Current Affairs in Short: 17 May 2019
British Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to confirm the date for her resignation after the Brexit deal goes through the House of Commons for the fourth time in early June.
Sourav Ganguly, Manjrekar named among ICC commentators for Cricket World Cup 2019
• Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has been named along with Sanjay Manjrekar and Harsha Bhogle in the International Cricket Council’s list of commentators for the cricket World Cup 2019, which starts from May 30 in England and Wales.
• The other names in the list include world renowned cricket commentators Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop, Melanie Jones, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Alison Mitchell, Brendon McCullum, Graeme Smith, and Wasim Akram.
• Besides them, other big names who will commentate during the tournament include Michael Clarke, Shaun Pollock, Michael Slater, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ian Smith, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan, and Ian Ward.
Theresa May to confirm resignation date in June
• British Prime Minister Theresa May has agreed to confirm the date for her resignation as Conservative Party leader to make way for a new leader in Downing Street by next month.
• May would be setting out an exact timetable for her exit after the Brexit deal goes through the House of Commons for the fourth time in early June.
• Boris Johnson, a former Cabinet minister has confirmed publicly that he will run to replace May as the leader of the Conservative Party and the new prime minister.
Jeffrey Rosen confirmed as US deputy attorney general
• The US Senate has voted to confirm Jeffrey Rosen as deputy attorney general, the second-ranking official at the Justice Department. The vote was 52-45.
• Rosen replaces Rod Rosenstein, who left the department last week.
• He was a longtime litigator who served as deputy transportation secretary in the Trump administration.
Taiwan becomes first Asian nation to approve same-sex marriage
• In a landmark decision, Taiwan's parliament became the first in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage on May 17, 2019.
• The island's lawmakers passed a law allowing same-sex couples to form exclusive permanent unions and a second clause that would let them apply for a marriage registration with the government agencies.
• The move marks a huge victory for the LGBTQ community of Taiwan, who have campaigned for years to have similar of equal marriage rights as heterosexual couples.
• It also places Taiwan at the vanguard of Asia's rapidly growing gay rights movement.
High alert in Srinagar after intelligence inputs warn against terror attack
• Intelligence agencies have received inputs warning against terrorist attacks in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
• As per government sources, terrorists are planning to carry out attacks on Srinagar and Awantipora air bases.
• The whole state has been placed on high alert. The security forces in and around these bases are also on high alert.
Shahrukh Khan collaborates with TV show host David Letterman for Netflix Special
• Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan and American television host David Letterman have come together for a Netflix stand-alone special.
• The show will be all about in-depth conversations, for which Letterman is renowned and in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humour.
• The 53-year-old Bollywood star said he was honoured to share his story with Letterman. After interviewing Khan in front of the live audience on Thursday in New York, 72-year-old Letterman said that the actor was one of the loveliest persons he has ever spoken to.