April 2015

APPOINTED; ELECTED Etc.
Muhammadu Buhari: He has been elected as President of Nigeria, defeating incumbent Goodluck Jonathan in the first democratic change of power in Africa’s most populous nation.
Nasim Zaidi: He has been appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner of India, following retirement of CEC H.S. Brahma.
Sitaram Yechury: He has been elected as General Secretary of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM).
Surender Singh: He has been appointed as the Director-General of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). A 1980-batch police officer of West Bengal cadre, he was serving as a Special Director in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) before the new posting.

DISTINGUISHED VISITORS
Ashraf Ghani: President of Afghanistan.
Julie Bishop:
Australian Foreign Minister. She attended the 10th framework dialogue between the two countries. She also travelled to Chennai to inaugurate the Consulate General and participate in an India-Australia business event.
Ri Su Yong: Foreign Minister of North Korea. It was a rare foreign visit by a leader of reclusive East Asian country and first to India by a North Korean leader in many years. North Korea has probably most reclusive regimes in the world where ruling clique maintains tight control. It has low human right indices and one of backward population.

DIED
D Jayakanthan: Legendary Tamil writer who charted a new course in Tamil literature with his bold and progressive works, died on 9 April 2015 at age 81.
Richie Benaud: Former Australia cricket captainand television commentator, he died on 9 April 2015 at the age of 84.
Günter Grass: The Nobel Prize-winning German author, best known for his novel “The Tin Drum,” died on 12 April 2015, at age 87.

MILESTONES
Pratap Singh: 15-year-old Indian-origin school boy, he has won the Institute of Physics Prize, for successfully carrying out an experiment that substantiated an effect of Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity.
Nungshi and Tashi Malik: On 21 April 2015, the 23-year-old twin sisters planted the Indian flag on the North Pole, thereby becoming the first South Asians to scale both the North and South Pole on skis, beating men to the feat as well. In December 2014, they had conquered Antarctica, becoming the first siblings and twins to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest mountain peaks in the world. Coupled with the polar climb, they have now become the youngest women to complete the Adventurers Grand Slam.

EVENTS
APRIL 2015
8—
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches Mudra (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) Yojna under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. It will provide much-needed financial access to MSMEs, promote growth of small businesses, help boost the country’s GDP and create jobs.

10—Six years after the sensational Satyam scam stunned the corporate world, a special CBI court holds the founder chairman of Satyam Computers B. Ramalinga Raju and nine others guilty and awards them a seven-year rigorous imprisonment.

10—Pakistan’s Parliament decides not to join the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shia rebels in Yemen, with lawmakers adopting a resolution that calls on the warring parties in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country to resolve the conflict through peaceful dialogue.

13—Union government notifies the National Judicial Appointments Commission law and effectively brings to an end the two-decade old Collegium system of judicial appointments.

25—A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.9 on Richter scale and a major aftershock of 6.6 strike Nepal, causing widespread damage to property and life. Historic Dharahara Tower in Kathmandu collapses. Kathmandu’s Darbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage site, also destroyed. More than 8000 people are killed.

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