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  May 2016
  April 2016
  • Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the Idaho man accused of firing rifle shots at the White House, was charged with trying to assassinate President Obama. The President and the first lady Michelle Obama had left home earlier and no one was injured.
  • The United States House of Representatives considers censoring the Internet for the first time with the Stop Online Piracy Act.
  • The new Greek Prime Minister, Lucas Papademos won a vote of confidence in Parliament, opening the way for his government of national unity to take steps to restore financial stability in Greece.
  • Mario Monti was sworn in as Italian Prime Minister and temporary Finance Minister, taking over an unelected government charged with imposing austerity to prevent the euro area’s third-biggest economy from succumbing to the debt crisis.
  • The first summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) opened in Doha on November 15, 2011.
  • Nauru swears in its third President in less than a week, as President Freddie Pitcher, in office for just six days, is ousted in a 9-8 vote of no confidence. Sprent Dabwido is sworn in as the new President.
  • Former President of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam had his clothes removed for explosives’ inspection and was frisked by the United States while on a plane in New York on 29th  September 2011, with the United States apologising for its breach of protocol.
  • APEC United States 2011 was a series of meetings of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member economies held around the United States in 2011. It culminated in the 19th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii from November 12–13, 2011.
  • Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi formally resigned from his post, making way for a new government that will be tasked to salvage the country’s ruined financial credibility. Thousands of Italians celebrated his departure in street demonstrations.
  • Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has lost his appeal in the U.K. courts against extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations.
  • American actress Lindsay Lohan is sentenced to 30 days in a Los Angeles jail for breaching the terms of her parole.
  • Israel’s Supreme Court upholds a seven-year rape sentence against former President Moshe Katsav.
  • Australia’s Gold Coast has been chosen ahead of the Sri Lankan city of Hambantota to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
  • The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was passed on September 11, 1958, by the Parliament of India. It conferred special powers upon armed forces in what the Act calls “disturbed areas” in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. It was later extended to Jammu and Kashmir as The Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990 in July 1990.
  • The Arab League currently has 22 members (including one, Syria, whose participation was suspended in November 2011) and four observers. The main goal of the League is to “draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries.”
  • The first CHOGM was held in 1971, and there have been twenty-one held in total: the most recent CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2011) held in Perth, Australia. They are held once every two years, although this pattern has twice been interrupted. They are held around the Commonwealth, rotating by invitation amongst its members.
  • The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) is an Indian job guarantee scheme, enacted by legislation on August 25, 2005. The scheme provides a legal guarantee for one hundred days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household willing to do public work-related unskilled manual work at the statutory minimum wage of `120 (US$2.43) per day in 2009 prices. The Central Government outlay for scheme is ` 40,000 crore (US$8.11 billion) in FY 2010-11.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is an agency of the Government of India responsible for implementing the Aadhaar scheme, a unique identification project. It was established in February 2009, and will own and operate the Unique Identification Number database. The authority aims to provide a unique id number to all Indians, but not smart cards. The authority will maintain a database of residents containing biometric and other data. The agency is headed by a Chairman, who holds a cabinet rank. The UIDAI is part of the Planning Commission of India. Nandan Nilekani, former Co-chairman of Infosys Technologies, was appointed as the first Chairman of the Authority in June 2009. Ram Sewak Sharma, an IAS Officer of Jharkhand Government is the Director General and Mission Director of the Authority.

    Anil Shukla
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