Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Mar 10, 2016

1)   The government has recently signed the Raptor MoU extending coverage to how many birds of prey?

a. 76
b. 77
c. 78
d. 79
Answer  Explanation 


Government has signed Raptor MoU which is a Memorandum of Understanding linked to the conservation of birds of prey in Eurasia and Africa. Raptor MoU extends coverage to 76 species of birds of prey from which 46 species including vultures, owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and kites occur in India. MoU has been signed on March 7, 2016. The MoU has been signed with the Convention on Conversation of Migratory Species or Bonn Convention under UNEP.

2)   George Martin has died recently on 9th March 2015. He was also known as ___________.

a. First Beatle
b. Second Beatle
c. Fourth Beatle
d. Fifth Beatle
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Fifth Beatle

The producer who guided the transformation of the band has died on March 9th at the age of 90. George Martin, the Beatles’ urbane producer who quietly guided the band’s swift, historic transformation from rowdy club act to musical and cultural revolutionaries, has died, his management said Wednesday. He was 90. Martin was influential for albums of modern times “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Revolver,” “Rubber Soul,” “Abbey Road” elevating rock LPs from ways to cash in on hit singles to art forms, “concepts.” He won six Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1999. In 1996, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

3)   15 year old girl infected with Zika virus has contracted first case of which condition?

a. Acute Myelitis
b. Acute Meningitis
c. Acute Myopia
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Acute Myelitis

In a first, a 15 year old girl has been infected with Zika virus leading to paralysis causing acute myelitis. This marks the first case of acute myelitis or inflammation of the spinal cord in association with Zika virus according to a research team from Pointe-a-Pitre university hospital and University of Antilles in French West Indies. Young patient in the acute phase of the Zika virus infection presented motor deficiency in 4 limbs and was associated with intense pain and acute urinary retention. Presence of the virus was confirmed in cerebrospinal fluid, urine and blood according to researchers.

4)   Housing dot com founder ______ has resigned from the company on March 10th 2016

a. Rahul Yadav
b. Advitiya Sharma
c. Ashok Sharma
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Advitiya Sharma

Housing dot com co founder Advitya Sharma has resigned from the company he started with IIT batchmates including ousted CEO Rahul Yadav. Mumbai based real estate portal is one of the hottest tech startups in India.

5)   Which state owned telecom operator has partnered with TATA Sky to provide VoD services to broadband users?

c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
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ANSWER: Both of the above

State owned telecom operator BSNL has partnered with DTH major TATA Sky to offer video on demand services to broadband users. BSNL will waive off broadband rental for the first month while Tata Sky will offer its VoD service free for the first month to download content worth up to INR 500. BSNL has launched free Wi Fi hotspots in Chennai.

6)   When was the Assam Rifles 181st raising day celebrations held?

a. March 8
b. March 9
c. March 10
d. March 11
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: March 8

Cycling event of the Indian Army with the theme Cycle to Recycle was flagged off on March 8, 2016 from Pangsau Pass on the India-Myanmar border as part of the Assam Rifles 181st raising day celebrations. Event aimed to create awareness about nature and environment conservation.

7)   Which US private equity fund has Crompton Greaves agreed to sell its transmission and distribution business?

a. First Reserve Global Ltd
b. First Reserve International Ltd
c. First Reserve Global Group
d. First Reserve International Group
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: First Reserve International Ltd

CG has agreed to sell its transmission and distribution business outside India to First Reserve International Limited for INR 847 crore. Sales proceeds will be used for lessening company debt and the offer is subject to shareholder approval.

8)   Scientists have found a butterfly species from Australasia which has which has 15 classes of light detecting cells or photoreceptors. What species is this?

a. Common bluebottles
b. Graphium sarpedon
c. Both are the same
d. Neither of the above
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ANSWER: Both are the same

This enables the species (Common bluebottles or Graphium sarpedon) to observe fast moving objects better than even humans and differentiate between UV and polarised light. Earlier, no known insect had more than 9 classes of photoreceptors according to researchers. Such photoreceptors are like the rods and cons in the human eye. Having multiple photoreceptors is indispensable for observing colour. A similar system was found in another butterfly studied by this research group, the Asian swallowtail or Papilio xuthus. This has around 6 photoreceptors.

9)   Through the use of engineered microbes, MIT researchers have turned power emissions and biomass into__________.

a. fuel
b. liquid fuel
c. gas
d. solid waste
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: liquid fuel

In what is the first innovation of its kind, MIT researchers have turned emissions of power stations, garbage dumps and steel mills into liquid fuels. This process has been tried in a pilot plant in China and energy dense liquids are vital to transport but are derived from oil currently which is a fossil fuel causing air contamination. Biofuels have been seen as a possible replacement yet current biofuels compete with food production and are driving up food prices. Using waste gases to create low carbon liquid fuels is a major battle against global warming if low cost and large scale can be replicated. MIT process uses bacteria to convert waste gases into acetic acid that an engineered yeast can be used to produce oil.

10)   Who has been appointed as the CEO of CA Media Digital which is the digital wing of CA Media LP owned by The Chernin Group, KKR as well as other investors?

a. Vivek Sinha
b. Vivek Singh
c. Vivek Jain
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Vivek Jain

CA Digital India Pvt Ltd on March 8th, 2016 appointed Vivek Jain as CEO. CA Media Digital is a digital unit of CA Media LP. Prior to joining this company, Jain was working as Reliance Jio executive and is an MBA from University of Texas at Austin.

11)   Which UN agencies launched the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage?

d. Both a and b
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ANSWER: Both a and b

UNICEF and UNFPA have jointly launched the Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. This multi country initiative is part of an international effort to prevent girls from marrying too young. It will also protect rights of millions of young girls by using the resources of communities and governments.

12)   5 regional centres of the NSD are proposed to be set up at which locations?

a. Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, J&K and NE
b. Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, J&K and NE
c. Hyderabad, Mumbai, Goa, J&K and NE
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mumbai, Kolkata, Goa, J&K and NE

Apart from upgrading a resource centre in Bengaluru to a regional centre, the Broad based Committee NSD Society has approved the proposal to establish 5 regional centres at Mumbai, Goa, Kolkata, J&K and NE. Regional centres have been provided accommodation for this purpose.

13)   A Google run AI programme has defeated legendary player Lee Se-Dol in a complex Chinese board-game called Go. What is it called?

a. AlphaGo
b. GammaGo
c. BetaGo
d. DeltaGo
Answer  Explanation 


In a rare feat, Google run AI programme AlphaGo has defeated legendary player Lee Se-Dol in a complex Chinese board game called Go. The win came in a first tie of 5 match series being held in South Korea. Se-dol is a South Korean Go player ranked second in international titles. Google’s AlphaGo combines advanced tree search with deep neural networks. The first game ever mastered by a computer is noughts and crosses.