Current Affairs of 8 April 2016

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Current Affairs of 8 April 2016

1. Vietnam Parliament approved Nguyen Xuan Phuc as Prime Minister
1. National Assembly (Parliament) of Vietnam on 6 April 2016 approved Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the country's eighth Prime Minister. In a formal vote, 446 of the 490 members in the National Assembly voted to install Phuc as the head of government.
2. Phuc, 61, succeeded Nguyen Tan Dung who was removed from office on 6 April 2016. Dung had served a maximum two terms in office and is no longer part of the Communist Party's top brass.

2. World military spending up in 2015, India in sixth position
1. India is the sixth largest military spender in 2015 having spent $51.3 billion even as the world spent $1,676 billion reversing a global trend which was on the decline since 2011., as per the latest report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
2. India moved one rank up from last year accounting for 3.1 percent of global military expenditure. Over a ten-year period from 2006-15 this represents a 43 per cent jump. India is also ahead of countries like France, Germany and Israel who happen to be among its top arms suppliers.
3. The U.S. remained by far the world’s largest spender in 2015 despite its defence expenditure falling by 2.4 per cent to $596 billion followed by China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and U.K.

3. Hashim Thaci sworn in as new President of Kosovo
1. Hashim Thaci has sworn in as the President of Kosovo after he was elected by the parliament in March 2016. He succeeds Atifete Jahjaga. 
2. With this, he becomes fourth President of Kosovo after the European country had unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008. Prior getting elected as President he was serving as Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister in the Government led by Isa Mustafa.

4. International Roma Day celebrated on April 8
1. A State in Denial - Pakistan's Misguided and Dangerous Crusade authored by veteran journalist BG Verghese was in news in first week of April 2016.
2. The book explores a subject of immense global significance of Pakistan and its relations with remaining World including India.
The author give a brisk overview of the events that came to define post-Independence Pakistan include the battle for Kashmir; the integration of Karat and Hyderabad into India; the creation of Bangladesh.

5. Maharaja Ranjit Singh's statue to be installed in France
1. A statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh will be installed in France's Saint-Tropez town . The town is the birth place of Maharaja’s Army General Jean-Francois Allard.
2. Henri Prevosat-Allard, Deputy Mayor and in-charge of tourism of Saint-Tropez on 6 April 2016 met Punjab Tourism Minister Sohan Singh Thandal and invited him to the installation ceremony of Singh’s statue in France.
3. Henri Prevosat-Allard is a descendant of General Jean-Francois Allard, who trained Maharaja Ranjit Singh's troops. Prevosat-Allard has announced the step as a mark of respect towards the 19th century king.

6. A State in Denial authored by BG Verghese
1. A State in Denial - Pakistan's Misguided and Dangerous Crusade authored by veteran journalist BG Verghese was re-released on 28 March 2016. It was re-released during a discussion organised by the India International Centre, New Delhi.
2. The book explores a subject of immense global significance of Pakistan and its relations with remaining World including India.

7. Justice (retd) Permod Kohli took over as Chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal
1. Justice (retd) Permod Kohli in the first week of April 2016 took over as the Chairman of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).
2. Kohli succeeded Justice Syed Rafat Alam and will be in the office for a period of 5 years or till attaining the age of 68 years, whichever is earlier.

8. 400-year-old Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ found in Scotland
1. A copy of the first edition of the original ‘First Folio’ authored by William Shakespeare was found at the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute, off the western coast of Scotland. The edition was first published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare death.
2. The discovery comes ahead of the 400th death anniversary of the playwright. Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616.
With this, the number of known surviving copies of the First Folio in the world to 234. Most others are in libraries and accessible only to scholars.
3. It is one of the world’s most sought-after books, which contains 36 of the Bard, 18 of which would otherwise not have been recorded.

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