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Current Affairs in Short: 21 May 2019

Joko Widodo was on May 21, 2019 re-elected as President of Indonesia for the second term, defeating rival Prabowo Subianto. Widodo belongs to Indonesian Democratic Party.

May 21, 2019 17:40 IST

Joko Widodo elected as President of Indonesia for second term

• Joko Widodo was on May 21, 2019 re-elected as President of Indonesia for the second term, defeating rival Prabowo Subianto.
• Widodo and his Vice-Presidential running mate Ma'ruf Amin won the election by a 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent margin over Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
• Widodo belongs to Indonesian Democratic Party.
• He began his political career in 2005 when he was elected as the Mayor of Solo.
• He was sworn-in as the Indonesian President for the first time in October 2014.

8th Indo-Myanmar Coordinated Patrol exercise began

• The eighth edition of the Indo-Myanmar coordinated patrol (IMCOR) began on May 20, 2019 at Andaman and Nicobar Command.
• For this purpose, Myanmar Navy Ship UMS King TabinShweHtee (773) and UMS Inlay (OPV-54) arrived at Port Blair.
• The Myanmar delegation is led by Commodore Htein Win, Commander of the Ayeyarwady Naval Command.
• The exercise will address issues of terrorism, illegal fishing, poaching, drug trafficking, human trafficking and other illegal activities.

Indian peacekeeper to be honoured posthumously by UN


• Indian Police Officer Jitender Kumar will be honoured with a prestigious United Nations medal this year for his courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
• Kumar is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel who will be honoured with the medal.
• He will be honoured posthumously with the ‘Dag Hammarskjold Medal’ on the International Day of UN Peacekeepers.
• He made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Central African country of Congo.

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda dies


• Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda passed away on May 21, 2019 after suffering from a brief illness. He was 70.
• Lauda, best-known figures in motor racing, underwent a lung transplant in August 2018.
• Lauda took the title of Formula One world champion for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977 and for McLaren in 1984.
• He is also remembered for his remarkable comeback after being badly burned in a crash in the 1976 German Grand Prix.

Pakistan appoints Mueenul Haq as High Commissioner to India


• Pakistan appointed Mueenul Haq as the High Commissioner to India. Haq succeeds Sohail Mehmood.
• Haq, a career diplomat, is currently serving as Ambassador to France.
• He has previously served as Chief of Protocol at the Foreign Office.
• The appointment was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan while appointing ambassadors for various countries including China and Japan.