Debjani Ghosh appointed as President of NASSCOM
• Debjani Ghosh, former Managing Director of Intel South Asia, was on April 2, 2018 appointed as the President of NASSCOM.
• Ghosh succeeds R Chandrashekhar, who completed his term recently.
• Ghosh was the first woman to lead Intel India and MAIT (Manufacturers' Association for Information Technology).
Heinrich Klaasen confirmed as Steve Smith’s replacement for Rajasthan Royals
• The BCCI on April 2, 2018 approved South African wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen as the replacement for former Australian skipper Steve Smith in the Rajasthan Royals team for the 2018 Indian Premier League.
• Smith was barred from this year’s IPL after Cricket Australia banned him for one year for his involvement in the ball-tampering controversy.
• Klaasen recently made his international debut against India in 50-over format and picked up the Man-of-the-Match award in his second ODI.
Steven Bochco, creator of 'Hill Street Blues’, dies
• Steven Bochco, a writer and producer known for creating the groundbreaking police drama Hill Street Blues, died on April 1, 2018. He was 74.
• Hill Street Blues won 26 Emmys and launched Bochco on a course that led to dozens of series and earned him four Peabody awards in addition to the 10 Emmys.
• Bochco, who won 10 primetime Emmys, created several hit television shows including L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, and Doogie Howser, M.D.
UAE suspends 'good conduct certificate' for foreign job seekers
• The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on April 1, 2018 suspended the implementation of the new "good conduct certificate" for foreign job seekers.
• The "good conduct certificate" initiative by the UAE cabinet was raised on February 4, 2018 which stated that an immigrant moving to the UAE for work should present a police document from his country as a proof of non-criminal history or convictions.
• The immigrants will also be required to provide a good conduct certificate, if they change jobs within the Gulf state, but only if the new employer demands it.
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ISRO losses contact with communication satellite GSAT-6A
• Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has lost contact with India’s most powerful communication GSAT-6A satellite in less than 48 hours after it was launched.
• The loss in contact is believed to have been caused by power system failure or short circuit on the satellite.
• The GSAT-6A satellite was to be placed in orbit in three phases after its successful launch on March 29, 2018 onboard of GSLV-F08.
• ISRO had successfully completed first orbit raising operation of GSAT-6A Satellite on March 30, 2018.
114th Permanent Indus Commission meeting held
• The 114th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) between India and Pakistan was held in New Delhi.
• Representatives from both sides discussed Indus Water Treaty (IWT) dispute and resolution of outstanding issues.
• The Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) was signed in 1960. It covers the water distribution and sharing rights of six rivers of Indus river system viz, Beas, Ravi, Sutlej, Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.
India receives first LNG consignment from the United States
• India received first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) cargo comprising 1.2 Lakh tones of the Gas from United States. T
• The cargo landed at the Dabhol regasification terminal in Maharashtra.
• This recent consignment of LNG has been imported from US under a long-term USD 32 billion contract of 20 years.
• This contract was signed between India’s GAIL and America’s Dominion Energy Cove Point project in Maryland and Cheniere Energy Inc’s Sabine Pass Project in Louisiana.