Current Affairs, April 2015 

29th April:

• Saudi King Salman appointed Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef as his new heir and made his son, Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman, second-in-line to succeed.

28th April:

• Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived India on official visit.
• NASA has launched an project named The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) that will lead the search for signs of life beyond our solar system.
• The World Bank projects India's GDP to expand to 7.5 per cent in the current fiscal year.

26th April:

• The death toll rises to more than 2400 in Nepal.
• Indian Military and Para Military forces launched a massive rescue operation in Nepal under the name of "Operation Maitri".

25th April:

• A massive earthquake of 7.9 magnitude hits Nepal and India in which more than 750 people have died in Nepal while in India more than 35 people died mostly in Bihar.
• Wold Malaria Day observed today.

24th April:

• The Rajya Sabha passed a bill that seeks equal rights for the transgenders.
• Video sharing site YouTube completes 10 years of the first video share on the website.
• The Gorkha Rifles completes its 200 years of establishment.

23rd April:

• Sixty five people have been died after storm ravaged north-eastern parts of Bihar.

22nd April:

• Earth Day observed across the World.
• New York Times wins prestigious Pulitzer prizes for West Africa Ebola coverage.
• 17 Indian pilgrims were killed and more than 20 were injured when their bus plunged into a river in Nepal.

21st April:

• Former Governor of Assam and three times Chief Minister of Odisha Janaki Ballabh Patnaik died in Tirupati.
• Japan's state-of-the-art maglev train clocked a new world speed of 600 kilometre (373 miles) per hour running speed.
• Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan expelled from the Aam Aadmi Party.
• Former Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges arising from the killing of protesters.
• India's third largest software services firm Wipro appointed Azim Premji's son Rishad Premji as director.

20th April:

• Indian Navy's most powerful war ship INS Visakhapatnam launched into water for the first time at Mazgaon Dock in Mumbai.
• The Budget session of Parliament resumes today.
• The land ordinance tabled in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

19th April:

• Sitaram Yechury elected as the new CPM general secretary.
• Nasim Zaidi takes over as new Chief Election Commissioner of India.
• Indian movie "Mary Kom" has won the Best Film award and has been endowed with the Bronze Horse Award in the Stockholm International Film Festival Junior (SIFFJ).

18th April:

• World Heritage Day was observed across the Globe.

16th April:

• Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper signed a nuclear agreement on supply of uranium to India in which 7.1 million pounds of uranium concentrate to India till 2020.
• Dr. Mohan Kumar appointed as the next Ambassador of India to France.
• Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar elected as member of prestigious Laureus Sports Academy.
• Former Nepal Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa passed away in Gurgaon.

15th April:

• Six parties including SP, JDU and RJD of Janata Parivar have announced that they will merge to form a national party headed by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Canada.

14th April:

• Baisakhi and Bihu festival is celebrated in India.

13th April:

• Yoga guru Ramdev gets the status of cabinet minister in Haryana.
• Hillary Clinton will be the Presidential candidate for Democrat Party in 2016 election in 2016.
• New Zealand wins the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup men’s hockey tournament after defeating Australia.
• Sania Mirza became the first female tennis player from India to become world number one player in doubles ranking after she wins won WTA Family Circle Cup with Martina Hingis.

12th April:

• Prime Minister Narendra reaches Germany after France on his three nation visit.
• India Beat South Korea by 4-1 on penalties to Win Bronze Medal in Azlan Shah Cup Hockey Cup.

11th April:

• Seven jawans of STF killed in Chhattisgarh and 12 other injured in an encounter with Naxals in Pedmal forest in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

10th April:

• Australian cricketer and commentator Richie Benaud died in Sydney at the age of 84.

9th April:

• Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju sentenced to seven years in jail after he was found guilty by of criminal cheating and conspiracy in India's largest-ever corporate scandal.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts a three nation visits to France, Germany and Canada from today.
• India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Dhanush ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 km from a naval ship off the Odisha coast.
• According to telecom regulator TRAI starting from May, operators have to offer cheaper roaming rates.
• The government barred Greenpeace India from receiving funds from abroad by suspending its Foreign Currency Regulation Act registration.

8th April:

• The Union Government evacuated around 4000 Indians from the war zone of Yemen under Operation Raahat.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Mudra Bank to cater to small businesses.
• Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi is set to become the next Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India later this month.
• Padma Vibhushan and Padma Sri awards are conferred by President in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
• IPL season 8 starts from today with the match between Mumbai Indian and Kolkata Knight Riders.
• Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) league as he made his debut for Sacramento Kings.

7th April:

• World Health Day (WHD) 2015 observed globally.
• 20 alleged sandalwood smugglers killed in the forests of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.

6th April:

• The first of the six French-designed Scorpene submarines which are being manufactured in Mumbai launched today by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
• Rajeev Shukla has been appointed the new chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council.

4th April:

• Four Army personnel were killed and one missing after an avalanche hit their vehicle in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
• Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal loses her world no. 1 ranking after her defeat against champion Li Xuerui in the semifinals of Malaysia Open.

3rd April:

• President Pranab Mukherjee has signed off on the reissued land acquisition ordinance.
• Somali militants kill nearly 150 students in a Kenyan university.

2nd April:

• An Islamabad Court issued a non-bailable warrant against former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf for repeatedly failing to appear in the 2007 murder case of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi.

1st April:

• Amaravati will be the new capital of Andhra Pradesh.
• 740 crores of the Maran brothers have been seized today as part of a money-laundering case involving Aircel-Maxis.
• Nearly 350 Indians evacuated from war-torn Yemen by a naval warship.
• The International Cricket Council accepted the resignation of President Mustafa Kamal, who quit the position after being denied the honour of presenting the World Cup winners' trophy.