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National Events in November 2001


Mr. Justice Sam Piroj Bharucha, is sworn in Chief Justice of India.

Senior Hurriyat Conference leader, Mr. Abdul Gani Lone, escapes bid on life, after militants spray bullets on his house in Srinagar.

Nov. 2:

The Supreme Court bans smoking in public places throughout the country with immediate effect.

The CBI implicates all the 123 accused, including film star Mr. Sanjay Dutt in the plot leading to the Mumbai serial blasts on March 12, 1993 in which more than 200 persons died.

Mr. R.K. Gauba, is designated a special judge to hear the Bofors payoff case.

Nov. 3:

Lifting a 13-year-old ban, the Government allows foreign armament companies to have authorised agents, however, with tougher guidelines.

The Centre gives financial nod to start work on the Rs. 13,171 crore Koodankulam n-plant in Tamil Nadu, with Russian technical assistance.

For the first time in the world, scientists at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, develop a transgenic fruit fly system to screen and validate drugs against cancer.

Nov. 8:

Health Ministers endorse a draft policy on Indian medicine.

Thirtysix persons, 24 of a family die in a massive landslip at Amboori in Neyyatinkara taluk in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala.

Nov. 9:

The CBI arrests Mr. Harshad Mehta and two of his brothers for alleged misappropriation of 27 lakh shares of 90 blue chip companies, from their Mumbai residence.

Nov. 10:

Dr. R. Chidambaram, former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, is appointed the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government.

Nov. 11:

India possesses a hydrogen bomb and its nuclear weapons are absolutely safe, says Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Nov. 12:

The Union Finance Minister, Mr. Yashwant Sinha, gives the green signal to public sector banks to take large and wilful defaulters to court.

Nov. 14:

The Government accepts the TRAI recommendations on opening of international long distance communication to unlimited competition.

Nov. 15:

The Union Cabinet decides to extend President's rule in Manipur by six months to June 2002 and to amend the Indian Succession Act to provide a better deal for Christian women.

Nov. 19:

The President, Mr. K.R. Narayanan, presents the Indira Gandhi Prize 2000 for Peace, Disarmament and Development to Ms. Mary Robinson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of Ireland.

Prof. R. Natarajan, former Director of IIT, Chennai assumes charge as the AICTE chairman.

The world's highest airfield in Leh becomes operational.

Nov. 20:

The Government makes possession of lethal explosives punishable by death or life imprisonment with the Rajya Sabha passing the Explosives Substances (Amendment) Bill, 1999.

Nov. 23:

The India-EU Summit in New Delhi, agrees to root out terrorism anywhere and in any form. An accord on upgrading bilateral cooperation in S & T is also initialled.

The Delhi High Court orders removal of Dr. Ketan Desai as Medical Council of India chief for his ``involvement'' in corrupt practices.

The Centre extends the term of the Venkataswami Commission probing the Tehelka expose on corruption in defence deals till March 28, 2002.

Nov. 25:

A high-level conference on ``Discipline and Decorum in Parliament and State Legislatures'' adopts a resolution to ensure orderliness in legislatures.

Nov. 27:

The Union Cabinet sets up a new Cabinet Committee on Economic Reforms to speed up second generation reforms.

Mr. Kirpal Badungar, is elected the 36th president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee.

Nov. 28:

The Lok Sabha passes the Constitution Amendment Bill to make education for children in the 6-14 age group a fundamental right.

Events 2001