Top 5 Current Affairs: 17 April 2019
Trump vetoes bill to end US military support in Yemen
US President Donald Trump on April 16, 2019 vetoed a bill passed by the Congress to end US military assistance in Saudi Arabia-led war in Yemen.
The veto, which is the second one in Trump's presidency, was expected. The Congress had voted for the first time to invoke the War Powers Resolution to try and stop US involvement in a foreign conflict. The President issued his first veto in March on a legislation related to immigration.
The US Congress lacks the votes to override Trump’s veto. However, passing the never-before-used war powers resolution alone was viewed as a milestone for lawmakers.
Indonesia kicks off largest one-day elections to elect new President
Indonesia on April 17, 2019 kicked off one of the world's biggest one-day elections to pick a new president and parliament after a six-month campaign.
The polls have pitted incumbent President Joko Widodo against ex-general Prabowo Subianto in a race to lead the nation. President Joko Widodo, who is a clear favourite, is seeking re-election against former general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in the last election, in 2014.
While most opinion polls give Widodo a double-digit lead, but the opposition says the race is much closer.
RBI issues Rs 50 banknotes signed by new Governor
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on April 17, 2019 issued Rs 50 denomination banknotes signed by the Governor Shaktikanta Das.
The design of these notes is similar in all respects to Rs 50 banknotes in Mahatma Gandhi new series. All banknotes in the denomination of Rs 50 issued by the Reserve Bank in the past will continue to be legal tender.
Google & Apple block TikTok App after Madras HC refused to lift ban
Google and Apple on April 16, 2019 blocked the access to highly popular Chinese video app 'TikTok' on their app stores following the refusal of the Madras High Court to lift the ban imposed on the app on April 3, 2019. The app is now not available for download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
The Madras High Court on April 16, 2019 did not accept the request of the Bytedance Technology Pvt Ltd, the marketer of TikTok app in India, to suspend the ban. However, the court appointed Senior Advocate Arvind P Datar as amicus curiae to assist the Court in upcoming proceedings, a move that was welcomed by the company.
Third planet found in Kepler 47 system
A team of scientists led by San Diego State University has discovered a third planet in a two-star system named Kepler-47, which is seven times the size of the Earth and the largest in its system. To study of this system, team used NASA's Kepler space telescope to find the Neptune-to-Saturn-size planet orbiting between two previously known planets.
The planets in the Kepler-47 system were detected via the “transit method.” It means if the orbital plane of the planet is aligned edge-on as seen from Earth, the planet can pass in front of the host stars, leading to a measurable decrease in the observed brightness. The new planet, dubbed Kepler-47d, was not detected earlier due to weak transit signals.