Current Affairs Questions & Answers - Sep 05, 2016

1)   Which Nobel peace prize laureate has been recognised globally through a canonisation at St.Peter’s Square in Vatican City on September 4, 2016?

a. Nelson Mandela
b. Dalai Lama
c. Mother Teresa
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mother Teresa

A ceremony was held to proclaim Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mother Teresa as a saint in St.Peter’s Square at Vatican City.

  • The ceremony drew 100,000 pilgrims from across the world.
  • Pope Francis who presided over the ceremony in Latin, said that "For the honour of the Blessed Trinity … we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Kolkata to be a saint and we enrol her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church.”
  • The pope also said though the nun had been declared a Saint, she will always be Mother Teresa to the Catholic family
  • Millions of Catholics revere her as a model of compassion and among the assembled crowd were 1500 poor people looked after by Italian branches of Saint Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity.
  • In Kolkata where Saint Teresa was laid to rest, nuns and followers clutching flowers flocked to her tomb for her proclamation.
  • Canonisation was also celebrated in Skopje the capital of modern Macedonia where Mother Teresa was born of Albanian parents in 1910 and became a nun at the age of 16.
  • The 19th anniversary of her death at 87 is just a single dat ahead of her canonisation.
  • Mother Teresa healed an Indian woman from stomach cancer in 1998 and a Brazilian man from brain infection in 2008.

2)   Flipkart is entering into exclusive licensing agreements with which brands?

a. Carlton London
b. Chemistry
c. Provogue
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: All of the above

Flipkart has entered into exclusive licensing agreement with brands like Provogue, Swiss Military, Carlton London and Chemistry.
Flipkart owns Myntra and Jabong. It is seeking to displace Amazon as the number 1 retailer in India in the field of e-commerce.

  • Partnerships will ensure broader range of products under Flipkart Assured, a newly launched programme that promises better quality and consumer experience
  • The Bengaluru based company recently made news for acquiring fashion portal Jabong for USD 70 million.
  • Fashion currently registers USD 1.5 billion in GMV or gross merchandise value for the e-tailers
  • Flipkart aims to cross USD 5 billion GMV mark by the close of the year

3)   Fish belonging to which genus has been named after President Barack Obama in September 2016?

a. Tosanoides
b. Kosanoides
c. Josanoides
d. Rosanoides
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tosanoides

Fish of the genus Tosanoides was named in honour of Obama for his commitment to protecting nature through the creation of the world’s largest marine reserve.

  • Obama was honoured for his commitment towards protecting nature through the expansion of the Papanahaumokaukea Marine National Monument.
  • Scientists named the small maroon and gold fish species after President Obama
  • It was discovered 300 feet deep in the waters off Kure Atoll in the Pacific ocean
  • This fish was discovered in June during the research trip to the world’s northernmost atoll, Kure.
  • Atolls are ring shaped reef, island or chain of islands formed of corals
  • Fish is found only within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a world heritage site encompassing 1510000 square kilometre of ocean waters.
  • This includes 10 islands and atolls of the NW Hawaiian islands
  • The site is the largest swath of protected land or water on earth- it is home to millions of seabirds, turtles and monk seals and more than 7000 species.
  • Richard Pyle, a marine biologist at Bishop Museum in Hawaii recognised the new species of fish
  • This is not the first time a fish has been named after the US President.
  • Species of farmers found in Duck River and Buffalo River in US was named Etheostoma obama in 2012

4)   Pakistan has signed a long term defence agreement with which nation, which the cabinet also approved?

a. China
b. Japan
c. Israel
d. Palestine
Answer  Explanation 


Pakistan’s cabinet has approved a long term defence agreement with China.

  • Approval was given after Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting in Lahore in July
  • Cabinet considered the summary on initiating negotiations into the draft agreement for the pact to enhance security and defence cooperation in diversified fields.
  • During 2011 as well, China and Pakistan were nearing a deal till Beijing feared the impact on Washington and New Delhi
  • The Pakistani PM at that time was Yousaf Raza Gilani

5)   Who became England’s most capped outfield player in football?

a. David Beckham
b. Wayne Rooney
c. Peter Shilton
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney became England’s most capped outfield player when he was awarded his 116th cap by new manager Sam Allardyce in the 2018 World Cup qualifier to Slovakia
Team captain Rooney surpassed David Beckham who was capped 115 times by his country.

  • Goalkeeper Peter Shilton capped 125 times holds the overall record
  • Rooney is also England’s record goal scorer with 53 goals breaking Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 in September 2015
  • Manchester United Skipper was selected in number 10 role behind Harry Kane as England began operations with Allardyce as manager.

6)   Which noted Assamese poet won the Sahitya Akademi award and passed away on September 4, 2016?

a. Nalinidhar Bhattarcharya
b. Birendra Kumar Bhattarcharya
c. Devopriyo Bhattacharya
d. Amithabh Bhattarcharya
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Nalinidhar Bhattarcharya

Noted Assamese poet, literary critic, author and winner of Sahitya Akademi award Nalinidhar Bhattacharya dies on September 4, 2016 at the age of 95 from old age ailments.

  • He was the former principal of Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati.
  • His younger brother Birendra Kumar Bhattacharya also led the Sahitya Akademi and won the Jnanpith award in 1979
  • Born in the 1920s, Bhattacharya began his literary career as a poet but also became a leading critic and essayist
  • He won several awards including Soviet Land Nehru Award (1983), Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award (1991), Sahitya Akademi Award (2002), and the Assam Valley Literary Award (2006).
  • He was also honoured with the Sahityacharya title in 2010 by the Assam Sahitya Sabha.