27-28 November 2018 Current Affairs

Kartarpur Sahib Corridor | NASA InSight | 2018 Men Hockey World Cup | Russia-Ukraine | Boeing-Airbus |

Posted on Nov 28, 2018 03:07 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) On 26 November 2018, Indian Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of the Dera Baba Nanak - Kartarpur Sahib Corridor. What will be the main objective of this corridor? – To allow Indian Sikh pilgrims the facility of unhindered access to the holy Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara across Indian border

Explanation: Kartarpur Corridor is a proposed border-corridor (border gate) between India and Pakistan connecting the Sikh Holy shrine of Dera Baba Nanak Sahib to the holy shrine of Kartarpur Sahib (also referred to as Kartarpur Gurdwara) states of Punjab in India and Pakistan.

- When this corridor gets ready, it will facilitate the crossing of religious devotees to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur, located in Narowal District, Pakistan, 120 km from Lahore but only three kilometres from the Indian side of the border.

- The historical Kartarpur Gurudwara also known as Darbar Sahib Kartarpur is situated on the banks of river Ravi and is considered to be the first Gurdwara ever built. Guru Nanak is believed to have spent 18 years here and it was here that he ended his life.

- On 22nd November 2018, The Indian Government Approved for Building Kartarpur Corridor from Indian Side. The foundation stone for the same was laid by Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh on 26 November 2018.

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2) What is the name of NASA’s robotic lander that successfully landed on the surface of Mars on 26 November 2018? – InSight

Explanation: “InSight” is the name of NASA”s robotic lander designed to study the deep interior of the planet Mars. It was launched from the Earth on 5 May 2018 and it successfully landed on the surface of Mars at Elysium Planitia on 26 November 2018 after a journey of over 485 million km.

- The name “InSight” is an acronym for ‘Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport’. The mission is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA. The lander was manufactured by Lockheed Martin Space Systems.

- The mission sent the first picture of the landscape of Mars just within minutes of landing on the planet. It is since continuously sending pictures of the Red Planet.

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3) Which Indian city is hosting the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup, the inauguration ceremony of which was held on 27 November? – Bhubaneswar (Odisha)

Explanation: Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha is hosting the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup, which is the 14th edition of this prestigious FIH tournament. The tournament is being held at the Kalinga Stadium in the city.

- Bhubaneswar is the third Indian city to host Men's Hockey World Cup after Bombay (1982) and New Delhi (2010). 16 teams are taking part in this World Cup – Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Spain. Australia is the defending champion.

- Olly, the Olive Ridley turtle, is the official mascot of 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup. The tournament will conclude on 16 December 2018.

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4) A 3-day martial law was imposed in Ukraine by country’s Parliament on 26 November 2018 due to which reason? – Due to Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships

Explanation: The parliament of Ukraine on 26 November 2018 backed a decree imposing martial law for 30 days following Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships near the Crimean Peninsula.

- In an emergency session of the lower-house, Ukrainian parliamentarians voted in favour of President Petro Poroshenko's proposal to roll out the extraordinary measure from 28 November 2018.

- The move came barely 24 hours after Russian forces opened fire on the three Ukrainian ships near the Kerch Strait, a narrow sea passage that divides Crimea from mainland Russia.

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5) Europe’s Airbus on 26 November 2018 delivered the first edition of which new plane that is being pitted against Boeing’s popular 787? - Airbus A330neo

Explanation: Europe’s Airbus SE delivered its first A330neo jet to TAP Portugal on 26 November 2018. With this new plane, it seeks to trump US rival Boeing Co. in the fiercely competitive battle at the lower end of the market for long-haul jets.

- The face-off between Airbus A330neo and Boeing 787 pits two generations of jetliner against each other in the long-haul jet segment.

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