Current Affairs in Short: 16 May 2019
The Election Commission curtailed the campaigning for the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal following the Kolkata violence of May 14. Amid the voilence, the bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar of Vidyasagar College was vandalised.
Election Commission curtails campaigning in West Bengal
• The Election Commission on May 15, 2019 curtailed the campaigning for the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal following the Kolkata violence of May 14.
• Amid the voilence, the bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar of Vidyasagar College was vandalised.
• In the seventh phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019, 9 Lok Sabha seats of West Bengal will be going to polls on May 19.
• These 9 constituencies are - Dum Dum, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Barasat, Basirhat, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata Dakshin and Kolkata Uttar.
• Moreover, the Commission also ordered the removal of Atri Bhattacharya, State's Principal Secretary (Home) and Rajeev Kumar, Additional Director General of CID for interfering in the elections process.
• The Commission took such decision for the first time using its constitutional powers.
Assam Government orders inquiry into Guwahati grenade attack
• Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal ordered the state's Director General of Police to conduct inquiry into the Guwahati grenade attack of May 15, in which 12 people got injured.
• Among injured were 2 personnel of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) who were deployed near a security post.
• As per the police officials, grenades were hurled at the Zoo Road area by motor cyclists.
• Banned outfit, ULFA (Independence) claimed the responsibility of the blast.
India-Botswana hold Foreign Office Consultations in Delhi
• India and Botswana held the third round of Foreign Office Consultations in New Delhi on May 15, 2019.
• The Indian side of the delegation was led by Dr. Neena Malhotra, Joint Secretary in East and Southern Africa, Ministry of External Affairs.
• The Botswana side was led by Tapiwa Mongwa, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Affairs of Botswana.
• Both the sides deliberated for cooperation in various sectors such as political, economic, commercial, defence, consular and international cooperation.
• They discussed out the ways to further strengthen the bilateral relations of the countries by expanding cooperation in development projects.
• The next round of Consultations will be convened in Botswana.
US, France join UAE to probe into attack of commercial ships
• The United States and France united with the UAE to investigate the sabotage of commercial ships.
• Lately, four commercial cargo ships were sabotaged on May 12, 2019 near UAE's territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah.
• Following the incident, the UAE called on the international community to join hands in preventing such attacks that undermine maritime traffic safety and security.
• The UAE authorities took all the necessary measures, and are currently investigating the incident in cooperation with other local and international bodies.
Pakistan decides not to lift airspace ban on India till 30 May
• Pakistan recently announced that it will not lift airspace ban for Indian flights till May 30, 2019.
• The announcement was made following a meeting of top officials of defence and aviation ministries in Islamabad.
• Pakistan closed its airspace completely for Indian flights after Indian Air Force attacked the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26, 2019.
• Later, on March 27, Pakistan opened its airspace for all flights except for New Delhi, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
LED lighting can damage eye's retina: French Agency
• The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety recently reported that the blue light in LED lighting can damage the retina of eyes and can disturb natural sleep rhythms.
• Therefore, exposure to such an intense and powerful light is photo-toxic.
• It can lead to permanent loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision.
• The Light-Emitting Diode (LED) technology has lately taken over the general lighting market due to its energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
• LED uses only fifth portion of the electricity, in comparison to a luminescent bulb of comparable brightness.
Taiwan Expo 2019 begins in Delhi
• Tien Chung-Kwang, Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre and TAITRA James CF Huang, Chairman of Taiwan External Trade Development Council, inaugurated the three-day Taiwan Expo 2019 in New Delhi.
• The expo focuses on green products, health care sector, agriculture, tourism, biotechnology and electrical equipments.
• Around 150 exhibitors will showcase their products in 230 stalls.