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Current Affairs in Short: 26 April 2019

The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with Election Commission’s order banning the release of biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi until May 19.

Apr 26, 2019 17:53 IST
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SC stays inquiry commission proceedings into late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa's death

• The Supreme Court on April 26, 2019 stayed the proceedings of an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in 2016.
• A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the appeal of Apollo Hospitals against the April 4 order of the Madras High Court.
• The HC had rejected the hospital's objection to the ongoing inquiry into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital.
• The AIADMK-led state government had set up the inquiry commission to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016 at Apollo Hospitals.

SC refuses to interfere with EC's order banning release of PM Modi’s biopic

• The Supreme Court on April 26, 2019 refused to interfere with Election Commission’s order banning the release of biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi until May 19.
• A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, the issue is whether the movie can be exhibited at this time adding that the Commission has taken a decision and the court is not inclined to entertain the plea.
• The counsel, appearing for producers, had told the bench that the EC's order is contrary to the clearance given to the movie by the Central Board of Film Certification.
• The apex court earlier had asked the EC, while hearing the writ petition filed by the film producer Sandeep Vinod Kumar Singh, to reconsider its decision after watching the movie and give the court its report.
• The producers of the movie contended that the EC's order violated their fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression.

Scientists unearth 220 million-year-old dinosaur fossils in Argentina

• A group of researchers have unearthed a site containing 220-million-year-old fossilised remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs in western Argentina.
• The fossils, which belong to a little known era, are believed to belong to almost ten different dinosaurs.
• According to researchers, there were also remains of archosaurs, reptiles that could be the ancestors of great crocodiles.
• The site is between one and two metres (yards) in diameter and about the same depth, leading scientists to speculate it was a former drinking hole at a time of great drought and the creatures died of weakness at the spot.
• Argentina has been a rich source of fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous eras over the years - most, of creatures not found in the northern hemisphere.

Indonesia releases Ramayana stamp for 1st time celebrating centuries old cultural bonds

• Indonesia in a landmark step on April 23, 2019 released a special stamp on the theme of Ramayana for the first time underlining strong centuries old cultural bonds.
• As agreed during Prime Minister’s visit in May 2018, the Department of Posts of the Government of Indonesia released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the event at an inaugural event to flag off the 70th anniversary commemorations of establishment of diplomatic relations.
• The stamp, designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta, features a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Devi Sita symbolising the resolve of two peoples in the face of adversity.
• The limited edition covers of the special commemorative stamp were distributed by Department of Posts during the Inaugural Event and a specially signed version will be on display at the Philately Museum in Jakarta.

Sri Lankan Defence Secretary resigns over Easter blasts

• Sri Lankan Defence Secretary, Hemasiri Fernando resigned from his post on April 25, 2019 taking responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks on Sunday as the country remains tense in the aftermath.
• Fernando said that while there had been no failure on his own part, he was taking responsibility for failures of some institutions he headed as the secretary of defence.
• He was asked to resign following reports that security agencies failed to act on intelligence inputs about the attacks.