PERSONS IN NEWS - 2019 APRIL

April 27

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held a bilateral meeting with her Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO Defence Ministers' Meet at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan on 28th April. Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman reached Bishkek on a three-day visit 28th April to 30th April.

April 24

Alaa Salah Became a Symbol of Women's Rights Protests in Sudan
Student Alaa Salah became a protest icon after leading chants against former Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. Balghis Badri is a long time Sudanese feminist activist who played a major role in the revolt has been active role in educating rural women.
The 22-year-old, Alaa Salah, dressed in white, earned the nickname ‘The Nubian Queen’. She rose to fame after she went to demonstrate against the country’s former leader.

April 22

Ukraine comedian Zelensky wins presidency in landslide
A comedian with no political experience won a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election, drawing congratulations from global leaders. 
By taking 73 percent of the vote, according to partial official results, Volodymyr Zelensky, trounced his opponent Petro Poroshenko.
Volodymyr Zelensky has the only previous political role was playing the president in a TV show.
It was an extraordinary outcome to a campaign that started as a joke but struck a chord with voters frustrated by social injustice, corruption and a war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that has claimed nearly 13,000 lives.

April 20

Blind sailor finishes Pacific voyage without interruption
A Japanese sailor, Mitsuhiro Iwamoto,52 yrs and a resident of Sandigo,U S, travelled in his 12 meter sailboat and completed his non-stop pacific voyage.
This was his second attempt after his initial voyage was cut short six years ago when his yacht hit a whale and sank.
He was verbally helped by Doug Smith an American voyager.
Iwamoto arrived at Fukushima port after starting from California.

April 17

Mahavir Jayanti was celebrated all over India
Mahavir Jayanti, the birth anniversary of 24th and last Jain Tirthankar Lord Mahavir is celebrated. He was the founder of Jainism. It is the most important festival for Jains.
He also referred to as Indian sage Vardhamana, was born in Kundalagrama, Bihar, as a son to king Siddartha and Queen Trishala.
The birth anniversary is celebrated in late March or early April, according to the Gregorian Calendar.

April 15

Paralympian Deepa Malik receives NZ PM's Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship

The New Zealand Prime Minister’s Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 is awarded to Rio Paralympics silver medalist Deepa Malik.
She is named the recipient of this honour, in recognition of her inspiring achievements.
The first Indian woman to earn a medal at the Paralympic Games, Deepa has won 58 national and 23 international medals. A recipient of the Padma Shri and Arjuna Award, she has entered the Limca Book of World Records four times.

redBus announces Dhoni as its brand ambassador
The Cricket icon Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been appointed brand ambassador of bus ticketing platform ‘redBus’.
According to a report he endorses many brands including fantasy sports firm Dream11, Colgate, MasterCard, Orient Fans, Bharat Matrimony, Indigo Paints, SRMB Steel, and health supplement brands.

April 13

Baba sahib Ambedkar 128th birth anniversary was celebrated all over India.
He is the architect of the Indian constitution.

April 11

Police arrest Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy in London
Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, after 2,487 days in the Ecuadorian embassy, he was forcibly dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
The 47-year-old was arrested after Ecuador revoked his political asylum and invited Metropolitan police officers inside their Knightsbridge premises. He has stayed since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden.
This brings an extraordinary seven-year diplomatic stalemate between the two countries to an end.
Sudan's army ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir.
The President was removed from power and detained by the army.
A three-month state of emergency was being put in place.  Sudan's constitution was being suspended, border crossings were being closed until further notice and airspace was being closed for 24 hours.
The army had decided to oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections.

April 8

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen resigned
According to reports, the U.S President Donald Trump, requested her resignation.
Ms. Nielsen will stay on until April 10 after which Kevin McAleenan, current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner will take charge as Acting Homeland Security Secretary.
Ms. Nielsen was appointed to her role in December 2017.

April 5

Shah Rukh Khan has been conferred with Honorary Doctorate from University of Law, London.
This doctorate is in recognition of his contribution as successful actor, film producer, television host, philanthropist and an entrepreneur.
Earlier, he received two honorary doctorates from The University of Edinburgh and The University of Bedfordshire.

April 2

Rajan Anandan, South –East Asia and India Vice-president of Google quits.
He quit the company to join Sequoia Capital.
Mr. Anand will continue to be with Google till the end of April, 2019.

India-born Manu Sawhney, the CEO designate of ICC
The ex-CEO of Singapore Sports Hub and ex-Managing Director of ESPN Star Sports has been working alongside the outgoing Chief Executive David Richardson for last six weeks to ensure a smooth transition of power.
Richardson will remain with the International Cricket Council (ICC) until July to oversee the delivery of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

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