Current Affairs in Short: 8 April 2019
Rwanda has begun one hundred days of mourning for over 800,000 people slaughtered in a genocide that shocked the world, a quarter of a century on from the day it began.
India, Sri Lanka agree to increase cooperation in security and defence spheres
• India and Sri Lanka have agreed to increase cooperation in security and defence spheres in several areas, including regional security, curbing drug smuggling and human trafficking.
• The issues came up for discussion when Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirsena in Colombo during his official visit.
• President Sirisena thanked the Indian Government for the cooperation extended to Sri Lanka in security issues and for training provided to Sri Lankan security forces personnel.
• He also requested to increase the number of personnel trained by India. Defence Secretary agreed to look into the possibility of enhancing training facilities.
Justice Pradeep Nandrajog takes oath as new Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
• Justice Pradeep Nandrajog on April 7, 2019 took oath as the new Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.
• He was administered the oath by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan.
• Justice Nandrajog was serving as the Chief Justice of the Rajasthan High Court since March 2017, following his transfer from the Delhi High Court.
Israel denies hackers voter registry breach claim
• Israel poll officials have rejected the claim by hackers that they had broken into the database of Israeli voters, ahead of Parliamentary elections. The country will go to the polls to elect the "Knesset", or Parliament.
• Hackers claimed they had stolen information on millions of Israelis after breaking into the voter registry. But the country's Central Elections Committee said they had no evidence of a hack.
• Nearly 5.88 million eligible voters are set to elect a party that will lead the next Israeli government.
• Fourteen main parties are competing for 120 seats in the 21st Knesset. A party has to secure a majority of 61 seats out of 120 in order to form a government and choose a leader to become Prime Minister.
• The voters will be casting their ballots for a party, not a candidate. The more votes a party gets, the more seats it obtains in the Knesset as the government is based on a nationwide proportional representation system.
Rwanda begins 100 days of mourning for over 800,000 people slaughtered in genocide
• Rwanda on April 7, 2019 begins one hundred days of mourning for over 800,000 people slaughtered in a genocide that shocked the world, a quarter of a century on from the day it began.
• President Paul Kagame will start a week of commemoration activities by lighting a remembrance flame at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where more than 250,000 victims are believed to be buried, mainly from the Tutsi people.
• The killings started on April 7, 1994, and lasted till July 4 of that year.
Lin Dan clinches Malaysia Open
• Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan clinched the Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur on April 7, 2019.
• After an electric performance , he beat countryman Chen Long 9-21, 21-7, 21-11.
• The title is Lin's first win this year, and also his first major success since taking the Malaysia Open in 2017.
US to designate Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group
• The Trump administration is planning to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a ‘foreign terrorist organization’ in an unprecedented step to ramp up pressure on Tehran.
• The announcement is expected to come soon and the move could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.
• The Trump administration has escalated rhetoric against Iran for months, but this will mark the first such designation by any American administration of an entire foreign government entity.
• The designation comes with sanctions, including freezes on some assets and a ban on Americans doing business with the group.