Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Mar 22, 2016

1)   A Parsi community exhibition entitled “Painted Encounters Parsi Traders and the Community and No Paris is an Island” was inaugurated at NGMA under which scheme?

a. Hamari Shiskha
b. Hamari Darohar
c. Hamari Bharat Nirmal
d. Hamari Parsi Bhai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hamari Darohar

The exhibition entitled “Painted Encounters Parsi Traders and the Community & No Parsi is in island” at NGMA in New Delhi. This is part of the Everlasting Flame International Programme which the Minority Affairs Ministry has taken up as the first project under Hamari Darohar scheme.

2)   Which bird has not been spotted since 2007, according to Indian forest officials in the Nashik region?

a. Hoopoe
b. Great Indian Bustard
c. Sparrow
d. Robin
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Great Indian Bustard

According to forest officials, not even a single Great Indian Bustard has been spotted in the region since 2007. Officials said 3 GIBs were seen in the Ozar strip in the past year. In 2014, the forest department made an effort to conserve the bird, but no results were forthcoming after this. The bird was spotted in early 2000 in grassland regions of Viajapur, Ahmednagar, Sinnar and Ozar. 2011 GIB Census shows there are 150 such birds in the wild in Indian and Pakistan. From 11 states in the 1960s, the number of states this bird is found in fell to 6 by 2005. It is now said GIB exists in 5 states across the nation.

3)   Which Indian biosphere reserve in the Western Ghats is home to 2254 species of higher plants?

a. Agasthmala
b. Agashtyamana
c. Agasthyamala
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Agasthyamala

India’s special Agasthymala Biosphere Reserve in The Western Ghats is among 20 new sites added by top UN cultural body UNESCO to World Network for Biosphere Reserves. The total number of biosphere reserves has now shot up to 669 in 120 countries including 16 trans boundary sites. Located in the Western Ghats. This reserve includes peaks of 1868 m above sea level. Comprising mostly tropical forests, the site is home to 2254 species of higher plants of which 400 are endemic.

4)   China has agreed to build a railway link between Nepal and itself to reduce which landlocked country’s dependence on India?

a. Taiwan
b. Tibet
c. Hong Kong
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 


China on 21st March 2016 agreed to a request of Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli to construct a strategic railway link between the two nations through Tibet to reduce the total dependence of the country on India. The two sides signed close to 10 agreements including an important landmark transit trade deal.

5)   Who/which party has won the election in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on 21st March 2016?

a. Ali Mohamed Shein
b. CCM party
c. CCD party
d. Both a and b
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and b

Ruling party in Tanzania’s Zanzibar were declared winners in the presidential election, according to the electoral commission. Incumbent president Ali Mohamed Shein of the ruling CCM party was declared the winner with 91.4% of the votes.

6)   India will grow by what percent in 2016-2017, said ICRA?

a. 7.6
b. 7.7
c. 7.8
d. 7.9
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Indian economy will grow 7.7% in 2016-2017, according to rating agency ICRA. It projected Indian economic growth to improve to 7.7% in the coming fiscal led by domestic consumption demand against the backdrop of OROP recommendations and 7th Pay Commission. The agency also said that though fresh project pipelines appear robust, commencement of work will lag announcement provided moderate capacity utilisation is there in some sectors.

7)   A CBDT committee on taxation of e-commerce has suggested an equalisation levy of how much for B2B deals with a view to tax digital transactions?

a. 6-8%
b. 6-9%
c. 6-10%
d. 6-11%
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 6-8%

Panel says equalisation levy of 6-8 percent on digital transactions is for business to business deals for e-commerce companies. Report also suggested introduction of tax based on BEPS or Base Erosion and Profit Sharing earlier endorsed by G20 and OECD. The CBDT committee also suggested equalisation levy be imposed on amount paid to non resident by Indian resident for specified digital services. It also indicates the Levy should not be part of the Income Tax Act.

8)   Two comets will flyby to earth on 21st March 2016. What are they called?

a. Comet 252P/LINEAR, comet P/2016 BA14
b. Comet A/2016 BA14, comet 253P/LINEAR
c. Comet B/2016 BA14, comet 254P/LINEAR
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Comet 252P/LINEAR, comet P/2016 BA14

Astronomers all over the world trained their high end telescopes on the sky on Monday to observe the closest flyby of two comets that may be twins of some sort. Comet 252P/LINEAR, approximately 750 feet in size, will zip past Earth on 21st March at a range of about 5.2 million kms. On 22nd March, comet P/2016 BA14 will safely fly at a distance of about 3.5 million kms. This will be the third closest flyby of a comet next to D/1770 L1 (Lexell) in 1770 and comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) in 1983.

9)   The former PM of which country passed away on 20th March, 2016?

a. Netherlands
b. Denmark
c. Holland
d. Germany
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Denmark

The ex prime minister of Denmark Anker Jorgensen passed away on March 20th 2016 in Copenhagen at the age of 93. He served as a PM of the country from 1972 to 1973 and from 1975 to 1982. In 1950, he became member of the trade unions. He has been two time PM of Denmark.

10)   Union Health Minister JP Nadda launched CBNAAT machines for the quick diagnosis of Tuberculosis within two hours. What does CBNAAT stand for?

a. Cartridge Based Nuclear Acid Amplification Test
b. Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test
c. Cartridge Based Nucleus Acid Amplification Test
d. Cartridge Based Nucleic Acidity Amplification Test
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test

The CBNAAT/Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test is a revolutionary rapid molecular test which detects Mycobacterium tuberculosis and rifampicin drug resistance, simultaneously. This test is completely automated and provides results within two hours. Currently 121 CBNAAT machine are functioning and five hundred more such machines were launched by the Minister.

11)   International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination was observed on which date?

a. 20th March
b. 21st March
c. 22nd March
d. 23rd March
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 21st March

On this day (21st March) the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2016 was observed on March 21st with the theme Challenges and Achievements of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. In 2016, the day is marked by the fifteenth anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in 2001.

12)   Where did IAF conduct Exercise Iron Fist?

a. Rajasthan
b. Tamil Nadu
c. Gujarat
d. Maharashtra
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Rajasthan

Indian Air Force on March 18, 2016 successfully conducted Exercise Iron Fist in Pokhran, Rajasthan. This exercise showcased 22 types of platforms and weapon systems like Jaguar, MIG 29 and RPAs.

13)   International Day of Forests was observed on 21st March 2016. What was its theme?

a. Forest and Soil
b. Water and Soil
c. Forest and Water
d. Soil and Trees
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Forest and Water

International Day of Forests was observed on 21st March 2016 across the globe. The theme was Forest and water and it highlights the critical importance of forests in sustaining planet’s supply of freshwater essential for life. To mark the Day, a joint celebration of World Water Day and International Day of Forests was held on 21st March 2016 in NY.

14)   World Puppetry Day is observed on which date every year?

a. March 20th
b. March 21st
c. March 22nd
d. March 23rd
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: March 21st

The idea of World puppetry Day came from Iranian artist Javad Zolfaghari who made the proposal in the XVIII Congress of UNIMA in 2000. UNIMA stands for Union Internationale de la Marionnette, (UNIMA). The first such celebration took place in 2003.