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Nepal Cabinet Meeting at Everest

Dec 14, 2010
The Nepal Cabinet held a historic meeting at the Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 17,192 feet.

Underwater Cabinet Meeting

Dec 14, 2010
The government of the Maldives held a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the threat of global warming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation.

Great Wall of China 'Even longer'

Dec 14, 2010
The first detailed survey to establish the length of the Great Wall of China revealed that it is even greater than previously thought.

New BrahMos Missile

Dec 14, 2010
India and Russia signed an agreement to develop and induct a new hypersonic version of their joint venture 290-km-range BrahMos cruise missile by 2015.

Kosovo becomes member of IMF

Dec 14, 2010
Kosovo became the 186th member of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on June 30. The former Serbian province of Kosovo declared its independence in February 2008.

Harischandrachi Factory

Dec 14, 2010
Marathi film ‘Harischandrachi Factory’ was selected as India’s official entry to 2010 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, making it the second film, after Shwaas to receive the honour.

Tsunami in Samoa

Dec 14, 2010
A submarine earthquake that took place in the Samoan Islands region on September 29 generated tsunami which caused substantial damage and loss of life in several islands.

Russian Nightclub fire

Dec 14, 2010
Around 155 people were killed following an explosion at a nightclub in the Perm, Russia.

Sears Tower renamed

Dec 14, 2010
Chicago's landmark Sears Tower, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, will be renamed Willis Tower after insurance broker Willis Group Holdings Ltd. on July 16.

Trans-Asian Railway

Dec 14, 2010
The Trans-Asian Railway (TAR) is a project to create an integrated freight railway network across Europe and Asia. The Trans-Asian Railway Network Agreement came into force on June 11.

Korba Chimney Collapse

Dec 14, 2010
At least 40 workers were killed when a chimney at an under-construction thermal power plant of Bharat Aluminium Company (Balco) in Korba district of Chhattisgarh caved in.

Nishant Indigenous Air Vehicle tested

Dec 14, 2010
India successfully conducted the flight of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Nishant with totally indigenous engine on March 11 in Veerapura, Karnataka.

N-Capable BrahMos test-fired

Dec 14, 2010
The nuclear-capable BrahMos missile was successfully test-fired on January 20 in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

Riots in China

Dec 14, 2010
A series of violent riots broke out in China in the month of July. The riots began in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, northwestern China.

Typhoon Ketsana

Dec 14, 2010
The powerful typhoon Ketsana, formed in last month of September brought heavy floods in many countries of South-East Asia.

Indonesian Plane Crash

Dec 14, 2010
An Indonesian military transport plane crashed on the island of Java on May 20.

Places In News

Dec 14, 2010
Places In News

INS Airavat Commissioned in Navy

Dec 14, 2010
The Indian Navy on commissioned warship INS Airavat into the naval fleet at the Eastern Naval Command (ENC) base in Visakhapatnam on May 19.

MIG-23 takes final flight

Dec 14, 2010
The Indian Air Force bid adieu to its MIG-23 ‘swing wing’ ground attack fighter aircraft on March 6.

Every 4th person is Muslim

Dec 14, 2010
Every 4th person in the world is Muslim as per the research conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life and Pew Research Centre. A comprehensive demographic study found that there are 1.57 billion Muslims of all ages living in the world today, representing 23% of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion.

Intel fined

Dec 14, 2010
European Union regulators levied a record 1.06 billion euro ($1.45 billion) fine against Intel Corp., the world’s biggest computer-chip maker.

Ganga Dolphin: India's National Aquatic Animal

Dec 14, 2010
The government declared the Ganga dolphins as the national aquatic animal on October 5.

Postage Stamp on Mahatma Gandhi

Dec 14, 2010
Honoring the global icon of non-violence, United Nations released a one dollar postage stamp of Mahatma Gandhi.

Total Solar Eclipse

Dec 14, 2010
A total solar eclipse occurred on July 22. It was the longest solar eclipse during the 21sr century, not to be surpassed until 13 June 2132.

DRDO Tests Interceptor Missile

Dec 13, 2010
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested an indigenous interceptor missile to establish ballistic missile defence (BMD) shield. During the trial on March 6, the interceptor missile destroyed the enemy ballistic missile at an altitude of 80 km.

Court Overturns Ban on Homosexuality

Dec 13, 2010
Court Overturns Ban on Homosexuality

BSF Women Squad

Dec 13, 2010
The Border Security Force (BSF) deployed the first batch of women guards on Pakistan border in Punjab on September 11. These personnel were given training in weapon handling, intelligence gathering, border management, unarmed combat, frisking and guard duties.

Apollo 11's 40th anniversary

Dec 13, 2010
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) marked the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The mission was the first space expedition to send a man to walk on the moon.

Auction of Gandhi's belongings

Dec 13, 2010
An auction of personal belongings of Mahatma Gandhi caused an uproar in India. The items presented for auction included Gandhiji’s iconic roundrimmed spectacles, a pocket watch, a pair of sandals, a plate and bowl and letters of authenticity.

AWACS inducted into IAF

Dec 13, 2010
Giving impetus to the long-standing operational requirement of the armed forces, the first AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) aircraft was inducted into the Indian Air Force on 28 May.

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