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  • ISRO successfully sends Mars orbiter into sun-centric orbit.
  • China launched its first moon rover mission. The Chang'e-3 rocket carrying the Jade Rabbit rover blasted off around 1.30 am.Fans and fellow actors mourned the death of Paul Walker, best known as undercover agent Brain O'Connor in the Fast and Furious action movies, in a fiery car crash in California.
  • Lodha Group, a real estate developer, has signed contracts to buy the landmark MacDonald House in central London from the Canadian government for Rs.3120 crore (306 million pounds).
  • Kanpur Mahadeva Bhagavathar conferred the title Sankeerthana Kalanidhi by the Integrated Academy of Performing Arts, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha and Bhagavatha Seva Trust.


  • The Indian Space Research Organization's Mars orbiter became the farthest object sent into space by India. The first time that an Indian spacecraft (Mars orbiter) has crossed distance of 9.25 lakh km.
  • The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) announced that with the conclusion of the National Lok Adalat on November 30, a staggering 71.50 lakh cases had been disposed of.
  • The Hyderabad Public School (HPS) emerged victor in The Hindu Young World Quiz, 2013 by a winning margin of 83 points.


  • The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Army successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from the Integrated Test Range near Balasore, Odisha.
  • Gayathri Sivakumar, the 12-year-old from Kochi, soared to a new meet record in the girls' under-14 high jump event, providing the perfect take-off to the 29th junior National athletics championship.


  • Punjab University has overtaken the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to become the highest ranked educational institution of the country in the first - ever ranking of universities in BRICS and emerging economies.


  • Nelson Mandela, the towering figure of Africa's struggle for freedom and a hero to millions around the world, has died at the age of 95. Mr. Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.


  • The U.S. has approved a breakthrough therapy for treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C that is expected to offer a more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying viral disease. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the pill, Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat certain types of HCV infection without the need for co-administration of interferon.


  • Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich was crowned with the pageant of Miss Earth 2013 at the Versailles Palace, Philippines.


  • World leaders and citizens gathered at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg to pay homage to former South African President Nelson Mandela at a memorial meeting.
  • The red beacon can be used only by high dignitaries holding constitutional posts while on duty, the Supreme Court ruled.
  • The scion of the Mysore royal family, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, died following a cardiac arrest at a private hospital in Bangalore.


  • Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Shivajirao Moghe introduced the Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic bill 2013 in the State legislative assembly.
  • Time Magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year, hailing the head of the Catholic Church as a new voice of global conscience since taking office in March.


  • Raman Singh took the oath of office as Chhattisgarh Chief Minister for the third consecutive term on the Police Parade Ground.
  • Doha Bank has been granted licence to commence banking operations in India, and has been permitted to open a branch in Mumbai to provide full-scale banking services.


  • Rising Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara bagged the 'Emerging Cricketer of the Year' Trophy.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vasundhara Raje, who led the party to a landslide victory in the Rajasthan Assembly elections, was sworn in as Chief Minister for the second time at a grand ceremony.
  • C. V. R. Rajendran, took charge of Andhra Bank Chairman and Managing Director. Prior to this, he was Executive Director of Bank of Maharashtra.


  • A space module carrying China's first lunar rover landed on the moon. The lunar probe carrying the "Jade Rabbit" or Yu Tu rover landed in the Bay of Rainbows, or Sinus Iridum, on the Moon's surface.
  • Lal Thanhawala was sworn in the Mizoram Chief Minister by Governor Vakkom Purushothaman at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.
  • India donated a second navel Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), Dhruv, to the Maldives in a gesture that was described by Maldivian Minister of Defence Mohamed Nazim.
  • The five year-old international airport at Devanahalli was officially renamed Kempegowda International Airport even as the newly terminal T1 was commissioned.
  • Prince Harry has become the first British royal to reach the South Pole after a three-week charity trek with injured military veterans from Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia.
  • The body of Nelson Mandela arrived at his ancestral home of Qunu in South Africa's Eastern Cape.


  •  Union Labour Minister Sis Ram Ola died at a hospital in Gurgaon, after being admitted for treatment of an eye infection and a cardiac problem. Mr. Ola was an influential Jat leader hailing from the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan.
  •  Army's Raj Chaudhary outclassed a strong field with a total of 620.7 and beat World Cup silver medallist Lajja Gauswami by 2-7 points to clinch the women's rifle prone gold in the 57th National shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
  •  Mandela's casket was buried at a family plot in his rural boyhood home of Qunu.


  • In Germany's general election, Angela Merkel has begun her third term as the country's Chancellor, the only woman to do so.


  •  Former India captain Kapil Dev will be the recipient of the Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013.
  •  Elizabeth Susan Koshy beat a strong field to win the women's rifle 3-position gold in the 57th National shooting championship at the Dr. karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.
  •  Kothari Sugars and Chemicals Ltd.'s plant in Tamil Nadu has bagged the National Energy Conservation Award for 2013 from the Union Power Ministry.
  •  Virtual currency Bitcoin, crashed in China, falling almost 50 per cent after the country's biggest trading platform BTC China banned deposits in yuan, following new restrictions imposed by the people's Bank of China.
  •  Graham Mackay, Chairman of SABMiller, and one of the best-known figures in the global beer industry, died from cancer. He was 64.


  • The President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office to former IAS officer Sushma Singh as Chief Information Commissioner at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • Canara Bank, announced that it had received permission from the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System to open a branch in New York.


  •  Indigenous Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas, India has found an ideal replacement for the MiGs gets initial clearance for joining IAF.
  • White salt marsh, mesmerising sunrise and sunset and the colourful hues of Gujarati culture are drawing visitors by yards from India and abroad to experience the Rann Utsav at the India - Pakistan border.
  • Rakesh Manpat beat Joydeep Karmakar and Gagan Narang to win the men's free rifle prone gold in the 57th National shooting championship at the Dr. Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad.


  • Chairman of Xpro India Ltd. Sidharth Birla, took over as the President of FICCI succeeding HSBC India Country Head Naina Lal Kidwai.


  • The SASTRA Ramanujam Award 2013 was presented to peter Scholze from Mathematics Institute, University of Bonn Germany, at a function held at Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre of the Shanmugha Arts Science Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA) University.
  • Bangalorean Col. (retired) Deepak Gopinath was declared the Indian Crossword League Champion 2013.

  • Asian Games gold medallist Ronjan Sodhi nailed the elusive gold as he won men's double trap in the 57th National shooting championship.
  • Mikhail Kalashni kov, the designer of the fabled AK-47 automatic rifle, died. He was 94.
  • In the fifth consecutive success of its flight trial, the nuclear weapons capable Agni-III surface to surface ballistic missile was test-fired for its full range of a little over 3,000 km from the Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast.
  • Distinguished kannada poet, writer and researcher G.S. Shivarudrappa (87), popularly known as Prof. GSS, passed away at his residence at Banashankari. The writer, who was awarded the title of Rashtrakavi by the karnataka government in 2006, was ailing for some time. He was the third kannada poet to be honoured with the prestigious title of "Rashtrakavi," after Manjeshwara Govinda Pai and his mentor and guide Kuvempu (K.V. Puttappa).


  • The Jammu Festival, aimed at showcasing the rich culture, heritage and traditions of the city, began with a scintillating recital on the santoor, enthralling many visitors.The six-day long festival was inaugurated by Governor N.N. Vohra and Tourism Minister Gulam Ahmed Mir at the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium of Jammu University.


  • C. K. Birla has decided to step down as the Chairman of Hindustan Motors, and also relinquish his directorship.
  • Tech major Microsoft launched 'Guardian,' a new safety application (app), that enables friends and family of Windows Phone users to track them in real time.
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe risked inflaming regional tensions by visiting the Yasukuni shrine - a Second World War memorial that honours Japanese civilians and wartime leaders, but also includes 14 class-A war criminals - bringing strong condemnations from China and South Korea, countries which view the shrine as a symbol of atrocities committed during Japanese occupation.


  • The Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT) has set aside an order passed by the whole-time member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on October 9, 2012, holding Arun Jain, Chairman of Polaris Financial Technology, guilty of insider trading. The SEBI order also banned Mr. Jain from the stock market, and prohibited him from dealing with shares for two years.


  • The beloved British detective Sherlock Holmes is now free to be re-imagined in the United States after a federal judge ruled that licensing fees are no longer required. First introduced in 1887, Holmes entered the public domain in Britain years ago.
  • Veteran Communist leader and member of the first Kerala Legislative Assembly Rosamma Punnose died of old-age-related illness in Oman.


  • Witnessed by tens of thousands of cheering people, Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and his six Cabinet colleagues were administered the oath of office as Delhi Chief Minister by Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung at the historic Ramlila Maidan.


  • G.Nammalvar, organic farming scientist and crusader, died at Pichinikadu village near Pattukottai. He was born at Elankadu village near Thiruvaiyaru in 1938.
  • Army Chief General Bikram Singh handed over the baton of Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) by Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne, who is due to retire on 31st December 2013.


  • T.C. Narendran, internationally known insect taxonomist and recipient of the E.K. Janaki Ammal National Award of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, died of a heart attack.
  • Arup Raha takes over as Indian Air Force (IAF) chief.



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