18-22 May 2019 Current Affairs

2019 Lok Sabha elections | Same-sex marriage | IM Pei | F1 | Niki Lauda | Indian Hotels |

Posted on May 22, 2019 12:23 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) What is the total voter turnout in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, which is the highest ever voter turnout in the history of general elections in India? - 67.10% (The 2019 Lok Sabha elections witnessed a voter turnout of 67.10% (interim), which is the highest ever voter turnout in the history of general elections, as per data released by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on 21 May 2019. The previous highest voter turnout of 66.44% was recorded in 2014. The seven-phase 2019 elections began on 11 April 2019 and concluded on 19 May 2019)

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2) Which country on 17 May 2019 became the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage? – Taiwan (Taiwan has become the first Asian country to legalise same-sex marriage following a vote by country’s legislature on 17 May 2019. In May 2017, the island country’s constitutional court had ruled that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry. Taiwan's parliament was given a two-year deadline and was required to pass the changes by 24 May 2019.

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3) I.M. Pei, who passed away at the age of 102 on 16 May 2019, was an iconic personality associated with which field? – Architecture (I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting Chinese-American architect who revived the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, died on 16 May 2019 at the age of 102 years. His other famous works include Mesa Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, Dallas City Hall, Bank of China Tower (Hong Kong), Miho Museum (Japan) and Museum of Islamic Art (Qatar). He was born in Guangzhou (China) in 1917 and he came to the United States in 1935 with plans to study architecture)

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4) Former Formula One (F1) driver Niki Lauda, who passed away on 20 May 2019, had won how many F1 championships? – Three (Former Formula One driver Niki Lauda (Austria) passed away at the age of 70 on 20 May 2019. Lauda, who had suffered serious burns in a near-fatal crash at German Grand Prix in 1976, won three championships (1975, 1977 and 1984). He was also the founder of airline company Lauda Air that operated from 1985 to 2013 before being merged into Austrian Airlines.

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5) Indian Hotels Co. Ltd (IHCL), the owner of Taj luxury hotel chain, signed agreement with which Singapore entity to jointly invest around Rs. 4,000 crore over three years? - GIC Pte Ltd (IHCL on 17 May 2019 signed a strategic partnership with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte Ltd to jointly invest around â‚¹4,000 crore over three years. The investment platform will acquire fully operational hotels of IHCL in the luxury, upper upscale and upscale segments in India. The equity contribution from IHCL will be at 30% and the balance will be contributed by GIC)

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