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Current Affairs in Short: 9 April 2019

India will vote in the first phase of General elections 2019 on April 11, 2019. 91 parliamentary constituencies of 543 Lok Sabha constituencies in 20 states and UTs will go to polls.

Apr 9, 2019 17:18 IST
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India to vote in First Phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on 11 April

• India will vote in the first phase of General elections 2019 on April 11, 2019.
• 91 parliamentary constituencies of 543 Lok Sabha constituencies in 20 states and UTs will go to polls.
• Voting will take place for all the parliamentary constituencies in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Telangana.
• The other states going to polls in the first phase include - Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

Woman can file dowry harassment case from the place she has taken shelter: SC

• The Supreme Court held that a woman, who fled her marital home due to cruelty of dowry harassment, can file a case of dowry harassment under Section 498 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against her husband and in-laws from the place where she took the shelter.
• The bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi relaxed Section 177 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which mandates that criminal cases can be filed and tried only in courts within whose jurisdiction the crime occurred.
• The judgment came on an appeal made by Rupali Devi. Devi filed a dowry harassment complained from her parents’ place of residence where she had fled to; however, the complaint was dismissed by the Allahabad High Court.
• The High Court ruled that cruelty punishable under Section 498A of the IPC was not a “continuing offence”, nor can it be investigated or punished outside the jurisdiction where the crime occurred.

President Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to CRPF martyrs on 54th Valour Day

• President Ram Nath Kovind on April 9, 2019 paid homage to the martyrs at National Police Memorial in New Delhi on the occasion of 54th Valour Day of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
• The President also presented gallantry medals to six Jawans posthumously and appreciated the role of CRPF in combating terrorism and separatism in Jammu and Kashmir.
• On April 9, 1965, a small contingent of 2nd Battalion of CRPF successfully fought and repulsed an attack by a Pakistani Brigade at Sardar Post in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, eliminating 34 Pakistani soldiers and capturing four alive.
• As a tribute to the brave personnel of the Force, 9 April is celebrated as Valour Day in the Force.
• The President also launched ‘Veer Parivar’ App for assistance to the next of kin of the CRPF martyrs.
• Over 34 thousand police personnel have laid down their lives in the line of duty for the nation since the Independence.

Registration for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2019 begins

• The registration for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2019 began on April. The last date for registration is 9 May.
• The pilgrimage will begin on 8 June and will end on September 8, 2019 through two routes.
• Applicants must be at least 18 years old and not more than 70 years as on January 1, 2019 to be eligible to apply.
• There are two routes for the Kailash Manasarovar pilgrimage. One through the Lipulekh Pass, Uttarakhand that costs around Rs 1.8 lakh per person and another through the Nathu La Pass of Sikkim that costs around Rs 2.5 lakh per person.

2017 SSC Paper leak: Supreme Court directs CBI to file status report

• The Supreme Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file the case diary and the status report in the investigation carried out in the 2017 SSC exam paper leak case.
• The apex court had on April 1, 2019 allowed the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) to declare the result of a re-examination of SSC Combined Graduate Level (CGL) 2017 held in 2018.
• The apex court noted said that lakhs of unemployed youths suffered due to the paper leak.

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