Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Mar 12 & 13, 2016

1)   Biometric data of how many Indians has been collected so far under the Aadhar scheme?

a. 88 crore
b. 99 crore
c. 100 crore
d. 110 crore
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 99 crore

Biometric data of around 99 crore Indians has been encrypted so far under the Aadhar scheme. IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced that there are currently 99 crore Indians on Aadhar. In case of DBT or Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme, INR 15,000 core was saved and for PDF, INR 2346 crore was saved within 4 states. Regarding privacy, all care has been taken, the minister announced.

2)   Who has been appointed as the secretary general of the Arab League on 10th March 2016?

a. Aboul Gheit
b. Nabi El Araby
c. Nabil al-Arabi
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Aboul Gheit

Egyptian diplomat and former Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit has been named as Secretary General of the Arab League on 10th March 2016. 22 member organisation voted in favour of Abdul Gheit. Appointment was announced by Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khaled bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa at the end of 22-nation ministerial meeting in Cairo. The 73 year old Gheit is a former ambassador to the United Nations and will succeed Nail El-Araby. He served as foreign minister of Egypt during first 7 years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule, following mass protests toppling Mubarak. Incumbent Nabil al-Arabi declines a second 5 year term as Secretary General.

3)   Which pharma major has announced a collaboration with TR Pharm of Turkey for strategic collaboration in biosimilar products?

a. Sun
b. Dr. Reddy’s
c. GSK
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr. Reddy’s

Pharma major Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd and TR Pharm of Turkey have announced a strategic agreement involving three biosimiliar products which will be commercialised as part of the agreement.

4)   Rashtrapati Bhavan will host a week long festival in collaboration with NIF from March 12 to 19 2016. What is it called?

a. Festival of Invention
b. Festival of Innovations
c. Festival of Lights
d. Festival of Books
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Festival of Innovations

The festival is being hosted from 12th to 19th March 2016 during Festival of Innovations in collaboration with National Innovation Foundation. The festival will hold 3 exhibitions, 2 workshops, 4 Gds, 2 award presentations and a roundtable on different topics. Highlights of the festival include a keynote address by Kailash Satyarthi and presentation of the Gandhi Young Technological Innovation Award on March 13th, 2016.

5)   President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee extended greetings to which nation on 12th March 2016 on their 48th anniversary of their Independence day?

a. Mauritius
b. Maldives
c. Sri Lanka
d. Bangladesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mauritius

Shri. Prank Mukherjee has extended greetings and felicitations of the government and republic of Mauritius on the eve of their 48th anniversary of the independence day which is March 12, 2016. March 12 is significant in political struggles of both nations. The current president of the Republic of Mauritius is Dr. (Mrs.) Ameenah Gurib- Fakim. Her last visit to India was in December 2015.

6)   NCRB hosted its 31st Inception Day on 12th March. What new innovations were launched on this day?

a. Fake Indian Currency Note compilation System
b. Mobile app Vahan Samanvaya
c. Both a and b
d. Neither a nor b
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

National Crime Records Bureau has celebrated its 31st Inception Day on 12th March 2016. On this day, Union Minister of State, MHA Shri. H. P Chaudhry launched web portal Fake Indian Currency Note compilation system and launched a mobile app called Vahan Samanvaya. With the help of the latter, stolen vehicles can be traced from the database. MHA also entrusted the bureau with the implementation of flagship plan programme “Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System” by March 31st, 2017.

7)   What is the name of the national LED programme launched for relaxing 77 crore incandescent lamps with LED bulbs?

a. Ujala
b. Ujwala
c. Roshini
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


National LED programme called Ujala with the target of replacing 77 crore incandescent maps across 12 states with light bulbs will give a successful lease of life to DELP. As part of this programme, nearly 7.47 crore LED bulbs have been distributed across the nation resulting in energy saving of more than 2.66 crore kWh each year and reducing 21,550 tonnes of CO2 per day which will have cost savings of INR 10.64 crore each day.

8)   Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar launched the web portal of which secretariat?

a. Delhi
b. Mumbai
c. Kendriya Sainik Board
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Kendriya Sainik Board

This interactive web portal of the KSB secretariat was launched by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar under the Department of Ex Servicemen Welfare. This website contains workflow software for all secretariat schemes apart from saving time through real time tracking of ESM applications.

9)   New frog species unlike ordinary ones has been found in Southwest China’s Yunnan province called Leptolalax tengchongensis. What is it commonly known as?

a. Asian litter frog
b. Asian critter frog
c. Asian tree frog
d. Asian leaf frog
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Asian litter frog

New frog species is unlike ordinary frogs and only lives in clean water. It produces a special sound during the mating season. Leptolalax tengchongensis, commonly known as the Asian litter frog, was spotted in the Tengchong section of Gaoligong Mountain National Nature Reserve in the west of Yunnan and was named after the county of Tengchong. New frog has relatively small size of 2-3 cm.

10)   Which astronaut went on the longest US space mission on record?

a. Mark Kelly
b. Scott Kelly
c. Mikhail Komienko
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Scott Kelly

The astronaut who holds the American record for the most time spent in space will retire on April 1, according to the US space agency. Kelly along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Komienko has returned to earth after a year on ISS. This is the longest US space mission on record intended to pave the way for human travel to Mars. Kelly’s 240 day mission broke the previous record of 215 days held by former astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria aboard the space station in 2007.

11)   Top 50 domestic corporate leaders assembled on 12th March 2016 to adopt which UN goals?

a. Millennium Development Goals
b. Sustainable Development Goals
c. Uniform Development Goals
d. Unique Development Goals
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sustainable Development Goals

Top domestic corporate leaders have assembled under the aegis of UN to formally adopt Sustainable Development Goals of the world body and discuss the way forward for implementation. SDGs are a continuum of the 8 MDGs under implementation from January 2000 to December 2015. 17 SDGs are being implemented from January 2016 to December 2020. UN Global Compact is the implementation agency for SDGs and the Mumbai meeting becomes important because this marks the first time UN is formally involving corporates to push forward its development agenda. Companies attending the meeting include TATAs, Reliance Industries,Essar Group, Adani Group and the Birlas. Numerous MNCs like Mercedes will also be attending the session. India Inc will be the first country in the world to adopt SDGs and implement them in companies.

12)   Autodesk Inc on Friday, 11th March reached a settlement with two activist investors appointing three directors to board and avoiding a proxy fight. It also appointed how many executives to its board?

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


Autodesk has reached a settlement with 2 activist investors Eminence Capital LP and Sachem Head Capital over a standstill agreement with Eminence Capital LP and Sachem Head Capital meaning activists will have to cooperate with the board over a certain time period. Scott Ferguson, managing partner of Sachem Head, Tessera Technologies chairman Rick Hill and Kodak chief executive Jeff Clarke to its board.

13)   What does NIMZ stand for, with regard to the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor?

a. National Investment and Manufacture Zone
b. National Incentive and Manufacturing Zone
c. National Indian Manufacturing Zone
d. National Investment and Manufacturing Zones
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: National Investment and Manufacturing Zones

Government has announced 8 investment regions along the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor under the National Investment and Manufacturing Zones namely:

  • Ahmedabad Dholera Investment Region, Gujarat
  • Shendra Bidkin Industrial Parts city close to Aurangabad, Maharashtra
  • Manesar Bawal Investment region, Haryana
  • Khuskhera Bhiwadi Neemrana Investment region, Rajasthan
  • Pithampur-Dhar-Now Investment region, MP
  • Dari Noida Ghaziabad Investment Region, UP
  • Dighi Port Industrial Area, Maharashtra
  • Jodhpur-Pali-Marwar region in Rajasthan

In principle approval has also been given to 14 NIMZ of which two have been granted approval: Prakasam in AP and Medak in Telangana.

14)   Government has made the decision to relax norms for which category of MSMEs?

a. startups
b. 10 year old
c. 5 year old
d. 3 year old
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: startups

As per the decision, MSMEs can deliver goods and services as per prescribed technical and quality specifications and norms on prior experience and turnover will be relaxed for them. This will assist startup MSMEs to take part in 20% public procurement from MSMEs and relaxation has been made for creating a conducive start up environment in India.

15)   India has ranked ___ out of 60 in the best countries report compiled by US news in collaboration with BAV Consulting and U-Penn’s Wharton.

a. 21
b. 22
c. 23
d. 24
Answer  Explanation 


India has been ranked as 22nd out of 60 nations in the Best Countries Report based on data from US News, BAV Consulting and Wharton. To be included in the Best Countries rankings, a nation had to be ranked in the United Nation’s Top 100 countries in terms of 2013 GDP, the World Bank’s Top 100 in terms of international tourism, the United Nation’s top 150 in the 2014 Human Development Index and the United Nation’s Top 100 Foreign Direct Investment Inflows 2013 report.

16)   Australian scientists have created the world’s thinnest lens which is _________ times thinner than human hair.

a. 2000
b. 3000
c. 4000
d. 5000
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2000

Australian scientists have created the world’s thinnest lens 2000 times thinner than human hair and a breakthrough for revolutionising nanotechnology. Finished lens is 6.3 nanometers in size as against a previous smallest lens which is 50 nanometers in thickness. Lens has been created by a team of researchers led by Yeurui Larry Lu from Australian National University. Scientists have said lens could have revolutionary applications in medicine, technology and science, even creating bendable computer screens.