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by V Gomala Devi | Updated May 19, 2022

Top Current Affairs Of The Day: 19 May 2022
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Supreme Court has ordered Rajiv Gandhi's Assassination Suspect's Release

Article 142 of the Constitution was used by the Supreme Court to grant AG Perarivalan, a convict in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination.


  • Article 142 of the Constitution was used by the Supreme Court to grant AG Perarivalan, a ca convict in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, extraordinary powers to do full justice in any cause pending before it. 

  • Perarivalan was released by a bench of justices led by B.R. Gavai and L.N. Rao, who took into account his long incarceration.

  • Perarivalan spent 29 of his 32 years in jail in isolated confinement until being granted bail in March 2022 by the Supreme Court. He spent sixteen years on execution row before the court remitted his sentence to life imprisonment in 2014. 

  • The court noted that Perarivalan filed his clemency plea under Article 161 with the TN Governor in 2015 and that the state cabinet instructed the state's chief executive to accept it in September 2018.

  • Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a suicide explosion at a rally on May 21, 1991, in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. On June 11, 1991, Perarivalan was arrested when he was only 19 years old. Twenty-six persons were sentenced to death on January 28, 1998, including Perarivalan and his co-accused Nalini. 

  • The Supreme Court maintained the death sentences of Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, and Nalini on May 11, 1999.

Ruchi Soya Will Acquire Patanjali Food Business for Rs. 690 crore

Ruchi Soya is an edible oil company, and it has announced that it will purchase Patanjali Ayurved's food division for Rs 690 cr and 1% of the gross turnover of agreed items.


  • Ruchi Soya announced that it would buy Patanjali Ayurved's food division for Rs 690 crore. The transition of Ruchi Soya to the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) category is probably to be accelerated as a result of this. 

  • After regulatory permissions, Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd's name would be changed to Patanjali Foods Ltd. Honey, spices, juices, ghee, and wheat are among the 21 products in the acquired food industry.

  • Ruchi Soya, India's largest producer of edible oil, was purchased by Patanjali Ayurved in 2019. 

  • A survey issued by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu says, among the top 250 consumer products businesses in the Global Powers of the Consumer Products Industry 2012, Ruchi Soya was rated 175.

NIELIT Center Was Opened By Ashwini Vaishnaw in Leh, Ladakh

Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Cabinet Minister of Electronics & Information Technology, Communications, and Railways, has inaugurated the NIELIT.


  • Ashwini Vaishnaw inaugurated the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT) Centre Leh. It is an Extension Centre Kargil, and an IT Enabled Incubation Centre for Handicraft and Handloom Sector.

  • Ashwini Vaishnaw, when inaugurating the NIELIT Centres at Leh, Kargil, and Incubation Centre at Leh, reiterated the commitment of the Prime Minister for the development of UT of Ladakh. 

  • He said that after the abrogation of Article 370 and the formation of the new UT, the way of development in this area had opened manifolds. Any proposal related to IT Education, Training, and Incubation for the development of UT of Ladakh would be approved instantly by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. 

  • He complimented NIELIT for beginning the Leh and Kargil Centres and setting up of IT Enabled Incubation Centre in record time, which requires to be scaled up at a faster pace.

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