Admiral Robin K Dhowan : 22nd Chief of Indian Navy

  1. Admiral Robin K Dhowan took over as the 22nd Chief of Indian Navy. At the time of being appointed as the chief of Navy, he was serving the Indian Navy as its acting Naval Chief. He is a successor of Admiral DK Joshi, who resigned on 26 February 2014.
  2. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) panel announced that Cherrapunji in India regained the world record for highest rainfall in 48 hours with 2493 millimeters. The previous highest rainfall in Cherrapunji was recorded on 15–16 June 1995. The previous world record for 48-hour rainfall was held by La Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
  3. The 61st National Film Awards for 2013 was announced in New Delhi by the Directorate of Film Festivals. Ship of Theseus directed by Anand Gandhi was selected as the Best feature film. Best popular film providing wholesome entertainment award was given to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag that was produced and directed in 2013 by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra.
  4. Election Commission of India (ECI) launched the Election VIsitors Programme (EVP) 2014. The EVP 2014 was launched as a part of South-South Cooperation initiative of the ECI in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  5. Google bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of high-altitude solar-powered drones. It has acquired the drone making company to bring internet access to the remotest parts of the world and also to solve problems related to it.
  6. A memoir entitled “Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths” authored by former Coal Secretary PC Parakh was released in New Delhi. In the book the author has claimed that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was running a government in which he had little political authority.
  7. Indian Railways launched a portal, RAILSAVER with an aim to improve energy efficiency in Indian Railways.  This initiative in form of RAILSAVER will facilitate railways in saving energy upto 15 percent by the year 2020, through improved energy efficiency measures as laid down in Railway’s vision document.
  8. Government of India (GOI) extended the Tourist Visa-on-Arrival Scheme to the citizens of the South Korea (ROK) with effect from 15 April 2014. The PM of India Manmohan Singh had conveyed this assurance to South Korean President Madame Park Geun-hye during her State Visit to India in January 2014.
  9. State Bank of India launched digital banking facilities for the convenience of SBI customers. SBI has launched the facility of TAB banking for customers opening of Savings Bank accounts and another for Housing Loan applicants.
  10. Indian judokas won 12 medals at the seventh South Asia Judo Championships held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 10 April 2014 to 13 April 2014. The 12 medal haul included10 Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medal.

Vijay Seshadri Won the Prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the Poetry Category

  1. Vijay Seshadri won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems entitled 3 Sections published in 2013. With this, Seshadri became the fifth person of Indian origin to win the prestigious award. The other four Indian origin people to bag the award are- Gobind Behari Lal, Jhumpa Lahiri, Geeta Anand and Siddhartha Mukherjee.
  2. A new software app Sandesh Pathak was developed to help the illiterate farmers. The app uses text-to-speech method to help the farmers. This application has been jointly developed by C-DAC Thiruvananthapuram , C-DAC Mumbai, IIT Kharagpur, IIT-Madras and  IIIT Hyderabad.
  3. A new robot called Borewell Robot was developed by M.Manigandan to rescue kids who fall into borewells. M.Manigandan is a Madurai-based social worker. The indigenously developed robot proved its mettle on 14 April 2014 when it successfully saved a life of a three year old boy. The boy fell into a borewell in a village in Tirunelveli (Southern Tamil Nadu).
  4. Randstad Awards 2014 was announced to encourage best practices for talent attraction and to identify the best Employer Brand in the country based on perceived attractiveness of a company. Randstad have awarded the Global software major Microsoft as the most attractive employer in India followed by Sony India as the runner-up. The award was won by Microsoft for the fourth consecutive year.
  5. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PCIL) and Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) decided to conduct a joint feasibility study for exporting 100 MW power to Bangladesh from gas-fired Palatana power plant in Tripura.
  6. South Korean ferry carrying 459 passengers and crew drowned off the south of the Korean Peninsula. Maritime Ministry had rescued only 164 passengers and as many as 293 people were still missing. The ferry ran into trouble some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong.
  7. Piramal Enterprises Ltd decided to acquire 20 percent stake in Shriram Capital Ltd for 20.14 billion rupees. The new acquisition will make Piramal presence in financial services sector and will create a long-term shareholder value-creation of partnership with Shriram Capital.
  8. Scientists from University of California, Riverside created a 3D model of the human malaria parasite genome for the first time. The 3D model was created at three different stages in the life cycle of parasite. The creation of 3D model will help in identifying new anti-malaria drugs.
  9. Supreme Court (SC) of India said that the national auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is empowered to audit the revenues of private telecom companies.
  10. The European Parliament approved the Banking Union reforms. The banking reforms provides for a set of rules to supervise the eurozone banks and deal with any future failures. It also puts an end to the era of taxpayers-funded bailouts of defaulting banks.

Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram Has Been Designated as New Finance Secretary

  1. Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram has been designated as new Finance Secretary.  The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) approved a proposal to designate Arvind Mayaram as the new Finance Secretary.
  2. Bluefin 21 – a robotic submarine – was launched to solve the mystery of the lost Malaysian plane MH370. The decision of sending a Bluefin-21 was taken when the search team felt that the batteries of Black Box had expired making them incapable of sending signals.
  3. A memoir entitled the ‘The Accidental Prime Minister: the making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh‘ authored by Sanjaya Baru was released. The book has highlighted the difference between the good governance and bad governance by comparing UPA regime under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and NDA regime under Atal Viharee Vajpayee.
  4. The upgraded solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 was unveiled at Payerne Air Force Base of Switzerland. The solar plane will circumnavigate the world in March 2015. The solar plane can fly around the world for five consecutive days without using any fuel.
  5. A team of Scientists led by Manu Prakash from Stanford University developed an amazingly cheap microscope namely Foldscope (due to it folding design).
  6. The Supreme Court of India directed that woman employee of the central government can get an uninterrupted leave for two years for childcare and it includes needs like examination and sickness.
  7. World Trade Organisation (WTO) projected that the world trade will grow by 4.7 percent in 2014. It also projected that the growth in 2015 will slightly be faster at 5.3 percent, which is 20 year average growth rate.
  8. The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest accorded environmental clearance (with some conditions) to the expansion of Bhubaneshwari opencast project in Odisha. This project belongs to Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd, a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd.  The clearance is given for the expansion from 20 MTPA (Million Tonnes Per Annum) to 25 MTPA of Mahanadi Coalfields subject to compliance of terms and conditions.
  9. Simon Santoso (Indonesia) won the OUE Singapore Open 2014 for the first time. He defeated Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), badminton’s world number one player by 21-15, 21-10 in final match held in Singapore.
  10. Delhi based MRF driver, Gaurav Gill won Whangarei Rally by a lead of 11.9 seconds. It is his first title in New Zealand and sixth career victory in FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). He had won APRC championship in 2013 too.