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National Events November in 1999

Nov. 1

A frenzied mob in Paradip attacks an IAF helicopter carrying the Defence Minister Mr. George Fernandes and two of his ministerial colleagues.

An independent is leading in Purnea Lok Sabha seat.

SC refuses to interfere with the Delhi High Court order in TRAI case.

The Supreme Court continues the stay of Mumbai special court order in Harshad Mehta case.

H. K. Dua, Senior Journalist and former editor of The Indian Express, and The Hindustan Times is appointed the Press Adviser to the Prime Minister.

Mr. Soli Sorbajee is reappointed the Attorney General.

Nov. 2

Relief Operations in full swing in Orissa.

The UN condoles cyclone victims.

BJP suffers jolt in Bihar as it fails to win a single seat it contested in the October 28 poll to four Lok Sabha seats.

The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) NSCN (K) announces ceasefire.

Police arrest top leaders of Shiv Sena ahead of Pope's visit to India.

The Delhi HC dismisses a plea against Ms.Sonia Gandhi seeking deletion of her name from the register of Indian citizenship.

Nov. 3

Airdropping of food continues in Orissa.

Militants attack Army headquarters in Srinagar.

Dr. M. S. Swaminathan well-known agricultural scientist, is selected for the UNESCO Gandhi gold medal.

The U.S. announces aid worth $2 million to cyclone victims of Orissa.

Mr. Harkishan Singh Surjeet donates property share to his party, CPI(M).

Nov. 4

Relief eludes most people in Orissa. Many villages are still unapproachable.

Non-bailable arrest warrant for Quattrocchi in Bofors case.

Nov. 5

Pope John Paul II arrives in New Delhi to a warm welcome.

Rs. 100 crores more grant for Orissa. The Prime Minister makes an aerial survey. Toll put up at 1,381.

The CBI arrests the Bihar Road Construction Minister Mr.Illiyas Hussain and conducts raids in the bitumen scam case.

The Prime Minister's office will be the next target says the outfit Lashkar-i-Taiba after attacking the Badamibagh contonement in Srinagar.

An accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts is held in Nepal.

Nov. 6

Red carpet welcome to Pope. He appreciates the religious freedom in India.

Later Pope visits Rajghat offering floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.

Nov. 8

Pope is given a warm send off as he leaves for Georgia.

The Government announces waiver of telephone bills up to Rs. 1000 in the rural areas of cyclone-hit Orissa.

45 are killed in a fire in Sonepat

Maximum cyclone toll is in Jagatsinghpur. Far-flung areas continue to suffer.

Nov. 9

BJP asks Mr. Kalyan Singh to step down, choses Ram Prakash Gupta as his successor.

Ignoring Ayodhya was a mistake says Mr. Kalyan Singh.

Prof. Romila Thapar, historian, is elected to the highest British academic honour.

Nov. 10

Cyclone toll crosses 7,000. The Prime Minister appoints one-man task force for Orissa.

17 Pakistani soldiers are killed in fighting near LoC.

Nov. 11

Eleven are killed and 108 injured when a powerful bomb goes off in the general compartment of Delhi-bound Puja express.

Mr. M. M. Rajendran will be the new Governor of Orissa.

The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee leaves for Durban summit of the Commonhealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM).

Nov. 12

A 50-member BJP Ministry led by Ram Prakash Gupta is sworn in Uttar Pradesh.

The Congress(I) snaps ties with the RJD.

A woman commits `sati' in Satpura village in Mohaba district of Uttar Pradesh.

15 children are selected for this year's national bravery award.

Nov. 15

The All-Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) militants kill 17 in Tripura.

The Centre releases 13,800 tonnes of rice for Ganjam district in Orissa. Meanwhile livestock faces starvation.

Notorious criminal Surendra alias Dolatpuri is shot dead in an encounter with the police at Khatavli, Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

The opposition moved no-confidence motion against Mr.Om Prakash Chautala fails in Haryana.

Nov. 16

The Bihar Governor, Mr. Suraj Bhan dismisses the Horticulture and Weights and Measurements Minister, Mr. Samrat Chaudhary in the Rabri Devi cabinet, for being `underaged'.

A petition is filed against Union Carbide in New York court.

The Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes rules out President's rule in Orissa.

Nov. 17

10 are killed in the Chennai Central prison violence

41 more Ministers are inducted into the Ram Prakash Gupta Ministry in Uttar Pradesh taking the strength of the Ministry to 91.

The Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha defends the sale of shares of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)

Nov. 18

12 of a family are killed in Bihar.

23 escape from the Tura district jail in Meghalaya.

Ms. Sonia Gandhi pleads with the President on Nalini's case.

The Prime Minister briefs President on Durban meet.

The ancestral home of J. Krishnamoorthy alias JK is to be preserved as a national monument.

Three Lashkar-i-Taiba militants including its Chief Commander are killed in a fierce encounter with Special Operations Group (SOG) in Jammu and Kashmir.

Nov. 19

The Congress(I) Government in Goa reduces to minority as 11 members of their party withdraw their support to the Government.

New Governors for Bihar, West Bengal, Goa, Manipur and Punjab are named by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Centre includes 126 more castes in OBC list.

The Railway Ministry announces the withdrawal of freight hike.

CITU plans stir against IRA Bill.

The Allahabad HC orders release of 11 NSA detainees.

Indira Gandhi Peace prize is presented to social worker of Bangladesh, Mr. Muhammed Yunus.

Nov. 20

Reforms will continue says the Prime Minister.

The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Luizinho Faleiro is asked to prove majority in the Assembly.

The melody queen, Ms. Lata Mangeshkar, a senior journalist Mr. `Cho' Ramaswamy, an eminent jurist, Mr. Fali S. Nariman and a veteran RSS leader Mr. Nanaji Deshmukh are being nominated to the Rajya Sabha.

An Indian scientist, Mr. P.G.S. Mony is honoured by the French Government.

A hotline is commissioned between India and China.

Nov. 21

The Centre is retiring two members of the Prasar Bharati Board, Ms. Romila Thapar, eminent historian and Mr. Rajendra Yadav.

The Samajwadi Party Chief, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav favours reservation for Brahmins and Thakurs in Uttar Pradesh.

15 pirates who allegedly hijacked the cargo ship ``M. U. Alondra Rainbow'' are handed over to the Mumbai police.

Nov. 22

The Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee expands cabinet as four more ministers join the ministry including Mr.Arun Shourie.

Mrs. V. S. Rama Devi and Mr. Vishnu Kant Shastri are the new Governors of Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh.

The Special Task Force (STF) of Uttar Pradesh arrests three members of sandalwood smuggler Veerappan's gang and seizes a consignment of sandalwood worth Rs. 4.5 lakhs from them at Mathura.

The toll in Orissa's super cyclone rises to 9,800.

The BSF unearths a 160-yard tunnel near the barbed wire fencing on the Pakistani side.

Nov. 23

Goa Government will survive says Ms.Sonia Gandhi.

No cut in PF interest rate says the Finance Minister

Mr. Vinod Chandra Pandey takes over as the Governor of Bihar.

Nov. 24

A 11-member Indian National Congress (INC) (Sardinha) Ministry is sworn in Goa.

No funds shortage for security says the Prime Minister.

Air dropping of food packets is discontinued in Orissa following improvement in rail and road communication.

The Tourism Minister, Ms. Uma Bharati is admitted to AIIMS Hospital.

The dedication ceremony of Shanmukhananda Hall is put off.

Nov. 25

The Gandhian and noted social worker Baba Amte is chosen for the Gandhi Peace Prize for 1999.

The Madras HC sets aside the Tamil Nadu Governor, Ms. Fathima Beevi's order rejecting the mercy petitions of four accused in the Rajiv's case.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is appointed Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

The `Rainbow warrior' the campaignship of the international environmental group, Green Peace, arrives in Mumbai.

Nov. 26

Mr. Buddhadev Bhattacharya is the Deputy Chief Minister of West Bengal.

The president of the Jammu and Kashmir's Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah is released from Jammu Central jail.

The Government plans to set up a judicial commission says the Prime Minister, Mr. Vajpayee.

The BJP joins the Goa Ministry. Meanwhile the new Governor of Goa, Mr. Mohammad Fazal is sworn in.

A city court acquits the former Union Minister Mr. H.K.L. Bhagat in the 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

SPG cover for the Congress(I) president, Ms. Sonia Gandhi and her two children will continue.

Nov. 27

The BJP suspends the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Kalyan Singh from the primary membership of the Party for defying Mr. Vajpayee.

The Special Relief Commissioner of Orissa, Mr. D. N. Padhi is suspended for alleged irregularities in the procurement of polythene sheets for the cyclone-hit families.

Rebels in the ruling Congress(I) in Orissa decide to give an ultimatum to the party high command for the removal of Mr. Giridhar Gamang as the Chief minister.

Two persons are killed and 16 others injured in a grenade attack on army camp in Srinagar.

Lt. Gen. J.F.R. Jacob is sworn in Punjab Governor.

The BJP recaptures the Jaipur Civic body posts by winning 49 out of 70 seats.

Nov. 28

The Vajpayee Government seeks support on major economic issues during the winter session at Parliament.

Senior Awami League leader, Mr. Mohammed Anwar Sheikh is killed and his wife and daughter-in-law are seriously injured in militants attack on his house in Kashmir.

Bid to blast the railway station in Andhra Pradesh by People's War Group (PWG) is foiled.

40 Dalits are injured in an attack by Kshatriyas in Junagadh district, Gujarat.

The Joint Struggle Committee of Financial Sector unions give a call for a nation-wide stir over the IRA Bill.

Nov. 29

Congress(I) stages walkout on the opening day of winter session of Parliament after the Centre reiterates its helplessness in deleting the name of Rajiv from the Bofors chargesheet.

The Nagaland Chief Minister, Mr. S. C. Jamir escapes an attempt on his life.

The Delhi HC dismisses the CBI pleas against the Jain brothers in Hawala case.

The Finance Minister, introduces the FEMA Bill, rejects the Left's charge.

Employees of LIC, GIC and other public sector banks stage a dharna to protest against the IRA bill.

Nov. 30

The Goa Chief Minister, Mr. Francisco Sardinha wins trust vote.

The disinvestment panel headed by Mr. G. V. Ramakrishna demits office after the end of its three-year term.

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