Lok Sabha Elections 2019: From Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka to Comedian Becoming President, Five Major Things That Happened Around World While India Was Voting
Events in World While India Was Voting (Photo Credits: Pixabay)

In India, the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections is being held in seven phases from April 11 to May 19 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. Along with this, assembly elections are also held in Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim. This time about 900 million citizens in the country are eligible to vote. The major contest is between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress. Lok Sabha Elections Results 2019 Predictions by Satta Bazar: NDA May Win 185-220 Seats, UPA 160-180, Says Matka.

The results on May 23 will decide whether the BJP will retain its rule or the country will get a new Prime Minister. Meanwhile, since the elections begin in India, there have been some major events across the world- some of them deeply tragic and disastrous. Here is a list of five events around the world that took place during the election season.

Terror Attacks in Sri Lanka

A decade of peach in Sri Lanka was shattered when a series of serial blasts in the island country killed over 250 people, including Indian citizens. The attack was claimed by terrorist outfit Islamic State and was carried out by little-known radical Islamic group, National Thowheeth Jama'ath. Details Here.

First picture of a black hole

Just a day after the elections began in the country, the world got to see the first ever picture of a black hole, assembled from the data gathered by eight radio telescopes. The black hole looked like a crescent-shaped emission ring with a central shadow. The black hole is situated 50 million light years away in a galaxy known as M87. Read more here.

Fire in Notre Dame

One of the saddest day in history, when the Notre-Dame Cathedral was destroyed due to a huge fire. By the time the blaze was controlled, the building's spire and most of its roof was destroyed in the fire. President Emmanuel Macron, after the incident, announced that the cathedral would be restored and launched a fundraising campaign which brought in pledges of over 1 billion Euro. Read more here.

JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the United Nations

Masood Azhar, chief of the terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, was added to the United Nations sanctions list after China blocked its blocking efforts. The blacklisting of Masood Azhar is a big diplomatic win for New Delhi. Azhar is responsible for a number of terror attacks around the world and on Indian soil. In a recent, on February 14, a JeM suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. Read more here.

Comedian becomes President of Ukraine

While the elections are still going on in India, Ukraine, last month, elected Volodymyr Zelenskiy as its President. Zelenskiy, a comedian by profession, just started off on December 31, 2018, and led a successful presidential campaign to unseat the incumbent President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. Read more here.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha elections are taking place in India from April 11 to May 19 in seven phases. The counting of votes and announcement of results will take place on May 19, 2019.