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Events 2009   Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  Jun  Jul  Aug  Sep  Oct  Nov  Dec 
Events in April 2009

Apr. 1 The Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh calls for an international agreement on the transparent exchange of information in banking after talks with his British counterpart Gordon Brown in London. Full Story
The U.S. President Barack Obama and the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agree to reopen talks on reducing their nuclear warheads, during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Full Story
Benjamin Netanyahu assumes office as Israeli Prime Minister. Full Story
Apr. 2 The G20 summit in London pledges $ 1.1 trillion to boost global economic growth. Leaders agree on measures to reform the banking system. Full Story
Apr. 3 France decides to rejoin the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after a 43-year break in ties. Full Story
Najib Tun Razak is sworn in Malaysia's sixth Prime Minister in the capital Kuala Lumpur. Full Story
Thirteen persons are killed in a rampage by a gunman of Vietnamese origin at a civic centre in the New York State town of Binghamton. The assailant later turns the weapon on himself. Full Story
Apr. 4 Six paramilitary personnel are killed and five injured as a suicide bomber blows himself up at a checkpoint on a VIP road in the Pakistan capital Islamabad. Full Story
France returns to the NATO fold at the 60th anniversary summit of the Organisation at Strausborg. Albania and Croatia become new members. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen is named the next Secretary-General. Full Story
Apr. 5 North Korea successfully launches an indigenous communications satellite aboard a three-stage rocket, Unha-2 (Milky Way). Full Story
Over 400 LTTE cadres including many top leaders are killed as the Sri Lankan army captures the last stretch of land under the Tigers' control. Full Story
At least 22 persons are killed after a suicide bomber blows himself up at a mosque in Chakwal district of Pakistan's Punjab province. Full Story
Apr. 6 Over 100 people are feared dead and nearly 1,200 injured after a powerful earthquake strikes the historic central Italian town of L'Aquila in the mountainous Abruzza region. Full Story
Rioters in the former Soviet state of Moldova storm the Parliament building and the President's office in the capital Chisinau protesting against the results of parliamentary polls. Full Story
Apr. 7 A special tribunal convicts former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, of murder and kidnapping for death squad activities during his 10-year rule in the 1990s. Full Story
Apr. 8 The head of the intelligence wing of the LTTE takes command owing to ill health of the supremo Prabakaran. Full Story
The toll from the Italian quake goes up to 289 even as rescue efforts are hampered by aftershocks.
Ten Pakistani nationals and two others are held in one of the most complex anti-terror operations in Britain. Full Story
Top counter-terror officer Bob Quick quits. Full Story
Apr. 9 Fiji's military ruler Commodore Frank Bainimarama quits as self-appointed Prime Minister after a court declares the government illegal. Full Story
Apr. 10 Fiji's President Ratu Josefa Iloilo suspends the Constitution, assumes governing power and revokes all judicial appointments. Full Story
Apr. 11 The India-ASEAN summit scheduled to be held in Pattaya, Thailand is put off following protests seeking the resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Full Story
Former coup leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama is reappointed Fiji Prime Minister.
Apr. 12 The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa orders two-day halt to military offensive. Full Story
Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declares emergency in the capital Bangkok and five provinces. Full Story
Apr. 13 Sri Lanka de-recognises Norway as the official facilitator of peace talks. Full Story
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari approves plans to introduce Islamic law or Sharia in Swat and nearby areas of the north-west. Full Story
Apr. 14 North Korea pulls out of talks on denuclearisation. Expels IAEA inspectors and U.S. monitors from the Yongbyon nuclear complex. Full Story
Apr. 16 Russia declares Chechnya a zone of peace lifting a tight security regime in force in the region for the past decade. Full Story
North Korea snaps ties with the IAEA and ceases cooperation with the U.S. on denuclearisation. Full Story
Apr. 17 The U.S. President Barack Obama seeks a “new beginning” with Cuba and says he is ready to listen and learn, at the opening of the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago. Full Story
Apr. 20 An estimated 58,000 civilians trapped in the no-fire zone and held hostage by the LTTE cross over to the government controlled area in Sri Lanka's northeast after the military breaches a 3-km-long earthen wall. Full Story
Apr. 22 South Africans cast votes in general elections.
The LTTE media wing in-charge Daya Master and another senior official George Master surrender to the Sri Lankan military. Full Story
India and Spain sign a trade agreement in the presence of President Pratibha Patil and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, in Madrid. Full Story
David Kellermann, acting Chief Financial Officer of money-losing U.S. mortgage giant Freddie Mac is found dead at his home. Full Story
An alleged terror plot by Pakistani nationals in the U.K. collapses after police fail to find any evidence and all those held freed. Full Story
Apr. 23 At least 70 persons are killed in two suicide bomb attacks in Iraq.
Apr. 24 Sixty persons are killed and 125 injured as two suicide bombers blow themselves up at the gates of a Shia Muslim shrine in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
India and Poland sign agreements on cooperation in healthcare and medicine and tourism, in the presence of Presidents Pratibha Patil and Lech Kaczynski. Full Story
Apr. 25 The African National Congress wins the South African parliamentary polls overwhelmingly. Full Story
North Korea announces ‘reactivation' of its reprocessing plant at the Yongbyon nuclear complex. Full Story
Iceland's interim centre-left coalition government under Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir wins early parliamentary polls.
Apr. 26 The WHO declares the swine flu caused by the virus H1N1 that has claimed 81 lives in Mexico and spread to the U.S. and New Zealand a “public health event of international concern.”
The LTTE declares a unilateral cessation of offensive military operations. Full Story
Pakistan military kills 70 militants in an offensive in Lower Dir in North West Frontier Province. Full Story
Apr. 27 The Sri Lanka government announces end of combat operations with heavy weapons. Full Story
Spain becomes the first nation outside North America to confirm a case of swine flu. The toll in Mexico touches 103. The U.S. federal government declares a health emergency. Full Story
Apr. 28 The WHO raises swine flu alert level. The epidemic spreads to West Asia and Asia-Pacific regions. The toll in Mexico reaches 152. Full Story
Three men of Pakistani origin, accused of helping the July 7, 2005 London suicide bombers are cleared by a jury at the Kingston Crown Court. Full Story
Apr. 29 The U.S. heath officials confirm the first death outside Mexico in the swine flu outbreak. The victim a 23-month-old child, dies in a hospital in Texas, Houston. Egypt begins slaughter of the roughly 3,00,000 pigs in the country.
At least 41 persons are killed and 68 wounded in a twin car bombing in Iraq's Sadr city, a main Shia district in Baghdad. Full Story
Pakistani troops retake Buner Valley in North West Frontier Province in a two-day operation that leaves 50 militants dead. Full Story
Apr. 30 The six-year British occupation of Iraq ends. Full Story
U.S. automaker Chrysler files for bankruptcy and announces an industry-changing deal with the Italian firm Fiat.

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