Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Mar 25, 2016

1)   Which UN official arrived on an official visit prior to UN brokered talks in Geneva in Syrian settlement of central Lebanon?

a. UN Chief
b. UN Secretary General
c. Ban Ki-moon
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

The United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has arrived on an official visit to Lebanon even as UN brokered peace talks in Geneva between the opposition and the Syrian government will adjourn till April. Ban Ki-moon is to meet top Lebanese officials and discuss regional issues. Ban is expected to address the topics of refugee support, unemployment of youth and private sector development. He will also visit the Syrian refugee settlement in central Lebanon and country’s second largest city Tripoli in the north.

2)   New Zealand has voted in favour of retaining the flag of the country. The existing flag comprises:

a. UK’s Union Jack in the corner
b. 4 red stars in the Southern Cross formation
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both of the above

New Zealand on Thursday, 24th March 2016 voted in favour of retaining the flag of the country, preliminary results of the referendum showcased. The current flag features the United Kingdom’s Union Jack in the corner and 4 red stars in the Southern Cross formation. This indicates New Zealand’s location within the South Pacific. Alternate design matches the current flag yet ditches the British Union Jack in favour of the fern which is a national symbol. Close to 1.2 million million people voted to retain the flag while around 900,000 people voted for the alternative. Government appointed panel showcased a list of 4 designs for New Zealand’s new national flag.

3)   Business tycoon Vijay Mallya has resigned from which of the following companies/groups?

a. RCB
b. Sanofi
c. United Spirits
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Mallya conveyed the decision not to seek re-election as director at the Annual General Meeting of the company. He had first joined in December 1973 as the director of Sanofi India Limited once known as Hoescht Pharma Ltd. He functioned as the board chairman since 1983.

4)   Who has been elected unanimously as PDP legislature party leader on 24th March 2016?

a. Muzaffar Baig
b. Mehbooba Mufti
c. Omar Abdullah
d. Farooq Abdullah
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mehbooba Mufti

Mehbooba Mufti was elected unanimously as the PDP legislature party leader with the senior leader indicating she is PDP nominee for J&K’s CM post. 56-year-old PDP president was elected as leader of the legislature party at a PDP meeting.

5)   Patches of water ice on opposite ends of the Moon show earth’s orbiting companion once spun on a different axis. What is the value of this tilt in degree terms?

a. Four
b. Five
c. Six
d. Seven
Answer  Explanation 


Patches of water ice on opposite ends of the earth’s moon indicate that Earth’s orbiting companion once spun on a differing axis as per a study released on 23rd March. This 6 degree title happened several billion years ago. It was mostly used by ancient volcanic rock formation on the Moon’s heart side. Team led by M Siegler of the Planetary science Institute in Tucson Arizona has termed this the Moon’s “polar wander.”

6)   Smallest viable genome with just enough genes for an organism to function and replace on its own has been identified. How many genes does this synthetic genome of bacteria carry?

a. 457
b. 468
c. 490
d. 473
Answer  Explanation 


American scientists have created the smallest viable genome existing in nature with adequate essential genes for organisms to function and reproduce on their own. Synthetic genome of this bacteria called JCVI-syn3.0, only carries 473 genes, compared to about 20,000 for a human being. Leader researcher Craig Venter and Clyde Hutchinson and colleagues have not determined the function of a third of the total genes amounting to 149.

7)   World Tuberculosis Day was observed on which day?

a. 23rd March
b. 24th March
c. 25th March
d. 26th March
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 24th March

World Tuberculosis Day was observed in March 24 every year. It aims to build public awareness about TB, a global epidemic and eliminate the disease. The 2016 theme is “Unite to End TB”. This marks the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch and his team developed an understanding of the TB bacillus, tuberculosis. There is currently no vaccine for TB.

8)   Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of which judge as the Chairman for CAT?

a. Justice CP Thakur
b. Justice Permod Kohli
c. Justice AP Shah
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice Permod Kohli

ACC has appointed Justice Permod Kohli, retired Chief Justice of Sikkim HC as Chairman in the Central Administrative Tribunal. Appointment is for a period of 5 years form assumption of post or attainment of 68 years, whichever is earlier.

9)   Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched LASI recently. What does it stand for?

a. Long term Ageing Study in India
b. Longitudinal Ageing Study in India
c. Long Term Attitude Study in India
d. Longitudinal Attitude Study in India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Longitudinal Ageing Study in India

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India. Its main objective is assessing the needs of elderly persons and framing policies that meet their needs. LASI is the largest study on older population in the area had surveys more than 60,000 elderly over a 25 year plan. International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai in collaboration with Harvard School of Public Health and University of Southern California. IS is conducting the LASI under the control of the Ministry of Union Health and family Welfare.

10)   Which football striker and coach was known as the Flying Dutchman?

a. Johann Schmidt
b. Johann Hansel
c. Johan Cryuff
d. Jonah Cryuff
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Johan Cryuff

Legendary Dutch football striker and coach, Johan Cryuff has died of lung cancer at the age of 68. Cry embodied Dutch total football which focuses on fluid play style involving ball possession and rapid massing, involving members in either attack or defence. He helped Alex Amsterdam win the European Cup three consecutive years from 1971 to 1973. He was also named European Footballer of the Year in 1971, 1973 and 1974. He had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer.

11)   Which day is celebrated as the Independence Day of the Hellenic Republic?

a. March 23
b. March 24
c. March 25
d. March 26
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: March 25

President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee gave greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the Hellenic Republic on the eve of their Independence Day (March 25, 2016). Greeting Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the President of the Hellenic Republic, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and felicitations to Your Excellency and to the people of the Hellenic Republic on the occasion of your Independence Day.

12)   Which FPV was commissioned on March 21st, 2016 in Vizag?

a. INS Amvesh
b. ICGM Amvesh
c. INS Mahavesh
d. ICGS Amvesh
Answer  Explanation 


Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS Amvesh of the Indian Coast Guard was commissioned on March 21, 2016. Vessel was composed by Flag Office Commander in Chief of the ENC namely Vice Admiral Bhisht. This is 16th among 20 vessels constructed by Cochin Shipyard Limited. This is a 300 tins and a 50 km long vessel.

13)   India and France have signed MoU for how many nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra?

a. 5
b. 6
c. 7
d. 9
Answer  Explanation 


India and France have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra, two months after the two nations formed an agreement to do so. Pact was inked following visit of high level delegation of Electricite de France to hold discussion with NPCIL for the construction of plants.