1. India, Singapore joint military exercise, ‘Bold Kurukshetra 2019’ began on April 8, 2019, at Babina Cantonment, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh. This is the 12th edition of the exercise. The three-day exercise is being conducted to develop military technology, boost maritime security and bolster the nations’ fight against terrorism.
2. The Supreme Court on April 9, 2019, ruled that a woman, who fled her marital or matrimonial home due to the 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).
3. The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on April 10, 2019, announced a course in Film Criticism and the Art of Review for the first time. The course meets a long-standing demand of cinema critics, film reviewers, film bloggers, research scholars, film academics and anyone who has more than ordinary interest in cinema.
4. India recently evacuated its peacekeeping forces comprising 15 CRPF personnel from Tripoli after the situation suddenly worsened in Libya. The military conflict in Libya escalated after the Libyan National Army (LNA) launched a surprise airstrike in Tripoli.
5. 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 are scheduled to begin.
6. The Press Council of India has issued new guidelines, urging the media to do objective reporting on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and cautioning it against the phenomenon of paid news. Under the guidelines, while reporting on the actual campaign, a newspaper may not leave out any important point raised by a candidate and make an attack on his or her opponent.
7. President Ram Nath Kovind on April 9, 2019, launched ‘Veer Parivar App’, a mobile application for families of CRPF personnel killed in the line of duty. The application will act as an interface between the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) authorities and the next of kin of the slain personnel.
8. Kerala Congress (M) chairman and former state Finance Minister K M Mani, who had been one of the leading figures of Kerala politics for nearly five decades, passed away at a private hospital in Kerala on April 9, 2019. Mani had been an MLA from Kerala’s Pala assembly constituency for over five decades.
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