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Avani Chaturvedi creates history, becomes first Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo

Feb 22, 2018
Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi of Indian Air Force (IAF) flew her first solo flight in a Russian made MiG-21 fighter.

Nancy Pelosi made history of delivering longest eight hour speech in American Senate

Feb 8, 2018
In her marathon speech Pelosi called on lawmakers to pass the DREAM Act. The previous record of longest speech dates back to 1909 when a Missouri representative, Champ Clark, spoke for 5 hours and 15 minutes.

Anushka Sharma named PETA's Person of the Year 2017

Jan 1, 2018
Popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma was honoured with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' (PETA) 2017 Person of the Year Award. The actress was conferred the award for her wide-reaching work for animals, from helping to protect dogs from fireworks to advocating for horses who are forced to pull carriages in Mumbai.

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford honour

Nov 29, 2017
Nobel Peace laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been stripped of the ‘Freedom of Oxford award’ over her inaction in the escalating Rohingya crisis.

India’s Manushi Chhillar crowned Miss World 2017

Nov 20, 2017
India's Manushi Chhillar was crowned Miss World 2017 at the prestigious pageant’s 67th edition that was held in Sanya, China. Chhillar’s win has brought home the coveted title after a 17-year-long wait. The last Indian contestant to win Miss World was Priyanka Chopra in the year 2000.

Indian origin activist Gina Miller named UK’s most influential black person of the year

Oct 26, 2017
Indian origin campaigner Gina Miller was named UK’s most influential black person of the year on 25 October 2017. Gina took a legal action against British Prime Minister Theresa May demanding that individual members of the Cabinet have no legal power to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which states that any member state may leave “in accordance with its own constitutional requirements”.

Indian-origin teenager Akshay Ruparelia is UK's Youngest Millionaire

Oct 17, 2017
He started the firm with an initial investment of 7000 pounds, which he borrowed from his relatives. He hired a call centre service to answer his company switchboard while he was in class and used to call clients back after the school. Within months, investors were buying shares in Ruparelia`s firm "www.doorsteps.co.uk".

Gauri Lankesh to receive Anna Politkovskaya Award posthumously

Oct 9, 2017
Gauri Lankesh, activist-journalist from Karnataka, who was shot dead in September 2017, will be posthumously conferred the Anna Politkovskaya Award 2017. She would be sharing the award with a Pakistani peace activist, Gulalai Ismail, who has faced death threats for speaking out against the Taliban.

Union Government plans to release Commemorative Coins to mark MG Ramachandran’s birth centenary

Sep 14, 2017
Ramachandran, affectionately called MGR by his fans, has served Tamil Nadu as its Chief Minister between 1977 and 1987. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswamy has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre’s decision to issue commemorative coins in honour of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran.

Mother Teresa declared as co-patron of Archdiocese of Calcutta

Sep 7, 2017
St Francis Xavier was declared as the first patron when the Archdiocese of Calcutta was established in 1886.

CBI court pronounces 20-year jail term for Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh

Aug 28, 2017
The CBI court, which convicted the Dera chief, has pronounced the quantum of punishment in Sunaira Jail on the outskirts of Rohtak.

Rahul Doshi crowned as ‘Child Genius’ in UK

Aug 21, 2017
Rahul Doshi won the title by answering a question on 19th Century artists William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.

Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as 13th Vice President of the country

Aug 11, 2017
Naidu who will be holding the second highest constitutional office in the country was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Venkaiah Naidu elected as next Vice-President of India

Aug 8, 2017
The election had been necessitated as the term of Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who was elected for his second term as vice president in 2011, comes to an end on August 10.

After lifetime of public service, Prince Philip officially retires at 96

Aug 3, 2017
Over the past 65 years, he has carried out 637 visits abroad on his own, gave almost 5500 speeches, written 14 books and was patron or a member of more than 780 organisations.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos briefly overtakes Gates to become world’s richest person

Jul 28, 2017
Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos became the world’s richest person for a brief while, overtaking Microsoft founder Bill Gates. His net worth topped $90.5 billion on the morning of 27 July.

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar Chief Minister, Sushil Modi is his deputy

Jul 27, 2017
Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar Chief Minister with Bharatiya Janata Party as a partner of his Janata Dal-United.

Ram Nath Kovind elected as 14th President of India

Jul 20, 2017
NDA nominee Ram Nath Kovind crossed the winning margin to become the 14th President of India by beating opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

Hyden Cross becomes first pregnant man to give birth in Britain

Jul 10, 2017
He got pregnant in September 2017 by a sperm donor. He found the donor through a Facebook group on the internet.

AK Jyoti of Gujarat cadre will be next Chief Election Commissioner

Jul 1, 2017
Jyoti has also served as the state Vigilance Commissioner and worked in various capacities in his cadre including as Chairman of the Kandla Port Trust between 1999 and 2004.

Dalit Face of NDA government as Presidential candidate

Jun 19, 2017
Born on 1 October 1945 in Kanpur Dehat, Uttar Pradesh, Kovind hails from a Dalit background.

Justice CS karnan becomes first High Court Judge to retire while absconding

Jun 12, 2017
The Supreme Court in May 2017 sentenced him to six months imprisonment for contempt of court and ordered his immediate arrest.

Nepal's first woman Chief Justice Sushila Karki retires

Jun 8, 2017
Justice Karki was succeeded by Justice Gopal Parajuli, who is now the senior most judge of the Supreme Court of Nepal

Indian-American among 12 new astronauts chosen by NASA

Jun 8, 2017
NASA has chosen 12 new astronauts, including an Indian-American, from a record number of over 18000 applicants, who will be trained for missions into Earth orbit and to deep space.

Sachin Tendulkar joins UN campaign ‘Super Dads’

Jun 7, 2017
The Super Dads initiative is a part of a larger campaign called #EarlyMomentsMatter, which aims to bring awareness to the significance of early childhood experiences on a child's future.

ICJ stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution till final order

May 18, 2017
ICJ judge Ronny Abraham said, “Pakistan shall take all measures to ensure that Jadhav is not hanged until a final decision by the court”.

Renowned biologist Purnima Devi Barman nominated for Whitley Awards

May 17, 2017
The biologist has been working with the Dadara, Pachariya and Hingimari villages of Kamrup district to save the Greater Adjutant Stork.

International Court of Justice stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's hanging

May 10, 2017
India said, Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he was involved in business activities after retiring from the Indian Navy.

RJD Chief Lalu Prasad to be tried in all cases separately in multi-crore fodder scam case

May 8, 2017
While hearing the plea, the apex court criticised Jharkhand HC for dropping the conspiracy charge against Lalu Prasad in Deoghar treasury case.

India organises festival in Egypt to mark Tagore's birth anniversary

May 8, 2017
The Tagore festival is being organised by the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture, the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo.

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