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Latest Current Affairs 17th May 2019

India expresses support for sustainable peace in Afghanistan: India has expressed its support for sustainable peace, economic development, and stability in Afghanistan.

Indian glitter and glamour at Cannes Film Festival 2019: Consultations with foreign guests are ongoing at the India pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival; Israeli producers deliberate with their Indian counterparts on co-production modalities; Indian stars also visit the pavilion.

India offers full support to Sri Lanka in dealing with Jihadi terrorism: India has offered its full support to Sri Lanka in dealing with the common threat of Jihadi terrorism saying any threat to Sri Lanka is seen as a threat to India.

SC gives 7 days to Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar to seek legal remedies: Supreme Court vacates its order granting interim protection to former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar from arrest in Saradha Chit fund case; Gives 7 days to seek legal remedies.

West Bengal: BJP candidate from Dum Dum attacked: In West Bengal, BJP candidate from Dum Dum Lok Sabha constituency Samik Bhattacharya and party leader Mukul Roy attacked in Nagerbazar; vehicle vandalized; BJP leaders claims TMC workers attacked them.

DRI busts global drone smuggling racket: Ahmedabad-based mastermind was arrested on Thursday.

Chanda Kochhar, Deepak Kochhar appear before ED: Chanda Kochhar and Deepak Kochhar Appear for 5th day before ED Again In Videocon case.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Curtains down on campaigning: Curtains down on campaigning for 7th and last phase of Lok Sabha polls; Sunday will see polling on 59 seats in 7 states and one union territory.

Three British crew killed in Dubai plane crash: The aircraft crashed due to a technical malfunction as per the reports.

India condemns drone attacks targeting oil installations in Saudi Arabia: In response to a question on the drone attacks in Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, India reiterates its resolve to fight terrorism and violence in all its forms and manifestations.

U.S. President Trump unveils merit based immigration system: U.S. President Donald Trump rolls out a merit-based immigration system; The immigration reform proposals significantly increase the quota for skilled workers from existing nearly 12 per cent to 57 per cent.

Sensex soars 537 points; Nifty reclaims 11,400-mark: The BSE Sensex soared 537 points and the NSE Nifty reclaimed the 11,400 level on Friday in a broad-based rally led by banking and auto stocks ahead of exit poll results, despite global headwinds

Centre extends GST return filing dates in Cyclone Fani hit Odisha: Centre extends GST return filing dates for 14 cycone hit districts in Odisha; The deadline for filing GST extended from May 20 to June 20.

Debt bubbles could burst as economies slow: Heavy reliance on debt financing and slow economic growth are leading to the creation of debt bubbles which risk destabilising the entire financial system should a major shock occur, bond bankers and investors warned at a conference on Thursday.

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China evokes patriotism, past wars as trade conflict with U.S. heats up: The trade war with the United States will only make China stronger and will never bring the country to its knees, the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily wrote in a front-page commentary that evoked the patriotic spirit of past wars.

Boeing says 737 MAX software update is complete: Boeing said Thursday that it completed its software update on the 737 MAX after two deadly crashes resulted in a global grounding of the aircraft.

ICC World Cup 2019 winners to earn four million dollars: The winner of the upcoming ICC men’s World Cup will earn a cash award of 4 million dollars, the highest prize money on offer in the history of the tournament.

Hockey: India go down 5-2 to Australia in the final match of the tour: Indian men’s Hockey team ended their Australian tour with a 5-2 loss to the hosts in their fifth and final match held at the Perth Hockey Stadium on Friday.

Qatar brings first newly-built 2022 World Cup stadium to life: Qatar inaugurated the first of seven new World Cup 2022 stadiums on Thursday, just weeks before a crucial FIFA summit will decide whether to expand the tournament and potentially push it beyond the tiny Gulf state’s borders to accommodate a larger format.

Nadal, Federer enter in Pre-Quarterfinal of Italian Open tournament: Rafal Nadal and Roger Federer have entered in the Pe-Quarterfinal of Italian Open Tennis tournament being held in Rome.

Amir, Asif Ali to be included in Pakistan’s World Cup squad: Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir were initially left out of Pakistan’s preliminary 15-man World Cup squad ahead of the England series

Indian glitter and glamour at Cannes Film Festival 2019: Consultations with foreign guests are ongoing at the India pavilion during the Cannes Film Festival; Israeli producers deliberate with their Indian counterparts on co-production modalities; Indian stars also visit the pavilion.

Elton John touches down in Cannes for sparkling ‘Rocketman’ premiere: Sporting a sequinned “EJ” rocket on his lapel, Elton John beamed his way down the Cannes red carpet on Thursday to see the premiere of his own biopic – “Rocketman”.

‘Game of Thrones’ fans prepare for the final episode: Passions are running high as “Game of Thrones” nears its final episode this weekend, with hundreds of thousands of unhappy fans signing an online petition and a counselling service offering to help those grieving the end of the TV fantasy saga.

SpaceX postpones Starlink satellite launch again, for ‘about a week’: A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for “about a week,” in order to update satellite software and “triple-check everything,” Elon Musk’s rocket company said.

Alabama boycott builds as states retaliate against abortion law: A movement to boycott Alabama over its near-ban on abortion gained momentum Thursday as officials in Maryland and Colorado called for economic retaliation and online flyers urged people not to buy anything in, or from Alabama.

Eiffel Tower celebrates 130 years with light show: Paris celebrates Eiffel Tower’s 130th anniversary with daily laser light show. The Eiffel Tower opened up to the public exactly 130 years ago.

Updated: May 18, 2019 — 10:57 am
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