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APPOINTED; ELECTED; ETC. Andres Fogh Rasmussen: Prime Minister of Denmark.
Dmitry Medvedev: He has been elected as the Prince Saud-al-Faisal: Foreign Minister of Saudi
President of Russia. Arabia.
Raul Castro: He has taken over as the President of Ram Saran Mahat: Finance Minister of Nepal.
Cuba. Robert Gates: United States Defence Secretary.
David M. Alone: Canada’s High Commissioner to DIED
India, he has been appointed as President of the Inter- Maharishi Mahesh: Indian guru who introduced
national Development Research Centre (IDRC). transcendental meditation to the West. He was 91. The
C.B. Bhave: He has been appointed as the new physicist-turned spiritual guru had transformed his
chief of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). interpretations of ancient Vedic scriptures into a
Vinod Rai: He has been appointed as the Comptrol- multi-million dollar global empire.
ler and Auditor General of India. Baba Amte: The Magsaysay award winning social
Arun Ramanathan: He has been co-opted as a worker. He was 94.
member of the RBI’s committee on financial sector Steve Fossett: Millionaire adventurer who risked his
assessment. life seeking to set records in high-tech balloons, gliders
Rajeev Chandrasekhar: Chairman of Jupiter Capi- and jets. His second around-the-world balloon attempt
tal, he has taken over as President of industry body had ended in India. He was declared dead five months
FICCI. after he vanished while flying in a small plane.
RESIGNED Rajendra Nath: Popular Hindi film comedian of
Fidel Castro: President of Cuba. yesteryears. He was 76. His role of Popatlal in the 1961
S.M. Krishna: Governor of Maharashtra. box-office hit Jab Pyar Kisi Se Hota Hai became a big hit
DISTINGUISHED VISITORS and the title of Popatlal stuck to him.
Olafur Ragnar Grimsson: President of Iceland. Manorama: Veteran actress, known for her comic
Maumoon Abdul Gayoom: President of Maldives. and vamp roles in super-hits like Seeta Aur Geeta and
Victor A. Zubkov: Prime Minister of Russia. Lawaris. She was 80.

11—East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta is shot and 3—Indian national Kashmir Singh is released after
seriously wounded by rebel soldiers in an assassi- spending 35 years on death row in Pakistani jails,
nation attempt that plunges the fledgling nation following a pardon by President Pervez Musharraf.
into a fresh crisis. 6—Ruling Left Front under Manik Sarkar retains
14—Maoists kill 15 persons, including 14 policemen in power for the fourth time in a row in Tripura.
a planned attack on three police stations, an out- 9—In a historic accord, the Pakistan People’s Party
post, a police training school and armoury in (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)
Orissa’s Nayagarh district. decide to restore the deposed judges through a
16—Over 40 persons are killed and nearly 130 injured resolution in the Pakistan National Assembly and
in two suicide attacks in north-western Pakistan. share power at the Centre and in Punjab province.
17—At least 20 Naxalites are killed as the Orissa gov-
ernment launches an intensive combing operation
at various places bordering Kandhmal, Ganjam, MILESTONES
Gajapati and Nayagarh districts. R.K. Misra: He has emerged as the winner of
18—After months of unabated violence, including the the Lead India contest. The man who never
assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir hesitates to speak his mind has often said that he
Bhutto, and fears of rigging, Pakistan finally goes believes he could be Prime Minister of India
to polls. within 18 years.
26—DRDO test-fires India’s first-ever Submarine- Shagun Sarabhai: A 20-year-old Mumbai
Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM), code-named K- Homoeopathy student, she has been crowned
15. Miss India Worldwide 2008.

1  April 2008
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