Current Affairs Quiz March 2016 (Part-1)

1.    Name the former captain of New Zealand cricket team who died of cancer on 3 March 2016 in Auckland.
a)    Martin Crowe
b)    Don Cleverley
c)    Jack Newman
d)    Lindsay Weir

2.    World Wildlife Day was observed on 3 March 2016 across the world with theme
a)    The future of wildlife is in our hands
b)    Wildlife Crime is serious; let’s get serious about wildlife crime
c)    Wildlife a Boon to Humanity
d)    Protect Wildlife before it is lost

3.    Eminent poet Dr Bhagwati Lal Vyas was chosen for the 2015 Bihari Puraskar on 2 March 2016 for his anthology of Rajasthani poems titled
a)    Katha Sun Aawe Hai Sabad
b)    Shatabdi Niruttar
c)    Footpath Par Chiriya Nachti Hai
d)    Suraj Leelti Ghatiyan

4.    Name the creator of television’s longest-running soap opera Coronation Street who passed away on 1 March 2016.
a)    Tony Warren
b)    Kate Oates
c)    Kieran Roberts
d)    Ken Irwin

5.    Which of the following autonomous organization was winded up by Union Government on 2 March 2016?
a)    Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited
b)    HMT Bearing Limited
c)    Sambhar Salts Limited
d)    National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council

6.    Name the cryptography pioneers who on 1 March 2016 were honoured with the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2015 A.M. Turing Award.
a)    Whitfield Diffie and Marty Hellman
b)    Leslie G. Valiant and Charles P. Thacker
c)    Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman
d)    Silvio Micali and Shafi Goldwasser

7.    Who on 29 February 2016 was appointed as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Office (CEO) of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd (MCX)?
a)    Parveen Kumar Singhal
b)    Mrugank Paranjape
c)    L K Singhal
d)    Satyananda Mishra

8.    Which State/UT on 29 February 2016 became the first state in the country to launch the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a public health programme for school children?
a)    Maharashtra
b)    Odisha
c)    Delhi
d)    Telangana

9.    Who of the following is the author of the book, titled Who was Shivaji?
a)    Anuj Dhar
b)    Govind Pansare
c)    Anup Ashok Sardesai
d)    Subhash Chandra

10.    The Telangana Government on 2 March 2016 reached an understanding on constructing five dams on Godavari, Penganga and Pranahita rivers for irrigation purposes with which state?
a)    Andhra Pradesh
b)    Madhya Pradesh
c)    Chhattisgarh
d)    Maharashtra

11.    As per a decision of Organizing Committee of 12th South Asian Games, the Tikhor park as a tribute to the mascot of the games will be established in
a)    Guwahati and Agartala
b)    Agartala and Shillong
c)    Guwahati and Shillong
d)    Shilong and Aizawl

12.    Identify the country for which the US ratings agency Moody’s Analytics has cuts its outlook to negative in the first week of March 2016.
a)    China
b)    Japan
c)    India
d)    United States

13.    Who was named for Lifetime Achievement Award of the 11th edition of the Mahindra Excellence Theatre Awards (META) on 1 March 2016?
a)    Zohra Sehgal
b)    Ratan Thiyam
c)    Badal Sarkar
d)    Khaled Chowdhury

14.    What system did Indian Railways launch for unreserved tickets to bring transparency and prevent revenue leakage in the ticketing system in New Delhi on 1 March 2016?
a)    Online Ticketing System
b)    Electronic Ticket System
c)    Smart Card System
d)    Bar Coding System

15.    For which State’s Higher Education Quality Improvement Project did India signed a financing agreement for IDA credit of 300 US dollars with the World Bank on 1 March 2016?
a)    Andhra Pradesh
b)    Himachal Pradesh
c)    Madhya Pradesh
d)    Arunachal Pradesh

16.    Name the Columnist and author of India who on 1 March 2016 was chosen for the 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize.
a)    Jug Suraiya
b)    Shekhar Gupta
c)    Tavleen Singh
d)    Jerry Pinto

17.    2016 Windham-Campbell Prizes were announced at Yale University announced in March 2016. Who of the following was chosen for the award in the Drama category?
a)    Jerry Pinto
b)    Abbie Spallen
c)    Hilton Als
d)    Helen Garner

18.    Name the state that was directed by its High Court to appoint Judicial officers as Additional Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner, and Assistant Collector to adjudicate Revenue cases in the state within six months.
a)    Uttar Pradesh
b)    Bihar
c)    Maharashtra
d)    Tamil Nadu

19.    Name the South Africa left-arm spinner who was suspended from bowling by International Cricket Council (ICC) on 1 March 2016 as his action was found illegal.
a)    Aaron Phangiso
b)    Chris Morris
c)    Simon Harmer
d)    Dane Piedt

20.    Zero Discrimination Day was observed across the world on 1 March 2016 with the theme –
a)    Speak Off
b)    Open Up
c)    Reach Out
d)    Stand Out

21.    Which state government on 1 March 2016 decided to illuminate 25 municipalities in the state with LED bulbs in 100 days?
a)    Telangana
b)    Andhra Pradesh
c)    Maharashtra
d)    Madhya Pradesh

22.    The Union Government in the first week of March 2016 ordered rebidding of the strategic 10050-crore rupees Zoji La tunnel.  Which company had earlier won the bid to build the tunnel?
a)    L&T Engineering & Construction Division
b)    IRB Infrastructure
c)    Larsen & Toubro Limited
d)    Gammon India Ltd

23.    Three British scientists, Tim Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris, on 1 March 2016 won the Grete Lundbeck European Brain Research Prize. The prize is also known as
a)    The Grete Lundbeck Prize
b)    The Brain Research Prize
c)    The Prize of Wits
d)    The Brain Prize

Name the race walker who on 28 February 2016 won the gold medal in men’s 50km race walk event at the National Championships.
a)    Hakam Singh
b)    Chandan Singh
c)    Basanta Bahadur Singh Rana
d)    Jitender Singh Rathore

25.    Who on 1 March 2016 won the Best Actor award at the Kerala State Film Awards 2015?
a)    Dulquer Salmaan
b)    Mammootty
c)    Asif Ali
d)    Augustine

26.    Name the person who was nominated by Portugal Government as a candidate for General Secretary at United Nations.
a)    Daniel Sampaio
b)    Antonio Guterres
c)    Mário Soares
d)    Jorge Sampaio

27.    Identify the vice admiral who took charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Naval Command on 29 February 2016 in Visakhapatnam.
a)    HCS Bisht
b)    Bimal Verma
c)    Atul Kumar
d)    Pradeep Kumar Chatterjee

28.    Identify the vice admiral who took charge as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command at Port Blair on 29 February 2016.
a)    HCS Bisht
b)    Bimal Verma
c)    Pradeep Kumar Chatterjee
d)    Satish Soni

29.    What is the name of the seventh in the series of Indo-Seychelles Joint Training Exercises that concluded on 29 February 2016 at Victoria, Mahe Island in Seychelles?
a)    Indchelles-2016
b)    Indo-Seychelles-2016
c)    Lamitye – 2016
d)    Mitra-2016

30.    Identify the former Chief Justice of India who took charge as the Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission on 29 February 2016.
a)    Justice RM Lodha
b)    Justice P Sathasivam
c)    Justice SH Kapadia
d)    Justice HL Dattu

31.    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 March 2016 launched the Setu Bharatam project with an aim to make all National Highways free of Railway crossings by
a)    2017
b)    2019
c)    2022
d)    2025

32.    National Safety Day was observed across India on 4 March 2016 to commemorate establishment of the National Safety Council (NSC). NSC was established in
a)    1955
b)    1966
c)    1977
d)    1987

33.    Senior India politician PA Sangma died on 4 March 2016. In this context, identify the office which was not held by him.
a)    Lok Sabha Speaker
b)    Union Finance Minister
c)    Chief Minister of Meghalaya
d)    Union Labour Minister

34.    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 3 March 2016 released the Draft Directions for NBFC – Account Aggregator. As per it, what is the Net Owned Fund of a NBFC-Account Aggregator?
a)    2 crore rupees
b)    3 crore rupees
c)    4 crore rupees
d)    5 crore rupees

35.    Name the Honduran environmentalist leader and winner of the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize who was shot dead at her home in the town of La Esperanza on 3 March 2016.
a)    Michael Werikhe
b)    Yoichi Kuroda
c)    Berta Caceres
d)    Rizwana Hasan

36.    To revive the Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) Limited, Union Government on 3 March 2016 signed an agreement to provide a loan to the organisation. What is the loan amount?
a)    500 crore rupees
b)    800 crore rupees
c)    1000 crore rupees
d)    15 crore rupees

37.    Which Asian country on 2 March 2016 passed its first anti-terror bill?
a)    North Korea
b)    Taiwan
c)    Indonesia
d)    South Korea

38.    How many countries were compiled in the fourth edition of the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2016 (EAPI) released by World Economic Forum (WEF) on 2 March 2016?
a)    126 Countries
b)    144 Countries
c)    306 Countries
d)    100 Countries

39.    Identify the position in which India was placed in the EAPI Report 2016 released on 2 March 2016.
a)    1
b)    90
c)    10
d)    125

 Identify the Country that topped the EAPI Report 2016 released by World Economic Forum on 2 March 2016.
a)    England
b)    UAE
c)    Switzerland
d)    US

41.    Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in March 2016 cleared the proposal to acquire two more Phalcon Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS). These surveillance aircraft will be bought under a tripartite agreement with
a)    Israel and US
b)    Israel and Russia
c)    Russia and China
d)    Japan and Israel

42.    Who the world’s richest man according to the Forbes list of World Billionaires 2016 released on 1 March 2016?
a)    Mark Zuckerberg
b)    Warren Buffett
c)    Mukesh Ambani
d)    Bill Gates

43.    Identify the bill that Parliament passed to empower Union government to revise the limits of liability for airlines and compensation as per the Montreal Convention.
a)    The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015
b)    The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015
c)    The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015
d)    The Companies (Amendment) Act, 2015

44.    Name the programme that was launched by UNHCR, UNICEF Twenty as support hubs for children and families along the most frequently used migration routes in Europe.
a)    Red Dots
b)    Brown Dots
c)    Blue Dots
d)    Green Dots

45.    Which organisation on 1 March 2016 launched its first Uridashi Masala bonds to promote private sector development in India?
a)    Asian Development Bank
b)    BRICS Bank
c)    International Monetary Fund
d)    International Finance Corporation

46. Who was recommended for the 47th Dadasaheb Phalke Award for the year 2015 on 4 March 2016?
a)    Shashi Kapoor
b)    Manoj Kumar
c)    Lata Mangeskar
d)    Asha Bhosle

47. How many Road Over Bridges (ROB) have been identified to be built under the Setu Bharatam project launched on 4 March 2016?
a)    215
b)    210
c)    208
d)    208

48. Where was the International Conference on Rule of Law for Supporting the 2030 Development Agenda was held in March 2016?
a)    Paris
b)    Washington
c)    Melbourne
d)    New Delhi

49. The founder and ex-director of National Film Archives of India (NFAI) who died at the age of 83 on 4 March 2016 is
a)    P K Nair
b)    Raunaq Singh
c)    MN Shyamalan
d)    Malika Srinavasan

50. By what percentage, China will increase the defence budget compared to last year budget of 145 billion US dollars?
a)    8-9%
b)    7-8%
c)    9-10%
d)    6-7%

51. The researchers of which University have claimed to develop a way of finding unique markings within a tumour – its “Achilles heel” – allowing the body to target the disease?
a)    University College, London
b)    Utah University
c)    Oxford University
d)    Purdue University

52. The legislative assembly of which State in March 2016 decided to form a panel to probe student suicides over exam pressure?
a)    Maharashtra
b)    Haryana
c)    Gujarat
d)    Madhya Pradesh

53. Chapchar Kut festival which was celebrated on 4 March 2016 is a festival of which North-Eastern state?
a)    Manipur
b)    Arunachal Pradesh
c)    Mizoram
d)    Nagaland

54. Name the Hockey India national-level umpire who was promoted by International Hockey Federation as the International Outdoor Umpire in March 2016.
a)    Sardar Singh
b)    Dhanraj Pillay
c)    Mukesh Kumar
d)    Napoleon Singh

55. Name the Indian shooter who clinched the 50m pistol gold at the ISSF World Cup in Bangkok on 4 March 2016.
a)    Jitu Rai
b)    Prakash Nanjappa
c)    Ashok Kumar
d)    Abhinav Bindra

56. Which football club set a Spanish record of 35 matches unbeaten in all competitions on 3 March 2016?
a)    Real Madrid
b)    Atletico Madrid
c)    Barcelona
d)    Rayo Vallecano

57. Name the state that on 4 March 2016 decided to set up ‘Gita Gyan Sansthanam’.
a)    Haryana
b)    Punjab
c)    Gujarat
d)    Madhya Pradesh

58. Union Government has decided to digitally connect all Post Offices in rural areas by
a)    December 2016
b)    March 2017
c)    January 2018
d)    May 2019

59. Name the state whose High Court asked its government to submit details regarding steps taken to stop cheating at mass level in ongoing UP Board Examinations for High School and Intermediate.
a)    Bihar
b)    Uttar Pradesh
c)    West Bengal
d)    Delhi

A two-day National Conference of Women Legislators with theme Women Legislators-Building Resurgent India was held in which city of India.
a)    Hyderabad
b)    New Delhi
c)    Chennai
d)    Bengaluru