April 2010 Current Affairs - News Events of April 2010
This is a collection of April 2010 Current Affairs (India & International) as a subject of study for those appearing for competitive examinations (civil services or bank exams) in India. Our aim is to make this collection the leading source of 2010 current affairs. This list contains the Latest Current Affairs, current events and happenings from India and all over the world in the month of April 2010.
Current Affairs - April 2010
April 1, 2010
- Justice Victoria Sharp blocks a rail work stoppage by signallers over pay cuts and working conditions, which would have been Britain’s first national rail strike in 16 years.
- The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act becomes a fundamental right.
- India launches its new 2011 biometric census, the largest census in the world.
- The Bolivian government signs an MoU with Chinese authorities under which China will build and launch Bolivia’s Tupac Katari telecommunications satellite.
April 3, 2010
- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd appoints the country’s first population minister, Tony Burke, as part of a strategy for managing population growth.
- The controversial African Renaissance Monument, which is taller than the Statue of Liberty, is inaugurated in the Senegalese capital Dakar.
- IIM-Meghalaya becomes the first business school in the country to webcast its first convocation ceremony live.
April 4, 2010
- Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon witnesses one of the world’s worst environmental disasters as he flies over the shrinking Aral Sea, the world’s fourth largest lake, which has in recent decades shrunk in size by more than 70 percent.
April 5, 2010
- The Discovery space shuttle blasted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in a spectacular pre-dawn launch on a 13 day mission.
April 6, 2010
- Announcement of first animals that spent their entire lives without oxygen were discovered in depths of Mediterranean Sea. They belong to three new species from phylum Loricifera.
- Air India announces the appointment of Capt Gustav Baldauf, an Austrian national as its first Chief Operating Officer (COO).
April 7, 2010
- Prime Minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva, declares a state of emergency after widespread anti-government protests and shortly after demonstrators stormed the country’s parliament.
- India and China sign an agreement to establish a hotline between PMs of the two countries.
April 8, 2010
- Pakistan adopts the 18th amendment to the Constitution, stripping President Asif Ali Zardari of key powers.
- India and Australia ink a major education deal.
- The government bans FDI in cigarette manufacturing.
April 9, 2010
- Sri Lanka’s governing coalition wins a majority in the country’s 2010 parliamentary election.
- The first black Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, is announced to have died at the age of 85.
- American and Russian physicists announce the creation of ununseptium, atomic element number 117.
- The World Bank approves a $3.75 billion loan for a coal-fired power plant in South Africa.
- The Jammu and Kashmir assembly passes a controversial bill that curtails job opportunities for general candidates across the state.
April 10, 2010
- A Tu-154 from the 36th Special Aviation Regiment crashes while landing at military airport Severny in Smolensk Oblast, Russia. The plane carried President of Poland Lech Kaczyn’ski, his economist wife, army chief, central bank governor, MPs, leading historians, and many top Polish government officials to their deaths.
April 11, 2010
- Under growing pressure from all sides along with the opposition Maoist party, Nepal’s government scraps a controversial deal with India to print "smart" Nepali passports.
April 12, 2010
- The Washington Post wins four Pulitzer for its work in 2009, and The New York Times wins three, while ProPublica becomes the first of the new breed of online, nonprofit news organizations to win the most prestigious award in print journalism.
- The world’s deepest undersea volcanic vents are discovered in the Cayman Trough in the Caribbean.
- Microsoft launches two new mobile phones marketed to young people. The phones, the Kin One and Kin Two, are built around their social networking features.
April 13, 2010
- U.S. President Barack Obama opens the Nuclear Security Summit of 47 countries, the purpose of which is to discuss nuclear security, in particular how to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of potential terrorists.
April 14, 2010
- A 6.9 magnitude earthquake hits China’s’ Qinghai province.
April 15, 2010
- The maiden flight of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mk.II, India’s first launch with an indigenous cryogenic upper stage, ends in failure, resulting in the loss of the GSAT-4 satellite.
- Due to the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Belgian, British, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Icelandic, Irish, Norwegian, Polish, Russian and Swedish airspaces are affected by the eruption.
April 16, 2010
- Internationally renowned management guru Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad, popularly known as CK, died in San Diego, USA.
April 17, 2010
- In a setback to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, state Governor Karnla Beniwal returns a Bill seeking to make voting mandatory in the state on the ground that the legislation violates the Constitution.
April 18, 2010
- Iranian armed forces displays modem home-made ballistic missiles at a military parade organised to mark the country’s Army Day.
- Meghalaya chief minister D D Lapang submits his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to end a lingering political crisis in the state.
- Indian shooter Gagan Narang wins the bronze medal in the 10 meter air rifle event at the World Cup in Beijing, China.
April 19, 2010
- Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari signs into law sweeping constitutional reforms that strip him of key powers in a move to bolster parliamentary democracy weakened by military rule.
- Indian-American Vijay Gandhi becomes the first member of the community to be sworn in as a Magistrate Judge for the United States’s District Court for the Central District of California.
- M.M. Pallam Raju, Union Minister of State for Defence, launches the country’s first Anti Submarine Warfare Corvette (ASWC) for the Indian Navy at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) Limited, Kolkata.
April 20, 2010
- The RBI hikes short-term lending and borrowing rates and the portion of money banks deposit with it by 25 basis points each, in a move aimed at controlling the inflation spiral without choking growth.
April 21, 2010
- Plantations Minister D M Jayaratne, a close ally of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, sworn-in as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
- Juan Antonio Samaranch, the 7th president of the International Olympic Committee (l980-2001), dies at the age of 89.
- Syria becomes the first Arab state to implement a ban on smoking in public places.
April 22, 2010
- President Pratibha Patil clears the appointment of Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court ’Gyan Sudha Misra’ as Supreme Court judge. She is the fourth woman judge of the Supreme Court after Fatima Beevi, Sujata Manohar and Ruma Pal, who retired in June 2006.
April 23, 2010
- Mr Shinzo Nakanishi, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, launches the new model of its one the best selling car WagonR.
April 24, 2010
- Mumbai’s Oberoi Hotel reopens 18 months after sustaining damage in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
- Russia’s Proton-M rocket sends a United States SES-l telecommunications satellite into space.
April 25, 2010
- Chennai Super Kings becomes Indian Premier League-3 champion after thumping Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in a thrilling summit clash.
- Heinz Fischer wins the Austrian presidential election, 2010.
April 26, 2010
- The Government renames its ambitious unique identity project ’AADHAAR,’ aiming to give a 16-digit number to all citizens of the country and unveils its new logo.
- BCCI president Shashank Manohar appoints Chirayu Amin as interim chairman of the IPL Governing Council and commissioner of the IPL.
- Rajasthan Governor Prabha Rau (75), passes away after suffering a heart attack at Jodhpur House, the state guest house in New Delhi.
April 27, 2010
- The Railway Ministry announces that cancer patients can now avail 100 per cent concession in third-AC and sleeper class coaches.
- Oh Eun-Sun becomes the first woman to successfully scale all of the world’s 14 highest peaks.
April 28, 2010
- United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approves Cape Wind, the nation’s first off-shore wind farm.
April 29, 2010
- The Lok Sabha passes the Finance Bill for 2010-11, with a special relief package for coffee growers, and tax concessions for healthcare, auto and realty sectors, but without any change in the levies on petroleum products.
- The US navy’s long-standing ban on women serving in submarines comes to an end, with commanders saying that female officers would bolster the underwater fleet.
- Belgium passes Europe’s first ban on wearing burka in public.
April 30, 2010
- President Pratibha Patil appoints Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia as the next Chief Justice of India.
- Manasvi Mamgai wins the Pantaloons Femina Miss India (PFMl) World 2010 title.
- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appoints Atul Khare, a former Indian Foreign Service officer, as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lays the foundation stone of a medical college to be set up in Thimphu and launches a project that would make half of the population of this nation computer literate in the next five years.