April 2012 Current Affairs Monthly

Current Affairs April 2012: Read Important monthly current affairs and major events of April 2012 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
  • Communist Party of India - Marxist veteran Prakash Karat was re-elected general secretary for the third consecutive term at the party's 20th Congress, which concluded in Kozhikode, Kerala. Karat, 64, was elected as general secretary in 2005 at the New Delhi Congress and reelected at Coimbatore for the second term.
  • The World Bank just chose U.S. nominee Jim Yong Kim to be its next President, according to a Bloomberg headline. Kim was widely expected to receive the official nod as the Bank has always supported U.S. nominations.
  • Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has been appointed as Special Envoy of the United Nations refugee agency. Angelina, who was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees's Goodwill Ambassador, has been promoted as the Special Envoy of High Commissioner Antonio Guterres.
  • Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Union ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Rajeev Shukla, and Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi and actor Jaya Bachchan were among the 50 new members who took oath in the Rajya Sabha.
  • The Al Qaeda has named computer literate Farman Ali Shinwari, a resident of the restive Khyber tribal region and whose brothers have been associated with terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, as its new chief in Pakistan.
Top Awards Current Affairs
  • Colorado-based cartoonist Dr Thomas A Kodenkandath, also known as Thommy, has won a prize for his cartoon headlined 'Indian Rupee gets a Symbol' from the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi.
  • 'Asian Lite', a Manchester-based fortnightly focussing on British Asian events and issues, has won the top prize in the newspaper category in the How-Do Awards that celebrate the best in the media industry in the north of England.
Top Business Current Affairs
  • India inducted the Russian-origin nuclear-powered submarine 'Nerpa' into the Navy, joining the elite league of nations having such sophisticated warships.
  • Pakistan plans to build two coastal nuclear power plants with a capacity of 1,000 MW each in the southern port city of Karachi to meet the future energy needs of the financial hub, according to a media report Monday.
Top Incident Current Affairs
  • Seven people were killed as thunderstorm hit West Bengal, officials said in Kolkata. In Murshidabad, three farmers, who were busy working in their fields at separate places, were killed on Saturday as lightning struck them, they said.
  • A Pakistani passenger plane with 127 people on board crashed due bad weather near the Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi evening, Pakistani defence sources have said at least 118 passengers have been killed in the crash.

Top Miscellaneous Current Affairs
  • Nine years after a Public Interest Litigation said that over five lakh people were engaged in manual scavenging across the country, the government told the Supreme Court that a bill aimed at banning such practice will be introduced in Parliament soon.
  • The Gujarat government has transferred 50 Indian Police Service officers, including Satish Verma, a member of special investigation team which probed Ishrat Jahan encounter case.
  • Pakistan's former Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, who has been part of the post-26/11 Indo-Pak dialogue process, is the country's new high commissioner to India.
  • In fresh trouble for members of the scam-tainted Adarsh Housing Society, which is already under a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate has issued notices to the Society and its members, asking them to furnish information regarding payment towards the purchase of flats.
  • Karnataka government has banned foreign tour by its officials for two months in view of the acute drought conditions gripping the state and need for coordinated effort to tackle the situation. 
Top Obituary Current Affairs
  • Former Union minister and ex-BCCI president NKP Salve passed away early morning at a private hospital in New Delhi due to age-related problems, family sources said. He was 90.
  • Veteran Communist Party of India leader and former Assam minister Promode Gogoi died in Guwahati following a brief illness. Gogoi, the party's central secretariat and national executive member since 1975, was 82 and a bachelor, CPI's state council decretary Bhogeswar Dutta said.
  • Samajwadi Party Member of Parliament Brij Bhushan Tiwari, who was recently re-elected to the Rajya Sabha, died in New Delhi after suffering a heart attack.
Top Person Current Affairs
  • The Jharkhand high court granted bail to former state Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who has been in prison after his arrest over two years in connection with illegal investments and hawala transaction case.
  • With Biju Janata Dal MLA Jhina Hikaka walking to freedom and the two Italian hostages released earlier, the Odisha police have resumed operations against Maoists after a lull of 45 days.
Top Politics Current Affairs
  • The biennial election to the two Rajya Sabha seats from Jharkhand, which was countermanded over allegations of use of money-power and horse-trading, will now be held afresh on May 3, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.
  • In a significant move, Government will bring in a bill in Parliament's Budget Session to make registration of marriages compulsory under a law for mandatory recording of births and deaths, notwithstanding one's religious affiliation, thereby providing legal protection especially in cases of inter-religious matrimony.
  • In a major administrative reshuffle in the state, the Uttar Pradesh government transferred as many as 70 Indian Administrative Service officers, including 32 district magistrates and five divisional commissioners.
  • Karnataka High Court ordered issue of notice to Lokayukta in connection with the anticipatory bail plea filed by JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy on a private complaint alleging illegalities in denotification of government land in 2007 when he was the chief minister.
Top Resignation Current Affairs
  • Embroiled in a CD controversy, Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi resigned as chairman of a parliamentary committee and party spokesperson in a damage control exercise ahead of the resumption of the budget session Tuesday.
Top Technology Current Affairs
  • India successfully test-fired the Agni-5 Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile, which was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. The missile was test-fired from Wheeler Island in Odisha at 8.05 am.
  • India's first indigenous all-weather Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1), whose images will facilitate agriculture and disaster management, was launched successfully on board the PSLV-C19 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Armed with the surface-to-surface BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, a medium range gun and anti-submarine rockets, guided missile frigate INS Teg will be commissioned into the Indian Navy at the Yantar shipyard in Russia.
Top World Current Affairs
  • China has suspended Bo Xilai, a top politician who was once regarded as the rising star in the ruling Communist Party of China hierarchy, from all party posts and also detained his wife over the suspected murder of a British national.
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