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Top 5 Current Affairs: 2 May 2019

Former Sri Lanka captain, Kumar Sangakkara has become the first non-British President of the Marylebone Cricket Club, England.

May 2, 2019 17:31 IST
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UN designates Masood Azhar as Global Terrorist; China lifted its hold

The 1267 Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee of the United Nations Security Council on May 1, 2019 designated Pakistan’s Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a Global Terrorist.

With the addition of Azhar to the Al Qaida Sanctions List, he will be subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. The Sanctions List currently contains the names of 262 individuals and 83 entities.

The move came after China lifted its hold on a proposal to blacklist Azhar. China in March 2019 had for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to designate Azhar as a global terrorist.

Apurvi Chandela becomes world number 1 in 10m air rifle, Anjum claims second position

India’s Apurvi Chandela on May 1, 2019 became world number 1 in women’s 10m air rifle event, according to the latest rankings released by the International Shooting Sport Federation.

Hailing from Jaipur, the shooting ace is among the five Indian shooters to have already secured 2020 Olympics quotas for the country. The shooter took to twitter to share her joy on achieving the feat. “World Number 1 touched a milestone in my shooting career,” wrote Chandela.

Vladimir Putin signs controversial internet bill into law

President Vladimir Putin on May 1, 2019 signed a new measure into law that will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet from the rest of the world and create a new national network.

The ‘sovereign internet’ bill aims to expand government control over the Internet. Russian lawmakers insist the new law is necessary to ensure the security of Russia's online networks, while critics argue that the vaguely worded bill gives new censorship powers to government monitors.

Kumar Sangakkara named as first non-British MCC president

Former Sri Lanka captain, Kumar Sangakkara was on May 1, 2019 appointed as the President of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), England. With this, Sangakkara became the first non-British to head the Club.

Sangakkara will take up the post on October 1, 2019 and will serve the position for a period of 12 months. His nomination was announced by the current MCC President Anthony Wreford at the MCC Annual General Meeting at Lord’s.

During his one-year tenure, Sangakkara will witness two England Tests against West Indies and Pakistan, and the launch of The Hundred competition before his term ends on September 30, 2020.

Sri Lanka bars preaching religious, radical ideologies glorifying terrorism

The Sri Lankan Government has issued orders preventing any person from preaching religious, extremist or radical ideologies that glorify terrorism.

The order also banned any foreigner from preaching any such ideology and few persons involved in it have been deported.

While making the announcement, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the whole world should unite as one to face terrorism. He further stated that his government hoped to cooperate with all countries that oppose terrorism to share intelligence and expertise.