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  • ISRO successfully launched its historic mission to Mars from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.


  • The 7th India-Republic of Korea Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) was held in New Delhi.


  • Miss Universe 2013 contest held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. Patricia Yurena Rodriguez from Spain finished as the first runner-up, whereas Constanza Baez from Ecuador was the second runner up.


  • National Education Day of India Observed Across the Country.


  • The Commonwealth Business Forum was inaugurated by the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo.
  • Indian Navy commissioned the first Advanced Light Weight Helicopters Squadron at Southern Command (Kochi,Kerala).


  • Leading NRI industrialist and educationist Lord Swraj Paul was presented with the International Indian of the Decade award.
  • Modganvkars celebrate Dindi festival
  • The 22nd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM began in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


  • The long-delayed and much-awaited aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya was inducted into the Indian Navy in a strategic boost to India's maritime warfare capabilities.
  • Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof CNR Rao were chosen for Bharat Ratna.
  • Sachin Tendulkar made a tearful but self-effacing farewell as his glittering 24-year career came to an end at his home ground of Wankhede Stadium.
  • Challenger Magnus Carlsen thumped world champion Viswanathan Anand in the sixth game with the black pieces to take a crucial 4-2 lead at the World Chess Championship.
  • Thousands of devotees and saints from different parts of the country on 16th November took a dip in the holy waters of Pushkar Lake as part of the 'maha snan' (big bath) on the fourteenth day of Kartik month as per the Hindu calendar.


  • Abdulla Yameen sworn in as the sixth President of the Maldives, ending nearly two years of political turmoil that threatened to isolate the country internationally.
  • The oldest Nobel prize for literature winner, Doris Lessing, died in London on 17th November. Doris - the author of The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing among more than 50 other novels ranging from political to science fiction-- was aged 94.
  • Germany’s aviation company e- Volo tested the first helicopter which is noiseless and emission-free named- Volocopter.


  • Nasa's newest robotic explorer, MAVEN, rocketed toward Mars on 18th November on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet's radical climate change.
  • Assam Government has decided in principle to accord the status of officials State anthem to the song "O MOR APONAR DESH" (O' My Beloved Land) composed by Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa, the doyen of modern Assamese literature, way back in 1910.
  • The severe cyclonic storm "Helen" hurtling towards Andhra Pradesh coast has been captured by India's Mars orbiter ("Mangalyaan") in the first image of the country beamed back in its maiden mission to the red planet.


  • Country's first all-women bank, Bharatiya Mahila Bank (Indian Women's Bank) inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust announced the coveted Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 2013. German chancellor Angela Merkel will be awarded.
  • "Selfie" - a self portrait usually on a smartphone or webcam - was selected word of the year on 19th November 2013 by the Oxford dictionaries, based on a 17,000 percent rise in its usage from a year ago.
  • The severe cyclonic storm "Helen" hurtling towards Andhra Pradesh coast has been captured by India's Mars orbiter ("Mangalyaan") in the first image of the country beamed back in its maiden mission to the red planet.


  • The Kerala Solar Energy Policy, approved by the Cabinet, envisages use of tribal land for solar power projects.
  • Sukhoi-30 fighter jet has been selected by the Indian Air Force as the platform to mount the supersonic BrahMos missiles.
  • Malala Yousafzai received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize for her brave crusade for the right of the children to education.


  • S.Anantharaman has taken over charge as Chief Operations Manager (COM), Southern Railway.
  • Vietnam's offer to India for exploring gas and oil blocks in the South China Sea is in areas where there is no dispute over sovereignty.
  • Ukraine's Parliament failed to pass bills that would have enabled the release of jailed former Premier Yulia Tymoshenko, dealing a harsh blow to its chances of integration with the European Union (EU).
  • PM Manmohan Singh inaugurated the 3rd BRICS International Competition Conference in New Delhi.
  • Rohini (RH) 200 took to the sky at 6.25 p.m. from the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) to mark the golden Jubilee of the first successful launch of a sounding rocket from Indian soil, the beginning of India's big leap forward in space exploration.


  • Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna awardee prof. CNR Rao has become the first Indian Scientist to be elected as honorary foreign member of Chinese Academy of science (CAS).
  • A 'Kombu pattu' (horn ensemble) performed by 444 artistes at the Asramam Maidan (Kollam-Kerala) on January 9 in connection with a visit of Sri Sri Ravi Sankar, Founder of the Art of Living foundation, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • The North East Business summit began at Dibrugarh in Assam.
  • World Championship : World No.1 Magnus Carlsen unseated five - time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand in Chennai on 22nd November 2013.


  • The judiciary as for the first time 35,10,390 cases pending in various courts were decided on one day in the National Lok Adalat held in the Supreme Court, all High Courts, and district and taluk courts across the country on 23rd November 2013.
  • A U.S. energy firm has been ordered to cough up $1 million in fines and community service payments after authorities discoverd numerous golden eagles and other protected birds, including hawks, black birds, larks wrens and sparrows, had been killed due to collisions with infrastructure at the firm's wind energy plants in Wyoming.
  • Drug majors pfizer and Wyeth, on Saturday, said they would merge their India operations in a share - swap and operate under a single brand, a move that would give the combined entity increased therapeutic presence and a de-risked business profile.
  • The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the armed forces on 23st November 2013 test - fired a Dhanush missile from a warship off the eastern coast. In formed sources said the launch met the mission objectives.


  • Iran has struck a historic agreement with the U.S. and five other world powers, accepting strict constraints on its nuclear programme for the first time in a decade in exchange for partial relief from sanctions. (Signed in GENEVA)
  • RailTel Corporation of India (RailTel), the telecommunications arm of the Railways, is decided to expanding its project to take high-speed internet to rural homes in Tamil Nadu by linking its optic fibre network to existing cable TV connections.
  • Senior communist leader and all-India Vice-President of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) S.S.Thiyagarajan died on 24th November.
  • A panoramic photo of the Brihadeeswara temple in Tanjavur, Tamilnadu, has won the first prize at the "Wiki Lovers Monuments India 2013" contest.
  • Jason Day, Australian Golfer won the Golf world cup at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne.
  • Red Bull's quadruple world champion sebastian vettel won the season - ending Brazilian Grand Prix on 24th November to chalk up a record ninth victory in a row and 13th of the year.


  • Former Manchester United defender Bill Foulkes, a survivor of the 1958 Munich air disaster, has died at the age of 81, the club announced on 25th November.
  • India opened its medals account in the Commonwealth weightlifting championships at penang, Malaysia with Deepak Lather bagging one gold and two silver medals in the 50kg youth boys section on the opening day on 25th November.
  • Norway's Magnus Carlsen, the newly-crowned World chess champion, received a cheque for Rs.9.9 crore from the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Ms. J.Jayalalitha, during the prize distribution ceremony at Hyatt Regency here on 25th November.


  • Ripon Buildings, the seat of the 426 of the Chennai Corporation,will turn 100 on 26th November.
  • India's latest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya leaves Russia's Sevmash shipyard, where it was rebuilt, for its long voyage to India .


  • The translation of Biblical psalms "The Bay Psalm Book" was printed by Puritan settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640, becoming the world's most expensive printed book.


  • Malala Yousafzai, Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan were chosen for the GG2 Hammer Award for their bravery at the GG2 Leadership Awards 2013
  • Indian Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar appointed as UNICEF’s first brand ambassador for South Asia.


  • The National Tiger Conservation Authority has approved the fifth tiger reserve of Maharashtra in Nagzira.


  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed banks to pay interest on rupee savings and term deposits at intervals shorter than quarterly intervals.
  • The U.S. destroyed the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapon stockpile on a ship at sea, said the world's chemical weapons watchdog Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The neutralization operations conducted on a U.S. vessel at sea using hydrolysis.
  • Tripura introduced for the first time in the country PVC Electoral Photo Identity Card as mandated by Election Commission of India
  • The Emperor of Japan, Akihito, accompanied by Empress Michiko, arrived New Delhi on a six-day visit which the government has said is "One of the biggest moments in India's diplomatic engagement" this year.
  • Veteran choreographer for several Tamil and other South Indian-language films, R.Raghuram, died at his residence in Chennai. He was 64.



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