1) India to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France:
--> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 10 April 2015 announced that India has requested France to give 36 Rafale fighter jets in 'fly-away condition' as quickly as possible.
--> The decision on Rafale jets was among the several agreements reached between the two countries after a meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with French President Francois Hollande.
--> The major reasons for the direct purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France are the fast-depleting fighter strength of the Indian Air Force, unending delays in the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft negotiations and the steep price rise.
--> PM Modi and French President also released stamps to mark 50 years of India-French cooperation.
--> Mr. Modi and Mr. Hollande enjoyed a joint boat cruise on La Seine river here which was described as “Naav Pe Charcha” (chat on the boat).
2) Renowned cricket commentator Richie Benaud passed away:
--> Former Australian captain and renowned cricket commentator, Richie Benaud passed away, on 10 April 2015 in Sydney.
--> The 84-year-old was receiving radiation treatment for skin cancer since November.
--> Benaud represented his country in 64 Test matches between 1952 and 1964.
--> The all-rounder was the first player to complete the 2000-run and 200-wicket double in Test cricket. Under his captaincy Australia did not lose a single Test series.
--> He will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest cricket commentators of all time.
--> Benaud was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.
3) Former IAF chief Moolgavkar is dead:
--> Ace pilot and former Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Hrushikesh Moolgavkar, passed away at the Command Hospital in Pune on 10 April 2015.
--> Moolgavkar was commissioned in the Royal Indian Air Force on November 30, 1940.
--> He served in the IAF for 38 years.
--> He took over as Chief of the Air Staff on February 1, 1976, and took upon himself the task of bringing the IAF's accident rate under control.
4) EPFO suspended minimum monthly pension scheme:
--> Retirement fund body EPFO has suspended the Rs 1,000 minimum monthly pension scheme from this month, a decision which will hit about 32 lakh pensioners.
--> The scheme was launched with effect from September 2014, hiking the pension amount to a flat Rs 1,000 per month for those who were getting lower amount earlier.
--> With the suspension of the scheme, the beneficiaries will get pension at earlier rates.
--> Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) said it has decided to suspend the scheme in the absence of any direction from the government to continue this benefit beyond March 31.
5) Seoul is Global Earth Hour Capital 2015:
--> Seoul city, the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea, on 9 April 2015 was awarded the title of Global Earth hour Capital 2015 after it won the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) of World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
6) Thane named India’s Earth Hour Capital:
--> An 11-member international jury has declared Thane in Mumbai, Maharashtra the National Earth Hour Capital with the city emerging the winner from India in the Earth Hour City Challenge this year.
--> Thane, Rajkot and Pune were the finalists from India.
--> Coimbatore was selected as the National Earth Hour Capital, last year.
7) Arun Kumar Jha appointed as CEO of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC):
--> Arun Kumar Jha was on 10 April 2015 appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mumbai.
--> Jha, a 1985-batch officer of Indian Economics Service, is presently working as Director General, National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) under the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.