Current Affairs, April 2015
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• 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.
• Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived India on official
• 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.
• 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".
• 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.
• The Rajya Sabha passed a bill that seeks equal rights for
• Video sharing site YouTube completes 10 years of the first video share on the website.
• The Gorkha Rifles completes its 200 years of establishment.
• Sixty five people have been died after storm ravaged north-eastern parts of Bihar.
• 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.
• 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.
• Indian Navy's most powerful war ship INS Visakhapatnam
launched into water for the first time at Mazgaon Dock in
• 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.
• 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).
• World Heritage Day was observed across the Globe.
• 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.
• 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.
• Baisakhi and Bihu festival is celebrated in India.
• Yoga guru Ramdev gets the status of cabinet minister in
• 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.
• 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.
• Seven jawans of STF killed in Chhattisgarh and 12 other injured in an encounter with Naxals in Pedmal forest in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.
• Australian cricketer and commentator Richie Benaud died in Sydney at the age of 84.
• 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.
• The Union Government
evacuated around 4000 Indians from the war zone of Yemen under
• 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.
• World Health Day (WHD) 2015
• 20 alleged sandalwood smugglers killed in the forests of Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.
• 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.
• 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.
• President Pranab Mukherjee
has signed off on the reissued land acquisition ordinance.
• Somali militants kill nearly 150 students in a Kenyan university.
• 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.
• 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.