23-26 November 2018 Current Affairs

Mary Kom | Ambareesh death | First-ever silent airplane | New Interpol Chief | Syed Modi Badminton 2018 |

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 03:10 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Indian woman boxer M.C. Mary Kom struck her record 6th gold medal at the World Boxing Championships in New Delhi on 24 November 2018 to become the most successful woman boxer of all time. Now she is tied with which legendary Cuban boxer for the distinction of joint most successful boxer (Men and Women) in the history of World Championships? - Felix Savon

Explanation: Mary Kom struck her record 6th gold medal at the World Boxing Championships as she defeated Ukraine’s Hanna Okhota via a 5-0 unanimous decision on 24 November 2018.

- In doing so, the Manipur boxer became the joint most successful boxer (Men and Women) in the history of World Championships, tied with the Cuban legend Felix Savon, who had also won six gold medals at the World Championships. It is Kom’s 7th medal overall in the tournament – 6 gold and 1 silver.

- Mary Kom won a silver medal in the inaugural edition in 2001, and then went on to win a gold medal in the next five consecutive editions – 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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2) Veteran film actor and former Union Minister Ambareesh, who passed away on 24 November 2018, was an iconic actor primarily associated with which film industry? – Kannada

Explanation: Veteran Kannada actor and former minister Ambareesh passed away on 24 November 2018 in a Bengaluru hospital after suffering from a heart attack. He was 66. His original name was Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath and belonged to Mandya district of Karnataka.

- He served as a union minister in the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh. The actor was an MP from 1998-99, 1999-2004 and 2004-2009. He was also the Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting from 2006 to 2008.

- Ambareesh has appeared in about 208 films and had surpassed the records of two other Kannada legends Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan. He had the national award for his debut film Naagarahaavu in 1972 and was known as 'Rebel star' especially after his film Chakravyuha.

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3) Which US institution successfully developed first-of-its-kind silent airplane with no moving propellers or jet turbines, as was reported in ‘Nature’ journal? - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Explanation: Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have, in a breakthrough, built and flown the first-ever silent airplane with no moving propellers or jet turbines.

- Since the Wright Brothers launched the first airplane over 100 years ago, every aircraft has flown with the help of moving parts such as propellers, turbine blades, and fans, which are powered by the combustion of fossil fuels or by battery packs that produce a persistent, whining buzz.

- This plane carries neither propellers or turbines, nor it depends on fossil fuels to fly. It is powered by an "ionic wind" - a silent but mighty flow of ions that is produced aboard the plane, that generates enough thrust to propel the plane over a sustained, steady flight.

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4) On 21 November 2018 who was elected the new Chief of Interpol, the international police agency? - Kim Jong-yang

Explanation: Interim President Kim Jong-yang was elected to a two-year term at the helm of the international police agency in a vote on 21 November 2018. He defeated Aleksandr Prokopchuk, a Russian police general, who was strongly opposed by the United States, Britain, and other European states.

- The election was needed to replace Interpol's former president, Meng Hongwei, who was China's vice minister of public security and who went missing while on a trip to China in September 2018. China later said Meng resigned after being charged with accepting bribes.

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5) Who won the men’s and women’s singles title (respectively) of Syed Modi International Badminton Championship in Lucknow on 25 November 2018? - Sameer Verma (India) and Han Yue (China)

Explanation: Sameer Verma (India) and Han Yue (China) respectively won the men’s and women’s singles title of Syed Modi International Badminton Championship on 25 November 2018.

- World number 16 Sameer Verma of India defeated world number 36 Lu Guangzu of China in the men's singles final by 16-21, 21-19, 21-14 while world number nine Saina Nehwal of India lost to world number 27 Han Yue of China by 18-21, 8-21.

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