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Current Affairs for April 2013
!e ""t! foundation day of #dis!a was celebrated across t!e $tate on 1 April
2013.
% & &aroo'ui on 1 April 2013 took over charge as the secretary of the
(epartment of elecommunications )(o*.
(r +eddy,s -aboratories on 1 April 2013 appointed ../. Prasad, the son-in-law of
founder Anji edd!, as the C!ief 01ecuti2e #fficer of the compan!.
#li2e Crown Awards 2013 took place in %umbai on 1 April 2013. "re!
#orldwide was awarded with Agenc! of the !ear title.
!e 3nited 4ations .eneral Assembly !ad declared 2 April as t!e 5orld
Autism Awareness (ay. $his da! highlights the needs of autistic children and
adults.
+eliance 6io 7nfocomm -td and +eliance Communications on 2 April 2013 signed
a 1200 crore upees definitive agreement to roll out the %" services.
C!andres! 8umari 8atoc!, the &inister of 'ulture, on 2 April 2013 inaugurated
the $agore 'entre for "lobal $hought at (ndia (nstitute of )ing*s 'ollege, +ondon.
7ndia and $ingapore on 2 April 2013 signed an enhanced air services agreement to
build on the e,isting 21- weekl! flights and meet the growing demand for air
connectivit!.
.scar #inning /creenpla! #riter, +ut! Prawer 6!ab2ala died in 0ew
1ork on 3 April 2013. /he was the winner of two Academ! Awards.
ustice A!ay Manikrao "#anwilkar a$$ointed C#ief ustice for %ig# Court of
%imac#al &rades#.
/upreme 'ourt of (ndia issued notice to the 2rincipal 3ealth /ecretaries of /tates
and 4nion $erritories on compliance of rules banning gutka sale and manufacture.
9istorian Bratindra 4at! %uk!er:ee died at his residence in )olkata on % April
2013. 3e was a 2adma /hree Awardee, a renowned epigraphist and numismatist.

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oger 5bert of /un-$imes and the film critic, died at the age of 60 !ears on % April
2013 at ehabilitation (nstitute of 'hicago.
'#e (dis#a )egislati*e Assem+ly on , A$ril -./0 unanimously ado$ted a
resolution re1uesting t#e Centre to award s$ecial category status to t#e state.
$he %inister of +ailways inaugurated (nternational 'onference on 7edicated
8reight 'orridor 'hallenges and .pportunities on % April 2013 in 0ew 7elhi.
4arendra 8umar /erma on ; April 2013 was appointed as t!e new director of
t!e state<owned #il and 4atural .as Corp,s )#4.C* 01ploration.
C!ina %obile and /odafone on % April 2013 announced that the! formed a
consortium in order to bid for the mobile licences in 9urma.
&acebook on ; April 2013 released t!e software called 9ome, w!ic! puts t!e
feeds from &acebook on Android p!ones, !ome screen.
9ewlett<Packard )9P* announced on % April 2013 that its chairman a!mond
+ane was resigning from the office. +alp! 5!itworth will be interim chairman.
Cabinet Committee on 0conomic Affairs appro2ed de<control of $ugar.
$AA+C %inisterial -e2el %eet on Po2erty concluded on = April 2013 in 4epal.
$he member nations decided on formulation of the 'ommon 2overt! eduction
/trateg!.
+a!i $arnobat clinched the first gold for (ndia in (nternational /hooting
/port 8ederation :(//8; #orld 'up in )orea on < April 2013.
A website on Babu 6ag:ib2an +am was launc!ed by t!e 3nion %inister for
$ocial 6ustice > 0mpowerment on = April 2013, !is 10?t! Birt! Anni2ersary.
(B $c!eme to be e1panded to "@ more (istricts from 6uly 2013.
('/( with former '=(, 6ustice %. 4. /enkatac!alia! on < April 2013 presented the
('/( 0ational Awards for 5,cellence in 'orporate "overnance -2012.
$ .opalakris!nan, the co-founder and 5,ecutive 'o-'hairman of (nfos!s,
on < April 2013 was elected as t!e President of t!e industry body )C77*
for the !ear 2013-1%.
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$he -alit $uri 9ospitality .roup was conferred with the 4ational Award for
01cellence in 9ospitality 0ducation 2011<12 on < April 2013.
$he (ndian women>s cricket team clean-sweeped the $20 (nternational series
against 9angladesh with 3-0 in ?adodara in the final match on < April 2013.
A 2 da! (nternational #orkshop on .reen 4ational Accounting for (ndia
'oncluded in 0ew 7elhi on - April 2013.
4ational +ifle Association of 7ndia elected aninder /ingh as 2resident and 7.?./.
ao as the new /ecretar! "eneral on - April 2013.
5orld !ealt! day was celebrated on 6 April 2013. $he theme for 2013 was high
blood pressure.
4uclear Capable Agni<77 %issile was $uccessfully est<&ired . $he
medium range nuclear capable Agni-(( missile was on 6 April 2013
successfull! test-fired with a strike range of more than 2000 km from the
#heeler (sland.
'urrent women>s world 0o. 1 $erena 5illiams won t!e &amily Circle Cup, 3--, --
0, --2 in 'harleston, /.'. on 6 April 2013. /he defeated =elena =ankovic.
+upes! $!a!, the world champion won the 12th Asian 9illiards championship at
(ndore $ennis 'lub, (ndore on 6 April 2013. 3e defeated Alok )umar --%.
8ris!na 8umar 4atra:an appointed as t!e 4ew C!ief of 4A$$C#%.
0A//'.& appointed )rishnakumar 0atarajan as its chairman and
'handrasekaran as the ?ice 'hairman of the 5,ecutive 'ouncil for 2013-
1%.
Banglades! P% $!eik! 9asina +e:ected 4ew Anti<Blasp!emy -aw (emands of
7slamists.
-t Cdr Ab!ilas! omy became the first (ndian to 'ircumnavigate "lobe /olo and
0on-/top on a sail boat. .n return he was welcomed b! the 2resident of (ndia.
9ockey 7ndia on 6 April 2013 named /outh African "regg 'lark as the chief coach
of the junior men*s national team.
/wedish +u,ur! 'armaker ?olvo signed 6ee2 %ilk!a $ing! as its 9rand
Ambassador
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$he first and the onl! women to be the 2rime &inister of 9ritain, &argaret $hatcher
died at the age of @6 following a stroke on @ April 2013.
#n @ April 2013, 7ndia and %alta signed t!e new (AA at /aletta, %alta.
#dis!a on @ April 2013 decided to set up t!e first public !ealt! uni2ersity in
7ndia. $his universit! will be set up under 2ublic-2rivate 2artnership mode.
.eneral 0lections in %alaysia sc!eduled to be !eld on = %ay 2013.
0okia on A April 2013 launched the most affordable mobile 4okia 10= at the price
of 12%A upees.
Aama!a on B April 2013 announced t!at it will soon roll out t!e c!eapest
motorcycle of t!e world in 7ndia. $he price of this bike would be <00 4/7 or
26000 s.
$he %ad!ya Prades! government on A April 2013 decided to declare %alk!amb
as t!e $tate $port.
3!uru 8enyatta was sworn<in as t!e new President of 8enya on B April 2013.
3e is the fourth president of )en!a. 3e defeated aila .dinga.
Agreement for egulation defining the structure, functions and procedure of the
=oint 'ommission signed between ussia and (ndia in &oscow on 10 April 2013.
Pakistan successfully test<fired t!e nuclear<capable 9atf<7/ ballistic missile on
10 April 2013. 3atf-(? has the range of A00 km.
6ustice Ar:an 8umar $ikri and 6ustice $!arad Ar2ind Bobde were appointed as
t!e 6udges of t!e $upreme Court of 7ndia by t!e President on 10 April 2013.
Prime %inister of 7ndia %anmo!an $ing! 2isited .ermany from 10
April 2013 to 12 April 2013. 3e was accompanied b! delegation.
$he "oa "overnment decided to impose entry ta1 on 2e!icles registered
outside the state and entering "oa.
(r 9ilary 8oprowski, a 2olish researcher who developed the first successful oral
vaccination for polio died on 11 April 2013 in 2hiladelphia.
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4ational $afe %ot!er!ood day was observed across (ndia on 11 April 2013 to
create awareness on proper healthcare and maternit! facilities to pregnant woman.
Britis! $cientist +obert 0dwards, died at @6. 3e was the pioneer of vitro
8ertiliBation that resulted in the birth of first test tube bab! of the world.
7ndian Coast .uard $!ip 9<1B1 Commissioned at %umbai.
Air /ice %ars!al /$ B!arti A$% /% /$% took over as the /enior Air C
Administrative /taff .fficer :/AA/.;, &aintenance 'ommand, (A8 on 11 April 2013.
$he 2resident of (ndia Pranab %uk!er:ee presented the A(&A &anaging (ndia
Awards 2013 at a function in 0ew 7elhi on 11 April 2013.
P6 8urien appointed as t!e C!airman of t!e Asian &orum of
Parliamentarians on population and (e2elopment on 11 APril 2013 at
Bangkok.
$he 7nternational %onetary &und )7%&* announced on 12 April 2013 that it
recognised /omalia>s new government after a 22-!ear gap in relations with the
countr!.
$!arad Aada2 4nanimousl! e-5lected As the 0ational 2resident of =anata 7al
:4nited;
$he "overnment approved the project for creation of 4ational #ptical &ibre
4etwork connecting all the 2<0000 "ram 2ancha!ats.
Palestinian Prime %inister $alam &ayyad resigned on 13 April 2013 after
falling out wit! president %a!mud Abbas.
Adam $cott won t!e Augusta %asters .olf c!ampions!ip on 1; April 2013.
(ndustrialist +.P. .oenka passed away on 1% April 2013 at his residence at the age
of @3.
$he 7ndian ennis Players Association )7PA* /ecretar! on 1% April 2013
announced that /ania &irBa became one of the ?ice-2residents of ($2A.
7ndian<#rigin 0conomist +a: C!etty 5on 6o!n Bates Clark %edal &or 2013.

0n2ironmental Campaigner +ossano 0rcolini won t!e 2013 .oldman PriCe.
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/ice<President of 7ndia 9amid Ansari 2isited a:ikistan from 1; to 1" April
2013 for strengt!ening bilateral ties.
3nion .o2ernment approved 2@<.6< 'rore upees to 3imachal 2radesh under
2&"/1
$he 4ew Aork imes won four 2ulitBer 2riBes on 1< April 2013, including the
award for investigative reporting for stories.
??t! 9imac!al (ay 'elebrate at 7halpur "round, )ullu. /tate "overnment
announced different schemes to uplift living standards of people of state.
A 2akistani election tribunal on 1- April 2013 barred former militar! dictator
Per2eC %us!arraf from running for Parliament.
An eart!'uake of magnitude ".@ struck near Pakistan<7ran Border on 1? April
2013. (t killed more than 30 people leaving behind man! injured.
$unil 8umar took over as the %anaging (irector of Centre for +ailway
7nformation $ystems )C+7$* on 1- April 2013.
6yotiraditya $cindia !onoured $pecial #lympics 5orld $ummer
.ames at At!ens winner $ita $a!u in 4ew (el!i on 1? April 2013.
$he two-da! Biannual Conference of t!e 4ational Cadet Corps )4CC*
concluded in 0ew 7elhi on 1- April 2013.
'omputer /ociet! of (ndia elected 9.+. %o!an as its ?ice-2resident-'um-2resident
5lect on 1- April 2013.
!e 7ndian Coast .uard $!ip C<;02 was commissioned in %umbai by $an:ee2
(ayal, (irector .eneral Police, %a!aras!tra.
+eser2e Bank of 7ndia )+B7* decided to launch 2lastic notes in the denomination
of 10 upees in five selected cities of (ndia on trial basis.
President Pranab %uk!er:ee on 1? April 2013 dedicated $idd!es!war (!am
emple to t!e 4ation.
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$elgu #riter,+a2uri B!aradwa:a was selected for the 6nanpit! Award
2012 b! the =nanpith Award 'ommittee for his contribution to $elgu
+iterature.
!e lone women C!ief 0lection Commissioner of 7ndia, /.$. +amade2i died due
to Cardiac Arrest. $!e also was t!e go2ernor of 8arnataka > 9P.
$he (ndian cit! of A!medabad launc!ed a first<of<its<kind 9eat Action Plan on
1- April 2013.
&inister of /tate for 5,ternal Affairs 0. A!amed officiall! visited Algeria from 16-1@
April, 2013.
8P B!askar, the (ndian classical dance maestro died on 16 April 2013 due to heart-
related ailment. 3e was @@ !ears of age.
5orld 9emop!ilia (ay was observed on 1" April 2013 across the globe to spread
awareness of this disease and other bleeding disorders.
5orld .rowt! &orecast for 2013 was slas!ed to 3.3D from 3.=D by 7%&.
Continued recession in 0uroCone is t!e reason for it.
4a2:ot $ing! on 16 April 2013 became the !oungest athlete of =ammu and )ashmir
to be conferred with the /her-i-)ashmir /ports Award.
$he retail business of /ahara (ndia 2ariwar called $a!ara E $!op entered
into the "uinness #orld ecords b! opening 31< outlets in 10 states.
!e 20t! meeting of 0astern Fonal Council was !eld on 1" April 2013 at
8olkata.
$he 8rench-5g!ptian archaeological mission from &renc! 7nstitute for
Arc!aeological $tudies )7&A#* discovered the oldest harbour of the world in
5g!pt.
+ussia launc!ed t!e 5orld,s only +eturnable $atellite Bion<%1.
"overnment permitted ailwa!s to use its +and for &etro 0etworks.
0art!'uake of %agnitude " $truck $ic!uan Pro2ince of C!ina.
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Assam +ig!t to Public $er2ice Act 2012 was implemented b! Assam to bring in
transparenc! and accountabilit! in the ke! areas of governance.
5orld 9eritage (ay was obser2ed on 1@ April 2013.
$he &eghala!a +oka!ukta :Amendment; 9ill 2013 was on 1@ April 2013 passed in
the state Assembl!.
&inister of /tate in the %inistry of Commerce > 7ndustry on April 1@, 2013
(naugurated (ndia /how in 2anama with an objective of enhanced cooperation and
engagement between the two.
%irCa 9imayat Baig, the lone convict in the 2une "erman 9aker! blast case, was on
1@ April 2013 sentenced to death b! a 2une /essions 'ourt.
$he (earness Allowance for the central government emplo!ees was hiked b! @
percent and raised to @0 percent from 62 percent.
7ndia and C!ina on 1@ April 2013 held their first dialogue on Afghanistan in 9eijing
in a bid to evolve a joint strateg!.
.o2ernment of 7ndia approved the 4ational Policy for C!ildren, 2012. $he
polic! recogniBes ever! person below 1@ !ears in age as a child.
Aruna Ba!uguna appointed as t!e first women $pecial (irector .eneral of
C+P&. /he is an (2/ from a 1A6A-batch Andhra 2radesh cadre.
!e Britis! Cyclist to win ma1imum #lympic .old %edal from t!e Country,
C!ris 9oy announced !is retirement from Cycling on 1@ April 2013.
$he 3$ 9ouse of +epresentati2es passed the Cyber 7nformation $!aring and
Protection Act )C7$PA* on 1@ April 2013.
9elgian &athematician Pierre (eligne won the Abel priBe 2013.$he Abel
2riBe is considered eDuivalent to the 0obel 2riBe.
$he 3nion Commerce %inistry has announced changes in different policies and
schemes under Annual /upplement 2013-1% of 8$2 200A-1%.
5orld Amateur +adio (ay celebrated on 1@ April 2013 to observe the beginning
of the (A4-the (nternational Amateur adio 4nion-back in 1A2<.
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Assam emerged as the 'hampion state in the 20t! 4ational Arc!ery
C!ampions!ip 2013 organised at Agrasen 7ham, aipur in 'hhattisgarh.
4ew 5ild Banana $pecies disco2ered by +esearc!ers in Arunac!al Prades!.
$i2ant!i Adit!an, the former sports administrator as well as media magnate died in
'hennai on 1A April 2013 because of illness.
+ussia on 1A April 2013 launched the bio-satellite :9(.0-&; called orbital 0oah>s
Ark into space with various living organisms.
4icolas %aduro was sworn in as the new 2resident of ?eneBuela on 1A
April 2013 in a ceremon! b! the 0ational Assembl! /peaker 7iosdado
'abello.
All 7ndia C!ess &ederation )A7C&*, the $amil 0adu /tate 'hess Association and the
#orld 'hess 8ederation :8(75; signed an &o4 on 1A April 2013.
"overnment launched (9(0 :(ndia 9ackbone (mplementation 0etwork; for effective
implantation of its core programmes and policies.
%ike (enness, the former 5ngland captain died on 1A April 2013 because of cancer.
3e was 62 !ears of age.
Alfredo .ue2ara, t!e Cuban &ilmmaker and Arts -eader (ied at @".
4A$A,s 8epler %ission (isco2ered wo 0art!<-ike Planets 8epler<?2f And
8epler<?2e.
7ndia is t!e largest recipient of remittances in t!e world, recei2ing ?B billion
3$ (ollars in 2012 according to 5orld Bank.
(tal!>s 2arliament on 20 April 2013 re-elected .iorgio 4apolitano to an
unparalleled second term as president.
!e (efence Ac'uisition Council )(AC* on 20 April 2013 amended 7efence
2rocurement 2rocedure :722;.
$he 2resident of (ndia, Pranab %uk!er:ee gave <% 2adma Awards at the
function in 7arbar hall of ashtrapati 9havan in 0ew 7elhi on 20 April
2013.
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$ebastian /ettel won t!e Ba!rain .rand Pri1 2013.
Ci2il $er2ices (ay was obser2ed across 7ndia on 21 April 2013 b! 'ivil /ervices
to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people.
$he "reat (ndian &athematician also known as 3uman 'omputer,
$!akuntala (e2i died due to heart failure and renal problem on 21 April
2013 at 9angalore.
$he eight !ear reign of +afael 4adal on %onte Carlo +ole1 %asters ended after he
suffered a defeat b! the hands of 7jokovic on 21 April 2013.
7CC est +ankings released b! ('' on 21 April 2013. 3ashim Amla was placed at
top among batsman and 7ale /te!n was ranked best bowler.2ujara and Ashwin are
the onl! $wo (ndians among $op-10.
$!ane 5atson, the Australian 'ricketer stepped down as the ?ice-'aptain of the
(nternational $eam of Australia.
$unil B!arti %ittal appointed /ice C!airman of 7nternational C!amber
of Commerce )7CC*.
(el!i,s $ulab! 7nternational %useum of oilets -isted on op 10 5eird
%useums of t!e 5orld.
7nternational %ot!er 0art! (ay obser2ed on 22 April wit! &ocus on Climate
C!ange.
+ic!ie 9a2ens, the folk musician who commenced the 1A-A #oodstock musical
festival died because of cardiac arrest on 22 April 2013 in =erse! 'it!.
20t! 5omen,s Political 0mpowerment (ay was celebrated in 4ew (el!i on 22
April 2013. .n the occasion, three women pancha!at leaders were awarded.
Prayag C!au!an 5on .old %edal at A$BC Asian Confederation 6unior Bo1ing
C!ampions!ips 2013.
4arendra 8umar took o2er as t!e %anaging (irector of 7ndraprast!a .as -td
)7.-* on 22 April 2013. ("+ is the supplier of 20" and '0" in 7elhi and 0'.
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6ustice 6$ /erma, the former 'hief =ustice of (ndia died on 22 April 2013 in 0ew
7elhi after multiple organ failure. 3e was of @0 !ears. 3e was the 26th 'hief =ustice
of (ndia on 2< &arch 1AA6 and retired on 1@ =anuar! 1AA@.
BPC- and /ideocon 7ndustries on 22 April 2013 declared that the! discovered the
fourth huge natural gas reserve in the offshore &oBambiDue block in Africa.
enowned violinist and composer -algudi 6ayaraman died in 'hennai on 22 April
2013 at @2 because of illness.
$he "oa tourism department in April 2013 directed the (ndian eserve 9attalion
:(9; to ban people from carr!ing glass bottles or alcohol on the beaches.
4arasim!an +a2i, the former 5ditor of $he 3indu was unanimousl! elected as the
president of 5ditors "uild of (ndia on 23 April 2013 in 0ew 7elhi.
5orld Book and Copyrig!t (ay was Celebrated on 23 April 2013. #orld 9ook
'apital for the !ear 2013 is 9angkok, with its theme, ead for +ife.
B!arti Airtel and +eliance 6io 7nfocom on 23 April 2013 had signed an agreement
for (nternational 9andwidth.
C!ris .ayle hit the fastest ever centur! in the histor! of cricket b!
reaching 100 in merel! 30 balls during '9 vs. 2une #arriors match on
23 April 2013.
$he 3nion %inister for Commerce, (ndustr! and $e,tiles, Anand /harma on 23
April 2013, launched 21 0ew $e,tile 2arks approved under /($2.
+egendar! singer $!ams!ad Begum died on 23 April 2013 in &umbai due to
illness. /he was A% !ears of age.
7ndia and 3A0 on 2% April 2013 signed an agreement to increase the number of
weekl! airlines seat b! four times during a bilateral meet at Abu 7habi.
$he 5est Bengal .o2ernment cleared the setting up of an inDuir! commission to
look into mone! collecting schemes and organisations in the /tate.
Abu 7habi based 0ti!ad Airways on 2% April 2013 confirmed taking over of 2% per
cent minorit! stake in =et Airwa!s for 36A million dollars.
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P.C!idambaram on 2% April 2013 launched medi claim facilit! for the
farmers holding 8isan Credit Cards )8CC* issued b! 7ena 9ank.
.oogle 7nc ac'uired 5a2ii, the news summariBation app based in /eattle, for
around 30 million 4/ dollar cash.
$istema $!yam ele$er2ices on 2% April 2013 announced that 7mitr! /hukov will
take over as its '5.. 7mitr! /hukov will resume the office from 1 =une 2013.
+esearc!ers at $t Andrews, the &a, 2lanck (nstitute for (nformatics in "erman!
and &ontana $ech in the 4/ created a ke!board la!out.
$el:uk minaret in $he "reat &osDue of Aleppo, which was constructed in 10A0, was
destro!ed in /!rian protests on 2% April 2013.
Parliamentary $peaker Abdul 9amid was on 2; April 2013 sworn in as
Banglades! President to replace Fillur +a!man.
$he %inistry of 9ousing and 3rban Po2erty Alle2iation proposed to launch the
0ational 4rban +ivelihoods &ission :04+&; in its 12th 8ive-1ear 2lan.
!e &ederal 7n2estigation Agency in Pakistan arrested former President,
Per2eC %us!arraf in relation to t!e BenaCir B!utto murder case.
$he world famous te,tile embroider! handicraft +ucknow EardoBi became a brand
after being accorded with the "eographical (ndication :"(; registration.
3igh 'ourt of 7elhi sought 4nion "overnment*s response on how 'hildren below
age of 1@ !ears had their accounts on /ocial 0etworking /ites.
rinamool Congress %P Ambica Baner:ee passed away in 8olkata on 2= April
2013. 9e was @? years of age.
7ndian +ailways +educed t!e Ad2anced Booking Period of t!e ickets to ?0
(ays.
Aurobindo P!arma on 2- April 2013 announced that it received an approval from
4/87A for generic 'efadro,il oral suspension.
$urke! $reasur! 4ndersecretariat would close debt to (&8 with refund of %22.1
million 4/7 of capital as part of the 1Ath stand-b! after <2 !ears.
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!omas Cup and 3ber Cup &inals to be 9osted in (el!i in %ay 201;.
7elhi will host the final of $homas and 4ber 'up 201%. $he 9A( and 9#8 signed the
dates and venue of the finals at /iri 8ort /ports 'omple,, 0ew 7elh
Book entitled -eaf urns AellowG t!e $ufis of Awad! was released by t!e /ice
President of 7ndia, 9amid Ansari at 4ew (el!i.
(tal! got a 0ew 'oalition "overnment with 5nrico +etta as its 2rime &inister.
Aas! C!opra to be !onoured wit! (adasa!eb P!alke Academy
Award 2013. 1ash 'hopra and ajesh )hanna selected for 13th 7ada
/aheb 2halke Academ! Awards to be conferred on 30 April 2013.
7ndia and $audi Arabia decided to set up a 6oint 5orking .roup to address
4ita'at -aw.
&aharashtra "overnment was directed to release #ater into the 6ayakwadi (am.
.oa .o2ernment launched a digital 8ris!i Card to help farmers in making use of
benefits such as subsidies and loans given b! the /tate "overnment.
9aryana go2ernment raised the cooking cost given under &id 7a! &eal /cheme to
all primar! and upper primar! schools in 3ar!ana b! 6.< per cent.
!e 3rd %inisterial %eeting of t!e 7stanbul Process was !eld in Almaty on 2?
April 2013.
$urke! joined $!ang!ai Cooperation #rganiCation )$CC* as its dialogue partner
0n 2- April 2013. $he partnership will strengthen the ties member nations.
Anil .oswami, =C) 'adre (A/ .fficer appointed as 0ew 4nion 3ome /ecretar!
"erman duo /abine +isicki and &ona 9arthel won the women*s doubles title at the
#$A 2orsche "rand 2ri, in /tuttgart.
ake!iko 4akao elected as t!e President Asian (e2elopment Bank Board.
8armer*s 'lub /cheme was inaugurated in )argil region of =ammu and )ashmir on
26 April 2013 b! 4ABA+(.
Andhra 2radesh and )arnataka emerged volle!ball champions at the 1@t! 4ational
.ames for t!e (eaf on 2@ April 2013.
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$ailendra 4at! +oy, an (ndian "uinness #orld ecord holder on 2@ April 2013
died during the stunt.
B!arti Airtel on 2A April 2013 (ntroduced 8lat oaming ates for its
African 'ustomers in order to strengthen its .ne Airtel, service.
-@ 1ears old American 6ournalist and feminist %ary !om, was died on 2A April
2013 in a motorc!cle accident in 1onkers.
Eueen Beatri1 of t!e 4et!erlands abdicated t!e t!rone in fa2our of !er son
Prince 5illem<Ale1ander.
0uropean $pace elescope 9ersc!el completed its 6ourney in $pace.

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Person Appointed

Abdul 3amid was sworn in as 9angladesh 2resident to replace Eillur ahman
$akehiko 0akao elected as the 2resident Asian 7evelopment 9ank 9oard .
Anil "oswami, =C) 'adre (A/ .fficer appointed as 0ew 4nion 3ome
/ecretar!.
0arasimhan avi 5lected As the 2resident of 5ditors "uild of (ndia.
/unil 9harti &ittal appointed ?ice 'hairman of (nternational 'hamber of
'ommerce .
"iorgio 0apolitano e-elected as the 2resident of (tal! to serve a /econd
$erm.
0icolas &aduro /worn-(n as the 0ew 2resident of ?eneBuela.
Aruna 9ahuguna became 8irst #omen /pecial 7" of '28.
3.. &ohan elected as the 0ew ?ice 2resident of 'omputer /ociet!.
/unil )umar took over as the &anaging 7irector of 'entre for ailwa!
(nformation /!stems :'(/;.
2= )urien elected 'hairman of Asian forum of 2arliamentarians.
4huru )en!atta /worn-(n as the 2resident of )en!a.
)rishna )umar 0atrajan appointed as the 0ew 'hief of 0A//'.&
/ "opalakrishnan elected as new 2resident of 'onfederation of (ndian
(ndustr! :'((;.
0arendra )umar ?erma appointed 7irector for 5,ploration of .0"'.
& 8 8arooDui took over charge as /ecretar! of 7epartment of $elecom.


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Awards H 9onours


1ash 'hopra to be honoured with 7adasaheb 2halke Academ! Award 2013.
=ai 'handiram 8elicitated with +ifetime Achievement Award.
2resident of (ndia, 2ranab &ukherjee "ave Awa! 2adma Awards 2013 in
0ew 7elhi.
9elgian &athematician 2ieree 7eligne won the Abel 2riBe 2013.
avuri 9haradwaja selected for =nanpith Award 2012.
0ew 1ork $imes won 8our 2ulitBer 2riBes including the Award for
(nvestigative eporting.
(ndian-.rigin 5conomist aj 'hett! #on =ohn 9ates 'lark &edal 8or 2013.
5nvironmental 'ampaigner ossano 5rcolini won the 2013 "oldman 2riBe.
+egendar! Actor 2ran awarded 9oll!wood*s 3ighest 3onour 7ada /aheb
2halke Award for 2012.
0$2' #on 9usiness +eader in the 2ower /ector at the 07$? 9usiness
+eadership Awards 2013.
2013 $imes of (ndia 8ilm Awards :$.(8A;F 9arfiG 9agged 9est 8ilm Award.
+alit /uri 3ospitalit! "roup 'onferred #ith 0ational Award for 5,cellence
2011-12.
('/( 0ational Awards for 5,cellence in 'orporate "overnance for 2012
2resented.
.live 'rown Awards 2013F "re! #orldwide #on Agenc! of the 1ear Award.
=ammu and )ashmir won 85 (ndia*s 9est 9ank Award 2012-13.

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#bituary

/ailendra 0ath o!, (ndian "uinness #orld ecord 3older 7ied.
&ar! $hom, the prominent =ournalist and 8eminist died in &otorc!cle
Accident.
$rinamool 'ongress &2 Ambica 9anerjee 2assed Awa! at @-.
$he #oodstock /inger, ichie 3avens 7ied at 62 7ue to 'ardiac Arrest .
+egendar! /inger /hamshad 9egum 7ied at A% .
enowned ?iolinist and 'omposer +algudi =a!araman 7ied at @2 .
8ormer 'hief =ustice of (ndia and 3ead of =/ ?erma 'ommittee, =/ ?erma 7ied
/ivanthi Adithan, the 8ormer /ports Administrator and &edia &agnate 7ied
at 6- .
&athematician /hakuntala 7evi 7ied due to 3eart 8ailure.
Alfredo "uevara, the 'uban 8ilmmaker and Arts +eader 7ied at @6.
&ike 7enness, the 8ormer 5ngland 'aptain 7ied at 62 .
)2 9haskar, the (ndian 'lassical 7ance &aestro 7ied.
(ndia*s onl! #omen 'hief 5lection 'ommissioner amadevi 7ied at 6A.
7r 3ilar! )oprowski, 7eveloper of 8irst /uccessful .ral ?accination for 2olio
7ied at A- .
(ndustrialist 2 "oenka 2assed awa! at the Age of @3.
9inod 9ihari 'howdhur!, the +ast remaining +ink to /ub-'ontinental
7ecisive 2ast 7ied.
9ritish /cientist obert 5dwards and 2ioneer of ?itro 8ertiliBation 7ied.
$he first and the onl! women to be the 2rime &inister of 9ritain, &argaret
$hatcher died at the age of @6 following a stroke on @ April 2013.
enowned 3istorian 2rofessor 9ratindra 0ath &ukherjee 7ied.
oger 5bert, the 2ulitBer 2riBe-#inning 'ritic for 'hicago /un-$imes 7ied.
.scar #inner Author uth 2rawer =habvala died in 0ew 1ork.

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$ports

Andhra 2radesh and )arnataka emerged volle!ball champions at the 1@th 0ational
"ames for the 7eaf.
"erman duo /abine +isicki and &ona 9arthel won the women*s doubles title at the
#$A 2orsche "rand 2ri, in /tuttgart
'hris "a!le 3it 8astest-5ver 'entur! in the 3istor! of 'ricket during (2+ against
2une #arriors (ndia b! reaching 100 in merel! 30 balls.
2ra!ag 'hauhan #on "old &edal at A/9' Asian 'onfederation =unior 9o,ing
'hampionships 2013.
/hane #atson /tepped 7own as ?ice-'aptain of Australian $est 'ricket $eam
/ebastian ?ettel won the 9ahrain "rand 2ri, 2013
7jokovic won the &onte-'arlo ole, &asters $ournament b! defeating 0adal
Assam $opped the &edal $all! of 20th 0ational Archer! 'hampionship organised at
Agrasen 7ham, aipur in 'hhattisgarh.
8(75, A('8 and $amil 0adu /tate 'hess Association /igned an &o4 for #orld 'hess
'hampionship
'hris 3o!, si, time .l!mpic "old &edalist announced etirement.
0avjot /ingh became the 1oungest Athlete to be conferred with the /her-i-)ashmir
Award
.l!mpian /ita /ahu 3onoured b! &inister of /tate :(H'; (ndependent 'harge for
2ower .
'handigarh won 0orth Eone /ub-=unior 0ational 'hampionship, 3ar!ana won
#omen $itle.
Adam /cott won the 66th ?ersion of Augusta &asters "olf $ournament
/ania &irBa 9ecame .ne of the 8our ?ice-2residents of (ndian $ennis 2la!ers
Association
3ocke! (ndia named "regg 'lark as the 'oach of the =unior &en*s 0ational $eam
(ndian #omen 'ricket $eam won the .7( /eries against 9angladesh #omen 3-0
26th 5dition of 0orth-5ast "amesF &anipur 'laimed $itle of .verall $eam 'hampion
pla!ed at (mphal.
American /erena #illiams $opped the #omen*s $ennis anking
=amjang 7eru #on /ilver in #orld 1outh #eightlifting 'hampionships 2013
ussia>s Anastasia 2avl!uchenkova won &onterre! .pen $ennis $ournament 2013
/erena #illiams #on the 8amil! 'ircle 'up 2013I 7efeated =elena =ankovic
(ndia completed a <-0 #hitewash of (ndonesia in 7avis 'up
upesh /hah #on .0"' 12th Asian 9illiards championship
ahi /arnobat 'linched "old at (//8 #orld 'up in 2<-& 2istol 5vent
3ouston .pen 2013F American 7A 2oints won the $ournament
And! &urra! won the A$2 &iami &asters 2013 b! defeating 7avid 8errer

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April <F 0atinal &eritime 7a!
April 6F #orld 3ealth 7a!
April 11F 0ational /afe &otherhood da!
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April 16F #orld 3emophilia 7a!
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April 21F 'ivil /ervices 7a!
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