Top 10 Weekly Current Affairs: 22 April to 27 April 2019

The third phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 registered an overall approximate voter turnout of more than 66 percent compared to 69.3 percent in 2014. The voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 3 took place on April 23, 2019 for 117 Lok Sabha Constituencies across 13 States and 2 Union Territories.

Created On: Apr 27, 2019 15:37 ISTModified On: Apr 29, 2019 11:41 IST

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 3, Current Affairs Key Takeaways: 66% voter turnout recorded

The third phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 registered an overall approximate voter turnout of more than 66 percent compared to 69.3 percent in 2014. The voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 3 took place on April 23, 2019 for 117 Lok Sabha Constituencies across 13 States and 2 Union Territories.

The third phase of polling was held in Parliamentary constituencies of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Tripura and Daman & Diu.

Sri Lanka to declare national emergency; Comedian Zelensky wins Ukrainian Presidential Elections- Current Affairs

Sri Lankan Government will enforce a nationwide state of emergency from the midnight on April 22, 2019 following the suicide bomb blasts at churches and luxury hotels on the occasion of Easter, which killed over 290 people and wounded more than 500.

The decision was made during a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena. The move is aimed at enhancing the counter-terrorism powers of the security forces. The government clarified that the measure would be confined to dealing with terrorism and would not impinge on the freedom of expression.

Bilkis Bano case SC directs Gujarat Govt for compensation

The Supreme Court directed the Gujarat Government on April 23, 2019 to give Rs 50 lakh compensation, a job and accommodation to Bilkis Bano. She was gang raped during the 2002 riots in the Gujrat. This compensation comes two years after the Bombay High court delivered justice, convicting eleven of the accused, including five Gujarat policemen and two doctors for tampering with evidence.

Bilkis Bano had earlier refused to accept the offer of Rs 5 lakh and had sought exemplary compensation from the state government in a plea before the Supreme Court.  In 2002 Gujarat riots 14 members of Bilkis' family were killed, including her two-and-half-year old daughter.

US waivers for Iran oil imports end on May 2, won’t impact Chabahar Port Project

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on April 23, 2019 announced that the sanction waivers that it had granted to some countries still buying oil from Iran will terminate on May 2, 2019.

With this announcement, five countries namely, India, China, Japan, South Korea and Turkey will no longer be exempted from the US sanctions, if they continue to import Iranian oil after their waivers end on May 2. There will be no grace period for these five economies to comply with the decision. The United States clarified that the Chabahar Port Project would not be impacted by sanctions on Iran. The Chabahar Port Project is being developed by India in Iran.

Asian Athletics Championship 2019: India finishes fourth with 17 medals

The 23rd edition of the Asian Athletics Championship concluded in Doha, Qatar on April 24, 2019. India with 17 medals (3 Gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze) finished fourth in the tournament.

The four-day event saw participation from 63 nations across the world. Bahrain topped the tally with 11 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze, followed by China with 10 gold, 13 silver, 7 bronze and then Japan with 5 gold, 4 silver, 9 bronze.

Madras High Court lifts ban on ‘TikTok’ App

The Madras high court on April 24, 2019 lifted the ban on Chinese short-video app ‘TikTok’, three weeks after it had asked the Government to prohibit further downloads of the popular application on Google and Apple app stores.

However, the high court asked the owners of the app to ensure that the platform does not allow pornography. Hence, the users can now once again download the app from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store after the app is made available on these platforms. Earlier April 16, 2019, Google and Apple blocked the access to TikTok.

Malawi launches world’s first malaria vaccine

African country Malawi on April 24, 2019 became the first to immunise children against Malaria through the vaccine ‘RTS,S’ (Mosquirix) under the WHO-coordinated Malaria vaccine pilot programme.

Malawi is also the first of three countries in Africa in which the vaccine RTS,S will be made available to children up to 2 years of age; Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine later.

The Malaria vaccine pilot programme is a collaborative effort with ministries of health in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi and international partners like PATH and the vaccine developer GSK. The programme aims to reach 360000 children every year across the three countries.

Indu Malhotra part of panel to probe case against CJI

Justice Indu Malhotra was on April 25, 2019 appointed as the third member of the in-house inquiry panel set up to examine allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

Malhotra was appointed to the panel following the recusal of Justice N V Ramana. Senior-most judge S A Bobde, who is heading the panel, appointed Justice Malhotra to the committee. Another woman judge, Justice Indira Banerjee is also a part of the panel.

India launches 'MERA India' to eliminate malaria by 2030

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on April 25, 2019 launched the 'Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India', a gathering of partners working together to plan and scale up research to eliminate Malaria from India by 2030.

MERA India alliance holds utmost importance to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the operational research. The World Health Organisation (WHO) had earlier appreciated India’s research in malaria and hence, the country now aims to ensure its elimination by 2030.

China defends Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 26, 2019 defended his ambitious ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ (BRI), vowing to prevent debt risks and saying that his global infrastructure project is not an exclusive club. 

The clarification came after various nations accused that Belt and Road is a "debt trap" and a geopolitical tool for Beijing's ambitions of becoming a global superpower. The BRI aims to bring about much-needed transformation in developing countries; however, critics believe that the initiative favours Chinese companies while burdening other nations with debt and causing environmental damage.

Take Weekly Tests on app for exam prep and compete with others. Download Current Affairs and GK app

एग्जाम की तैयारी के लिए ऐप पर वीकली टेस्ट लें और दूसरों के साथ प्रतिस्पर्धा करें। डाउनलोड करें करेंट अफेयर्स ऐप

Comment ()

Post Comment

1 + 7 =