The US designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organisation, an unprecedented declaration against a foreign government that may prompt retaliation and make it harder for American diplomats and military officers to work with allies in the region. It is the first time that the US has designated an entity of another government as a terrorist organization. The IRGC is a paramilitary organization formed in the wake of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution to defend the government. The force answers only to Iran's supreme leader, operates independently of the regular military and has vast economic interests across the country.
Israelis began voting to elect a new parliament. Fourteen main parties are competing for 120 seats in the Knesset or parliament. Incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is running for his fifth term in office. His main challenger is Benny Gantz, a former chief of staff of the Israeli military. Voters will cast their ballots for a party, not a candidate. The more votes a party gets, the more seats it obtains in the Knesset as the government is based on a nationwide proportional representation system. Political parties must pass an electoral threshold of 3.25 percent to gain a Knesset seat.
President Ram Nath Kovind paid homage to the martyrs of police at National Police Memorial in New Delhi on the occasion of 54th Valour Day of Central Reserve Police Force. 9th April is celebrated as Valour Day in the Force. The President also launched the App - Veer Parivar for assistance to next of kin of Martyrs of CRPF personnel. The Central Reserve Police Force is India's largest Central Armed Police Forces. It functions under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India.
President Ram Nath Kovind released the national ranking of higher institutes by the Ministry of Human Resources Development in New Delhi. Indian Institute of Technology Madras topped the rankings while the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore bagged the second rank followed by IIT Delhi. Delhi University's Miranda House was ranked the best among colleges across the country. AIIMS has been ranked first among medical sciences institutes and National Law School, Bangalore has topped law colleges.
A two day convention is being organised on 9-10th April 2019 by the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) on the occasion of the World Homoeopathy Day. It is an autonomous research organization under Ministry of AYUSH. The World Homoeopathy Day is observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Fredrich Samuel Hahnemann.
The Reserve Bank of India came out with guidelines for banks to set up new currency chests, which include minimum area of 1,500 square feet for strong room. Besides, the new chests should have a processing capacity of 6.6 lakh pieces of banknotes per day. For those situated in the hilly/ inaccessible places, the capacity of 2.1 lakh pieces of banknotes per day. Earlier, a RBI appointed committee had recommended that the apex bank should encourage banks to open large currency chests with modern facilities and Chest Balance Limit (CBL) of at least Rs 1,000 crore.
Australian Graham Reid's appointment as the men's national team chief coach till the end of 2020 was ratified after Hockey India received necessary clearance from the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Reid's tenure will be till the end of next year. As per industry standards, every international coach's contract is supposed to be for an Olympic cycle. But his contract will have a provision of extension till 2022. Everything will depend on India's performances leading upto the Tokyo Olympics.