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- Bold Kurukshetra–2019, a Joint Military Exercise of India and Singapore, was inaugurated at Babina Cantonment of Jhansi. The joint exercise is aimed at developing military technology, enhance the maritime security and bolster the nations’ fight against terrorism. In November 2017, India and Singapore had entered into an official agreement to strengthen defence ties between their respective armed forces.
- National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) or Namami Gange has received the distinction of “Public Water Agency of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence at the Global Water Summit in London. The awards aim to recognise excellence across the international water industry and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater, and desalination sectors, which can bring remarkable improvements in the lives of people.
- The Wisden has named Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the Leading Cricketer of the Year for 2018. Indian player Smriti Mandhana bagged the Women’s Leading Cricketer of the Year. Rashid Khan of Afghanistan bagged the Leading T20 Cricketer of the Year. Virat Kohli is joined by Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Rory Burns. Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year represent a tradition that dates back in Wisden to 1889.
- The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian Embassy for the past seven years after failing to surrender over a warrant issued against him in 2012. The police were invited into the embassy after the Ecuadorian government withdrew asylum for Assange. Assange is the Australian-born founder of WikiLeaks, an organisation that facilitates anonymous online leaking of classified information.
- Telugu poet K Siva Reddy was selected for the prestigious Saraswati Samman 2018 for his collection of poetry titled ‘Pakkaki Ottigilite’. Instituted in 1991 by KK Birla Foundation, the award carries a cash prize of 15 lakh rupees, a citation and a plaque. The award is given annually for an outstanding literary work written in any Indian language and published during the last 10 years.
- The Parliament of New Zealand on April 10, 2019 voted to ban all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks. The bill was passed in the House of Representatives with the approval of 119 members, with just one member opposing it. The bill will now be sent to the Governor General for his royal assent and is expected to become a law by April 12.
- UAE has announced that India will be the Guest of Honour country at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF 2019, to be held from 24th to 30th of April. The fair aims to highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as well as its cultural and literary output.
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