Current Affairs in Short: 22 April 2019

The Supreme Court has directed the Madras High Court to decide on a plea of TikTok app seeking to vacate of its ban order.

Created On: Apr 22, 2019 18:07 IST

Saudi, UAE pledge 3 bn financial aid for Sudan

• Saudi Arabia and the UAE on April 22,2 019 announced financial support of three billion dollars for the people of Sudan following the overthrow of longtime leader Omar al-Bashir.
• The assistance bundle entails 500 million USD deposit into Sudan's central bank to strengthen the country's liquidity and monetary reserves.
• The remaining amount will be dedicated to support the people of Sudan, across food, medicines and fuel derivatives.
• Earlier, UAE had urged the Sudan's transitional military council to protect people and property, wishing these steps would ensure security and stability for the country.

UAE issues travel advisory for Sri Lanka

• The UAE has issued a warning, cautioning its citizens from travelling to Sri Lanka following current events taking place in the country.
• In a statement on April 22, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation also urged Emiratis currently in Sri Lanka to exercise caution, to return to the UAE, and to communicate with its call centre at 0097180044444.

Bangladesh: All local government elections to be held through EVMs

• In Bangladesh, all local government elections will be held through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from now on.
• Stating this, the Secretary to the Election Commission of Bangladesh, Helaluddin Ahmed said that the EVM is enriched with high technology and the government is confident of using it in the local body elections.
• The Election Commission of Bangladesh has also decided to bring third gender people under voter list.
• Election Commission Secretary Ahmed said that EC is not to allow any Rohingya or foreigner to get enlisted in the voter list.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair: India to be featured as the official Guest of Honour

• In UAE, thousands of literature enthusiasts and industry professionals around the world are expected to attend, the upcoming Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF 2019.
• The 29th edition of the book fair will take place from April 24- 30, 2019 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
• India will be featured as the official Guest of Honour, with much of the fair’s programming dedicated to reflecting and showcasing the diversity and richness of the country’s culture.
• It includes books on Freedom Struggle and 100 volume series of the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi published by the Publications Division.
• India’s participation in the fair is expected to attract significant visitor numbers with various events and activities held throughout the entire duration of the book fair. These activations will embrace the fields of literature, culture, art, music, cinema and dance.

Nasim Zaidi quits Jet Airways board

• Jet Airways' non-executive and non-independent director Nasim Zaidi has quit the board.
• Zaidi, the former Chief Election Commissioner and ex-civil aviation secretary, joined the Jet Airways board in August 2018.
• Grounded carrier Jet Airways on April 22, 2019 informed that Zaidi resigned from the post citing personal reasons and constraints of time.
• The airline, which ceased all its operations temporarily last week, is under the management control of SBI-led consortium of lenders following a debt-recast plan approved by its board last month.

SC directs Madras HC to decide plea of TikTok app on Apr 24

• The Supreme Court has directed the Madras High Court to decide on April 24 a plea of TikTok app seeking to vacate of its ban order.
• A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, if the Madras High Court fails to decide on the plea then it's ban order will stand vacated.
• The apex court had earlier refused to stay the High Court order that directed the Centre to ban the Tiktok app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it.

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