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International Events 2010 – April Current Affairs

April 2: A report of the Committee on Constitutional Reforms is tabled in Pakistan National Assembly.

April 5: The Discovery space shuttle blasts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida with seven astronauts, including three women mission specialists on a 13-day mission aboard the International Space Station.

April 6: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announces general elections for May 6.

April 7: Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev flees the nation after two days of violent mass protests leaves 75 killed and 400 injured. Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov quits. A “Cabinet of people’s trust” headed by Opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva in place.
India and China sign an agreement to set up a hotline between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Wen Jiabao, after talks in Beijing.
Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva promulgates emergency following a brief gate crash by protesters at the Parliament premises.

April 8: Low turnout in Sri Lankan parliamentary polls.
Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev sign a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty at a meeting in Prague.
Pakistan National Assembly passes the 18th Amendment Bill that seeks to bring back the 1973 Constitution.

April 9: President Rajapaksa-led ruling alliance in Sri Lanka records an emphatic win in polls.

April 10: Polish President Lech Kaczynski and a high level delegation are killed after a plane carrying 97 persons crashes in thick fog near the Smolensk airport in western Russia. Poland declares a week’s official mourning.
French doctor and explorer Jean-Louis Etienne makes the first Arctic crossing aboard his balloon the Generali Arctic Observer after taking off from the Norwegian archipelago of Spitzbergen on April 5.

April 11: Voting begins in Sudan’s national election.

April 12: British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta wins the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for 2010 for his epic tale Solo. Australian Glenda Guest’s Siddon Rock adjudged Best First Book.

April 13: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announces India’s decision to set up a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy partnership at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

April 14: At least 600 people are killed and more than 10,000 injured as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes a remote border area in China’s Qinghai province. Yushu county in a Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture bordering Siachen is the epicentre.
A 5,466-foot volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland erupts spewing smoke and steam into the air.

April 15: The U.S. and Russia announce a plutonium elimination deal. Russia shuts down its last weapons-grade plutonium reactor near the Siberian town of Zheleznogorsk.
The volcanic eruption in Iceland creates massive ash cloud disrupting flight services in Europe.
Pakistan Senate passes the 18th Amendment — seeking to strip the presidency of its powers and restore them to Parliament.
Deposed President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev steps down after earlier leaving the country for the neighbouring Kazakhastan.

April 18: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari signs the 18th Amendment Bill restoring parliamentary democracy. Panel orders recount of votes cast in Baghdad during the March 7 Iraqi election.

April 20: Shuttle Discovery and its astronauts return to earth wrapping up their 15-day, 9.7 million km journey to the International Space Station.
The Deepwater Horizon rig operated by British Petroleum sinks in the Gulf of Mexico following an explosion leaving 11 workers dead.

April 21: Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne is appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister.
Britain and other European countries lift the ban on flights after six days following the volcanic ash crises.
China declares a day of national mourning in remembrance of the 2064 lives lost in the Qinghai quake. More than 12,135 left injured.

April 22: The Brazilian government headed by Premier Yves Leterme quits following a linguistic spat between the coalition partners over a bilingual voting district.
Chamal Rajapaksa is elected Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker.

April 23: G.L. Peris is designated Sri Lanka Foreign Minister and Basil Rajapaksa is assigned the newly created Economic Development Ministry as a 76-member Cabinet takes office.

April 24: The Hubble Space Tele-scope celebrates the 20th anniversary of its launch on April 24, 1990.

April 25: The Austrian President, Heinz Fischer, wins a second sixyear term.

April 26: Sudan’s President Omar Hassan El-Bashire registers a decisive election win.

April 27: The Russian and the Ukrainian Parliaments ratify a landmark agreement to extend the lease of a key Black Sea naval base in Sevastopol to Moscow by 25 years.
Oh Eun-sun, a South Korean mountaineer becomes the first woman to scale the world’s 14 highest mountains.
The U.S. extradites the former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France.

April 28: The 16th SAARC summit opens in the Bhutan capital Thimphu.

April 29: India and Pakistan agree to resume high-level dialogue disrupted since the November 28 Mumbai terror attacks following talks between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yusuf Raza Gilani at Thimphu on the sidelines of the SAARC summit.
Belgium’s Lower House of Parliament votes to ban wearing burqa in public, becoming the first state in Europe to do so.

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