1. Government Appointments
  2. Foreigner in News
  3. Diaspora in News
  4. Civilian awards/appointments
  5. Dead in News

Collection of Persons in news (PIN) for April 2015.Utility of the article: CAPF, IBPS, SSC, SBI & similar non UPSC exams and dozens of college admission entrance exams.

Government Appointments

BN Navalawala Water resource ministry setup BN Navalawala taskforce for interlinking of rivers.
CEC Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi will become the 20th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) replacing HS Brahma.
CPI (Marxist) Rajya Sabha member Sitaram Yechury was elected the fifth general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) He replaced Prakash Karat.
EC Ex-Gujarat Chief Secretary Achal Kumar Jyoti joined as election commissioner. Tenure: 6 years/ 65 age – whichever earlier.
Jitan Ram Manjhi After quitting JDU, this ex-CM of Bihar launched new party Hindustani Awam Morcha.
Justice M.Jayapaul This Punjab and Haryana High Court judge jumped into Sukhna lake to save a young girl from drowning.
  • Uttarakhand government plans to use the radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to track pilgrims.
  • This will help in quicker delivery of food/water/supplies. And quicker rescue during disasters using Geographical Information System (GIS)-based mapping application.
Sabyasachi Bhattacharya Eminent Historian resigns from as Chief Editor from Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) saying right wing people trying to re-write history and he doesn’t like it. NOT ONE BIT.
Tiger reserve National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) gives approval for tiger reserves in

  • Ratapani in Madhya Pradesh
  • Sunabeda in Odisha
  • Guru Ghasidas in Chhattisgarh.
Venkadarath Saritha 30-year-old from Telangana took up auto rickshaw driving 10 years ago to support her family. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has appointed her as its first female driver.

Foreigner in News

Loretta Lynch A first African American woman Appointed as the 83rd Attorney-Generalto serve as the top U.S. law enforcement official.
Xi jinping
  • He get civilian award “Nishane Pakistan”.
  • It is highest civilian Award of pakistan.
  • Start- 19 March 1957
  • Given to a person for his/her higest degree of service to the country
  • Criteria of selection- merit and distinguished services to the country, foreign relations and international community.
  • Former PM Morarji Desai (in 1990)is only Indian to receive this award.

Diaspora in News

Person in news Vivek Murthy Surgeon General Indian American

Amandeep Singh Bhogal first Sikh to contest the election from the Conservative Party in Northern Ireland constituency of Upper Bann
Pooja Chandrashekar
  • This 17 years old Virginia-born Indian-Origin girl has got admission to 14 top U.S. varsities, including all eight Ivy League schools (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania).
Pratap Singh This 15 y.o Indian-origin schoolboy in London has won Institute of Physics Prize for experimenting Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity.
Raja Rajeswari The first India-born woman to be appointed a judge in New York City.
Satya Nadella U.S. President Barack Obama plan to honour Microsoft’s Indian-origin CEO Satya Nadella with the “Champions of Change” Award for bringing about a change within his company to support working families.
Vivek Murthy
  • 37 year-old medico sworn-in as the U.S. SurgeonGeneral by Vice-President Joe Biden
  • the youngestever in-charge of the country’s public health
  • He took the oath on the Gita
  • He is the highest ranking IndianAmerican in the Obama administration.
  • He is the country’s 19th Surgeon General
  • He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard

Civilian awards/appointments

Mariyam Siddiqui This Class 6 Muslim girl has won Bhagvad Gita contest organised by ISKCON International Society.
Miss India World Aditi Arya won it. She hails from Gurgaon.
Vikram Patel A Goa Psychiatrist. Selected in Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world For his research on linking mental disorders and poverty in third world Countries.
Wendell Rodricks This Goan fashion designer won Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Letters) from French Ambassador.

Dead in News

Andrew Lesnie This Australian cinematographer worked on the first The Lord of the Rings movie in 2001 and won Oscar Award.
Ankit Keshri Young cricketer of Bengal passed away. He played U-19 and lead his U-23 team in CK Nayudu national Championship.
Betty Willis Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada. She designed this sign. Died.
Dr. Kailash Vajpeyi Hindi Poet, won Vyas Samman. Dead
Gajendra Singh Rajasthani farmer commits suicide at AAP rally in Delhi.
Günter Grass German Noble laureate author famous for his work-novel-The Tin Drum in 1959 died. He had emotional attachment with city Kolkata
Hrushikesh Moolgavkar Former Pilot, Chief of Air Staff and Air Chief Marshal died.Participated in Second world war and First Kashmir war and honored Mahavir chakara.
Janaki Ballav Patnaik Ex-Governor of Assam, 3 time CM of Odisha, veteran Congress leader. He died in Andhra Pradesh.
  • A Tamil Writer, novelist poet and autobiographer died.
  • He is famous for two autobiographies—Oru Ilakkiyavathiyin Arasiyal Anubavangal and Oru Arasiyalvathiyin Ilakkiya Anubavangal.
  • Won both the Jnanpith and Sahitya Akademi Awards.
Karnataka Famous author R.K. Narayan’s Mysuru house will be turned into A memorial.
Lt. Gen. (Retd) Hanut Singh Participated in 1971 India-Pakistan war with commanding Poona Horse regiment, died. He got Param Vishisht Seva Medal and the Maha Vir Chakra.
Malli Mastan Babu This Indian mountaineer died in Andes mountain ranges in Chile. He was first from Andhra Pradesh to climb Mt.Everest.
Milap Chand Jain A former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court
Richie Benaud Former Australian cricket captain, struggling with skin cancer died. Also popular as a “Voice of Cricket”.
Sunita Tomar This cancer patient lady face of India’s anti-tobacco campaign, hailed from Madhya Pradesh, died.
Surya Bahadur Thapa Former Prime Minister of Nepal
Yakub Abdul Razak Memon Supreme Court dismissed his plea seeking a review of the death penalty awarded to him regarding 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

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