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  May 2016
  April 2016
  • A Court in India has sentenced 18 people to life imprisonment for the murder of Muslims in religious riots in Gujarat State 10 years ago.
  • President Asif Ali Zardari visited in New Delhi, becoming the first Pakistani head of State since 2005 to visit India for a trip that included lunch with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has nominated its Deputy Chairman, Khairat al-Shatir, as its candidate for the Presidential Elections in May 2012.
  • Osama Bin Laden's three widows and two eldest daughters have been charged and sentenced for living in Pakistan illegally. They have received a jail term of 45 days in prison and been fined 10,000 rupees ($114; £71) each.
  • The Supreme Court on 12 th April, 2012 upheld the constitutional validity of the Right to Education Act, 2009, which mandates 25 per cent free seats to the poor in government and private unaided schools uniformly across the country.
  • Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on 1 st April, 2012 won a parliamentary seat in a historic by-election. It set the stage for her to take public office for the first time. Her party National League for Democracy (NLD) won 43 seats. It will be the main opposition force in a National Parliament where the political party backed by the military has the majority.
  • Jammu and Kashmir High Court Chief Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla was on 2 nd April, 2012 sworn in as Supreme Court Judge. Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia administered the oath of office to him at a function in the presence of the Full Court and members of the Bar.
  • The Union Cabinet of India on 23 rd March, 2012 approved the re-drafted Marriage Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2010. The bill seeks to give a woman share in her husband's property in case of a divorce but the quantum of share will be decided by the courts on case by case basis. It also aims at giving rights to adopted children on par with biological off-springs.
  • Star TV on 2 nd April, 2012 won the rights to broadcast Indian cricket for next six years in a bid to the tune of 3851 crore rupees.
  • US Senate on 30 th March, 2012 confirmed career diplomat Nancy Powell as Ambassador to India.
  • The Sessions Court in Delhi on 28 th March, 2012 absolved top Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy of severe charges under the anti-terror law.
  • The Union Government of India on 28 th March, 2012 stayed the hanging of Babbar Khalsa terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana. Rajoana was sentenced to death by the Chandigarh Sessions Court in the case related to the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.
  • The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader whose long-standing engagement with multiple dimensions of science and with people far beyond his own religious traditions has made him an incomparable global voice for universal ethics, non-violence, and harmony among world religions, has won the 2012 Templeton Prize.
  • The Supreme Court of India on 3 rd April, 2012 directed the Union Government to provide records of all 18 mercy pleas, pending before the President of India. The Court asked Additional Solicitor-General Harin Raval to furnish details of all the mercy pleas pending consideration before the President for periods ranging from one to seven years.
  • India appointed Amarendra Khatua as its special envoy to South Sudan and Sudan to broker peace between the two countries.
  • India's Atomic Energy Regulatory Board was admitted as the 11th member of MEDP (Multinational Design Evaluation Programme) on 4 th April, 2012.  The other members of this body are China, Finland, Japan, Korea, South Africa, USA, UK, Canada, France and Russia.

Anil Shukla

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