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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russian Nightclub fire

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

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.

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.

Places In News

Dec 14, 2010
Places In News

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.

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.

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.

N-Capable BrahMos test-fired

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indonesian Plane Crash

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

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.

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.

Ganga Dolphin: India's National Aquatic Animal

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

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.

Earthqauke in Italy

Dec 13, 2010
An earthquake rated 6.3 on the Richter scale occurred on 6 April in L’Aquila, Italy.

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.

Delhi Metro Bridge Accident

Dec 13, 2010
An under-construction overbridge of the Delhi Metro collapsed on July 12. Six people including a site engineer were killed in the accident.

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.

Broadband Access a Legal Right

Dec 13, 2010
Finland became the first country in the world to make high-speed Internet access a legal right.

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