PERSONS IN NEWS
S. Gopalakrishnan Infosys co-Founder has been elected as the new President for Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2013-14. He will replace Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej Group.
Aruna Bahuguna, Senior IPS Officer (1979-batch Andhra Pradesh cadre officer) has been appointed Special Director General of CRPF, India's largest paramilitary force. She became the first woman officer to be appointed to the top position.
Narasimhan Ravi, the former Editor of The Hindu has been unanimously elected as the President of Editors Guild of India for a tenure of 2 years.
Nicolás Maduro has been sworn in as the new President of Venezuela.
World-renowned Indian prodigy mental calculator and astrologer Shakuntala Devi (83) passed away recenlty. She was known as " Human Computer".
AWARDS IN NEWS
NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd.), India's largest power utility has been awarded the status of " The Most Efficient Maharatna " - in Manufacturing for the year 2012.
Pran Krishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran, will be conferred with the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013. Pran is the 60th film personality to receive this honour.
Malayalam poetess Sugathakumari has been selected for the Saraswati Samman 2012 for her poetry collection Manalezhuthu (Writing on the Sand). The award, instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation, carries a cash component of ` 10 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
60th National Film Awards for 2012
Best Feature Film Award: Paan Singh Tomar directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia
Best Actor Award : Shared between Irrfan Khan for his role in Paan Singh Tomar and Vikram Gokhale for Marathi film Anumati
Best Popular Film Award : Shared between Hindi flick Vicky Donor and Ustad Hotel (Malayalam)
Best Supporting Actor Award: Annu Kapoor, Vicky Donor
The Indira Gandhi award for the Best Debut Film : Chittagong (Hindi) and 101 Chodiyangal (Malayalam)
Best Director : Shivaji Lotan Patil for the film Dhag (Marathi)
Best Actress Award: Usha Jadhav for her role in Dhag
SPORTS IN NEWS
Chris Gayle hit the fastest ever century in the history of cricket by reaching 100 in merely 30 balls during RCB vs. Pune Warriors match on 23 rd April, 2013.
Navjot Singh (16 years) became the youngest athlete of Jammu and Kashmir to be conferred with the Sher-i-Kashmir Sports Award. He was declared the best sportsperson for 2008-09.
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS
Supreme Court clears the way for the execution of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, a Sikh militant, rejecting his appeal for his sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment.
A court in India sentences Mirza Himayat Baig to death for plotting the February 2010 bombing of a bakery which killed 17 people in Pune.
The European Union lifts all sanctions and trade embargoes on Myanmar excluding arms trade and other trade of equipment that could be used for internal repression, citing the improvement of political freedoms.
India's Supreme Court rejects a plea by Novartis to patent an updated version of its cancer drug, Glivec (Imatinib), amid concerns that a patent could threaten access to cheap generic versions of drugs in poorer countries
International Museum of Toilets in the Palam area of Delhi entered the list of top 10 Weird and Unusual Museums of the world.