Current Affairs in Short: 6 May 2019
The Election Commission has allowed the Maharashtra government to sanction and implement drinking water supply schemes.
Israel, Gaza reach ceasefire agreement
• Palestinian leaders in Gaza on May 6, 2019 agreed to a ceasefire with Israel to end a two-day escalation in violence.
• Egypt brokered the agreement to cease hostilities. Israel also lifted restrictions on civilian movements in communities around the Gaza border.
• The escalation began on May 5 with rocket fire from Gaza, drawing waves of Israeli retaliatory strikes. At least 23 Palestinians, including at least nine militants, were killed.
• Four Israelis civilians were also killed.
Sri Lanka lifts temporary ban on social media platforms
• Sri Lanka on May 6, 2019 lifted the temporary ban imposed on several social media platforms. The ban was imposed following a tense situation in Negombo on May 5, which led to overnight police curfew.
• The curfew was lifted as the situation in the area was brought under control. The situation was a result of a personal dispute between two groups.
• Several houses and vehicles were damaged as minority Muslims became the target of attacks. There were tensions after the Easter day attacks when one of the churches in the area was the target.
• Archbishop Malcom Cardinal Ranjith has appealed to people for calm and not to spread hate and fake news.
• Meanwhile, security operations continue all over the country as secondary schools opened today for the first time after attacks but attendance has been reported low. Government primary schools up to grade 5 are scheduled to open next week.
Smith, Warner return to action in World Cup warm-up match
• A one-day warm-up match between Australia and New Zealand XI at Brisbane on May 6, 2019 marked the return of Steve Smith and David Warner to international cricket after their ball-tampering bans.
• A small crowd warmly welcomed Smith and Warner during the game. Smith celebrated his return with a superb one-handed diving catch at short mid-on to remove Tom Latham.
• Smith and Warner have been picked for the first time since serving year-long bans for their part in the Sandpaper-gate, ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town that rocked Australian cricket.
Cyclone Fani: Maharashtra government pledges Rs 10 crore aid for Odisha
• Maharashtra government has declared Rs 10 crore aid for Odisha aftermath cyclonic storm Fani leaving a catastrophic effect in the state.
• Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on May 6, 2019 said that his government will contribute Rs 10 crore to Odisha for relief and rehabilitation measures in different parts of Odisha affected by the cyclone storm.
• The Odisha government has mounted massive restoration work across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas ravaged by the storm, affecting nearly one crore people.
• The cyclone struck Odisha on May 3, unleashing heavy rain and winds of up to 175 kmph.
EC allows Maharashtra government to sanction drinking water supply schemes
• The Election Commission of India has allowed the Maharashtra government to sanction and implement drinking water supply schemes and said that there should not be any undue publicity of the work for political gains.
• The state government had written to the Election Commission on April 24, seeking permission to sanction and implement drinking water supply schemes in view of the Model Code of Conduct.
• Earlier last week, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had chaired a cabinet meeting where the drought situation and the steps taken to provide relief to people were reviewed. Drought has been declared in 151 out of 358 talukas in the state.