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Major General C.S. Nair is appointed as the 14th Judge Advocate General (JAG) of the Army 

President Pratibha Patil has appointed senior-most judge of the Supreme Court Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia the 38th Chief Justice of India (CJI). He will replace Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, who retires on May 11.Justice Kapadia will be the first CJI born after Independence.

Oh Eun-sun (44), a South Korean mountaineer became the first woman to scale the world's 14 highest mountains.

Madhuri Gupta, a junior diplomat in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad has been arrested by the special cell of the Delhi police on the charge of leaking sensitive national secrets to Pakistani intelligence agencies.

Rajasthan Governor Prabha Rau died in Delhi following a heart attack.

John Wakefield(95), fondly known as ‘Papa,'the torchbearer of Karnataka's first eco-tourism project — the Kabini River Lodge on the banks of the Kabini at Karapur in Mysore district, passed away.

An ethnic Indian P.Kamalanathan won a prestigious parliamentary by-election for the Hulu Selangor seat in Malaysia.

President Pratibha Patil cleared the appointment of Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court Gyan Sudha Misra as Supreme Court judge. The President has also cleared the appointment of Chief Justices of the Madras and Bombay High Courts H.L. Gokhale and Anil Ramesh Dave as judges of the Supreme Court.

Juan Antonio Samaranch(89), giant of the Olympic movement heading the IOC from 1896 to 1925,died in Barcelona(Spain).

IT industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) announced that Harsh Manglik will take over as the Chairman of its Executive Council for 2010-11, effective from April 20. Mr. Manglik, replaces Pramod Bhasin.

Activist Dorothy Height, described by President Obama as the “the godmother of the civil rights movement” passed away at the age of 98 years. Ms. Height, a pioneer of the 1960s movement, had joined historic marches with Martin Luther King Jr. and led the National Council of Negro Women for 40 years

Mukul Sangma was sworn in Chief Minister of Meghalaya. Dr. Sangma replaces D.D. Lapang, who resigned as Chief Minister, bringing the curtains down on nearly month-long dissidence in the Congress. Twenty-one of the 28 Congress legislators had demanded his removal.

Vijay Gandhi was sworn in Magistrate Judge for the District Court of the Central District of California (U.S). Mr. Gandhi is the first Indian-American federal judge in California and only the second ever Indian-American federal judge in the history of the United States. The first was Judge Amul Thapar, who was appointed to the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky on December 13, 2007.

Coimbatore Krishnarao Prahalad, 68, Distinguished Professor in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a world authority on management thought, passed away in San Diego after a brief illness. He was known for his work specialising in corporate strategy focusing on top management in large, diversified, multinational corporations. 

Sri Lankan cricketer Sanath Jayasuriya made his debut as a lawmaker, with a runaway victory from a parliamentary constituency in Matara district in the south. Jayasuriya won on the ticket of the ruling United People's Freedom Party alliance of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

President Pratibha Patil has nominated M. Natarajan, former Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister, as Chairman, Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Technology - Mandi, Himachal Pradesh.

The former Director-General of the Border Security Force (BSF), E. N. Rammohan, was appointed by the Central government to probe the circumstances leading to the massacre of 76 CRPF personnel in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

Eminent Telugu storywriter and Sahitya Academy winner, Bhamidipati Ramagopalam(78) passed away in visakhapatnam.

Chandigarh-born Srinija Srinivasan (40), one of the three co-founders of Yahoo! was appointed as a member of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars by the U.S President Barack Obama.

Ramana Murthy has been appointed as Chairman of A P State Cultural Council.

Famous mountaineer of Nepal, Apa Sherpa, who broke his own world record by climbing the Everest 19th time last year, is all set to climb Mt Everest again on April 6th for his 20th climb.

Henry Edward Roberts, a developer of an early personal computer that inspired Bill Gates to found Microsoft, died in Georgia. He was 68.

General Vijay Kumar Singh took charge as the Chief of Army Staff from General Deepak Kapoor, who retired from service.

The 13-year-old Jordan Romero, the teenager from Big Bear, California will attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. If he succeeds, will be the youngest person ever to stand on top of the world's highest peak. 

Solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam was elected as chairperson of Bar Council of India (BCI). 

President Pratibha Patil had appointed Justice Barin Ghosh as Chief Justice of the Sikkim High Court.



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