October, 2014

Fibre optic cable

A new type of fibre optic cable is developed by researchers in the US and Netherlands that smashes data transfer records, managing to squeeze 255 terabits of information per second down a single strand of glass fibre.

Japan’s Niigata International Food Award

India’s Dr. C.I. Laxmipathi Gowda is honoured with the 2014 Sano Touzaburo Special prize by the Japan’s Niigata International Food Award Foundation, for his contribution in improving the livelihoods of small holder farmers in the dryland areas of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Fadnavis sworn in CM of Maharashtra

Mr. Devendra Gangadharrao Fadnavis (44) is sworn in as the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

First Rashtriya Ekta Divas

First Rashtriya Ekta Divas is observed to commemorate the 139th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Stem cells – gastric diseases

Scientists, based in Cincinnati, grow miniature human stomachs from stem cells as a way of studying gastric diseases such as ulcers and stomach cancer and in the future creating tissue to repair patients’ stomachs, according to a report published in “Nature”.

Pankaj Advani clinches World Billiards Championship (time format) title

India’s sports legend Pankaj Advani clinches the “World Billiards Championship (time format) title to bag a record 12th world crown and also completes a rare ‘Grand Double’ post his third win in both the long and short formats in the same year.

Sweden officially recognises the State of Palestine

Sweden officially recognises the state of Palestine, becoming the first western European Union member to do so, in a move the Palestinians hailed as “historic” and Israel denounced as “deplorable”.

10% cut in the Centre’s non-plan expenditure

The Finance Ministry issues austerity measures to promote fiscal discipline and orders, with immediate effect, a mandatory 10-percent cut in the Centre’s non-plan expenditure for the year 2014-15.

China launches a spacecraft robotic lunar sample return

China launches a spacecraft that will act as a precursor for a robotic lunar sample return mission and perhaps also help prepare for subsequent manned exploration of the Moon.

World’s Children’s Prize

Nobel Prize-winner Pakistani teenage activist, Ms. Malala Yousafzai wins the World’s Children’s Prize, after a global vote involving millions of children.