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Current Affairs in Short: 28 May 2019

Government has set up a new tribunal to look into whether there is a sufficient reason to continue the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

May 28, 2019 18:23 IST
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New tribunal set up to look into ban on LTTE

• The Union Government on May 27, 2019 set up a new tribunal to look into whether there is still a sufficient reason to continue the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
• The militant group was banned by India after it had orchestrated the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Since then, the ban on the group has been extended after every five years.
• Just two weeks earlier, the Home Ministry had extended the ban on the terror group for another five years.
• The group continues to adopt a strong anti-India posture and also continues to pose a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals.

UGC to review quality of PhD thesis for doctoral degrees handed out in last 10 years

• The University Grants Commission has decided to review the quality of PhD thesis for which doctoral degrees have been awarded in the last 10 years by universities across the country.
• The move follows concerns raised regarding the degrading quality of research in the country and duplication of subjects on which PhDs are done.
• The commission has invited interested individuals or groups to send their proposals to conduct the study over a period of six months.
• The interested parties will have to list their capabilities, track record, procedure they plan to adopt and the estimated budget for conducting the study.
• The study will be conducted across India and it may give findings at national as well as state-level with regard to the quality of PhD thesis.

Austrian Parliament ousts Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in no-confidence vote

• Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has been ousted from office after he lost a no- confidence vote in a special session of the Parliament.
• The no-confidence vote was tabled by the opposition parties against Kurz and one against his government.
• The Chancellor’s previous coalition ally, the far-right Freedom Party and the opposition Social Democrats also backed the no-confidence motions.
• Austria's President Alexander Van der Bellen has named Vice Chancellor Hartwig Loger as the interim leader, until a new government will be appointed in the elections, which are expected to be in September.

First all-women IAF crew fly medium-lift helicopter

• First all women crew of the Indian Air Force comprising three officers became the nation’s first to fly Mi-17 V5, medium-lift helicopter
• The all women crew flew the helicopter for a Battle Inoculation Training mission taking off and landing from restricted areas at a forward airbase in South Western Air Command.

India’s Saurabh Chaudhary wins 10m Air Pistol gold in ISSF World Cup

• India's Saurabh Chaudhary has won 10m air pistol gold in the ISSF shooting World Cup in Munich, Germany.
• The 17 year-old scored 246.3, bettering his previous best of 245 points that was set in February 2019 at the New Delhi Shooting World Cup.
• Chaudhury has already secured a berth for the Tokyo Olympics. This is India's second Gold in championship.

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