Russia confers highest Order on PM Modi
Russia on April 12, 2019 awarded its highest state honour to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  the Order of St Andrew the Apostle, the highest order of the Russian Federation, for promoting partnership and friendly relations between the two countries.

First phase voting begins in 91 constituencies including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra
The General Elections 2019 commenced on April 11, 2019 as the first phase of voting began for 91 Parliamentary constituencies, out of the total 543 constituencies, spread over 18 States and 2 Union Territories. 

How to vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019?
If you are above 18 years of age as on January 1, 2019, you are eligible to exercise your right to vote. In order to vote in India, one needs to fill an application ‘Form 6’ and submit it to the Electoral Registration Officer in his or her Assembly Constituency. After proper verification, person is included in the electoral roll as a voter. One can also apply for a voters’ ID on the Election Commission’s website.

Libyan Crisis explained
Libya a oil rich country has been torn by violence and political instability since long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi who was toppled and killed by rebels in 2011. The crisis was triggered by the Arab Spring protests, a series of anti-government protests, uprisings and armed rebellions that spread across the Middle East in late 2010. Presently the PM Fayez-al-Seraj of Libiya who is backed by UN,  has vowed to defend the capital Tripoli as forces loyal to rival advance led by Gen Khalifa Haftar are on the outskirts of the city and have seized the air port of Tripoli.

Sudan crisis explained
Sudan's long-time president Omar al-Bashir has been removed from office and arrested following months of protests against Bashir's regime. The army general also announced the dissolution of the government, the suspension of the 2005 constitution, along with a three-month state of emergency. The regional body has stated that the army has fifteen days to hand over to civilian authority.

Election Commission stalls release of PM Modi biopic
The Election Commission of India on April 10, 2019 banned the release of any biopic, including a film on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which was scheduled to release on April 11, the same day when the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections were scheduled to begin.

  First ever image of Black Hole released
Astronomers took the first ever image of a black hole located in a distant galaxy on April 10, 2019. The image was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a network of eight linked telescopes. Until now, every image of a black hole has been an artist's impression. Woman scientist Dr Katherine Bouman who is 29 yr old, a post doctoral fellow at MIT played a crucial role in creation of the image

Jurisdiction no bar in dowry harassment case: SC
The Supreme Court on April 9, 2019 ruled that a woman, who fled her marital or matrimonial home due to cruelty of dowry harassment, can file a case of dowry harassment against her husband and in-laws from the place she has taken shelter under Section 498 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
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