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International Events 2010 – March Current Affairs

March 1: The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses the Shura Council and is conferred an honorary doctorate by the King Saud University.

March 3: The Ukrainian Parliament passes a no-confidence motion voting out the Yulia Tymoshenko Cabinet.

March 5: The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Hiring Incentive to Restore Employment Act, a jobs bill of $15 billion.

March 7: Iraq war drama The Hurt Locker bags the Best Picture Oscar at the 82nd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to be awarded Best Director. Sandra Bullock gets Best Actress Award (The Blind Side) Jeff Bridges strikes gold in the Best Actor category.
Voters cast ballots in Iraq’s second parliamentary election amid widespread violence which claims 35 lives.

March 9: The Israeli government gives nod for the building of 1,600 new settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem.

March 10: An American woman Colleen R. LaRose a.k.a. “Jihad Jane” is indicted for her bid to “wage a violent jihad” in South Asia and Europe.

March 11: Myanmar promulgates new poll laws targeting democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi.

March 12: Sebastian Pinera is sworn in Chile President.

March 14: Katie Spotz (22) becomes the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first American to row a boat without help from mainland to mainland. She left on January 3 from Dakar, Senegal.

March 15: Indian born British Labour MP Ashok Kumar (53) is found dead at his home in Middlesbrough, north east England.

March 16: Courtmartial proceedings against the former Sri Lanka Army Chief General (Retd.) Sarath Fonseka for alleged role in politics while in uniform begins in Colombo.
Double Falsehood, a play of disputed authorship is found actually to be a version of Shakespeare’s longlost play Cardenio.

March 18: Pakistan-American LeT operative David Coleman Headley accused of plotting the Mumbai terror attacks pleads guilty on all 12 counts before a U.S. court in Chicago.
The U.S. President Barack Obama signs into law the $17.5 billion Hiring Incentive to Restore Employment Act (the “HIRE Act”).

March 19: Atom Smasher sets record as beams of protons circulate at 3.5 trillion electron volts in both directions around the 27 km tunnel housing the Large Hadron Collider under the Swiss-French border at Geneva.

March 20: Girija Prasad Koirala (86), Nepal’s five-time Prime Minister, freedom fighter and political hero dies at his daughter’s house in Kathmandu.
A volcano under a glacier in Iceland erupts after almost 200 years . Oscar, a Spanish man undergoes the world’s first full face transplant at a Barcelona hospital.

March 21: The U.S. House of Representatives passes the Senate version of the healthcare reform bill by a narrow but firm margin of 219-212.

March 22: Tejdeep Singh Rattan becomes the first turbaned Sikh in a generation to join the U.S. Army.

March 24: The Abel Prize for Mathematics for 2010 is awarded to American Mathematician John Torrence Tate for his work in “Algebraic Number Theory.”

March 25: The former premier Iyad Allawi’s secular Iraqiya bloc wins Iraq polls.

March 26: Fortysix South Korean sailors aboard warship Cheonan are killed in a torpedo attack by North Korea in the Yellow Sea waters.

March 29: Forty persons are killed and 70 injured as women suicide bombers blow themselves up at two Metro stations — Lubyanka and Park Kultury in the Russian capital Moscow.

March 30: Scientists at the European Centre for Nuclear Research near Geneva smash proton beams into each other with record energy at a nano-fraction of a second slower than the speed of light using the Large Hadron Collider.

March 31: Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam dissolves the 70-member National Assembly and calls for elections on May 5. Belgium votes to ban veils.

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