April 2009 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs April 2009: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of April 2009 related to India (National) and World (International) for SSC, Banking PO, IBPS, Indian Railways, UPSC, RPSC, State PSC and other upcoming competitive Examinations. It covered all latest current affairs topics like Politics, Appointments, Sports and Players, Awards and Honours, Important Days, Obituaries, Reports, Business, Government Schemes, Education, Books and Authors, Economy, Science and Technology, Geography, Agreements, Conference and Entertainment.

Top Appointment Current Affairs
  • Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, denied permission to contest elections by the Supreme Court, was on Thursday appointed as the national general secretary of Samajwadi Party.
  • President Barack Obama has appointed the first Hindu community activist and one of the first Hindu women priests in New Jersey, Anju Bhargava, to the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
  • Hardeep Singh Puri, currently secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. He will succeed Nirupam Sen, whose term ended on March 31.
  • Tim Roemer, the former Democrat Congressman from Indian and an ex member of 9/11 Commission, will be the next US Ambassador to India, a prestigious US foreign policy magazine has said on its web post.
  • United States President Barack Obama has nominated US ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert O Blake, who has also served as the Deputy Chief of US Mission in New Delhi, as the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs.
  • E.K. Bharat Bhushan has assumed charge as chairman & managing director of the National Aviation Company of India Limited.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • Japanese auto major, Nissan, which is setting up a Rs 4,500-crore (Rs 45 billion) car-manufacturing facility with Renault in Chennai, said that the project is on schedule and that its first car would roll-out before summer 2010.
  • Billionaire Mukesh Ambani-run Reliance Industries will sell natural gas from its eastern offshore KG-D6 fields to Anil Ambani Group firm's power plant in Andhra Pradesh at government approved rates.
  • Internet search engine giant Google has emerged as the world's number one brand and is also the first one to touch the $100 billion value mark, despite the tough economic environment.According to the fourth annual BrandZ top 100 most valuable global brands ranking, Google is the number one brand with a value of $100 billion and is way ahead of Microsoft which is at the second rank with a value of $76.2 billion.
Top Collaboration Current Affairs
  • United States special envoy Richard Holbrooke on Wednesday met National Security Adviser M K Narayanan in New Delhi. According to reports, the two discussed how India could help Washington's strategy aimed at ending terror threats emanating from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Top India Current Affairs
  • India on Thursday launched its biggest-ever auction of oil and gas blocks, expecting $3 billion investment in exploration of 70 areas on offer for bidding.

Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • The Maryland House of Delegates has passed major legislation authored by Majority Leader Kumar Barve--the longest-serving Indian American legislator--to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state.
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Athletics Federation of India President and a Padma Bhushan recipient Umrao Singh died on Sunday in Jalandhar after a brief illness. He was 82.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • Citigroup's India-born chief Vikram Pandit has found a place among the 20 worst ever CEOs in the American history, but the top honours has gone to bankrupt Lehman Brothers' Dick Fuld.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • Veteran leader D B Chandre Gowda, who had recently resigned from the Congress, has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. He will fight the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls from the Bangalore North constituency against Congress leader C K Jaffer Sharrief.
  • The Praja Rajyam Party, headed by mega star Chiranjeevi, is doing everything in the book to bag the magic number and form the government in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Pakistan's parliament on Monday endorsed a move to enforce Islamic laws in the restive northwestern Swat valley, which is largely controlled by the Taliban, and asked President Asif Ali Zardari to accord approval to the measure to usher in peace across the country.
  • Filmmaker and Lok Janshakti Party candidate from West Champaran seat Prakash Jha was arrested after police raided his guest house and allegedly seized Rs 10.25 lakh following reports that he was distributing money among voters.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • The Wadia-group promoted private carrier GoAir's chief executive officer (CEO) Edgardo Badiali, is believed to have has resigned from his post.
Top Sports Current Affairs
  • Rafael Nadal became the first man to win the Monte Carlo Masters five times in a row when he beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in Sunday's final.
  • Embarrassed by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh's failure to turn up for the Padma Shri awards last Wednesday, the government issued a notification saying National sports awards, like the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna, Dhronacharya and Dhyan chand, will be withdrawn if the recipient is absent from the ceremony without intimation.
  • World number one Rafael Nadal won his fifth consecutive Barcelona Open title on Sunday with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Spanish compatriot David Ferrer.
  • Mumbai will house the 2011 World Cup secretariat and India will host 29 of the 49 matches after the event's Central Organising Committee on Tuesday reallocated the games following the International Cricket Council's decision to drop Pakistan as a co-host of the tournament.
  • Army XI, Bangalore, displayed superior stamina and fitness in sultry conditions as they beat Air India by a solitary goal and retained the title in the 47th Bombay Gold Cup hockey tournament in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday inducted the new state-of-the-art VVIP jets into the Indian Air Force before embarking on its maiden flight to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Madhavan Nair, one of the key personalities behind the successful launch of India's first moon mission, Chandrayaan has been given Z grade security in the wake of a terrorist threat.
  • The UN Security Council has condemned the recent rocket launch by North Korea, saying it is in violation of 2006 resolution that barred the reclusive communist nation from conducting missile-related activities.
  • India, on Wednesday, successfully test fired a version of nuclear-capable 'Prithvi-II' ballistic missile with a range of 350 kms from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur,off the Orissa coast.
  • With the start of general elections as a source of revenue Bharti Airtel's direct-to-home arm is ready to launch its mobile DTH units for cars.
  • India on Monday successfully launched an all-weather Israeli-built spy satellite that will help security agencies keep a vigil on the country's borders.
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