APPOINTED; ELECTED; Etc.Mohamed Morsy: He is the first freely-elected President of Egypt.
Raja Parvaiz Ashraf: He has been elected as the Prime minister of Pakistan, following the disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani by the Supreme Court, following his refusal to pursue graft cases against President Zardari.
Antonis Samaras: He has been sworn-in as the Prime Minister of Greece, to head a three-party coalition that will uphold the country’s international bailout commitments.
Vice Admiral D.K. Joshi: He has been appointed as the Chief of the Indian Navy. He hails from Uttarkhand and was commissioned in April 1974 in the executive branch of the Indian Navy. During his service span in Indian navy, he has commanded aircraft carrier INS Virat and destroyer INS Ranvir. He is a graduate of Naval War College, USA, and an alumnus of the prestigious National Defence College, New Delhi.
V.S. Sampath: He has taken over as the 18th Chief Election Commissioner of India.
RESIGNEDVirbhadra Singh: Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, following framing of charges against him in a corruption case.
Pranab Mukherjee: Union Finance Minister.
DISTINGUISHED VISITORSLeon Panetta: US Defence Secretary. During the official talks India conveyed that while it wants to further step up its defence cooperation with the US on a bilateral basis, it does not want additional naval forces in an already-militarized Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and surrounding regions.
Guido Westerwelle: Foreign Minister of Germany.
DIEDRay Bradbury: The science fiction legend who penned “The Martian Chronicals”. He was 91.
Mehdi Hassan: Legendary Ghazal singer of Pakistan. He was 85. Born in undivided India in 1927, at Luna, Rajasthan, his music soared into the skies, rendering the lines drawn as boundaries futile. He claimed to have been the 16th descendent of the Kalawant clan—the traditional Dhrupad singers.
1—Treasury yields hit their lowest in hundreds of years and global stocks drop towards 2012 lows as investors scramble for lifelines on worries about Spain’s parlous finances and China’s growth outlook.
2—India joins 40 other nations to vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against Syria, strongly condemning the recent Houla massacre that resulted in the death of over 100 citizens. China, Cuba and Russia vote against the resolution.
2—Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak is sentenced to life in prison after a court finds him guilty of complicity in the killing of protestors during the popular Arab spring uprising against his 30-year rule.
3—A 1000-ship flotilla lights up the Thames river as part of the most public celebration of the four-day commemoration of the diamond jubilee of the reign of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
15—China’s first woman astronaut, Liu Yang, soars into space as part of the team of three astronauts, sent to attempt China’s first manned docking.
16—Egypt votes in first free Presidential election in their history.
19—Pakistan’s Supreme court disqualifies Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, with effect from April 26, 2012, when he was convicted and sentenced for not obeying court orders to reopen graft charges against President Zardari.
27—In a historic first in northern Ireland peace process, Queen Elizabeth meets and shakes hands with Martin McGuinness, who was a senior leader of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) that killed her cousin Lord Mountbatten (the last Viceroy of India)in 1979. McGuinness is now the deputy first minister of Northern Ireland.
MILESTONESMaximilian Ghosh: In an extraordinary recognition from one of the world’s renowned art galleries, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, the works of this nine-year-old artist have been exhibited alongside contemporary greats. Maximilian is of half Indian origin.