Current Affairs May 2019 - Miscellaneous


  • The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) became the largest party and won the majority by winning 303 Seats (271 seats required for majority). BJP led alliance NDA (National Democratic Alliance) won 352 Seats. It is the biggest ever Victory for BJP. Mr. Narendra Modi to be re-appointed as Prime Minister of India, for his 2nd consecutive term.

  • Andhra Pradesh Assembly Elections were held on 11th April 2019, to constitute 15th Legislative Assembly. These elections were held concurrently with Indian general elections 2019. In this elections, the YSR Congress party won record 151 seats out of 175 seats, leaving past the earlier ruling Telugu Desam party, who this time got only 23 seats. The YSRCP Chief Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy will be appointed as the new Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

  • Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Elections held on 11th April 2019, concurrently with Indian general elections 2019. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the majority by winning 41 out of 60 legislative assembly seats. Pema Khandu will be appointed as Chief Minister of Arunchal Pradesh for his 2nd term.

  • Odisha Assembly Elections held in April 2019, concurrently with Indian general elections 2019. Naveen Patnaik Led Biju Janata Dal won the majority by winning 112 out of 146 seats. BJP won 23 seats and Indian National Congress won 9 Seats. Naveen Patnaik will be the CM of Odisha for his 5th Consecutive Term.

  • Sikkim Assembly Elections held in April 2019, concurrently with Indian general elections 2019. Sikkim Krantikari Morcha won majority by winning 17 out of 32 seats. It has ended Sikkim Democratic Front's 25 year long rule, led by Pawan Chamling. Prem Singh Tamang, better known as P. S. Golay, will be appointed as New Chief Minister of Sikkim. Prior to forming his own party SKM, he was a key member of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Party.

  • IAF became the first Air Force to successfully fire an air launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target, in Nov 17. This is the second such live launch of the weapon.

  • Indian author Ruskin Bond released his new memoir set against the backdrop of the partition, titled Coming Round the Mountain.

  • UNESCO added Indian part of Kailash Mansarovar to its tentative list of World Heritage Sites, under mixed category - both as a natural as well as a cultural heritage.

  • Kailash Mansarovar is expanded across an area of 6,836 sq km within India, flanked in east by Nepal and China on north.

  • Nepal banned popular Chinese digital payment apps WeChat Pay and AliPay, stating payments from unregistered systems were illegal and resulting in a loss of income to Nepal. Under Nepali laws, anyone found guilty of embezzling foreign exchange can be sentenced to up to three years in jail.

  • May 21 was observed as the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Also, May 21, was the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is observed as Anti-Terrorism Day in India.

  • Google suspended all business with Chinese Telecom Equipment Maker Huawei, that includes transfer of hardware, software and technical services and cancelled its Android license.

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B, as radar imaging earth observation satellite. It was launched using launch vehicle PSLV-C46 from Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh).

  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison won his first full term as PM of Australia, after his party won majority in 2019 Federal Elections.

  • Indian Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma named most viewed stand-up comedian Globally by World book of Records London.

  • Geological Survey of India (GSI) report reveals that about 35 % of India’s total Graphite reserves is found in Arunachal Pradesh, highest in country. With such large deposits in Arunachal Pradesh, State could now be developed as leading producer of graphite in country.

  • Billionaire Indian Origin British Industrialists Hinduja brothers named as the wealthiest people in the UK for 3rd time, as per Sunday Times Rich List.

  • Mumbai Indians won Indian Premier League Cricket Tournament 2019 title by defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in final at Hyderabad. Mumbai Indians' 4th Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy, now holding record for most IPL Titles.

  • May 7 is also the Birth Anniversary of India’s first Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. He started the Vishwa Bharati University in Shantiniketan. His birth anniversary is also known as Pochise Boishakh 2019.