1) SC Suggests Gavaskar as BCCI President: In a big setback BCCI President N Srinivasan, the Supreme Court on Thursday proposed his replacement by Sunil Gavaskar and suspension of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) along with Rajasthan Royals (RR) from IPL 7 till the pendency of case of betting and spot fixing scandal before it.
2) India officially declared polio-free: The World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region, home to a quarter of the world’s population, was certified polio-free on Thursday by an independent commission under the WHO certification process. To mark the occasion, the WHO presented official certification to India for its achievement.
3) Samsung launched Galaxy S5 in India: Smart phone manufacturer Samsung Electronics, on Thursday, introduced Galaxy S5 in the domestic market. The features include a 16-megapixel camera, fast 3G speeds at 42Mbps and Octa-core processor capable of operating all eight cores at the same time, said a company release. It has a perforated pattern on the back cover, and is being offered in charcoal black, shimmery white, electric blue and copper gold, and is IP67 dust and water resistant. It has a finger scanner and biometric screen locking feature. Galaxy S5 also introduces S Health 3.0, a fitness application. Galaxy S5 to be available from April 11 in the range of Rs.51,000 to Rs.53,000
4) Ya.G. Sinai is 2014 Abel Laureate: Russian mathematician Yakov Grigorevich Sinai, one of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th Century, has been chosen for the 2014 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science Letters. The President of the Academy, Nils Chr. Stenseth, announced this on Thursday in Oslo. He was awarded for his contribution to “dynamical systems, ergodic theory and mathematical physics.” The Abel Prize recognises contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003.
5) T20 World Cup: England won against Sri Lanka: Opener Alex Hales smashed his maiden T20 hundred to help England upset world No. 1 Sri Lanka in a thrilling World Twenty20 Super-10 stage match in Chittagong on Thursday. The 24-year-old smashed a 64-ball 116 not out as England chased down a challenging 190-run target in 19.2 overs. With England needing 23 off the last two overs Hales smashed Nuwan Kulasekara for a six to reach his hundred off 60 balls and then hit Angelo Mathews for the winning six, to anchor England’s best chase in all T20 cricket. Hales hit six sixes and 11 boundaries in a breathtaking display of batting.
6) Turkey bans YouTube: Turkey banned video-sharing website YouTube on Thursday, having blocked Twitter a week earlier after both were used to spread audio recordings damaging to the government, local media reported. The move came hours after the release of an audio file on YouTube, purporting to be of a security meeting in which top government, military and spy officials discuss a possible scenario for military action inside Syria.
7) 3rd Nuclear Security Summit 2014 held in Netherlands: The Third Nuclear Security Summit was held in The Hague, Netherlands from 24 to 25 March 2014. The summit was attended by 58 World leaders. The third NSS synergizes previous two summits without their backdrops.