Europe Launches Environment Satellite, Sentinel-1A

  1. Europe launched a satellite named Sentinel-1A, designed to monitor Earth for climate change and environmental damage and help disaster relief operations. Sentinal-1 is the first in a constellation of hi-tech satellites and was lifted off aboard Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana of the European Space Agency (ESA).
  2. Koyal Rana won the coveted Miss India 2014 crown at the 51st edition of the pageant. She was crowned winner among 24 gorgeous contestants from across the country. Miss India 2013 Navneet Kaur Dhillion, and Miss World 2013 Megan Young felicitated Rana with the crown at the beauty pageant.
  3. Qatar based Doha Bank announced that it will be opening its first branch at Nariman Point in Mumbai in India. The branch in Mumbai will be opened as a full-fledged bank in May 2014.
  4. Statue of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw was unveiled at the Manekshaw Centre, Delhi Cantt.  A book titled Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw – The Man and His Times was also released to mark 100 th Birth Anniversary of Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw. He was a key architect of the glorious military victory over Pakistan in the 1971 War, which led to the birth of Bangladesh.
  5. Marie-Lousie Coleiro Preca was sworn-in as the President of Malta in Valletta, Malta.  She was named as President after being suggested by the Prime Minister,Joseph Muscat and approved by Parliament.
  6. Ashish Bose, veteran demographer, 83, died in New Delhi due to illness. Asish Bose was best known for coining the term BIMARU in one page of research paper to then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.
  7. The navies of Iran and Pakistan announced to hold joint military exercises in the eastern part of the Strait of Hormuz. The exercise will be conducted on 8 April 2014. Strait of Hormuz is a narrow corridor between Iran and Oman.
  8. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd announced to acquire troubled Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. Sun Pharma will acquire 100 percent of Ranbaxy in an all stock deal for 3.2 billion dollars.
  9. Sri Lankan cricket team won the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2014 title after defeating Indian cricket team by six wickets in the final match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur, Dhaka.
  10. Defending champion, Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia won the men’s singles title of 250000 US dollar India Super Series Badminton in New Delhi. To retain the men’s singles title, he defeated Chen Long of China in straight-game by 21-13, 21-17. This was the third title for World Number one badminton player Chong Wei, of the season.

 

NIST launched world’s most accurate clock, NIST-F2

  1. The US Department of Commerce‘s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) launched a new atomic clock, named as NIST-F2. The clock has been designed to serve the new US civilian time and frequency, along with the current NIST-F1 standard.
  2. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched India’s 2nd regional navigational satellite, IRNSS 1B from Sriharikota Space Station of Andhra Pradesh. The launch of IRNSS series would enable India to have its own reliable and independent navigational resources for itself.
  3. Archaeologists discovered a 3500-year-old inscription on a stone block in Egypt and claimed that it is the oldest weather report of the world. The discovery has been named as Tempest Stela and it is being considered that this would provide new evidence about the chronology of events in the ancient Middle East.
  4. Bangladesh agreed to provide transit facility for a 6000 megawatt Indian power transmission line. This decision was taken in a joint steering committee meeting on India-Bangladesh power sector cooperation.
  5. The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) banned imports from Apotex Inc’s manufacturing plant in India because of not meeting the quality standards.
  6. India was ranked 102 out of 132 countries on the Social Progress Index (SPI) published by the US-based non-profit organisation Social Progress Imperative.
  7. South Korea developed a ballistic missile capable of striking most of North Korea. The missile was launched from a test site in Taean, a coastal town southwest of Seoul. The test came a day after North Korea raised tensions by test-firing 30 short-range rockets off its east coast. The new missile with a range of 310 miles (500 Km) is able to carry a warhead of up to one-tonnes.
  8. Former President of Guinea Kumba Yala died at the age of 61 due to cardiac arrest. Kumba was elected civilian President of Guinea in 2001 and ruled the country till 2003. Guinea or Republic of Guinea is a West African country. It is also known as French Guinea.
  9. MS Dhoni, the captain of Indian cricket team won the United Kingdom’s 2014 Asian Award for outstanding achievement in Sports.
  10. Australian women cricket team won the Women’s World Twenty20 Cup 2014 cup defeating England in the final match in Mirpur, Dhaka. It defeated England by six wickets with 29 balls left to be bowled. This was the third successive Women’s World Twenty20 title won by Australian women’s cricket team.