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Events 2010   Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Events in April 2010

Apr. 2 A report of the Committee on Constitutional Reforms is tabled in Pakistan National Assembly. It seeks to confer more powers on the provinces and strip the President’s powers. Full Story
Twenty four persons are killed in a village outside Iraqi capital Baghdad in an execution-style attack. Full Story
Apr. 3 Thirty Taliban men are killed by Pakistani troops in a militant stronghold near the Afghan border. Two hundred and fifty militants killed in the past three weeks. Full Story
Apr. 4 At least 30 persons are killed and 224 wounded in three car bombings in central Baghdad. The Egyptian and German embassies also affected. Full Story
An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale rocks large tracts of the Western coast of Mexico and the U.S. Full Story
Apr. 5 Forty persons are killed in a bomb attack at an Awami National Party rally in the Lower Dir district of Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. Suicide bombers strike at the U.S. Consulate-General in Peshawar. Full Story
The Discovery space shuttle blasts off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida with seven astronauts, including three women mission specialists on a 13-day mission aboard the International Space Station.
At least 25 miners are killed after a “horrific blast” at the upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia. Full Story
Apr. 6 Blasts rip through Baghdad leaving 49 dead and more than 160 injured. Full Story
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announces general elections for May 6. Full Story
Apr. 7 Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev flees the nation after two days of violent mass protests leaves 75 killed and 400 injured. Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov quits. A “Cabinet of people’s trust” headed by Opposition leader Roza Otunbayeva in place. Full Story
India and China sign an agreement to set up a hotline between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Wen Jiabao, after talks in Beijing. Full Story
Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva promulgates emergency following a brief gate crash by protesters at the Parliament premises. Full Story
Apr. 8 Low turnout in Sri Lankan parliamentary polls. Full Story
Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev sign a Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty which will last for 10 years at a meeting in Prague. Full Story
Pakistan National Assembly passes the 18th Amendment Bill that seeks to bring back the 1973 Constitution. Full Story
The World Bank gives nod for a $3.75 billion loan to build one of the world’s large coal plants in South Africa.
Apr. 9 President Rajapaksa-led ruling alliance in Sri Lanka records an emphatic win in parliamentary polls. Full Story
Russia launches the $12-billion Nod Stream gas pipeline to Europe. Full Story
Apr. 10 Polish President Lech Kaczynski and a high level delegation are killed after a plane carrying 97 persons crashes in thick fog near the Smolensk airport in western Russia. Poland declares a week’s official mourning. Full Story
French doctor and explorer Jean-Louis Etienne makes the first Arctic crossing abroad his balloon the Generali Arctic Observer after taking off from the Norwegian archipelago of Spitzbergen on April 5. Full Story
Switzerland says graft cases against Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari cannot be reopened. Full Story
Apr. 11 Voting begins in Sudan’s National election. Full Story
Apr. 12 British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta wins the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for 2010 for his epic tale Solo. Australian Glenda Guest’s Siddon Rock adjudged Best First Book. Full Story
A two-day Nuclear Security Summit being attended by 47 countries opens in Washington. Full Story
Apr. 13 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announces India’s decision to set up a Global Centre for Nuclear Energy partnership at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington. New Delhi for zero tolerance’ of nuclear traffickers. Full Story
The Nuclear Energy Summit adopts a communiqué and a work plan. Full Story
Apr. 14 At least 600 people are killed and more than 10,000 injured as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes a remote border area in China’s Qinghai province. Yushu county in a Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture bordering Siachen is the epicentre. Full Story
A 5,466-foot volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland erupts spewing smoke and steam into the air. Full Story
Apr. 15 The U.S. and Russia announce a plutonium elimination deal. Russia shuts down its last weapons-grade plutonium reactor near the Siberian town of Zheleznogorsk. Full Story
The volcanic eruption in Iceland creates massive ash cloud disrupting flight services in Europe. British airspace completely sealed. Full Story
Pakistan Senate passes the 18th Amendment — seeking to strip the presidency of its powers and restore them to Parliament. Full Story
Deposed President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev step down after earlier leaving the country for the neighbouring Kazakhastan. Full Story
The Brazil, Russia, India, China (BRIC) summit declaration sets 2010 deadline for World Bank IMF reform. Full Story
The assassination of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on December 27, 2007 prerentable, says U.N. Commission of Inquiry report. Full Story
Apr. 16 The toll in the Qinghai earthquake goes up to 791, with 11,486 injured and 294 missing. Full Story
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission files a civil suit against investment bank Goldman Sachs, alleging fraud. Full Story
Apr. 17 Suicide blasts at a facility for Internally Displaced Persons claim 49 lives in Kohat in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province. Full Story
The Qinghai quake toll goes upto 1,339. Over 11,849 have been injured. Full Story
The international air travel crisis caused by volcanic ash from Iceland worsens. Much of the European airspace remains closed for the third day. Full Story
Apr. 18 Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari signs the 18th Amendment Bill restoring parliamentary democracy. Full Story
Panel orders recount of votes cast in Baghdad during the March 7 Iraqi election. Full Story
At least 24 persons are killed in bombings in the Pakistan city of Peshawar. Full Story
Apr. 19 Azizullah Yarmal, deputy mayor of Kandahar in Afghanistan is assassinated while praying in a mosque. Full Story
Apr. 20 Shuttle Discovery and its astronauts return to earth wrapping up their 15-day, 9.7 million km journey to the International Space Station. Full Story
The Deepwater Horizon rig operated by British Petroleum sinks in the Gulf of Mexico following an explosion leaving 11 workers dead.
Apr. 21 Dissanayake Mudiyanselage Jayaratne is appointed Sri Lanka Prime Minister. Full Story
Britain and other European countries lift the ban on flights after six days following the volcanic ash crises. Full Story
China declares a day of national mourning in remembrance of the 2064 lives lost in the Qinghai quake. More than 12,135 left injured. Full Story
Apr. 22 A series of blasts near a massive encampment in Thailand capital Bangkok leaves 28 persons injured. Full Story
The Brazilian government headed by Premier Yves Leterme quits following a linguistic spat between the coalition partners over a bilingual voting district. Full Story
Chamal Rajapaksa is elected Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker. Full Story
Apr. 23 Fiftyeight persons are killed in a series of bomb blasts targeting Shia worshippers in Iraq. Full Story
G.L. Peris is designated Sri Lanka Foreign Minister and Basil Rajapaksa is assigned the newly created Economic Development Ministry as a 76-member Cabinet takes office. Full Story
Apr. 24 The Hubble Space Telescope celebrate the 20th anniversary of its launch on April 24, 1990. Full Story
The Boy Scouts of America is ordered to pay $18.5 billion to a man who was sexually abused by a former assistant scoutmaster. Full Story
At least 55 persons are killed and 85 injured in clashes in Sudan’s Darfur border between south Sudan Army and Arab nomads. Full Story
Apr. 25 The Austrian President, Heinz Fischer, wins a second six-year term. Full Story
Apr. 26 Sudan’s President Omar Hassan El-Bashire registers a decisive election win.
Apr. 27 The Russian and the Ukrainian Parliaments ratify a landmark agreement to extend the lease of a key Black Sea naval base in Sevastopol to Moscow by 25 years. Full Story
Oh Eun-sun, a South Korean mountaineer becomes the first woman to scale the world’s 14 highest mountains. Full Story
The U.S. extradites the former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega to France. Full Story
Apr. 28 The 16th SAARC summit opens in the Bhutan capital Thimphu. Full Story
Eight children are killed in a primary school in China’s Fujian province.
Apr. 29 India and Pakistan agree to resume high-level dialogue disrupted since the November 28 Mumbai terror attacks following talks between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yusuf Raza Gilani at Thimphu on the sidelines of the SAARC summit. Full Story
The SAARC plans an Inter-Governmental Expert Group on Climate Change. Full Story
Belgium’s Lower House of Parliament votes to on wearing burqa in public, becoming the first state in Europe to do so. Full Story

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