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National Events in November 2000

Nov. 1:

The Union Minister for Sports, Mr. Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, releases the CBI report on match-fixing in New Delhi.

Nov. 2:

The Union Cabinet allows the private sector to operate direct-to-home (DTH) television services.

The Centre allows Foreign Direct Investment in the textiles sector.

The National Bravery Award winner, Sinam Chandramani Singh (18) his brother Sinam Robin Singh and their aunt among 10 killed in firing by 8 Assam Rifles personnel at Malom near Imphal.

Nov. 3:

The Government shifts the UP Governor, Mr. Suraj Bhan to Himachal Pradesh and the incumbent Governor, Mr.Vishnu Kant Shastri to Lucknow.

Nov. 5:

The Interpol issues a ``look-out'' notice for the five persons who hijacked an Indian Airlines plane in December 1999 and two of their accomplices.

Nov. 6:

Mr. Buddhadev Bhattacharya assumes office as West Bengal Chief Minister.

Nearly 35,000 employees of IOC resort to a work-to-rule protest to press for better wages and working conditions.

Nov. 7:

Mysore court order bad in law, says the Supreme Court and sets aside the order on release of 51 Veerappan associates. The court also sets aside the August 16 order passed by a Chennai Designated Court and the August 14 order of the Tamil Nadu Government.

The BJP firebrand Ms.Uma Bharti makes a triumphant return to the Union Ministry as Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs and Mr. Arun Jaitley gets elevated as Cabinet Minister in a mini expansion. Maj.Gen. (Retd) B. C. Khanduri takes oath as Minister of State for Transport and Highways.

The Delhi High Court suspends sentence against the former Prime Minister, Mr. P. V. Narasimha Rao and Mr. Buta Singh in the JMM Mps' bribery case and grants them bail.

Nov. 8:

Uttranchal, the 27th State of the Indian Union comes into being. Mr.Surjit Singh Barnala takes office as the Governor and swears in the Chief Minister, Mr. Nityanand Swami.

Nov. 9:

The 17-day old Manohar Parrikar led BJP Government in Goa wins the trust vote.

Nov. 10:

The Government has an ``open mind'' on foreign print media entry, says the I&B Minister Mrs. Sushma Swaraj.

Nov. 11:

The Union Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Harin Pathak resigns, after being chargesheeted by a sessions court in Ahmedabad in a case relating to the murder of a head constable at the height of the anti-reservation agitation in 1985.

Nov. 12:

Huge voter turnout for Congress Presidential poll.Seven top BSF and IAF officials die after their MI8 helicopter crashes near Lakhpat in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat.

Nov. 13:

The CBI swoops down on `telecast-fixing' and registers cases against six former DD officials and three firms. The scam has led to a pecuniary loss of about Rs. 21 crores to the DD.

The Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited announces a steep reduction in the tariffs applicable for Internet leased lines and international private leased circuits and is to take effect on January 1 next.

Nov. 14:

Jharkhand, the 28th State of the Indian Union comes into being and the new Governor, Mr. Prabhat Kumar and the Chief Minister, Mr. Babulal Marandi take office.

Nov. 15:

The forest brigand Veerappan frees Kannada actor, Mr. Rajkumar and his relative Mr. Nagesh after an 108-day ordeal.

The Congress(I) gives a thumping mandate to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.

India cancels cricket series with Pakistan in January next on account of Islamabad's ``hostile propaganda''.

The IOC unions call off their agitation.

Nov. 16:

The Government to reduce equity holding in nationalised banks from 51 per cent to 33 per cent.

The Union Cabinet takes a formal decision on amending the Indian Divorce Act of 1869 to end outdated and discriminatory provisions against Christian women.

Nov. 17:

The Government decides against allowing foreign equity holdings in the print media industry, says the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj.

Nov. 18:

There will be no cuts in Income Tax rates in the next budget, says the Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha and signals that the reforms process will continue.

Nov. 19:

The Prime Minister, Mr. A. B. Vajpayee announces a unilateral ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir during the holy month of Ramzan

The Government announces a partial rollback in the price of kerosene by Re. 1 a litre and LPG by Rs. 10 a cylinder in deference to the demands by allies led by the Trinamool Congress.

The agriculture scientist, Dr. M.S. Swaminathan gets the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for 1999.

Nov. 22:

Injured Mumbai gangster, Chhota Rajan escapes from the custody of Thai authorities.

Nov. 25:

Army begins ceasefire process and the APHC leader, Mr. Yaseen Malik says the Prime Minister's move is a bold initiative.

The anti-corruption Commissioner, Mr. K. Madhavan, hands over match-fixing report to the BCCI chief, Mr. A.C. Muthiah.

The Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Governments agree on a ``unified command'' for the STF operations against Veerappan.

Suspected ULFA militants gun down four Bihari Muslims in two incidents in Nalbari district in Assam.

Nov. 26:

Benefits of globalisation must filter down to the common people, says the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee and reiterates ``resistance to reforms will be overcome.''

Police nab Chandradas alias Manichan, one of the prime accused in the Kollam liquor tragedy case at Nagercoil.

The fractious Janata Dal (U) splits, with the Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan seeking separate allotment of seats in the Lok Sabha.

Nov. 27:

The Madhavan report finds Azharuddin guilty of match-fixing and confirms Ajay Jadeja, Ajay Sharma and Manoj Prabhakar as having nexus with bookies.

The Supreme Court grants bail to four AIADMK men accused in the Dharmapuri bus burning incident on February 2.

After three decades, English again made compulsory in Gujarat schools from Standard V from the next academic year.

``There is no question of any review on the Government stand. We will not play cricket with Pakistan,'' says the Union Sports Minister, Ms. Uma Bharti.

Nov. 28:

Ceasefire initiative is addressed not only to Kashmiri militants but ``also to Pakistan'', says the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani.

The Union Communications Minister, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan launches his political outfit, Janashakti at a rally in New Delhi.

The Centre hikes the disability relief for workers. For the first time, contract labourers will also be provided compensation.

Nov. 29:

The former South African President, Mr. Nelson Mandela and Grameen Bank of Bangladesh to share the International Gandhi Peace Prize for 2000.

India strikes a counter-trade oil deal with Iraq as part of an effort to build a strategic relationship with Baghdad.

Nov. 30:

Centre firm on extradition of the LTTE supremo, Mr. Prabhakaran, says the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani in the Rajya Sabha.

A former Akali Dal leader, Mr. Jagdev Singh Talwandi unanimous choice as the new SGPC president.

Dr. Anil Kakodkar, takes charge as Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.

Suspected ULFA militants gun down 14 non-Assamese at three separate places in Bongaigaon district.

CBI files fresh cases against JMM MPs, Mr. Shibu Soren, Mr. Simon Marandi, and Mr. Suraj Mandal on charges of possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

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