11-22 November 2018 Current Affairs

Heaviest Rocket | T.N. Srinivasan | Stan Lee | Ananth Kumar | Jawa Motorcycles | Alyque Padamsee | Carlos Ghosn | Gaja Cyclone | ASEAN 2018 |

Posted on Nov 22, 2018 05:14 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) On 14 November 2018 India's heaviest rocket GSLV Mark – III successfully placed the sophisticated communications satellite GSAT-29 in the orbit. What was the total weight of this rocket? - 641 tons

Explanation: India's heaviest rocket, referred to as "Baahubali", successfully placed the sophisticated communications satellite GSAT-29 in the orbit on 14 November 2018. India space agency ISRO's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk-III-D2), on its second developmental flight, lifted off from Sriharikota, India's rocket port in Andhra Pradesh on the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

This was the 67th launch from Sriharikota and the GSAT-29 is the 33rd communications satellite made by India. The GSLV Mk- III weighs 641 tons, which is equal to the weight of five fully loaded passenger planes. At 43 meters tall, it is higher than a 13-storey building.

On the other hand the advanced communications satellite weighs 3,423 kg and will help provide internet connectivity, especially in the remote areas of Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern India.

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2) T.N. Srinivasan, who passed away on 10 November 2018, was an iconic personality associated with which field? – Economics

Explanation: Distinguished economist Thirukodikaval Nilakanta Srinivasan, better known as Prof. TN Srinivasan, passed away in Chennai on 10 November 2018 at the age of 85 years.

- He was known for having provided an intellectual framework along with Jagdish Bhagwati and Padma Desai for economic reforms that India undertook in 1991 when the balance of payments crisis hit it hard.

- Srinivasan earned a doctorate in Economics from Yale University, in 1962 and has since been teaching and working in the US. The Government of India conferred on him the Padma Bhushan in 2007.

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3) During November 2018 which public sector bank entered 100th year of its formation? – Union Bank of India (UBI)

Explanation: Union Bank of India on 11 November 2018 celebrated its 100th Foundation Day in Mumbai. Established on 11 November 1919, the bank’s corporate office in Mumbai was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.

- The bank presently has assets of US$ 13.45 billion and around 4,300 branches including 4 overseas branches in Hong Kong, Dubai, Antwerp and Sydney. 

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4) Stan Lee, the inspiration behind superhero characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk, passed away on 12 November 2018 in New York. He was associated with which comic book brand? – Marvel

Explanation: As a writer and editor, Stan Lee, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s. They created super successful superheroes like Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man.

- These characters became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office. Lee passed away on 12 November 2018 at the age of 95.

- In 2008, Lee was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest government award for creative artists.

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5) Union Minister and senior BJP leader H.N. Ananth Kumar passed away on 12 November 2018. What portfolios he was holding in the Union Government? - Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, and Chemicals and Fertilizers

Explanation: Union Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar passed away in the early hours of 12 November 2018 at a private hospital in Bengaluru. He was 59. He was the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, and Chemicals and Fertilizers.

- He was diagnosed with lung cancer at an advanced stage in June 2018. A six-time member of parliament from Bengaluru South Lok Sabha seat, Ananth Kumar was representing it continuously since 1996.

- He held civil aviation, urban development and tourism portfolios in Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet during 1999-2004.

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6) The iconic Jawa Motorcycles were re-launched in India on 15 November 2018, more than two decades after they disappeared from Indian roads, by Classic Legends Pvt. Limited. Classic Legends is a subsidiary of which renowned auto company? - Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd.

Explanation: Classic Legends Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, on 15 November 2018 launched two bikes – Jawa Classic and Jawa 42.

- Having first entered the Indian market in the early 1960s, Jawa was founded in Czechoslovakia more than 90 years ago. These motorcycles became very popular across India. In its heyday, Jawa bikes were exported to more than 120 countries. But due to low demand the Indian operations of Jawa were wound up in 1996.

- Anand Mahindra-led Mahindra Group, Anupam Thareja and Boman Irani are the shareholders of Classic Legends, with Mahindra holding a majority stake of 60%.

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7) Popular advertising and theatre personality Alyque Padamsee passed away in Mumbai on 17 November 2018. During his prime years he was associated with which advertising agency for which he produced some of the most iconic ads? – Lintas

Explanation: Padamsee was an advertising professional who headed the advertising company Lintas India for 14 years as its Chief Executive. During this period he built over 100 brands and was known as the Brand Father of Indian advertising. He went on to become the Regional Co-ordinator of Lintas South Asia and is the only Indian to be voted into the International Clio Hall of Fame, the Oscars of World Advertising.

- He was also an eminent theatre personality was known for his English language theatre productions in India like “Evita”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Tuglaq”. However, he was best known in the English-speaking world for playing Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the film ‘Gandhi’.

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8) Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested on 19 November 2018 on charges of corruption, is the Chairman of which Japanese automobile company? - Nissan Motor Co Ltd.

Explanation: Nissan Motor Co Ltd.'s Chairman Carlos Ghosn was arrested on 19 November 2018 on charges that he had used company money for personal use. He had under-reported nearly 10 billion yen ($88.70 million) in compensation as nearly 5 billion yen. The under-reporting took place over five years, from 2011.

- Nissan was moving to terminate Carlos Ghosn from his chairman's post after finding that the charges against him were true.

- The news comes as a shock in Japan where Ghosn, a rare foreign top executive, is well regarded for having turned Nissan around from near bankruptcy. Ghosn is also chairman and chief executive of France's Renault.

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9) Who was appointed the first-ever India head of messaging service WhatsApp on 21 November 2018? - Abhijit Bose

Explanation: Facebook Inc.-owned messaging service WhatsApp on 21 November 2018 appointed Abhijit Bose as head of WhatsApp India. He will work to establish WhatsApp India, expected to begin its operations next year.

- Bose is the co-founder and chief executive officer of enterprise payments solutions firm Ezetap. He will build WhatsApp’s first full country team outside of California.

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10) What was the name of the severe cyclonic storm that hit parts of Tamil Nadu during November 2018 resulting in death of 46 persons? – ‘Gaja’

Explanation: “Gaja” was the name given to the severe cyclonic storm that hit Tamil Nadu with huge intensity on 16 November 2018. The districts affected by this storm are Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Ramanathapuram and Pudukottai. The storm later brought incessant rains in eastern and southern areas of Tamil Nadu.

- At least 46 persons were killed due to “Gaja” storm. The storm emerged from a low pressure system that formed over the Gulf of Thailand on 5 November 2018. Later by 11 November 2018 the deep depression strengthened into a cyclonic storm, and was named 'Gaja'.

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11) The 33rd edition of ASEAN Summit was held from 11 to 15 November 2018 in which country? – Singapore

Explanation: Singapore hosted the 33rd edition of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit from 11 to 15 November 2018. The theme of this Summit was 'Resilient and innovative ASEAN'. ASEAN is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising ten Southeast Asian countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the East Asia Summit and Associated meetings of ASEAN that were held on 14th and 15th November in Singapore on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

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