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2nd week of April important news
• To connect Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Saudi King King Salman bin Abdulaziz announced a bride on 8 April 2016 over - Red Sea
• The two-member Commission of Inquiry that was constituted to probe conspiracy behind violent incidents during Jat Reservation Agitation from 18 to 23 February 2016 that will be headed by - Justice (Retd.) SN Jha
• State that in April 2016 became the first state to bring and pass a land title bill, by passing its Urban Land (Certification of Titles) Bill, 2016 is – Rajasthan
• Country that is considering giving refuge to select Bangladeshi bloggers who are under imminent danger – the US
• The festival that is being celebrated across Manipur celebrating with cultural gusto and religious fervor to mark the beginning of a new year - Sajibu Cheiraoba
• The two amicus curiae that was appointed by Supreme Court in the appeals filed by the four condemned convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang rape case are - Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde
• He was a journalist and was the author of the book titled ‘A State in Denial Pakistan’s Misguided and Dangerous Crusade’ – BG Verghese
• 25 Ministries/Departments of Union Government signed a MoU on this initiative that is aimed at technology development covering all engineering disciplines - IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology (IMPRINT)
• The CIC directed the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee to make public the non-confidential bio-safety information on this GM mustard variety – DMH11
• He took over as the Chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal - Justice (retd) Permod Kohli
• He was the founder of the Sikh Empire in India and whose statue will be stalled in France – Maharaja Ranjit Singh
• The name of the 400-year-old book containing 36 plays written by William Shakespeare was found at the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute, off the western coast of Scotland – First Folio
• She is the founder of VLCC Healthcare Ltd and was named as one of the 50 businesswomen of Asia according to Forbes – Vandana Luthra
• His name was approved by the National Assembly of Vietnam for the post of Prime Minister – Nguyen Xuan Phuc
• He was an American country music legend who died on 6 April 2016 in California – Merle Haggard
• ITC Limited renewed 40-years partnership with this American hotel group in April 2016 – Starwoods Hotels and Resorts
• This bollywood actor authored a book titled The Kiss of Life which was launched by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in April 2016 – Emraan Hashmi
• He was appointed by the logistics firm Gojavas as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 7 April 2016 – Amitabh Coomar
• NASA astronomers discovered the supermassive black hole weighing 17 suns in this galaxy – NGC 1600
• He is the leader of the Democratic Party of Kosovo and was sworn-in as the President of Kosovo on 7 April 2016 – Hashim Thaci
• Future Group in the first week of April 2016 acquired Rocket Internet’s online furniture platform for 20 crores rupees – FabFurnish
• 7 April 2016 was observed as the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in this African country - Rwanda
• The theme of the World Health Day 2016, which was observed globally on 7 April 2016 is - Halt the rise: beat diabetes
• The city where the foundation stone of Haryana’s first horticulture university was laid is - Karnal
• The state where BHEL commissioned a seasonwise tiltable canal top solar PV plant is - Andhra Pradesh
• The CEO of Tech Mahindra appointed as the Chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) is - CP Gurnani
• Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal along with the State Chief Minister launched two schemes to distribute Energy Efficient Smart Agriculture Pumps & Fans on 7 April 2016 in - Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
• Union Cabinet approved the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission on fiscal deficit targets and additional fiscal deficit to States for the award period - 2015-20
• The Beausejour Cricket Ground in St Lucia of West Indies on 6 April 2016 was renamed as - Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium
• The Union Cabinet gave approval to Exim Bank of India for increasing the framework agreement with this country’s central bank - Central Bank of Iran
• The Union Cabinet gave its approval to implement a Project that provides for establishment of National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) as an independent organization - National Hydrology Project
• Indian men won the Asian Nations Cup Chess tournament on 6 April 2016 with a 3-1 victory over - Vietnam
• To help rural and urban population to have a reliable access to electricity, Union Government on 5 April 2016 launched the low cost micro solar device, named - Surya Jyoti
• In a bid to improve operational efficiency, Union Cabinet allowed public sector oil companies to have their own independent crude import policy based on their -Commercial requirements
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its ex-post facto approval for implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP) with effect from – 1 July 2014
• CCEA cleared conversion of Working Capital Term Loan (WCTL) of 29.91 crore rupees extended by Bank of Baroda to this public sector undertaking (PSU) into equity shares - Andrew Yule & Co. Ltd. (AYCL)
• Iceland ruling coalition on 6 April 2016 named this person as the Prime Minister of the country - Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson
• With a view to lay down procedures for providing availability of unclaimed dead bodies to the medical colleges for the purpose of studying the human anatomy, the Union Cabinet promulgated - Andaman and Nicobar Islands Anatomy Regulation, 2016
• This Japanese player won the men’s singles title at 2016 Yonex Sunrise India Open badminton championship - Kento Momota
• The 2-day National Summit on Family Planning was held with the theme – New Choices, New Horizons
• This State launched Adarsh Vidyalaya project to provide modern schools on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the underdeveloped rural areas - Odisha
• As per the WHO’s Global Report on Diabetes, this many million adults were living with diabetes in 2014 across the world – 422 million
• The Government of this State/Union Territory decided to build a permanent memorial for former President APJ Abdul Kalam – NCT of Delhi
• This 32-year-old native of Porbandar was named the captain of Oman's national cricket team – Ajay Lalcheta
• This Thailand badminton player won the women’s singles title at 2016 Yonex Sunrise India Open - Ratchanok Intanon
• The great Indian Mathematician & Astronomer whose statue was unveiled at UNESCO headquarters on 6 Aril 2016 - Aryabhatta
• China on 6 April 2016 successfully launched a bullet-shaped retrievable scientific research satellite - SJ-10 (Shijian-10)
• The Hollywood actress and screenwriter who died on 6 April 2016 - Barbara Turner
• He will head the high-level committee constituted by the Union Government on 5 April 2016 to suggest ways to strengthen the border protection along the Indo-Pak border – Madhukar Gupta
• He resigned as the Prime Minister of Iceland on 5 April 2016 after his name was revealed in the Panama Papers leak - Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson
• Legislation that was approved by US Senate to provide for greater legal protection to companies for their commercial secrets - Defend Trade Secrets Bill
• Myanmar's (Burmese) Parliament in Naypyidaw on 5 April 2016 passed a bill that gives Aung San Suu Kyi the post of state counselor, which is similar to that of - Prime Minister
• These three countries are greatest emergencies area wherein 125 million people are living in crisis according to a World Health Organization report - Syria, Yemen and Iraq
• This tropical cyclone forced Fiji authorities to issue orders asking peoples to stay inside their homes - Cyclone Zena
• In UK, Britain's Royal Mail launched a set of special postage stamps on 5 April 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the playwright - William Shakespeare
• The Cabinet sub-committee on scarcity of this state declared 623 villages as scarcity affected - Gujarat
• The electricity regulatory commission of this state approved an average hike of eight percent in power tariff – Madhya Pradesh
• Union Minister of State for Textiles, Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated the Apparel and Garment making Centre at District Industries Centre Complex in - Dimapur, Nagaland
• Under the first Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement 2016-17, the repo rate was reduced by 25 basis points to – 6.5 percent
• The Union Ministry of Environment Forests And Climate Change on 5 April 2016 notified Solid Management Rules, 2016, which will replace - Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000
• India’s expenditure on military in 2015 was 51.3 billion dollars, as per a study of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). This was - 3.1% of global spending
• With 596 billion US dollars spending, this country stood as the biggest military spender in 2015 – The USA
• The researchers of this university successfully managed to 3D print chemically active structures that could help in mitigating pollution – American University
• The cricketer, who was part of the Ranji Trophy-winning Mumbai team of 1983-84 under Sunil Gavaskar, died on 4 April 2016 is - Ranjan Baindoor
• The former Executive Director of the Nuclear Power Board who died on 5 April 2016 is - Myneni Hari Prasad Rao
• The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace 2016 was observed across the world on - 6 April 2016
• The state that imposed a total ban on alcohol is - Bihar
• Researchers from the University of Georgia and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev developed - the world's smallest diode
• He was named as the captain of the men’s ICC World Twenty20 team of the tournament on 4 April 2016 -Virat Kohli
• In a first, this Indian was appointed to Panasonic’s global executive council - Manish Sharma
• Indian scientists developed eco-friendly nanotechnology which is basically a biopolymer, which uses a naturally occurring substance for water purification - Chitosan
• The fastest train of India that flagged off on 5 April 2016 from Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin station is - Gatimaan Express
• Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its first bi-monthly monetary policy review for the 2016-17 fiscal on 5 April 2016 cut key interest rates by - 25 basis points
• He was presented with the Award for Excellence as part of National Geoscience Awards 2014 by the President Pranab Mukherjee - Prof. Ashok Kumar Singhvi
• He was elevated as the managing director of Go Airlines (India) Ltd. - Wolfgang Prock-Schauer
• On 1 April 2016, this city became the first in the country to operationalise special purpose vehicle to execute its smart city initiative - Bhubaneswar
• This US-based firm agreed to buy Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s majority shareholding in Mphasis Ltd. for over 7000 crore rupees - The Blackstone Group
• The cricket team that topped the women team rankings in the recently released International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for Test, ODIs and T20 – Australia
• The former cricketer on 4 April 2016 resigned from the position of head coach of Pakistan Cricket team - Waqar Younis
• Delhi High Court in Joginder Singh vs State (NCT of Delhi) on 4 April 2016 held that keeping a criminal case pending for indefinite period amounts to violation of constitutional rights of the accused under this article - Article 21 (right to life)
• The name of the air exercise into which Indian Air Force (IAF) will participate along with US, NATO and allied forces from 28 April to 13 May 2016 in Alaska – Red Flag Air exercise
• The subsidiary of Vedanta Limited officially set the Guinness World Record for simultaneously planting 208751 saplings at a single location in less than an hour is - Talwandi Sabo Power Limited
• The renowned jazz saxophonist who died on 2 April 2016 in New York, the USA is - Gato Barbieri
• The country to launch world’s first mass dengue vaccination programme is - The Philippines
• The private sector bank that launched an Aadhaar-based ATM usage facility wherein a customer can transact using his biometric details instead of the PIN is - DCB Bank
• Odisha government launched its first set of 100 English-medium schools in 14 districts under the aegis of - Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya
• She is the first woman to be sworn in as the Chief Minister (CM) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) at Raj Bhawan in Jammu on 4 April 2016 - Mehbooba Mufti
• The theme of the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action that was observed on 4 April 2016 across the world - Mine Action is Humanitarian Action
• West Indies on 3 April 2016 won the ICC Cricket World T-20 Men’s Cup 2016 by defeating England by 4 wickets in the final played at - Eden Gardens, Kolkata
• West Indies Women’s team on 3 April 2016 won their maiden Women's Cricket World T-20 title played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, West Indies by defeating reigning champions - Australia by 8 wickets
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred Saudi Arabia's highest civilian honour on 3 April 2016- the King Abdulaziz Sash
• He won men's singles title in the 2016 Miami Open at the Crandon Tennis Center in Miami on 3 April 2016- Novak Djokovic
• To boost the bilateral cooperation between the two nations, India on 3 April 2016 inked five agreements with - Saudi Arabia
• India on 1 April 2016 signed an agreement to provide loan assistance of 500 million Euro (about 3750 crore rupees) for the modern and sustainable metro system for Nagpur city with - Germany’s Development Bank KfW
• The Police Chief sworn in as the 9th President of Vietnam is - Tran Dai Quang
• The former A.C. Milan defender and Italy manager who died on 3 April 2016 is - Cesare Maldini
• The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit concluded on 1 April 2016 in - Washington, D.C., United States
• World’s first White Tiger Safari was inaugurated at - Mukundpur in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh
• Kallol Roy was appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of - Bhartiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam Ltd
• This Mercedes driver won the 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix title – Nico Rosberg
• This institution was adjudged as the top university in India as per the India Rankings 2016 released under National Institutional Ranking Framework - Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
• This institution was adjudged as the top pharmacy institution in India as per the India Rankings 2016 released under National Institutional Ranking Framework - Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal
• This institution was adjudged as the top management institution in India as per the India Rankings 2016 released under National Institutional Ranking Framework - Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
• This institution was adjudged as the top engineering institution in India as per the India Rankings 2016 released under National Institutional Ranking Framework - Indian Institute of Technology Madras
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