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Current Affairs Quiz : January 29 2017

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  1. Who has been appointed as the interim CEO of India Post Payment Bank (IPPB)?
    A.A.P Singh
    B.Sunita Sharma
    C.Shashi Arora
    D.Shinjini Kumar
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – A. A.P Singh
    Explanation :
    The India Post has received the final license from the Reserve bank of India to start its operation as payment bank with the name India Post Payment Bank (IPPB). With this India Post has become the third entity to get the license from the Central Bank to start payment bank services. Earlier, Bharti Airtel and digital payments firm Paytm got the approval from RBI and till now only Airtel has started operations. AP Singh has been appointed as the interim MD and CEO of the India Post Payment Bank by the government.

  2. Centre has decide to spend how much amount in the development of 1253 km of road in Assam into National Highway?
    A.Rs. 11,000 crore
    B.Rs. 25,000 crore
    C.Rs. 10,000 crore
    D.Rs 15,000 crores
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – D.Rs. 15,000 crores 
    Explanation :
    The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, inaugurated a 3-lane Brahmaputra Bridge at Saraighat  in Guwahati on January  29, 2017. As a part of the event, the Minister announced that the government would spend Rs 15,000 crores to develop 1,253 kilometres of roads in Assam into National Highways over the next few years.

  3. Kambala Festival is a traditional Buffalo Race event annually organized in which Indian state?
    B.West Bengal
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – C.Karnataka
    Explanation :
    Kambala is an annual Buffalo Race held traditionally under the sponsorship of local land lords and households (Aramane, Beedu, Guthu/Mane, Dodmane) or Patel of village, in coastal Karnataka, India. The buffalo race in Karnataka takes place annually between November and March. The places where the festival takes place are Baradi Beedu, Kolatta, Majalu, Bolantur, Kamalakettu, Puttur and Uppinagadi. The two-day celebration starts with a display of the participating buffaloes with their respective farmers.

  4.  The India Meteorological Department has planned to set up Weather Stations in how many districts by the end of 2019?
    A.710 Districts
    B.660 Districts
    C.520 Districts
    D.400 Districts
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – B.660 Districts
    Explanation :
    The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the country for better and prompt weather forecasting with major focus on rain-fed and non-rain-fed areas to give crop specific advisories. The system would be launched in phased manner. Initially, IMD has planned to set up the system in 130 districts and gradually increase it to 660 by 2019. The plan will be taken at block level after successful functioning at district level. The IMD has also tied up with the Ministry of Agriculture to use the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the districts, as weather forecasting observatories.

  5. A Personal Status and Inheritance Court for non Muslims would be set up in which country to ensure equal service to all sections of the society?
    A.Baghdad, Iraq
    B.Kabul, Afghanistan
    C.Abu Dhabi, UAE
    D.Riyah, Saudi Arabia
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – C.Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Explanation :
    The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a resolution to set up a Personal Status and Inheritance Court for non Muslims in Abu Dhabi. The aim of setting up the Court is to ensure access to services for all segment of the society and promote the culture of tolerance and acceptance of other communities values at the judiciary level.

  6. India’s foreign Exchange Reserve rose to ________ billion dollars for the week ending January 20, 2017, compared to previous week of 359.843 billion dollars.
    A.272.890 billion dollars
    B.687.971 billion dollars
    C.332.412 billion dollars
    D.360.775 billion dollars
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – D.360.775 billion dollars 
    Explanation :
    The Reserve Bank of India on January 29, 2017 informed that the Foreign Exchange Reserves of India rose by 932.4 million dollars to 360.775 billion dollars for the second consecutive week ended January 20. In the previous week, India’s forex reserve increased by 687.9 million dollars to 359.843 billion dollars.

  7. Serena Williams defeated which player to win the Women’s Single title in Australian Open 2017?
    A.Martina Hingis
    B.Sania Mirza
    C.Venus Williams
    D.Abigail Spears
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – C.Venus Williams
    Explanation :
    Serena Williams won 6-4 6-4 to surpass her elder Sibling Venus Williams in Women’s single title at the Australian Open 2017 in Melbourne on January 29, 2017. This is Serena’s seventh Australian Open and an Open Era record of 23rd Grand Slam singles title. The American player also outclassed Steffi Graf in the all time list of major winners since the Grand Slams accepted professional players in 1968. Now she only trails all-time leader Margaret Court by one major, who has 24 Grand Slam titles.

  8. Deshpande Foundations is set to launch India’s largest startup incubation centre in which city of Karnataka by the end of September 2017?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – B.Hubballi
    Explanation :
    Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and venture capitalist Gururaj Deshpande has decided to launch India’s largest startup incubation centre at Hubballi (earlier Hubli) in Karnataka. The new incubator centre would be spread over an area of 85,000 sq ft alongside the new campus of information technology giant Infosys and will be able to house 1,200 people at a time. This will pave way for at least 200 startups.

  9. The Indian Navy has issued a Request for Information on January 17, 2017 to procure how many fighter aircraft from foreign suppliers for its aircraft carriers?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – B.57
    Explanation :
    According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, the Indian Navy has officially issued a Request for Information (RFI) on January 17, 2017 to procure new carrier-based multirole warplane. The Navy intends to procure 57 naval fighter aircraft from a foreign supplier for its rapidly growing fleet of aircraft carriers. The government also wants to manufacture these planes in India under Indian Prime Minister’s Modi’s Make in India initiative and tender has asked the original equipment manufacturers to respond to it.

  10. The US Scientists recently developed a Human-Pig Hybrid to develop human organ in animal for transplantation. What is the process called in which an organism contains the cells of two different species?
    B.Somatic Fusion
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – A.Chimera
    Explanation :
    Based on a study report published in the journal Cell on January 26, 2017, an International Team of Scientists from United States have created a Human-Pig Hybrid in a research project paving way to address shortage of organ for transplantation. The team created an organism scientifically known as a Chimera, an organism that contains cells from two different species. The researchers injected human stem cells into early-stage pig embryos. These hybrid embryos were then transferred into surrogate sows and allowed to develop until the first trimester.

  11. Who is the winner of the Men’s Single Australian Open 2017?
    A.Roger Federer
    B.Stan Wawrinka
    C.Grigor Dimitrov
    D.Rafael Nadal
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – A.Roger Federer
    Explanation :
    Roger Federer of Switzerland defeated long-time rival Rafael Nadal of Spain, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, to win Australian Open 2017 at Melbourne on January 29, 2017. This was his 18th grand slam title and his first major title in four-and-a-half years. This was also his first-ever victory over the Spaniard in Australia.

  12. Who won the 2017 Kolkata Marathon held on January 29, 2017?
    A.Shubhankar Ghosh
    B.Biswanath Pal
    C.Paritosh Roy
    D.Abul Hossain
    Answer: D.Abul Hossain 
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer –
    Explanation :
    Siliguri based Abul Hossain won the Kolkata Full Marathon on January 29, 2017 by completing the race in 02:34:02. He defeated Kolkata lad Biswanath Pal who ran in 2:39.16. Paritosh Roy finished third with a timing of 02:52:48 seconds.

  13. Name the renowned Hollywood actor who starred in three Harry Potter films as Mr. Ollivander and died on January 25, 2017 at the age of 77.
    A.Sir Michael Caine
    B.Sir John Hurt
    C.Sir Colin Firth
    D.Sir Sean Bean
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – B.Sir John Hurt
    Explanation :
    Sir John Hurt, the British actor who starred in The Elephant Man and Harry Potter, died on January 25, 2017 at his residence in Norfolk, London due to Cancer. He was 77.  He had won two Oscar nominations for The Elephant Man and Midnight Express. He was well known for his role as wand merchant Mr. Ollivander in Harry Potter. Hurt’s career spanned six decades. He had roles in more than 129 films with dozens of television roles.

  14. World Leprosy Day is celebrated on January 30 annually to commemorate the death anniversary of which famous Freedom Fighter?
    A.Subhash Chandra Bose
    B.Lala Lajpat Rai
    C.Mahatma Gandhi
    D.Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – C.Mahatma Gandhi
    Explanation :
    The World Leprosy Day was celebrated on January 29, 2017 all over the world. The World Leprosy Day is celebrated worldwide on January 30 annually or its nearest Sunday, as the day coin-cide with the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death on 30 January 1948. He worked tirelessly to help those afflicted with leprosy. The main aim of the day is to increase the public awareness of the Leprosy also known as Hansen’s Disease.

  15. Who is the winner of the Men’s Double title at the 2017 Australian Open tournament?
    A.John Peers/Henri Kontinen
    B.Henri Cochet/Jacques Brugnon
    C.Fred Alexander/Alfred Dunlop
    D.Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – A.John Peers/Henri Kontinen
    Explanation :
    Australia based John Peers along with Henri Kontinen of Finland, defeated six-time champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 7-5, 7-5 on January 28, 2017 at Melbourne Park, Australian Open Tournament to win Men’s double title. This is their first Grand Slam title together. For Kontinen, it was his maiden major crown in his first final, while Peers lifted his first trophy in his third title match. He previously finished runner-up alongside Jamie Murray at Wimbledon 2015 and the US Open 2015.

  16. When is the National Immunization Day observed?
    A.January 30
    B.January 29
    C.January 27
    D.January 28
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – B.January 29
    Explanation :
    The National Immunization Day was observed on January 29, 2017 to spread awareness about eradicating polio. As a part of the day, President Pranab Mukherjee launched the pulse polio programme on January 28, 2017 by administering polio drops to children aged below five years at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Around 17 crore children of less than five years across the country will be given polio drops as part of the drive of Government of India to sustain polio eradication from the country.

  17. Who has won the Australian Open 2017 Mixed Doubles title?
    A.Leander Paes/Martina Hingis
    B.Germaine Golding/Max Mirnyi
    C.Ivan Dodig/Sania Mirza
    D.Juan Cabal/Abigail Spears
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – D.Juan Cabal/Abigail Spears
    Explanation :
    Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal and Abigail Spears of the United States captured the Australian Open mixed doubles title on January 29, 2017 after they defeated Croatia’s Ivan Dodig and Sania Mirza of India 6-2, 6-4 in 64 minutes. Cabal reached the 2011 French Open men’s doubles final (w/Robert Farah) and Spears got success for the first time having finished runner-up with Santiago Giraldo in the 2013 and 2014 US Open mixed doubles finals.

  18. Name the duo who won the Women’s Double title at the Australian Open 2017?
    A.Bethanie Mattek-Sands /Lucie Safarova
    B.Coco Vandeweghe/ Martina Hingis
    C.Anastasia Rodionova/ Darija Jurak
    D.Andrea Hlaváčková/Peng Shuai
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – A.Bethanie Mattek-Sands /Lucie Safarova
    Explanation :
    BethanieMattek-Sands /Lucie Safarova won the Womens double title by beating Andrea Hlaváčková/Peng Shuai.

  19. Which becomes the first country in the world to appoint ‘Digital Ambassador’ ?
    Answer & Explanation
    Answer – D.Denmark
    Explanation :
    Denmark to appoint world’s first’digital ambassador’ Denmark will become the firstcountry in the world to appoint a special “digital ambassador” to work on building ties with the globe’s tech giants

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