November, 2014

Golden Peacock award – Russian film Leviathan

The Russian film Leviathan by Andrey Zvyaginstev bags the Golden Peacock award for best film at the closing ceremony of 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

PM Narendra Modi announces to use land swap deal

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi announces to use land swap deal to stop illegal immigration through India’s border with Bangladesh. India has 111 enclaves in Bangladesh while the latter has 51 enclaves in India.

IBSF World Snooker Championships

China’s Yan Bingtao (14) becomes the youngest-ever world champion after he defeats Pakistan’s Muhammad Sajjad to win men’s IBSF World Snooker Championships in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The women’s title is won by Belgium’s Wendy Jans.

Meghalaya on the railway map by flagging off of the first passenger train

Meghalaya is brought on the railway map by flagging off of the first passenger train from the State, in Guwahati. The service links Mendipathar in North Garo Hills district to Guwahati in Assam.

Geological changes

Scientists estimate that by 2050, the ocean could be largely devoid of reefs as climate change and our relentless plundering of the sea set in motion geological changes not seen for millions of years.

120 killed Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques

Atleast 120 are killed and many more hurt in explosions during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano.

WTO agrees to the first global trade deal

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) agrees to the first global trade deal in the agency’s 20-year history by endorsing a move to roll out easier customs rules.

Arjuna Award get boxer Manoj Kumar

The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, boxer Manoj Kumar, is given the prestigious Arjuna Award at a function in New Delhi.

18th SAARC Summit

The two day eighteenth SAARC Summit commences in Kathmandu, Nepal. The summit is taking place after the interval of three years; last summit was held in Maldives in 2011.

India-Nepal sign agreement

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi hold talks with his Nepalese counterpart Mr. Sushil Koirala on key strategic issues after which 10 agreements, including one for $1-billion assistance to Nepal are inked.

Phelps was crowned Male Athlete of the Year

Mr. Michael Phelps was crowned Male Athlete of the Year at the 2014 USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards on November 24, 2014. He was crowned with the title for the fifth time. Earlier, he won the title in 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2012. Mr. Michael Fred Phelps is an American swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals.

New Chairman of UPSC appointed

Mr. Deepak Gupta succeeded Ms. Rajni Razdan as the new Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on Nov. 23, 2014. A retired IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, Mr. Gupta is the first non-UPSC member to be appointed as the Chairman of the Commission.

Roger Federer wins the first Davis Cup Title

Roger Federer wins the first Davis Cup title for Switzerland after he defeats France’s Richard Gasquer 3-1 in Lille, France.

Carlsen wins FIDE World Chess Championship 2014

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen defends his crown successfully after he defeats India’s Viswanathan Anand with a score of 6.5–4.5 in Sochi, Russia to win FIDE World Chess Championship 2014.

Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia Eluvathinkal a priest

Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Euphrasia Eluvathinkal, a priest and a nun from Kerala among six canonised by Pope Francis in Vatican.

C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award

Former Indian cricket captain Mr. Dilip Vengsarkar, on Nov. 21, 2014, received C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award. He was conferred the award for his contribution to Indian cricket. The 58-year-old Mr. Vengsarkar, who was a member of the Indian team that won the historic World Cup in 1983 received a citation, trophy and cheque for Rs. 25 lakh.

India’s Mangalyaan developed by ISRO

India’s Mangalyaan, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), is listed among the 25 best innovations of 2014 by the Time magazine.

India register their first series win

India register their first series win on Pakistan soil after they defeat Nepal 6-0 in Islamabad in the 2014 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Championship.

Republic Day’s chief guest

In a major sign of the deepening ties between India and the US, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi invites US President Mr. Barack Obama to be the chief guest at Republic Day ceremony in 2015.

45th IFFI

South Indian superstar Rajinikanth is bestowed the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year at the opening ceremony of the 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.

UN warns that the world must cut CO2 emissions to zero by 2070

The UN warns that the world must cut CO2 emissions to zero by 2070 at the latest to keep global warming below dangerous levels and prevent a global catastrophe.

ING Vysya Bank merge with Kotak Mahindra Bank

In an all stock amalgamation, ING Vysya Bank decides to merge with Kotak Mahindra Bank.

2014-Indira Gandhi Peace Prize

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is named for the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2014.

International Children’s Peace Prize 2014

Indian American Ms. Neha Gupta (18) is awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2014, becoming the first-ever American to win the prize.

India and Australia ink free pacts on social security

India and Australia ink five pacts on social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, combating narcotics trade, tourism, and Arts and Culture during the official visit of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to the country.

Nanavati Commission submit final reports

The Nanavati Commission of Enquiry probing the 2002 post-Godhra riots submits final report to Gujarat Chief Minister Ms. Anandiben Patel.

China and Australia ink FTA

China and Australia ink a major Free Trade Agreement (FTA), ensuring 85% for all exports of Australia enter China tariff-free.

PM Modi topped the list of “100 Global Thinkers”

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi hogged the limelight on November 17, 2014 when he topped the list of “100 Global Thinkers” in a prominent US magazine. “Foreigh Policey”. He was also named ‘Asian of the Year’ by Singapore’s leading newspaper The Straits Time. He visited Kathmandu, Nepal from Nov. 27 to 28, 2014. He visited Nepal as a part of 18th SAARC Summit. During his visit, Mr. Modi also had bilateral interactions with all six leaders of SAARC member countries, except Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Mr. Modi visited Fiji on Nov. 19, 2014. He is also the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Fiji Parliament. He visited Australia as part of G-20 summit and bilateral summit with Australia from Nov. 15 to 18, 2014. He became the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Australian Parliament.

Sumitra Charat Ram Award 2014

Veteran classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj is conferred the Sumitra Charat Ram Award 2014 for Lifetime Achievement.

Djokovic is crowned champion of ATP World Tour finals

World number one Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is crowned champion of ATP World Tour finals in London, UK, after world number two Swiss Roger Federer withdraws from the title clash due to a back injury.

India sweep the ODI series

India defeat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in the fifth and final match of the series in Ranchi, Jharkhand, sweeping the 5-march ODI series by 5-0.

Indian wins China open super series title

Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth clinch women’s and men’s singles title of the China Open Super Series Premier of Badminton, respectively, in Fuzhou, China.

G20 summit

Backing India’s stance, the G20 Summit endorses the need for transparency and disclosure by countries of tax information and set up a new global standard on automatic exchange to tackle the black money issue. Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, in his intervention at the summit of the Group of 20 industrialised and major emerging economies, had called for close global coordination to address the challenge posed by black money.

ISKCON project of construction

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee lays the foundation stone of ` 300-crore ISKCON project of construction of a 210-metre-high Chandrodaya Mandir in Vrindavan, U.P., The temple, which will take about five years for completion, is going to be thrice the height of Qutub Minar.

brain-to-brain communication link

In a major scientific advance researchers at the University of Washington, led by Indian-origin Professor Rajesh Rao, establish a ‘brain-to-brain communi-cation’ link using the Internet.

IIM JRD Tata Award

Steel Authority of India (SAIL) Chairman Mr. C.S. Verma is conferred the IIM-JRD Tata Award for Excellence in Corporate Leadership in Metallurgical Industries for the year 2014.

Scientists, for the first time, send twisted beams of light across the rooftops

Scientists, for the first time, send twisted beams of light across the rooftops of Vienna. The breakthrough by researchers from the University of Vienna could enable using the significant data-carrying capacity of light in both classical and quantum communication.

Rohit scores the highest ODI score

Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma scores the highest ODI score ever of 264 runs during the 4th ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata. This is also the second highest List-A score. With this, he becomes the only cricketer to score two Double ODI centuries.

India-US ink a deal

India and the US ink a deal that paves the way for global trade pact. Both countries agree that the peace clause should continue till a permanent solution to food subsidy is found.

Rosetta mission lands on comet

In the first-ever in the history of Space, European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission lands its Philae probe on the surface of a Comet.

US-China agree to reduce carbon pollution

World’s two largest emitters of greenhouse gases – the US and China- breakthrough is achieved during talks between visiting US President Mr. Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Mr. Xi Jinping.

Indian IPS officer appointed as Member of UN probe panel on Gaza

Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, Mr. K.C. Reddy was on Nov. 11, 2014 appointed as the member of United Nations (UN) probe panel on Gaza. Earlier, Mr. Reddy served as a UN security advisor for Syria.

APEC agree to initiate the formation of a free trade

The members of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) agree to initiate the formation of a free trade area in the Asia Pacific – a vision steered by China, which competes with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) initiative of the United States.

49th Jnanpith Award get Kedarnath Singh

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee confers the 49th Jnanpith Award upon eminent Hindi poet Mr. Kedernath Singh for his oustanding contribution towards Indian literature.

Chinese President – Japanese PM meet

Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Mr. Shinzo Abe meet on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC), signalling a thaw in their ties with their ice-breaking dialogue.

Shape – changing aircraft

According to news reports, NASA the US Space Agency, has successfully flight-tested a revolutionary shape-changing aircraft flap for the first time. The flaps have the potential to be retrofitted to existing aeroplane wings.

25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Germans celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and visit the exhibition organised at the memorial site in large numbers.

Oath of Office to 21 New Union Ministers

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee administers the oath of office to 21 new Union Ministers including four Cabinet Ministers, three Ministers of State with independent charge and 14 Ministers of State.

SFC test-fires the surface-to-surface missile Agni-II

The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) test-fires the surface-to-surface missile, Agni-II from Wheeler Island off the Odisha coast around 9.40 a.m.

Apple’s new Health kit app.

The media report that a new iPhone app named Deadline claims that it can work out very accurately the date of one’s demise by using medical data from Apple’s new HealthKit app.

Magnus Carlsen champion FIDE World Chess championship

Five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India and Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, the defending champion, draw the Game one of the FIDE World Chess Championship match in Sochi, Russia.

Chinese President announces fund to build mega Silk Road Projects

Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping announces $40-billion fund to build mega Silk Road projects criss-crossing Asia which is thought to be a strategic move to checkmate US Pivot to Asia.

China and Pakistan ink 20 agreements

China and Pakistan ink 20 agreements amounting to Chinese investment reportedly with about $46 billion.

Parsekar as the new CM of Goa State

Goa Governor Ms. Mridula Sinha administers the oath of office to former Goa Health Minister Mr. Laxmikant Parsekar as the new Chief Minister of the State. Mr. Parsekar is the three-time BJP MLA.

Bhutan’s King two days visit in India

Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck receives Hon’ble Presdient Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, who is on a two-day state visit to the Himalayan nation.

Saabsad Adarsh Gram Yojana

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi adopts village Jayapur of Uttar Pradesh as part of the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) for MPs and suggests a model of development with community participation.

Immigration reforms – Obama

The day after the Republican Party of the United States won the control of Senate in the US mid-term elections 2014, a combative President Mr. Barack Obama vows to stand firm on immigration reforms.

Recovery vessel TRV 72

The Navy’s torpedo recovery vessel TRV 72 sinks outside the harbour in Visakhapatnam, killing a sailor. While 24 aborard are rescued, three are still missing.

Inhalable vaccine – Ebola virus

Results from a recent pre-clinical trial show that a single does of an inhalable vaccine may provide long-term protection against the deadly Ebola virus.

Ronaldo is chosen for the third Golden Boot Award

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is chosen for the third Golden Boot Award of his career for being joint top goal scorer in Europe last season.

Forbes releases its list of World’s most powerful people

Forbes releases its list of World’s most powerful people, with Russian President Mr. Vladimir Putin heading the list, followed by US President Mr. Barack Obama, Chinese President Mr. Xi Jinping, Pope Francis and the world’s most powerful woman, German Chancellor Ms. Angela Merkel at the 5th India’s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi makes his debut at the 15th rank.

Pak. attack at Wagah border

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at a Pakistani check-post near the Wagah border, threatens attacks on India. Atleast 55 people, including children and security personnel, are killed and 200 injured after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at the main Indo-Pakistan land border crossing.

Pictographs of Harappan culture are discovered on rocks

Pictographs of Harappan culture are discovered on rocks near the world-famous site Hampi in Karnataka. As many as 20 drawings are found on boulder on top of a hill near Talwarghata, adjacent to the river, Tungbhadra.

Former PM chosen for Japan’s top national award

Former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is chosen for Japan’s top national award. “The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers 2014.”

Pakistan militant proxies war against India

Taking a significant step towards strategic closeness between Washington and New Delhi, Pentagon, in a candid report, openly critucuses Pakistan for using militant groups as proxies in a war against India.

Lewis Hamilton win US Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of UK bags his 10th win of the season in a US Grand Prix that saw Mercedes equal the record for one-two finishes in Austin, Texas.

WTC again opening or business

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is again opening for business. One World Trade Center, a 104-storey, $3.9-billion skyscraper in Manhattan, is America’s tallest building.

Discovery of Hydrogen & Helium

Astronomers discover an elusive new low-mass, low-density planet located 2,300 light years away from the Earth, with an atmosphere loaded with hydrogen and helium.

Novak Djokogic finishing the season as world no. 1

Novak Djokovic of Serbia brightens his chances of finishing the season as World No. 1 after he retains the Paris Masters title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Canadian Milos Raonic in the finals. Meanwhile, twin brothers Mike and Bob Bryan of the US claim the doubles title.

Pakistan skipper Misbah smashes a 56-ball ton

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq smashes a 56-ball ton, to equal Sir Viv Richards’ record for the fastest Test hundred, in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi.

Central Zone win Duleep Trophy

Central Zone win the 2014-15 Duleep Trophy title of cricket by defeating South Zone by 9 runs in the finals played at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi.

Climate change was closing rapidly and warns

Chairperson of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Mr. R.K. Pachauri says that the window of action on tackling climate change was closing rapidly and warns that the path of inaction would be more costly than the path of action.

1677 species and subspecies of butterflies found in India

A recent study by the scientists of the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) reveals that of the 1,677 species and subspecies of butterflies found in India, more than one-fourth are either threatened or endangered.

Kidnapped girls are converted and married off

Leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, claims that no truce with the government happened, and the 200 kidnapped girls are converted and married off.

Chinese attack at Sri Lankan port

India is alarmed by the incident of Sri Lanka permitting yet another Chinese attack-submarine to dock at a Sri Lankan port, which confirms New Delhi’s fears of expanding Chinese presence in its neighbourhood.