Top News Headlines of 08 April 2015

Major Events and Top News Headlines of 8th April 2015:

  • The Narendra Modi government announced that Nasim Zaidi will be chief election commissioner in next election.
  • PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced a 50% increase in compensation and government support for farmers whose crops have been hit by the recent unseasonal rain and hailstorms.
  • Shopping site Snapdeal got recharge platform FreeCharge for an estimated $400 million (Rs 2,400 crore), making it one of the largest deals in the consumer internet space in India.
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Mudra Yojna ‘Micro Units Development Refinance Agency’ on 8th April. The aim of launching Mudra Yojna is to provide financial assistance to the “unfunded” small entrepreneurs who provide employment to a large number of people.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee has been appointed as the new chief spokesperson and communication department incharge of DPCC.
  • The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) upgraded Indian aviation’s top safety ranking in category-I for paving the way for desi airlines to start more flights to America.
  • India has registered a record production of over 1,252 metric tonnes of uranium bundles, manufacturing close to double the annual fuel requirement of atomic reactors in the country.
  • Film stars Amitabh Bachchan and Dilip Kumar, spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan, and philanthropist Dr D V Heggade were among 54 conferred the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award on 8th April, 2015.
  • Northern Ireland has got its first-ever Sikh Amandeep Singh Bhogal parliamentary candidate for the May 7 general election in UK. Bhogal has been a major campaigner for UK to move out of the European Union and get closer to India.
  • The UN Security Council has slapped sanctions on Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, mastermind of the Peshawar school massacre, for perpetrating and financing terror acts.
  • Indian writer and socialite Shobha De had criticized the Maharashtra government’s decision to make compulsory the screening of Marathi film in multiplexes at prime time. Shiv
  • Sena, Maharashtra political party, moved a privilege motion in the Maharashtra Assembly against her on April 8, 2015 by depicting her criticism as the insult of Marathi language and people.
  • First phase of the distribution of digital ration card has been started on April 8, 2015 in the state capital of Uttar Pradesh. Under the digital ration card regime, below poverty line card holder is given white card, those above poverty line will get a yellow colored ration card and Antyodaya scheme’s beneficiaries will get pink card in further phases.
  • Royal Dutch Shell has acquired BP Group Plc for about $ 70 billion to become the world’s largest independent producer of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) on April 8, 2015. This deal is among the largest oil and gas deals of last two decades and the biggest in last 10 years.
  • Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched Knowledge Mission on April 8, 2015 in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh. Its objective is to become the best state of the country by 2029.
  • FreeCharge, a mobile transaction platform, has been acquired by India’s largest online retailer Snapdeal on April 8, 2015. Now Snapdeal will provide the financial services, mobile recharge and utility payments to the growing user base of over 40 million.
  • The musical festival ‘Sangeet Samaroh’ started on 8th April 2015 at Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi. More than 50 artist including Pakistan’s renowned gazal singer Ustad Ghulam Ali, Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, his sons Amaan and Ayaan, Kathak master Pandit Birju Maharaj, flautist Harprasad Chaurasia, Oddisi dancer Sonal Mansingh and tabla player Hasmat Ali Khan are participating in the event.
  • Rohit Sharma belongs to Mumbai Indians team of Indian Premier League which has been started on April 8, 2015. First match of IPL 8th season is between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
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