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Top 5 Current Affairs: 13 March 2019

India has joined the growing list of countries to have temporarily grounded the aircraft. Ethiopia, China, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom had earlier decided to suspend the Aircraft. India-based operator, Spice Jet has around 12 Boeing 737 Max 8' planes in its fleet, while Jet Airways has five in the country.

Mar 13, 2019 17:45 IST
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Ethiopian Airlines crash: India latest to ground Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on March 12, 2019 midnight ordered to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft fleet in India with immediate effect following the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Taking passenger safety as its top priority, India is constantly consulting the regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet will be grounded until appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations. With the decision, India joined the growing list of countries to have temporarily grounded the aircraft. Ethiopia, China, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the United Kingdom had earlier decided to suspend the Aircraft.

India-based operator, Spice Jet has around 12 Boeing 737 Max 8' planes in its fleet, while Jet Airways has five in the country.

UK Parliament rejects Brexit deal for a second time

The UK Parliament on March 12, 2019 yet again overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, delivering a massive blow to her efforts to see the withdrawal agreement through before the planned withdrawal of Britain from the European on March 29.

With just 17 days to go, the British lawmakers rejected the deal 391-242, ignoring May’s pleas to back the agreement and end the political chaos and economic uncertainty that Brexit has unleashed. However, this time around the outcome was narrower than the historic 230-vote margin of defeat for the agreement in January 2019.

The British Parliament is scheduled to vote on a new motion on March 13, 2019 to decide if Britain should leave the European Union within the March 29 deadline without any deal in place.

Geographical Indication Tag: Arecanut gets its first GI tag for ‘Sirsi Supari’

Arecanut, known as supari or betel nut, made its entry in the list of agricultural produce for the first time with the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for ‘Sirsi Supari’.

The GI tag was accorded by the Registrar of Geographical Indications in the first week of March 2019. The ‘Sirsi Supari’ is grown in Sirsi, Siddpaur and Yellapur taluks of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka.

The GI tag will guarantee the authenticity of arecanut grown in these taluks, and ensure a better market.

Madras HC reserves verdict on plea against BCCI representing India

The Madras High Court on March 12, 2019 reserved its verdict on a public interest litigation petition filed by a Delhi-based woman seeking a direction to the Centre to de-recognise BCCI and its affiliated bodies and associations as the official representative of India.

The plea seeks to restrain the Board of Control for Cricket in India and its affiliated bodies from claiming to be official representatives of the country during international matches. The plea was heard by a division bench of the court comprising Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, which reserved its order after hearing arguments from both the sides.

General Elections 2019: Latest Updates!

The Election Commission of India on March 12, 2019 told the Supreme Court that exclusion of names of persons from draft NRC in Assam will not affect their voting rights in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls provided their names feature in the electoral rolls.

This was stated by the ECI secretary, who had been summoned by the apex court last week in connection with a PIL. The plea alleged that several categories of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

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