Top 5 Current Affairs: 18 April 2019
The voting for the Second Phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was held on April 18, 2019 in 95 Lok Sabha Constituencies across 12 States and 1 Union Territory - Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Second Phase voting held for 95 Constituencies
The voting for the Second Phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was held on April 18, 2019 in 95 Lok Sabha Constituencies across 12 States and 1 Union Territory. The voting for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase II was held for some parliamentary constituencies of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Initially, the voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase II was scheduled to be held for 97 Constituencies; however, the polling for Vellore Parliamentary Constituency and Tripura East Parliamentary Constituency was deferred.
Saudi Aramco to buy 25% stake in Reliance Industries
Saudi Aramco, a Saudi Arabian national petroleum and natural gas company, is in talks to acquire 25 percent stake in Reliance Industries' refining and petrochemicals businesses. However, both Aramco and Reliance declined to comment on the issue. This stake sale of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) would fetch around USD 10-15 billion, valuing Reliance’s refining and petrochemicals businesses at around USD 55-60 billion.
Reliance Industries is India’s biggest refining and petrochemicals company, controlled by Mukesh Ambani. Reliance runs 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) refining complex at Jamnagar in western India. It plans to expand capacity to 2 million bpd by 2030.
Jet Airways suspends operations with last Amritsar flight; 20,000 jobs at stake
Cash-strapped Jet Airways on April 17, 2019 suspended all its domestic and international flights indefinitely with immediate effect after the lenders refused to release emergency funds for the carrier.
Once India’s top airlines, Jet Airways flew its last flight on Amritsar-Mumbai-Delhi route at 10:30 pm on April 17 after flying for 25 years. The grounding of Jet’s operations has put the future of over 20,000 employees at stake who were left with no work at hand. Jet Airways also owes to lessors, suppliers, pilots and oil companies.
TIME's 100 Most Influential People list released
The TIME’s 100 Most Influential People-2019 list was released on April 17, 2019 naming the world's most influential pioneers, artists, leaders, titans and icons of the year. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, public-interest litigators Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, who spearheaded a historic legal battle for LGBTQ rights in India, are among the Indians who have been included by TIME in its 100 most influential people in the world list.
The list includes Indian-American comedian and TV host Hasan Minhaj, US President Donald Trump, Pope Francis, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, iconic golfer Tiger Woods and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana 1’ launched
Sri Lanka on April 18, 2019 launched its first satellite ‘Raavana-1’ into space from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore.
The satellite, which weighs around 1.05 kg, will have the lifespan of around one and a half years. The launch marks Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space race. The satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by two Sri Lankan research engineers.