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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.

Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Dec 13, 2010
The Bandra-Worli Sea Link was opened for public on June 30. Officially called the Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link, it is a cable-stayed bridge with prestressed concrete viaduct approaches.

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.

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.

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.

Air France Flight 447 crash

Dec 13, 2010
Air France Flight 447 en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1.

Agni-II tested successfully

Dec 13, 2010
The surface-to-surface missile Agni-II was successfully tested on May 19. The nuclear capable missile with a range of 2,000 km was test fired from the Wheeler’s Island near Bhubaneswar.

168 killed in Iran plane crash

Dec 13, 2010
A Russian-made Iranian passenger plane carrying 168 people crashed shortly after takeoff on July 15.

2 Prithvi-II missiles test fired

Dec 13, 2010
India successfully test fired in quick succession two nuclearcapable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface ballistic missiles with a range of 350 km from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, Orissa on October 12.

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