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  • President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who arrived in New Delhi on Apr 1, 2013 on a seven-day visit, belongs to - Iceland
  • The President of International Chamber of Commence (ICC) India - Rajan Bharti Mittal
  • The Supreme Court on April 1, 2013 dismissed Swiss pharmaceutical chain Novartis AG’s petition seeking patent protection for its anit-cancer drug-Glivec (Imatinib mesylate)
  • The second largest public sector bank in India - Bank of Baroda.
  • The company which is the only company in India to have 4G airwaves for all India’s 22 service areas - Reliance Jio Infocomm
  • The state which has launched a national flagship programme, Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS), for adolescents recently - Nagaland
  • Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who died on April 3, was a legendary - Screenwriter and novelist.
  • The state government which demanded that the Gojjri language should be included in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, giving be included in the English Schedule of the Constitution, giving it the status of an official language - Jammu and Kashmir
  • Nitaqat law is being implemented in - Saudi Arabia
  • The country’s first fully private Greenfield airport is scheduled to commence soon in - Karaikal.
  • Finance Minister P Chidambaram has inaugurated the 100th overseas office of this bank at Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) recently - Bank of Baroda
  • The country of South Asia which is the first to roll out a full nationwide mobile fourth - generation (4G) network - Sri Lanka.
  • The events of the International Shooting Sport Federation, ISSF Shooting World Cup 2013 were held at - Changwon, South Korea.
  • The India software company which has been ranked as the number one employer in Europe for 2013 by the CRF Institute - Tat Consultancy Services.
  • The UN made history on Apr 2, when it passed an unprecedented arms trade treaty (ATT) to better regulate the international sale in weapons. The three countries which voted “No” for the treaty - Iran, Syria and North Korea.
  • The world’s lightest substance with a density of only one-sixth that of the air that Chinese scientists have developed Carbon Aerogel.
  • The country with which India has signed a treaty to cooperate with each other in dealing with various crimes, including terrorism - Azerbaijan.
  • The United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation.
  • The Social Networking website Facebook has announced an ‘operating system’-like app that would convert Android phones into a ‘Facebook phone’. The app is called - Home.
  • The Chairman of CII for 2013-14 - S. Gopalakrishnan
  • The Indian women’s cricket team finished the Twenty 20 International series with a 3-0 clean sweep against - Bangladesh.
  • The President of the newly - formed Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) - Jaideep Mukherjee.
  • The winner of the 12th Asian Billiards Championship 2013 held at Indore in Madhya Pradesh - Rupesh Shah.
  • The Indian Navy’s Lieutenant Commander who became the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe, solo and non-stop Abhilash Tomy.
  • Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first woman Primer Minister, belonged to - Conservative Party.
  • The oil-producing company which has made its latest oil discovery, the 26th discovery so far, in the RJ-ON-90/1 block (Rajasthan) recently - Cairn India
  • The brand ambassador of the Swedish luxury carmaker Volvo Auto India - Jeev Milkha Singh
  • India has joined the Madrid Protocol recently which pertains to - Registration of trade marks.
  • Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl and girls’ education activist, has signed a deal for around USD 3 million to publish her memoir - I am Malala
  • The Indian politician who has been named by Time (magazine) among the 100 most influential people - P Chidambaram.
  • The woman officer who has been appointed Special Director General in the CRPF - Aruna Bahuguna
  • According to the United Nations report, Indian economy is likely to grow in 2013 at - 6.4 per cent.
  • The approved allocation of enhanced funds to the tune of Rs.12,000 cr as a special plan under the Backward Region Grant Fund for - Bihar.
  • World Heritage Day - 18 April
  • The Telugu writer who has been selected for the prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2012 - Ravuri Bharadwaja
  • The recent Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has pointed out several financial anomalies in Kol Dham Hydro Electric Power Project Situated in - Himachal Pradesh
  • Indian cinema completed its journey of 100 years on - May 3, 2013.
  • The only women chief election commissioner of India so far, who died recently - Rama Devi
  • The biography of Margaret Thatcher - Not for Turning
  • World Haemophilia Day - April 17
  • The Indian - American economist from Harvard University who won the prestigious John Bates Clark medal 2013, often described as the ‘Baby Nobel’ - Raj Chetty
  • Rama Prasad Goenka, who passed away recently, was known as the country’s - Takeover specialist.
  • The Primer Minister of the State of Palestine who resigned after a long - running dispute with President Mahmoud Abbas - Salam Fayyad
  • The state where the first railway station of the state at Mendipathar come up recently - Meghalaya
  • Hilary Koprowski, the Polish - born researcher who died recently, developed the first successful oral vaccination for - polio.
  • The person who has won the Venezuelan Presidential polls recently - Nicolas Maduro
  • The person who has been conferred with prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2012, the highest official recognition for film personalities in India - Pran Sikand.

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