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UPSC (PT) Current events of April 2008

April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01) (Tuesday)

A human rights group in Sri Lanka has blamed local security forces for the massacre of 17 aid workers in 2006 and accused the government of a cover-up.
The Swedish national postal service will merge with its Danish counterpart, the new group will be based in Stockholm.
Finland's Foreign Minister Ilkka Kanerva is forced to resign after a scandal involving 200 text messages sent to a stripper.
India warns the Dalai Lama not to anger the People's Republic of China.
Delays in releasing the official results of parliamentary and presidential elections in Zimbabwe are met with widespread speculation and concerns over possible vote rigging.
Current events of April 2, 2008 (2008-04-02) (Wednesday)

Leader of the House of Commons Harriet Harman becomes the first Labour woman ever to answer Prime Minister's Questions.
A cross human-cow embryo survives a third straight day after being fertilized at Newcastle University, England. A director for embryonic stem cell laboratories at the Australian Stem Cell Centre said that the "99 per cent human" embryo could improve research within the field of human diseases. The Catholic Church in England however said that the creation was "monstrous" and says that the later destruction of it is unethical.
The United States House of Representatives votes to provide $50 billion over five years to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Africa and other third world areas.
Suspended Serb prison workers from Lipljan, Kosovo, claim that Serbia has not paid them money promised for leaving the Kosovo institutions.
Talks begin in Priština on demarcation of the border between Macedonia and Kosovo.
Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern announces he will resign on 6 May after 11 years of rule.
A strong cold front sweeps across south-eastern Australia, bringing destructive winds to South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania. In Melbourne, a woman died when part of a wall collapsed in the suburb of Mentone.
The European Union announces an investigation into the bailout of the Northern Rock bank in the United Kingdom.
The President of the United States George W. Bush supports the bids by Georgia and Ukraine to become members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Cuban citizens now have access to what were formerly "tourist-only" hotels and cellphones.
Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change defeats Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF in the Zimbabean parliamentary elections.
Current events of April 3, 2008 (2008-04-03) (Thursday)
An Antonov An-28 operated by Blue Wing Airlines crashes upon landing in Benzdorp, Suriname. All nineteen on board are presumed dead.
Zimbabwean presidential election, 2008:
Police in riot gear surround a hotel in Harare housing foreign journalists. New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak, Daily Telegraph correspondent Stephen Bevan, and two others are arrested.
MDC Secretary-General Tendai Biti reports that police have begun raiding opposition party offices in an apparent "crackdown".
Bagatur is named the acting Chairman of Inner Mongolia, succeeding Yang Jing, who is the new minister in charge of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission.
Jules Verne, the first European Automated Transfer Vehicle, successfully performs a fully automated docking with the International Space Station.
In a procedural decision, the European Court of Justice overturns the addition of the Kurdish rebel organization PKK to the EU's terrorist blacklist.
Serbian Minister on Kosovo Slobodan Samardžić submits to UNMIK a plan suggesting Kosovo's division into cantons along ethnic lines.
Greek and Turkish Cypriots open a crossing at Ledra Street, a main shopping street in Cyprus' divided capital Nicosia that has come to symbolize the island's ethnic partition.
The Iraqi military says a suicide bomber has attacked a checkpoint near Mosul, killing 7 people and wounding 12.
At its summit in Bucharest, NATO invites Albania and Croatia to join the alliance.
CURRENT EVEENTS of April 4, 2008 (2008-04-04) (Friday)
Former commander of the rebel Kosovo Liberation Army during the 1998–99 war Ramush Haradinaj is acquitted of war crimes charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
United States airline Skybus announces that it will be shutting down Saturday and cancels all flights.
The United States Department of State renews the contract of Blackwater Worldwide to provide security in Iraq despite a number of ongoing investigations.
A suicide bomb attack kills three policemen and a civilian in southern Afghanistan.
The luxury yacht Le Ponant is seized by pirates off the Somalian coast.
Current events of April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05) (Saturday)
A bus carrying high school band students tips over on Interstate 94 northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, killing one person and leaving three others in critical condition.
183 women and children are taken into protective custody from the YFZ Ranch compound linked to polygamist Warren Jeffs.
Comply or Die ridden by Timmy Murphy, wins the 2008 Grand National at Aintree by four lengths.
The 4th series of Sci Fi phenomenon Doctor Who started drawing 9.5 million viewers on BBC1 at 6:20 PM.
Current events of April 6, 2008 (2008-04-06) (Sunday)
Mark Penn resigns as chief strategist for the Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaign. This comes in the wake of revelations that he performed lobbying work for the Colombian government, regarding a free trade pact that Senator Clinton opposes.
One man grabs the Olympic torch before police wrestle him to the ground as thousands of anti-China protesters disrupt the Olympic torch relay through London.
Gunmen kidnap 42 university students near the Iraqi city of Mosul. They are later released unharmed.
Twenty people are killed and 50 injured in overnight clashes in Sadr City in Baghdad.
A rocket attack on the Green Zone in Baghdad results in the death of two United States Army soldiers and 17 injuries.
President of the United States George W. Bush and President of Russia Vladimir Putin hold their final talks in their current positions.
At least ten people including Government minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle are killed in an explosion near Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Vandals desecrate 148 Muslim graves in France's biggest WWI cemetery at Notre Dame de Lorette outside Arras in northern France.
Current events of April 7, 2008 (2008-04-07) (Monday)
The European Commission approves the use of mobile phones on European flights.
The Kansas Jayhawks defeat the Memphis Tigers in overtime, 75-68, to win the 2008 U.S. Division I men's college basketball championship.
The Washington Post wins six Pulitzer Prizes including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series of articles of poor conditions for veterans at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
2008 Summer Olympics
The Olympic torch is extinguished by officials as police are confronted by protesters during the Olympic torch relay through Paris.
U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton calls on President George W. Bush to boycott the opening ceremony at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.
The head of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge says he's "very concerned" about unrest in Tibet and other issues associated with the Summer Olympics.
The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the Summer Olympiad claims that the "Olympic torch has received a warm welcome worldwide." (Beijing 2008)
China and New Zealand sign a free trade agreement. This is China's first trade agreement with a developed nation.

Current events of April 8, 2008 (2008-04-08) (Tuesday)
The first Korean astronaut, Yi So-yeon and two Russian Expedition 17 cosmonauts are launched towards the International Space Station on board Soyuz TMA-12. Movement for Democratic Change Secretary General Tendai Biti calls for international intervention to thwart violence in the wake of the Zimbabwean presidential election.
Current events of April 9, 2008 (2008-04-09) (Wednesday)
The Olympic torch relay through San Francisco descends into confusion as the first runner in the elaborately planned relay disappears into a warehouse on a waterfront pier. The body representing all National Olympic Committees says it had deleted a mention of Tibet in its Beijing Games declaration after a debate among its members. American Airlines cancels more than 1,000 flights in order to make sure some wiring on its fleet of 300 MD-80 jetliners was secured correctly inside wheel wells. Police in Nepal shoot dead six Maoists the day before the holding of Constituent Assembly elections. (ABC Radio Australia) Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council approves changes to the system of government on Sark, ending about 450 years of feudalism on the Channel Island.
Current events of April 10, 2008 (2008-04-10) (Thursday)
Mayor Anders Lago of Södertälje, Sweden, says that his small city of about 80,000 is currently home to nearly 6,000 Iraqis. "More refugees than the United States and Canada together". Frontier Airlines files for bankruptcy protection. 2008 Summer Olympics: The European Parliament passes a resolution in favor of a boycott of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympiad. IOC president Jacques Rogge calls for China to respect its commitment to improve human rights ahead of the Beijing Games. The Olympic torch arrives in Buenos Aires for the Olympic torch relay under heavy security. A suicide car bomber attacks a NATO convoy in Kandahar, resulting in the death of eight citizens. Nepal prepares for an election that will decide the new Constituent Assembly, tasked with rewriting the constitution. The fate of the monarchy is also at stake.
Current events of April 11, 2008 (2008-04-11) (Friday)
The President of Cuba Raúl Castro allows thousands of renters to gain title to their own houses. A fire destroys the campaign office of Senator Hillary Clinton in Terre Haute, Indiana. Somalian pirates release 30 hostages (mostly French) kidnapped aboard Le Ponant in the Gulf of Aden a week ago.
Current events of April 12, 2008 (2008-04-12) (Saturday)
The National Assembly of Haiti removes the Prime Minister of Haiti Jacques-Edouard Alexis following a week of food riots in which six deaths had occurred. The President of the People's Republic of China Hu Jintao meets with the Vice-President-elect of Republic of China (Taiwan) Vincent Siew in the highest level talks between the two sides since 1949. The Herald, a government-run newspaper, reports that Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, will not attend the regional crisis meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, to discuss the crisis over the 2008 presidential election. International reaction to the 2008 Kosovo declaration of independence: Russia threatens to block Ban Ki Moon from serving a second term as United Nations Secretary-General because of his stance on Kosovo's recent independence. The Kremlin is pressing Ban to ignore, or at least prolong, a proposed 120-day transition period to Kosovo independence from Serbia that expires on 16 June. Renewal of Serbia-Kosovo talks is possible. A Sudanese cargo plane crashes in Moldova, killing eight people. A call to boycott French hypermart Carrefour from 1 May began spreading through mobile text messaging and online chat rooms amongst the Chinese over the weekend from 12 April, accusing the company's major shareholder, the LVMH Group, of donating funds to the Dalai Lama. There were also calls to extend the boycott to include French luxury goods and cosmetic products.According to the Washington Times on April 15, however, the Chinese government was attempting to "calm the situation" through censorship: "All comments posted on popular Internet forum relating to a boycott of Carrefour have been deleted.
Current events of April 13, 2008 (2008-04-13) (Sunday)
Trevor Immelman of South Africa wins the 2008 Masters Tournament. Robert Zoellick, the president of the World Bank, calls for immediate action to tackle rising food prices which have caused rioting in several countries. Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo Hajredin Kuçi announces that the newly independent country plans to open 20 embassies abroad. The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd announces that current Governor of Queensland Quentin Bryce will become Australia's next Governor-General. Ms Bryce will be the first woman appointed to the role. Thousands of pro-China demonstrators gathered in front of the Canadian Parliament Building in Ottawa to show their support for the Chinese government and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Current events of April 14, 2008 (2008-04-14) (Monday)
The Nevado del Huila volcano erupts in Colombia, causing thousands to evacuate. Delta Air Lines reaches an agreement with Northwest Airlines to take over Northwest and create the world's biggest airline. The United States begins occupying its new US$736 million embassy in Iraq, one of the largest embassies in the world. Presently under construction, it is approximately as large as the Vatican City and will permanently employ thousands of Americans, including a Marine detachment. Silvio Berlusconi is re-elected for the third time as the Prime Minister of Italy. (AP via The International Herald Tribune) Nabucco Pipeline: Turkmenistan agrees to supply 10 billion cubic metres of natural gas to the European Union per annum, to reduce the bloc's dependence on gas from Russia. Passenger trains resume between Dhaka in Bangladesh and the Indian city of Calcutta, after 43 years. Taliban insurgents attack a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan killing 11 police officers. The World Bank announces a package of emergency measures to tackle the dramatic rise in basic food prices which has led to civil unrest throughout much of the developing world.
Current events of April 15, 2008 (2008-04-15) (Tuesday)
A five-year ban preventing prominent Malaysian Opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim from running for office in Malaysia effectively expires midnight . A plane from Hewa Bora Airways crashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, killing at least 44. War in Iraq: Two separate bombings in Baquba and Ramadi kills at least 60. (CNN) Six students and a teacher from Manukau City's Elim Christian College die in a canyoning trip on the Mangatepopo Stream in the North Island's Tongariro National Park in New Zealand.
Current events of April 16, 2008 (2008-04-16) (Wednesday)
A Zimbabwean judge clears two British journalists of reporting on the 2008 presidential election without accreditation. Around 44 people, mostly children, die after a bus plunges into the Narmada River in the western Indian state of Gujarat. The United States Supreme Court upholds the constitutionality of lethal injection as a form of capital punishment over Eighth Amendment "cruel and unusual punishment" challenges.
Current events of April 17, 2008 (2008-04-17) (Thursday)
South Korean special prosecutors investigating Samsung Group indict the Chairman Lee Kun-hee for tax evasion and breach of trust. In Malta held the casual election to elect 12 other parliament members, 6 for the Malta Labour Party (MLP) and 6 for the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN), before opening the new parliament of Malta on 11 May, 2008.
Current events of April 18, 2008 (2008-04-18) (Friday)
CNN news anchor Richard Quest is arrested for possession of methamphetamine in New York's Central Park. Texas judge rules that 418 children taken from the YFZ Ranch should remain in state custody for 60 days South Korea agrees to open its market to beef from the United States ahead of trade talks. A magnitude 5.2 earthquake occurs at 04:37 Central Standard Time with its epicenter six miles (10 km) from West Salem, Illinois. Effects are felt as far off as Evansville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Detroit and Cleveland. While shaking was reported in Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati, there are few reports of damage.
Current events of April 19, 2008 (2008-04-19) (Saturday)
Muqtada al-Sadr threatens a new rebellion if a United States-Iraqi crackdown against his followers continues. Soyuz TMA-11 lands safely outside Arkalyk, 475 kilometers (295 mi) short of the planned landing site in Kazakhstan, due to a computer glitch. 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay: Chinese nationalists boycott the French-owned retail chain Carrefour in cities including Kunming, Hefei and Wuhan, accusing the French people of racism. Protesters block customers with large flags and throw water bottles. In Hefei, a Carrefour store was vandalized and looted by protesters. A South African court blocks unloading of the An Yue Jiang, a Chinese cargo ship carrying 77 tonnes of small arms bound for Zimbabwe, purportedly from the Chinese Ministry of Defense. According to reports, the ship has since left for Mozambique.

Current events of April 20, 2008 (2008-04-20) (Sunday)
Former bishop Fernando Lugo is elected as the President of Paraguay. (AFP via Google News) Radio Television of Kosovo wants to participate as soon as possible in the Eurovision Song Contest and therefore aims to join the European Broadcasting Union. Some EBU members such as Serbia, Russia and Greece may object, as they don't recognise the new Republic of Kosovo. Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to win a race in any top-flight American motor racing series with her victory in IndyCar's 2008 Indy Japan 300. The New York Times publishes an exposé on the Pentagon message machine. (The New York Times) Brazilian priest Adelir Antonio de Carli goes missing after cluster ballooning to raise money for truck drivers in Paranaguá, Paraná.
Current events of April 21, 2008 (2008-04-21) (Monday)
Rioting breaks out in Montreal after the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL win their first round playoff series against the Boston Bruins. Several police cars are torched, but there are no reports of any serious injuries. A missile hits the headquarters of the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council political party in Baghdad. No one is reported injured. A boat carrying Haitian immigrants capsizes off the coast of the Bahamas. At least 20 deaths are reported by the United States Coast Guard.
Current events of April 22, 2008 (2008-04-22) (Tuesday)
Costa Rica rejects an application for political asylum by former Colombian Senator Mario Uribe following orders for Uribe's arrest on charges of ties with paramilitary groups. Uribe is then arrested. A U.S. federal grand jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, indicts a man on charges of possessing the toxin ricin and on weapons charges. Ben-ami Kaddish, a former U.S. Army mechanical engineer, is arrested on charges of disclosing national defense information to Israel. The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that former President of the United States Jimmy Carter was advised not to hold talks with Hamas. Zimbabwe churches claim that people are being tortured, abducted and some murdered in a campaign of political retribution against the opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
Current events of April 23, 2008 (2008-04-23) (Wednesday)
Sri Lankan Civil War: In fighting in the North of Sri Lanka, the military claims victory with 43 soldiers killed and 33 missing while killing over 100 Tamil Tigers. The rebels also claim victory, saying that they killed 100 soldiers and wounded 500 while only losing 16 of their own. Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter reiterates that no person from the United States Department of State ever asked him not to meet with representatives from Hamas or Syria.
Current events of April 24, 2008 (2008-04-24) (Thursday)
Operation Orchard: The United States claims North Korea helped Syria build a nuclear reactor at a site destroyed by Israeli forces in September 2007. Final results in the Nepal Constituent Assembly election show that the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) won double the number of seats of the next largest party.
Current events of April 25, 2008 (2008-04-25) (Friday)
Some forty people are injured when the floor of a Mennonite church collapses during a Christian rock concert in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Two people are killed and more than a dozen injured after a semitrailer crashes into a Chicago Transit Authority station during rush hour. Sri Lankan Civil War: At least 24 people are killed by a blast on a bus near Colombo. (BBC News) Actor Wesley Snipes is sentenced to three years in prison for tax violations. (The New York Times) A United States military-contracted vessel fires warning shots in front of two boats in the Persian Gulf, causing the boats to leave. Students and their families in various locations across the United States participate in the nationally-recognized 13th annual Day of Silence.
Current events of April 26, 2008 (2008-04-26) (Saturday)
The death toll from a fire in a mattress factory in the Hay Hassani district of Casablanca rises to 55. The 26 members of the Spanish FV Playa de Bakio are released by Somali pirates. The sole provider of public transport in Toronto, Canada, the Toronto Transit Commission, is shut down by a strike. 2008 Turkish incursion into northern Iraq: The Turkish Armed Forces attack Kurdistan Workers Party positions in northern Iraq. Nauruan elections are held after the dissolution of Parliament on April 18.
Current events of April 27, 2008 (2008-04-27) (Sunday)
Dignitaries including the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai take cover as automatic gunfire breaks out at a ceremony in Kabul. A father-and-son duo who owned and managed the factory that burnt down with 55 deaths yesterday in Casablanca have been arrested over serious safety violations.




Objective 10 questions

1. Why the document you created at home displays with a different font at school?

Because you have a different printer at school than at home Because you have a different monitor at school than at home

font you used at home is not installed on your school computer Because the version of Windows is different

2. Which keyboard shortcut centers selected text?

Ctrl+C Alt+C There is no keyboard shortcut for this operation Ctrl+E

3. What is the default file extension for all Word documents?


4. Which key moves your cursor from one cell to the next in a table?

Tab Shift Enter Ctrl+Enter

5. How many different documents can you have open at one time?

No more that three Only one As many as your computer memory will hold No more than your Taskbar can display

6. In order to email a Word document from within Word:

Go to File/Send To/Mail Recipient Save the file as an email attachment Start Outlook and attach the file while open in Word This is an impossible operation

7. Which keystroke will take you at the beginning or the end of a long document?

Ctrl+PageUp and Ctrl+PageDown Shift+Home and Shift+End Ctrl+Home and Ctrl+End The only way is by using the right scroll bar

8. How many margins are on a page?

Two (header and footer) Four (top, bottom, right, left) Two (landscape and Portrait) Two (top and bottom)

9.In order to save a Word document as a web page you need to:

Put the appropriate graphics and links on the document Save the document in simple text format Use your web browser as an editor and save as URL Save as HTML

10. A document in portrait prints:

The same characters per line with the same document in landscape More characters per line than the same document in landscape Less characters per line than the same document in landscape Smaller fonts in order to fit the same amount of characters per line with landscape




1. Femina Miss India World award for 2012 has been awarded to –

Vanya Mishra
Prachi Mishra
SimranKaur Mundi
Crystle Stewart

2. Who among the following is the winner of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award for the year 2011? –

Sachin Tendulkar
Saurav Ganguli
Sanjeeva Kumar Singh
Gagan Narang

3. The Mascot of the 2008 Olympic Games was-


4. Which among the following has won 2012 IPL Tournament?

Chennai Super Kings
Kolkata Knight Riders
Deccon Chargers
Delhi Daredevils

5. Who has written “Unaccustomed Earth” ?

Jhumpa Laheri
Kiran Desai
Arundhati Roy
Khushwant Singh

6. Which of the following has been selected for best parliamentarian of the year award 2007 ?

Priya Ranjan Das Munshi
Mani Shankar Aiyyar
Sushama Swaraj

7. Duwuri Subbarao's name was in news recently as he has taken over as the Governor of

8. ISRO has launched successfully RISAT-1 satellites through PSLV-C19 on -

15th March,2012
30th March,2012
26th April,2012
4th May,2012

9. Which country was host 15th SAARC Summit in 2008 ?

Sri Lanka

10. Who among the following is the winner of the Wimbledon open Tennis Tournament 2008 of the Women's Single Title ? 

Serena Williams
Venus Wlliams
Maria Sharapova
Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic