Current Affairs of April 2014

The Indian subsidiary of British multinational confectionery company Mondelēz International which has changed its name to Mondelez India Foods LtdCadbury India
The new Chief of Indian Navy chosen to fill in the vacancy created by the resignation of Admiral Devendra JoshiR.K. Dhowan
The Indian-American professor at Clemson University who has been named as the one of White House’s Solar Champions of ChangeRajendra Singh
The novel written by American writer Donna Tartt which has been chosen for Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the year 2014The Goldfinch
The Colombian novelist and short-story writer, winner of 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature and author of One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), The Autumn of the Patriarch (1975) and Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) who died on 17 April 2014Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle being used in search operations relating to the missing airliner MH370 is namedBluefin-21
The Indian shooter who has won the Men's trap Gold medal at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson (USA)Manavjit Singh Sandhu
The serious vulnerability in OpenSSL encryption used by thousands of web servers, including those run by email and web chat providers which allows anyone on the internet to read the memory of the systems in namedHeartbleed
The Indian born poet who has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems "3 Sections." Vijay Seshadri
The Central Armed Police Force in which government has approved induction of women as combat officersSashastra Seema Bal
The spy satellite launched by Israel to keep a watch on Iran and the surrounding region is namedOfek-10
The renowned lyricist, poet and filmmaker who has been chosen for the 45th Dadasaheb Phalke Award (2013) for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian cinemaGulzar
The former 100 metres world record holder from Jamaica who has been banned for 18 months after he tested positive for a banned substanceAsafa Powell
The Indian industrialist who has been conferred the rank of Knight Commander (KBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to UK/India relations, inward investment to the UK and philanthropy Ratan Tata
Indian Navy's first aircraft carrier decommissioned in 1997 which has been sold to a ship-breaking firm IB Commercial Property LtdINS Vikrant (HMS Hercules)
Indian cricketer who has been chosen as one of the Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year 2014 alongwith CM Edwards, RJ Harris, CJL Rogers and JE Root.Shikhar Dhawan
The north-eastern State whose capital has been put on India's railway map with the first passenger train of about 400 commuters arriving at Naharlagun near ItanagarArunachal Pradesh
Indian shooter who has become world No.1 in the 10 metres air pistol event, according to the recent rankings released by International Shooting Sport Federation.Heena Sidhu
The pharmaceutical company which has announced acquisition of 100 per cent of Ranbaxy Laboratories in a 4 billion dollar all-share transaction (thus creating the fifth-largest specialty generics company in the world and the largest pharmaceutical company in India)Sun Pharmaceuticals
The elephant in the custody of Jyotiba temple, Kolhapur, which has been ordered to be released and transferred to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre (WRRC) in Bangalore by the Bombay High Court is namedSundar
The noted environmentalist and author of The Snow Leopard and At Play in the Fields of the Lord, who died on 05 April 14 Peter Matthiessen
The Malaysian badminton player who has won the Men's Singles title at the Yonex Sunrise Indian Open 2014 badminton tournament defeating Chen Long of China in the finals at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New DelhiLee Chong Wei
Noble prize winning Indian poet and author of India's National Anthem who was honoured by U.K., India and Bangladesh at the House of Commons in U.K.Rabindranth Tagore
The African nation which has become African continent's biggest economy surpassing South Africa (The country's GDP now includes previously uncounted industries like telecoms, information technology, music, online sales, airlines, and film production)Nigeria
The team which won the ICC Women's World T-20 cricket tournament defeating England in the finals at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Bangladesh Australia
The cricket team which has won the ICC T-20 World Cup tournament by defeating India in the finals at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in BangladeshSri Lanka (Captained by Lasith Malinga)
The Indian cricketer who was awarded the ICC World Twenty20 2014 Player of the Tournament Virat Kohli
The contestant from Jaipur who has been crowned Femina Miss India 2014 at a beauty pageant in MumbaiKoyal Rana
The navigation satellite (the second in the series of seven satellites planned to constitute the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System ) launched by ISRO aboard PSLV-C24 from Sriharikota IRNSS-1B
Sentinel-1a, first satellite of Copernicus Earth observation project that will supply valuable images in the event of natural disasters or even a plane crash was launched on 3 April from Kourou, French Guiana aboard a Soyuz rocket byEuropean Space Agency
The country neighbouring India which started its first official census after 30 years (the last census in the country was held in 1983)Myanmar
Iconic structures across the world, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai and several building in Chennai were lit up in blue colour on 02 April 2014 which was observed asWorld Autism Day
The communications satellite launched in September 2003 which has gone out of service after ten-and-half years in orbit (it was originally built to have a life of 15 years)INSAT-3E
The finance companies which have been granted 'in-principle' nod from the Reserve Bank of India to set up banks IDFC Ltd and Bandhan Financial Services Private Ltd
The US ambassador to India who has submitted her resignation with an intention to retireNancy Powell
The Public Sector Undertaking which has been awarded the Most Efficient Navratna Award at 5th Dalal Street Investment Journal Awards in New DelhiHindustan Aeronautics Ltd
The annual whaling programme of Japan which was ordered to be halted by the United Nations' International Court of Justice rejecting the country's claims that it targets the sea creatures for scientific purposes was namedJarpa II


61st National Film Awards for 2013

The following are awards in some important categories of National Film Awards.

S. No.Name of the AwardFilmAwardee
1.Best Feature FilmShip of Theseus (English-Hindi)Producer - Recyclewala Films Pvt Ltd.
Director - Anand Gandhi
2.Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of a DirectorFandry (Marathi)Producer: Navalkha Arts and Holy Basil Combine
Director - Nagraj Manjule
3.Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainmentBhaag Milkha Bhaag (Hindi)Producer: Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, ROMP Pictures
Director - Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
4.Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National IntegrationThalaimuraigal (Tamil)Producer: Company Productions
Director - Balu Mahendra
5.Best Film on Social IssuesTuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)Producer: Indian Magic Eye Motion Pictures Pvt Ltd.
Director - Satish Manwar
6.Best Children's FilmKaphalProducer - Children's Film Society of India
Director - Batul Mukhtiar
7.Best DirectionShahid (Hindi)Hansal Mehta
8.Best ActorShahid (Hindi)

Perariyathar (Malayalam)
Raj Kumar


Suraj Venjaramoodu
9.Best ActressLiar's Dice (Hindi)Geetanjali Thapa
10.Best Supporting ActorJolly LLB (Hindi)Saurabh Shukla
11.Best Supporting ActressAstu (Marathi)

Ship of Theseus (English-Hindi)
Amruta Subhash


Aida El-Kashef
12.Best Child ArtistFandry (Marathi)

Thanga Meengal (Tamil)
Somnath Avghade

Sadhana
13.Best Male Playback SingerJaatishwar (Bengali)Rupankar
14.Best Female Playback SingerTuhya Dharma Koncha (Marathi)Bela Shende

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