Current Affairs Questions & Answers - May 10, 2016

1)   What is the value of the trade deficit of the US with India?

a. USD 1.7 billion
b. USD 1.6 billion
c. USD 1.5 billion
d. USD 1.4 billion
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: USD 1.7 billion

US has a USD 1.7 billion trade deficit with India in March. It also has a USD 26 billion trade deficit with China during the month of March. Goods and services deficit was USD 40.4 billion in March down USD 6.5 billion from USD 47.0 billion in February

  • March exports were USD 176.6 billion, USD 1.5 billion less than February exports while imports in the month were USSD 217.1 billion, USD 8.1 billion less than February
  • The Commerce Department also indicated that exports from China increased USD 0.1 billion to USD 8.5 billion and imports decreased USD 6.1 billion to USD 34.4 billion
  • March figures also show a surplus with South and Central America, OPEC, UK and Saudi Arabia
  • Deficits were recorded with China, EU, Germany , Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India France, Brazil, Italy and Canada.

2)   Which Frenchwoman who was Andy Murray’s coach ended a stint with him on May 9, 2016?

a. Aranxta Sanchez Vicario
b. Steffi Graf
c. Amelie Mauresemo
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Amelie Mauresemo

Andy Murray and Amelie Mauresmo on 9th May announced that they had mutually agreed to end the two year stint of the Frenchwoman as a coach of the 2 time major champion

  • Briton Murray won his first clay court title and reached the final of the Australian Open in 2015 and 2016

3)   Indian boxers won medals at the 7th Asian Young Championship and finished at what rank overall?

a. 5
b. 3
c. 4
d. 6
Answer  Explanation 


Indian boxers finished third in the overall standing with three silver and bronze medal in the Pavlodar tournament

  • While national champions Ankush Dahiya, Reyal Puri and Ashish Kulhirya won silver medals for the contingent, Manjeet Singh won a bronze
  • Performance helped India to finish behind Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

4)   Which chancellor announced his/her resignation on May 9th?

a. German Chancellor Angela Merkel
b. Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann
c. Both of them
d. Neither of them
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann

With the Social Democratic party in a fix after election loss, Austrian Chancellor Wener Faymann resigned on May 9th citing lack of support for his policies in his own party.

  • While asserting he had majority support, he said the country needed a chancellor who has the full support of the party
  • SDP suffered a series of losses in provincial elections as did Centrist People’s Party
  • Two of these parties have dominated politics since WW2
  • Freedom party has done well following the refugee crisis.

5)   North Korea’s ruling party announced party chairman post for which leader?

a. Kim Jong Il
b. Kin Jong Un
c. Kim Jong Nam
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kin Jong Un

The ruling party congress on May 9, 2016 announced a new title for Kim long Un, party chairman in a move indicating how the country’s first congress is bolstering the young leader

  • Less than a third of 100 foreign journalists called for the congress were permitted to attend and that only for 10 minutes
  • BBC correspondent Rupert Winfield Hayes was also expelled from the party for allegedly “insulting the dignity” of N. Korea

6)   Which rare phenomena takes place astronomically only 13-14 times in a century?

a. Mercury Transit on Sun
b. Mercury Transit Around Moon
c. Venus Transit Around Sun
d. Venus Transit on Mars
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mercury Transit on Sun

In a rare astronomical phenomenon taking place 13 times in one century, planet Mercury will be seen as a dot on the solar disc from many parts of India

  • Phenomenon occurs when the planet is seen as a small black dot travelling from one end of the solar disc to another
  • This occurs when Sun, Mercury and Earth are lined up in one plane appearing as a dot on the disc as the angular size is small as against Sun when seen from Earth
  • In Delhi, the event will take place for 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Transit of Mercury will be visible from many parts of Asia EU Africa, Greenland, S America, US. North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean Area
  • Last transit of Mercury occurred on November 6, 2006.

7)   Who has joined ZiocxMobiles as CEO on May 9, 2016?

a. Deepak Kaul
b. Deepak Sen
c. Deepak Singh
d. Deepak Kabu
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Deepak Kabu

Intex Technologies GM Deepak Kabu joined Ziox Mobiles as the CEO becoming the second level executive to leave the no 3 smartphone player in India

  • At Ziox Mobiles, Kabu will aim to increase brand presence in the market
  • With growing competition in the domestic market, old hand and head of product Sudhir Kumar resigned and moved as CEO to Itel.

8)   MGT Technologies is changing its name to which company as announced on May 9th 2016?

a. John McAfee Global Technologies Ltd
b. John McAfee Global Technologies Pvt Ltd
c. John McAfee Global Technologies
d. John McAfee Global Technologies Inc
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: John McAfee Global Technologies Pvt Ltd

MGT Capital on may 9th announced that it would change its name to John McAfee Global Technologies Inc

  • It is also posed to purchase securities of McAfee company D- Vasive Inc
  • Shares of McAfee rose following the announcement

9)   Which cloud based telephone company acquired Delhi based Smartwards?

a. Knowlarity Communications
b. Singularity Communications
c. Knowlarity Network
d. Knowledge Communications
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Knowlarity Communications

Cloud telephony company Knowlarity Communications on May 9th 2016 acquired Delhi based Smartwards, a customer engagement platform that simplifies loyalty for local businesses and their consumers

  • As per the statement, Shantanu Mathur and Dhanraj Singh Bisht- co founders of Smartwards will lead the Indian operations for Knowlarity
  • Smartwards started operation in 2013

10)   Scientists have developed the first _________ flexible smartphone which lets users see 3D images, videos without headgear or glasses

a. Holographic
b. Organic
c. Androgenic
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Holographic

This smartphone lets users interact with 3D videos and images sans headgear or glasses. Device is called HoloFlex and is capable of rendering 3D images with motion parallax and stereroscopy to multiple users without head tracking or glasses

  • HoloFlex offers a completely new way of interacting with smartphones allowing for glass free interactions with 3D videos and images in ways that do not encumber users
  • HoloFlex offers a new way of interacting with the smartphone allowing for glass free interactions with 3D Videos and images in a way without encumbering the user
  • It features a 1920X1080 full high definition Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode touchscreen display
  • It can also be used for holographic gaming

11)   France aims to create de- radicalisation enters to prevent people from being involved in which of the following?

a. Terrorism
b. Jihadist Groups
c. IS
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: All of the above

France aims to create deradicalisation centres to prevent people from involvement in jihadist groups according to French PM Manual Valls.

  • Plan will cost US S 45.5 million by 2018 on top of the current funding aiming to double existing efforts to help people in terror networks or those likely to join them

12)   UN released a report on ending the HIV-AIDS epidemic- what is it called?

a. On The Fast Track To End AIDS
b. On a Rapid Track To End AIDS
c. On The Right Track to End AIDS
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: On The Fast Track To End AIDS

United Nations released a new report named On the Fast-Track to end the AIDS epidemic on 6 May 2016. The report warns that the AIDS epidemic could be prolonged indefinitely if urgent action is not taken within the five years to come.

  • UN through report urges all partners to ensure that the global AIDS epidemic is ended as a public health threat by 2030.
  • The report outlines that the rapid treatment scale-up has been a major contributing factor to the 42 per cent decline in AIDS-related deaths since the peak in 2004.

13)   Who are the winners of the Madrid Open?

a. Simona Halep, Novak Djokovic
b. Simona Halep, Andy Murray
c. Simona Halep, Andre Agassi
d. Martina Hingis, Novak Djokovic
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Simona Halep, Novak Djokovic

Simona Halep won the women’s singles title of the Madrid Open on 7th May 2016. The men’s singles title was won by Serbia’s Novak Djokovic.

  • She defeated Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4 in the final played at Madrid, Spain.
  • This was the third Madrid title for World No. 6 Halep and her first title of 2016. Overall this was her 12th career title.

14)   Asia’s first ever rice technology park is being established at which city?

a. Shimoga
b. Gangavati
c. Medak
d. Ranebennur
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gangavati

Karnataka Government in the first week of May 2016 decided to establish Asian’s first Rice Technology Park in Gangavati, Karnataka

  • Apart from this, a Maize Technology park will also be established at Ranebennur in Haveri. The rice park is being established at Navali-Karatagi villages on the outskirts of Gangavati, and the maize park is to be come up in the APMC market yard at Ranebennur.
  • Parks will be established under PPP
  • Establishment of the park will help paddy cultivators in Tungabhadra Command Area

15)   Which is the world’s biggest insect?

a. Chan’s Megastick
b. Phobeticus Dini
c. Both are the same
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Chan’s Megastick

Chan’s megastick or Phaebeticus Chani was discovered two years in southern Chinese province of Guangxi. The Insect Museum of China announced the stick insect measuring 62.4 cm has broken the record for the world’s longest insect among the 807625 known insects.

  • The previous record-holder was a Malaysian 56.7-centimeter-long stick insect discovered in 2008. One of its specimen is on display in London’s Natural History Museum.

16)   DIPP has permitted how much FDI through to asset reconstruction companies through the automatic route?

a. 100%
b. 95%
c. 75%
d. 65%
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 100%

The Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) under Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry permitted 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) into asset reconstruction companies (ARCs) through automatic route.

  • Person resident outside India can invest in the capital of ARCs registered with Reserve bank of India, up to 100 per cent on the automatic route. Earlier, it was 49 per cent through automatic route and beyond 49 percent through government route.
  • It stated that total share holding of an individual foreign institutional investor (FII)/foreign portfolio investment (FPI) shall be below 10 per cent of the total paid-up capital.
  • FIIs/ FPIs may be allowed up to 100 per cent of each tranche in security receipts (SRs) issued by ARCs which are subjected to RBI guidelines.

17)   What does SOFIA stand for in relation to Mars exploration?

a. Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astrology (SOFIA)
b. Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
c. Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomers (SOFIA)
d. Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomic Phenomenon (SOFIA)
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

Atomic Oxygen was detected in the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere known as Mesosphere. This presence of Atomic Oxygen for the first time since the last observation 40 years ago was detected by an instrument onboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

  • Atomic oxygen affects how other gases escape Mars and therefore has a significant impact on the planet’s atmosphere.

18)   Which Indian wrestlers will compete in the Rio Olympics for the first time?

a. Vinesh Phogat
b. Sakshi Malik
c. Both of the above
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Both of the above

Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik earned 2016 Rio Olympics quota spots in wrestling, as they entered the final of 2nd Olympic Games World Qualifying Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • This is the first time two female Indian wrestlers will compete at the Olympics.
  • While Vinesh earned the spot in 48 kg, Sakshi earned quota in the 58 kg.

19)   What does UBIN stand for in relation to Government of India?

a. Unique Business Identification Number
b. Unique Biometric Identification Number
c. Unique Biology Identification Number
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Unique Business Identification Number

GoI has entered the process for issuing a Unique Business Identification Number of UBIN to entrepreneurs to set up business without delay

  • DIPP under Ministry of Commerce and Industry has kickstarted this initiative
  • The UBIN would be automatically linked to Ministry Of Corporate Affairs (MCA) portal after it is issued to the intended beneficiary. It will be subsequently sent to the CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) which would nomenclature it as PAN for UBIN.

20)   Who has been elected PM of Ireland on May 9th, 2016?

a. Dena Kenny
b. Dena Jones
c. Enda Kenny
d. Enda Jones
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny has been re-elected as Prime Minister of Ireland after 10 weeks of deadlock that followed an inconclusive general election in February.

  • Kenny is the first Fine Gael PM to win re-election in Irish history
  • Ireland is called Éire in Irish and is also known as the Republic of Ireland. Irish, or Irish Gaelic is the country’s first official language

21)   Six new IITs are being set up. Their locations include:

a. Palakkad
b. Kashipur
c. Dharwad
d. Both a and c
e. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both a and c

The Government has decided to set up six new IITs at Palakkad (Kerala), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), Khanpur Nagrota (Jammu & Kashmir), Goa, and Dharwad (Karnataka).

  • Each new IIT will have an initial intake of 180 students in its first year, which would subsequently increase to 450 in the second year and to 928 in the third year.
  • The total cost for running these IITs is Rs. 1,411.80 Cr to be incurred between 2015-16 and 2018-19.
  • Academic Sessions in IIT Tirupati and IIT Palakkad have commenced in 2015.

22)   Which famous Indian king’s 475th Birth anniversary was celebrated with a release of a commemorative coin on May 9th?

a. Maharana Pratap
b. Shivaji
c. Jehangir
d. Akbar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Maharana Pratap

As a part of 475th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Maharana Pratap Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma released a Commemorative coin of Rs. 100/- and a Circulation coin of Rs. 10/- in New Delhi on May 9th 2016.

  • Maharana Pratap, fearlessly fought the Mughals and protected his people until his death.
  • Ministry of Culture has been celebrating the 475th Birth Anniversary of Maharana Pratap during 2015-16 in association with the State Government of Rajasthan.

23)   GoI has launched a web based application called IWMS- what does it stand for?

a. Integrated Water Management System
b. Integrated Waste Management System
c. Integrated Water Management Schedule
d. Integrated Waste Management Schedule
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Integrated Waste Management System

The Government has launched a web-based application on Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS) – for better management of waste. App has been developed for following reasons:
(1) Help people to apply and get online permissions for import and export of certain categories of waste, which is for reuse or recycling or recovery or co-processing and ultimately to conserve our primary resource.
(2) Help authorities in web-based processing, generation and grant of various types of certification/ permissions to the entrepreneurs and industries.
(3) Implement concept of paperless/ green office; the system has inbuilt arrangements for uploading the supporting documents / annexure, along with the online applications.
(4) Provide an insight to the number of authorization/ certificates granted under consent to establish, or consent to operate, from time to time across the country and make available at any point the information regarding number authorizations / consent orders granted by the State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs).
(5) Enable user agencies to check the fate of their application any time through this web-based portal..
(6) Generate database on waste generating/ processing industrial units under construction, or operation by consolidating the information regarding Consent to Establish, Consent to Operate and Authorization, import/export permission
(7) Generate data base on different categories of wastes generated viz hazardous, biomedical, municipal, electronic, plastic waste etc.

24)   ACC has approved the appointment of which IPS officer as DG-ADG in BCAS?

a. Kumar Rajesh Singh
b. Kumar Rajesh Yadav
c. Kumar Rajesh Chandra
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kumar Rajesh Chandra

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra, IPS (BH:85) as Director General (ADG level) {formerly known as Commissioner of Security (Civil Aviation)} in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) from the date of assumption of charge of post and till further orders.

25)   Government has approved NHP under CSS. What does NHP stand for?

a. National Hygiene Project
b. National Hydrology Project
c. National Health Project
d. National Higher Education Project
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: National Hydrology Project

Government has approved the NHP or National Hydrology project under CSS as an externally aided project with WB support

  • It will facilitate informed decision making through Decision Support Systems for flood management. drought management, reservoir operations etc
  • State and central organisations will build capacity in water resource management through the use of this information system

26)   Which company has launched the first digital platform for buyers and sellers of machinery parts in India?

a. Bookmyparts Networks Pvt Ltd
b. Machines Network Pvt Ltd
c. Bookmyparts Networks Inc
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bookmyparts Networks Pvt Ltd

Bookmyparts Networks Pvt Ltd has announced the commencement of its operations by launching its digital platform,

  • As a digital marketplace, the B2B portal is an innovative and a first effort in India that aims to bring the buyers and sellers of machinery parts on a single platform and promises delivery at doorstep.
  • Pinkal Shekhali is founder and director,along with Vinay Ganju. Bookmyparts is the first Indian aggregator in this field.