APRIL 2018-PERSONS IN NEWS
- Mario Abdo Benitez, who represents Paraguay's long-dominant Colorado conservatives, won presidential poll, landing the top job in one of Latin America's poorest countries.
- Election officials said the US-educated son of a senior aide to the country's late dictator, Abdo Benitez won 46.49 per cent of the vote, with his centrist opponent Efrain Alegre taking 42.72 per cent in a race that was far closer than expected.
- Election chief Jaime Bestard, declaring him winner after 96 per cent of the votes were counted said the president of the republic is Mario Abdo Benitez.
- Self-styled Goodman Asaram was awarded life in prison after a special trial court in Jodhpur found him guilty in the rape case of a minor girl.
- The incident took place in August 2013 at Asaram's Jodhpur ashram. Asaram has also been fined one lakh rupees.
- The two other convicts, Shilpi and Sharad, have been sentenced to 20 years in jail.
- The sentence was announced by presiding officer Madhusudan Sharma of the special court set up inside the Jodhpur Central Jail amidst tight security.
- Tata Sons has appointed former foreign secretary S Jaishankar as president, global corporate affairs.
- He will join the group on May 1 and will report to N Chandrasekaran, executive chairman of Tata Sons.
- Having joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977, he was foreign secretary for three years till January 2018.
- He has been high commissioner to Singapore, ambassador to China and the United States.
- He had played a key role in negotiating the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement.
- Responsible for Tata group’s global corporate affairs and international strategy development, S Jaishankar would work with the Tata group companies to help them strengthen their business presence and positioning in their respective geographies globally, the company said in a statement.
- Diaz-Canel is the new President of Cuba.
- A stalwart of the ruling Communist Party, Diaz-Canel was sworn in to replace Raul Castro by the National Assembly in for the Caribbean island, aimed at preserving the political system.
- South Korea's former President Park Geun-Hye has been sentenced to 24 years in jail.
- She was found guilty of abuse of power and coercion.
- Park was also fined 18 billion won.
- The former leader was not in court for the verdict.
- The authorities allowed live broadcast of verdict citing extraordinary public interest in the case.
Christine Schraner Burgener
- Christine Schraner Burgener of Switzerland appointed special envoy on Myanmar
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Christine Schraner Burgener of Switzerland as his new special envoy on Myanmar.
- Until her appointment, Burgener was the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Germany since 2015.
- Since August 2017, nearly 700,000 minority Muslim Rohingyas have fled violence in Myanmar across the border into Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, joining several hundred thousand more that were already settled there in overcrowded camps.
Balantrapu Rajanikantha rao
- Noted Telugu poet-composer, musicologist and artist Balantrapu Rajanikantha Rao died on 22nd April, 2018 in Vijayawada due to old age.
- Balantrapu Rajanikantha Rao worked for decades in All India Radio (AIR) and headed its Vijayawada division as the Director.
- 31-year-old Brahmananda Sharma, who lost his eyesight due to glaucoma at the age of 22, always wanted to be a judge.
- Sharma, who hails from Bhilwara and studied in a government school, appeared for the 2013 Rajasthan Judicial Services Examination and cleared it in the first attempt, securing 83rd rank.
- Sharma uses an e-speak device connected to a computer, which converts and records the notes made by the reader into speech.
- Salman Khan convicted and sentenced to five years behind bars in the 20-year-old Blackbuck poaching case by a Jodhpur court
- Salman Khan convicted and sentenced to 5 years behind bars in the 20-year-old Blackbuck poaching case by a Jodhpur court
- Jodhpur Chief Judicial Magistrate Dev Kumar Khatri pronounced him guilty of killing two blackbucks, which are an endangered species and sentenced him to 5 years in jail in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case.
- He was also fined Rs. 10,000. The court acquitted Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Neelam and Sonali Bendre and a local, Dushyant Singh.
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