform ShopX.

  • So far, INR 25-30 crore has been raised by Nilekani who is the sole investor in the startup with a minority stake.
  • This is his largest investment in a startup since Sedemac.

10)   Which NASA mission became the first to successfully land a fully operational spacecraft on Mars 40 years ago?

a. Cassini
b. Apollo
c. Rosetta
d. Viking
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Viking

40 years ago, NASA’s Viking Mission became the first to successfully land a completely operational spacecraft on Mars.

  • Rolls of microfilm containing the data were stored away for potential use.
  • NASA is now going through the microfilm and scanning every frame into the computer database so anyone can access it online.
  • Spacecraft dubbed Viking 1 landed on the surface of the Red Planet in July 1976.
  • Counterpart Viking 2 landed on the Martian surface in September 1976.

11)   Which Indian football player died following a cardiac arrest on 24th July 2016?

a. Marto Gracias
b. Sunil Chettri
c. Baichung Bhutia
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Marto Gracias

Former India football player Marto Gracias died on 24th July 2016 following a cardiac arrest. He is survived by a wife and a daughter.

  • Gracias is a former striker who captained Maharashtra in the senior nationals and TATA Sports Club in major tournamenets.
  • He suffered a heart attack at the age of 75 and passed away.
  • Gracias is known for his hat trick in India’s 4-0 win against Hong Kong in the 1967 Merdeka Cup, held in Malaysia.

12)   Which US party’s national committee chairperson has resigned in July 2016?

a. Democrat
b. Republican
c. Green Party
d. Transhumanist Party
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Democrat

Debbie Wasserman Schultz was put in charge of the Democratic National Committee , becoming the first woman to chair the DNC.

  • But following publication of emails (close to 19,000) indicating senator Hillary Clinton was preferred over Bernie Sanders as rocked the party.
  • WikiLeaks posted the emails and Schultz will now step down.
  • At 26, she was the youngest woman elected to a seat in Florida’s House.

13)   President Mukherjee just completed his fourth term as president. Which other milestone was reached for Rashtrapati Bhavan in July 2016?

a. Second phase of Rashtrapati Bhavan Library inaugurated
b. Second phase of Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum inaugurated
c. Second phase of Rashtrapati Bhavan Garden launched
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Second phase of Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum inaugurated

PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the second phase of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum marking the opening of a museum aimed at enhancing implementation of democratic principles and understanding the role of the Presidency.

  • This coincides with the fourth anniversary of assuming the role of the country’s first citizen by President Mukherjee.

14)   Women can serve in which sections of the Territorial Army, according to the Centre?

a. Railway engineer regiment
b. Honorary Commissions
c. Both of the above
d. Neither a nor b
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Both of the above

Women can join and serve in the Territorial Army in the railway engine regiments and also considered for honorary commissions, the Centre told Delhi HC.

  • Government had submitted this in an affidavit filed before the Bench seeking a hearing of the PIL seeking recruitment of women in TA.
  • TA is an organisation of volunteers who receive military training to be mobilised for the country’s defence in the event of an emergency.
  • No discrimination was indicated during the selection procedure, eligibility criteria and terms of service, said the Centre.

15)   CUNPK commenced the first UNPCAP-01. What does CUNPK stand for?

a. Centre for United Nations Peacekeepers
b. Centre for United National Peacekeeping
c. Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping

Centre for United Peacekeeping in India (CUNPK) commenced the first United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners.

  • The course commenced for three weeks from July 25 in new Delhi.
  • It is being conducted jointly with the US.
  • Indian Army has acquired decades of experience through participation in UN Peace Keeping Operations.

16)   Where does the government plan to establish an All India institute of Homeopathy?

a. New Delhi
b. NCR
c. Gurgaon
d. Noida
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: New Delhi

Government of India has planned to establish an All India Institute of Homeopathy at Narela New Delhi marking the creation of the first post graduate and doctorate research in this area in the country.

  • Civil works of three new institutes All India Institute of Ayurveda New Delhi, North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Homeopathy and North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine were also completed.
  • The institutes will be operationalised in 2016-2017.

17)   Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has launched the second phase of which agricultural training in collaboration with USAID?

a. Feed the Future India Total Training Programme
b. Feed the Farmer India Triangular Training Programme
c. Feed the Future India Triangular Training Programme
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Feed the Future India Triangular Training Programme

Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and US Agency for International development launched the second phase of the Feed the Future India Triangular Training Programme.

  • This brings specialised agricultural training to professionals across Africa and Asia.
  • Indian government and USAID signed a Limited Scope Cooperation Agreement to this effect in 2005.
  • 17 countries are covered under the programme including Liberia, Kenya, Malawi. Cambodia and Ethiopia.

18)   Ministry of Women and Child Development has drafted NPAC 2016. What does NPAC stand for?

a. National Plan of Action for Children
b. Nation’s Plan of Action for Children
c. National Plan of Agriculture for Communities
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: National Plan of Action for Children

WCD Ministry has drafted the National Plan of Action for Children 2016 which is based on principles of National Policy for Children(NPC 2013)

  • It provides a protection of child rights under 4 key areas:1. Survival, Health and Nutrition
    2. Education and Development (including Skill Development)
    3. Protection
    4. Participation.
  • Draft NPAC is being developed in consultation with ministries, departments, governments of state and UT, NGOs and children.

19)   Which PSU bank has signed an MoU with IRCTC?

a. Bank of Baroda
b. Punjab National Bank
c. State Bank of India
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: State Bank of India

Country’s largest PSU bank SBI has signed an MoU with IRCTC for detailed promotion of railway ticketing activities including online ticketing and unreserved ticketing systems.

  • As per the MoU, the signatories “will jointly explore areas of cooperation and draw up a detailed plan for promotion of rail ticketing activities.”
  • Both parties are desirous of working together to provide improved Internet ticketing services to the customers of Indian Railways in the field of Unreserved Ticketing System (UTS) and Internet-based e-ticketing system.

20)   DIPP has organised a day long conference on which programme/initiative in Delhi in July 2015?

a. Standup India
b. Startup India
c. Incredible India
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Startup India

Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has organised a day long conference on Startup India in New Delhi aimed at enhancing the ease of doing business.

  • Startup would now need only certificate of recognition from government to get IPR benefits.
  • Under the ‘Start-up India’ action plan, the government has announced three-year tax holiday and other benefits to these entrepreneurs.
  • Around 4400 technology startups are there in India and number is expected to reach 12,000 by 2020.

21)   Where is the world’s largest Yazidi temple being built?

a. Aknalich
b. Yerevan
c. Zambia
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Aknalich

A huge Yazidi temple is under construction in a small Armenian village, intended as a symbol of resilience for a persecuted religious tradition.

  • The temple is being built in Aknalich, about 35km from Yerevan, the Armenian capital.
  • 7 domes will surround a central arched roof, crowned with a gold-plated sun.
  • At 25m height, it will be built from Armenian granite and Iranian marble and house a 200 sq. m prayer hall.
  • Called Quba Mere Diwane, this will be the largest Yazidi temple in the world.

22)   MCI has granted permission to how many colleges in the country to start MBBS courses?

a. 13
b. 14
c. 15
d. 17
Answer  Explanation 


Medical Council of India has granted permission to start 17 colleges in the nation including three government institutes in Karnataka.

  • This adds 2150 seats to the MBBS field this year.
  • Apart from Karnataka's three, Maharashtra, Telangana and UP will get two institutes each while Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttarakhand will get one each.
  • The country has 439 medical colleges with 59,288 MBBS seats.
  • The highest number of medical colleges are in Karnataka.

23)   Which female musician has become the first violinist to get the Sangita Kalanidhi award?

a. A. Kanyakumari
b. B. Kanyakumari
c. C. Kanyakumari
d. D. Kanyakumari
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: A. Kanyakumari

A. Kanyakumari, an outstanding and versatile violinist, will get the Sangita Kalanidhi award of the Music Academy this year.

  • “The executive committee of the Academy held on July 24 has unanimously chosen her for its coveted award,” said N. Murali, president of Academy.
  • He said Ms. Kanyakumari was the first woman violinist to get the award in the history of the Music Academy and she will preside over the 90th annual conference of the Academy to be held between December 15, 2016 and January 1, 2017.
  • The award will be conferred on her at the Sadas on January 1, 2017.
  • She belongs to the Balasubramaniam school of music.
  • She has also created 7 rages under Saptadri, 7 names of Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati

24)   Which Indian athlete became the first to win the world championship at any level in the field of javelin throwing?

a. Narsingh Yadav
b. Naveen Chopra
c. Neeraj Chopra
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Neeraj Chopra

Chopra broke the record by winning gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Poland.

  • Chopra, who broke the earlier record of 84.69 meters held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais, recorded a throw of 86.48m.
  • The 18-year-old was gunning for a spot at Rio Olympics but failed to hit the qualifying mark of 83 meters and now have stunned everyone with his record breaking throw.